I applied for a new job, one that has to do with creativity. There’s a very low chance I’ll get it, but I’m okay with that. I can’t get it without trying. :) 7 months ago
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How I did it: I've been out of work for over two years for two reasons: I was laid off from my original job, and I have an often-debilitating illness.
Yes, the job I have isn’t my forever job…but I actually really like it so far. (and I’m pretty damn good at it, thank you very much!) So, for now at least, until I’m physical ready and able for a full-time job, I’m marking this done!
and proud of it!21 months ago
This morning was my first shift.
Technically, I signed a lot of papers, watched a few HR videos, and started training…but it was a first shift nonetheless.
Part of me really wants to cross this goal off of my list as it’s been there for so long and I’m finally working somewhere; even though it’s only part time.
Honestly, I’m not sure how I like it. All I know is that right now I need it; so I don’t really have a choice. Right now I’m considered to only be seasonal anyways, so hopefully I can stick it out until January.
It was definitely incredibly physically demanding for me-even though I only had an hour on the floor. I came home and cried. I’m concerned about my ability to handle it in the future but I’m going to try my best. It’s something I really need to talk to my specialist about.
Anyways…for now, after two years, I have a job.
Can I cross this off my list now?21 months ago
I have my first interview in almost a year. My first in person interview in almost two years.
Hell, I haven’t even received a call in over six months.
I’m so nervous, I could cry. I’m already shaking. Will they take me as I am? Will they accommodate my limitations? I sure hope so…especially seeing as I’m down to my last $20 and it’s earmarked for my appointment with the POTS specialist and Z’s had to have his hours cut as the result of a huge layoff at his company.
He was fortunate enough to not be laid off as well because they’re honoring the commitment to his internship, but he may lose his job in January :(
Either way, I’m anxious as all get out. 21 months ago
I just submitted an application to a job that opened up at a place I used to work. I really loved working there (I stayed there for four years) but I had to leave for both health and personal reasons. The new manager they had hired was horrible to us.
He brought in all of his own people and demoted everyone who worked there. I, personally, went from being a Girl Friday to being a clerk like I’d been four years ago and I wasn’t the only one this happened to. There were people there who had worked for the company for ten years who were reverted back to being cashiers and stockers. On top of that, he treated all of us with disrespect.
When I first became ill with POTS (before I knew it was POTS), I called in sick from work and he demanded a doctor’s note, which I could understand so I got one. When I collapsed at work, he told me I could basically leave or be fired for being unreliable. I quit.
At the time I was fortunate enough to have a higher paying part time job that was more flexible with my school hours.
Anyways, a job opened up there for an education coordinator. This person organizes all of the classes that take place in the store and the demos of products, etc. It’s relatively flexible and is 20-24 hours a week. Since that manager is no longer working there, I decided I would apply for it. I put right on my application that I had a health condition that might require adjustments. If they’re willing to accept that and interview me anyways, I would be glad.
I have mixed feelings about walking back into that place; but I have to do something to help myself. From what I remember about the job, there is a lot of paperwork and phone calls involved, but not a whole lot of running around/heavy lifting/ etc that would exacerbate my symptoms. I also think I remember the schedule is made up by the coordinator herself (which would be me if I got the job) so I would have some flexibility there as well.
So: fingers crossed please…that I get an interview, that they are willing to work with my condition, and that I might just get the job. :) 23 months ago