When a job isn't a "job" ...

The question has come up (not from Chicago Now, fortunately) about whether I'm still "qualified" to be The Job Stalker in light of my 40-hours/week gig with the Census.   I've had some confusion on the subject as well ... and figure that since I'm still spending six or more hours a day on the job search, I'm hardly out of the running.

After all, the Census job is only for eight weeks, and is certainly not the sort of thing that I've ever considered doing for a living.  Needless to say, were some ad agency, PR firm, publishing house, web developer, company/university/association, etc. (or even the Tribune) to call up with a position that fit beautifully with my multifaceted resume, I'd be out of "government work" in a heartbeat.

Which brings me to the question of "when is a job not a job?"  While this is a full-time gig, I'm pretty much mentally filing it as "something to do to bring in some cash", which has never been the way I've ever considered another job.  Frankly, every job I've ever had, I pretty much thought I'd be doing forever (with eventual advancement/expansion within the business, of course) ... which explains why forms that ask why I left a position end up with a lot of "company closed" entries.  So this is a new experience for me.  The last time I was less "identified" with a job was back in highschool ... and, yet, it is a full-time job.  Needless to say, I'm having issues "wrapping my head around this".

As usual, I'm probably unusual in this.  I suspect that most folks have taken jobs because they were available (not that I've not taken jobs offered to me, I've just rarely been in that situation) which weren't the "right job" but were something to generate some income.  I'm finding the cognitive dissonance around this quite uncomfortable ... so it's probably good that this is limited to just a couple of months!

Anybody have similar stories?  Please use the comment area to share, if you do.

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Tags: career, census, part time, temporary

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