You won’t get any argument from me that job-searching is a full-time “job,” but as much as you might want it to be 24/7, it cannot be. I know I am putting at least — if not more — of my day into job-searching as I did into working full-time. One of the advantages is that it’s easier to sneak in an extra hour of work in during the evening or a needed nap in the afternoon.
There’s never anyone cajoling you, pushing you or complimenting you, but on the other hand, being under-employed is a wonderful motivating factor.
So, there are a number of other things that need to get done besides the job-hunting. Some of them are somewhat related. See today’s earlier post. Others are, well part of life.
Here are some of the other things I have gotten done in the last two days:
Got my check-up at my doctor, which involved a long ride into the country, because I have not been able to get a primary-care physician here in Glens Falls yet. It was the route I drove every day for several years, and it’s good to see Spring in the country. My health is steady, and we went over the medications thoroughly. It seems to be all good.
I’m in the middle of the lot of paperwork on a lot of topics, including corresponding with the Department of Labor. If I work for a couple of days one week, they send a letter the following week saying I will lose my benefits if I don’t tell them the details about it (Someone asked me to cover a game. I did). *sigh* But it needs to be done. The first letter got kicked back for something, so now they get two. I also have dealt with my COBRA insurance. Thankfully, under President Obama’s stimulus, the government is paying about 60 percent of it, maybe a touch more. At this point, it’s about one week’s unemployment pay. It’s funny working with your former employer on this, especially in the case of a layoff. The person I need to correspond with is one of the two folks who were in the layoff meeting. But she’s been great!
Paying bills is, of course, another priority and takes more planning than it has in the past. You get used to a certain amount going in at a certain time, on a steady basis. While there is money coming in from freelancing, it’s usually on a monthly basis, or at least a week or two after the event. “Cash flow” is something to think about every day.
Being the person “working” from home — and trust me, I am working — means the laundry, the cooking, the grocery shopping, the dishes and making sure the cats don’t take over the world. I am do well on the first four. And, yes, I am getting a lot of support from my wife through all this. Everyone’s very supportive, and my friends have been quick to help.
OK, back to work.