I live on CareerBuilder and Craigslist
This is my life. I was raised to believe that if you want a job, you must put forth at least half the number of hours you’re looking to work into looking for a new job.
So here I am — spending all day, everyday refreshing the CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, Craiglist and the local Employment Agency pages. I’m updating cover letters, filling out applications, and taking mindless Personality Profiles.
At this point, I’m quite desperate for work. I’ve been out of work for just over a month — but I don’t have the luxury of a second income to “carry me through” like other people I’ve known who are married. Its just me and my daughter. With a house payment. And countless other bills.
At this point, I’d be perfectly fine not having a job [okay, not perfectly, but I could accept it] if I had at least received some call backs for interviews. So far, I’ve had one.
Seasonal Overnight Team at Target. Done. I’ll take it. Because even if I find a full time position, I can STILL do the overnight job for a few months, which will catch me up on some of these bills.
I tried to hold off, but I’ve done the unthinkable. I’ve worked very hard to make sure I’d never use this, but I signed up for Food Stamps and am about to sign up for welfare. It won’t even begin to pay the bills — but thats not the part I’m most worried about anyway. In Washington State if you are on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) you are required to participate in certain job search programs. Part of that is the opportunity to obtain some certificates/degrees with the costs of tuition paid. I LOVE school, I LOVE to learn, and I’ve been trying to go back to school for 10 years. Slowly.
Someday I want to attend law school.
More importantly, access to the job search areas will help me refine my interview skills, adjust my resume — and point out exactly what I need to do to get my foot in the door, because clearly something isn’t working.
Do you have any suggestions?