Kathy Elrick

Kathy Elrick
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
December 31
Ex-grad student, desperately seeking way back. Wannabe politico, die-hard protester in the couch district. Single malt whisky appreciator, Scotland lover.


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OCTOBER 7, 2011 2:14AM

Looking for Work While Going to Work

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Time management is not something I’ve ever been good at.  Like any individual in this economy, I try to do what’s needed.  But when there is no daily routine or regimen, there are interviews or calls that need to be answered – when you’re in the middle of the part-time job from Craigslist – and depression lurks while you figure out how to eat healthy, without taking up free time…  I’m hard pressed to figure out how to roll with the punches.

            This is what my “schedule” looks like from the last week - I got up in the morning and either showered or wrote this blog.  I got on the bus and went to my PT spot on week days, which takes about an hour commute one way.  I ate a homemade sandwich for lunch while I was there, and came out of the dust after filing two-to-four hours straight to go to the university up the street to use their library’s computers to look for work.  Or to write cover letters.  Or to send said cover letters with my resume or CV to companies or universities.  On weekends, I spent the majority of my time on the computer just doing that.

            The inflexibility of this routine during the week gets even tighter though.  I can’t choose any time to go into work.  The days I go out for interviews, I can either be as close as center city or as far out as Plymouth Meeting.  That particular interview took out about an hour and a half one way to commute, knocking out my ability to go to the part time job that day.  However, that’s not the problem main problem with that job possibility – if I were to try and get to Plymouth Meeting through the one bus that will take me straight to that job, there are only about six times in a day that bus runs out there and back.  This doesn’t necessarily translate to me getting a bus ride if I get out of work past 10pm.

            But all of this will have to be worked around once I move.  Not once, but twice in the next week.  I have another interview on Monday, and I have a test I will take online for another position I’ve heard about with one of the two temp agencies I’ve signed up for before I move.  Then I have to decide whether I should wait until Monday’s interview to go ahead with the other temp agency’s spot with a retail position, or enjoy a power-pointed position from the first temp place starting at $13 an hour, fulltime.  Yet I really want the job that I’m interviewing for on Monday, but probably won’t hear from again for at least a week, if not later than that. 

            This is speculation at this point.  And this is the only way I figure I might have a chance, but have no way to know for sure in this economy, where time management in general has basically gone to hell in a hand-basket. 

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I feel your pain. Literally. Only I live in the middle of nowhere and have run out of places to apply. It seems so wrong to have a master's degree and be unemployed. The worst part is the depression. . .I am to the point that I don't want to do anything, not even clean my house or cook for my children or my homework for my one class. I just wonder what has become of our world. How did this happen? But we are out there alone. . .unable to see each other struggle. It's so sad. If only all of the people in similar positions had a way to join together so that they weren't so alone. It might not provide the necessary jobs, but at least they'd know that it's not the end of the world and they aren't alone in their struggles. Good luck to you.
To Shannon, thank you, and good luck to you too. It's hard enough to do it for oneself, but with kids, I can't imagine. But this is why I wanted to do this blog in the first place - so many people are dealing with some version of unemployment or tough row in this economy, and it's good to know there are others that can wish you well and stand with you. I wish you the best.