One good thing about losing my last job is that I can still devote time to keeping up my blog. Unfortunately, I went and told people that I’d be working for the next ten weeks (in anticipation of actually working for the next ten weeks), and now I’m afraid you’ll think there’s no reason to check for new posts because I’ll be too busy.
Well, I’m not too busy, but I do hope to be busier before too long. I’m applying for another job. I hesitate to say what because I don’t want to jinx it, but I’ll tell you anyway. Why mention it if I’m not going to tell you more, right? The library is looking for a new paraprofessional for their children’s programs. Said para is also expected to work the reference desk. I want this job. I would want this job if it paid nothing. It pays a lot more than nothing, but I’m just saying that’s not why I’m applying. I have a librarian friend (the para in charge of that craft group I joined) who clued me in, and she said I’m qualified enough. She also said they’ve only had two other applicants so far.
So now I’m slaving away at the computer, trying to write a decent cover letter (I’m told they’re big on cover letters — I have inside information from my librarian friend.) and revamping my resume to showcase the vast experience I have working with children in a creative, educational environment. Yep. I’m bringing out my Primary credentials. I added everything up and, including my years as a room mother and the year I taught Joy School with a bunch of other moms, I’ve got thirteen years’ experience to offer. Hey! That’s how old BratzBasher is! What a coincidence. I’m not playing up my motherhood experience, though. I want to show that I can handle other people’s children. Plus, I only have the one. Libraries don’t do one-on-one children’s programs.
I also need to compile a portfolio of projects that I’ve done (can do). Merkin suggested that I borrow some of our friends’ kids so that I can take pictures of them enjoying the fun crafts and activities I’ve designed. I should at least have pictures/samples of the crafts in question. I’m working on at least three. I don’t know how much time I’ll have between the application deadline (this Sunday) and the interview. My first focus is, of course, getting my cover letter and resume polished up enough to get me that interview. There’s no point in counting my chickens before they’re hatched.