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Getting it off my chest

June 10th, 2013 (01:38 pm)

Quite a few years back now, I'd become very frustrated with various aspects of my job (breaking down in tears frustrated.) At that time I went to a casual position within the company and it suited me so well - some weeks lots of work, some less, all where I felt valued and that I was genuinely helping, with a great deal of flexibility.

Well, for some reason that even my boss doesn't understand, the work has all but dried up and I have no idea how to go about finding something else. I'm not old, but I'm not young either. I've never been good at finding work for myself - most of the jobs I've had were offered to me. I've never worked full-time (at least for more than a few weeks.) Apart from my University degree I have no particular skills.

I've only done one article for the magazine this year, too. I assume he found someone who could do the research in Hindi.

I saved up some last year when I thought I might be quite ill (which turned out to be a false alarm) but that won't last forever, or all that long, actually. I must point out that I am getting some hours. Mostly about half the (part-time) ones I used to.

So here I sit. I should be writing, or searching, or something.

I'm playing on the computer. *sigh*


Posted by: Cindy (cindergal)
Posted at: June 10th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
BtVS Buffy Today Sucks


Posted by: enigmaticblues (enigmaticblues)
Posted at: June 10th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Woe puppet Angel

Looking for work is a horrible, stressful process, even if you're "good" at it. I hope you find something soon, and with minimum angst.

Posted by: Desdemona's Space Station and Bait Shop (desdemonaspace)
Posted at: June 10th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
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I agree with enigmaticblues. I can't imagine any person so chock-full of confidence in their desirability, job-wise, that the job search wouldn't stress the hell out of them.

Hope it's resolved for you soon. The fact that you're usually offered jobs makes me think you are a desirable employee.

Posted by: Elsa (ayinhara)
Posted at: June 11th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)

Job searches are a drag, whatever the circumstances and regardless of the state of the economy. Good luck in finding something that suits you.

Posted by: styrofoam_guy (styrofoam_guy)
Posted at: June 12th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)

Well if you are planning to put together a resume you should start listing all the accomplishments you have done over the years. Now it doesn't have to be done all at once as it would be hard to remember every detail but you can start a document and add to it as things come to you.

Posted by: an idea is bulletproof (elizalavelle)
Posted at: June 16th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
Dr. Horrible

You have lots of skills. Take some time to write down all of the things you do in your day to day work. You work with the public so you've got communication skills, customer service etc. Add to that computer skills, job specific skills etc. You've got a lot to work with.

LinkedIn became one of my favourite sites to job hunt from. Other options could be temp agencies. You can work out a schedule with them to work a schedule you're comfortable with.

Posted by: Elizabeth (elizard100)
Posted at: June 18th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)

Just seeing this now while I'm playing a little LJ catchup. I wish I had an answer for you as I am in a similar situation myself.

I don't really want to go back to school at my age, but am not particularly suited for much despite having a good education. I'm starting to notice more and more people making their living through alternative means i.e. blogging, social media, home businesses. I even saw one website (can't recall where) where you could register yourself as a virtual assistant and get hired out to do work for companies that need someone to do assistant type work for contract positions that last maybe a few days or maybe a few weeks. It's all done online and so can be done from home.

But I think you should consider following your strength which is writing. You've already been doing it, but there's no reason why you can't explore this further. There are a whole slew of magazines and online venues where you could ply your craft. I'm not talking hardcore journalism, but more the personal point of view that you could bring to an article or your unique perspective on current subject matters.

It might not equal a fulltime job on its own, but it might offset the half of a part time job that you are currently missing. There are lots of print and online publications that welcome submissions. It would take a little time to research who wants what and how, but if you've got the time right now it might be something to look into. You write well and that is your strength. It's worth considering.

The fact that you've already been published in a magazine works in your favour because it shows that others have been willing to publish your writing and be sure to play that up.

It's frustrating, I agree. Good luck!

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