Today is the first day in over 20 years that I haven’t had a job. I am a girl that likes to work. So much so that even when I’ve switched jobs, I would end one on a Friday and start the new one on a Monday. Seriously, I barely take vacation time because I actually like to work. So this worker bee is now in a place that she hasn’t been in quite some time. I’m documenting my journey, here’s hoping that this is my last post because I will have a job tomorrow.
Day one post-employment. 8.16.17
On my first unofficial day of unemployment (Tuesday), I spent 13 full hours submitting to job applications. YES, you read that correctly, 13 hours! Guess what? I still don’t have a job today. So frustrating.
Okay, so now here we are, day one of my official first day post-employment.
6:40 AM: I started my day with prayer. I am a praying woman, but I don’t typically start with prayer as soon as I open my eyes. Today I did. I asked the Lord to grant me peace, to guide my steps. I asked that I find a job that that would fulfill my passion AND financial obligations. I told Him what He already knows, that I am trusting Him in utter faith to take me to the next point in my career. Well my friends, you might not believe what I believe, but I had such a feeling of peace and joy come over me that I had to smile. He’s got this. I’ve got this. Now don’t get me wrong faith without work, is that of a fool. I’m no fool. So I am working, full-time to find a new job.
7:35 AM: Advisory Board meeting. Today the meeting seemed so much more crowded. All these people with full-time jobs making decisions that would impact other people. Talking about how to help students succeed, in life, in college and at work. The whole time I was thinking, I wonder if Susie got my email with my resume? Or wait, I need to update my resume to say that I did this. Hmm, did I remember to get my favorite coffee mug off of my desk? Then snap, someone mentioned my name. Dang, what did they say? I nodded and smiled. I guess that worked because they went onto the next topic. But I did snap out of it long enough to actually add some useful information to the conversation. Finally, the meeting was over. The board president and I discussed my lack of employment, he asked me to send my resume.
9:00 AM: At the local coffee shop. I start making a to-do-list…
- Get a job.
- Go to see the doctor.
- Make an eye appointment.
- Make a dentist appointment.
- Clean the garage. This has been on my list since May.
- Clean the basement. This has been on my list since January.
- Clean the kitchen cabinets.
- Call my credit companies. I heard that this is the perfect to negotiate.
- Do my homework. Oh yea, that’s right, I’m working on my PhD. I almost forgot.
- Email Joe.
- Email Brandie.
- Email Wade.
- Look up Account Management jobs.
5:00 PM: I finished my homework. I emailed Joe, Brandie and Wade. I still don’t have a job and my garage, basement and kitchen cabinets are still a mess! Oh plus my teeth still need cleaning and my glasses adjusted. Basically, the only thing I really accomplished was my homework.
8:00 PM: I still don’t have a job. But I have made process, I wrote this blog post.
So that was the summary of my first official day, post-employment. I hope you get my sarcasm and painfully accurate depiction of humor regarding a subject that is absolutely not funny.
By the way, if you have an extra job laying around that you aren’t using, I could use one. Seriously, though, link in with me. https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassbowers/