Two years ago I was job searching,
still reeling from losing my job.
If you've gone through it, you know what I mean.
I attended these classes to make sure I was up-to-date
on my resume / interview skills.
Today I went to a job-search related event at
a place I had not been to before.
Beautiful sunny day;
I wore a great business casual outfit;
I made it there on time even though the bus was very late.
But I was not expecting what happened next:
the same people who used to be teaching the
job-searching courses were there
in new roles, new place.
Emotionally this hit hard.
Two years later I am with them again
still looking for work.
Why? What went wrong? These people were
good people, positive, sure that with their teaching
we would get back on our feet soon
All the memories came back;
my decision to take French;
the French classes that were not what I needed.
Still not at the level of French to get work.
Months and months of job searching.
Being flown out for a day long interview.
Seeing jobs still today in Ottawa with French
requirements I can't meet.
Applications sent out.
I wonder when it will end.
Still waiting to see if I get a second interview from the
one this week.
Two good things:
1. When I went to get information on the company I was
there today to learn about,
the person recognized me as a professional immediately;
even when internally I was overwhelmed.
2. I have had work since those classes two summers ago.
I loved that contract and it gave me
some really wonderful additional work experience.
It is so hard to keep being strong;
I am a professional and just want to have a job again.