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Being unemployed

There have only been a few times in my life where I haven’t had work lined up.  Usually I know my next job before my current job ends.  But in November of 2010, I found out that my position was being cut due to finances.  I would be able to work until March.  So, as disappointed as I was, I didn’t panic.  I figured that I had 5 months and that I would be able to find a job in that time.

Well, it is now the end of May and I am still looking.  I was very close on a great job that would have moved us to the Oregon coast, but I was their second choice.  Knowing that many people applied and only a few were interviewed gave me confidence that I had a good shot at the position.  But instead, my search needed to continue.

It has been an interesting process looking for work.  Most of my experience has been working for churches.  Right now, there aren’t many positions open that fit me.  So, I am looking at jobs that aren’t at a church.  When your degree is in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministry it is hard to meet requirements for many jobs.  I have found many positions that I look at and think that I could do that job and enjoy it.  But I never get a response back from many of my applications.

A friend of mine gave me this comic.    Since I worked for a non-profit, I am not eligible for unemployment benefits so who knows, maybe I will have to resort to this!

Being at home has been an adjustment for me.  I was used to being gone for a good part of the day with many things to get done and people to see.  I don’t do well without things to do. My fantasy baseball team has received more attention than it normally does.   I have been working on turning hubcaps into clocks and now I am writing a blog. Hobbit, my three year old, is under the impression that I am home just to play with her.  I don’t know how many times I can play hide and seek in our small living room without going crazy.  So along with some household chores and playing on the computer, I haven’t been too bored.

I truly feel that God has blessed our family, even through this time without a job.  Friends have given us gifts, our church gave us a nice going away gift, and we have enough money to see us through until I find work.  Jen has been a great support to me.  And, I have two good leads on jobs!

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  1. Sara Marks
    June 2, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    So starting a blog is the new thing for the unemployed to do, eh? 🙂 Hope you find a job soon! My husband was in the same position when he tried to find a non-ministry job with his bible/theology degree. In fact, not to discourage you, Kevin never did find one and that is why he had to go back to fishing! If you are still unemployed come September, aren’t afraid of hard work and don’t get seasick, maybe you’ll have to talk to Kevin about going tuna fishing when his deckhands head back to college and he needs some extra help.

  1. June 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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