My New Application Letter:
To Whom It May Concern,
I saw the _____ position posted at Higher Ed Jobs.com and need to tell you that am perfect for this job. Please ignore the other fifty or more "perfect" applicants because they are lying - trust me! Save yourself, your company, and my family an unnecessary amount of time, stress, and heartache by hiring me today. My experience includes everything listed in the required minimum and preferred qualifications; just ask my husband, I am quite a catch!
If you need to, feel free to contact me via email or my phone number listed in the footer. I promise you won't be disappointed! I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Oh, oh, oh . . . if only it was that easy! Today, I am done complaining and saying that I need a new job. The last few weeks, I have been doing research and have lots of jobs that I am interested in lined up in several states. The application process will begin as soon as I am done procrastinating by typing this! LOL!
To be honest, I am really nervous. I have been with my current job for five years, it is the longest I've ever remained with one place. During my time at this job, DH has been with four different companies (all part of his advancement up the career ladder)! A majority of that time, I have not been happy; however, it was easier for me to "suck it up" and stay here during my childrearing years. Being pregnant and beginning a family is hard enough without adding new job worries and stress to the equation.
When I finished my Master's degree in December 2002, I never thought that it would take this long for me to get a job at the university/college level, again. However, since I limited my search to the Houston area, I was wrong! DH and I are at a point on our lives that we are ready and capable to "move up"; we want to find our dream home and need more space! Before we do that in Houston, I am taking one stab at a finding my dream job. I am so lucky that DH's job allows us the opportunity to move anywhere; if he can get to an airport, we can live there . . . so cool!
We have known this for the last year and a half, but I never really considered it the perfect opportunity for me, until Loco was born, and I opened my eyes to the possibility that I could be happier. I am lucky to have a choice whether or not I work. Why would choose to remain at my current job when the original reasons are now null and void?!!? That is stupid and self-destructive! Sure, we might have another child some day, but for now we are happy and content . . . I need to take this "pause" in life and jump on it!
Wish me luck - I need it - I forgot how vulnerable a feeling it is to leave your future in the hands of a hiring committee. Thankfully, I do not need a new job; I want it and this gives me an advantage. I am flexible and it won't be the end of the world if nothing comes out of this! (I just need to keep telling myself that!)
This morning, Loo asked if I was going to work, b/c I took them to daycare for some "Me Time" . . .
AL: "No, baby, Mommy has this week off. Today, I am going to apply for new jobs."
Loo: "Oh, I want a new job. I want to be a fairytale princess."
AL: "Wow! A fairytale princess? I thought you were a princess already?"
Loo: "A fairytale princess!"
AL: "Cool! Tomorrow you will stay home with Mommy b/c we are going to the zoo . . ."
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