Hello World Out There World!

Today I’m going to talk to you about something that I’ve spoken about before. As some of you know I recently moved from Northern Ontario to Southwestern Ontario. In this move I had to leave a job I enjoyed, friends I made, and family I loved. I do not regret the move. I love living in Southwestern Ontario. I love how friendly it is, how close I am to my father, and how warm it is.

What I don’t miss is this unemployment thing…

Being unemployed has been more stressful than being employed. Working for me helps preoccupy my time, helps me pay for things I wouldn’t be able to without a job, and helps me socialize. I have filled my time with volunteering for Pride, will be volunteering for the amazing ARTS Projects soon, and have been mentoring writers.

Volunteering is great. I love the social aspects and how it helps me get to know this new community I’ve grown to love over the last couple of months, but it doesn’t help with the fact money runs our world and sadly I can’t live off of air alone. The money isn’t even the biggest problem though.

Stress… unemployment stress is kicking my creative butt.

I want to be able to work and come home to write. That is how my writing works and I know some of you have noticed it. I have had the decrease in blog posts since being unemployed. I have had a decrease in working on my book series since being unemployed. All that has consumed my thoughts aren’t creative ideas but the need to work.

Since moving to my new city I have applied to over 300 jobs. Last month alone I applied for 68. I have had helped from my employment counselor who still doesn’t understand why I haven’t gotten a job yet. She’s helped by contacting employers with my resume. I’ve gotten one or two interviews but no follow ups… and when I contact them they all give me the same reply, “You are over qualified for this position” or “You are under qualified for this position”.

There is no winning… they won’t hire me because they think because I’m over qualified I will grow tired of the job. They won’t hire me because they think I will get too overwhelmed by the position and aren’t willing to train. Employers aren’t willing to take chances anymore. They want people that fit perfectly… which eventually may happen but when a job is reposted four times where I applied to them four time and have gotten an interview, but “I’m too qualified”, maybe – just maybe – my reapplying those four times for that position shows that I am interested in the job. That maybe the fact I’ve reapplied means I want to work for that company, that I’m driven, that I don’t get discouraged easily, and that I’m wanting to be part of that team.

The other excuse I hear from employers is my skill base is all over the place.

Don’t you want a diverse employee? Don’t you want someone that can contribute a variety of knowledge/ experience to your team?

Yes, I have computer skills. Yes, I have digital editing experience. Yes, I have food industry experience. Yes, I have educational (teaching, tutoring) experience. Yes, I have a willingness to learn and better myself in a variety of backgrounds that interest me and in turn benefit any company willing to take a chance on me.

You want someone with medical knowledge? I have my medical terminology.

You need a people person, who is patient and respectful under stress? I was Dean Listed for my BEd and got over 90% on both placements. I also ran a tutoring company for a short time and volunteer my time to help people discover the love of art. I also have volunteered with children programs since being 11 years old and have empathy.

You want someone with friendly and professional customer service? I worked as a sales intern that covered reception for a shipping corporation for a summer. Or, maybe you want more phone experience. Does a call center count? ‘Cause I have that experience also.

Do you need someone creative, that knows social media, that loves talking with people and teaching people what she knows? I’m your girl. Hello! I wrote, published, marketed, and maintain the social accounts for my book series. All self-taught might I add.

The over 1000 jobs I’ve applied for since graduation are just for laughs. I applied to those jobs because I knew I could contribute and knew I would find some aspect I’d enjoy. You won’t find someone more willing to take a chance to work for any employer and you won’t find someone more willing to become educated in what that employer needs than me. I love to learn. I love to work. I just wish someone would give me the bloody chance to prove it to them.