Unemployed just sounds so negative, which is why I have decided that post-employment better describes my current situation. In any case, today marks 7 days that I have been job-free. (Haha, can you tell I am somewhat of a Pollyanna?) I must say it is quite different from what I thought it would be.
First of all, it isn’t as relaxing and freeing as I thought. I like to work. Actually, I LOVE working. So not working is weird, to say the least. I have decided to “work” at least 8 hours per day. 4 hours of job hunting and 4 hours of schoolwork. That at least makes me feel like I am an active part of society. (Side note: This comes directly from my childhood and the fact that my dad believed every day, everyone needed to get up and do something. Funny how kids remember things that parents don’t, I am sure he doesn’t recall ever telling me this.)
Second, I have had so many supportive amazing people offer their assistance. From friends of friend to relatives, everyone is willing to help in any way possible. I am a people person and have always believed in the good of people. This is yet another example of how truly blessed I am, and how truly great people really are. I have thee best friends, and friends of friends.
Third, filling out applications SUCKS. Now, I know that isn’t a positive statement. But it is honestly the truth of truths. I spent 2 hours filling out a 12 question pre-qualification questionnaire for a job where I met every single qualification, that I will probably never hear back from.
Fourth, I have talked about myself more in the last week than I have in my entire life. I do love me. BUT, I wish I could pre-record the reasons I am job-free and that you should hire me. By the way, I am great, you should totally hire me.
Lastly, I am enjoying the flexibility to get other things done. For example, on Tuesday I wrote a 5-page paper regarding my dissertation topic, created an Excel spreadsheet to track the jobs I apply to, applied for 6 jobs, did 2 loads of laundry, went grocery shopping, cleaned the basement, created the bomb Kirk Franklin playlist on Amazon and caught up on all of the House Hunting episodes I had recorded. Whew. That was a productive day.
Overall, the week hasn’t been so bad. I have had two in-person interviews, a few phone screens, and more are scheduled. I know this post-employment era is fleeting and I am going to try not to be so fixated on my joblessness, but instead enjoy my time to be free. Trying.