Monday, November 2, 2009

Job Update

Thanks for being patient...I've been having some problems with Blogger, apparently. :)

But for the REAL job update:

Recently I flew to California for a week for two interviews and an informal lunch that turned into a job offer. That particular job was in a city a little far away from the school my husband will go to to really be feasible for us. But getting this job offer did take the pressure off. We now had a way to get back to California!

My first interview was directly after that lunch...and let's just say it was about two steps ahead of where I am administratively. Amusing, I suppose, because when I got home, I got a postcard in the mail that let me know my "rank" amongst the other job seekers. (I'm not sure how many there were, but my rank was 20, which was hardly high enough to give me a job! You had to be in the top 6 to get a second interview.)

So now we get to the God-part of the story. Seriously...good stuff. There was this job at Redwood Community Action Agency that I had seen weeks ago and applied for. The time to apply was ending on my birthday, Tuesday, Oct. 20th, which was when I was IN California. So I got a call asking if I could come in for an interview that Friday. So I did. The interview was really, really long (over an hour) and then I thanked them and walked outside to my friend's truck I was borrowing. The human resource director actually lifted up a window to ask me to come back inside! So I knew it was either going to be really good or really bad!

AND IT WAS GOOD! They offered me the job on the spot. I had prayed before I went in to the interview that if this was the job that the Lord wanted me to have, he would just sling doors wide open. And He did! They told me they didn't want to interview anyone else, but that they had never done this before. They felt I had just dropped into their laps, but I knew better. God had orchestrated it all.

So, beginning Nov. 16th, I will be RCAA's new Clinical Services Coordinator! I'm excited about this job, people. I haven't worked full-time in almost 2 years (since my daughter was born), but I'm ready to get back into it. This job will have some counseling and some supervising, but mainly I will be overseeing all the mental health at RCAA's Youth Service Bureau and Family Services Division (there are links on the main page). This is an administrative job, but with aspects I'm extremely familiar with so I'm comfortable assuming this additional responsibility.

Now on to prayer requests. Since I'ms tarting Nov. 16th and my husband doesn't finish up his semester until Dec. 11, there are some inherent scheduling problems trying to be a family from 3200 miles away (give or take a 100 or two). The best solution we could come up with is for me to fly by myself to California, live with a friend, and start the job. By the time my husband can come, I should have found a house (which is a prayer request--we need one within our range limit) by then. My mother will be bringing my little girl over after about 2 1/2 weeks. My daughter will stay in Cali while Mom returns to MS. My husband will then travel cross-country with the moving van and be in CA by Dec. 17-18, somewhere around there. So we won't se each other for 5 weeks, but I'll have my daughter most of that time. Still, 2 1/2 weeks without her will be extremely difficult. My husband is transitioning into the role of the primary caregiver, and this also needs prayer. Maddy isn't taking to it too well right now, but we hope that once I'm gone to CA and she doesn't really have a choice as to who's going to put her to sleep, put her in her high chair, etc, then it won't be quite so dramatic.

But that should fill you all in on me! I will COVET your prayers during this time as I get ready to leave my family and start a new job. Posts will be irregular, I'm sure, except I will be posting regularly on The Character Therapist. My assessment queue is getting fairly long!

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14 comments:

Katie Ganshert said...

Something wonky's going on here, Jeannie girl. Where's the update? :)

sherrinda said...

I'm with Katie...I want a real update, not just a teaser! :)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Wow, Jeannie! That's awesome! Congrats on the new job!!! I'll definitely be praying!

PatriciaW said...

Wow, congratulations on the new job! Relocation is never simple, but it will work out.

No need to covet. Prayers freely given. :)

sherrinda said...

Now THAT's an update! Woohoo for God! I'm so glad He's opened up the door for you. I'll be praying for an easy transistion. :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, congrats on your job! I'll definitely be praying for you!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your new job! I'll keep you and your family in my prayers and remember to pray about the house, too!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Congrats on the job! I'm sending love your way--hope all the logistics work out the way you need them to!

Katie Ganshert said...

Now that's better! I have PT conferences tomorrow and Thursday...I'm going to try calling you Wed. after school, 3:15ish. Can't wait to talk!!!!

Diane said...

So glad God is in control. I pray the time apart will be bearable and God will use that too. So happy for you! :O)

Jamie D. said...

Wow - lots of changes coming about for you in the next months! Congratulations on getting a job you're excited about, and the means to reach your goals. :-)

I'll look forward to updates, praying you'll find a house, and that everything goes smoothly for you throughout the transition...

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Oh, man, how did I miss this one. This is awesome news, Jeannie!!! Just Awesome!! God is good, indeed. Okay, praying now for travelling mercies, smooth adjustment, home seeking, and Maddy taking to Daddy being the primary caregiver for a while.

Blessing to you, Jeannie. Thanks so much for the update. My prayers for you are shifting in light of this.

Terri Tiffany said...

WOW~ God is amazing! Now I want you to hire me! I really hate the temp job I have and think I will apply back to mental health work as no one talks all day where I am!
Please keep us posted!

Vicki said...

Congrats!!
Will keep you all in my prayers!