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Today’s applications/ resumes

Just for fun today I thought I would post about the resumes and cover letters I sent out today and the ones I didn’t. In my times of unemployment I feel like the most asked question is, “What are you applying for?” To which I often respond, “What am I not applying for?”

Truth be told, I’ll apply to almost anything, even if I’m not qualified. To these in my cover letter I explain why I’m applying even though I do not meet their qualifications. I lay down my passion and my other qualifications and how they would assist me in the position and I beg them (that might be a little strong but you get the idea) to please consider me for this position. To look beyond my un-qualification and see that I might just be the person they are looking for.

The first job I applied for today is with Community Linc. It’s a job in fundraising and research and would have a good deal to with writing and anyone that knows me, knows that I love to write.

The jobs I don’t apply for are the ones that I really don’t meet their qualifications and there is no way to get around them. For instance there was a transitional coach position open today but you need to have a social work degree (and there’s no give, sometimes there is give and they list other degrees they are willing to accept) and you need to have a license in social work. Those two things I do not have. But if you do you might check out this job opportunity on the nonprofit connect page: http://www.npconnect.org/jobs?cl_v=ra&cl_aid=831387

I also don’t apply for jobs that are offering pay way below what I want. For instance, there’s a job today: Youth Volunteer Team Leader but it is only providing a stipend and that stipend is way below the poverty line. It’s also a full time job with flexible not set hours so it would not lend itself to having another job with it. I apply to full time and part time gigs in the hopes that even if I get a part time gig I can get another part time with it and hopefully make enough to stay afloat. But below the poverty line, full time with flexible hours is not conducive to working another job to get above the poverty line, so I passed on this one too.

I get daily emails from CareerBulider, Monster.com, Indeed.com, and Nonprofit Connect. Nonprofit Connect usually has stuff I want to apply for each day but the rest are usually way off the mark. The kind of job stuff they send me is complete crap and no where near what I want to be doing. It’s very annoying to open their emails because it feels like a waste of time but every once in a while there will be one job that might be worth my time so I continue every day to open the millions of emails I get in the hopes that there might be one job opportunity on the page that I might want.

Here is another social work ad for today, again I don’t qualify but maybe you do: http://www.npconnect.org/jobs?cl_v=ra&cl_aid=831379

The last thing I applied for today was an Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator with Swope Community Health Care. It’s the last thing I applied for today because it took me an entire hour to fill out. Long applications really take it out of me but obviously I thought this one was worth it.

And that’s today’s applications and resumes. I spent about 2 and a half hours today working on this stuff. It’s enough to keep me energized and continue to work the next day but not too much that I feel depressed and want to quit searching.

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Uproar over Rape Part 2

I did another search today on “rape in the US news” and found an article that was pretty interesting. Apparently another senator has gotten himself into trouble. Phil Gingrey was trying to explain that there was merit in what Todd Akin said many months ago. You know the whole thing about “legitimate rape” and how a woman “can just shut that thing down” when it comes to conception. The author of the article on Gingrey says that representatives should just stop talking about rape. The title of the article was: Expert: Republicans Should Avoid Rape Talk. 

I’m not sure that they should stop talking about rape altogether they should just stop being stupid about it. Instead of talking about rape in relation to abortion they should be making changes to laws. Let’s put an end to rape instead of just dealing with the ramifications. 

I also found an article about a technician in the medical examiners office in New York. Apparently the technician was an idiot and made lots of mistakes. The good news is that there were no wrongful convictions but the problem is that some people got away with crimes because this technician said there were not full samples when there were full samples. The title of the article is aptly named: Evidence Errors Feared In Hundreds of New York City Rape Cases.  

The good news out of this article is that the medical examiner’s office will be implementing better training and supervision standards the bad news is that some of the cases that have been messed with go back as far as 2001. Are they beyond the statute? 

I’ll end this uproar with some good news. Apparently I wasn’t the only one upset with what happened in California (woman sleeping raped by a man who pretended to be her boyfriend, he got off because she’s not married) and lawmakers are working to get rid of the loophole that allowed the rapist to be set free. 

 

 

God’s Faithfulness #5: Becoming Ms. Waggoner, teacher at Indian Woods

Here’s a recap of 1-4 just in case you have missed them.

1. God held my heart

2. Surgery when needed

3.Food on the table

4. Internships at the last second

Today is #5:

5. Becoming Ms. Waggoner, teacher at Indian Woods. After I graduated from undergrad God got me a job. It took a while but God did finally come through so there is no reason that God won’t get me a job soon right?

Doubts aside there was a time many years ago that God put me in a teaching position. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 2004. I walked with my class at graduation and that summer I had one more class I had to complete which meant that I got my teaching credential after my friends, after the school year started.

I went on many interviews. I did the group interviews and I did several interviews for teaching positions in all the school districts in my area (3).

I had an interview at my old high school that was 90 minutes long and I didn’t get that job. I had another interview after a woman that obviously got the job that lasted about 20 minutes and then I had a surprising interview that lasted 3o minutes.

I went into the interview not caring. After all I had cared for so many interviews and had never gotten the job so I figured a game change was in order.

I walked into that interview assuming I wasn’t going to get it. I laughed and I was completely relaxed. Later that day I got the call that they were checking out my references (which is awesome because who calls your references if they don’t want to hire you?). After they called my references they hired me. Turns out that interview at the school that lasted 20 minutes was worth it. The principal from that school called the principal at Indian Woods and recommended me.

It was great. I worked at Finish Line and was a substitute teacher until I finally got the job at Indian Woods. That job taught me so much and the people I met there were awesome.

It was a great honor to be there and to be hired there. I am proud of my previous career. I loved my time at Indian Woods and I was glad when it ended as well. Teaching in a school setting was not where my life was headed.

I teach now but in a different capacity. I teach ministry. I teach how to write papers but to grad students instead of 7th graders. I’m still a teacher but in a different way.

God came through before and got me a job that taught me skills that I still bring to the table: flexibility, caring heart, creativity and many other things.

I was blessed by my time at Indian Woods and I’m really glad that God came through that time. I hopefully that memory can help me this week as I continue to search for the right position for me.

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