Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lost My Work Value

This isn't real work, just facebook and twitter.
I've been doing a lot of thinking in the last two months while keeping an eye on the job market.  I find that I'm constantly questioning my personal value as a potential employee.  Am I really qualified to be an executive assistant?  Am I really qualified for that night stocker position?  Why didn't I get that copy editor job that I would love to have?  Lack of experience?  Where do I get experience in this town?

If you've been job hunting, you know these questions - I'm sure.  I am employed as an Office Manager for a mechanical contracting company (non-residential).  I could tell you all the things I do in this position, but I will just tell you that some days I look at the clock and it's ONLY 8:30am.  There are days where the phone doesn't ring, more days where the phone only rings a few times, and rare days where I am swamped with stuff to do.  I also happen to be employed by my dad.  It's not a bad thing being employed by your family, but it has it's issues.

I can't actually sleep at work, but I seriously consider it.
I've been looking for work elsewhere because I am bored with this job.  I'm pretty sure that a monkey could do my job.  What I'm looking for in a new job is something that pays at least equal to what I'm making ($15/hour), 40 hr week, and something related to my field of interest.  I have two bachelor degrees, a 14-month internship at a museum, and a lot of various skills that no one seems to care about.

I am a writer.  I know this because I write stuff all the time and I've even been published.  I tend to write articles, fiction, screenplays, and historical essays/articles.  I wrote a non-fiction book, a how-to, on being a ghost investigator called The Professional Ghost Investigator.  It's available through your local bookstore and on Amazon.  It's not self-published.

How I feel most days.
I have a history degree.  I don't know if people realize this, but those with history degrees are really awesome when it comes to research.  It also means that I can look at something objectively, something that seems to be a dying art in this world.  BA History from University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

I have an art degree, but I have decided that I'm not out to be an artist as a career choice.  I am quite creative and I can draw stuff out for work.  I seem to have found a tiny bit of work, locally, as a logo designer.  I'm talking a few jobs over the years, very sparse.  I'd like a job that would allow me to use some of my creative skills.  BA 2D Animation from Joe Kubert School of Art.

I perused the local craigslist to see what's available.  Mechanics, cooks, waitress, nursing, receptionist, insurance agent, cable technician, hotel work....Nothing is really striking me.  The school district is looking for people, but pretty much nothing starts until August.  The city has openings for fire fighters and police officers.  Most everything pays less than what I'm making OR I'm not qualified for the position like mechanic jobs.

What if this is what employers think of my skill level?
Work skills.  I have them.  I can use adobe programs and microsoft office suite.  I'm punctual.  I get work done in a timely fashion - often to the point where people are surprised that I'm finished so quickly.  I have customer service skills.  I'm a problem solver.  I'm good at managing my time and getting things scheduled.  I can manage social media too.

I have non-work skills like sewing, cooking and baking, playing music (bass guitar, etc), knowledge of antiques, traveling, survival skills, bowling a 120-130 average (not the best), and interviewing skills.

Yesterday and today I've started work early...due to boredom.  I should probably get back to it.



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