Friday, June 22, 2012
Keeping the Faith
This is the phrase I keep hearing from people, "Keep the Faith." I am so very fortunate that I do not really view my life in terms of wins and losses because I would be below the .500 mark. The struggle of finding a new job is just that...a struggle. Yet, there are people out there who have faith in me. I appreciate that so very much. I just wish at times, I had the same optimism that they do.
Personally, I think my resume is on point. I've had people look at it and critique it, but the opportunities are hard to come by. But I do Keep the Faith by checking for new job postings everyday. I try to adjust my resume and cover letter to meet the needs of whatever job I apply for.
The whole job searching process can just wear on a person's confidence. I know I have good experiences but breaking into some of the universities and colleges in NYC has proven to be very difficult. The lack of responses is not the hard part. I am quite sure that people get swamped by resumes on any job opening. In the search committees I've been in at SU, the process of reading and sorting resumes is brutal. The problem for me is when I do get a response, I can't seem to get the position or move further in the process.
Last year I was in a final interview and I haven't been that close since. I took a long hard look at myself and redid everything. This year was also a year of change with the me selling the house and taking a class. My time was severely limited, so I did not restart my job search until about 2 weeks ago. I promptly received a phone interview and today I found out that I will not be moving on to the campus interview phase. I am frustrated.
Keeping the Faith can be a very empowering statement, but the if I am not careful I may find those words to be very hollow. I do pray to God to give me the strength to get through this. I do not pray for a job per se because I am pretty sure that is not how this whole prayer thing works. I have managed to fight through all my major issues except this one. It does make me question myself and my abilities.
The elephant in the room is the Master's Degree or lack there of. I have the amount of time in the workplace, just not the paper...yet. I am not entirely sure when I will get it if I stay in Syracuse. Maybe 2015? I will be 41. I was hoping to catch on somewhere else and finish what I started here. But, it seems even the most simplest positions are now requiring a Master's Degree. I would like to beat the odds, but at this point they do not seem to be entirely in my favor.
I will hang in there. I have already sent out another resume last night. I just don't know how much faith I can keep.