The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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Joel needed to find his first job while in college. When he showed up to his first interview, he had spilled coffee all over himself, and looked messy. Joel was nervous and awkward. Some way Joel still managed to obtain the position.

When Joel was 18 years old and graduated high school, his step mother handed him the Sunday newspaper, and said “it’s about time you get a job.” Before internet, the best way to find a job was by browsing through the local newspaper. On a warm Sunday morning, Joel sat around the kitchen table and found a few different he could apply for. Joel sent his resume for the position of a mail room processor. Joel wanted the job because it was it was near home, and he could take the bus, it was a full time, 40 hours per week, and paid slightly above minimum wage.

About a week later, Joel received a memo in the mail that offered him an interview. When the day of the interview came around, Joel woke up bright and early, he had his clothes ironed the night before, and he took his time applying gel to his hair. At 7:40am he grabbed some coffee from the nearby gas station and waited at the bus stop. A few minutes later, he got on the bus. Before he could get all the way on the bus, it took off and he jolted backwards. A splash of boiling hot coffee spilled all over his light blue polo shirt and it was too late to get off from the bus and go home and change.

Joel arrived at the Rockville company’s headquarters for his first interview as a mail processor. He walked in and asked for the hiring manager, Mr. Davis. Joel was then directed to the upstairs office where he met with the manager and his first professional interview. As Joel was walking in to the consultation, he realized the buttons on his shirt were not aligned, but it was too late to fix it. At this point, Joel had coffee stains on his light-colored shirt, and crooked buttons, he was a mess.

After the interview, Joel got back on the bus and to go home. He waited for a letter in the mail hoping for a job offer. A few weeks later that letter came, and Joel was offered his first summer job. For the next three summers, all throughout Joel’s time in college he worked for the company in various positions. After graduating college, he used the connections to find his first real job. Today, Joel still works for the same company, The United States Department of Justice in Washington DC.

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Joel needed to find his first job while in college. When he showed up to his first interview, he had spilled coffee all over himself, and looked messy. Joel was nervous and awkward. Some way Joel still managed to obtain the position.

Decade: 1980s
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Recorded by Morgyn Alter on December 6, 2018
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