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?


About Eternity

34. Employed. Taken. Social Media Guru. Mom. Writer. Internet. Learning. Law. Politics. Philosophy. Planes. Flight. Tattoos. Piercings. Psychology. Love. God. Technology. Piercings. Conservative. Ish.

Posted on January 15, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. There’s no shame in getting government assistance, if you truly need it, and are putting forth the effort you are to find employment. You’ve paid into the welfare system, and will again, for the rest of your life. The fact that you were reluctant to sign up for it shows you deserve it.

    • Thanks!

      I agree, it is there for those who need it — thus the “Temporary” part of its name. And, I certainly have paid in.

      Now, lets cross our fingers that it’ll help me find a job.

      The only down side though is that they’re going to make me take child support — we had agreed to not, because he watches Londyn while I work a lot of the time. . . he doesn’t have oodles of money either, because he’s on unemployment (except, he’s not looking for work). Really, I’ll just use what they give to pay for his cell phone bill instead of him paying me, but the problem is — the office takes 10% of it. . . so when I’m done with TANF, they take child support, and keep some of it for themselves.

      Personally, I’m against child support in most cases. My daughter is three. She really isn’t that expensive. I cook food, she eats what I don’t (which is the amount that would have been needing to be cleaned out of the fridge a month later)… and my house payment would be the same, if she was there or not. And, we each buy clothes for her. . . AND he has her nearly 50% of the time. I want him to be able to pay for his house when she’s there!?!

      Whole ‘nother can of worms. There should be some sort of accountability on how the money is used. Just sayin’.

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