Interview for a Real Job!


Currently out of work, fandom- and wedding-obsessed 23 year old woman. Expect to see lots of posts about wedding, job-hunting, moving across the country (MI to NY) and fandom!

Interview for a Real Job!

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I have an interview for an ACTUAL PUBLISHING JOB next week. It happens to be exactly a year after I started my current job. Sooooooooooo excited.

One of my old school librarians whom I'm still in touch with was apparently doing some schmoozing at ALA midwinter a few weeks ago and discovered Macmillan had a job opening in editorial in one of their kids/YA imprints - an opening they hadn't even advertised yet. She gave me the name and e-mail address of someone to contact directly, so I sent off my resume and a day or two later he e-mailed me back saying he'd sent it along to their recruiter.

Today Joanne from human resources called me! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!

9:00 am on Wednesday I get to go interview in the Flatiron Building!

Now I'm debating what I should tell my bosses. It's entirely possible I'd get in and out of the interview before my usual work time (9:30 - I'm only four blocks away from the Flatiron Building), but it's also possible I'd be late. I also know that they don't actually care what time I show up; when I was working two jobs and sometimes having to stay at my retail jobs super late they told me I could come in a little later in the day and they wouldn't care. But I still don't feel right about coming in late without prior notice.

So my options are make up some "appointment" on Wednesday morning that might make me late, or tell them I have an interview.

One of my bosses, John, has talked openly with me about what I might be doing next. He's even said that if he hears of an opening at one of the publishers he'd let me know (so far, apparently, he's heard nothing). When they hired me last February they did ask how long I thought I could commit to the position and I said 6 months to a year - a commitment I've definitely fulfilled. So it shouldn't be a huge surprise that I'd be interviewing again at this point. On the other hand, it also feels *weird* to just up and tell them "Yeah, I want to go somewhere else." It almost feels ungrateful. Because I'm very thankful for this job and it's been fun in some ways and I love how laid back it is, but I don't really want to work in bargain books forever and I don't see a lot of room for advancement in the company. My position isn't a traditional entry level position in the company - it's a job that previously has been held by people who work part time and spend the rest of the time in college. No one starts as the showroom assistant and moves into the sales force proper - but none of those other people took on half as many responsibilities as I have over the last year, either.

Wow, this is a rambley entry. Guess that proves how conflicted I am about all of this, huh? Any advice is welcome, and please send me all of your good vibes on Wednesday morning!
  • Oh wow, congrats! Here's hoping you wow them at your job interview and get the job! :D

    I don't think you should tell your current job that you went to an interview. Either lie and say you have some appointment that you needed to go to, or don't tell them until day of, calling them in and saying there's some emergency or whatnot and you'll be late for work. Either option feels a lot better than telling your job, "Oh hey, yeah, I don't want to work here so I'm looking elsewhere." That's a potential for a lot of problems you don't want to deal with.

    It's actually what I (hope!) to be doing. I sent in an application to another retail store last night and I hope they call me back for an interview so I can leave the place I'm working at now. *g*
  • Schmoozing FTW!!! I did a little of that at a conference and ended up with a job. *grin*

    I'll be crossing my fingers for you!!
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