After becoming self-employed in 2015, I have got myself into a (albeit happy) little rut and daily routine in which I run my business. It’s a nice way to work, but over the last few months I’ve been feeling the need for a new challenge. As if the universe was trying to tell me something a friend tagged me in an advert on Facebook the other week for a major Birmingham website that was looking for Freelance Content Creators for their lifestyle section of the website. It was the perfect opportunity that I had been looking for – I’ve been a lifestyle blogger for six years, it would potentially be a chance to meet a whole bunch of new people within my field, I’d be able to write whatever I wanted about the city I have lived in and loved for most of my adult life and it wouldn’t impact on my social media business and freelance writing work that I already do.
While I was excited about it, creating a blogging CV and cover letter was more difficult than I had expected. The last time I applied for a job was in 2012, which was a teaching job in a school where I had already worked with the headteacher. This was a completely different thing – I can draft a teaching CV relatively easily in a short amount of time if I ever needed to, but I found it difficult to change my mindset to blogging and social media and the skillset and achievements involved.
Despite this, I managed to produce something that I was reasonably happy with, and I got an interview.
And here began my next worry. I like talking to new people (and I can certainly talk about all things blogging and writing for hours) but I’m not exactly the most articulate person when speaking face-to-face. I have a tendency to ramble off into irrelevant tangents (especially if I get over-excited about something) eventually ending a discussion on a completely different point to the one I started with. Why use one word when twenty-five thousand will do? I made sure that I wrote down a list of notes that would hopefully be useful, went through a few answers to potential questions I may be asked, and prayed that I wouldn’t make a total idiot of myself.
I need not have worried, as such. I actually had a blast – my interviewers were nice, down-to-earth people and easy to talk to so I relaxed far quicker than I expected to. I liked the questions, which were a lot more fun than the ‘can you tell us about the schemes of work you’ve done for…’ questions that I’m used to and I got the chance to talk about blogging and social media without anyone’s eyes glazing over.
In the middle of the questions one of the interviewers mentioned my cat, which caught me off guard for a second – he was scanning through my blog as we were talking. I then realised that one of the most recent posts on the blog was my complaint about my cat being a ‘jerk’, my pointless attempts to administer eye drops when he was grumpy about having a thermometer up his bum and his obvious plans to kill me in my sleep later.
Out of six years worth of writing with well over a thousand lifestyle posts – some of which I’m actually quite proud of – THAT was the post appearing at the forefront of the blog as an example of what I do, along with a set of happiness quotes that I had forgotten to format properly so it covered a massive amount of my home page.
Thankfully, I had submitted a whole selection of posts within my application so I could prove that I didn’t just write about my cat’s bottom, and it was a point I could laugh about by (quickly) explaining his secret plans to ruin my days off, but urgh.
Still, rambling and discussions about my cat aside, I got the job. I’m now a freelance content creator for a fantastic website in Brum.
Not a bad way to end the month!
What about you guys? Have you made an idiot of yourself during a job interview?
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