I know I said I’d be taking a break from blogging for the remainder of April, but this is news I absolutely had to share . . .
As many of you know, I’ve been struggling financially for the past several years, as the publishing paradigm has changed and freelance work has thinned out to almost nothing. Even though I’ve been blessed to have a part-time job since September, because the freelance work was nonexistent, I knew I needed something full-time. Plus, I went back to college—and graduate school—so that I could have a career, not just a “job.”
A few weeks ago, I heard from a friend that an assistant editor position was opening in the children’s/gift-book division at one of the local Christian publishers. She would put in a good word for me if I planned to apply. I did, and I went in for an interview the next week. I didn’t walk away with an overly positive feeling about (a) the job or (b) my chances, but, still, it was an opportunity for full-time work, in a field in which I have experience and which provides a career path for me.
Last week, while still waiting to hear back about the publishing job, I went to the grocery store Wednesday afternoon after work. I didn’t realize until it was stuck in my head on the way home that I’d heard an ’80s song, one I’m familiar with but don’t really know the words to, at the store. Two words from the chorus kept ringing through my head: “Hold on.” I came home to blog about it—that it would be my new mantra—but when I looked the song up, the actual words to the chorus are “Our love holds on, holds on.” (“Oh, Sherry” by Steve Perry.) So I laughed it off and didn’t think much more about it (except that “hold on, hold on” was still running through my head, even though I now knew those weren’t the right words or even the meaning of the song).
Around 7 p.m., I checked my e-mail after not checking for a while, and there was a message from Bethel University (McKenzie, TN) responding to an application I e-mailed in more than a month ago for an Academic Advisor position in Nashville. If I was still interested, they’d like to set up an interview. I e-mailed her back and told her I was available any afternoon this week after 3 p.m. Then, after I clicked SEND, I thought, Oh, no! I have a doctor’s appointment on Monday afternoon. Hopefully they’ll want to meet another day.
Thursday morning, I had another e-mail from her, and, of course, she picked Monday as the day for the interview. So I sat there a minute. I could e-mail her back and ask for another day because of a previous commitment I’d forgotten about, or I could accept and get the ball rolling (and get off on the right foot with them) ASAP and try to reschedule my doctor’s appointment. I figured it would be better to try to reschedule with my doctor, so I e-mailed back and accepted the interview time.
As I was getting in the car an hour after accepting that interview time/date, my phone rings. Not a number that’s programmed in, which I usually won’t answer. But since I’d just sent someone a text message and had the phone in my hand anyway, I went ahead and answered. It’s the doctor’s office. My doctor is going to be out of the office the first week of April, so they need to reschedule my appointment for later in the month. (What timing, huh?)
Friday, I get an e-mail from the HR department at the publishing house saying thanks, but no thanks.
So the interview with Bethel was Monday afternoon (4/2). It went really well, I enjoyed the time spent with the two people who interviewed me, and I left even more excited about the job and the opportunity. I expected to wait another week or so, and hopefully to get a second interview.
So when I got a call (on my cell phone, but I was at work so couldn’t answer) yesterday morning from the lady I interviewed with wanting me to call her back as soon as possible, I started feeling even better about this job. Then, when I finally found a moment to call her back, I expected her to want me to come back to meet some other people in the office for another round of interviews.
No—she called to offer me the job with a start date of April 23. The salary is just under what I was making before I was laid off in 2008 (with opportunities for advancement), their insurance is great (health, vision, and dental), and even though they only give 5 personal days and 5 vacation days for the first five years of employment, the office shuts down for two weeks around Christmas, so I won’t have to use vacation time for that!
I put my two weeks’ notice in at the church yesterday so that I can have a week off (April 16-20) before I start the new job so I can focus on getting my book finished for my May 1 deadline.
Thank you all so much for all the encouragement and support!