Sunday, July 26, 2009

Update on Really Rotten Development

Ok - so I removed the "Really Rotten Development" post a day or so after I had posted it because, since I am, in fact, hunting for a job I can be proud of and one that will be around for a long, long time - I didn't want to run the risk of potential employers reading that post and saying, "Ah...she's too negative for us, let's not hire her." This was suggested to me by a very well-meaning and loving friend, and I took her advice. I was angry when I wrote it and probably should have waited 24 hours or some other amount of time to let the boil settle to a low simmer. That being said, I thought I'd update you on the job hunt: I have applied, either directly to a position that I have seen advertised somewhere, or by sending my resume to companies I've researched online even when I have found no "active" positions, or I've driven around the countryside (almost literally) and physically walked in to companies that look like they may need administrative assistance. I've been online A LOT and have probably applied to about 50 places in the local area. The computer is beginning to recognize me and is starting to get scared every time my fingers hit the home keys; it knows I'm going to bombard it with requests for the next couple of hours. I had one interview (thanks GW) for a place here in town that was looking for a Team Lead, but after spending just a few minutes there with the hiring manager, we both decided that it was not the right position for me. She was very sweet, this hiring manager, and we got along just fine, but we openly discussed what my skills are and she stated, "This is just below the level of what you can do. It's a good job, but it is not one I would like to put you in." Mostly phone work; incoming and outgoing calls for selling insurance. We parted with a smile and she promised to keep me in mind if any administrative positions opened up. I have another interview with a temp agency tomorrow. The woman who called me found my resume on and said that she's got an Executive Assistant position she wants to talk to me about. So I'm headed there tomorrow at 11:30 AM. I've already taken all the online assessments they sent and filled out all the applications and skill questionnaires, so hopefully this will be a good meeting. I did meet with another temporary agency the day after I lost my job and though, again, I pre-applied online the day before my meeting and took all the online assessments they sent me, and though I felt the meeting went very well (even if there was not a specific position discussed) I have not heard one single word from them in 10 days. I did call them once about five days after to see if the woman I'd met with had heard anything or could give me any words of wisdom, but she has yet to call me back. I'm starting to wonder... So I'm trying to be as proactive about this job hunt as I possibly can, all the while remembering that God has a plan for me and, though I may not know what that plan is, He has already figured it out. It is very hard for me to remember that, ultimately, I am not in control of this; He is. I can only do so much, and, though my mantra (of sorts) has been, "God helps those who help themselves," my friend BG pointed out that I cannot do it for Him. Sigh. I am not a very patient person so all this is very hard for me. I am not good when I am unemployed. I've enjoyed spending time with my family, but my family is going to suffer if I do not find gainful employment soon. I did, however, file for unemployment. I expect to get a letter from them any day now letting me know if my claim was accepted or not, and I have to get online once a week (on Mondays, it turns out; I thought it was Sundays) to certify that I am actively seeking employment. I don't know what this will entail, but if it is just a list of places to which I have sent a resume, I'm covered. If they want names, dates, positions available and other details like that - I might have a more difficult time because I have not kept track of those. My church has been so wonderful and supportive through all this. I've gotten hugs and pats and words of encouragement from people I didn't even know knew...ya know? So I guess I just need to continue to do what I am doing, which is pounding the literal and figurative pavement, keep praying and keep letting anyone and everyone I know, know...ya know? TTFN JMS


Marcia Walker said...

Hang in there, Jennifer. Sounds like you are doing a terrific job of job-hunting. I'm keeping my eyes open for something for you.

Marsha said...

Good luck! I always found job hunting to be stressful. I hope you find something soon that is suitable for your needs.

Steve said...

Ugh... job hunting... one of the things I hate doing of all. You're far better at plugging away at it than I am.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Good on ya girl! There's something good out there waiting for you. Snds to me like you're doing everything you could do to find it.

Harriet (my-dauther-in-law) called one time and told a clique had developed at her work; and worse, she was not part of it and they were out to "get her". I told her to start looking NOW for a new job.

She did and found one down the street at Blue Cross/Blue Shield doing similiar work but at almost twice the pay.

She now thinks that I'm way smarter than I really am. She now has a much better job w/ great benifits.

Cheers, UB

yourlonglostsister said...

I am so sorry you're having to go through all this. I pray that you find something soon and that you'll find something bigger and better than before! So hang in there and if you need ANYTHING, let me know! Even if it's just a babysitter for an hour or two so you can "chill" with your hubby.... you can count on me!

Kendra Zvonik said...

Good Luck, Jennifer!
I will be sending you my most positive thoughts and wishes. Sorry it's so tough for you right now.


Anonymous said...

Jen - Heads up girl: Looking for a new job is an opportunity: you get to meet lots of people, reevaluate your skills and hopefully learn a bit more about what you really want to do 40 hours a week. It would help if you found a stimulant medication that will keep you focused and upbeat. And be sure to plan something good for yourself every single day that you job hunt - rewards make difficult tasks more pleasant (spoonful of sugar and all that....) Love you sweetie. Peg