My volunteer hours are from 10-2 every Wednesday. I was always volunteering on Wednesdays at Liberty Regional and I just love breaking up the monotony of the work week with volunteering in the middle of the week. I don’t want to call it hump day. I went in earlier for volunteering today and decided to eat lunch outdoors where I ended up talking with one of the nurses, Ms. Lloyd, who also works in the pre-op registration department. She talked of her daughter who went to Georgia Tech and has a masters in chemical engineering. Even with those credentials, she is having difficulty finding work. I hate to see that this is a widespread problem. It is not encouraging. To make matters worse, this same daughter has a friend who has a job at the Center for Disease Control. Really?! What is it going to take to get in with that organization!? It seems everyone knows someone who works for the CDC in some capacity.
Several of my friends know of my long time goal to work for the CDC in Atlanta and have suggested I quit the job I have now and move in with my cousins family up to the Atlanta area and try my luck there. That’s all fine and dandy but how am I going to support myself? I’m leaving it up to chance whether or not I get a job quickly enough to pay for my car insurance, credit card and cell phone bill. Believe me, there is no one more eager to be in proximity to the organization but I need to be smart about this. Being unemployed for almost a year, I don’t ever want to go back to being on the governments payroll.
I told Ms. Lloyd of my great (because at this point it has become that) search for a job in my actual career field or even an entry level position that could launch me in that direction. She mentioned that she knew of several people who went through temp agencies that placed them at Shands. Then Shands either liked them and ended up hiring them or the temps applied for positions that weren’t listed and ended up being hired. It can’t really be that simple can it? But with bills closing in and the lease at the apartment coming to a close in August, I need to find something. So here I am editing my resume, adding my new volunteer position under my volunteer heading. There are now 5 volunteer positions compared to my 2 paid job positions. I’ll be sending these out to the various temp agencies here in the city. I’ll also try Atlanta and Jacksonville.
I’m so very worn out and disenchanted in this job search. The only thing I can do is take it one day at time to keep from getting disappointed about the decisions I’ve made thus far. I did the best I could with the information I had in hand at the time. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
“Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight”