My Dream Job?
I believe that all of the men that contributed their story to Bob Greene’s “Cut” were affected by rejection and humiliation as children. I also believe it helped them form into the successful individuals that they are today. Sometimes good can come out of a bad situation. I was pretty lucky as a child, because I did not experience rejection. And if I did, it had no effect on me as an adult that I can remember. It was later on in life where I experienced not only rejection and humiliation, but total and complete disrespect by my co-workers. Although, because of it, I feel that it pushed me in the direction I’ve needed to go in. Over my 10 year administrative career, I’ve held more jobs than I care to mention. I worked for temporary agencies, I’ve worked for big corporate companies, I’ve worked the back office at a Doctor’s office and on and on and on. They were all dead end jobs that barely paid enough for me to be able to pay the rent on my 2 bedroom apartment, let alone enough to be able to feed my son. As I was searching the job boards online, I saw an ad about an amazing career opportunity in my field that paid double what I had been making. Even though I felt it was a long shot, I applied as quickly as I could to be one of the first in line! I didn’t get my hopes up much because the job market wasn’t at its best and because it was an Administrative Assistant position, I was sure there would be an overwhelming amount of candidates applying. Much to my surprise, I got a phone call from the company’s office manager that very next day. My interview was set up for the following day. I had so many different emotions going on inside me, I couldn’t think straight. I was nervous, excited, anxious, overjoyed, and most of all, determined. At this point, my hopes were up. I’m a very competitive person, so I saw this as a competition. I was one of the few that got called in for an interview, so I was going to fight to land this job! I wanted everything to be perfect. So I had the perfect grey pinstripe dress suit to wear, some killer Steve Madden heels, and my favorite Versace perfume, just not too much. I fixed my hair to perfection, gathered my Samsonite briefcase, a couple of copies of my resume and references, and was out the door. Little did I know at the time that I should have just showed up in a pair of 5 day old sweatpants with greasy hair so they would have sent me on my way. This was not the dream job I had in mind. This turned out to be a nightmare. On the day of my interview, I arrived 45 minutes early for my interview so I could size up my competition. After doing my research on this company, I learned that this was a job placement agency that placed degreed professionals in Operations Management, Engineering and Accounting. It was privately owned and had been in business for the past 28 years. The purpose of my job would be to assist the several Consultants and Office Manager. So when I walked in, the first thing I noticed was a lobby full of men and women and dress suits and business suits. I wasn’t sure who my competition actually was, or if any of them were my competition since this was a job placement firm, I could only assume that a majority of the applicants sitting in the lobby were in Operations Management, Engineering and Accounting. I walked in confident in myself, my abilities to do the job as described on their ad, and it’s always a plus to get there as early as I did. I sat down, legs crossed, with a magazine that I found on the coffee table, and waited to be called into my interview. The office was in a great location, not far from my house. It was in a beautiful ten story building that had covered parking, score! The suite was on the second floor, which is a huge plus for me because of my fear of heights. And the actual office itself was gorgeous! Large glass doors, dark wood floors and molding, leather chairs and couches. Best of all, the desk that...
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