Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Did you ever have one of those days (or maybe even several "weeks" of one of those days), that leave you wondering which way the wind is blowing, which direction YOU are headed, and how on earth to even take a single step? Well, if you have, then welcome to my world. Since losing my job due to a re-org and subsequent downsizing, I've been dazed and confused. My regular schedule went away somewhere never to be utilized again, and my poor Sweetie has also been sucked into the miasma of my resulting inertia. Job hunting isn't like it was in the old days, when you could just go on downtown and apply for the job of your choice. Job requirements were lenient, and nobody dreamed of fudging their resumes because in fact... who ever asked to see it anyway? Now, for every job opening in the paper, agency or Internet job site, there are hundreds of responses. Perhaps this explains the crushing lack of responses to my hundreds of time-consuming, hand-tailored cover letters and resumes, custom made for each and every application response... sent along down into the yawning black hole of the internet job process. I have received one (yes, you read that right) one courtesy response from a company who had the good work ethic to at least send me a rejection letter.

Truly it is like the salmon must feel as they swim with every inch of their strength up stream only to face a dam which prevents any further progress...

Anyway, life goes on, and so does my search. I've begun to explore non-profit organizations which cater to science, animals, and of course wildlife & birds. I've been told to use networking... easier said than done since I'm not the world's most social gal unless thrust into it with no escape routes. I figured if/when we move to Iceland I'll do well in an egg farm, driving a forklift and conversing with the chickies.

18 comments:

catnapping said...

networking sucks.

same here. i am not a social person. i like being alone. i get more done that way.

i know it's trite, but hang in there. someone will recognize your spectacularness, and hire you.

i wouldn't mind living in iceland. i've been thinking a lot about yellowknife...(canada)...i wanna go north. waaaay north.

i've seen film of iceland, and i like it.

Tom & Icy said...

The world around us changes and so do we as we grow older, or so it seems. We are born upside-down and that is when we see life as it really is because as we stand upright, the lens of our eyes reverses things and we go through life never really seeing it as it really is. Notice how kids like to put the top of their head on the floor and look around and laugh. They must know something we have forgotten.

Doug said...

That. sounds. frustrating.

This to shall pass.

lime said...

ugh, this is part of why i am loathe to even begin the process....

best wishes

CozyMama said...

yes, we all have those days or moments. it will improve. that 1st pic is wild - it took me a few to realize it was a dog.

Hobbes said...

This must be a very anxious time.
Good luck.

Ariel the Thief said...

LOL dogs can look funny.

Yes, keep searching. What else could you do? Best luck with it, dear Crow!

yellowdog granny said...

arghghgh.. I wouldn't even know where to begin. maybe you can get a job in the new administration?...move to d.c.?...keep on plugging..your to talented not to get a good one..

actonbell said...

{{Terry}} Wow, that's frustrating. I wish you luck, of course.

G-Man said...

Good Luck Terry...
I know job hunting sucks!!

Mo'a said...

It sounds just awful...where have good manners gone?
Good luck on your search Terry.

Thank you for your compliment to me in your New Year blog. *smile*
The winner of Stekkjastaur has been announced :)

Happy New Year dear Terry I wish you all the best...Now is a good time to buy a house in Iceland...or so I am told.

McRaven said...

Chin up and tits out as JS would say...You are a great person and goodness and kindness will follow. I think it's called Karma...:)

photowannabe said...

Keep plugging on there friend. There's got to be the perfect match out there waiting for you. Just don't go down that black hole with the job apps.

sister celtic said...

Hold onto your dreams they are sweet....George and I have learned alot and keeping the faith soooo we see how things have changed as well it sure is a diffrent world I could write volumes....Keep us updated please..

Minka said...

Iceland would be lucky to have you, let alone those chickens:)
Our work just took us aside and had "that" talk with us. Downsizing...let's wait and see. keep up your cheerful self though...you've got a bear, a fondness for feathered things and a fairy garden ;)

DJ Kirkby said...

It is very scary out there at the moment. We recently recruited for a data analyst and had a ridiculous number of applicants, many with PhD's! For a DA job? Oh that is so sad and scary. Good luck honey. Lol to the pic of the dig.

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear you're having a struggle. At the moment my dad's out of work and starting to get depressed since it's been two months now, but Christmas isn't a good time to find work.

If you can - don't send a CV, go in person. It worked for my husband two years back when he'd been struggling for ages to get a decent job. I don't think most places even bother to read them properly, but if a real person is standing there talking to them it's harder to brush you off. In hubby's case his CV was a bit "wobbly" (self employed for years and no way to prove much) and was kicked back by most places. He got fed up and went in person to the next place on his list, even though they requested written applications only. He started talking to the receptionist, then the boss... they liked him and he had the job there that day!

Jamie Dawn said...

Your poor thing! I'm so sorry you are stuck in this limbo of job hunting. I'm glad to see you've still got your sense of humor - that photo is quite funny!
I love this sentence you wrote:
Truly it is like the salmon must feel as they swim with every inch of their strength up stream only to face a dam which prevents any further progress...
That statement is true for a variety of awful life circumstances.
Keep plugging along, my friend, and keep dreaming and planning for that eventual move to Iceland.
I'm a big believer in pursuing our dreams!!