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I have the best boss ever. Seriously. She is just awesome. As she moved out of the position she was in, when I first started working with her, she took me along with her. This means that I’ve learned quite a lot about how things work in the particular value streams I support.

From her I’ve learned a lot about how to deal with people as well. I realised that today, as I was talking with someone else to get some information about the value stream that is supported by the position I have applied for. She was asking some questions that she suggested might arise in the interview, and as we went through them, it became clear how much I’ve been influenced by E.

I know I can do this job. That doesn’t, of course, mean that I will be their choice and get the promotion. But it does mean that I feel good going into the interview, and any other interviews that will come up as I continue to apply for advancement in the future.

I’ve also been studying up on how to answer those hard questions–tell me about yourself, or what is your greatest weakness, and how are you working to overcome it.  If you’re in the same situation I’m in–job hunting, or else gearing for promotion–may I suggest MSN Careers. They have a lot of really useful information, what to do and, perhaps more importantly, what not to do. I feel a little more confident about those tough questions.

Now I’m studying up on phone interviews, as I’ve never had one of those before.

Whether I get this job or not, I’m glad to have the opportunity to apply and interview for it. I’m appreciative that E, knowing of my ambitions to advance, told me about the position and encouraged me to apply, while at the same time telling me that she has no idea how she could possibly replace me. Like a good mentor, she is telling me of opportunities that suit my skills and background, instead of keeping me in her group.

I have to say that I would glady work for E forever, given the opportunities for advancement that I seek. And even if I end up moving to this other position, I’ll continue to turn to E for advice and guidance. She is amazing.

Thank heavens for wonderful bosses and even more wonderful mentors!

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