Monday, May 4, 2015

Sometimes a Thread is All You Need

In my old life I not-so-humbly admit, I was a career star. I won the awards, had the drive, got the promotions, loved my job... and I knew I was going to be there forever. I was vested, my retirement was in place, all insurance was taken care of and stellar. And then life curve-balled me, as I sometimes foolishly invite it, no beeeeeeeeg it  to do (still scratching my head as to why I've never learned from that), and I ended up turning my life upside down and losing far more than I'll ever be able to gain back, and not just in terms of financial security and a career. Take this to heart: Don't take your common day-to-day blessings for granted, folks. 

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.

Hello Rose,
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:

HI Rose,

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.

25 comments:

  1. I feel you Rosey... sometimes we just need a little help and something to hold on to... I hope tha something good comes from this for you. ♡

    Job hunting is difficult, I wish you luck with your new endeavors. I'll pray and think good thoughts for you too xox

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  2. Aw, Rosey, good for you in responding the way you did and love that it landed you the response you did in turn receive. Hugs my friend and saying some extra prayers that this will indeed be the beginning to something bigger and better for you!! ;)

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  3. Job hunting is a pain in the arse, doing that now, ugg to that. Where is my lottery win? lol have to play first I suppose.

    Awesome news indeed, sometimes all it takes is getting your foot in the door.

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  4. That must have been a difficult experience to get to even this point. Praying that all things work together for your good.

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  5. What an interesting and helpful person who replied, sincerely provided suggestions and their possible outcome. This has all the signs of happening.

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  6. I have to say that you are awesome to reach out like that. I am so happy that despite the misgivings at first that the person is giving you an opportunity to do amazing work, which I know that you will do! :)

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  7. Hi Rosey, wow good for you and I hope it will all work out well for you in the end. Good luck and I have my fingers crossed for you.
    Julie xo

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  8. Excellent. I hope this pans out for you. This is your foot in the door so to speak. You'll be in my prayers.

    Our weekend BBQ for our yacht club was amazing. We're tired, but back in our slip and I'm trying to catch up on my visits. Boy am I behind.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  9. Good for you for responding back the way you did. I think that initial response they sent was quite rude. I hope it does lead to something because you TOTALLY deserve it.

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  10. Aren't you glad you replied back? (Although her first response was a bit snarky.) That was indeed divine intervention. And a step in the right direction.

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  11. Good for you for sticking to your plan when applying for these positions. It is very discouraging indeed!! Many times I would send my resume out for even part time jobs and never hear a thing back. It really is "who you know" often times. It's nice that you have the foot in the door here and I wish you the best!

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  12. Oh Rosie I know your pain--it is why I took early social security--I really could not find another 2 to 3 day bookkeeping job--too old I guess. Now I have to wait until I am 66 to even consider making any kind of money again. I am so happy that at least you are getting the chance to show them what you've got!!!

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  13. Looks like you didn't burn the bridge after all! Glad to see it might have all worked out in the end.

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  14. You responded very well! I wouldn't have because that was not a kind email from that institution. I hope you use this opportunity for all the good!

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  15. I am so happy for you. And love that a bit of honesty and from the heart speaking helped. Fingers and toes crossed that it DOES lead somewhere good.

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  16. And see here I thought that you were settling into blogging as a career. I guess not. I'm happy that you got that response and that it could lead to something!

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  17. It's so true. Sometimes you don't even realize what you need until it is right there in front of you.

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  18. You won't get paid? What are you supposed to live off of? Keep your chin up I am sure the right opportunity will come along!

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  19. That's great an opportunity came out of the snark, but I'd worry that person is a real jerk to work for with the initial email. Fingers crossed everything works out for you!

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  20. I hope everything works out for you. Best of luck!

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  21. It is sad that people have to react that way :( I hope they were just having a bad day! And I hope this works out for you! I'll be praying that you get the exact job you are supposed to have!

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  22. Aw Rosey it's such a tough job market everywhere, sometimes being forward is a great thing. Max goes to school in 18 months and as much as I love working and like you did very well in my field, I'm so worried what the last 5 years at home is going to do to my prospects. Good luck I truly hope something comes up that pays and this on you cv helps xx

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  23. its a start, right? Happy for you.
    Will say a prayer that things work out the way HE intends them to!

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