Friday, February 26, 2010

Not sure how to blog lately.

I asked Landon what it is that he wants to see me blog about (is there anything that YOU necessarily want me to blog about, dear reader?). He said that he wants some more serious posts. But I'm just not too serious these days. And a lot of things that would be serious enough are things that I don't necessarily want to expend on this here blog for the whole world to read (including future employers).

On that subject. I'm looking for a new job. It makes me sad because I love my current job. My employer was wonderful enough to let me know that though they were closing out my program, that I would still have the job through June. Amazing that they are giving me six months to find a job.

(photo by deanmeyersnet)

So for the last 2 months I have been doing some very minimal browsing, just trying to get my feelers out - finding good search engines and job sites and also trying to get an idea about what kind of job I would like to do / am qualified for.

With a degree in English literature and 3 1/2 years experience in a non-profit sponsorship program, I know that I have learned some important skills but I do not feel qualified for the majority of jobs out there. I would love to continue to work for a Christian organization. The pay isn't great, but it really is amazing to LOVE my job and feel like I am making a difference in the world! But... Utah is pretty sparse of Christian organizations. Yet I know that jobs in Christian organizations could be unfulfilling just as much as I could actually learn to love and be passionate about a position in a company without any religious affiliation.

I know that wiht our nation in it's present situation it is difficult to find a job. So March is the beginning of some serious looking and applying. I'm thinking it definitely could take me 4 months and I don't want to sit around and twiddle my thumbs and then arrive in July without any income for Landon and I. That would be scary. And stupid considering my employer has been so awesome to give me the heads up.

(photo by chtyson)
What I would really love is to get a job with the US Forest Service. But in order to do that I need a degree in biology or some serious experience, of which I do not have (besides the hundreds of days I've spent enjoying and exploring that national forests!).

(photo by anniebee)
I think the jobs that I best qualify for are probably administrative positions.

(photo by nic's events)
Another job that I would really love is an editing position (not an ediTOR's position) for a publishing company.
I still have a strong desire to be a teacher. But I need to go back to school to get my teaching certificate. And right now I don't really want to have both of us in school.

So I will be putting a resume together and seeing what I can come up with.

What a bummer. Looking for jobs is a little stressful and it's scary to imagine being a member of the 10.5% of America's unemployed. But perhaps, just perhaps, God might bring along another job that I love - one that makes a difference in others' lives besides my own. And maybe it might offer me benefits too. That would be amazing. That is what I hope for.


maggieinthemountains said...

A good praying point for you, Hannah.
Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay Schneck said...

praying for you! have you looked into being a substitute? that might be more of a fall back position for you. not sure. but i think you would be a great sub!

Kristen said...

I think that someone I go to church with works for the forest service and doesn't have a degree in biology, I will check. Sometimes if schools need teachers they will hire you and give you your certification if you agree to work there for a certain amount of time. I know looking for a job is difficult, especially with the way things are now:) If I hear of anything, I will let you know.

Brooke Hereth said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. i have nothing in particular for you to write about.

Anonymous said...

As someone with a history degree, i'm in the same boat. you might try insurance jobs. claims adjuster trainee positions are open with progressive.