On the job in Wichita Falls

Well, it has now been a month since I started at the Wichita Falls Public Library and it has been a blast.  I must say that the pace has been much more hectic than in my previous position, but I have been able to learn much in a just a few weeks. First of all, I know about various circulation issues including issuing library cards, checking books in and out and returning books to the stacks.   Secondly, I have been doing what I do best and that is to provide reference and computer services to the public, something that I have not done to a long time.  Finally, I have been given the responsibility to process orders for books and other materials for the library.   I have been able to order books for the library in the 000s, 790s and 900s (sections dealing with history, sports, musicals, film and news journalism).  I ordered the memoirs of Peter Cushing and Alan Napier who played the butler in the original Batman TV show.   It is my hope that I can provide the best of service for the people of the community.    I hope to also grow spiritually as I seek a church home for my family.

Heading for Wichita Falls

Life became a bit rougher five months ago when the Library Director at my former employ was with the HR person and told me that I was being let go due to the restructuring of the library by the Secretary of State.  It was at the height of summer when I was released and I realized that I needed to find work.  I could not be content with just looking for work locally, so I sent applications to various locations from California all the way up to Lincoln, Nebraska.  There were many close calls but the positions that I interviewed for were given to other candidates.

It is by great Providence that I have found work at the Wichita Falls Public Library in Texas and the position gives me a chance to do collection development, reference work and cataloging and hopefully the work will give me a chance to shine.  The move will be difficult as I am uprooting my family after being in Arizona for eight years.  I love Arizona with its scenery and its people, but I knew that I had to support my family, so off to Texas we go.  I hope that  I can find a good church home and that the small-town atmosphere will be a benefit to my wife and son.

On the job hunt

Being unemployed is a traumatic experience for anybody.  A person hopes to have a long career at a position and looking forward to retirement and then BOOM, out the door they go.  To be unemployed gives one a sense of rootlessness, a time in their lives where they do not know where they would go.  Of course some try to stay in one area, but the reality is that in this changing world of the job market, a move out of town is a big possibility.   Look for similar jobs not only in your home state, but also in adjoining states where a move might not be that expensive.  The key is to be enthusiastic and be ready for every interview whether in person, by video call or over the phone.  Study the job, see what the position entails and look over the website of the prospective employer.  That way, you can be ready to ask questions about the job.

As for websites, I recommend Indeed, Monster and for those who wish to seek positions in state government, Government Jobs.  At these sites, you can break down positions by salary and location and the sites are very easy to navigate.  Remember, if you have joined the ranks of the unemployed, do not fear.  Just make sure you look for work immediately and do not get discouraged.