Sunday, September 27, 2009

Perusing the Classifieds

I am . . . for really really really real, looking for employment.

Gasp!

Noticed I said employment and not career.

It's going to be tough. (I know we are supposed to be coming out of the recession but funny how unemployment is way up.)

For fits and giggles, I applied on line for a warehouse packer position at a large store's distribution center. The location was very close to home and they were looking for weekend workers to work three 12 hour days. That would have freed me up for four days of still being a stay-at-home mom and the pay was a lot better than minimum wage. The ad in the paper said would need to be able to lift 30 pounds.

I could do that!

The on-line application asked a lot of questions about different warehouse equipment and how much experience you had on them. Since the majority of my 20 years work experience has been white collar professional . . . well, needless to say, I have no experience running a fork lift (seated or standing) or packing machine.

I got my "dear john" email three days later.

That job would not have paid all the bills (should the child-support stop) but it had nice benefits.
I guess they were not looking for a middle aged, female with a bachelors of science degree in sociology.

Luckily, I have lots of experience in different things, so I'm not too limited. Just a wee bit nervous about the six year gap of no work, while staying at home.

I don't want them to think I was put away in the "big house" during that time.

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Speaking of the "big house", vileman's trial has been continued by agreement (once again!) and he is now on the October docket.

I'm thinking his time is running out and the trial will probably happen before the end of the year.

4 comments:

Evelyn said...

If it makes you feel any better, I did the hiring at my place of employment and taking a break to raise your kids is not a red flag raiser. In fact, it usually got the applicant at least the second interview. It shows a certain amount of character, so i think you're good...

Jill said...

I was also out of work for 6 years when I went job hunting. 3 weeks after I applied at a temp service, I got hired as a temp-to-permanent employee and the pay once I got on salary (after 3 months) was a lot better than I thought I would get. So don't sell yourself short! Oh, and my present position has nothing to do with my degree - but that college degree is what got me the job.

btw, did you email me your address? I need to know where to send your prize! :)(jillith71@yahoo)

Vickie said...

three 12 hour days sounds very nice - but you might have ended up with back problems (long term).

I think that we all should have gotten RN degrees - seems to be a field with lots of opportunities and flexible hours.

hard to believe that trial has stretched out THIS long - remind me what the orginal date was suppose to be please - ???

Cammy said...

As an interviewer, I never thought twice about someone taking time for SAHM duties, so it shouldn't be a problem.

With your mind wide open to possibilities, I don't think you're going to find it difficult to find something fairly soon. It's the picky folks who are having problems. :) You know my fingers are crossed for you!