“Finally, it’s happened to me, right in front of my face and I just cannot hide it!”
The phrase “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” couldn’t be truer. Since having kids my chances of landing a job seemed to have decreased with each new addition to my family. This is partially (I presume, or hope) because there aren’t too many places around here that offer work during school hours, and let you pick what days you want to work.
For the last 6 years I have been looking for employment. That’s a long time. I applied for job after job, but only ever got about 4 call backs and no job offers. I think 3 of those times I was certain that I had the job, but in the end it went to someone else.
It’s disheartening. Whenever I got too down about I would try studying, but even with the “flexible” study options the load was still more than I would have like. It was enough to keep me busy at times, and give me a break from job hunting long enough to want to start looking again.
Having no money sucks so I began doing some freelance work which stemmed out of a hobby. It has helped me earn a little extra cash, but it’s not enough to get by on. I continued looking for work within a 200km radius of where I live. I applied for anything that could possibly suit the hours I was available, even the really shitty jobs, but I was still declined. I handed resumes around town (which most places no longer accept, because it’s all online applications now), but never heard from any of them.
On Wednesday I received a text from my sister asking if I would like to do a trial day of work the next day. A friend of a friend of my sister’s was looking for an extra housekeeper at the motel they manage, which my sister began working at herself only last month. They needed more workers and my sister was kind enough to offer up my name. The following day I went along to learn the ropes and have my trial, and was told they would call me to let me know if I they wanted me back. Surprisingly, they did actually call me! About half an hour after I left I received a phone call offering me 3 set days of work each week. Success!
Now I actually have a job like a real grown up adult type person. After 6 years or so, I am finally back in the workplace. It has been a long time coming.