My last post featured this pic and it really got no attention. I was demonstrating how little food I had left in my refrigerator, obviously, and I guess readers grew tired of me complaining about being poor.
Of course, my suggestion would be to not read or reply to these posts if that is the case... I mean, it is Poor Blog after all. What did you expect?
That pic was taken on the 6th of June, and by the following Saturday, I had moved out of my apartment.
No longer able to afford rent, I was forced to vacate my apartment. A friend of mine offered to let me stay with him and his girlfriend at a house they were renting on the West side.
Many of my possessions, I threw away. What little I decided to keep, is now in a storage unit I'm renting. The idea is that I can save some of the rent money I would have been paying, so it would be easier to move to wherever I could find appropriate work.
For the time being, this is the new normal. My job outlook hasn't improved much despite getting help from an executive in the industry.
My connection may have helped me get a phone interview for a position I was really interested in, only to find out in the interview that the job was actually an internship, despite having no mention of an internship in the job description. I was completely humiliated.
I've had a couple other interviews that just evaporated into nothing, even though I thought the interview itself went well.
I hope this doesn't turn into a long term living arrangement. I feel like a third wheel staying with my friend and his girlfriend. They eat out a lot and that cuts into the money I'm saving, but to be fair, it's not like I'm electing to stay behind.
Every crumble beneath my feet in this slow and steady backslide into hopeless poverty has had a dramatic cooling effect on what I used to feel were perfectly reasonable hopes and expectations.
It doesn't seem at all far fetched that someone with my training could get an entry-level job in the food industry in either a marketing capacity or in R&D, but I have had embarrassingly little luck getting past the online application.
It's not like I'm applying to be some Sr. VP in those departments. My goals seem very reasonable. Yet, every tiny morsel of hope gets stomped out unceremoniously. I really need to land something I can build on and not another job out of desperation. I need a job I know I can move up in and make a career of, not a job to take until something better comes along.
I've had too many of those jobs, and the volume of short term employment has only hurt me. Even the employers of desperation are unwilling to hire me for fear that I'll just leave in a few months.
So that's my update so far. So much has happened, yet so little. I can only hope my next update has better news, but it would be hard to bet on it.
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