Monday, August 16, 2010

family time and beer


I know it has been a while. But lots of things are happening and keep getting distracted. Erik’s interview in DC went well and we should hear back in 1-2 months. YAY!

I woke to an email on Thursday from the development job I interviewed with saying they decided to pursue other candidates. Damn.

I keep applying to jobs but here nothing back. Arg.

I went and watched Liz, one of my JVC housemates, run part of the Spokane to Sandpoint relay race. That was tons of fun.

Saturday Anthony and Amanda got to town for the birthday week. Thursday my father will turn 60 and a huge party will happen Friday. On Saturday after mass, we went to Laguna Café and I ate the biggest Cobb Salad ever. Anthony and I had the best beer ever, High Five Hefe, from Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, that tasted strongly of ginger and honey, while not being sweet. It was amazing. Becky and Andrew get to town on Tuesday. Erik will arrive Wednesday, just in time to go to Silverwood! Troy will arrive Friday. It is going to be a very packed and very fun week!

All this full makes it hard to work, but I am trying and doing a reasonable job.

Monday, August 09, 2010


I know that it has been a week, but I did move across the state.

On my bus ride back from Seattle I called Erik and he checked my email for me. I received an email about the Development job in Baltimore and they wanted a phone interview. I had that on Friday and I think it went well. They had over 70 applications and my phone interview was about half an hour. I cannot imagine that everyone got a phone interview, and I should hear back about a possible second interview by Friday. I really like this job and I think I could do it very well.

I also got an email from a job I applied to in Denver for a Community Outreach Coordinator job. It seems like it would be a challenging job, but could open a lot of doors. I hope to hear back from them this week.

Erik is in DC right now for 3 days of interviews with the government. I hope he is doing well as this would be a great boost for him.

I sent in an application for a Program Assistant Job just now. It seems like it would be a lot like my job at Lifelong, only actually using more of my time. The listing on Idealist said that the closing date is the 25th of August. I understand that it is only three weeks, but that is a long time to wait to hear from a job. I am really just frustrated with not hearing back from jobs because it seems like they are accepting applications for so long.

I will also be sending out applications today for an administrative assistant position and a campus organizer job. A walk also seems to be in order. It is a beautiful and not too warm of a day, so I might walk downtown and see what has changed. Rumor has it that Spokane is getting an Apple store. Not that I like Apple products, I just cannot imagine Spokane having or needing one.

Monday, August 02, 2010

It's the end of the summer, when you move to another place

Countdown to unemployment: 1 Day

Today I have made the choice to not apply for a job. Mostly I need to clean my desk.

Today is my last day at Lifelong. It is very sad to be leaving these wonderful people who do such great work. For the first 11 months of my work here, everyone had to take one day off, unpaid, every other week. For people doing social service work, a 10% reduction in pay is a lot. They have continued to do wonderful work in that time and have been an excellent example of what working at a social-profit organization should be. I will miss them all terribly.

Yesterday Elizabeth flew back to Atlanta. Maria and Brendan drive down to Orientation this morning to begin their second years. It is sad to see it end.

Now, to the desk cleaning!

It's the end of the summer, when you move to another place.

Friday, July 30, 2010


Countdown to unemployment: 4 Days

After a week where it was tough to find enough jobs today had six jobs that I wanted to apply to. And I haven’t even opened my email from Idealist. Arg. I guess that is how it works.

I also heard back from a job!! It was just sharing the wages and wondering if I was still interested. The pay is not great, but it is a job in development that would offer great future opportunities with other nonprofits. Hearing back was a huge lift for my spirits and will be the highlight of my day. I am keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

Today was my last day up in the Distribution Center. On Fridays I fill custom grocery bags for clients who come into the office. I will miss that. Today was three last days for my housemates. Four of us work on Monday. Then the adventure of JVC will end and unemployment will begin! Hopefully not for too long, but just a short time to decompress after JVC.

Erik gets to Spokane for my father’s 60th birthday party in only 19 days. Now that we are in the teens, it seems like it is just around the corner. Plus with me moving and Erik visiting DC for a job interview and San Antonio to visit his brothers, these days should just fly by. Have a wonderful Friday afternoon!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

just keep swimming just keep swimming

Countdown to unemployment: 5 days

Today I applied for an administrative job in Denver. It would be nice to hear back from a job at some point. Sigh.

Today was my last delivery at Lifelong. In addition to my policy work I have delivered food to three buildings downtown. I saw the smallest glimpses of these client’s lives, but it was usually one of the best parts of their week. I will miss getting to be a part of that, and I fear that my next job will not have that kind of an impact. Sigh.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Only three more days of work!

Countdown to unemployment: 6 Days

This morning started off well enough. I had breakfast with Brendan, one of my JVC housemates. I had a delicious breakfast Panini with bacon, eggs, and provolone cheese. We sat a couple tables down from Dan Savage and enjoyed our conversation. As I returned to my office, I opened my daily email from of newly listed jobs in the Denver and DC areas. There was not a single job that I was interested in and qualified for. That was very depressing.

My application for the day was a job with JVC at their national office in Baltimore as a Development Assistant. I would love to work in development or events.

Ideally I would like to work for a non-profit, think tank, or advocacy organization. I want to make a difference in the lives of the marginalized in our world. Vague, I know. I want to keep my options open, but be in a job that makes a tangible difference in people’s lives. We shall see what happens.

In terms of skills I have had a broad experience of jobs. I was a courier for a year and have raked up nearly three years of office work in advocacy and administrative capacities, so I feel more than qualified for these jobs. I guess it is just so much easier to consider people from the area and not from out of town. I just need to keep on trucking along.

I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The beginning of unemployment.

Countdown to unemployment: 7 Days

My attempt to blog during JVC failed rather spectacularly. But let’s not hold that against me. My JVC experience is nearly over now and I find my self entering into the world with no job and a fair bit of uncertainty. I want to lay the groundwork for where I am as I hope to maintain this daily until I find a job.

My year of JVC ends Monday, August 2nd. I am staying in Seattle for an extra day to pack and clean. I will be taking the big gray dog back to Spokane to move in with the parents! My bus will arrive back home just in time for dinner! I am excited by the opportunity to spend time with my mother and father and to relax after a year of community and simplicity. I am also terrified by the prospect of applying for more and more jobs under the watchful eyes of my family.

I guess that is one of my main points as I enter the journey of unemployment for keeping this blog. It will provide a clear record of the jobs that I am applying for and my thoughts on the application process.

As a warning, I have problems with job postings that say “no calls please” and often feel the need to talk about that.

I am applying for jobs in the Washington, DC and Denver areas. Erik is nearing the end of a very long application process for a government job that would start nearly a year after getting hired because of the security clearance process. We hope that he gets the job, but that still leaves us in Limbo for quite some time. Denver means a cheap apartment that we already have furnished, but DC is where we want to be in the long run. For that reason we have narrowed our job searches to those two areas.

It is hard to apply for jobs when you don’t live in the city. I recognize this daily. We will see what happens.

My goal is to post every day of the unemployment adventure. I am committing myself to that. Because let’s be honest, I will have nothing better to do with my time outside of the 15 jobs I hope to apply for each week.

Tomorrow I will talk about what I want to do and the skills I have. Until then, pray for my resumes.