Unexpectedly – though it seems both logical and necessary – following the first interviews that I had for a couple of Writer Editor positions, I was asked to complete a writing test.
Recently, I made an online portfolio of my published work. Thinking this would be enough to seal me a full-time position as a writer editor with some lucky company. Yet, there was a lot riding on this so-called “writing test”. Game to complete the task, I couldn’t help but question why I had to prove myself when I had valuable examples available for the employers to see.
I understand that these Human Resource employees needed to ensure that I could produce work in a style of writing that pertains to their actual company or organization. Wouldn’t you think that I’d be more guaranteed the position if asked to do that though? I tried not to get my hopes up, but I couldn’t resist. The jobs were right there! Dangling in front of my eyes and all I had to do was write well. I could do that.
I didn’t get offered either of the positions. Disheartened and teary eyed – that’s an understatement because I cried a lot – I decided that all I could do was accept the reality, take it as an invaluable experience on account of interview practice and keep applying.
I applied to about 7 jobs the night I found out that I didn’t land either position, and that was after tutoring at Sylvan. If anything, it was a shit ton of motivation to “keep it moving” as my friend Kim would say.