As we move closer to October 31st, I am becoming increasingly more bitter as the previous post outlines.I have been searching for a part-time job of late, but I must admit to being cranky about that as well. We all have certain expectations of where we might be at a particular time in our lives and this was definitely not part of my plan while I still had a child in lower school. I am also so exhausted and jaded from the almost five year long quest to help my husband find a job, that the last thing (and I mean the very last thing) that I want to be doing right now is looking for a position for myself. That said, in doing so I have encountered certain problems that I would like to share with my readers. Here are but a few of the things hampering my search (I even took the time to come up with a title for them. Nice, huh?)
5 Ways to Know You Have Not Searched for a Job in a Really Really Long Time
1. Applications are now online. No paper applications? No attaching a physical resume? Computers? It is a whole new world for this job seeker.
2. Most recent experience exceeds oldest's child' age (and for me that would be 18 years)
3. Not one but two previous employers have since closed up shop and an additional one switched from being a college to being a university. Crazy times, try not putting in a phone number/address on an asterisked entry on an online job application and see how far you get. (For those of you who have never attempted to do so, you will not move forward to the next page. Game over)
4. Near impossible to come up with two or three professional references as a result of #3 or death of potential reference.
5. Stating your college/grad school graduation date elicits fear in your heart as a little simple addition and whamo, everyone knows you are not 29 years old anymore.
I could go on and on but, honestly, it is Monday and that is bad enough, so why belabor the point. The bottom line is that if I could only find an employer who would throw a blind eye to my quasi-ancient experience and age, lack of professional references through no fault of my own, and could accommodate my desire to work online/remotely/virtually (or whatever the 'nom du jour' for telecommuting is these days), I would be golden. But, if an online application could be developed to accommodate those attempting to return to the work force after a protracted number of years without the benefit of three living professional references and not loving the idea of stating her graduation date (I will provide the copy of the degree if we can allow the graduation date to be the elephant in the room), that would be even better.