Extreme Makeover: Resume Edition

As you all know, I've been searching high and low for all kinds of jobs that I consider myself "qualified" to do. In my mind, I'm like: "I can do that!", or "I can learn to do that!". Then I attach my resume, and I feel a moment of panic because my resume means nothing unless submitted to some kind of job in education. Here's a two sentence summary of my two page resume:

I taught these kids. Then, I taught these kids.

Most jobs I've applied for are receptionist/administrative assistant types of jobs. Suddenly all of my teaching skills mean "team player", "organized", "multi-tasking", "efficient time management", "strong communicator". They probably can see right through that and realize that's all bunk, and that is why I am still unemployed.

Cleaning Cat Snot is Not a Real Job

So far today, I've applied to be an appointment setter, an office manager to a travel agency, an academic placement assistant at the local community college, and a senior center care giver.

Now it's time to go make dinner...

"The Exciting Conclusion"

Well, after agonizing for two days over "should I/shouldn't I"? I decided to put the ball in their court. I was willing to take the job if they were willing to be flexible with my wage or throwing in added benefits. They were not flexible; I didn't take the job.

Although I'm relieved about the whole situation, I am also worried that nothing else will come up. I have my application out there for four different teaching positions (somehow still open for this fall), and four different office manager/administrative assistant jobs. I have to cast my net far and wide! Hopefully someone will bite soon!

Remember When I Was a Real Teacher?

I didn't get the job at the daycare center. They opted for someone with an early childhood credential. They offered me a part time position (32 hours a week). My responsibilities would be feeding the kids lunch and cleaning up, supervising nap time, and supervising recess time. Basically, a job that anyone with half a brain could do. Oh, and there are no benefits. The lady said she needed an answer by Wednesday afternoon. I still don't know what to do. Part of me just wants to give up and settle. The other part of me is insulted and is furiously praying for a miracle and poring over the classifieds.... again.

Tune in later for the exciting conclusion!

Interview Review

The interview itself went well. Later that day, I was asked to tour the center, the classroom in question, and the other two teachers in that classroom (it's three teachers to 20-24 preschoolers per classroom). The center was a brand new building, a beautiful, state-of-the-art center with every kind of equipment imaginable catered to young children. The kids were sweet; the teachers were kind and professional. So why did I feel so uncomfortable? First, it's not what I'm used to. Second, my heart is just not in it.

The director said they'd let me know by the end of the week. If they offer me the job, I will take it, and pray that I'll LOVE it. There are equally as many downsides to this job as upsides. But I'm determined to be thankful for what the Lord provides. I will be thankful. I will. I will.

Internet, I Have Missed You

There was a bit of a snafoo with AT&T, and it is unknown when we will have the internet hooked up in our new place. So for the moment I am taking advantage of the high-speed internet connection on campus. Woo hoo!

It's officially been one week since we've moved into our new duplex. Let me tell you why this place is SO MUCH COOLER than our last place (you remember, the sprawling apartment complex with all the mold and drunken neighbors?)
  • When I look out my window, I see trees and other houses instead of a wall.
  • There are two stories, so I can do my own thing and not worry about bothering Max when he's studying!
  • We can't hear any neighbors fighting.
  • There are TWO bedrooms. Yea!!
  • When you walk out of the house, you don't have to go through a maze of hallways and stairs to get to the car!
  • We're so close to a tower here that we're getting HD signals for major channels! Hello perfect reception!
  • There are cats here!

The cats have been adjusting to indoor life quite well. They love the new couch, and they love hanging out on top of our bed, and running around underneath it. They also love coughing up hairballs on our bed. Okay, that only happened once, but it was worth mentioning. And even though it happened right after I put on a new duvet cover over our comforter, I still love my cats. This must be the feeling parents have when their baby blows out a diaper....

I am still job hunting. I have an interview on Monday morning for a nationally accredited daycare place that has seven campuses around the area. They have healthcare, and they reimburse tuition if you want to earn a higher degree! It sounds promising, and I'll let all five of you readers know how the interview goes!

Moving Day

I hardly slept last night. I blame my parents entirely: I'm pretty sure it's a genetic thing not to be able to sleep the day before a move. In any case, in just a few hours we'll be driving our three car caravan out to our new duplex. Here's to hoping that Labor Day and a certain College Football Game won't cause maddeningly slow traffic!

In related news, I am still unemployed. The job I interviewed for in my last post didn't work out, which I suppose is a relief as it's 80 miles away from where we live! I'm confident that the Lord will provide something, and it's just a matter of being patient....

Speaking of being patient, not having the Internet until next Friday is at the same uh-oh level as a worldwide ice cream shortage, and instills the same kind of panic as, say, millions of teachers at the thought of going Back to School.
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