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Another Step in Finding a Job

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I found out about Michigan Rehilibitation Services: a part of Michigan Works that helps people with disabilities get jobs. (I have scoliosis, limitations on what I can lift and how long I can sit/stand because of my back surgeriess, and ADD)

I went to orientation last week. Today, I go to the first of a four-week course on Empowerment. It's my undertanding that this will help with career goals, resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills. Tomorrow, I have an appointment with a case worker.

I'm looking forward to finding out if this can help me find a job. I am determined to work on not being negative and I figure this may be one way to accomplish this. I figure I will learn SOMETHING from this experience.

  
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DDOORN 9/8/2010 10:07PM

    Good for YOU! Make the most of it and see what comes...!

Don't know if you're anywhere around this area but as a graduate student I did an internship at

Michigan Career and Technical Institute
11611 West Pine Lake Road, Plainwell, MI 49080

They serve the disabled as well and I remember (AGES ago...was there around 1979 or so...) how helpful the program was for many.

Here's a url for more info:

http://www.campusexplo
rer.com/colleges/D8C87623/Michi
gan/Plainwell/Michigan-Career-a
nd-Technical-Institute/

Best wishes for some new doors of opportunity opening SOON! :-)

Don

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JIBBIE49 9/8/2010 9:31PM

    I saw you were needing Support on the STRESSED WOMEN'S Team, so glad I could read your blog and see how you are making progress. Glad u found such a program for help. That is great.
My son's gf is working at an After School Day Care that is at an elementary school. She said there is a disabled lady who works there and she helps the kids with homework, etc. She's in a wheelchair but able to get around well. These kids are all K-5 and older and they watch them from 1-6 PM so they work 25 hrs per week.

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MOMMA48 9/7/2010 7:49PM

    Super emoticonPatty and what a wonderful opportunity! You go for it girl and I hope you love it!

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NPA4LOSS 9/7/2010 6:09PM

    Wonderful news.I hope that you are able to get the help you need to proceed in the work force. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SONGOFJOY27 9/7/2010 10:35AM

    This is awesome! I'm so glad to hear that you've found this organization. This is an important step on your way to finding the job you need.
I'm looking forward to reading about what you learn! Keep on keeping on!
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NACHOSMAMA 9/7/2010 9:25AM

    That sounds like it will be a really positive experience. Good luck!

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ELINTY 9/7/2010 8:50AM

  It sounds like you are a very determined person. That is sometimes a hard quality to find in an employee and one that a lot of employers admire and love. Depending on the type of work you are looking for a lot of employers hire employees with disabilities one because they get a tax credit and two because usually they are more determined to do a good job than those without disabilities. I wish you the best of luck in your job hunt. I know that Walmart does hire people with disabilities all the time. I don't know what kind of work you want but if it's something they offer they are a good place to check.

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September's First Goal

Sunday, September 05, 2010

I know that I have had a negative attitude lately and I don't like that feeling. It was really dragging me down. So, my first September goal is to concentrate on turning the negative attitude into a positive attitude.

The first thing I did to get me going in the right direction was to go to two places that I had applied for jobs at last week. I asked for the hiring manager and was able to have nice conversations with them. My daughter actually gave me the suggestion. It did make me feel a little better - like maybe it will give me a slight advantage when they actually look at the applications. Maybe they won't, but it still helped my attitude.

I need to sit down now and plan out my week. I want to have some goals for each day and want to see if I can accomplish them. Something has to help me get out of this depressed mood that I'm going into. I don't want to be really depressed again.

  
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CARRAND 9/5/2010 8:46PM

    Focus on the positive! You can do it.

Good luck with your job search. I'm sure getting a job will help your mood overall.

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NPA4LOSS 9/5/2010 6:44PM

    emoticon emoticon The hardest thing to do sometimes is to concentrate on the positive. I have spent the last year on Sparks learning to look for the positive in more things. Negative means sad to me. Smile and laugh and smell the roses. Life is so beautiful if we just look. emoticon

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KEA23166 9/5/2010 6:04PM

  emoticon You have made great progress today on your goal. Just take it one day at a time and keep up the good work!

