It also should also be noted that my team won trivia last week. In fairness, I was only a part of it, although I did kill the literature questions. One of my team members was old enough to know the ingredients of a Harvey Wallbanger, which was a big help. Also helped that Tombo knew the contents of Kurt Cobain’s suicide note. By the way, when you win on a question like that, it’s kind of weird to celebrate. But you get excited anyway because you just won trivia.
I have a new job!
…which is not the public library job that I spent days stressing about over the interview outfit and took to tumblr to beg for help. (My sincere thanks again to everyone who responded.) This interview was the day after the public library, and I developed a migraine right before, so I was very surprised when my references told me they had been called.
This is a part-time professional job as an adjunct librarian at a community college. I’ll be keeping my other professional reference job and leaving my paraprofessional job and the internship. I am actually rather sad about this. But after I settle into the new position, I intend to spend some time stalking the museum library, hoping perhaps a part-time position opens up on another cool project.
I am staying at the paraprofessional job one day a week until the end of the semester, so my boss doesn’t have to replace all my shifts during finals. I’m sad about leaving there, too, there is a lot of stress-bonding that goes on with my coworkers.
It’s rare that I’m so bummed to leave any job. I’ve had some internships and a school job that I’ve really enjoyed and got along well with my supervisors. I guess it’s not such a bad thing to love where you’re leaving as you move on to something better.
In my new job I get to teach classes, and a coworker from the four year college I work at also works there. He says the community college is actually way more fun.
I can pay my loans. I can go away for a weekend sometime. And while I’m certainly not making a king’s ransom—I am still a librarian and a peon librarian at that—I am one little step closer to all the things my bourgeois heart desires, like home ownership, having offspring, getting a cat—cat being paramount. Still probably a couple years away from the cat. For now I’ll have to settle for a museum store shopping spree while I still have my discount.
I will have a short commute for both jobs, which will be a new experience in my adult life. I still have not physically relaxed even with the knowledge that soon I will no longer be working three jobs six days a week struggling to pay my bills.
Question to tumblarians:
I am currently employed in professional and paraprofessional positions at academic libraries. All my professional interviews have been for academic libraries.
I have a dark blue suit and a white blouse, which I have worn for all.
I now have an interview for a position at a small public library.
Should I get passed this first round, there will be a second interview.
While I always err on the side of overdressing, I have gotten the impression that suits are too formal for some public libraries. Or if should I have a suit, I only have one business suit and another suit which is semi-silky that I wore to a wedding and might not be appropriate for an interview.
Alternatively, I have a jewel-toned pink blouse that also goes with the blue suit, but I keep getting told not to wear dramatic colors to interviews. I also have a very spiffy-looking blue blazer, which has no collar and therefore looks weird with collared shirts.
Any insights from anyone?
Student patron: Do you have laptops?
Student aide: Yes.
Student patron: Excuse me, but are they, like, shitty?
Student aide [without missing a beat]: Yes.
Honest and to the point, our kids are.