Dodging A Bullet

About a year ago, I went for an interview for the position of proofreader at Corinthian Colleges in Santa Ana, CA. I don’t even remember blogging about it to be honest.

During the interview, I recall being told by at least a few people that despite the shitty economy (with “shitty” being my word choice), the company was actually doing extremely well since more people were going back to school to learn a new trade, hence another proofreader was needed to meet the demands of the marketing material they were producing.

I was told I met their needs exactly and my experience in proofreading several languages was an added benefit. After months of being out of work, it seemed things were starting to look up.

I went back for a second interview and through the whole process, felt pretty confident about how it all went.

Then, of course, The Waiting Game began and as time went by I started to think that even if I didn’t get the job, it would be just as well since it was a pretty long drive. (Note: I now work about 3 miles away from the Corinthian Colleges building.)

I sent a few e-mails inquiring about the position and never heard back so I figured that it was a bust. Then about a month after the interview on February 3, 2010, I get the following e-mail:

My apologies for not getting back to you sooner.

I wanted to thank you for the time you spent interviewing for the Proofreader position. Although your background and experience were extremely impressive, another candidate was selected for the position.

I will definitely keep your resume on file for future openings and wish you the best of luck in your job search.

Well, that confirmed it. I was yet another statistic, another victim of a weak economy.

So what am I getting at? This, which appeared online almost a year to the day that I was denied the position.


(Screengrab to avoid the eventual dead link. Courtesy The Orange County Register)

So much for a weak economy being a boon for these guys, eh? But hey, my resume is still on file Smile