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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Job Interview No. 1

I BELIEVE THE INTERVIEW WENT VERY WELL. And while it was no walk in the park, I think I have a good chance at getting the job. There were three components: the interview; a short written exercise; and a typing exam (more for form and accuracy than speed). I was impressed with the caliber of the interview team, as well as the fact that the government social service agency takes the business of child welfare so seriously.

The HR team's interview process was streamlined, and I was the last interview of the day. This made my day a bit maddening; I would much rather have gotten it over with in the morning when I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

When they asked me where I wanted to work, I told them that I was more interested in the ongoing units, and that I think Foster Care might be a good place for me to start. I have only worked on the placement unit for one day! I am basing this on what I have heard and witnessed--not on what I have done. My entire internship has been on the CPS side of the agency. It would actually be easier for me to work on that side because I have the most experience there. But I am drawn to Foster Care.

I am going to turn this over to my Higher Power because at this moment in time, if I get a job offer, I don't really know where my best fit may be. And there may be more than one "great fit." What I know is that I have officially left my comfort zone. It is a thing of the past!

My hopes and prayers are that I will continue to be teachable, that I will continue to be divinely led, that I will continue to be willing to step out--to leap in faith, and to trust that all is well.

~Ms. T. J.


  1. T.J.,
    You will be a blessing, and continue to grow, no matter where you are "planted!"  I tend to think we always end up exactly where we need to be.

    I'm curious to know if you intend to continue this blog, since soon you won't be an MSW student!! (WooHoo!)  Personally, I hope you do. :o) 

  2. Pittsburgh PerambulationsApril 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    That sounds like a difficult interview!  I hope you get to hear back soon!

  3. 4VitalAging,

    How kind of you to say! Thank you. 

    That is a question I have been pondering--about the blog.  I believe I will end my Facebook page, due to the confidentiality issues.  However, it would be good to have an outlet where I can get my thoughts out.  I am still pondering...

    ~Ms. T. J.

  4. P. P.- ;)
    Thank you!
    ~Ms. T. J.