Monday Blues: My Journey to Happiness – Week 1

Not gonna lie, I’m starting this blog with the sole purpose of landing a job at Automattic, also hoping to finally launch my blogging career for the umpteenth time.

After doing research for the past two months – enough for the cookies on Automattic.com to generate a pop-up message addressing that I’ve been there way too often and should “just apply already!” – I’ve finally sent out my application last Wednesday night.

Whilst waiting for a response, I’ve also taken this opportunity to explore other options that I may have considering that I’m ready to leave my post of six years and counting. I’ve registered for accounts on websites like Glassdoor.com and Indeed.com, cleaning up updating my LinkedIn profile while I’m at it. In the span of two days, I’ve probably applied to about ten different listings ranging from more customer support roles to administrative roles – continuing my service experience portfolio.

After having spent five full days at home, tied to my computer, I’ve come to the realization that I can totally do this “remote work thing.” I’ve become even more excited to join the Automattic family.

I initially applied for the Happiness Engineer position due to its what I consider to be ultimate flexibility. I’ve come to terms with my mental well-being and overall health that I need to finally start taking care of myself.

Working in retail limits my ability to do that with optimal results.

I used to spend about three hours total commuting to and from work everyday via public transportation- now, bare in mind that I live and work in the same 7×7 city, it should not take me that long to get anywhere. My current work location has 2-hour or meter parking in the surrounding mile radius, making it impossible to drive to work everyday while avoiding a parking ticket (my manager managed to land one parking ticket a week one month, $89 each) – I refuse to work for free and I don’t drive anyway. Now that Uber has offered Ride Passes (flat fares), I’ve resorted to just taking Uber everyday – spending double of what I would spend on public transit but taking half the amount of time, even via uberPOOL. But even with the convenience of Uber, my shifts still land smack dab in the middle of the day. My shifts are either 9:30am – 6:30pm or 10:30am – 7:30pm. My normal day will involve me waking up at 6:30am, get ready and go to work, get home at around 8:00pm, grab a bite, have a shower, and go to bed – leaving no time for me to work out or even to reflect on what the hell happened today. This has been going on for about a year now and I think I’ve finally cracked. I need to fix myself before I really need to seek a shrink. This is how the whole job search thing started.

The past few days consisted of me waking up when my body decided to wake up (I suffer from mild insomnia) usually between the hours of 8:00am – 11:00am, make a cup of coffee, firing up the computer, researching potential companies and positions, sending out resumes and cover letters, ending the process at about 11:00pm, when the Mr. comes home. I get about an hour of wind down time before the lights go out, and then I just lay there to the sound of the Mr.’s snoring for the next few hours until my brain decides to shut down. I’ve found that I’m rather productive working on my own time and biological clock, making the thought of being an Automattician all the more rewarding.

It only took their hiring team all of three days to respond to my application. I was getting ready to meet a group of friends whom I have not seen in about a year for dinner, that’s when the telltale ping sounded off from my phone. The response that I’ve been waiting impatiently for has finally arrived. My heart started pounding as I opened the email and I began to read

“…we decided not to schedule an interview at this time.”

What? My heart stopped. My eyes hovered over the statement. I froze on the spot with my phone in my hands. What? Where did I go wrong? Why is this person sending me a list of books to read? Why am I not getting an interview? I had to know.

I followed up with an email to the respondent. Now I wait. And wait. And wait.

As I am typing up this blog post, I’ve finally received a response from the respondent. She catered a careful explanation of the qualities that the hiring team is seeking, also mentioning though I’m not being considered at this time, it did not mean that I wasn’t qualified. She did in her first email encouraged me to reapply in the future should I still find this position a desire, however, that’s all I got. There was no constructive criticism, no further instructions, no definite no, just a list of books and a recommendation to explore the WordPress platform- so, here I am.

This was Week 1.

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