Resumes Are For the Strong

Since this is the first time in years that I haven’t had to worry about rent I am taking to opportunity to actually hold out and not take a shitty job.  Well, shitty might not be the kind of word that I should be using but I really mean a customer service job.  In my field it’s inevitable.  I’m a cook and a catering manager.  I love doing it but I always seem to get stuck at the register or as the only person that can do everything.

I loved my old job but it was near impossible to do my job as the catering manager since I spent so much time doing what the other manager didn’t want to do….managing more than just the kitchen.

I’m lucky.  I have what I call a master resume.  What that means is that I have a word document that I have everything written into.  I update it at the end of the year, every year, just to make sure that everything stays current, along with a list of references and a file of recommendation letters.  Basically, all I have to do is find a layout alike and cut and paste in the different sections.  It’s something that I consider one of my best resources and when you are stressing about finding a job it’s nice to have this thing boarder line ready to go.  I actually have a good layout too! Etsy has great professional ones that I like that are individual and look really put together.

Even knowing that I dont have to pay rent or any other bills besides my car payment, I’m still stressing a bit.  I haven’t been without a job in years and it leaves me feeling super…useless.  I mean I know that I have a lot to do and its only been a week.  I’ve only been putting in resumes on Indeed and the like since the 24th.  But still, it leaves me wondering if I’m rusty or if because I’ve never worked in this state.

I know that I’ve done all that I can do; I know that I’ve put in 10 resumes in 5 days which is totally a reasonable amount when looking for a catering/event coordinator position.  Maybe its just because so much is up in the air right now that I’m just looking for something anything to start moving in a proper direction.

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There is a time in our lives when we figure out that we are adults. When that time is...we sometimes don't know. Even at 32. I'm just a young woman trying to restart and learn how to live as an adult after years of just making ends meet. Coming out of a divorce was something horrid for Erika, but opening up to my authentic self and finding joy in the things I love has been a huge step forward. Becoming an adult isn't about the age you are at, but being comfortable in what you do, what you love and who you are.

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