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Screaming Inside My Heart

Originally posted on The $76K Project on 11/21/2020 A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about looking for a new job. I focused on how I'm going to find employment that plays to my strengths and experiences! And pays me some real money for once! And doesn't erode my mental health! I'm not compromising this time! I'm back to say that  1. these are all good thoughts, 2. but we are in a pandemic 3. and if I thought job hunting was hard before COVID, haaaaaa.  Because now? It's soul-crushing. Job hunting has never been  easy , but in the past, I've always been able to get promising feedback and at least a few nibbles within a few weeks of putting some effort into it. In the past month alone (please note that I have been looking for work since March, although I've ramped up my efforts lately), I've applied for 55 jobs. In every case, I met at least 90% of the stated qualifications. Also, I currently  have  a part-time job that supposedly looks good on paper a

Back on the Job Hunt - But Here's What's Different This Time

(Originally posted on The $76K Project on 11/8/2020) Wow, it's been nearly a month since I've posted. My mind has been consumed by the election and other assorted things, and the blog's been sitting cold on the back burner. With the Biden/Harris win yesterday, I feel like my focus has finally been restored along with some semblance of hope and optimism. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I've gone into hardcore job-hunting mode lately. It's been more than 1.5 years since I quit my last (absolutely terrible) full-time job and more than a year since I landed my current part-time online teaching gig. Under normal circumstances, I might be happy to maintain the status quo; after all, I generally like my job. But the pandemic has had a major impact on the way I see work in general and the role I want it to play in my own life. Reasons I'm back on the job hunt: 1. We need to earn more money to cover the bills. I absolutely do not regret that Fortysomething qui