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What a difference a day makes!

Over the last week or so, I was becoming more and more convinced that I wasn't going to find any gainful employment soon. I'd been sending my cv and motivational letters off to so many companies and either not hearing back from them at all or if I did, they were letters of rejection. Then last week, I was approached by a headhunter agency based in Belgium, who were looking for a customer care manager for their Finnish client looking to expand their operations to The Netherlands. They'd stumbled upon my cv, which I'd left on one of those job database/search engine sites as soon as I knew I'd be unemployed, and in which I'd given my last job title as that of customer care coordinator. Close enough, they must have thought, and called to ask if I'd be interested in talking to them? What else could I say but yes? So they sent me the job description, and after I read it I thought 'wow' and 'they think I can do all that?!', but by then I knew they'd already briefed one of their consultants to drive up to Utrecht from Brussels specifically to meet with me, and I saw no option but to keep the appointment. I didn't think I would impress him, but apparently, I have because he's going to introduce me to their client next week! All I need to do now is re-draught my cv in English, write down two 'success stories' highlighting my accomplishments within hp, and a motivational letter of why I would particularly like to associate myself with this company, and it's onwards and upwards all the way! If they decide to take me on, I'd be doubling my salary at a stroke!

Of course, I would have to deliver on the promise they see in me...but I'm not altogether convinced that I can. I know I'm quite capable as a so-called Individual Contributor...not sure that I'm Mid-Level Manager material. hp certainly never even thought I was any kind of management material. Apart from an abortive stint as Project Manager around the turn of the century, I've never had that kind of responsibility. It would feel like jumping in the deep end with my hands tied and my feet encased in concrete...Then again, it would also be a poke in the eye for Jobsworth...Decisions, decisions...

I listened to my messages on my way home. One of them was from this company who are looking for a customer service coordinator now that they're expanding to The Netherlands, too. I think you can see the appeal (it's shoes!), but there is one little obstacle to overcome: it's being set up from Germany and for that reason, fluency in both oral and written German is key, more than English. So now I'm committed to an interview in Rotterdam, in German, on Tuesday. Oy vey.


( 22 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Aug. 7th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Things are indeed looking up - if they offer the first one give it a shot, I reckon.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
You reckon? Oh well, what the heck, I may as well see it through.
Aug. 7th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wow! Sounds like things are moving right along. I have total faith in you, btw.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
It's like the busses, really -- none for a long time, then two come at once.

And thanks for the vote of confidence. Wish I could feel it myself, really I do. But I'm just a big ol' scaredy-cat at heart.
Aug. 7th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed for you! Now that you know what your new job title ought to be, searching might become easier....

And btw, better late than never: ( at least I think I remember it being somewhere around nowish...)

Happy Birthday!
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Klopt, mijn verjaardag was gisteren. Ik dacht nog aan je vandaag, toen ik in Hoog Catharijne rondliep. Ik heb je al veel te lang niet meer gezien/gesproken; we moeten nodig weer 'ns afspreken...
Aug. 7th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Forward momentum! yay!
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Forward momentum's good, it makes me feel tingly all over.
Aug. 7th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds good!

>>Of course, I would have to deliver on the promise they see in me...but I'm not altogether convinced that I can.

I know that feeling well!

Sorry, I had no internet connection yesterday, I hope you had a good birthday.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, I had an excellent birthday, thank you! We went to see Wall-E, which is another wonderful animation. I had quite as much fun watching that as I had with Kung Fu Panda earlier on.

As to the other thing: glad I'm not the only one racked with self-doubt on occasion. 'Cause however everyone else keeps telling me it's a great opportunity and I should seize it, I just go 'Eeeeeek, scary!' -- which is not to say I won't go through with it, 'cause I will. Who knows, they may not want me, anyway.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'm racked with self-doubt on all occasions! I do think they tend to talk up those roles though.

I don't fancy Wall-E at all. I find cute robots rather off-putting.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
You find anything cute off-putting! And there's no denying that Wall-E is cute, too cute even in parts, yet still I liked the film. There's very little dialogue in it, which I found really refreshing, and a lot of humour...and no scary bits which was good as I had my very impressionable 6-year old nephew with me.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hey, I liked Finding Nemo!

Little dialogue? You're not selling it to me,

Aug. 7th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
OK, apart from Finding Nemo, then...

Hardly any dialogue at all. They're not like C3PO, chatterbox robots don't exist in the year 27-and-a-bit apparently. But the animation is great, and there's a lot of visual gags, as well as a lot of Hello, Dolly.

Anyway, the film I'm really looking forward to and determined not to miss this year, is The Forbidden Kingdom, which opens here on Aug 28th. Jet Li and Jackie Chan in one film, that's my idea of wu shu heaven!
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
And Hello Kitty.

Ah I've been meaning to watch The Forbidden Kingdom, but I haven't got to it yet. I think it's out here.
Aug. 7th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it must be. Do go, and let me know what you think of it!

One thing I will say of my present no-need-to-leave-the-flat situation, is that at least it's given me a chance to re-watch my Bruce Lee and other Chinese martial arts movies. I've got no complaints on that score.
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I still have a DVD or two to watch, but the subtitles commit me and I have other things to get on with at the same time. I'm currently doing a Dead Like Me watch-through.
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Do you know, I've got a few pirated versions I got dirt cheap in our Chinatown -- they have no subtitles but I must say I hardly notice that; the fight scenes are still amazing and they're what I watch those films for mostly anyway. Who cares what their beef is, as long as they fight pretty?

I don't think I've ever seen Dead Like Me, though Mick refers to it often enough...I'm kind of interested in watching Pushing Daisies when that starts airing soon; the trailers look interesting.
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I get (possibly dodgy) Region 2's off Ebay from Hong Kong with the subtitles I am interested in the plot!

Dead Like Me is wonderful. I suspect Pushing Daisies has a similar whimsy, but I haven't got to watcing that yet.
Aug. 7th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
Honestly? I care about the plot, too. I just tell myself it doesn't matter for those films I haven't got subtitles with, so as to avoid having to admit I made a bad purchase. ;-)
Aug. 8th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Wow, lookit you with all your interviews. This is all very positive, and how do you know that you're not Management material? if you've not had the chance you don't know if you can do it or not. Of course I think you'd be great at it.
Aug. 8th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
This is all very positive

Isn't it? I keep having to fight to urge to pinch myself, from basic disbelief that such a future may actually be in store for me. It's a wonderful opportunity and if it had come my way 10 years ago, I wouldn't have hesitated...I keep thinking 'old dog, new tricks' -- when I'm not thinking 'woo-hooo!', that is.

Thank you, though, for letting me know you could see me in that role.
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