I mentioned in my goals update that I am still actively job hunting. I was. I think I may have to pause it for awhile. One of the “in-process” applications has finally updated to “closed” – I assume I was not selected. A bit of a letdown, as it was a position I was very interested in.
There are two problems that continuously pop up when I’m searching for jobs:
Money. I need to make a semi-decent wage to cover childcare ($600-$1200 per month) and have enough leftover to bring home. Wages alone have been depressingly low. I’m not sure what employers are thinking these days. They have a list of expected knowledge, experience, demand degrees, then offer $9 an hour. What an insult.
Flexibility. The other problem I have is scheduling. DH is still working nights. I need to be able to take DS1 to school during the school year. I’ve only applied for part-time positions. But the primary reason for part-time is DS2. At his recent check up, he received nine referrals to specialists. I hate the label “special needs”, but technically that’s what he falls into. We’re trying to get the bottom of a potential genetic muscular disorder, and thanks to insurance, we have to jump through hoops to get help. All these referrals mean lots of appointments and all of them are over an hour away. I’ll have entire days dedicated to appointments. So it’s not always something I could do on a lunch hour.
Obviously my kids come first. But we could desperately use the income. I’ve joined a few Facebook groups for stay/work at home moms. Every time someone asks about work ideas, people take it as a chance to blab about their “direct sales” opportunity – aka multi-level marketing – aka pyramid scheme. I hate that crap! No, I don’t want to sell Beach Body, or Plexus, or body wraps, or Jamberry, or Tupperware, or Mary Kay, or essential oils. No! No! No!!!
I could easily get a part-time gig making $7 an hour, but then I’d be negative each week after daycare. Not worth it. It’s a dilemma though, that’s for sure.
In the meantime I’m focusing on our house. Decluttering, setting items aside for a yard sale, posting larger items locally (and dealing with crazies!!!) I’m considering participating in a children’s consignment sale this fall as well. I’m still holding out hope that Amazon opens up additional training appointments.
No point to this post, other than frustration I suppose. I’m trying hard and sometimes my hardest isn’t good enough. Keep on keepin’ on though!! Time to drive an hour and a half to a physical and occupational therapy appointment, wish us luck!