13 December 2012

A Ray of Hope Before Christmas

Last Friday afternoon (7 Dec.), I had a phone screen interview with a car rental firm for a part time customer service job. The interview ran for about 10 minutes, and went real well. I was then invited to interview for this position at their west St. Louis County facility the following Tuesday morning. More on that later.

Saturday night, I was at the May Center of DePaul Health Center for the IPMS/Gateway banquet. I brought in the awards to be presented that night and took money for some attendees that did not pay at the meeting. I also introduced our speaker, Daniel Alwine, a World War II US Army Air Forces radio and gunnery instructor who worked as an engineer at McDonnell Aircraft (later McDonnell Douglas) after the war. He was a very engaging speaker and his address was very well received by the audience.

The weekend was rather quiet, although I did gather some info on the firm I was interviewing with on Tuesday (11 Dec.). The day before, meeting with my career advisor, we went over questions likely to come up and how to respond to them, as well as questions I should ask. The interview went real well, I think. I should hear back as early as tomorrow (Friday) on this one and I could start work (should I get this job, of course) as soon as next week. Fingers crossed.

That night, I was at the marketing firm Switch for GO! Network's after hours networking for life. It's the first of planned monthly networking events after work hours at a different location in the metro area each month. Not much happened for me at this one, although I did get a lead on a job opening.

Wednesday afternoon, I was at the Missouri National Guard base at Jefferson Barracks, photographing an F-4E Phantom II fighter serving as a gate guard. I took a bunch of photos of the aircraft, which I plan to use for an article I want to write on this particular aircraft. That afternoon and evening, I proofread copy for an IT firm's brochure.

Today, I was at the Missouri History Museum for a News at Noon seminar, presented by the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. This program talked about the challenges of covering religion in newspapers and news websites. It was an interesting program, I thought.


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