My Life (I Guess) Lately – Vol. 1

Last Updated on August 17, 2020

Oh hi there, blog! Sorry I sort of disappeared there for the last month. Hopefully you didn’t miss me too much. 🙂

I was hoping that after all that time I could come back with good news, but alas, I’m still un-happily employed part time at the gym’s daycare.

Things at work haven’t gotten better. Although they finally hired a few new staff members, they only have day-time availability – meaning my hours have been cut by more than a third – and yet there are evening and weekend shifts they can’t fill. So even if I enjoyed this job and wanted to stay, I’d have to start looking for something else anyways. Living off of $1000 a month is already hard, I can’t imagine living off of <$700.

So, for the past month I’ve been focusing all of my energy and efforts on finding a new (and hopefully better) job. Instead of blogging in my free time, I’ve been applying my little heart out for the few opportunities available in my city.

Either I’m really growing desperate or there have actually been some decent opportunities lately because I’ve applied for more jobs this past month than I have this past year!  Most of them are still closer to entry-level and/or minimum wage then I’d like to be, but you never know when or where the “right fit” will appear. (I mean, no one really dreams of being an administrative assistant, do they?)

Incidentally, I have an interview this Friday for an Administrative Assistant position! So far it’s the only job I’ve heard back from, but it’s also one of the very few that I’m actually interested in and excited about. I’m sure that was made obvious by my cover letter.

The position is working with the Music & Art department at the University – meaning both my background in the Arts and my background in post-secondary Education would be utilized. It would be so nice to actually put my degree to use, since I’ll be paying for it until I’m 100 or so…

The down-side is that the position is advertised as another 8 month contract. So, if everything goes well and I do get the job (please, please, please!), I could easily find myself unemployed/underemployed once again. At least I’d be better prepared this time around.

It’s a nice change of pace after all this time to be nervously preparing for an interview instead of joylessly applying for jobs I probably don’t really want, either. But it’s so hard not to let my imagination run wild… I am constantly reminding myself that it’s just an interview – not an offer, but how great would an offer be! Maybe I could finally get rid of this cold. Maybe I could finally get rid of this debt!

Either way, it’s good to know that although they may be few, there are still opportunities here to get my career and my finances back on track. And it’s good to know that the employers agree that I’m qualified for these jobs.

Hope is not lost!

Help me succeed: What’s your best interview tip?

Amanda Kay

Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and founder of My Life, I Guess, strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.

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8 thoughts on “My Life (I Guess) Lately – Vol. 1”

  1. Good luck on your interview! I really hope you get it! You never know, even though it’s contract it could lead to something more!

  2. Good luck! Definitely do some practice questions and set out your outfit the day before – just to make sure it fits, it’s clean and ready to go! Also bring copies of your resume and cover letter and I always bring a short list of questions I have for the hiring manager … one time I drew a blank when asked “do you have any questions” and panicked until I remembered a brought a list of my questions.

  3. Congratulations! It’s SO awesome to hear that there are more opportunities out there and that you’ve been applying your little heart out 🙂
    Good luck with the interview. Even if you don’t land the position, it should be a good networking opportunity in case something else comes up. You can do this thing!

  4. Universities are good ones for offering contract short term positions! Ugh. It’s a foot in the door though. Who knows who you will meet or what it could lead to so I hope you get it. Good luck!

  5. Good luck on your interview! My best tip is to answer the question fully and then just stop. No continuing or trying to elaborate, because it usually just means you’re rambling. Practice mindfulness 🙂


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