Well at Least the Resumes are Done
I’ve still got loads of time to kill (well, maybe not loads.) *checks clock while proofing* Still, enough time to listen to my fingers tap away at the keyboard. That tapping being the sound of frustration and fear.
I planned to do this yesterday. Go out, hit some of the local clinics and see if they would take me on for the internship/co-op/I-really-don’t-give-a toss-what-to-call-it-anymore. This is part of the school’s program that I enrolled in at the beginning of the year. I actually finished the program a long time ago. The only thing that remains is the above. I could just skip it, but I would like the experience. It would give me a possible edge, that may get my resume somewhere remotely near the top of the pile, when competing with all the other applicants.
At this point, I suppose I really can say that I am frustrated. I don’t understand what the problem is with finding clinics that will take us on. If this was part of the prospectus or curriculum, then why is this occurring? Not to mention, despite having problems finding placements for my/our class, another has just come through right behind. Thus, I must take matters into my own hands.
I am not comfortable at all with cold calls of any sort. Not that Aspies are so special, but I don’t think you will find a single one that is particularly good at it. Not even “particularly!” Even if it was for a job of our “narrowed obssessed narrowed field of interest.” They might just do the same thing that I do. Plus, I don’t think it’s just the Asperger’s. It’s probably all of my diagnoses!
Dependent upon the cold call, this is what I’ll do:
Voice: I speak way too long, I stumble through my words sounding like I’m a total cretin, I may be somewhat repetitive and I must concentrate very hard not to indicate I have a bit of a stutter (that of course has a tendency to pop up sometimes when I’m nervous!)
I know that voicemail messages are to be kept extremely brief in the professional world. I think most of mine last approximately a full minute.
In Person: They say you should prepare a “speech.” Well, this is a pretty useless task for me, as far as I see it. It’s not so much writing one, but I feel it’s worse to memorize it! I did theatre work for years, but now I have terrible stage fright. I really want to get over it, but an In Person Cold Call is not the place to try!
So, I think about important points in my head (that I have already thought about.) I attempt to be so pleasant it would make all of you gag. I try to not trip over my tongue and, yes, that stutter business, as well. Oh, I try not to throw up, too. And be brief. And make REALLY strong eye contact. And… Oh, bugger it! I don’t know! Just wing it? At least my stage fright hasn’t robbed me of my Improv Skills? I don’t have a damn clue!
I need a Valium. *pops pill while still drinking vats of tea to get head on straight* HA! I think I could drink all the tea in my flat and it may not help!
Next question. What to wear! It’s stiflingly hot and humid out today! I don’t think I’m in the mood for a skirt. No. Nice top and dress pants. Clothes are easy. PA rarely ends up having a “Fashion Crisis.”
However, speaking of some kind of “Employment Crisis?” Worse than doing this today? Or maybe not? She’s still too much in shock to tell. She checked out the website again for one place she is visiting. She read they have just opened a new clinic downtown in her city and they were hiring! Although, they didn’t say where, for what or… She just filled out the online information required, and shot off her resume!
Okay, should probably jump in the shower now. That will give me more time to be nervous prepare, drink tea and mess around online.