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.