Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college.
Q: Dad, I didn’t get a job I really wanted. What do I do?
A: Throw yourself a nice pity party — for a minute or two — then get over it. Maybe longer if needed, but not too long. You can learn a lot from job interviews both about yourself and about the company you thought you wanted to work for. Go over the questions and the answers and figure out the positives and negatives. Go online and read all the advice columns and stories about interviewing. Remember also: Sometimes it’s just not meant to be for reasons you might never know about.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...