Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The search continues....

Well, it's almost the end of July and my quest for a new job continues. I'm currently trying my hardest to get one of two open positions with a neighboring county's school district. I have a friend who teaches at the middle school there who has been doing her best to help me. A position at her school has opened up for a Student Data Manager, and a position at the district office has opened for a Secretary of Communications. She's been emailing and texting the principal at her school about me (school is out for the summer otherwise she'd talk to him in person) and she's writing a letter of recommendation for me for both jobs. It's so nice of her to go to all the trouble, and even though it pays much less, I think I'd prefer the position at her school to the one at the district office. If I get it my office will be two doors down from her classroom, and it will be nice to have a friendly face nearby!

Applying for these positions has been a real pain. The district requires you to jump through several hoops to apply for any position. I've had to:

*fill out and deliver a three page district application to get the ball rolling

*acquire a copy of my college transcript and deliver that as well

*take a typing test at our local unemployment office and fax the results in (I discovered I'm able to type 58 wpm with 100% accuracy!)

*fax in copies of my social security card and driver's license (so they can do a background screening and make sure I'm not a pedophile.)

*print out three copies of a professional reference form, sign off on them that I waive my right to review what my references say about me, and deliver them to said references for filling out and mailing in.

*email in separate letters of interest for each position I'm applying for

That's quite a list, isn't it? That's why I've been too busy to blog much this month. Between doing all that, and continuing to look through other job openings, and **meeting with the two book clubs I've recently joined, I've had very little time to sit down and write. I hope all this hard work pays off soon with a new job!

**I've read a whole lot of great books recently. One of these days soon I'm going to write some reviews of the best ones. And I can't wait to tell you all about the two books clubs I'm in. They're so much fun!


  1. Forget all that application rigmarole Jennifer, just stuff a hundred dollars in a plain brown envelope and hand it to the principal. If the principal is male you might want to also consider a mini skirt and low plunging neckline for the interview.Good Luck!

    1. Great ideas! LOL. Only you, Mr. Pudding. :)

  2. I wish you all the best in your job hunt.


  3. We recently organised a (computer related) job in England for the daughter of our neighbour, as part of her university degree. She has now decided that she likes England so much that she's going to stay on, and they've taken her on full time. She's even getting her boyfriend to head north, to join her. I suppose this now means that she will not be completing her degree in Bordeaux. Not sure what my neighbour thinks about all this; I'll have to ask her.

    1. I can't imagine wanting to leave the south of France to go anywhere on earth! Your life there seems so idyllic.

    2. We were shocked too! Sorry, I was side-tracking a bit.