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Bumper Sticker of the Day

Posted in Bumper Stickers with tags , on November 26, 2008 by gyma

About the same time I interviewed for my current job, a position for a librarian at a new branch library opened up.  I applied for both, hedging my bets.  I was offered, and accepted, the non-librarian position, and although the pay is a bit low, I am enjoying what I do.  This week I got a call to interview for the librarian position and I’m debating what to do.  Part of me thinks I should be using my education for its intended purpose, although a bigger part of me has decided I really don’t liking working with the public anymore. 

So after some thought, I’ve decided to take this bumper sticker saying to heart and turn down the offer to interview.  Doing so means I’m turning down a 65% pay increase (assuming I was offered the position) but I’ve learned a bit late in life that money doesn’t buy happiness.

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Another Job Rejection

Posted in Jobs with tags , , on August 18, 2008 by gyma

I interviewed for a job last week and I didn’t think it was going to be a good match.  When I asked the supervisor what qualities she thought were needed to be happy and successful on the job, she replied that she wanted someone who was over-the-top with energy and could take the department to the next level.  Perky came to my mind and I am pretty sure my perkiness evaporated sometime during my 20s.  I still have enthusiasm for the right job, but I was trying to think what I might say if offered the job.

Well, I needn’t spend too much time worrying since I received a call this morning telling me someone else was chosen for the job.  Part of me was relieved, but honestly part of me is sad that I’m no longer able to find a job that’s a good fit.

In thinking about previous job interviews, I realized I often said what I thought the interviewer wanted to hear rather what I truly believed.  This meant I was often offered jobs I didn’t want, but I was too insecure to say “No thanks, I’ll wait for something better.” 

Now that I’m older and wiser I’ve decided I need to be more honest in presenting myself in an effort to find a good match.  I’m also wondering how long I can afford to do this before desperation sets in.  We’re plugging along financially, but one serious illness would most likely ruin us, and the longer I’m unemployed, the more difficult I feel it will be to even get interviews.

And one last thought – I refuse to work at Wal-Mart.  I’d rather eat peanut butter and beans and eggs the rest of my life.  Although peanut butter, beans, and eggs aren’t as cheap as they once were.

Job Hunting Over 40

Posted in Jobs with tags on August 15, 2008 by gyma

I’ve always hated looking for a job and it hasn’t gotten any easier now that I’m over 50.  About a year ago I left my job because I had an unsupportive boss who made my life miserable.  I “retired” early, perhaps way too soon, since as soon as I left, the stock market tanked, gas went through the roof along with everything else we spend our limited income on.

So here’s the problem:  I have x number of years doing y but I don’t want to do y anymore.  The only jobs I’m getting interviewed for are the y type jobs and I’m having difficulty convincing employers that much of my experience is transferrable.  Has anyone else successfully made the leap, and if so, how?  I need all the help I can get!