2nd round interview today was just as “abrasive” as the first. The majority of the interview was with a board member who I really liked. I connected well with her and felt she was nice and asked good questions. She had worked in Nairobi previously as a volunteer or intern in her 20’s. At the end of the main part of the interview, The director and deputy director came in, did another role play, and of course nitpicked 1 or 2 things. The director then remarks that it’s “Casual Fridays” and that usually he is “Dressed better then (I am)”. Ok, wtf does that have to do with the position? I don’t know.
Anyways, the position itself is not the issue. I could probably do it, but it’s clear that the director likes hard-sell people who will be very aggro with potential donors. I tend to be non-aggro and focused on building a relationship with funders that reflects their interests and core values. Clearly we have different approaches. It seems from talking to the board member that the organization is worse off financially then they let on. This makes sense given the current climate and the gist of their roleplay focus on getting high value donors. Honestly, I am not sure whether I would fit in personality wise because I am really not a hard sell/aggro type of person. I also don’t do well with abrasive/biting humor that borders on criticism. Constructive criticism is one thing,hinting that you dress better then someone is just really, I dunno.. bizarre? I prefer tried and true instead of pushy, risky, and untested. Perhaps that means I am boring in my grant writer personality? I don’t know. My dad seems to think that Program Development is more my thing anyway, and I would tend to agree.
The nice thing about this NC position is that I have only talked to the main go to person there once, and I liked Margaret the second she started talking. She seems professional, kind, on the ball. The job would also allow me to manage and mentor volunteers and groups of volunteers on certain projects. I enjoy mentoring college age folks because they tend to be fairly dynamic and creative, so I like that I will not be a desk slave. I don’t see this being a 3 year gig anyway, but would consider doing 2 years if I really liked the outfit. It’s possible I could also stay and transition, as orgs are usually open to this. I just have to see how things go next week with initial phone screens.
Yes actually. I got a text message calling me a “Bitch” and asking “Wy did u brk up wid me? Dont do me lik dat.. I wanted 2 get wit u”. I had to inform the person that I was not only NOT a bitch ( I’m a dude) but that I doubted that asking your ex to “get wid me” was not going to win her back.
You're so wise. haha How's life with you? Did you figure out what you're going to do about that job interview?
The PT job called me for round 2. Although I have other potential FT stuff that COULD come up, I am going to go in for round 2 on Friday and see how I feel. It IS work, but it has no benefits and is only about 19 hours a week. I am not sure yet if I will say yes if offered because I don’t like to dash in to a job only to dash out.
When I was a kid, I didn't have a laptop, iPod, Blackberry, PS3, Wifi or iPads. I played outside with friends, bruised my knees, made up stories and played hide and seek. I ate what my mom made. I would think twice before I said "no" to my parents. Life wasn't hard, it was good & I survived. Kids these days are spoiled. Re-post this if you appreciate the way you were raised. I think we were happier kids.
My contact for the job in NC called me back. They will be doing 1st round interviews starting around Aug 9th! I’m very excited about this because the phone conversation I just had was very positive and their board is VERY interested in my resume. I’m pretty sure that I will be contacted for an initial interview. This also could create a bit of a logistical problem:
My folks are going on vacation from August 14th onward, I think for about a week. If they fast-tracked the process due to a low pool of applicants, then I could expect that they would be starting 2nd round interviews around the 17th. That might mean that if they DID want me to come for an in person, I’d need about 48 hours or less to get over to their HQ. At the same time, it’s hard to know because they may have a big pool that then causes them to finish 1st round calls on the 17th, meaning that they would then need a week to decide who to call for in person interviews, making it more likely that they wouldn’t start 2nd round until the 22nd, when I’d probably be home and could simply fly down to Raleigh and rent a car at the airport.
I’m not sure and my folks aren’t sure if I should join them at the beach or stay here. It’s 4 hours to my friends in Chapel Hill and about 4 hours 16 mins to the HQ of this organization from the Outer Banks.
Damn this is going to be a pain logistically.. any suggestions?
A Survival investigation has uncovered alarming evidence that some of Ethiopia’s most productive farmland is being stolen from local tribes and leased to foreign companies to grow and export food – while thousands of its citizens…
My contact over at Save The Children got back to me. I sent her my resume. It looks like they have some new Child Health and Mortality programs that Save is rolling out and they will need to do analysis on determinants, best practices, etc. Given that I have recent experience in pub health, capacity building, community assessment, etc, their is a slight possibility, SLIGHT that they will need more people on their Monitoring and Evaluation, and this could turn into an internship. If it pays, I would probably go for that and use it as Resume fodder to boost my desirability to employers. Save has huge cred with many NGO’s and US based nonprofits, so it would open doors. I dunno.. You gotta give everything a shot, right?
