I've been exploring the job market for about two months now. I've sent my resume to any job I looked remotely qualified for. I've had no luck. I tried not to take this personally. I'm well qualified and have some mad skills. I even have a killer letter of recommendation from my former employer.
Now I'm exploring the work from home part of the universe. I have a good friend, who now resides in Dallas. She's been working from home for many years. She has contacts and has helped me with this process. I'm still looking for a nine to five gig, but in the meantime, this couldn't hurt.
What I've found interesting in looking for work is the titles that they give for certain jobs. Director of First Impressions (formerly known as Receptionist) is a new title I've come across. Secretaries seem to morph into Administrative Assistants. Let's not forget Domestic Engineer known as a housewife or homemaker. When I was taking care of my children and not working outside the home, I felt changing my job title to Domestic Engineer was ridiculous. I didn't feel the need to apologize for what I did. I may not have gotten a salary, but my work was important. What I did mattered and I did it the best that I knew how.
I'm finding that I'm resenting being called a Director of First Impressions. Give me a break. What is wrong with being called a Receptionist? Does that title demean the job? I don't think so. Enough of this political correctness.
It doesn't matter what I call myself. I'm not defined by the job I do. I'm defined as who I am as a person. I've always believed that not everyone will love me (I know that's hard to believe for those of you who know me), but I'm okay with that. Not everyone can be your best friend. That's okay also. Kindness towards others and caring for them doesn't mean they have to be in your inner circle.
So what's in a name? Really, for me not much. I don't need a title to feel important. A wise man I know once said, "If you have a title then you feel entitled to something."
© Nadine Zawacki 2008