I've been submersed in the job search song and dance. First, I find myself a humble and sometime self denegrating sort. So, using "power words" to describe my talents and experience takes a bit of getting used to. I shake my head and hope that ego tripping is not a prequisite - for any employement opportunity. I'll giggle at my own odacity...and lately, I have had to edit some of my self hype down. "My employment record is rife with a plethora of highly skilled and remarkably intelligent skills..."
It is also a good thing to realize that the teaching gig was boardering on abuse. The department mismanaged and nurtured a poisonous work environment - enough crap to spontaneously induce bitterness. Come on, I know better than to openly berate or complain about a past employer. I cannot help but wonder if the most astute or adept human resource managers can translate the double-speak.
I say "There was no possibility for growth and promotion in my past position. My long employment history enabled me to develop a wide range of skills and abilites, and I feel the need for professional growth ..."
Human resources manager translates "The professors in my department went crazy last year, and I am no longer interested at working for paltry wages to provide an excellent service and be slapped in the face in return. I am also tired of dealing with tenured egomaniacs who have the tendency for moral certainty and hypocracy."
I also had my nose pierced a couple months ago (fulfilment of a desire that was planted in graduate school...I was even a poseur in grad school and wore a clip on!). I like to wear a ring, and I think its fabulous and all. I bought some subtle studs. I have recently discovered that capture ball rings are a bitch to put in again. I can't wait until I have signed my future contract and I no longer have to worry about the strategic nostril ring switch. Yeah, this should go over really well in the job search. Good thing its not a septum ring eh? I meant to ask my employment councillor about this thoughts on this. Except he is blind, and I felt really tentative about asking this. I am not trying make fun of my employment councillor, because he rocks. Its just a current conundrum I can contemplate.
And finally, I am back in the mode where I am awkwardly trying the label myself. Oh yeah, back at THAT game again. No sooner did I shed the title "Wanton University Instructor", immediately created a need to find a new one. What the hell do I call myself now? Now, some of my more idealistic readers my feel the need to pat my head and say "tut tut, no need, just be you...". I have realized that in order to FIND a decent job, one needs to identify the employment title. I have been learning that I like the sound of Project Designer, Instructional Designer, and the like, but shit, I have no clue about MySQL, and other forms of compu-speak.
Thus begins my search. I think I got a bit ahead of myself deciding that I needed to go out and find a job. I need to go out and find a new moniker.
16 hours ago