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...'cause this made me laugh hysterically:

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I had a bad day yesterday; it was very hard to stay motivated to keep looking for jobs to apply for, read job hunting books, and generally think about how useless I feel at the moment. I started to wonder if it would just be easier to stay home with younger daughter M for a year to regroup and decide what to do with myself, possibly either finally getting around to my yoga certification or perhaps looking into going back to grad school to finish my masters. Then I started to beat myself up over choosing the 'easy' route.

But today two of the jobs that I have sent resumes and letters to apply for, in fact a majority of the jobs I have actually specifically applied for to date, called me back within an hour of each other today to ask me for an interview tomorrow. And therefore I suddenly have two interviews tomorrow. [Yes, I've only gotten three resumes and cover letters out for specific jobs...that's the thing about wanting part time...though I have two more to apply for tomorrow that I have found since.]

I have my interview clothes hanging on the front of my closet. I have the jewelry I am going to wear set out on top of my jewelry box. I have copies of my references sheet and my recommendations from linkedin.com printed out, and ready to go with me, along with a copy of the letter I sent and my resumes for the two different jobs.

Life is weird.
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S is in camp this week...it's job-search-o-rama.

-Have fairly cool resume; still tweaking
-Set up new gmail account just for job search
-Re-set-up software tool that lets me print to .pdf and fill out .pdf forms in a saveable manner
-Got new belt clip for mobile phone and am using it in case of calls (none yet; lol at self)
-Appear to be somewhat successfully navigating UM job online system--but wish I could save a list of possible jobs to apply for in the system instead of printing hard copies or writing down posting #s so I can find them again
-Have applied for a job at Washtenaw United Way and another at UM
-Have a list of several more jobs to apply for at UM
-Have another lead on a non-profit job through a friend
-Would have lots more jobs to apply for at UM if I weren't ruling out full time work for now. Well, I have one on my list that is full time with a summer seasonal leave, which would work for me just about as well.
-Have downloaded UM temp application to fill out and submit
-Still have Washtenaw Community College and EMU sites to look at, as well as checking on area non-profits through WUW and the New Center
-Should check with A2 SPARK: one of the other Dragons soccer moms works there
-Will probably go through Accounttemps/Robert Half as well

If you know of an administrative or accounting or a trainer/instructor position, preferably part-time/20-35 hours per week, especially for non-profits or educational institutions, please let me know.
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Presence of Mind
"Your arrows do not carry," observed the Master, "because they do not reach far enough spiritually. You must act as if the goal were infinitely far off. For master archers it is in fact common experience that a good archer can shoot further with a medium-strong bow than an unspiritual archer can with the strongest. It does not depend on the bow, but on the presence of mind, on the vitality and awareness with which you shoot. . . ." --Eugen Herrigel

F5 jobs

Oct. 14th, 2006 11:24 am
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The Friday Five


1. What job do you have, and why do you like/hate it?
I am an office manager for a school, a small private school. I do morning care, supervise lunch, I do some office work, including organizing transport for field trips, arranging subs, managing files, buying supplies, and other little details.

I *really* love my job. I love almost everything about it. (Boy I sound sickeningly fawning.) My co-workers are awesome, interesting people. The kids are totally awesome, with enough spice to keep things interesting. Their parents are pretty cool too. I just wish there were a few more hours in the day, 'cause there's too much work to do in the time allotted. Slightly better pay would be nice, but there's time for that as the organization grows.

2. As a kid, what did you want to be when you "grew up?"
I was clueless. Nobody talked to me about career, only about school. Ever. Really. Which tells you something about why it's taken me so long to figure out. I liked lots about my grad student experience in computer science, but I could never wrap my head around being a researcher or professor, for example. It just didn't make any sense to me. But I think I've finally found a job I belong in. And there's room for me to keep working on becoming a yoga teacher too. Yay!

3. Is the job you have now anything like what you imagined as a kid?
Obviously not. I had a big blank before.

4. Do you have a five-year career plan?
Weirdly, yes.

5. In order to get the job of your dreams, is there anything you wouldn't do? Why?
Yes. Ends can easily be corrupted by the means used to get them. And a job is really not an 'end' anyway...it's a process, and therefore it's even more vulnerable to corruption.
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Well I have a part time job. Unfortunately it's REALLY part time. Two hours per week, teaching Baby Signs level II at First Steps Ann Arbor. I will teach toddlers and their parents/caregivers how to sign the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, numbers up to 30, animals, colors, and other miscellaneous concepts starting in January. I am excited about it, actually. And I will get to sub for the level I teacher as needed, or perhaps take that over at some future point. Who knows?

I'm also looking for more ways to teach or otherwise work with kids, perhaps after school extracurriculars at S's school. The after school program coordinator wants me to tackle Magic: The Gathering. I don't want to do that, as I nearly had two students come to blows when I taught it at summer camp. We'll see if she goes for my other ideas, such as RoboRally (a summer camp success) or a trick card games class (Euchre & Hearts; maybe Wizard or Pinochle or Spades if I need to keep introducing new games).

a phoenix?

Jul. 22nd, 2005 02:18 pm
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As some people who may read this are already aware, I am in the midst of trying to figure out what to do with myself in a work capacity. You may wonder why a 35-year old is so puzzled. Work force re-entry after staying home with small children is problematic in itself. In my case, I've never really felt I was doing the right thing, that is, in the right type of profession or work. When I was working for pay, anyway.

So, I am in the midst of questioning everything about my working life right now.

This is, of course, both terrifying and exhilarating. I'm trying to keep the balance away from terror and mostly suceeding.

I'd like your help figuring out if I am nuts or onto something... )
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Well, M started all-day preschool today (thursday...I guess that's technically yesterday). We signed S up for full-day day camp for next week and the week after, at her request. It's going to be practically a vacation! No kids for 7-8 hours per day all week! Job hunting and prep for summer camp are the things at the top of my agenda.

camp details, job searching, & Howard Jones!!! )

I'm going to see if I can grab a few hours' sleep here. Third try...

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