The Frustrations of a Job Hunter

hire meNot much new on the job search front in the last few days, other than I recently signed up with a few freelance web sites hoping to get some income, because I don’t want to be on unemployment any longer than I have to.  And I need something to do. Nothing has come of the freelance sites yet, but I keep checking for new jobs and putting in bids for assignments.  Eventually something will break.

Now, can I just vent for a moment? Okay?  Thanks.

*deep breath*

I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new when I say that looking for a job is frustrating on so many levels.  It is especially frustrating when you get little response from your resume.  Now, I know my resume is good.  I’ve had it evaluated by professionals and they have said so.  So I know my lack of response is not due to that.  But just what, I don’t know.  Is it that there are many people applying for the same position?  Possibly.  But geez, I have plenty of experience and I’m good at what I do.  Damn good.    Continue reading

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The Perks of Being Unemployed

WinnondWhat would you do if you suddenly found yourself out of work?  How would you look at the unexpected time off while searching for your next job?  For me, rather than curse it and look at it as a negative, I’ve decided to embrace it and use the time to do some things I enjoy.

The backstory – as I was getting ready for work on January 2, my boss called me to deliver the unfortunate news that, after nearly five years of employment, I was out of a job.  I’m not going to go into a long, drawn out explanation of why I was let go – because the reason isn’t long – just suffice it to say that it wasn’t my fault and my now ex-boss has graciously offered to write me letters of recommendation, should I need them.

Since then I have been looking for work to no avail.  I had four interviews – three in person and one phoner – within the first month but I did not get any of those jobs.  I was especially disappointed that I didn’t get one in particular, because when I left the interview I felt like it went very well and was certain I had the job, so to find out I didn’t get it was devastating.  I felt I was the perfect candidate, too, so I have no idea what went wrong.

Anyway, despite the lack of a real paycheck (I don’t consider unemployment checks real paychecks), being unemployed does have some perks.  Now before anyone thinks I’m content to just sit around all day and not work, that is so not the case.  I am actively and aggressively pursuing my Next Great Job and I hope I find it soon.  I love what I do and I am damn good at it, if I do say so myself, and I really want to get my career back on track and headed in the right direction. Continue reading