Depression & the USA Election


I am so depressed over the outcome of my country’s (United States) election (not to the point where I need to start calling a suicide hotline.)  I am having serious thoughts about how this is going to affect my future.

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How do you tell your boss about your epilepsy?


First of all, I want to apologize for not posting in a really long time.  I wanted to ask fellow patients with epilepsy for advice.

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Why I Couldn’t Finish Writing 101


In September I starting Blogging University’s Writing 101 course.  I really liked it and was learning a lot about writing.  It was especially helpful to see some of the posts from some of the other bloggers with more writing experience.  It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything.  I had to stop partway through my Writing 101 course.

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The Long Winter did not kill my Quest for Full-Time Employment


During the past few months, I could not job search as often due to my heavy work load.  Things were even worse due to a harsh winter, which made it difficult to get to networking events.  I tried to make the small amount of time that I did have as efficient as possible.

I tried a couple of new things that have been helpful:

  1. carefully analyzing job postings – I am analyzing the job postings more critically.  I will also look at their mission statement.  Do I agree with their philosophy?  I only apply to the ones that I feel really resonate with me. Sometimes you forget this principle when looking for a job.
  2. Created a job search portfolio – a detailed account of when I applied for the job, who I contacted, etc.  This has been particularly useful for me.

I also looked at my current employers.  Are there any opportunities for me to transition to a full-time job? After talking to some other part-time professors like myself, they did not know of anyone who transitioned to a full-time professor position.  Many have applied for full-time positions, but were not hired.

I knew this already, and applied for a full-time position at one of my current employers.  I am proud to say that my application is still being considered.  I am following up with my contacts on a regular basis, and have not received a rejection email yet.

I am still attempting to network with others.  I feel this is an area is hurting me at the moment.  During some small pockets of free time, I try to go to meetings and other events to meet new people.  Large groups still make me nervous, but I’m hoping that with practice and time I will get better.

My Job Search: More Bad News


 

I applied for a couple of positions, and had waited to for an update from Human Resources.  This past Friday, I a few updates on my search for full-time employment.  Unfortunately none of it was the type of news that I had hoped for.

I applied for a position at the college where I now work.  I believed that I would have a good opportunity to get an interview, and eventually hired since I knew the college well already.  I attempted to network with some people and spent some time making sure my application looked good.  When I sent an email to Human Resources asking for an update, I was told that the position had been filled and that many qualified people had applied.  Apparently the hiring committee didn’t think that I was qualified enough to even bother with an interview.

I applied to another university thinking that I might have an advantage over other applicants.  It was the university that I had just graduated from.  I tried to network with some of the people in the department where I would be working through LinkedIn.  However I was sent an email telling me of the same news.  I was told that the position had been filled and that many qualified people had applied.

I have spent the time since then to try to figure out my next move.  Maybe I need to be more selective on the jobs that I apply for, and not assume that any past association with a college or university will give me an advantage.

Why is it so hard for me to make a decision?


My friends, family, and even co-workers are asking questions about what I’m going to do in the near future.  Unfortunately there is so much that is up in the air at the moment.

When I was younger, it was normal for most adults to get their own place.  I am living in a part of the country where having roommates is normal.  I still want to have my place (with no roommates) even if it is a tiny studio apartment with an even tinier kitchen.  However, I have no financial stability and live off of two part-time jobs (adjunct professor) with no benefits.

The Tough Decisions

So here’s the problem.  I started job hunting about a month ago, and at about the same time, I was asked to decide if I would stay at the place I am renting.  My family has wanted me to move closer to them.  It is extremely hard for me to manage my chronic illness without family nearby.  Should I just take a chance and move there?  If I stay where I am at, at least I know I could probably teach 2 classes at the local community college, but I still would not have financial stability.

My Options

The way I see it, I have the following options (in no particular order):

  1. Move out but get own place in current city with cat.  At the same time concentrate on finding full-time employment in the same city.  The current city that I live in has good access to good doctors and public transportation.
  2. Move closer to my family and concentrate on finding full-time employment there.  This would be the cheaper option since my family lives in states cheaper than my own.
  3. Move closer to my family and find work as an adjunct professor.  In the past, I have had absolutely no problems finding work as an adjunct professor.  I could probably teach a few classes as an adjunct professor and still do okay since the area is more affordable.  I would still have to purchase my own health insurance.
  4. Stay where I’m at and concentrate on finding full-time employment.  This method would involve concentrating on the job hunt for now.  I might be able to convince my landlord to keep me on for a month by month basis, but that is not a guarantee.

Maybe I’m just making this more complicated than it really is.  What do you think?

 

Opportunities


Frequently when job hunting, people refer to a ‘open door’ as a potential opportunity and a ‘closed door’ as a missed opportunity.  Well another door slammed shut in my face earlier this week.  I didn’t make it past the telephone interview stage in the company mentioned in “Job Hunting Progress.”  Not only was I trying to transition from part-time employment to full-time, but I was attempting to transition from higher education to healthcare.  Naturally, the interviewer asked me a lot of probing questions.

When reflecting on the interview, I’m not happy with how I answered their question “Why do you want to work for our company?”  Maybe I need to ask myself this question before applying to the company.  Why do I want to work for company XYZ?  If I don’t like my answer, then I won’t waste my time filling out an application.  I’m not the type of person that can just work for any company on the planet.  I need to feel as if I’m part of something ‘special’ and that I’m helping people.  Unfortunately, I can’t get financial stability on an adjunct professor’s income.   In the meantime, I will keep looking for those opportunities where I can make a difference.