Day…I forget.Post Employment Era.

Available for work

I know I typically start these posts with the number of days I have been post employed, but I have now lost count.  Probably about after the 60th day mark, I just kind of gave up on counting.  That is mostly because, not in a million years would I have even imagined that it would take me this long to land a job.  I just assumed that since there are jobs out there, and I am educated and experienced, that I would just easily slide into one of them.  Well, even in this “employee” market, I got nothing.  I am not bitter, or giving up by any means.  I just need a break.  Job hunting is consuming too much of my mental space.  I need to live a little and enjoy my freedom for a while.

Job hunting do to list

So after applying for more than a 100 jobs and talking about myself more than I ever have, in my entire life, I am taking a much needed hiatus.  I have some irons in the fire, and I will continue to work those leads, but I am no longer going to actively pursue jobs.  Not forever, just through the end of  year.  I will start my hunt again in January.

Write write write - PHD humor

Also, I am currently a full-time PhD student pursing what is deemed a terminal degree for a reason.  I’m thinking they call it that because if the dissertation process doesn’t kill you, the review process surly will! So, my new title is full-time student.  I am going to stay active by volunteering around the city and baking cookies with my grandkids.  Who knows, I might be able to parlay that into an actual career.

I really need to give a shout out to all of my wonderful supportive friends and family.  Without them I would be so lost. Please don’t stop supporting me.  And if you see that perfect fit job for me, by all means, still send it my way.  I will apply and give it my best shot.  Thank you all!

 

 

Day Seven, The Post Employment Era.

Available for workUnemployed 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.)

Good friends

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.

 

Job hunt pic

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.

getting things done

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.

Day one, post-employment…

Available for work

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: Time to prayI 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…

  1. Get a job.
  2. Go to see the doctor.
  3. Make an eye appointment.
  4. Make a dentist appointment.
  5. Clean the garage. This has been on my list since May.
  6. Clean the basement. This has been on my list since January.
  7. Clean the kitchen cabinets.
  8. Call my credit companies. I heard that this is the perfect to negotiate.
  9. Do my homework. Oh yea, that’s right, I’m working on my PhD. I almost forgot.
  10. Email Joe.
  11. Email Brandie.
  12. Email Wade.
  13. 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/