Hello Charles C,
Thank you. I am grateful for this opportunity and after being run through the ringer in interviews I also believe in the breakdown that Ryan provided above. After being flown out to Greeley CO, Tracy CA, Blaine WA, and Fort Madison Iowa, only to be passed up, I got an opportunity as a Quality Manager with a company that makes personal care products like essential oils, mouthwash, and some supplements. They are SQF level 2 (2nd year or cert) under categories 19 ( Food Ingredient Manufacture) and 31 ( Dietary Supplements). I have never worked in the personal care product line before but I am a good learner. That is exactly what I told the CEO who interviewed me. It is a small company with a lot of potential. And the people here in Utah are exceptionally nice.
I want everyone out there who is feeling down like I was to understand one thing;
This Indian guy I buy gas and the occasional beer from at the corner store said it best, short and sweet.
I always gave him a weekly update. In total, I was vigorously searching for a job for about 3 months.
Every time I gave him "bad" news about not getting the job he said "time not come".
He stated; "when the time comes, you can answer all the questions wrong and still get the job, nothing can stop it"
"when it's not time, you can do everything perfect and you get nothing, be patient"
As a "former" Texas, eastern thought like this is scoffed at culturally. But my mind was comforted to reference the process in this manner. Simply an event that I wasn't in control of as much as I wanted to be. Accepting the reality of simply being a character in the story rather than the person writing the story was a huge stress relief, and is it not true? The stink of desperation and desire wafting off of me at interviews was acrid. After emersion into my new perception as being part of a huge detailed, elaborate unstoppable unchangeable event I was able to relax and just simply do my best and not worry about it any more.
And that is exactly when it happened. I landed the job. My new perception changed my everything from my blood pressure, anxiety, rate of speech, body language, and ability to be charming and personable.
I am diving head first into the world of FDA regulation on personal care products and the new world of quality associated with this environment.
And I will leave you all with a final thought given to me by a dear friend of 20 years that is currently locked up in prison. After complaining to him about my past employer and how much I dreaded going to work my friend stated; "There is one thing you can do that I can't. If there is something in your life that you don't like,...... change it".