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The story that I am looking forward to telling

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I have been unemployed for almost three months now. (You can read about it here.)  I thought it might be fun to tell the story of my new job before I actually get the job.  So, that is what this blog is going to be.  A little fantasy story for you to enjoy.

The quest for a job is not always a fun one.  When I found out last November that I was going to be unemployed in March, I figured that it wouldn’t be a problem to find a job.  To be honest, the first couple of months, I mostly just worked on my resume and focused on finishing up that semester’s classes in Seminary.  When January rolled around, I started looking harder.  My wife would even jump in and do some searching for me.

I applied for a job at a Christian conference center.  I didn’t get an interview for that position, but when an even better position opened up, I sent my application off once again.  I went through the interview process which included a failed trip to visit the center.  That trip was interrupted by the tsunami warning and our family drove back home in the middle of the night.  In the end, I was disappointed in being the second choice for the position.

So, it was back to finding other positions to apply for.  Along the way there were a few interviews, but nothing ever materialized. It wasn’t until the end of June that I got my big break.  Jen and I had determined that if possible, we would like to be able to live close to where we had been living so that our kids could go to a particular school.  I was applying for all types of different jobs all up and down the I-5 corridor in Washington and Oregon, so I could end up getting an offer that would cause us to move.  We spent much time in prayer about what job I would end up with. (FYI up to this point, the story is true…the fantasy takes over now.)

So I was called in for an interview.  Was I ever excited and nervous.  After not getting call backs from so many different applications, I was excited to finally get to the interview stage again.  I changed things up from my normal interview attire and went with some clothes that would go with my new dress shoes and tie.  I figured that I needed some new mojo going into this interview.  I arrived a few minutes early and found the bathroom so I could check my appearance and make sure I looked okay.

After one initial interview I had commented on facebook “that interview couldn’t have gone any better!”  I didn’t get a second interview, so it must not have gone as well as I thought it did.  But this interview actually couldn’t have gone any better.  The man who would end up being my boss was extremely nice. He had a great understanding of my skills, even though I hadn’t worked in a non-ministry job in over ten years.  But he was willing to take my experience and apply that to this job.  It was so refreshing to have someone appreciate my skills and abilities instead of just throwing my resume into the  recycle bin.

At the end of the interview, he told me that I would hear in a couple of days.  Now, I have heard that before and usually it is one of two things: I don’t ever hear back, or it takes weeks until I hear.  But he was a man of his words and the next day he called and offered the job to me!  Not only is this a job that I believe that I can do well, it is a job that I am going to enjoy. It will challenge me while I will be able to help people.

And my wife is so happy as well.  It pays me enough so that we will are buying a great house with a great yard.  Her dreams of a nice garden and raising some chickens are coming true.  And it is a job that will allow me to be home every evening.

So…this is the story that I am looking forward to telling.  I don’t know when I will get to tell this story or at least something close to this.  Keeping checking back to see when I really do actually get a job.

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Being unemployed

May 29, 2011 2 comments

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!