Saturday, December 10, 2005

job hunt continues

i went to the unemployment office for the first time in my life yeasterday. it has been THAT hard to find a job. i also learned something while i was there. my intention was to go in, ask if they know of any available jobs within a 100 mile radius (desperation) and was informed that i could receive money for being unemployed. hmmm...this can't be right. i thought you had to work for your money (which is what i am MORE that willing to do). but it's true, you can get a paycheck while you are looking for a job. who knew? (apparently everyone but me) you'd think i've been living under a rock all this time.

the job search thing has been quite an education for me. there are very few positions out there in the work force that you don't need a resume for. i remember when you could just walk into an establishment and ask for a job and if they needed someone they hired you. now there are all these hoops you need to jump through. resumes, applications, w-2 forms, work history, blood type (not really).

thank goodness for software and patient husbands. they helped me build a resume the other night. i look pretty competent on paper, and smart too. i faxed (oooh, high tech) a resume (my very first) to a dental office looking for an assistant. the ad in the paper grabbed my attention; zookeeper wanted in busy dental office...! it said you would be expected to answer phones ringing off the hook, calm scared children, sing the tgif song on fridays, be professional AND fun. is that an awesome ad of what?! i thought it sounded too good to be true but i applied anyways. i hope they call me. i mentioned in my cover letter (another hoop) that i have been managing a zoo of my own for the past 100 years (home), and thought i could handle the scared children (did that one just last night), answer the phones (preteen lives here), general busy life (HELLO!), professional (maybe), and fun?! (that's me!)



Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.-Margaret Nadauld

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