A New Beginning for Me?

I haven’t been able to post much lately as I a have been very busy trying to find work. If you have been reading my blog you may now that I have been unemployed for over a year. I was hoping to give good news eventually but it is news of a different sort…I stopped looking for work. “Uncle!”

After 163 job postings 20 interviews, over a half dozen going to 2nd Interviews I still don’t have a job. Why you may ask? I really don’t know. Is it that I am 46 years old (almost 47)? Is it that I am a brain tumour survivor who has an invisible disability (Single Sided Deafness) and slight facial palsy scaring employers away? They can’t ask and I sure as hell am not going to volunteer that information but it feels like it is lying there under the surface. Or maybe it is a skills gap. I have been trained in IT but my last job was Operations Management / IT and the company I worked for didn’t believe in giving it’s employees training to upgrade their skills. They might, you know, ask for a raise or something.

The only other thing I can think of was maybe I am a bad interview? I have had a lot of practice over the last year or so. I also studied it quite a lot and I know I got better and better at it as a skill. How do I know? On three occasions I was told by a prospective employer that I was 2nd choice. Why? The only thing I can think of is that if there are two people who both interview the same but one has more relevant / up to date skills, who are they going to go with? Not me apparently.

The stats I listed above are a bit sobering, however, it has given me great insight on what to do next. I am going back to school and I will be taking advantage of a program called Second Career. By picking a qualifying program I get tuition and financial support to help me get the training I need to become more employable. I will still need to get a part-time job to help with expenses. I figured with my education and experience I would have no problem finding employment but not the case. Hopefully this will get me over the hump that seems to be insurmountable as of late.

I will blog more about the program as it start up in a couple weeks. I start in early June 🙂 I will also talk about trying to find a part-time job. The last time I did that it was the late eighties!

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