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Job Hunting Milestone #2: The face-to-face Interview

I did it!  I still can’t believe it.  As I mentioned in The Long Winter did not kill my Quest for Full-Time Employment, I applied to a full-time position at one of my current employers.  I got a face-to-face interview!

I was expecting them to turn me down.  I was expecting one of the ‘rejection emails’ saying that they received applications from many talented applicants.  That is not what happened.  They called me and requested a time for an interview.

I made sure to give myself time to prepare.  I am going to have one opportunity to make a good impression.  I need to make them believe that I am the perfect person for this position.

On a related note, what if I actually get a job offer?  How do you let them know about a chronic condition and request accommodations without scaring them?

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The Long Winter did not kill my Quest for Full-Time Employment

During the past few months, I could not job search as often due to my heavy work load.  Things were even worse due to a harsh winter, which made it difficult to get to networking events.  I tried to make the small amount of time that I did have as efficient as possible.

I tried a couple of new things that have been helpful:

  1. carefully analyzing job postings – I am analyzing the job postings more critically.  I will also look at their mission statement.  Do I agree with their philosophy?  I only apply to the ones that I feel really resonate with me. Sometimes you forget this principle when looking for a job.
  2. Created a job search portfolio – a detailed account of when I applied for the job, who I contacted, etc.  This has been particularly useful for me.

I also looked at my current employers.  Are there any opportunities for me to transition to a full-time job? After talking to some other part-time professors like myself, they did not know of anyone who transitioned to a full-time professor position.  Many have applied for full-time positions, but were not hired.

I knew this already, and applied for a full-time position at one of my current employers.  I am proud to say that my application is still being considered.  I am following up with my contacts on a regular basis, and have not received a rejection email yet.

I am still attempting to network with others.  I feel this is an area is hurting me at the moment.  During some small pockets of free time, I try to go to meetings and other events to meet new people.  Large groups still make me nervous, but I’m hoping that with practice and time I will get better.

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Intense workloads and chronic conditions

The blog has been a little quiet over the past few months.  This semester I am working between two different colleges.  I am teaching multiple classes to a diverse range of students.

One of the colleges that I work at has finals next week.  In two weeks my course load will be much lighter than before.  That will be good because the stress is getting a little high and I feel exhausted.   Some days I come home and go to sleep right away.

I already have some classes reserved for me for Fall 2015.  That has relieved some of the stress.  However, I would have the same problem of working multiple part-time jobs with no benefits and no personal life.

Unfortunately, I don’t know if I’m going to get a summer class yet.  This was an issue last year (see summer employment), and I hope it doesn’t become an issue again.  I am already talking to people to see if they need a math professor over the summer.   I’m hoping because I’m being more proactive this year will lead to better results.

In the little free time that I do have, I have been job searching and making more attempts to network.  I will update you on my progress in another blog post.




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Winter & Weight Loss

Winter is particularly hard on my weight loss efforts.  I have found it hard to stick to an exercise routine.  Watching what I eat has been particularly difficult.


Some disciplined people can follow an at-home exercise routine.  However, that is definitely not me.  I went to a fitness studio where they held Zumba classes.  The people there were really nice and I liked the atmosphere.  It was great, but it was a hike to get there.  Walking that far in the snow is a major deterrent for me.  There is a YMCA that is much closer, but I have postponed getting a membership.


I have tried hard to watch what I eat.  I started off well eating veggie stir fries and trying to keep my carb level low.  I have tried to follow the modified atkins diet, which is supposed to be helpful for those persons with seizures.  When the weather turns bad, my eating habits turn bad also.  When I had to start leaving earlier to get to work, I started stopping by the local Dunkin’ Donuts to pick up breakfast.  I have also eaten more pizza and pasta then I care to admit.

What do you do to stay motivated during the winter time?


Snow Covered Trees
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Too many snow storms: When is spring going to come?

The city I live in has recently hit by a series of snow storms.  At first, I thought the snow looked beautiful.  But after a while, the subzero temperatures, cloudy skies, and mountains of snow have really started to affect my mood.

Getting to Work

Getting to work is a hassle.  I take public transportation and walk to the train every morning.  The mountains of snow that have built up make this difficult.  The people who live in the neighborhood have done their best to keep some of the sidewalk cleared off.  The train doesn’t work as efficiently as it normally does.  I have been lucky and still managed to make it to my classes on time.  I just want the snow to melt, so the train will work on its normal schedule again.

Social Events

I have been only venturing outdoors long enough to go to work and back.  For every other event, I seriously consider whether it is worth braving snow, cold temperatures, and slow public transportation.  There were not many events that passed.  I used to venture out on the weekends to coffee shops or free events in the city.  I don’t go to those events because it’s ‘too cold.’

When is spring going to come?

I feel like a caged bird at the moment.  I want to go to events and do things, but I don’t want to be cold in the process.  I want sunshine, warm temperatures, and most importantly, no snow.  When are the warm temperatures going to come back?

In an effort to change things, I purchased a plane ticket to fly out and see my sister.  I will not leave until March, but hopefully the change in scenery will do me some good.  I have recently found out that some of my bosses and co-workers travel to warmer locations during the holidays.  I think I know why now.