Its hard to imagine, but its been about 2-1/2 months since I was fired (is dismissed better? Or terminated?) People have referred to it by both words, dismissed and terminated, but I kind of like fired myself. What word do you prefer?
I have to say that the month of November I was mourning a bit the fact I didn’t have a job. I was glad to get away from that job; you guys all know the stress I had with it, but it was not my intent to not be working at this stage of my life. Also, I didn’t have a sense of closure with it either. When hubby was ready to retire, he gave his 6 week notice and during that time he had a chance to wrap up things, have going away parties and lunches in his honor, got to say goodbye to people he worked with, etc. For me, one day I’m working, the next morning I’m fired. Kind of felt lost the first few weeks.
I did get unemployment, like I mentioned, 3 weeks after my last day of work. I was glad to have gotten it without having to appeal. As part of getting unemployment, I have to diligently be looking for a job at least 4 days a week and have to report what jobs I have applied for and which companies the jobs were at. I have to have 4 job searches per week and all can’t be on the same day. I apply for more than 4 a week and keep track of them in a notebook as well as make copies of the job notices so I can refer to them if I do get an interview.
I had no interviews or calls in November.
December hubby retired and I still looked for work like I was supposed to, but the first few weeks of his retirement it felt like a weekend so we went out and did things like we would on a weekend, including going out to eat. I felt disjointed, out of sorts, and knew that I needed to keep/have a routine. Christmas was also in that month and while we didn’t do a lot for it, there were some presents to buy and wrap, etc., so that took some time.
I made the wise decision to set the alarm and get up at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and to make sure I got on the treadmill those 5 days a week. I didn’t want to find myself sleeping in a lot, staying up late, but wanted to have a similar routine to when I was working and hubby was working in case I got another job. I would sleep in on the weekends if I wanted to.
I realized in December several things. My resume needed to be updated and I didn’t have the computer skills a lot of the jobs were calling for. I had worked on a computer with my previous job but it was their software program. Most jobs I saw advertised wanted Microsoft Word and Excel; training I did not have. So I looked into where I could get training.
I resolved after Christmas I would get serious about really looking for work, updating my resume, taking computer classes.
I had 2 interviews in December. One in person; one phone interview. Might have gotten the first job, but they weren’t providing benefits and I wanted/needed health insurance, etc., and let them know that so I think I was taken out of the running. The second one, the phone interview, they wanted more of a receptionist than a transcriptionist and wanted someone with more current skills in that regard. I had worked as a receptionist, but that was over 30 years ago.
I researched and found that Goodwill has a Career Center where they provide training for those who need computer skills for Word and Excel so I signed up for the classes, which I did last week. Also, there is a company here, Arizona at Work, tied in with unemployment to provide training and help in getting people back to work. I’ve gone to interview classes there on what to answer for interview questions and this week will be going for a resume class to spruce mine up. I did look online and found some samples of resumes and redid mine, but want to take the classes to see what they recommend.
I’m thinking on some jobs my age (62 years old) might be playing a role. Though they can’t ask age, they can pretty much find out how old I am if the job application asks for when you graduated from high school. Also, I’ve worked 30 years at home as a transcriptionist. There are no transcription jobs out there (there are a few but not ones I want to do). People want more current skills than I have for answering phones, scheduling appointments, etc.
I did have an interview last week for a small eye doctor practice. It did sound promising and I think I did good with the interview. I should know this week if I will be offered the job or not.
I’m not panicking about finding work. I would like to work and be productive. I will get early retirement Social Security starting next month in February. We’re doing okay money wise.
I’ve worked pretty much all my life and had planned to work until I was 67. I’d still like to do that. Hubby says to be patient and it will happen. So that’s what I will try to do. Be patient.
And wait upon God. This didn’t catch Him by surprise and I know that there is something he has planned for me. I just need to wait.
Waiting is hard, isn't it?