wst february 24. titles.


title one.
I’ve been waiting for this one because I decided that this would be the day to change my blog design (a little). You know, because the title graphic is changing.

I’ve kept the same theme because it’s no longer available so if I change it, I can’t get it back. If I ever do change that, I’ll have to be really sure about it. (I know I’ve mentioned this before.)

(title two. Totally unrelated—I love coming up with titles for my poetry and fiction. And I think I’m good at it.)

title three.
Titles have been a problem for me professionally.

I’m unemployed now, but my last three jobs didn’t have clear titles. They started out with titles, sort of, but I work too fast and too efficiently. I took on more responsibility. My title morphed into something totally made up. None of this would matter except for one thing—it is now impossible for me to find a job. What the hell do I search for? I did so many things that don’t even necessarily go together.

I reconciled payments for operations. I helped with graphics for the marketing team. I researched discrepancies for accounting. I did payroll when they needed backup (I hate doing payroll). I tested new software modifications for IT. I managed email advertising at a tech company, I created reports for advertising, accounts receivable, and any other group that needed reports (because I was good at that and word got out). Hell, I even acted as tech support when anyone who knew me had an Excel question.

And my college degree is a BA in Art.

Who the hell am I? What is my title?

This is what happens when you’ve never known what you wanted to do with your life.

And now I’ve reached a dead end.

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I would take a job being his (very) personal assistant. *wink*

p.s. — At this point, I probably shouldn’t even say I’m “unemployed” since it’s been so long and I only look for jobs occasionally. I should say I’m a “stay at home mom”. I feel like people look down on that title, though. And it certainly doesn’t look good on a resumé. At least to most employers. All they see is a gap in “real work”.

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Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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18 Responses to wst february 24. titles.

  1. Monty Vern says:

    Give yourself a title that reflects what YOU WANT TO DO, not what you’ve done, then massage your CV content to reflect that. After all your not looking to do exactly what you did in the past (like you said, you hate payroll), but rather to find something that will be a good fit for you now and into the future. Sorry for the unsolicited advice. I have a problem with doing that…

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  2. Deepika says:

    Even I’m not working. Due to my depression my husband left me, after that it was all going down. I have no husband no job. I left USA and came back to my home town. I’m very depressed you know. This is not how i wanted my life to be. Because of my failure, I’m leading a isolated life, self imposed isolation. I’m not in touch with anybody, and no body knows where the hell I’m and what I’m doing… A sad story..


  3. I really like the new header!!!
    Also wow that’s a lot of talents!!! Kudos to you

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    • Thanks. I’m glad you like the header.
      Unfortunately, even with all those skills, I can’t find a job. And now I’ve been at home for so long that the kids need me here so it would have to be part time or work from home which makes it even more difficult.

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      • You could get a part-time work from home job? They’re more common than you think, especially cause of the pandemic. I’d suggest using LinkedIn or glassdoor jobs!
        You could apply for designer roles or anything that you like!

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        • People have said this to me before, but I don’t know where these magical jobs are. I have never been able to find anything.

          And even though I like designing things, I don’t have the educational background to back that up. No one would ever hire me for that.

          People also tell me that I’m talented, smart, and I have a lot of experience. But none of that seems to be enough to get me a job that works for me.

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          • How it goes is that you set alerts specific to jobs that you are interested in on Linkedin and then you get plenty of mails saying that there are openings but I honestly don’t know once you apply to them, if they will get back to you.
            For like two part time offers I did get a reply.. but they weren’t that great/what I had in mind

            See you just need to showcase your work and honestly a lot of start-ups don’t really care about the qualifications/past employment history.. they’re just happy to get someone. I think you should try anyway!

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  4. Ogden Fahey says:

    My degree is arts too! Ah well, I’m not flipping burgers, but I have done worse! 😉 Xx

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