So.. the details on the job I interviewed with today are that it is now NOT 30 hours a week, but 19, even though it is still 20 hours a week. I’m also competing against 33 other applicants. I went in feeling confident about my chances, and now leave rather.. I don’t know.. ambivalent. I’ll know if I have a 2nd round interview by the 28th
I talked with my brother more and he said I just need to save up what I have, get a “shit job” or even a decent part time job, and just move back to the Raleigh/Durham area. I want to, but I don’t think I can move with only $4,000 in the bank, even If i pulled in an extra $2,000 without a definite job prospect. Still, there is nothing for me here in CT, living with my folks.
I dunno, am I crazy? Can I actually move with less then 8k?
“When you awaken your heart, you find to your surprise that your heart is empty. If you search for the awakened heart, there is nothing but tenderness. You feel sore and soft, and if you open your eyes to the rest of the world, you feel tremendous sadness. It occurs because your heart is completely open, exposed. It is the pure raw heart that has the power to heal the world.”—C.Trungpa
We expect all companies, including Johnson and Johnson, Abbott, and Merck, to also put their patents in the Pool, just as we hope that countries that don’t benefit from this agreement will use all means, including compulsory licenses, to increase access to HIV medicines for their people
(I Could Not Agree More)
”—Michelle Childs, policy and advocacy director at MSF’s Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, on pharmaceutical company Gilead’s first steps into the Medicines Patent Pool for HIV/AIDS drugs. Learn more. (via doctorswithoutborders)
“Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.”—Saint Augustine
So far I have continued to use Plentyoffish and OKCupid and try them out. Plentyoffish has a huge amount of fugly/skanky/morbidly obese trailer trash people on it with the occasional decent looking female. My brother went on it to check it out for himself for fun and he joked to me and his girlfriend that the site should be renamed “FuglyDuckling.com”, which made me laugh. I am keeping it on for now, though I haven’t had much luck.
I’ve contacted at least 4 people on OKcupid that were not only decent, but had a fair amount in common with me. One of them ironically is a 23 year old. Before you go “Whoa dude.. Nooooooooo!” hear me out. I’m breaking my own rule here by even considering dating a 23 year old. Any younger and she could have been a senior camper at a summer camp 6 years ago, which is creepy, I get that. I have decided though that since the age difference is only 8 years, and she’s well over 18, that it’s probably OK age-wise. The problem is that “A” appears to be very shy, and has stated that she has never been in a relationship and is a bit “Insecure at times”. Per a friend’s suggestion that it actually wouldn’t kill me just to take this girl out for coffee, I have done just that but she’s saying “Oh I don’t want to feel awkward, I don’t feel like I know you!”. Uhh.. that’s why you go out for coffee with people.. to GET TO KNOW THEM. IF you are so afraid to do that.. WHY the HECK did you join a dating site? I told her if she can’t take the risk to just do coffee, then she’s not worth my time. I’m sick and tired of high maintenance girls.. SERIOUSLY.
I need to find women 25 and over who are not ugly or dressed like something out of Real Housewives. Or maybe I just need to wait until I am working and/or move. I dunno..
“Women and children are the most vulnerable to the lack of access to healthcare. South Sudan has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Many women in labor have to walk for hours or even days to reach a health facility. If they make it, it is often too late.”—Terri Morris, head of mission for MSF in South Sudan. Read more. (via doctorswithoutborders)
I usually start my day around 9 am ( yeah, you get a bit lazy when you are unemployed).
If I’m not searching Idealist.org or some other site for NGO jobs in hopes of applying, then I’m probably updating my website with a new blog post (if you’re REALLLLY into reading all about NGO stuff, let me know and I will link you). I also just started running around 6 am in the morning before it gets hot.
Afternoons so far have been spent trying to get access to healthcare benefits before they expire and I can’t see a doctor, all because the org that handles returning volunteer health claims wants to make a quick buck.
Evenings are often spent playing my guitar, updating tumblr, a walk to the beach, or watching the latest season of TrueBlood on DVD. I try to get to bed at a reasonable hour but I often find myself staying up past midnight.. not good.
Skout: 3/5 Convenient and fast, but lots of fake profiles, teenagers, and skanks. Not really a quality site so I actually deleted the app. Tries to get you to buy stuff. Unless you want to pay, avoid!
Christiandating:2/5 Pulled up matches too far away. Very buggy. Could not get matches close to my location. I also deleted this, though it was better then Skout.
Plentyoffish: 4/5 Slightly buggy interface for the iPhone, otherwise worked ok. I met 2 interesting girls but the rest are hideous, too far away, or skanky. My brother calls the site “FuglyDuckling.com”.
OKCupid: 5/5 Real people, most attractive, no gimmicks.. I like it so far, though I just joined.