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I Have a Theory

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I haven't been sleeping well and have been so down lately. As I was walking this morning, I got thinking about why I'm so down. I realize that my lack-of-job situation isn't helping, nor is my lack of socialization.

But then I also realized that my doctor is trying to change my medication. He cut one way down. This may be part of my problem. I took my "normal" mg last night, got a great night sleep and don't feel so down this morning. I will definitely be calling my doctor today.

  
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STARTINGOVER311 9/3/2010 1:59PM

    Hope you're better today! I have a couple of medications that can seriously affect my mood. It's a great idea to talk to your doctor.

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JAREJIL 9/2/2010 11:10PM

    Hope you are feeling better today and your Doctor listened to you!

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LARRYO4 9/2/2010 5:33PM

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NPA4LOSS 9/2/2010 2:11PM

    emoticon emoticon You are the one who knows how your body is reacting. emoticon

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MARCYNA 9/2/2010 10:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonIf you focus on the solutions, rather than on problems, chances are you will find the way to solve them. We're all here on SP to support you.

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C11ELF16 9/2/2010 10:40AM

    Hope the Dr can help get you back on track. Have a fabulous Day !!!!


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Struggling with Depression Again

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I have been spending hours each day trying to find a job. I have gotten a few interviews, but only one job offer. That one involved standing in a different grocery store each week for six hours a day six days a week trying to get people to subscribe to a local newspaper. No base pay - only a commission for each subscription I get.

I really need a job that I can count on having so much pay each week. I have doctor bills I have to pay, gas and car insurance, and will soon be paying rent and other living expenses each month.

The situation is really making me depressed and I know that can't be helping me any. I just feel like my struggling through college was such a waste. I'm still not smart enough or talented enough to have someone hire me.

  
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SIXTIESCHIC 9/1/2010 7:41PM

    Hang in there Patti! The job search is sooo tough now and I have a friend who is going thru the same thing. I would say, network, network, network! The fact is most often it is who you know that leads to a job!!! Also, the temp help thing would be good to try as someone suggested. There is a good article on Page 40 of the Oct. Woman's Day magazine that gives excellent tips on making money online with websites. Hope this helps a little!.....Jude

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SONGOFJOY27 9/1/2010 4:17PM

    Patty - You CAN do this! You ARE smart enough! You ARE talented enough!
Have you considered working for a temp agency? It's a great way to get in the door and "try out" various organizations while you're looking for the right job. And remember that temp agencies don't just hire "secretaries". They hire and place all sorts of positions. Another thing, you can register at more than one agency - gives you a better chance at something you'll enjoy!
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FOXYROXY13 9/1/2010 1:06PM

    I know exactly how you feel. I'm not done school yet and I feel like I won't be smart enough. I'm dealing with depression now too and am just trying to keep busy to distract myself. It does help, at least for me. I hope you feel better soon ^_^

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RUNJEWELRUN 9/1/2010 10:34AM

    Try and think about one positive thing in your life today. A lot of us are feeling the same way as you, so don't feel alone. Things will get better. Try and do one activity to take your mind off of the stress.
Have a good day :)

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Finally Reached My Goal Weight!

Monday, August 30, 2010

I finally reached my goal weight. Sometimes it seems like it took forever; other times it seems like I started yesterday. Now comes the hard part of learning how to maintain this weight. All my life, this has been difficult. I'd do okay for awhile. Then, slowly, the weight would creep back up.

This time is different. I have SP and all of the wonderful members. I know I have to keep working on goals and pay attention to what I'm eating. But it's great to know I have something to keep me in line.

  
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CHICHISUE 8/30/2010 8:11PM

    Congratulations! I just added you as a friend. I'm in the Detroit area too. Welcome Home!!!

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40PLUSANDFIT 8/30/2010 12:57PM

    Super fantabulous!!!! Congrats!!

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    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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JCARDINAL 8/30/2010 11:22AM

    Congratulations!!

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