It has been more than 7 years since I applied for a job. I'm so lucky in that -- I have been with this company since I was in college as an intern. It has seen me through my wedding, the births of both my kids... the company even threw me a farewell party when I left them in 1999, only to welcome me back a year later when I realized what a mistake leaving had been.
But now... circumstances have changed. I'm no longer a recent grad with all the time in the world to commute, to travel, to... commute. I need something closer to our home-base, that will be more flexible since my oldest son starts Kindergarten next year. What I really need is a part-time gig; what I applied for this morning is not that, but it's a first step into The Job Search. I know I'm lucky to begin searching while I still HAVE a job.
I'm nervous. I don't remember how to do interviews. I don't know when's the right time to ask about salary and schedules, or how in the heck to negotiate a salary. I received an auto-response from the Human Resources Office saying they had gotten my email, and NO CALLS, PLEASE. What if they don't want to interview me?
...What if they do??