Do you have a wish for Christmas?
That’s what my parents-in-law ask as soon as Christmas season is getting closer and because I know them must of the times I have an idea in mind for when they ask. This year I actually didn’t have an answer for their question because what I wanted for Christmas was something they couldn’t get me, a job.
A few weeks ago, I was job hunting and I found a vacancy that called my attention immediately. I felt my resume and the position were perfectly fitting and what’s a plus is that the working language was english #win
At that point, I had finished reading How To Win Jobs & Influence Germans: The Expats’ Guide to a Career in Germany and decided that I was going to put to the test one of the tips that are given in the book to see if it could work. I decided I was going to give a call to the hiring manager, whose contact information was posted in the ad, and I would manage to get relevant information that would allow me to write the perfect cover letter for my application.
What I didn’t see coming was that this call was going to become a mini interview that would make me sweat because I was not prepared. Nevertheless, I did manage to obtain the information that I wanted and I wrote the cover letter that same night and sent my application just after that.
Am I speaking to Frau Henry? It’s xxx from xxx and I am calling to invite you to an interview.
I close the phone and started to cry. Apparently, calling the hiring manager managed to be a good strategy. This interview has been one of the toughest ones I have had because even though I was prepared, there were some questions that I hadn’t thought about. In the end I just hoped for the best and rushed home to tell Viktor all about it.
Apparently my gut hadn’t failed me, this seemed like a good opportunity for me and even though there was a downside with regards of my salary expectation, I decided to focus on the bigger picture and confirm that I was interested in being considered for the position.
In the second interview, I felt more nervous than in the first one. I guess I was more nervous because I was going to meet the person that’s the right hand of who would be my boss if I was hired. Interview #2, check. They would get back to me by the end of the week.
Surprise, surprise…the hiring manager called me the same day, some hours after to ask me how did I felt about the second interview. I thought that was kind of him.
What I once again, didn’t see coming is that just after hearing my reply he told me that he wanted ME on his team.
I closed the phone and broke into tears once again. My Christmas present had arrived and earlier that I expected. From January 2, 2018, I will be a Global Sales Assistant in a logistics company from Bremen and I can’t be more excited.
This is what I wanted. An opportunity to start my career. I didn’t care if I had to begin in an entry level position. I just wanted to find a job that would motivate me to get out of bed and to be part of a team of great people. It took long because good things are worth the wait and even though the ride wasn’t an easy one the important part is that it made me grow and appreciate all the little lessons during the ride.
All I wanted for Christmas was a job and my wish came true.
Thanks for being part of this journey.