I applied last month for a teaching job in Japan. Today they were having information sessions and interviews here in Austin. If they liked you today, they would ask you back for a personal interview tomorrow.
They didn't like me.
Personally, I think I was a little too wild for them. Because I've lost weight, the dress I wore was a bit more...low cut that it used to be. They mentioned women should only have 1 set of earrings in and no long danglers. I had 2 sets of earrings in and a 3rd hole empty. Tattoos are apparently taboo. I don't have any, but I've always thought about getting one. The other candidates were all fresh out of college. As you know, I'm not. They stressed enthusiasm in lessons and in the group presentations. I get excited about teaching, but I'm sorry, I can't fake it with a bunch of people I just met.
But I'm seriously okay with this rejection. (Hell, after all those writing rejections, it's not so bad!) It just means that there's a reason I'm not going. Maybe it means something bigger and better is awaiting me here in Austin. Maybe it means, as much as I like the idea of living and working overseas, my personality isn't ready.
Whatever the reason, it's back to the drawing board I go. Now I think I'll make myself feel better with a margarita. Thanks for all the positive thoughts. I knew I could count on you!