A November 2019 Update: New Job, Aunty MERJ, Homeownership

How is it already November! I meant to do a post when I reached a month at Call Center #2. Then when I updated my budget spreadsheet for October. And again when I tentatively decided to get back in the housing market. But to write a quality post with figures takes so much longer than …

The Surprising New Face of Today’s Gatekeepers: Race and Gender in Pharmaceutical Medical Information Interviews

Admittedly interviews engender feelings of a deer-in-headlights for the single girl. I prepare as much as I can scouring the internet for interview questions; recording and reviewing past interview questions I have received; prepping with colleagues and old mentors. I haven’t found the golden ticket. Or I’m destined for life in the call center. I …

Underemployment Diaries: Week 3, Are you there, God? It’s me, MERJ.

Here we are at week 3. So much to say, yet so little. Namely because what I have to say is not new. Everyday is a battle to get to work. On the ride to work, I’m thinking of how and when to quit. My mind is on a continuous loop of all the things …

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Underemployment Diaries: Week 2, Disgruntled Lamentations

I survived my 2nd week at Call Center 2. Aunty MERJ asked me if I “liked the new job?” I said No. I mostly just feel disgruntled. At this early in the game, I’m a bit worried. To be fair, I think a large part of it is the failure to secure a proper Med …

Tries and Fails: Blogging, Job Hopping, Increasing My Income

So here’s another life update. Let me first say, I know we all love a happy ending. I mean I stopped watching 7 Little Johnstons because their life just got less happy in favor of The Little Couple because everything is pretty and on the upswing for them. I get it. No one likes a …

Unemployment Diaries: Oct 1, 2 Months of Expenses, More Let Downs, and Aunty MERJ update

It’s October can you believe it?! Where has the year gone. For anyone else on the job-hustle-train, you have now officially missed the cutoff to get a bonus next year (2020) at your next employer. This last weekend was such a wallet buster given I only had about $80 to spend for the last 3 …

Unemployment Diaries: Week 7, 2 Phone Screens and a 5-Step Plan to End My Life

Yesterday (18Sep2019) was a bad day so I developed a 5-step plan to end it all! All, I say! I tried to make my life better and it didn’t work, so I decided to end it. Where’s bad? What happened? The week started out really well! After breaking my own ban against applying to any …

Unemployment Diaries: 6 Weeks, 100 Applications, 1 Offer, Plastic Bag Suffocation

It’s a pretty bad sign when the morning after a job offer you start googling how to suffocate with a plastic bag. Drastic, I know. The worst part is I’ll probably show up bright eyed and bushy tailed that Monday morning. Ugh, I hate this. Don’t I want a job? Isn’t this why I applied …

Unemployment Diaries: 5 Weeks Later, Psychological Implications

I have been unemployed for 5 weeks now, and my life plan changes by the moment. One minute, I’m fixing my mindset for a pre-planned sabbatical. The next I’m ruminating about why no one chooses me for a job. Then I’m forcing myself to be grateful that I’m making some progress on some applications. Each …

Unemployment Diaries: 4 Pieces of Bad Advice I’ve Been Given

I’ve been unemployed for almost five weeks now. As I have mentioned, it’s been quite the reckoning of emotions. I haven’t told too many people about my unemployment status simply because I don’t really have that many personal relationships. Since this draft has been staring me down and I’m feeling a bit discontented at the …