I have been looking for jobs lately. A lot. And I have applied to many. However, there are not THAT many out there within the field that I am looking. I think I have already applied to all the development and grant writing jobs in the twin cities area... some even a bit outside the cities.
First step: expand my options. What else would I be good at? What else could lead to a position that I would like? Where the heck do I apply?
Step one needs a little work... I know what I want to do (grant writing) but I don't know what the second option would be... and it literally could be just about anything!
Step two: hit up all my contacts. This one is already in process... but I am waiting til after the holidays to followup with most of them. I know a few grant writers, a few people that work in nonprofits, and a few people that work for foundations. At the very least, I would get more ideas of where to look for jobs, or what other types of jobs would make for good experience.
Step three: Look in surrounding areas. Most of the jobs that I really want, and, well, jobs in general, are in the cities... but there are a few in Duluth, or Rochester... and even though I don't really want to live in those areas, it would be temporary.
Now, these last few are my fall back plans... or secondary, if you will...
Step four: Look for jobs in other states. The majority of nonprofit and foundation work is found in large cities... there are a lot in NY. I will not live there. I would not survive... but, I sure wouldn't mind living in San Francisco for awhile :) and there are plenty of other cities that I would consider for a year or two.
Step Five: (I like this one) Move to Hawaii and work in my cousins restaurant if I can't find a job.
Step Six: (I like this one even more) Go to Europe. Backpack. Work where and when I can. Have fun. Be poor... In Europe :)
Since my internship is now over, and I will only be working a maximum of five days a week now (instead of seven), my new 'job' is going to be job searching and applying. I am going to make myself spend as much time doing that as I would working at the children's museum. That's two days of work. .. If I do that, I think that I will find a job.
Also, to prevent myself from going crazy with boredom, I am going to start making clothes :) My wonderful mother bought me a dress form for Christmas, and I can't wait to use it!
I know it probably sounds strange to think that I would be bored working five days a week and spending a lot of time looking for jobs... but the thing is, I got used to working my seven days a week... or even the six days with one fourteen hour day in there. When I go from constantly doing everything to having nothing to do, I get a bit depressed. It is easy for me to become lethargic, and get upset about being lazy. I'm more likely to go out with friends and go climbing or snowboarding when I have to 'fit it in' somewhere in my week. If I have everyday off... well, I don't know how that works. It doesn't make sense, but it is just how I am. I think I get it from my mom. She is always doing a million things too.
I'm feeling a bit better today. Not so pitiful. Yesterday was just terrible because I woke up in a bad mood,and had a horrible day at work. It's much easier to keep an even keel when I'm not in a bad mood.
Happy New Year everyone! This one is going to be a good one!!!!!!!