Sober since April 6, 2006


Thursday, February 07, 2008

need a job? apply directly to the website, apply directly to the website, apply directly to the website

Apply at fifty thousand websites, and maybe you'll get a call back within the next year or so. At least, that's how it feels sometimes. Most employers won't take paper applications anymore -- it's all done online, which reduces the face-to-face interaction that many job seekers would like. First impressions used to be personal. Now they're Word documents. I'm just one of a million résumés floating around in cyberspace. Plus it's not exactly encouraging to read that the US lost 17,000 jobs last month. I get to compete with those people too.

But I am grateful that I can meet this opportunity head on (pun intended), without retreating to a bottle. When I graduated from college, I was drinking. I only applied to two or three places within a four-month span. I was afraid to apply because I was afraid of rejection. When nobody responded to my applications, I gave up the job search and got a job in retail. I had to apply online for that job too, lol!

So now, I've lost count of how many applications I've completed within the past month. I usually find one or two each day. I don't fear the rejection anymore. I choose to see it as "God doing for me what I cannot do for myself" -- eliminating the jobs where I don't belong. It's not so bad when looking at it that way.

I can't wait to relocate. I really want to be with my fiancé. I just wish one of these employers would respond to my application. Or perhaps, I need to apply to the "right" place ...

You know, I didn't pray for patience for a reason. I don't like lessons in patience. I don't want lessons in patience. But maybe we just learn what God wants us to learn, when He wants us to learn it. "Not my will but Yours be done."


dAAve said...

I realize you're relocating to a place where you may not know people or have contacts. But I will always think that when looking for a good job, it's who you know, not necessarily what you know.
That's just a simple reality. Maybe your fiance may have a contact there or have a friend who might help??

tkdjunkie said...

Thanks, Daave -- you're right. Yes he has a contact who has shared some job postings that are only available to members of a specific local trade organization. Their job postings are not posted on the general internet, so this person's help has given me some good leads.

I'm so grateful for everyone's support ... I'm not afraid anymore.

Thanks for being there :)

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Take good care!