the (almost) neverending search for a full-time job

the (almost) neverending search for a full-time job

As some of you may know, I’ve been looking (unsuccessfully) for a full-time job over the last two years. In that time, I’ve been working multiple part-time librarian jobs, which I love, but the juggling of schedules and lack of benefits is wearisome. From seeking out librarian positions to broadening my search back to IT jobs, it was looking pretty hopeless for a bit. In the last 6 months alone, from January to now, I applied to 17 jobs. I’ve had 9 first round interviews, and 6 second round interviews. Talk about exhausting, right?

In all that time, it has been radio silent – not even a glimmer of an offer…until now. I am thrilled to announce that, after 2 years of searching, 37 applications and 15 interviews later, I have been offered a full-time position as an information technology trainer, which I am absolutely thrilled to have accepted. It uses my MLIS, albeit in a non-traditional way, and it combines my love of teaching with technology. These are new and strange times that we’re in, and while it’s bittersweet to be leaving libraries behind, I’m excited and hopeful to be forging a new path in life. This journey has felt neverending, but it is *so* nice to have found the light at the end of the tunnel.

And what’s crazy is that for the first time in years, I’ll have just one schedule to remember — and even more wild is the fact that it’s just during the week with normal business hours. It’s shocking. I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself on the weekends now that I won’t have work. Probably what I’ve already been doing with my spare time and picking up a good book or knitting needles, if I’m being honest with myself.

Thank you to everyone who has listened to me despair and whinge about this neverending process, and who kept listening to me anyway. Y’all are truly the MVP’s in this story.

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