I was scared to accept it. It would've been so easy to decline their offer.
The distance, the short-notice, finding accommodations and someone to cover my shifts at work. But I did not want fear to hold me back so I said YES!
Ever since my visit to Seattle in May, I've been applying to places out there.
Well, I was offered a job interview in Seattle next week and it's the same city department I worked at for five years here in Chicago!
I definitely have the experience and know I can grow into the role.
The only catch is this department is unionized--the exact union I belonged to when working for the city of Chicago (before being laid off).
I know they pick candidates based on seniority first, then by qualifications. And since I've never worked in Seattle before, I'll be going in from scratch.
But I must try!
After all, they saw something in my resume to call me out-of-state to compete against those already working for them, right?
Whether or not I get the job, at least I'll get to see Seattle again.
And perhaps most importantly, they've given me some hope...they've given me a chance.