Monday, March 19, 2012


I'm really thankful to the person who said this "Keep the Faith. The most amazing things in life tend to happen right at the moment you're about to give up hope". I saw it at a time when I was on the verge of giving up. 

Not to be overly emotional or anything but:

1. After giving up on the idea of being a staff nurse, I had to look for jobs that were not related to nursing.
2. I couldn't be a graphic artist because I lack the formal education and skills required by most companies.
3. I was ready to settle for below minimum to minimum wage disregarding the fact that my parents spent over a million  for my college education.
4. I sent resumes to jobs that I think I was overqualified, YET, no one responded during the first 2 weeks.

After some waiting, several attempts at self awareness and making a list reasons why no one was interested in hiring me, I got fed up. Super stressed and desperate, I decided it was time to turn to God. I guess I was too weak to ask for help and thought I could do it on my own. 

When I finally talked to him, I asked him one question. I asked him his plan for me. I got the answer in the form of three interviews. It took me one prayer and everything fell into place. I guess God was just waiting for me to knock on his door. 

Before going to any interview, I asked God one thing---not to get the job but to allow me to make the right decisions. I guess my prayer was answered. On the day I was scheduled for an afternoon interview, I took the risk of going to one interview in the morning, thinking it would be done by lunch and that I would have ample time to get to the other interview. They were both in Makati so I though travel wouldn't be a problem.

Company 1 was located in Magallanes. There were a lot of steps and applicants. I got really tensed when the HR told me I had to go back after lunch at 1pm. At that time, I thought the best thing to do was just proceed with this application and cross my fingers for a job offer. I was decided not to go to the other interview since I've already been having second thoughts about Company 2 even before they scheduled me for an interview.

After waiting until 130, the HR came out and told me to go back on Monday. For some weird reason, I felt a sudden rush of blood and I hurried to the next company. I arrived 5 minutes before 2pm. I think that God really made it possible for me to attend the 2nd interview.

It was a really nice building and the office was small but shockingly clean and beautiful. If you saw their ad in jobstreet you'd probably expect something different too. So anyway, I got interviewed by this really pretty lady.

After all the interviews I'd been to, you'd expect me to be an expert at describing myself, my strengths and weaknesses but I was still nervous as hell. I was sweating like a pig and my voice was really shaky. It probably had to do with the really professional setting and sophisticated person in front of me. 

Over the past few weeks, I've practiced the best things to say during an interview in my head. I've thought of really big words to use so I would be able to sell myself but I didn't get to use them this time. I decided to be myself. Some would deny their real plans about their life. I believe a lot of people I know lied about turning their backs on nursing and dedicating their selves for whatever job they were applying for. I decided not to lie about anything.

After the 30 minute job interview, I expected to hear her say "Okay, we'll just call you." instead, she said "There's another person to be interviewed so I don't have time to make the job offer yet. But I want to tell you that I'm offering you the job." Everything literally froze. 

I was so happy. I was so happy that I smiled at every stranger I met on the street that day. I finally understood why:

1. I had to decline the offer of some retail company as a photographer.
2. I had to be in Palawan the same day I was scheduled for a final interview in Coco Life.
3. I had to pay for my BLS training the same day I was scheduled for a rescheduled interview in Coco Life.
4. My parents wouldn't allow me to become a call center agent.
5. I didn't get the company nurse position in Macquarie.
6. I had to still be evaluated further in datascope.

(Yes, I like making lists out of every thing) :)

I was destined to be placed in this really cool office, under a beautiful and nice boss, at an 8 hour day shift, near my friends and Aia's office, with good compensation for a simple but important task.

Yes, I am only an encoder not the big boss of some company. I can be really shallow at times. I also perceive my reaction to this successful job application as "too much for such a small thing" but this really means a lot to me and my family. So, I may only be an encoder but I will do my fucking best so no one gets disappointed.  :)

This will forever be stored in my inbox. :)

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