Well, it’s been 2 weeks and 3 days since I was laid off. I finally have been able to get rid of all the dang boxes I had from my old company in my apartment, which freed up a lot of space. My severance came through, even though my unemployment pay is still in the works. I’m slightly in awe at how many hoops I have to jump through to sign up! I suppose it makes sense, though, considering the number of people who try to file fraudulently (there are a lot of people trying to do that, right?).
I’ve been working part-time, as I’ve mentioned before, with a photographer who does some fabulous work. I’m learning a lot and keeping busy/getting out of the house, which is nice. I haven’t been able to keep up with my Google Reader (at over 1000 unread items) or Twitter much, which makes me sad, but it’s kind of nice not being tied to the computer all day, every day.
When I’m not working with Rachel (the photographer), generally 2 days “off” per week, I’m scouring the web for jobs and career fairs. I try to apply for at least 3 jobs at a time so that I have plenty in the hopper. Based on my recent job search (you know, the one that lasted from October to April while I was in college, desperately trying to find a job by graduation), I know HR departments aren’t generally too quick about getting back to you. So while I am enjoying not having to wake up at the crack of dawn and spending all day in the office, I know I have to be pretty proactive now if I hope to have a job anytime soon. And I need a job soon. Starting to get a little scary, not gonna lie.
I’m going to a career fair on Monday, though, so we’ll see how that goes. I generally hate career fairs, since you have to wait in line behind a million and fifteen people just to get 2 minutes of a company rep’s time, hoping you can find something in that 2 minutes that makes you stand out. We’ll see how it goes. Anyone have any suggestions?
I’ve been battling a nasty cold (at least, I think it’s a cold) for the past few days, and it’s seriously kicking my butt. I’m coughing, sneezing, blowing my nose, and trying to keep my head from exploding allllllll day and alllllll night. I slept for 13 hours the other night, something that felt really weird to me.
On a fun front, the BF and I bottled our first batch of beer on St. Patrick’s Day! It’ll be ready to drink in 2 or 3 weeks, and I can’t wait!! Let me know if you want a sample