First time’s a charm!

Last week I had my first set of interviews, for an airline. My cover letter was rough – I wrote it the same afternoon I got laid off, and submitted it before getting feedback, after which people told me it sucked. I applied for the job on the company website, not through a head hunter who would endorse me and help me prep for the interview. When I got the interview, Boyfriend told me it was a shame that I had my first interviews at a job I really wanted, because he said no matter how good I was at interviews, my first ones were bound to be rough. Sure enough, I got there (a few minutes late because I stupidly got lost on the subway) and had to take a written exam on airline management, which included questions like “if airline X is charging $60 and airline Y is charging $80, how much should we charge?” Gulp.


Apparently I completely rock at interviews… because I got the job offer!!! Eeeeeeee I am so excited. I have been dancing around my apartment, calling everyone I know, and spinning until I made myself dizzy and fell against the counter :) Now the question is whether to accept what’s a pretty great position, or see if I can finish interviewing at some other awesome (but very different companies) to see what my options are.

Either way, I think it’s safe to say that the time I spent today calculating how many dogs I would need to walk to pay for the rest of my 50 state marathon journey was wasted :)

P.S. Tomorrow morning I’m having a performance review from my old job (we didn’t get to do it before I got laid off, and I genuinely want my feedback so I can apply it to wherever I end up next). The person giving me the performance review is the same one who brought me into her office to meet with the HR person and announce that I was laid off. How totally freaking AWESOME is it that I can go in and be like, “yeah, I’m disappointed that I got laid off, but I already have another offer for a better job, so you know, it’s really fine.” Career limiting move? Not anymore!


  1. Congrats. Sounds like you will be happy at this job. I hope it comes with free travel perks to help you get the 50 state marathon thing going. Congrats again. Definitely good news.

  2. Way to go Laura!! Please, I knew it wouldn’t take you anytime at all to land a new job. How exciting for you!!

  3. Wahoo! Congrats, Laura. That’s really awesome news. Now you probably can get free airline tix to all the marathon destinations so you can finish your 50 state journey! So exciting. Awesome!

  4. Congrats. Now you can run Cowtown.

  5. Yeah! That is awesome to hear! Go out and have a few martinis! Congrats on the new job!!

  6. Congratulations!!!
    You’ll be flying everywhere!

  7. Congrats!

  8. Congrats! Seems like things might have worked for the best! Ana-Maria

  9. Congrats! That is very exciting!!! Plus all the awesome travel perks I’m sure you’ll have!

  10. CONGRATS!! Now we can all say “told ya sooooooo!” But are probably the fastest job getter ive ever seen..esp in a shitty economy. CELEBRATE!!

  11. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Congrats! Go with your gut and things will turn out right.

  12. That is incredible!!! You’ll make a great decision. Congrats!

  13. Awesome news Laura, just think of all of the travel. Definately accept and interview for the other jobs (can’t hurt right?) Way to go!

  14. Awesome!! I suppose it couldn’t hurt to do a couple more interviews, but it sounds like a great opportunity for you (the travel perks definitely sound nice!) Congrats~

  15. Totally awesome. Congrats.

  16. Congrats on the offer!! Hopefully you can hop right back on the 50 state goal! Best of luck with your performance review and any future interviews…you know, just in case!

  17. Nice work!! Looks like you showed BF! ;)

  18. Good news!

  19. Congratulations!

  20. That’s great. Just go in confident and you’ll be fine. The cover letter couldn’t have been too bad if you got the interview. Nice job.

  21. Congrats on the job!! That is super news!!

  22. Congrats on the job offer! I hope this job, or whatever job you wind up taking really works out for you!

  23. Congrats!!!!!!!! Great JOB!!!!!

  24. YAY! I’ve been looking forward to this post for a few weeks. I knew something wonderful would come your way.

  25. That is AWESOME! I am very happy that you have been able to bounce back so completely and quickly!

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  27. wahoo!! Congrats gal!

  28. Congratulations! You sound so happy, clearly there’s good things in your future!!

  29. Congrats! I am so happy for you! :) It’s always great to get feedback, both good and bad. I am happy to hear you are going back.

  30. Hey, that’s so great! Congratulations!

  31. Congratulations!!

  32. Yay! So, so happy for you, Laura. :)

  33. Wahoooooo! Thats awesome.

  34. Fantastic!! Congratulations!!

  35. i am delurking to say WOW congrats on getting a job so quickly (although im sure to you it felt like ages). good luck at your new position and during your preformance review (i would tell them to suck it, but thats just meeeeeeeeeee)

  36. CONGRATULATIONS! That’s freakin’ awesome!

  37. Good things happen to good people. I am so happy for you. Thanks for starting my day on good news.

  38. BOOYAH!!!

    Like Maggs, I hope it comes with free travel.

    You rock girl!

  39. Congratulations! Sounds great, and like everyone else, I hope it comes with free travel to help you with your 50 state marathon goal!

  40. Woah, Congratulations!!! That is absolutely awesome!!! Hopefully, you’ll now be able to relax and enjoy your last few days off! :)

  41. oh i am so very very happy for you! if you have time before accepting the offer then keep interviewing, if not…well then I’d say if you wan the job take it for now

  42. Awesome, awesome, AWESOME! So happy for you! This is great news and it makes me feel better about things that good people can still get jobs out there.

    Maybe we can celebrate by meeting up for a celebratory run?

  43. Woo Hoo!

  44. Congrats!

    I’m not good at playing the take this/ wait for another offer game, so I’d say take this gig.

    I’m sure this job pays better, but no one is going to appreciate the wortk you do more than the puppies you walked. :)

  45. OH YAY!! Many congrats, Laura!! I knew something good had to be coming your way! Best of luck with the decision-making and the performance review :)

  46. Congratulations, that is wonderful news!! That’s got to feel’s like running into your ex when you’re with your hotter, cooler new boyfriend;)

  47. Wow Laura what wonderful news!!!

    Your rockin!!!

  48. YAY laura!!! that is great news :) good luck with your decision!

  49. That’s awesome!

  50. CONGRATS!!! That’s so exciting. I’d tell the airline that you need some time to think about it. If you have other interviews lined up go on them and then make your decision. But if the airline job is something you want than ignore that and just take it!!! YAY girl!

  51. Congrats! That is so awesome! Does that mean free airfare to all of your marathons now??!?!? Lucky!

  52. Congrats. That’s wonderful news.

  53. Good job, congrats!

  54. Congratulations! That is so great!

  55. Wooo woo! That is great news.

  56. Congrats, I am tracking down my pal in IR but they[‘re on a boat somewhere around Greece, sounds like you won’t need to talk to them anytime soon!

  57. Congratulations! :)

  58. You TOTALLY ROCK!!!! Congrats! I’m so happy for you, this is absolutely fabulous news! You should be so proud of yourself!

  59. Laura, I haven’t been able to see other blogs for awhile with everything that’s been going on in my life, but I noticed that you had lost your job and now I see that you rebounded nicely.

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer person. Congratulations. Now tear it up on the road, girl!

  60. Awesome – that is fantastic news! Way to go!! : )

  61. Wow, congratulations!! That didn’t take long at all. So excited for you :)

  62. yaaaaaay! I’m so excited for you. What airline will you be working for?

  63. Way to go ~ flippin fantastic.

  64. Concrats and perhaps you fly tp Holland(Amsterdam)!.

  65. Incredible, Laura — congratulations!!!

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