Big fat double F minus

Sometimes I wish I was the kind of person who could just post a cryptic song lyric and the emoticon for puzzled and call it a day. But I can never seem to do that when there are all those words out there that I can use. If I were that kind of person I would post something like:
Dear employer, you commanded me
Your commendations now don’t mean as much
‘Cause I’m a lost cause, causing a problem
And I promise to be way out of touch

And the right here would be that smiley face with the question mark hair. You know what I’m talking about.

I got a big fat double F minus in Job Hunting 104 today. I did not do any of my “action items.” I forgot my resume, I didn’t join linked in, and there was another thing that I forgot to do and I can’t remember what that was. My boss and co-workers don’t seem to be as keen on the “why don’t you all find jobs and then hire me” plan as I am. When asked about my tasks, I went into a brief and ill advised diatribe about how spending the weekend reading Then We Came to the End is going to make me a more valuable employee. Nobody bought it. I would think that quick-thinking and well-read writers would be in high demand. Because, you know, there are so few of them.

Maria tells me that it’s okay, still. She’s the nurturing one. She reads the terror on my face and immediately goes into mothering mode. She tells me that I have until January to figure out what it is I want to do with my future. Jayto is the ass-kicking one and she tells me to get my damn resume in order so they can go through it and make it stronger so that I can have a job that doesn’t involve checking the IDs of teenagers who want some Camel Lights.

I need both of them. When I can put my fright aside long enough to think clearly, I want to weep with gratitude that I am losing my job with these people.

8 Comments
  • shokkou
    December 18, 2007

    For goddess’ sake! UPDATE YOUR RESUME! And just for future reference, ALWAYs have a fairly updated resume available because no matter what job you’re in or how long you’ve been in it, there’s always the possibility that your Dream Job(tm) will magically appear one day and you’ll have to jump on it immediately or lose the opportunity. Know what i mean? You’re not ready. BE READY.

  • Placemat
    December 18, 2007

    Chance favors the prepared…fortune favors the bold. At least that’s what my fortune cookie says.

  • Jodi
    December 18, 2007

    So clearly I am gonna have to be bold, since it’s obvious I am not prepared.

  • Peabo
    December 18, 2007

    I think you’ve got the bold covered…

  • Placemat
    December 18, 2007

    Yeah, be bold. & Remember those who dare, win.

    Ok, now I’m tapped out with the sage advice.

  • mt
    December 18, 2007

    why just be bold? be bold italic…

    ok sorry, i’m a designer, i think in visual concepts most of the time.

    anyway, jodi. i wish you the best of luck in your job hunt… looking for meaningful (or constant) employment sucks. it’s ok to be down and feel like nothing is going your way. i’ve been in your shoes a few times… and felt exactly how you feel. the graphic design industry here in the northwest is very fickle (and finicky…) it took me about 2 or 3 years to finally find my current job (and i’ve only been in it for 3 weeks…)

    not to get you down though, i think you have the wherewithall to find your next gig toot sweet.

    good luck! …and sorry for the long post, i can get wordy sometimes.

  • bakiwop
    December 19, 2007

    think of it this way – you absolutely, positively cannot do any less than you are right now to find a job.
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    you can only go up from this point.
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    or plateau.
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    but up would be better.

  • rgjabs
    December 19, 2007

    I agree with bakiwop. Also remember that the sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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