Serious about making a change, I applied for more than 20 jobs, mostly library positions but a couple museums and some others, like the office manager at a SCUBA charter company. With all those applications, I guess it was inevitable that I would get some interviews. I have lost count, but I think there were eight interviews. Most were on the phone, a few were via Skype, and one was in person.
|Library positions I applied for through governmentjobs.com.|
Most of the interviews were followed by rejection calls. But I only need one job, and the one I wanted most, at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, asked for another interview. It took a long time, but they did call back. I applied in July, had my first phone interview in September, a final interview--long phone call--with the library director on October 10, and was recommended for hire three days later. Good enough for me! If, for any reason, the job fell through, I figured I could get a job at a bank, at a restaurant, or hey, I know how to make beds at a resort.
I took the plunge, sold my car, scheduled a moving company, reserved a hotel room, and purchased a one-way ticket to Hilo.