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Old 06-06-2004, 08:37 AM   #26
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Nada, zip, zilch, bupkis - in other words, not a peep. Gonna be a long summer.
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Old 06-13-2004, 06:37 AM   #27
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Heard yesterday - did NOT get the VA job - bummer. On the other hand it's not clear that *anybody* got it. The VAMC website still lists the librarian as the lady who retired last December, and the Upstate library no longer lists anyone as the VA librarian affiliated with their staff. As a matter of fact there's no mention at all of the VA affiliation. The VA may have decided to simply discontinue the position since there are 7 reference librarians at Upstate already covering VA staff together with the (former) VA librarian position.

Still hoping for an interview at the community college for the Tech Services job.
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Old 06-13-2004, 02:44 PM   #28
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I'm sorry Annie. If there is any justice in the world, the next job you want will be the one you get.

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Old 06-13-2004, 10:16 PM   #29
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So sorry Annie, hang in there, maybe the College job will come through. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for you.
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Old 06-14-2004, 08:38 PM   #30
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there are lots of changes going on in the VA right now Annie. Sorry, but, the good news is you are probably too educated for it anyway. However, that doesn't put food in the tummy. The tech rep position sounds pretty good. Are you familiar with any FEMA programs? They seem to be growing and with your education it seems like a possibility???
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Old 06-17-2004, 09:27 AM   #31
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Well, my suspicions were confirmed. I asked an inside source who told me the VA did a lateral transfer, hiring one of the reference librarians from the Upstate Medical Library who was already doing the job in the interim. Dang, I wish if they were going to give priority to internal applicants they'd at least SAY so. Grumble, grumble, grumble....
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:37 PM   #32
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I would think the least they could do it to tell the applicants that is what they did. And why do they advertise to outside people when this is probably what they planned anyway. Sorry Annie.
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:02 AM   #33
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well the justice is they are not as good as you would have been Annie.
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Old 08-04-2004, 01:39 PM   #34
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Well I heard today about the college job - I didn't get it. I am so freakin' depressed, as my 15 year old would say. They never interviewed anyone, apparently. The search committee reviewed resumes and then selected somebody with better qualifications for that specific job. Never mind I could do it blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back (I need one free for data entry.) My credentials were "impressive" but ...
If that's supposed to be news to me, it ain't. And if it's supposed to be some sort of comfort - ditto. All I want to hear is "you're hired" or, if they're feeling voluble "you've got the job - when can you start?" Sorry to go off on you guys but it's been two long years and I'm tired of hearing we like your work, but. I startled the poor dog by bursting into tears, something I haven't done in a long time. I don't think even 24 hour Gord will help this time. Thanks for letting me vent.
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Old 08-04-2004, 06:03 PM   #35
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I'm sorry Annie, the job market pretty much sucks (as my 19 yr old would say) here too. Which is why I stay in a job I hate with every fiber of my being.
Vent all you need to. I wish there was something we could do for you (more than just talk). Please, through all of this, remember who you are inside. The people who turned you down don't know squat! They're missing out...

All my best wishes,prayers and thoughts for you.
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Old 08-05-2004, 09:19 PM   #36
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Aw Annie, that really does suck. I know it is little consolation but I didn't think I was ever going to find anything, and here in the middle of nowhereville I got a job I really like (even though it is getting high stress). Something will come up for you, I'm sure. You are probably sitting there flipping me off for trying to be little mary sunshine (that's okay too it relives stress). But I feel really awful for you and I remember how it felt when they would say I wasn't "THE CHOSEN ONE" or they wouldn't call at all. Like I didn't exsist. It is horrible and Bush keeps saying how great the economy is. I wish I had something to say that would help. A little Gord, and strawberry daquri(sp? I just drink it I don't care how it's spelled) and a good cry will help some. I did go to job service and would have qualified for retraining if I hadn't gotten the car dealership job.
I'm really sorry Annie, all of us were really pulling for you. You can vent on us all you want. Most of us have been there too.
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Old 08-05-2004, 11:10 PM   #37
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I'm sorry Annie. I've had some of my worst crying jags sitting on the kitchen floor with my arms wrapped around the dog if that makes you feel any better .

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Old 08-06-2004, 05:24 AM   #38
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I went through the same thing several years ago. Couldn't get any kind of job much less a career one. I heard the same things, overqualified, all the buts.

I got so sick of getting little "Dear John" letters in the mail stating the "but we'll keep your resume on file if a job opens that match your qualifications".

The only thing that made me feel better was sending along teh following photo of the man with a little message of my own..."Thanks for keeping my resume on file for another year just in case something opens up. Stick this in my file while your at it!"


Hang in there Annie. It aint easy but something will turn up when you least expect it. I wonder if you could start your own business??
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:26 AM   #39
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quote:Originally posted by violet Blue Horse:
I'm sorry Annie. I've had some of my worst crying jags sitting on the kitchen floor with my arms wrapped around the dog if that makes you feel any better .



Not trying to be a smart ass but what is a crying jag? Maybe I might need one...

