Category: Job Search

I would love a 37% pay hike

I would love a 37% pay hike
I would love a 37% pay hike – that’d be SWEET! That’s exactly what minimum wage workers are set to receive in Chicago now that the Chicago city council has agreed to increase the minimum wage from $8.25/hr to $13.00/hr by 2019. That is approximately 7% increases every year for 5 years. Wow. I want... Read more »

Change is the only true constant in life

Change is the only true constant in life
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about living in the routine of life – walking in the status quo, as it were. The reality, though, is that change is the only true constant in life. Status quo, life without chaos, is a good thing. It allows us moments of rest between the... Read more »

I prayed for something - God laughed and gave me better

Last Spring, after being a SAHM for over 11 years and for a variety of reasons, my hubby and I decided it was time for me to look for paid employment. So, I prayed for a job. God laughed and gave me far better than I could have ever asked for. I applied for several... Read more »

2013 Christmas update letter

In a previous post called Are you on my Christmas cards list?, I talked about the update letter I include with all of my Christmas cards. Since there is zero chance of me ever being able to afford to send all of you a Christmas card, this is as good as it gets this year. (Some... Read more »

I survived returning to work after 11 1/2 years at home

I did it. I survived returning to work after 11/12 years at home as a stay-at-home-mom. Whoa. This is a totally new experience for me; not the “working” part, especially since I’ve worked at this company two times in the past. The new is being a MOM and working outside the home. I’ve worked my... Read more »

Supermom does not live here

Supermom does not live here, even though I tried. Really, I tried. Yesterday was my first day of being gainfully employed for the first time in 8 years. I haven’t been employed full-time in over 11 years. To say this new routine is an adjustment is an enormous understatement. Now, don’t get me wrong –... Read more »

Change Challenges and Chocolate

The three “C’s” of life are change, challenges and chocolate. Each of these are abundant in my life these days. Change It seems that our family life, over the last several weeks, has been in a constant state of change. My hubby’s schedule recently went from 8-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts. For the first time,... Read more »

Why you should never burn those former employment bridges

This stay at home mom, after 11 1/2 years, is an employed mom and it only took me 2 weeks of seriously looking to get employed. That’s why you should never burn those former employment bridges, and I’ll explain why. My resumé could easily be 4 pages if I listed everything I’ve done since I... Read more »

Interviews, Costumes and Conferences - Oh my!

The last three days have been busy, busy for me. My days were filled with interviews, costumes and conferences – OH MY! As you may have gleaned from my earlier blog posts, Fuzzy Teeth and Stinky Pits are Why I Need a Job and Finding a Job is Hard Work, that I am trying to become... Read more »

Finding a job is hard work

After being a SAHM for more than 11 years, I am ready to get back in the work force. I’ve been dropping off resumes, emailing resumes and cover letters, filling out job applications – I’d forgotten how exhausting this process is. Finding a job is hard work. I started thinking about this process last February.... Read more »