I got a job!
Honestly, I really didn't think I would get hired at my age.
But I did! And I turned down an offer and could have had another job but took myself out of the running because I didn't want to travel that far for minimum wage.
So last time we spoke, I had the interview at the optometrist. I was surprised that I got picked for it out of 444 candidates! They offered me the position but something didn't seem right about it so I didn't take it. Something else was better down the line; I just had to wait a bit more.
A few days after I interviewed at the eye doctor's, I had an interview at a prison. It was a minimal security one (mainly DUI's and substance abuse offenses). It was for clerical work and would have me working with inmates at times. They have a week's worth of training for new employees to get to learn how to work around inmates so they don't end up being conned by them.
That interview was interesting because it stated on the form for it not to wear orange or blue jeans since those were prison colors. I couldn't bring my cell phone in with me and could only bring less than $40 cash. Even if I got hired for it (this was the one I didn't want since it was a bit of a drive and low wages) I wouldn't have been able to bring my phone in with me to work. I would have an office phone people could get a hold of me, but the cell phone had to stay in the car (which the warden I interviewed with said people keep it in an insulated container in the heat of a Phoenix summer). The job would have been easy to do but not for minimum wage with the amount I would have to drive.
So I start my new job on February 17th! I don't want to give out the name of the company but I will be doing insurance verification for home health equipment needed after a patient gets discharged from the hospital so they can recover at their own home. It is mainly computer work with maybe 10% phone work (I didn't want to be on the phones all day like a receptionist would be). It is 9 miles from where I live so not a long commute. The pay is outstanding, the benefits are great, there is a chance for monthly bonuses and I get all major holidays off with pay in addition to a generous PTO (paid time off) allowance. Its business casual dress. My knowledge of medical terminology was an asset for getting hired.
Fun thing about the hiring process was I didn't have professional references, people who had worked with me and I certainly wasn't going to use my last supervisor. Thankfully I could use people I had volunteered with at church who could vouch for my reliability, dependability, and flexibility.
I had to take a drug screen for it and undergo a background check (no problem passing either of them LOL). They had to verify my high school education and wanted me to give them either copy of my diploma or my transcripts. Mind you, I graduated back in 1975. I honestly have no idea where the diploma is yet alone the transcripts. Thankfully they could obtain the info directly from the school I graduated from.
Do you still have your high school diploma?
I'm super excited. I am READY to go back to work and be productive again.
It will be different working outside of the home and driving (though not far). I think it will be a nice change.
All in all since mid November, I applied for over 60 jobs, had 4 in person interviews, 2 phone interviews, and several phone screenings. I did apply for a job for the 2020 census but haven't heard back yet. Obviously I won't be taking the job.
So there is life after medical transcription and after working at home. I did find out the horrid company I worked for laid off some others recently in the last few days due to work reduction.
It sadly is a dying field. But I'm free from it and so thankful I got this job!
Thanks Lord :)