Into the job wilderness
Thursday, February 03, 2011
I guess everyone thinks I've fallen off the health wagon. Not so. Even though I've had some tough times, I have maintained my weight loss within 4-5 pounds. I gain and I lose and I am okay with that for now. The last weight I did was 166 and I am usually feeling pretty satisfied. I'd like to get rid of another 10 or 15 pounds but it will happen when it happens. I am not really worried about it.
Unfortunately, I do have some situations that I wish were different. On two days before Christmas, I got downsized. I knew it might happen and I was not very happy with where I was, but being unemployed is very scary. I have been working harder than I ever could have in a job. I have sent literally hundreds of resumes, I have gone to job fairs and career ministries and I am working almost every day except Sunday. I have had resume coaches helped me redo my resume and I have gone through all the stuff I can think of. The only thing I don't seem to understand is networking. I don't really have friends that can make connections for me and I am not the kind of person to ask for favors. I could probably have found a part time job or some kind of entry level but that is just NOT for me. I file for Unemployment Compensation but because of a lot of confusion with the Virginia Commission, I still am waiting to get something. I am told NOW that I should get my first check in 2 more weeks. A whole $350.00 not quite half of my last take home pay.
I have gone on 3 interviews but nothing there. I am really getting concerned. My nephew has been out of work since August and I have heard many folks a lot longer. Can anyone give me some suggestions?