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Long weekend recap

Well this was a very relaxing long weekend. I didn’t really have a set budget coming over, but I think I spent around $80 including ferry costs. I will tally the total when I get home.

Yesterday I climbed Mt. Finlayson. I had no idea it was such a popular trail! There were tons of people hiking as well. I decided that I wanted to really challenge myself, so I did the entire hike in less than 1 hour. My lungs were a bit sore afterwards, which felt nice. Although the hike was easier and shorter than I remembered it being.

Also over the weekend I started reading “The Book of Negroes.” Such a sad book, but so well written! Has anyone else read it?

As for the job search, I have a second interview scheduled for tomorrow, and I just got a voicemail asking me to interview for a coordinator position with a company downtown. I’m getting a lot of interviews, so that’s a good thing. I would be thrilled to line up a great job by the end of the month, but I’m not holding my breath.

Tonight I need to update my portfolio for my interview tomorrow. There are a lot of pieces I can add, since I really haven’t had to use my portfolio in the last 18 months.

Second Interview

Well today’s phone interview went very well, and they have scheduled me for an in-person interview for Tuesday! :) The organization and the job sound great.

Of course salary range was addressed – she asked what my salary range was. I said around $50-55k, but that I was definitely flexible, and she said that the position is in the mid-$40’s, but that I sounded like I had the right background and experiences, so salary would be negotiable and she didn’t think it would be a problem. They also offer great benefits, a flexible work schedule, and educational opportunities.

The only drawback to the job is that it’s quite the commute for me (about 32 km one way – and I’d have to drive – public transit says I would need 4-5 transfers and 2 hours to get there – no thanks). And in rush hour? Ugg. But then again, if I land a job in downtown Vancouver, the commute would probably be just as long. I miss my hometown, where the commute from the heart of downtown to just about anywhere is less than 15 minutes in rush hour.

Phone interview tomorrow

So I have a phone interview scheduled for tomorrow. It’s with a company I’ve worked with before when I was employed by the non-profit a few years ago. It seems like I would be doing the same marketing work I’ve been doing over the last few years (probably utilizing my skills a bit more than my last job), plus there’s a sales side to the job – generating reports & analysis, but not actual sales (which is good, because the last thing I want to do is become a salesperson).

It’s a good organization, so I’m excited to hear more about this position!

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