I've written about this before here but I'm struggling to find a job. I am still employed in the UK but officially on a 'career break' until July by which time I have to make a decision. My choices are:
1. Return to my job in the UK (without Rich and Minnie)
2. Leave my UK job and stay in California and continue to try and find a job
Realistically, I can't leave my husband and cat and return to the UK, I will be miserable!
I am trying to stay positive about getting a job over here in California but I have applied for several positions now and not heard anything back. I have contacted temping agencies, I have looked at voluntary work but all those I've seen want a minimum commitment of a year for so many hours a week, which I wouldn't be able to do (if I did get a permanent job).
I have made sure my resume and portfolio are up to scratch. I have applied for design jobs and customer service jobs which is what my experience is in.
I have added myself to LinkedIn and updated my online portfolios.
I could try and go freelance but I'm worried about taxes and how this works.
I guess I am in a bit of a panic, I go through stages of being positive and relaxed about it (something will turn up) and then I get disheartened again and worry....my husband earns good money but not enough for us both to live on long-term. I have never been unemployed, I have worked since I was 15 years old, sometimes two jobs at a time. I am worried that the longer I am not working, the harder it will be for me to get a job (for me and the employer).
That's what I am struggling with right now!
This blog, my artwork and entering competitions is what keeps me focused. I recently entered the following pictures into a blank card competition with Tigerprint: