So, after talking to a neighbor as I was on my way home from yoga last night, I realized that on July 7 it will be three months that I have been without a steady job. The few freelance gigs I had on the outset really helped keep my chin up. They also helped me keep a nice schedule. They got me out of the house. They gave me a real sense that I could transition. But, they're gone now.
And I am left without work. Without a job. Without a reason to get up in the morning other than laundry and dishes, which is not a reason to get up in the morning but a reason to avoid getting up in the morning.
As a condition of collecting unemployment, you have to look for work. I totally get that. I am more than willing to do at least 5 work searches every week. Hell, at this point I've applied to almost 30 jobs and done about 90 searches. I'm good at looking for a job. I think the job, though, is piss-poor about finding me.
After applying to more than my fair share of job openings, I have yet to get a call. No phone interviews. No in-person interviews. Nothing.
So, my confidence is getting a little shaky. I'm getting a little tired of the passive rejection. And I'm thinking of changing careers.
This is probably a big shocker to anyone that knows me. They know me as a writer. They know that ever since I learned to write that I found it irresistible. I love words. I love reading them and I love editing, and I am pretty sure that I will find it very hard to pick up another profession because I love this one so much.
Trouble is, the newspaper industry has left a lot of casualties in its wake, and there are more than too many unemployed editors and writers that have gobs more experience than me vying for the same positions. My meager resume doesn't stand a chance against a veteran assignment editor.
So, here's the mental list I've been mulling.
Top 5 careers I might consider retraining for:
5) Welder and fabricator. If you've seen flashdance, you know that a chick welding is hot.
4) Portrait photographer. I did this semi-professionally in college. I hated it. It's an option, though.
3) Go back to school for a master's degree. I'd likely try for something in natural resources, something related to public policy.
2) Write a book. (Pshaw...)
1) Open my own creperie.
Suggestions? Anything I should consider that I left out?