What are you listening to?

When I’m at my desk at home working on my job search, volunteer projects or whatever, I typically listen to talk radio (97.3 KIRO FM).  I listen, but don’t always hear.  Does that make sense?  It becomes background noise for me.  I’ve always loved music, but music can distract me and then I can’t focus on what I should be doing.  And complete silence is VERY distracting.

I’ve been working on a writing project today for a friend and the guys on talk radio started to annoy me.  It was time to pull out some old CDs.  Oh, my…

Started with an old Chuck Mangione album, “Feels so Good,” from 1977.   It’s a jazz/pop instrumental CD.  Plays the flugelhorn.  (You don’t hear that word very often, do you?)

Then I moved to a CD by Dehner Franks.  He used to play the piano in the lobby of the Rainier Bank building when WaMu had a bunch of us housed there years ago.  I’d go down to the lobby at lunchtime to listen to him play on a beautiful grand piano.  Now I’m listening to Etta James.  I really cannot concentrate or focus now.  Not only does she have a great voice, her back-up musicians are terrific.

Okay, so I have to make a choice now.  Continue listening to Etta and moving to the beat or should I get back to work?

What are you listening to?  And why?

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Job search = roller coaster

In order to collect unemployment benefits, you must apply for at least 3 jobs a week. An interview or certain classes at Worksource may count toward that total, too.

I know that that doesn’t sound like much work, but there are weeks when it seems you can’t find anything that you feel qualified to apply for. Other weeks, you find a bunch that sound interesting. Both looking and applying can take HOURS. And it’s not just the looking and applying that takes time…but that’s conversation for another day.

Regardless of how many jobs you apply for – and the odds of getting a job are better if you apply for more than 3 jobs, of course – it takes time. Tweaking your resume and cover letter for each job, as well as filling out the online application and/or profile can take FOREVER.

I once spent an hour completing an online job application then hit the wrong button and lost it all. I remember debating about how badly I wanted to apply for that job. Grrrrr….

Today is an “up” day. I applied for several jobs today that have me energized. I hope, I hope, I hope! Tomorrow I’ll look for a few more jobs, try to set up an informational meeting or two, and also see if I know anyone at any of these companies to connect with.

And so the roller coaster ride continues…

Listen to your mother!

Even at my advanced age, I still listen to my mother…on most things, anyway. I was having an unproductive day and wasn’t feeling motivated to do anything, when mom called. Because it was a nice sunny day, she suggested grabbing a book and heading for the Edmonds beach.  Great idea!

I took Craig Groeschel’s book, The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist, and spent a lovely hour in the sunshine reading, absorbing some Vitamin D, and watching ferries and boats go by. Oh, and there were several friendly walkers and runners, too.  (That didn’t motivate me at all. Ha!)

It was a cool afternoon, but it was still comfortable wearing a sweater.  About 4:30, though, it started getting cooler so it was time to head home.  First I stopped by Ezell’s Chicken and picked up some fried chicken livers – yum! (Yeah, I know most of you are gagging but when prepared correctly, I like ’em!)

And now that I’m home again, I’m motivated.  I’ve applied for several jobs since I got home, sent out a few e-mails to connect with former co-workers, emptied the dishwasher, folded clothes, and after this is posted I’ll pay some bills.

One thing I’ve learned about myself during my time of unemployment is that I need to get out of the house at least once a day.  And when I can get a dose of sunshine, blue sky and sea…life is good. So thanks, mom!

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