Live Blogging a Job Search

Most people can’t write or talk much about their job search because their search takes place in private. In each of the jobs I have had, looking for a job has been a joke that rang just a bit too true and no employer is confident enough in their worker force’s loyalty to talk about it openly. This in my opinion is a mistake because, just like a marriage relationship, talking through things can fix the problems that exist internally. In other words, I don’t think I would have left my first position if a manager had come up to me and asked if I was doing alright or looking to leave, as long as I had the knowledge that I could answer in truth without fear of repercussion. In addition, I have always said that a place that can keep me challenged and excited about my work will keep me forever, which means my loyalty is guaranteed in such a circumstance.

I have been writing this post, in some ways, for over a year because that is how long I have been looking for a job. Thankfully, my initial search took place while still employed, but as I have written previously on this site, I was laid-off from that position in early November, namely the day after my daughter was born. I took the time that I needed and wanted to be with my wife and newborn child in November, but by December, I desired to be back in the work force and began to look in earnest. Of course, no one really talks about job searching, so I had no idea that December was literally the worst month to be looking for a job, especially those that are not temporary and not in retail. For the last three months or so, therefore, I have been searching for a position, getting both phone and in-person interviews, but getting nowhere.

In the title of this post, I mentioned the process of live blogging, which is an instance in which a blogger covers a bit of news in person. With the help of technology, such blogging sessions are taking place as the news is breaking, using Twitter or other web technologies to post small updates over the course of time. I have been giving a lot of thought to what live blogging would look like for a long term situation such as looking for a job or getting a graduate degree. Unfortunately for me, I always think to do these things after I have completed whatever it is I would be interested in discussing. Perhaps in the future, I will think of it before I finish a degree or find a job.

Which brings me to the point of this post, I finally received an offer that fulfilled all of my personal and professional criteria and basically amounts to my dream job. Starting in the near future, I will be moving to Madison, WI to start work as Technology Operations Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in their College Library. While many of the details have yet to be set, I have accepted their offer and look forward to everything that such a move entails. Once I take my post, I hope to write down my thoughts on the next stage of the job search: the difference between a job on paper and in reality. In the meantime, I prepare for the coming months with a mix of apprehension (read: terror) and excitement.

Happy Job Hunting! I will not miss it.

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The Challenges of 2020

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One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.