As all of this full-time-job-search activity rolls on, life just continues forward. So in an effort to keep the blog all fresh-like, here's a handy bulleted-list of latest achievements:
"... as time passed, when I breathed in and out, it took less effort. It used to be that when my alarm went off, I'd immediately feel a two-ton weight upon my chest. But then, little by little, it was one ton. And then half. And less. Until slowly I became more anesthetized to the gut-churning pain. Sheer agony became blunt pain became discomfort. And soon enough discomfort morphed into tolerance for my situation. And once I started to get used to everything, I started, step by tiny step, day by day, to feel that if I squinted hard enough, I might be able to make out an infinitesimal ray of light in the distance."
- Jill Kargman, The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund
... but I'm still experiencing slightly rollercoaster-ish times as I navigate this whole landing-a-new-job ordeal. In fact, today I even dragged myself to church to pray, but while trying to put up a decent prayer, I found myself all distracted by the Cute Baby situation going on in the pew directly in front of me. It wasn't exactly Cute Baby who was shifting my focus, but all of the nearby parishioners ooing and ahhing over Cute Baby. They couldn't stop themselves!
People. Yes, it's a BABY and babies are CUTE. But for the life of me, I couldn't figure out what it was that made Cute Baby so incredibly magnet-like. I mean yes, I'm all for the appreciation of baby cuteness, but wow. *smh*
Back to focusing... well, I tried focusing at least, but praying while people are rubber-necking over a Cute Baby? Almost impossible, I tell you.
So here we go, I hunkered down on my thoughts and crunched out a mental list of positive things for which I am thankful during this freakishly bumpy ride:
Meanwhile, back to job searching with a vengeance... minus Cute Baby distractions, THANKFULLY.
Feeling feisty to the extreme after submitting 34 job applications to 25 different employers. Also soon to be unrecognizable if this goes on too much longer.
Sensing a tail and fur coat coming on.
Below is a screen capture of the weekly work search requirements needed for filing an unemployment claim in Nebraska, copied straight out of the Unemployment Insurance Handbook for Unemployed Workers (page 10):
And as you can see, these are all of the required hoops necessary to jump through before claims are even considered (and/or paid out) - in addition to that whole orientation and 1-on-1 ordeal Governor Pete Ricketts put out there. (See previous blog post.) So while the State of Nebraska is bragging about the low unemployment rate going on (2.8%!!!), seems likely to be a direct correlation between these hefty requirements and beleaguered unemployed workers giving up on filing claims altogether.
Meanwhile... job-searching-with-a-vengeance continues.
I am Brenda Swenson and sometimes I blog.