Thursday, March 18, 2010

Just Over a Month Out

It's been a month and two days since I left my job. I still don't have a job, and once this month is over will not have another paycheck coming. I still haven't regretted leaving one bit. I'm still extremely happy with my decision. I was in a bad situation and needed to get out of it. I walked away and haven't look back and I feel great about it.

So what's going on now? Well, I've had at least 1-2 interviews a week since I left. 3 have even turned into second interviews. That's pretty freaking amazing and says a lot about the economy here. I've also had plenty of jobs to apply for every day. Craigslist has honestly been my best friend in finding jobs. I don't know when it happened, but our board has finally become really legit. Yeah, there are some questionable looking postings, but you can easily catch which are real and those that aren't. I usually apply to 5-10 a day which is another great thing. They're jobs that I want and not just general things to apply for either.

As for how we're going to get money now that it's about to run out? Well when I originally left I knew the minimum I would have to make for us to make ends meet. It's a shockingly low number compared to what I was making, but if it means happiness, I'm ok with that. I've applied at a local warehouse store that pays more than that minimum amount I need to make. It's a guaranteed 25 hours a week, but it doesn't sound like it will be a full 40 which would be ideal. I have my second interview today to see if I get it or not. I've also called the GM at a restaurant I used to work at. He and I have worked together on and off for several years and we stay in touch. He's happy to have me back so I'll probably take the job at the store and then wait tables a few times a week to supplement my income. I also took the exam today to be a Census taker. It's part-time with flexible hours and great pay. John was a little concerned that if I got the door to door job they'd put me in a bad neighborhood. They actually have you work in your own area so that's great. I have no problem knocking on doors in my own neighborhood. I took my exam today, did absolutely fantastic on it, and the man administering the test said we would hear something in around 3 weeks.

So at the moment it seems I have several options. I like that the store job is part-time and combined with waiting tables I'd still have the flexibility to interview during the day. John doesn't especially like the situation though. He things that since I have a Master's this is going backwards. I disagree. Granted I probably won't put the store or the restaurant on my resume, but for me it's just a means to an end - one that leads me to getting a job that I love.

3 comments:

  1. That's awesome you have so many options. Kristal found a great job through Craigslist. Stop by my blog tomorrow...I'm leaving you a shout out!

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  2. Good luck! I know it is hard I moved to Austin without a job and thou it is a struggle I to have been waiting tables and interviewing during the day. Hopefully all this "backwardness" will be good in the long run!

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  3. It will turn around for you! I know how you feel with the backwards thing, though. That part kind of sucks. :P

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