Just Call me Ira

In this post, I claimed I would only ask for support once in this blog. Maybe I should have said “once a year.” I also paid homage to Ira Glass’s asks on This American Life, because he only asks once, too.  Once a year.


There’s a paypal button on the front page of this site, where you can click to give a one-time donation in any amount at all to this blog if you feel compelled to do so.


If you’ve been following along, you know that I moved back to Minneapolis at the beginning of August last year. For the past seven months, I have been looking for work.  I’m not sure why I always think it will not take this long, and why I told myself I would find something soon after moving back, but it has and I didn’t and so here we are.  Every day, before I start in on my grad school work, I troll all the Minnesota job boards.  I know the ones that are most likely to give me jobs I’m qualified for.  I do all the things career counselors tell you to do: tailor my resume for every job application, get my resume onto just one page, go to specific company web sites instead of just looking at huge hiring mills like Indeed and Monster.  I know about informational interviews.  I am enthusiastic and scrupulously gramatical in my cover letters, even if I’m not terribly excited about the job.  My goal is to apply for AT LEAST one job every day before I start in on any other work.  Sometimes I apply for more if there are more I’m interested in, but I have to do at least one.  Finding work is my priority.  I’ve had a few interviews over the past months which have amounted to nothing.  I feel like, for whatever reason, what I’m doing is not working, but I don’t know what else to do, so I keep on.  It’s a slog, I won’t lie.  It’s depressing.  And it’s not getting me paid.


I don’t say this for pity. I’ve pitied myself enough and it’s also not getting me paid.  I’m simply saying that if you do feel compelled to donate, please know it will be a huge, momentary relief for me.  It will be used to pay my bills, student loans-credit card debt, groceries, Kiva food and necessities.  I will use any contribution with intention, care, and gratitude.  If you enjoy or laugh at or benefit from this blog in any way, I’d be so grateful if you’d consider a contribution.


In the meantime, I’ll get back to those job applications. And thank you for reading and being a part of this little corner of the Internet with me.

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