So I really wanted to work at a specific place that was close to my home. I asked for it and made myself believe that I got it. The day I applied there I also applied at another place. The next day I got an email saying my application for the other place did not go through. The day after that I got a call from the place where I really wanted the job and they wanted to interview me. Well I absolutely suck at interviews, so as expected, I completely bombed the interview. And that was an understatement! Still I was hopeful.
Long story short, a friend of the family who I did not know worked there was there and said she would put in a good word for me. The next day I got a call saying I got the job!