Employment Journey

I started my journey of seeking “regular” employment last week. I always have to make a point to say “regular” employment because I do have a current job. I’m NOT unemployed. The health insurance saleswoman made me mad the other day because she asked me in a real snooty way if I had ANY income just because I declined her offer for insurance. I said, “Yes, I have income.” But just because I have income doesn’t mean that I have it in my budget to pay premiums, deductibles, copays, etc. Being sick and needing health insurance doesn’t change the fact that I can’t pay for it.

Trying to get a “regular” job instead of an independent contractor position is the only solution I can come up with. I have to try to get the coverage from an employer. Unfortunately, many of today’s businesses only hire people part-time. If there are part-time benefits, they’re usually crappy, but they’d still be better than none.

My journey for employment is going to be challenging because:

I have scheduling restrictions
I’m not a spring chicken
My past pay rates are high
I don’t eat or serve pork
I’m self-employed

Some employers do still hire middle-aged folks because of their good qualities, so I’m not too worried about that. Sometimes, though, they look at my past high pay rates and they don’t even give me the time of day because they probably feel that I’ll just leave. That may have been true in the past, but not now.

The pork thing is a real hindrance because I actually love the food service industry. It’s not the only industry I favor, but it’s one where I have a lot of experience. I’d manage a fast-food store in a heartbeat if they¬†didn’t serve that junk.

Unfortunately, just about every restaurant sells/serves/touches pork, even the ones who call themselves “Christians.” Hmmm. There’s only one fast-food joint I know of that does not have pork on their menu. I applied, but that doesn’t mean they’ll call.

I’d fit into to the hospitality industry too and various categories of retail. I mean, there’s a lot of places that I would fit, but it’s about more than my skills and experience. It’s about my schedule, my age, my conformity level, and the company culture. Company culture can be a dealbreaker for me, and my disdain for a company’s culture can be a dealbreaker for the company with me.

Ah, and I have to make sure I don’t sign up for physical tasks that I simply can’t do anymore. I feel like absolute crap today with nausea and a headache that wants to come on. I’m going to run and get some food to nibble on. I do have an interview later today. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I told the manager my scheduling restrictions immediately so we wouldn’t waste our time, but I think they still have to interview me anyway, lol.

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