A New Professional Chapter

Readers of this blog know that I’ve been pounding the pavement for awhile now. I’m happy to report that after 30+ interviews over the course of five months, I have landed a job with respected PR agency Evins Communications.

Much like the job search process itself, this happy ending has had a lot of parallels to dating.

Fairy Jobmother: my good friend and soon-to-be colleague Andrea got me the interview at Evins.

The conversation doesn’t feel strictly like an interview: There’s nothing worse on a first date than being interrogated like you’re applying for a job. Though tough questions are to be expected when you are seeking employment, the interview should also allow for some give and take. All 3 of my interviews at Evins were engaging conversations that went much deeper than the standard “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” fare. 

Both parties aren’t waiting to see if something better comes along: When you’re just not that into someone, you can’t help wanting to keep your options open. During my job search, I had multiple companies follow up with me more than once then fail to close the deal. It took just five days for Evins to extend me an offer, a reminder that…

You know when the chemistry is mutual: So many times during the dating process, you try to convince yourself that there’s a spark even when all the indications are otherwise. But you can feel if chemistry truly exists, because it just flows. I had that feeling with each person I met with at Evins.

I can’t wait to work with them when I start my new job on Thursday. Let the new professional chapter begin!

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4 Responses to “A New Professional Chapter”

  1. Dana

    It’s also a reminder that sometimes the best opportunities you have in life are thanks to a friend!

    Congratulations Mel! I keep on pounding the pavement myself, it’s tough out there!

  2. beth grossman

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy for you1

  3. Travelogged

    Congrats on your new job!!! I totally agree that jobs are like relationships and interviewing is like dating. In fact, I’ve often reminded myself and others not to fall in love with a job description (i.e. thinking that it’s the perfect job for you based on a few sentences) the same way you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t!) fall in love with an online dating profile.

  4. Melissa

    Thanks for all the good wishes, ladies! Couldn’t agree with you more, Dana, about the best things in life happening through friends. I’m very blessed to count you among them. :)

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