Now, I'm nervous that it's starting to affect my job search endeavors.
Last Monday, I had an interview in a suburb of Boston, one that I would need a car to get to. I ended up asking a friend first if he could just drive me, but he offered that I take the car myself. Naturally, since I couldn't afford a Zipcar at the moment, I took the opportunity.
I put in $20 worth of gas the night before since the level was quite low. In the morning, as I was working out, I saw that a tow truck pulled up on the block where I parked the car. Just as I sprinted down the hill, I managed to get a $40 ticket. At that point, I might as well have gotten a Zipcar.
Later that morning, I was ready to go to the job interview. I plugged in my GPS and went on my merry way. Unfortunately, when I got there, I found myself in front of a residence. This didn't seem right.
I tried calling the women who was interviewing me, but she wouldn't pick up. I realized I was in a neighboring town, so I checked my email and the woman said it was by "Cochichuit" street. My GoogleMaps couldn't find that street. After Googling it instead, I found it. It was "Cochituate Rd."
As I proceeded in that direction, I was already fairly late. I had left several messages, and the woman still had not picked up or called back.
I circled in a mall area, in another business' parking lot, and almost got back on the highway before finally finding the building. As I pulled into the lot, the woman finally called me and wondered where I was. I told her that I had tried calling and left multiple messages, but that I had gotten lost.
|Not as dire...but just as disappointing...|
and still keeping hope alive...
Goodness, if I was the person trying to hire someone, there's no way that I would hire the late person unless they were extremely amazing. I felt like a hot mess.
Suffice it to say, I did not get the job. Part of me is irritated since I had asked for directions from her and didn't get them until I was on the road. Though, it really worked out for the best since I would have to make it to the office every day and go further west into Central Massachusetts to do some of my work.
Honestly, I feel like it just proved to me to stick within areas that I could easily reach via public transportation or even bicycling.
But it really made me think about all the jobs I've applied to. Some I knew I was qualified for, some I knew I was over qualified for, some were definitely a reach. But some were a reach because I knew it would be difficult for me to get there.
Still, I had to apply. I definitely haven't been able to do 15 jobs a week since the first time. But I'm still pushing through. Hopefully, there will not be anymore getting lost.