As I have shared several times I am currently unemployed. I do run a business from my home but it alone is not enough to pay the bills.
In August 2012 we learned that the job I had would be ending in December. At that time I began watching the online job postings as well as the local newspapers. As time went on and December was getting closer I amped up the job search. I posted resumes on several online job boards. I created a profile on LinkedIn. I started networking and trying to connect with people I know or have worked with previously. Still no leads on a job.
Around the middle of December our job ended so I really increased my search. I was putting in, on average 7-10 applications a day. I was emailing my resume to different companies and I even went to a local temp agency. I felt like a fisherman who kept casting my line and never getting a bite.
Through it all I kept praying and even though I was discouraged I knew that God would provide for me. You may think it sounds cliche to say that but if I went back over the last several years I could show you so many times when I was at the end of my rope and God opened a door for me or my family.
During this whole search I would often analyze my resume and revamp it to highlight key experiences that would fit the job I was currently applying for. Basically I was doing everything that you are told to do to find a job. Still nothing.
I did go on one interview back in January. I don’t even remember applying for this position but when you are applying for close to 40 jobs a week its hard to keep track of what you have applied for. I think this company found my resume online from one of the sites where I had posted it and looking back I think it was one of those interviews where they already knew who they wanted to hire but they were still conducting interviews just for looks or protocol.
Other than that one interview, I had not received so much as a phone call from all of those applications, until this week. Earlier in the week I was contacted by a state agency about a position. I will be interviewing for it near the end of the month. Today, within an hours time I received two phone calls regarding applications I had submitted. I have one interview this coming Monday and another on Wednesday.
Last night as I laid in bed I was thanking God for the job that I know He is going to send me. Romans 4:17 talks about “calling things that be not as though they were” and that’s what I was doing. But as I lay there thinking, I realized that maybe there is a reason that I haven’t found a job yet. Maybe its not to see how frugal I could be! Maybe it was so that I could use this time to help someone else.
As I shared the other day, I have been staying with my friend’s 91 year old grandmother who recently broke her hip and is recovering from surgery. When my grandfather broke his hip my whole family pitched in to help. There are close to 50 of us (kids, spouses, grandkids and their spouses) so it was easy to share the load. My friend does not have a large family so its a lot of responsibilty for them all to bear. I have been helping them out by staying with her a couple days and nights a week and helping coordinate her doctors appointments. Maybe the reason I haven’t found a job is so that I could be useful to this family. Now that her grandmother is recovering well, maybe its time for that door to open for my new job opportunity. Until then I will just keep praying, applying for jobs, and sitting with Miss Teenie.