Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Out of Hibernation

The bear is awake and she's groggy and hungry and disoriented. Yup that's me. After 16 years since my last job, I am on the prowl once more for gainful employment. I know, I know, I should just take it easy right? All my kids are off to school. I've been doing this forever. So why not rest? Truth is I'd love to but I have a debt to pay, a student debt that I incurred when I was still Christian and a college student. Due to discrimination I never really got a real job and haven't been able to pay off my loan. I've been just sigh an old Muslim woman in the shoe. Hey according to society its nothing and doesn't pay the bills or off debts. So here I am leaving the cave and I haven't got a clue what I am doing. Resume, check. References, sort of check. Trip to the employment centre, check. Interview workshop, check. Calling potential employees, check. Applying for a few jobs, check. Joining LinkedIn, check. Getting nowhere, check. Ok I'm still a newb in a way because  its been so long, the world has changed. I graduated from Advertising in 1991. I know some of you reading this weren't even born yet. Picture a world of giant computers,floppy disks,no cellphones and MC Hammer pants. Are you gasping yet? Good. So anyway I am embarking on my journey. I'm looking for some honey to sweeten my pot and maybe a fish or two. But the bees are all dying I've heard and the fish are becoming depleted. 2014 is a new world to be traversed. If you have any job search tips for an old woman, I'm all ears. Ready to claw myself up the ladder.


  1. Salam aleikum! Good, good luck and how brave your are!! My son (12 yrs) said last week that he wouldn't mind at all if I was a housewife!! /S Susan

  2. Wa alaikum salaam

    Good to know. Most kids are embarrassed if their moms don't have a job.

  3. Salam again! How is it going with the job search? Insha Allah you will find something suitable for you! Has winter come yet in Canada? Here in Stockholm it is on it's way. November was extremley grey, want sun!!/ S Susan

  4. Wa alaikum Salaam

    Insha Allah yes.
    Nothing so far except people looking at my linkedin profile and one guy asking for my resume which was exciting. No response to any of the jobs I applied for and there's not much around here to begin with that applies to my skills. But hope springs eternal. I must fit someone's parameters.

    It did snow here once and we had to wear boots and everything but thankfully now it has melted. When you get older you don't appreciate winter the way you used to although watching snow fall in bearable temperatures is always pleasant. Yesterday was a pleasant surprise as the temperature went up to 16!

  5. Salam! With time you will a nice job, insha Allah- everything always changes, nothing stays the same!! For sure with age (am 44 now), cold and snow seems less apealing, I want to move to the south.. of Europe or Middle East!! I am from the south of Sweden but still to much winter!! / S Susan