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Friday, September 4, 2009

Job front: Good news/bad news

First, the good news: I had a 40-minute phone interview Friday with an HR person who works for a company that investigates real estate fraud. I'm applying for a position where I'd basically be an investigative reporter. I'd check documents and interview the people involved in a mortgage transaction to determine whether or not things were on the up and up.

I think it'd be a great job and I think I had a very very very good interview. I won't know anything until the end of next week, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Now, the bad news: The job is basically my last hope to get hired by anyone in the near future (ok, like a month or so). That's because the two other promising leads I had for work sent me rejection/regret letters.

First, this one:

Thank you for your application and interest in opportunities at
the University of Texas at Austin.

We have reviewed your application based on the job related
criteria for the posting, 090723018676,
Informational Writer II.
We regret to inform you that you were not the candidate selected
to fill the position.

And then today, this one:

Thank you for your interest in the Dallas Morning News’ Austin Bureau. I won’t bury my lede: I’m sorry to say that we are choosing someone else for the position. We received resumes from well over 100 talented journalists and culling the list to fit our needs has been a difficult task, to say the least. Your work, as you should know, is really good but our needs this time around are taking us in a different direction. Thanks again and I wish you the best of luck in the future.

The fact that I didn't even get an interview for the UT position was surprising. I would have been working for the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which is the governing body for high school sports in Texas. My job would have been to go to high school sporting events, write press releases and gather information to help sports writers at those events.
I'm sure the UIL saw on my resume that I covered high school sports in Texas for several years and that I worked with the same UIL organization that I was trying to become part of. I guess the UIL thought that a guy with my experience having covered the Cowboys/Mavericks/NFL/NBA would not be good enough for high school sports in Texas.

The second rejection letter, from the Dallas Morning News, was not surprising. I mean, that is a very good newspaper, and though I think I'm a very good writer, I'm sure they hired someone who is already working for another paper, or, perhaps, the Dallas Morning News itself.

Anyway, I'll keep my fingers crossed about the good news that happened today.



Blogger untpawgal02 said...

Stay positive... something will happen for ya!

September 5, 2009 at 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Sonja said...

Hi Kevin, that is really brave posting your no thanks letters like that. Hang in there and something will turn up. Eventually. Sometimes when we're not sure what's going on or where we're going, it turns out to be a time of grace.

September 6, 2009 at 7:59 AM  

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