Rebuilding in St. Louis

by V. Buritsch-Tompkins

It’s been a complicated year, full of doctor appointments, job coaching appointments, and heartache. July is here and I still don’t have a job. I already know that I’m lucky to be in a safe situation without truly dire circumstances, but even so – starting over is difficult.

I’ve been journaling to try to make sense of what happened to me last year at about this time. There’s really nothing I can say about it here except that I need to be mindful of myself and my daily interactions, which is much easier on my anti-anxiety medication anyway.

Small things like getting a library card feel big. Big things, like finding a job, feel challenging. My only goal is to take those challenges head-on, which is an ongoing thing.

I spent some time reading Dick Bolles’ “Guide to Interviewing”. It’s circa 2014, but there are still some relevant suggestions in it. He invited everyone who read “What Color Is Your Parachute” to network with him on Linkedin. I did, about a year before he passed away. Reading the guide was like asking for his advice from beyond the grave. It’s so clearly written in his voice with unmistakable crispness on how one should conduct themselves while interviewing.

He also mentioned that you should write and send a thank you note after the interview, whether it went well or not. I’m going to talk it over with my job coach and see how he feels about it as a practice to implement into my hunt.

I have tons of experience. It’s just a matter of someone needing me at their company.

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