Long after I’d had my baby and returned to work, I got asked if I could share my reflections on why I chose to be a working mom over a stay at home mom. Let me be clear: that ain’t what Laid Off & Knocked Up was about. I have curated a select few of my posts about being pregnant and unemployed and moved them here because my hope for 2012 was to resurrect and keep up more with my original blog, Funky-Ass Monkey, and I didn’t want to maintain two separate blogs. (Maintain is really the … [Read more...] about What’s This All About, Then?
I finally managed to land a job interview. For a real job I would actually love to have! I’m beyond excited, but the interview is TOMORROW. Btw, seriously, people? You call up a job candidate to ask “What are you doing tomorrow between 11-12:30?” because that’s your only available window for an interview? Hmmm. I’m guessing I was on the alternates list. I can’t afford any interview clothes but lucky for me, my pre-pregnancy wardrobe still fits okay (mostly). I can barely zip the skirt, but … [Read more...] about What To Expect from a Job Interview When You’re Expecting
One thing that brings me such joy and entertainment are the neighborhood kids. There's this whole posse of them that all live around me and hang out together, getting into all sorts of antics. And especially during my unemployment, I'm home during the day in the middle of the week, and with the windows open, I get to eavesdrop on their conversations. Today, I heard the following: Kid #1 to Kid #2: "My mom says we can't play with you anymore because of, well, yesterday's, uh, incident." … [Read more...] about Overheard: Neighborhood Kids
I thought I’d take you along on the rollercoaster ride that I’ve been on lately. Between being laid off (booo!) and knocked up (woohoo!), it’s been a hell of a ride. Would you rather get the highs or the lows first? Actually, as I type that out, I realize that part of the problem is that they’re pretty intertwined so they’re inseparable. Sound crazy? Well, it is… A high: Why, yes, I am currently working part-time, but (here’s the low): only for 6 more weeks, then it’s back to … [Read more...] about Rollercoaster
I’m sitting at my new job – this is my second week. And honestly? It’s pretty great! Not just because I’m employed (although that, in itself, is a relief) but the work, the work environment? I’m not sure I have been more content with work in a long, long time. What’s the deal? Well for starters, this is just the confidence boost I needed. For years now I’ve been bouncing around from job to job, and, as a result, my museum career felt very wobbly or uneven since my employment has been so … [Read more...] about What’s Not to Like?
I have some good news: I found a job! I’m working on weekends at a tax preparer’s office around the corner answering phones, filing, etc. Okay, so it doesn’t exactly make use of all my skills and abilities…and it doesn’t pay all that well…and it’s only through the tax season…but still: a job. I really had to do some fancy footwork to convince the tax preparer that I would stick around through April 15 once she saw my resume. She was skeptical…and I get it. This kind of work isn’t exactly what … [Read more...] about A Small Break
I haven’t had much to blog about lately. Last time I checked in here, I was excited about a couple leads I had. Which led nowhere. No responses, no phone calls, no emails…nothing. And both positions have been filled (or at least have disappeared off the series of tubes). In the meantime, I’ve been trolling the web looking for work, and fired off a few applications but nothing exciting on the horizon. Here’s a look at the jobs hunt thus far, by the numbers: Number of months I have been … [Read more...] about By the Numbers
It can be easy to get discouraged by the job market and sometimes I’m not very enthusiastic about the jobs I apply for. I wish that I had been given the luxury of thoughtfully planning a career transition while I still collected a paycheck, but unfortunately that’s not the case. I tried like hell for months to find other work before my unemployment happened, even before I knew for sure that I was getting laid off. While I was still working, I was applying only for things that were directly … [Read more...] about Paper Dolls
Not having an income sucks. But I gotta say not having a job is kinda great. Sure, a lot of my time is spent looking for work, writing cover letters, and tweaking my resume. An awful lot of my time, actually. But I also have plenty of time to think. Sometimes I think about what I want to do with my life vis a vis work. But mostly I find that pointless because I don’t feel like I have much of a choice. I just need a paycheck…any paycheck. It doesn’t really matter what I want to do, so … [Read more...] about Being a Stay-At-Home-Mom-to-be
So when I took my job writing exhibits, I knew it was a short-term 18-month gig. But I figured 18 months as a "real" writer was worth it, and by the end of the 18 months, I'd surely be able to land find another writing gig. Boy, am I naive! Today was my last day at the job, and I'm now laid off. I'm sad to leave my friends behind, as I had many awesome coworkers. But I'm glad to be out of that wickety wak environment, and beyond ready to leave the museum world in my rear view. But how to … [Read more...] about Just as Hard as it Sounds