Wow! THAT was a long vaca. I actually haven’t been on vacation. If you are a reader of my blog, you knew that I was expecting a baby. Well guess what, HE’S HERE!! And I am SO excited. I am 40 years old, and this is my first child. I had a boy, 10 lbs exactly. C-section (for all those mothers out there that screamed when they read the weight), 21.5 inches long, and BEAUTIFUL! Of course, I’m biased. I’ll post a picture, and you can be the judge.
I have recovered from my surgery, and I am back on track. Exciting news! I left my full-time job. Whoa….yeah. I have waited all these years for my little man. There’s no way I’m leaving him to only get to see him a couple of hours a day. I would sell my home and live in a lean-to if I had to (well maybe not a lean-to–DFCS wouldn’t like that I’m sure). We aren’t rich by a long shot. My husband works hard delivering milk (yes, the milk man is the father of my child), and God has extended such grace to us in the area of making ends meet. He’s shown me areas where we could cut back. I began putting my paycheck in savings starting January 2012 and trying to live off of one salary. It was difficult, but it was a great learning experience and helped us to build a little reserve/emergency account. You really learn what you can and can’t live without when you live on one salary. You also realize how much money you have been throwing away. I wish I had been doing this long ago. Oh well…no time for could’a.
Now is the time for “what can I do to save money,” and now it’s become a game almost. It’s fun! I have written out all of our bills. I’ve reviewed each one for areas I can cut. One of the BIGGEST areas of savings was my car insurance. I had NO idea my insurer wouldn’t notify me when lower cost policies were available. Some might ask, “why would they? They are making money on you.” To you I reply, “NOT ANYMORE!” I took my business elsewhere (cut my bill in half) and explained to them exactly why I did it. It’s not like they didn’t have opportunities to tell me when I was adding and removing cars from my policy. Oh yeah, and I went on a Facebook rampage and told everyone in my town to check their policy. Take that! 🙂
I am talking with a friend about starting a group of people who are interested in researching DIY items for the home that will save us all money. As I discover new things, I will be posting them here with instructions. I may even create a little “how to” video for you. If there is something you create in your home that you’d like to share, post it in the “Comments” section. I’ll try it out and post it on my blog with kudos to you.
Well, I better get going. Mommy-time is much more brief than it used to be. Until next time!! Happy days.
You know the drill. You’ve found a posting that you feel you’re qualified for, so you apply. You spiff up your resume, write a cover letter that is specific to this job, and submit all of the required documentation (sometimes more than they need to make an initial determination–but you digress and do it anyway). Click submit. Receive an automated email saying, “Thank you for your interest in our company. We will review your submission and get in touch with you if you fit our needs.”
TICK, TOCK. TICK, TOCK. Days pass. Weeks pass. Months pass. NOTHING! Multiply that by the hundreds of applications you have filed. How frustrating is that?! I wish I had a really cut and dry answer to “Should I even bother applying?” I have an answer, but it’s just not that simple.
Let’s take a look at 3 Questions I believe you should ask yourself before deciding to invest in a company’s application process.
1. Is the job in your immediate field?
Are you doing this very thing as we speak or at least did and have been laid off or lost your job because of a business closing. If Yes, APPLY. If No, consider the work invested in applying vs. the chances of selection and determine if it’s worth the time it consumes to apply (apply this No option to all the questions here).
2. Is the job within a reasonable commuting distance?
I haven’t worked in HR directly, but it seems logical that companies would want to hire those who are closest to them. There are just fewer issues that way. No need to even discuss relocation, differences in cost of living that require more negotiation on salary than they would typically have to provide, start dates that may change due to logistics–you get the idea.If Yes to 1 + 2, then APPLY. If Yes to 1, but not 2, APPLY if the job posting encourages potential relocation candidates.
3. Do you meet ALL of the requirements?
There was a time when you could apply for jobs with only 85% of the requirements and still be considered, but unless you are a national superstar in your field, chances are your having less than 100% of the required skills will eliminate you from consideration. You have to keep in mind that the employment pool is full of people with advanced degrees and specific experience. Do you really want to spend time applying for positions that you have to convince someone you would be a good fit for when the odds are stacked against you? Stick with those that you can say yes to. If Yes to 1+2+3, absolutely apply. If No, save it for the jobs that you do meet the requirements for.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to give your resume the attention that it needs before applying. Many will lose the opportunity to be considered simply because the resume doesn’t show you are the industry ready, local, candidate with 100% of the requirements. It truly is worth your investment to hire someone to write your resume together with you. Think about it, what is $250 compared to tens (in some cases hundreds) of thousands of $$ anyway.