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Better left unsaid ...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Well, that photo from yesterday just about sums it up!

I was fooling around with video since I hadn't posted a VLOG in a while, and got one put together, but the pop-up to enter the info isn't letting me do it! Perhaps it was better left unsaid, at least in video format.

What can I say? I spent 20+ years as a quality assurance engineer and got laid off in the summer of 2010 and went back to college to pursue Health Information Management. I used a state program that allowed me to collect my unemployment while I got a two-year degree, yet that same state program did not let me swap into my degree of choice once the wait-list emptied, as I was assured I could do. So I have a beautiful, General Healthcare Studies degree and have not been able to get a job in medical administration!

I am working hard at my Certified Professional Coder credential, but I can't seem to get a single call back on any job. I met with the career counselor on campus who says the market is so glutted with people looking for work that, if you do not meet each single requirement, you WILL NOT get that call back. Forget about hospitals hiring until after the election, etc etc....

We are fortunate that DH has a job and insurance but we need the second bread-winner in this family, and my savings are depleting fast. Really trying hard not to fold like a lawn-chair in the face of all this stress.

My last blog was titled "Keep Pushing... more than an emoticon!" and, boy, that's all I can do. I am staying active with my Sparkfriends, several really great teams, and two challenges. One is the MOB (Mother-Of-the-Bride) challenge with two Sparkfriends, one of whom will be the "MOB" in early September! We are working hard with her to push through till the big day, and keep ourselves motivated. The other is the Columbus Day challenge with the At Goal & Maintaining team. It's a 10-week "do not deviate +-3% from your maintenance weight" challenge. These activities are keeping me going when I feel like I could crawl into a hole. They are keeping me from eating through the stress. Now, if they could only help with the crying jags, my DH would be thrilled!!

So here's to us all: Keep Pushing!! emoticon Do Not Stop! Fight for it! emoticon

Here's a picture of me, today. This is my 2nd "Interview" haircut. I had the 1st one eight weeks ago. I am hoping and praying that I will actually get to put this hair (and brain, and talent, and drive, and motivation) to USE!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NLH4444 8/28/2012 9:12PM

    I am wishing you the best of luck on the job hunt! Anyone would be lucky to have you. You have such a positive attitude and much to offer!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 8/18/2012 5:36PM

    A picture is a thousand words. I just wish I could wrap my arms around you when you feel like you're crumbling.
Hubbies are absolutely fantastic.
I'm so sorry for the career challenge you're facing and I pray the Lord meets every single need and pours His blessings on you.

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EFFIEANNIE 8/17/2012 7:45AM

    So sorry about your job situation. My 40something son is a plumber who works on new housing. He has been out of work for a very long time also. Fortuantely he is single and gets an ocassional part time thing that keeps him on unemployment. But it is rough out there! emoticon

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KATHYD82 8/16/2012 11:22AM

    I just got to sit and read your blog Melly! I am sorry that you are facing this stress, and I know that you are eager to work in the area you went to school for. I can't believe how hard it is to get in to a nursing program where you are...such a wait list for a profession that NEEDS more nurses!
Have you thought about working on a hospital unit as a unit coordinator/unit secretary? That's what they call it at the hospital I work at. Medical terminology knowledge is a huge plus for the job, and I would say you technically would be "over qualified" with your 2 degrees, but that position takes a lot of organization, people skills are a plus, and having a responsible, consistent and conscientious person in that job is huge. If you can start with a position like that within a hospital, you have an "in" for future jobs that open up within the hospital that are more geared towards your new degree. A unit coordinator is responsible for all kinds of secretarial/scheduling/ordering supplies and lab tests, etc on each unit in the hospital. Each unit usually has at least one per shift. At our hospital that position starts around $12/hour. I know there can be a lot of turn over on some units, so it can be a position that opens frequently. I was a unit secretary for a few years part time until I graduated as a nurse. If you end up going to nursing school, it will be a bonus that you had that job. Just getting your foot in the door at a hospital with a job like that could be huge. Have you tried applying for anything like that? I don't want you to be worked too hard in school...someone will be thrilled to have you working for them!! Please get back to me soon and let me know how you are doing! emoticon Kathy

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ELLIE381 8/15/2012 9:24AM

    Melly I hope things turn around soon for you. I know the your feelings. My hd had to take early retirement or loose his pension (age 53) we are doing ok but if one of us does not get at least a part time job soon we will require a different plan. Keep pushing. emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 8/15/2012 12:17AM

    you are doing great. Just keep your focus on things you CAN control.

sorry about the job situation. I know the perfect job is out there waiting for you to find it, so don't give up!

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QUEENMOXIE 8/14/2012 11:28PM

    I feel for you. You're right, the first picture pretty much sums it up..I'm having the same problem with my computer. I haven't been able to upload any Vlogs either and was able to before...I am so inept when it comes to computers...I don't understand the lingo, so I have to look up the terms to understand what I am suppose to do to fix the the time I figure out the terms and what I need to do, I forget what it said the problem was. It makes me tired. I hope that you find something soon...or at least get a phone call to give you some hope. It's bad enough not getting a job, but worse is not even getting a phone call! I'll send well wishes your way! *Hugs**

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/14/2012 9:56PM

    Sounds terribly frustrating. :-/

Hang in there!

I lurve the haircut. :-)


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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/14/2012 9:38PM

    I feel your pain on the job market frustration. And the sad thing is people that are not looking don't seem to understand the frustration/stress of trying to find a job in this market.

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POPSY190 8/14/2012 6:23PM

    Oh, Melly, how discouraging for you this all is. It's awful when you have to take assurances from people in positions of authority and then are the one who suffers the consequences of their incompetence. You are NOT the problem/failure - it's the rotten system that's put you in this position. But you are putting the down time to good use with your SP programme and not over-eating in this stressful time is a huge victory for you and a testimony to your self-discipline.
Lots of love and thoughts. emoticon

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OOLALA53 8/14/2012 6:13PM

    What was the degreee of choice you wanted?

It scares me that these training programs exist when they aren't sure the need for the job is there. They cost everyone in the end, and build false hopes. You probably will get a job at some point, but not when you'd like. Too bad, when you're raring to go!

It's good you aren't eating over it. Overeating will just make you feel worse an hour or two later. If hunger ain't the problem, food is not the answer. You know that one.

I like your dramatic ability!

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MNNICE 8/14/2012 4:32PM

    Hang in there. Getting turned down for jobs can really be draining on one's emotions, but if you can keep up your motivation and self-confidence, you'll get the opportunity to sell yourself for a job - haircut or not!!

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    I have no doubt they will be as dazzled by you as well all are! Good luck and keep us updated!!


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MISALINDA 8/14/2012 4:24PM

    As long as you are determined, there has *got* to be a job out there that is a perfect fit for you. You have already shown that you are determined, now you just have to wait for the right job to find you! Hopefully the second interview comes quickly and goes well!

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