The hunt begins

A Capital visitThree days ago I had my first job interview in the land of milk and honey and I believe it went pretty well. The interview took place in Washington, DC — the city we plan to settle down in eventually. In order to get there on time we woke up early to give me some extra time to explore the city and see some of DC’s famous monuments before my interview.

Right before leaving the homestead, I got a chance to watch the NBC Today show, where Queen Rania was being interviewed that day by Katie Couric. The queen looked extremely beautiful, as usual, and spoke very eloquently about Jordan’s efforts to empower women in the country. I saw it as a good omen for the beginning of my day.The streets of Georgetown

Regarding DC, the city itself: I loved it, especially Georgetown. It just looks very European and extremely trendy. I think I will like it even more once we finally settle down there.

Back to the issue of landing a job, I have been unemployed for over a month now and I think it started getting to me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed every month of our last four weeks of constant travel. But the workaholic inside me is itching to get out. Looking for jobs is the part that I hate the most. It is a tedious process of distributing as many CVs as you can and then waiting for your fate to unfold.

I have done this so many times in my lifetime that the idea of doing it yet again gives me a headache. Ah, if only job opportunities would come knocking at your door. I’m very open to suggestions and recommendations from anyone who has contacts in DC/Metro area in the media field. Any job-related tips would be highly appreciated.

17 thoughts on “The hunt begins”

  1. Hey you look very elegant in that suit 😉
    Hmmm I haven’t been there yet so I don’t know what it would feel like to be job-hunting, but I’m sure you’ll land something great…

  2. Hehe, I agree with Lina, the suit is awesome! Good luck with the job hunting, and don’t let the workaholic get the best of you, enjoy your vacation while it lasts!

  3. YOu are shrinking natasha. stop it! hehehe.
    as for jobs, are you aware of journalismjobs.com
    its a great site to look for journalism jobs across the nation. its the site that many professors in j school recommend. check it out.

  4. washington is among the most beautiful cities in america 🙂 hope you’ll find a job soon.

  5. Hopefully one day we’ll see you anchoring for CNN, or even giving a real “Fair and Balanced” view on Fox 🙂
    Good luck.

  6. Thank you guys for the kind words and the best wishes. As for the suit, well, I had to look professional… he he he.
    Linda,
    7abeebti, thank you for reminding me of journalismjobs.com. I totally forgot about it. I will attack this site very soon;-)

  7. I am not an Ayrab

    Good luck Natasha…Show them what’s Jordan all about.
    I was thinking, Al-Hurra TV are in Washington, DC and they look for Arabic-English speaking staff. Though your English is way better than most of their staff (Just go there and u’ll know what I’m talking about). Well frankly I still can’t tell if they are biasd or objective.
    I wish you best of luck, and I know you’ll win big, u got great narrative skills and a pretty face….
    Good luck min kul Albe!
    I hope you will introduce yourself as of a Jordanian background, not Ayrab!
    Take care,
    -Not an Ayrab

  8. Natasha,
    Good luck on that job hunt, we know how frustrating that search can be sometimes. You may have already looked here but we have loads of success with Craigslist out here in Seattle. It is very esoteric but a lot of employers “leak” their jobs to Craigslist before posting it to the larger job sites like Monster and others. It is nice that is regional too, and when I looked at it last, Washington DC’s Craigslist was actively used with a number of neat sounding jobs available. We do hope you and Jeff find something enjoyable to segue into, that would be such a nice way to begin your new experience here in the States.
    Good luck and good hunting!
    David n’ Diane

  9. Natasha, are u gonna settle in AMMAN or USA!
    sorry just got a bit confused..
    best of luck and yeah u look great in the pictures 🙂

  10. Good luck folks. Every begining is not easy; but you are on the right track; “Seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”. Maybe one day I will share my first experience for work in the US, and how that step changed my entire life.

  11. Not an Ayrab,
    Thank you for the wishes and the kind words
    D & D,
    Thank you for dropping a note and recommending Craig’s list. I just checked it out. It has some good stuff;-) Thanks:-)
    Zeina,
    The answer to your question is USA.
    Jareer,
    I’d love to hear about your first work experience here:-)

  12. Natasha,
    Good luck with the job hunt. I wish you nothing but success.
    Let me also say that our country is poorer without you. I hope you two can find a way to bring you to our shores on a more permanant basis.
    While you’re in the District take the time to visit the National Arboretum. It is really one of the most beautiful spots in all of D.C.
    Please think about my offer about a meal with some of my family. I can speak to my Aunt, Uncle, cousins, etc.
    Best,
    Jim

  13. Craig’s List is an awesome resource, essential to any move. You should go to the spot in Georgetown where The Exorcist was filmed, it was pretty cool.
    I don’t need to tell you about all the attractions, I’m sure Jeff and Frommer’s will do the job.
    This is just to wish you great luck in your hunt.

  14. Yes, I agree: Georgetown is the best part of DC, and simply amazing!
    Talking about Jordanian queens, we had a visit from Queen Noor the year before last. Her niece was going to college with us here.

  15. Natasha,
    Hey there again, speaking of Craigslist, there is a great site for locating available properties for sale and rent in all the areas where Craigslist(well almost) exists. It is really neat as it uses Google’s mapping engine and puts the listings down the side for you to pick through. Looks to be quite handy! Check it out:
    Housing Lists
    Good luck!
    David

  16. Hey Dave,
    Thanks for the link. By the way Craigslist kicks ass. I managed to get a freelance job through it. So thanks a bunch for recommending it:-) I owe you:-)

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