I Got Hired for A New Job During A Pandemic

Lately, life has been really good. And, I get that this isn’t the type of thing people want to read on the internet. It’s become more common to talk about how the pandemic has messed with mental health. Honestly: I’m doing well, and I’m very grateful.

Here’s how yesterday went. In the morning, I woke up and attended a Jewish class online while doing reports. At one point, the teacher asked a question. “Yes, I’m still there,” I clarified, unmuting my mic for just one moment. And then muting it again. I was typing up reports during this class– I didn’t want to turn on my camera because then it would be rude not to look. I finished scoring and typing up 4 assessments. Then, I worked with the one case that I have right now. I’m a companion for people with special needs. After that, I ended up getting a formal offer letter for the job I interviewed for.

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’d know that I’ve wanted to do a neurofeedback job as I get my doctorate. Neurofeedback is a form of alternative medicine for people who have special needs, anxiety, PTSD, sleep problems, and more. It involves putting electrodes up to a person’s scalp and essentially retraining their brain waves. I was prepared to negotiate my salary, but their offer was much better than what I expected. Apparently, only 7% of women negotiate their first salary. I’ll still negotiate a little because of one thing on the offer letter (and because I want to be a part of the statistic).

The way I got my job was untraditional.

Guys, if you take away one tip from this blog, it’s this: don’t apply to anything through LinkedIn or Indeed. Your application will be one out of hundreds. I cold-called companies, describing my qualifications and asking if a position was available. This company was one that I emailed back in February. I got a response in March. I interviewed in April and again a few days ago. Then, I got the job. There are some things that I can do remotely for them.

On Mother’s Day, I went hiking with my mom. The view was stunning. I left my phone in the car and we just enjoyed each other’s company.

I am the view.
Real talk: at one point, I used to photoshop my pictures, but life is too short not to like your appearance.

After that, she watched a movie with my stepdad while I texted a few friends. Staying in touch during the pandemic is both easier and harder. Easier because people are easier to reach; harder because you can’t touch them or hug them. I also called my doctoral program to ask more questions about financial aid. Everything is slower because of, ahem, current events, so I still don’t know if I got a scholarship. So, then, I looked for scholarships online. As one does.

I’ve decided to end each blogpost with a goal. My goal for this week is to fix my sleep schedule. I’ve been staying up later and later. These past few nights, I’ve been going to sleep at close to midnight. I almost never take naps, but today, I did it. I took an actual nap. That’s how you know I’m exhausted. I want to fix that. I’ll check in with you all next week to share how it goes.

Published by adventuresofagradgirl.wordpress.com

Hi, I'm Vera. I'm starting grad school for neuropsychology in fall 2020. A google search revealed that there are no current grad school blogs for psychology students. Anyway, I happen to know a girl who wants to document her journey to getting a doctorate (spoiler: it's me). Welcome. Hope you stay awhile!

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