Ritual Confessions

January 4, 2008

I want this

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 4:20 am

Tomorrow morning at ten, I have an interview for a job I really want. It’s a position as a writer and strategist for a marketing agency. It’s a way to combine writing and business development, which are my two most essential professional strengths.

I haven’t had a formal job interview for well over a year. I’m planning to do the formerly unthinkable and not wear a suit. When I moved, in mid-2006, to Portland from NYC, I interviewed repeatedly in power suits (for which, admittedly, I have a real weakness). I was overdressed every time. The most dramatic example was my meeting with the global human resources director for a huge corporation. I dressed to the nines, and he showed up in shorts. I felt like a boardroom stiff at a beach party. Tomorrow I’m planning to wear heels, dress pants, a camisole and a very nice sweater. Ironically, it will be hard for me to feel at ease in this attire, but I’m convinced that it’s the best course of action, given Portland’s business culture.

I feel hopeful and anxious and vulnerable and eager.

I want this. I really want this. 

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1 Comment »

  1. That sounds to me like the perfect PDX interview wear. I hope both that you are successful, and that they are willing to pay something resembling what you’re worth.

    Comment by davidrochester — January 4, 2008 @ 5:55 am


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