Sunday night, I decided I'd make up a sample activities calendar for October, with outings and exercise and games and social events, that sort of thing. I thought maybe it would give me an edge, especially since I don't really work with seniors on a regular basis and they might think that I wouldn't do well just because of that. (I read an article online that said that if you're hiring for an activities director position, you should find someone who knows seniors, that can identify with them, or you might end up with some young kid who doesn't really care that much about the people they're supposed to be helping.) So I did a lot of research online and typed up a sample calendar. It looked really good, with two or three activities every day.
Fast-forward to this morning, when I went to turn in my resume and calendar to the assisted living place (henceforth called Park Place, as that is its name). I went up to the front and asked if they were still hiring, and they handed me an application and had me sit in the front sitting room to fill it out.
I took it back up to the front, and the nurse ran into an office and got another lady, who took me back into the sitting room and looked over my application. She was in the middle of telling me that she'd give my stuff to the Administrator and she would call me if she had any questions (she also said "we're kind of looking for someone with more experience with seniors...") when she saw my resume and said "oh, that's a really nice-looking resume!" I pulled the sample calendar out from behind my resume and said "I also have this sample calendar that I put together when I read about the position, so you can kind of see what kinds of things I came up with the other day." She looked at it and said "ooh! That's really cool! Hold on a sec, let me go see if the Administrator is available right now."
So she disappeared for a minute, and came back and said "come on into her office!" I went in and talked to the Administrator, and she told me a little more about the job description, about handling the petty cash and about doing some of the payroll stuff and that sort of thing. She also rattled off a list of things that they do for their residents and I was very pleased to note that every single thing she said was already on my calendar. I told her so, too. :D So she seemed to be pretty impressed even though I don't have any experience with seniors, so she told me the owner of Park Place would be around in the afternoon, and asked me if I would come back at 1:30 when she would be there to give me an interview!!
So now I'm nervous. But I thought that was an awesome experience - it really pays to have something extra, if you can, to show that you really want the job and could probably be pretty good at it.