Monday, September 10, 2007

Job Hunting

Wow!! Where have all of you been? I had people leave comments on that last post that I didn't even know read and people who I knew read but had never left a comment before. For the record I told Jake to tell the truth, our friend Jess was over and told him to tell the truth so I think he gets it.

He will know this week about the two jobs he interviewed for last week and he has another interview tomorrow. When he interviewed last Thursday he did tell the person that he was in recovery and active in AA so I think he's also getting the message that honesty is the best policy.

Also, for those of you who asked, yes we are very aware that he will not be able to get the pick of the litter for jobs. For the last 10 years or so he has been in the construction industry. He knows that there are a lot of people who use in that industry and for that reason even though I have suggested construction jobs he has not called them. He's very leery of that right now and so I'm just letting him do his own thing.

Quite frankly I don't care where he works as long as he feels comfortable there. He has sent away for a study guide to take the US Postal exam. I don't know if his past will haunt him if he gets an interview there but he wants to try and so I'm just keeping my mouth shut and hoping that with a little job history under his belt by the time he takes the exam maybe that missing five months won't even be an issue.

In the mean time what he's applied for are jobs that pay $8-$10 per hour. When he left the job market he was working in jobs that paid $12-$15 per hour. We both know that these are probably not jobs he will do forever. But they get his foot in the door and right now any job is better than no job at all.


Kbreints said...

I hope that he finds something soon- it is important to his self esteem and to your finances I am sure. I am crossing my fingers for you both!

Shane and Jessica Olson said...

I hope so too!

You made a comment the other day while I was there...I was going to say something but didn't want to in front of I will now :)

You said something about the level of job he is looking for - I don't remember the exact words you used but I took it like these are below standard jobs.
Again just my opinion and a suggestion....You may want to find the GREAT in every single job he applies for at this point. Not only will it help Jake when he starts there but it will boost his confidence too.

You mentioned he applied at Target....My reply would be "That's I can get a discount", or something of the sort. And if you remember when Jake said "I applied at Target" I said...I thought about getting a part time job at Pottery Barn just for the employee discount. :) Which I really have! :) LOVE POTTERY BARN!

I can remember before....(maybe Jake sober is different - I don't know) but before Jake had the mentalitiy of being better or more qualified than the jobs he was working at. And like you said any job is better than no job no matter what your qualifications are.

I think it may take him some time...but he will get something. He seemed to be in good spirits yesterday....which was great!!

Way to go!!

Kbreints said...

Very good point Jess. I think that is a very good suggestion. Keep things positive!

spellconjurer said...

I am looking for a job too. I can feel Jake on this one. It's not easy. He probably has a ton more attributes or skills than I do! So GO JAKE! I'm happy and proud of all of you.

stella said...

Just keep working at it. I'm sure it's just a matter of time before it all falls into place for him and you. Go Jake!

Erin said...

I think it's great that he's going to be honest, because otherwise it could be much worse for him. I hope he's able to find something soon, and that he finds that he enjoys it.