Dear Awesome Subscribers and Lovely Random Readers,
I am a week behind! Had a bit of writers block actually, but as they say, the only way to get through it is to go ahead and pick up the pen (or keyboard really) – and just get to it, so here we go. File this one under Mental Health Bytes!
Angst = Decent Part-time Job Hunting
So one of the other reasons I did not post last week was that a large chunk of my time was devoted to looking for good part-time jobs online. This happens to me periodically when my freelance graphic design business has a lull and I think how nice it would be to have a regular paycheck again (and am avoiding doing more marketing, etc.). However, in the immortal words of Anastasia Steele, “oh my!” – through my extensive research (one extensive week, on East Bay Craigslist), I have re-confirmed that part-time jobs are just terrible! I mean awful. And many times absurd.
Here were the two main offenses:
Number One: They pay next to nothing.
I am in my late 30’s and am trying to confine my working hours to when my child is in elementary school (8:10am – 2pm, or then pay $500/mo. minimum for after school care). Granted, my “next to nothing” may not be your “next to nothing.” However since I graduated college with honors a few years ago (a few + 10) and was making over $22/hr. at my last 3/4 time gig (Office/Project Manager/Designer, pre-bambino), the thought of trudging through an enormous laundry list of office tasks for a sweet $12 an hour ($4 less than my first job right out of college!) – just sounds demoralizing at best. These companies who are not required to provide benefits to their part-time employees should really compensate with a few more dollars an hour, just out of common decency. Of course I am speaking to how things are here in the Bay Area where gas is over $3.50/gallon and a small bag of organic apples is $6.
A wage of $12 an hour, minus tax and the commute cost, would not even buy me 2 bags of friggin’ apples for an hour’s work – that just sucks.
Number two: Unreasonable Demands
I see a lot of office jobs that claim to require heavy lifting. I cannot lift 40lbs. on a regular basis unless most of that 40 is comprised of my child, and even then only barely. So right there – there goes like 40% of the part-time jobs. Why did the Library Clerk’s job I applied to last winter list that in their criteria? Obviously I lied, and said I could lift it, because I would love (LOVE!!!) to work at the library (cue Smeagol voice: “Books! My preciousss!”). However, after a 2 hour long online application process, I was eventually denied due to “insufficient library experience” – and this was an entry level position. So apparently having managed corporate offices, reading 40+ books a year, and visiting the library every week does not mean you are equal to the task of shelving books and scanning patron’s items in/out. Not that I’m bitter.
I will also file under “Unreasonable Demands” the plethora of jobs that request only “entry level applicants” or people of a certain age apply – such as the office staff job I saw last week that said the “ideal candidate” would be under 23 years old. What? Really?? I just went back to Craigslist to find that job posting so I could link to it here and it appears to have been removed. I wonder why? Blatant ageism, perhaps? I’m not even OLD and I’m offended! Bah humbug!
In summary, the only thing worse than looking at the current (pitiful) available jobs in the East Bay would be to get called for an interview for one of them and be asked “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”* and other equally absurd questions they throw at you these days. So if you too are keeping an eye out for a good new part-time job, God bless you, and good luck – it’s rough out there!
Quick Book Update
Oh I am liking Last Sacrifice SO much more than the previous Vampire Academy book! I’m at 62%. I will admit I still do a little description skimming, which is a bit naughty, but the dialogue, action, and plot-line are much better — looks like it will be a great end to the VA series.
For those that are missing my nail posts — I will debut my signature Holiday look next week — it involves a polish that looks *exactly* like vintage glitter to me — one of my all time favs — you shall see!
And now, time for a coffee,
* My husband was actually asked that question during an interview. Tragic.