The search is over. I have a job. As of this week I am employed at a local independent toy store that I love, love, love, and have mentioned here before but will not mention again because I want to keep this part of my life separate from that part of my life. I do want to talk a bit about how I came to get this job because I think it's sort of interesting how everything fell into place.
When I first started job hunting, I kept meaning to apply at this toy store because not only do I love it, but its core values are in line with mine and I definitely feel a connection to the people that work there. But, I kept thinking, It's a smaller business, turnover is probably really low, they're not hiring, blah blah blah. You know, all those little negative thoughts that seep in and keep you from going down the path you really want to travel. So I never applied.
Meanwhile, I apply for at least two dozen jobs and I interview with two different companies. The interviews weren't bad, but in hindsight I probably wasn't as excited about them as I could have been and obviously the interviewers felt the same way because I never heard back from them. I was starting to feel like a total reject when Cyndy pops over and says, "You should check out Craigslist." And I'm like, "But Cyndy, isn't Craigslist filled with rapists and people who want me to show up for work in a thong and nipple clamps?" Cyndy says, "No way! I got my job through Craigslist and I don't have to wear nipple clamps to work." (Okay, it went nothing like that, but you get where I'm going here, right? )
So, the next day Jay is sitting at the computer playing his fortieth Mah Jong game of the day (It's how he unwinds!) and I'm relaying what Cyndy said when he says, "My company places Craigslist ads all the time, I know how to weed through the junk, I'll check it out for you." Because I know for a fact that Jay doesn't wear nipple clamps to work, I said, "Have at it." He went to Craigslist and within minutes was reading about how my favorite toy store ever was hiring. So of course I hightailed it over there, dropped off my resume, and within a few hours they called me back to set up an interview.
Two days later I return for my interview with the owner. I was nervous, but not as nervous as I had been at the other interviews. I think this was because this time I wouldn't be faking it. (I'm not good at bullshitting and pretending to be passionate about things that I couldn't care less about. ) The interview went amazingly and the owner and I just clicked. That afternoon she called and offered me the position.
My first day was yesterday and I know I'm going to love this job. The owner was a children's therapist for twelve years so she feels strongly about creative, open ended play and playing with a purpose. She doesn't want her employees to be just cashiers, but she wants them to be knowledgeable of the products. My first shift was spent walking the store with the assistant manager, learning about almost every single toy, where it's made, what it's made of, what type of child it's best suited for, and so on. Because of this, I feel as if my job is more than simply 'selling toys.'
I'm still so amazed how everything worked out. I'm never one to really believe in fate or that things happen for a reason, but I can't argue with the fact that Cyndy's simple comment about Craiglist was what prompted me to apply for the job that I really wanted. (Thanks again Cyndy!) I also think that the experience gained from the previous interviews (and subsequent rejections) I had, made it possible for me to clearly see what kind of job I really wanted. I'm trying not to over think it all, but it feels good that something worked out in my favor.