is this job for real?

The stress of not having a start date yet for my new job is getting to us both.  Neither one of us is sleeping well, and I feel as if I’m floundering.  I am still looking for another position, but there isn’t much out there for my flavour of programming.

I don’t really understand what the hold up is.  The place where I’ll be working is right next to the state Capital, so the Capital Police are doing a background check.  That is understandable.  The Capital Police are still working on my background check.  I am told this every day, mostly by phone, once or twice by email.  I know there is no problem with my background, so I am at a loss to explain it.

I applied for unemployment for the first time in my life, yesterday.  It’s something I never thought I would do.  It’s something I never thought I would have to do.  I am going to go flip burgers soon!  Would you like fries with that?

I feel so jerked around, it is already starting to have an effect on how I feel about the job that I haven’t even started yet.  I was told it should only take a week to get this background check finished.  It has already been almost 3 weeks since I accepted the job.  Yet I have gotten no explanation about why it is taking so long.

So, I wait, and we stress.  When I am this stressed, I am moved to inaction.  I know in my head this is the wrong way to handle things, that I should be up and moving and being productive, but I have no motivation.  I am motivated only to find a job.

I am not yet willing to give up on our dream of living at the beach.  The only way that is going to happen is to find a job, and get this house up here ready to sell as fast a we possibly can.

So, off I go to check the job boards…

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5 Responses to is this job for real?

  1. Hi Shell
    I know what you mean when you say “When I am this stressed, I am moved to inaction” It’s almost like you are a little rabbit transfixed by the approaching car headlights and unable to move!
    Hold on to your dream Shell, and trawl those job boards!

  2. Kristin says:

    Shell, I know EXACTLY how you feel! My contract job start date keeps getting pushed back because “it’s taking longer than they thought to process the paperwork.” SO FRUSTRATING! Also, I just finally caved and signed up for unemployment too. I really didn’t want to at first, but it does help. I kind of wish I had signed up immediately when I lost my job, because I’m just NOW getting my first full week of unemployment (they do an unpaid “waiting period” for a few days).

    I hope you get to start your job soon! 🙂 I think it’s smart to keep looking for other opportunities. Maybe telling your new job that you have other options will make them speed things up. 🙂

  3. Seashell says:

    I wish I would have signed up earlier, too, Kristin. I was luck I got some severance, but that stopped in April 30th. Now, I have to wait a week before my ‘unemployment’ week starts. But, it’s better than nothing. I keep hitting up against that ‘over qualified’ wall. Do employers ever stop to consider maybe you just want a less stressful job???

  4. Oh wow, that’s really frustrating. I hope you hear from them soon!

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