I wrote about Hiroko some time ago (see link above), and how proud I was that she had conquered some of her fears. Since then, she has taken a trip to London by herself, which is a huge achievement, however, I am astounded with her latest. About six months ago I told her that her English was good enough to work in an English-speaking environment, and suggested applying for jobs at the nearby military bases, so she began the process. She failed her first two interviews, then I realized it was time for some serious coaching. Each week, for about two months we worked hard on interview techniques. She did a ton of homework between each lesson and came back better and more confident each week. She failed two more interviews. Then, to my delight, I received this email from her yesterday:
I have gotten a job offer from Camp Zama yesterday! I will work as an administrative specialist in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate from Sep.1. While I still can’t believe that I passed the interview, I’m really stirred that they recognized the skill of my work and my enthusiasm.
I can’t thank you enough. Without your help, I couldn’t have written the resume successfully and passed the interview. Through the lessons for the interview with you I gained confidence and that made me keep trying. Now I feel I need to study English for business harder. Please continue to coach me as ever.
Thank you again, and see you next time!
So very proud of this young woman. Congratulations Hiroko!
Jim, SSE Hashimoto