Wow - I forgot how painful job hunting is.
One thing I am happy about is that I kept my skills up to date. If there's one thing you all should do, you must keep up with technology. If you don't, you will not be competitive. It really is that simple.
So I have been aggressively job hunting. Every day it's the same thing; get up, have a cup of coffee or two or three, and hit the online job sites.
Many of you have been asking me where I have been looking so I'll tell you: EVERYWHERE - here are a few:
I have not registered with any agencies as of yet but that will be next. Right now I am applying for jobs that I am way over-qualified for. If you asked me if I would ever do such a thing before I was laid off, I would probably have said no way. When you have to support your family, you do what you have to do and that's that.
Job hunting now feels like a job to me in itself. I'm dedicated to it, I commit to it each day, I give myself goals. However, I am a volunteer!
I go online each day, several times a day, looking for a job. With each click I pray that the perfect job for me appears in the listings. Of course, it does not, but I have faith that something will be there in the future for me.
I look at everything to do with my skill set from administrative work, to content writing to design to accounts receivable and accounts payable. That is another good thing that you all should do - have varied skills.
Just imagine right now that you have lost your job. Can you live without your income and for how long? What about your bills? What will you pay first? What adjustments are you prepared to make?
And then there's just the added stress of thinking about money every time you do anything.
I certainly know that things could be so much worse. I realize the things that I do have, and I am thankful. However, that doesn't take the sting out of it.
It's me, just trying to get by.