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Old 08-06-2004, 05:43 AM   #40
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My good friend Lisa rold me it's when things are going so badly that you just sit yourself down and let all the sadbess out of yourself by crying until you can't anymore.

I find it hard to believe this would only apply to women though. C'mon,men have tear ducts and emotions too! No matter how much we may deny them.

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Old 08-06-2004, 06:03 AM   #41
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Thanks, guys, feeling better today. I had lunch with a friend yesterday (from where I used to work) and have had time to calm down. My husband says it's time to shift gears - though I feel like my gears are stripped at the moment.

I did fire off an email to the general manager of our local Bass Pro sporting goods store because there's talk of adding a museum to the store and he replied (the same day!) saying while the plans haven't been finalized and they have a couple of candidates, I should stop by and fill out an application for curator. Who knows? Maybe I'll be presiding over stuffed moose and fish exhibits. There's also a part-time public library job (civil service) I'm applying for, and my CPA brother-in-law who is starting his own office has a secretary who's on the fence about working with him, so my husband told him I'm available. Heck, I can answer phones and enter data with the best of 'em.

[Cue "Somewhere Out There"] there's a job with my name on it and I *will* find it.
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Old 08-06-2004, 06:16 AM   #42
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Annie,since the other guys aren't awake right now,I'll say,you're welcome on their behalf. You got message 3001 by the way,after my being 3000 with my new topic.
Off to bed with me! G'night!

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Old 08-21-2004, 11:29 AM   #43
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Anything yet Annie?
I am starting on line classes, A&P and medical terminology first. Then to the English comp, math class and whatever other prerequsite I need. Then starting the Respiratory Therapist classes. Most I can do online, but 1,000 hours of clinicals at the end are going to do me in. I thought about going back to school when I turned 40. I would be waaaaaay done by now if I had just done it! I'll figure out a way to do the clinicals when (and if) the time comes.
It is quite depressing being unemployed (experience talking). I hope you find something - even if you are dusting that moosehead in between tours. Good luck.
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Old 08-21-2004, 04:38 PM   #44
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Nothing yet. I'm putting in an application on Monday for a part-time librarian job at the local public library (civil service - doesn't say how many hours.) The museum hasn't even been built yet; it'll cover most of the upper floor of our local mall, where there used to be a roller-skating rink, so I don't expect to hear on that for a while.
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Old 08-23-2004, 09:49 PM   #45
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Annie, keep your chin up girlie. There have been worse times in your life and be positive about the fact that you have a wonderful support system with your family (including the dog!). The thing to remember is that the next job you jump into will be fire for your furnace cause girl you seem like a live wire who knows which direction she is headed. So, keep the chin up, and go through them lyrics of the house you live in kitty kat cause there are others way worse off than you... something is headed your way, remain positive. Don't let them get you down, you have so much to offer and they are the losers who didn't see it. Here at Corfid land we all see your potential. Keep on keepin on.
you're great!
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Old 08-24-2004, 06:06 AM   #46
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Thank you, Gwen, and everybody else. I feel like I have virtual cheerleaders rooting me on. You guys are the best.
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Old 08-24-2004, 01:29 PM   #47
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Annie,
Why don't you try temp work? It's a great way to get your foot in the door to show companies what you can do. I know many people who have gone in as temps, some long term and some short term and have gotten hired by the company. There's also the possibility that you may like the flexibility that comes with the situation, you get to pick and choose what you want to do and when you want to do it.
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Old 10-27-2004, 04:55 PM   #48
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Update! Update!

There was a tiny ad in the Syracuse paper this past Sunday for a company looking for researchers and writers with backgrounds in library science, health science, math or statistics, full- or part-time. No other info except the address. So I mailed out a quick resume on Monday morning.

I left for lunch with a friend and came home to a message on the board that I'd gotten a call from them and to please call back. We played phone tag for a while (and our main phone is on the repair list because of the static - along with 32,000 other customers, it turns out) but I finally heard back from Laurie who expressed an interest in my resume, and asked when could we meet?

So keep your fingers crossed for me next Wednesday morning (11/3). We're going to discuss what she has available and what I might be interested in. She was concerned about me commuting from Auburn in the winter but I told her I can either bus it, hitch a ride with a sister who goes by the place every day, or telecommute. Personally I'd love to work mostly from home. I don't need an office to write, or to do a lot of research. She can ask my sister's attorney - I've been acting as a de facto paralegal for the last few months doing research. She also asked if I do a lot of emailing. I laughed, told her I have a half dozen email accounts, and she seemed relieved to hear it.

I have no clue what they're offering re salary, but even part-time would help at this point. I'm off to investigate the going rate for medical/technical writers.
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Old 10-27-2004, 05:39 PM   #49
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quote:Originally posted by Auburn Annie:
Update! Update!
I have no clue what they're offering re salary, but even part-time would help at this point. I'm off to investigate the going rate for medical/technical writers.


AA,
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YAY! I bet it feels great just to have someone express an interest and some appreciation for how capable you are.
I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for you.
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