Now I very humbly admit that I'm stuck in the mud in terms of work, and constantly receiving, and we're talking hundreds (no joke) of rejection letters all sounding pretty much the same, "We're sorry blah blah blah, hundreds of people applied, blah blah blah."
So... I took up a new strategy and decided that each day I was going to email 25 department heads at a specific type of higher education institution and tell them I couldn't find work, that I'd teach an online class for them for free, as a courtesy, just to get my foot in the door. Surprisingly, that did render many responses from people. No jobs, but at least I was getting real human interaction.
Well last week was 'institutions of faith' day. And I set about e-mailing 25 Christian colleges. You can only take so many negative responses before you begin to crack and break.
I got this one, which I'm sure wasn't intended to be inconsiderate in any way, but it still struck the egg.
Have we met before? Just curious as to how you found my name and school. Why are you even emailing me if we haven't met? You need to search for work in schools that are closer to your home base.
Those of you who know me offline, know that my fault in life is being too proper and too polite, to the point of sometimes being Vanilla. Not that there's anything wrong with Vanilla.. ;) Anyway, my hairs were bristled and I uncharacteristically shot off an email reply that was tinged with snark.
We haven't met before. I moved to a rural place in Michigan and every position I apply for here (and there have been a lot) gives me the same reply...."we received hundreds of applications... sorry we're not interviewing you." So... I was just trying my options at various schools of faith around the state, hoping for some divine intervention.
It felt good to just let a real emotion/response fly instead of being so daggone proper and right. I had nothing to lose anyway. I did not expect a reply.
And here was the surprising response I received::
And I was so happy I wanted to cry. It's not really a job, I know, but it was still a semi-yes.
It may lead somewhere, and it may not, but it was definitely exactly what I needed because I was really losing it. I'm thankful for the thread to hang onto, while I still try to sort things out.
Sometimes a thread is all you need.