Always searching

Life is full of searches, whether it be for happiness, a life partner, a home, or a new job.

It’s been a while and though I would like to say it’s because I am back in work and having the time of my life, it isn’t.

For the past few weeks, I have been sitting at home doing the day to day searching for jobs that aren’t there, and waiting for people to call me about jobs I have managed to find.

One thing which has been made very clear to me while I have been (again) off work, is that every single part of my life is connected through one thing…searching.

I am fighting very hard to remain positive, and for the most part, I am actually managing it. I am meditating daily, doing morning stretches and have lost a stone (14lbs or 5kg). Though financially it was the worst thing that could happen, it was actually a healthy thing for my physical and mental health.

I’ve been to six interviews over the last three weeks, one ended in a job offer that didn’t meet the description of the original job I interviewed for (less money and a very different location which was not feasible using public transport), two I interviewed for and never heard anything (even after chases). I had an interview which lasted over two hours, and an interview that lasted just 25 minutes (the latter I heard from stating that I was “not what they were looking for”).

Just yesterday I had my first ever video-conference interview. To say that it was interesting and different is likely an understatement. I was speaking with people based in the UK (just 10 minutes away from where I currently live) and Connecticut, USA (which is a 7-hour plane journey away). Less than two hours ago I had a phone call to let me know that I am going to be invited to a second interview to go over more personal things, now that they have discussed my skills and experience. I am feeling positive about that (finally). I had to jump through a lot of hoops to get to the stage where they ‘met’ me for the first interview (blog posts, professional writing, ad hoc pieces), so now that I have managed to get to this stage I just have to keep the momentum.

The search continues, as it always does. I was asked the traditional (and much-dreaded) question when I was interviewed yesterday “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Quite often I will answer with a “doing a job I enjoy”. However, that’s a lie. Is that where anyone wants to see themselves five years down the road? Does anyone sit at their desk and say “I want to be working a five day week, plenty of overtime and little to no work/life balance”? I told the truth (well, as close as you can get to it without stating “I want to win the lotto and retire on a beach in the next month”), and said, “I would like to be happy”.

Update: As I was writing this I had an email from the interviewer from yesterday, I have been invited for a face to face interview this coming Friday.

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