Thursday, January 18, 2007

Job Hunting

I have had so many kind people asking me how it is going looking for a job. Actually, it has been a sort of hard process, and I have been humbled in so many ways this past week. I needed to be humbled, that I see now. It has made me more sympathetic to people who have been searching for work for a long time, as well as people whose livelihood is dependent on going out every day and trying to sell their wares (and thus, a bit of themselves). I used to take it for granted that I would get up, get dressed and go to a fantastic job that I enjoyed in every way, where people gave me encouraging feedback all the time. I am so thankful that the Lord gave me a few days where I had to humbly go to place after place and try to sell myself as a good employee. Here is a little list of all the places I have tried to find a job:
  • Multiple places on campus (took a clerical skills test on which I scored rather dismally)
  • The Lifeway Bookstore on campus (applied and interviewed)
  • Two different positions at a bank (called after seeing in the want ads)
  • Pottery Barn Kids (applied, and had an interview set up for Friday am)
  • The Cheesecake Factory (applied, took a 150 question personality test and had 2 interviews -- don't go there unless you've worked at another similar place in the past. I learned that the hard way)
  • Borders (applied, took 180 question personality test online)
  • Lotsa Pasta International Food Store (applied)
  • Family Adventure (e-mailed, interviewed)
I was in World Market today to see about applying, when my cell phone rang. I got the job at the Lifeway store! How dare I doubt the Lord's goodness to me? This morning I read Psalm 16:11 "In Your presence is fullness of joy, and at Your right hand, there are pleasures forevermore" in my one-year Bible, and again the same verse in a card from my friend Miss Janice. The Lord is my home, right? He is also my identity. Not a job.


Here is a picture of Josh and I celebrating at a great local Italian place. It was great! Yes, that is asparagus on my pasta -- yum!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yummy--I love asparagus!
And congrats on the job--God is so good!
I wish you had moved closer this direction....:-(

Janet said...

Gret,

Glad to hear about the job! I don't think I would actually bring much of a paycheck home. You get a discount, right??? :-)

Anonymous said...

Woohoo!

Still on for Saturday?

I can't sit still at work today and it's only 8:45!!!

Anonymous said...

Woohoo!

Still on for Saturday?

I can't sit still at work today and it's only 8:45!!!

brittany said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Gretchen! I'm so happy for your new job! They're gonna love you and you're gonna love the job. Woohoo! The girls will be excited for you too. Brookelyn prayed for you to be safe on your trip last night. I didn't have the heart to tell her that you aren't returning, although, in her 5 yr old mind, I think she knows. :(

Anonymous said...

Grettle -

I'm thinking that your pee was stinking this morning after the 'sparagoose! I love it too, though. It's fun to see how your adventure is going....

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! I'm soo excited for you that you got the job!! You'll be excellent...they won't regret hiring you.
BTW, your house looks very cute. It definitely looks homey. Hopefully I'll get to see it in person sometime.

Anonymous said...

Yea FOR THE JOB! I'm thrilled to pieces for you...you will be great there. I LOVE your apartment...but I guess I commented already...but I still love it and want to come and visit! You have been so encouraging as you blog about your walk with Christ...pretty much put me to shame, but it's encouraging at the same time. Love ya, G

Anonymous said...

COngrats Gret! We are happy things are going so well!

Gretchen said...

Thank you guys so much for praying for me! Now I'm off to buy some khakis to wear with my maroon shirt. :)

Julie said...

I also got a phone call from the guy who called you. I was going to call and tell you but didn't know if I should spoil it for you. The first thing I told him was I beg for you not to go and then I tried to get you to commute. He laughed. I think he got tired of me talking then said he thought I would say that. Congradulation!!! But if you are ever in town and need work I happen to know a lady who has no clue in how to run a Harry Potter Club. Missing you.