September 18th, 2006


Wish me luck ...

Well ... that medical publisher that I got in contact with last week at the job fair? They e-mailed me last night to see if I would be available for a 2pm phone interview about the Marketing Manager position today!

I am very very nervous about this at the moment, but it was good that I had a morning appointment down at the CTC to thrash through this with my Job Coach there. This could be an ideal job, pulling together my P.R., publishing, I.T., and even meeting planning (they do like 16 conferences a year) experience. Heck, I'm even able to draw on my Network Marketing background in preventative healthcare products! Pretty much everything but my "metaphysical" expertise (unless they're planning on putting out a "Shamanic" line). Plus, it is likely to pay very well ... the median for a "Marketing Manager" gig in the area is about 3x what I was seeing for a starting salary for new programmers ... and it would be very nice to be in a gig that paid well and had solid benefits (this does).

The only downside is that it's not working from home (or a few blocks from home), but I guess I'm spoiled that way ... it would be an easy commute on the El.

So, say a prayer, light a candle, do some good ju-ju ... because I'm going to need it ... in the six years that I've been on-and-off looking for a job, this is the FIRST "serious" interview I've had, so I'm both excited and terrified!

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Well ...

I don't know how that went, really.

The VP of Sales & Marketing spent the better part of a half hour with me on the phone, and we talked about a lot of stuff. I'm worried that my not having any "medical" experience in my resume will hurt ... although, as I pointed out, once you have the marketing/communications structure in place, it's really just a matter of applying appropriate information on one end and delivering properly crafted messages to one's target audiences on the other ... I can plug in "medical" info as easily as "food" info or "metaphysical" info.

He indicated that he was following up with "a number" of people from the job fair and they'd be making a list of folks to invite up there for more formal discussions. I certainly hope I make the cut (heck, I certainly hope I'm the guy they hire!). I'm a bit worried that he didn't make an appointment then and there with me, but maybe he is actually working through a process and will, indeed, generate a contact list from these chats and (as he indicated) then send out e-mails. It just seemed to me that if I was in the running, he would have made the effort to see if I was going to be available in any of the timeslots they've identified later this week, however.

(sigh) ... I guess I'll know when I know. I can't imagine they have anybody else on the list with the breadth of experience that I have, so I hope that trumps having a medical background.

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