I had the interview on Friday afternoon, and then on Saturday, when I was at Duncan’s vet’s office, I got the call offering me the job. I announced to a waiting room full of strangers “I got the job!” and they all cheered.
It’s not just any job, either – it’s a good job! It’s with a non-profit organization that is aligned with my personal and political values, and I like the people I’ve met who work there. I’m going to be doing community development work with transgender people and women with HIV/AIDS, so the work itself will be interesting. For the first time in three and a half years, I’m going to have health and dental benefits, which I am very happy about. And the dress code is casual, which is a major perk for me.
I always liked the location of my last permanent job, the one I worked at for 18 years. It was about an hour’s walk from home and it was downtown so there was interesting stuff to do at lunchtime. My new job is not only downtown, it’s on the same street, in the same building, in the exact same office as my old job! This organization just moved into that space a few months ago.
I have to admit, I was getting pretty demoralized about the job search. Not being bilingual is a huge impediment to getting hired in Ottawa, and not being young doesn’t help, nor does being a generalist in an increasingly specialized world. If giving up had been an option, I’d have given up by now. But the mortgage won’t pay itself, so I kept looking.
Here’s an interesting thing. My friend Donna is a Buddhist, and about a month ago, over breakfast, she suggested that I make a list of everything I wanted in a job, set a deadline, and start chanting every day for it to happen. So I figured okay, it might not work but it couldn’t hurt. I made my list, set a deadline of November 1st, and everyday I chanted “Nam myoho renge kyo” for 20 or 30 minutes while thinking about the job I wanted. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but this job has everything that was on my list, and it came in almost exactly on schedule.
I start on Tuesday.