|My husband, Charles, recently ended his 2nd layoff in a year last month. He now works as a city bus driver!|
Me: Did you find work during your unemployment?
Charles: Yes, I actually found a part time job working at Uhaul, as a customer service rep. I was responsible for getting the trucks and vans ready for the pick up, walking customers through the inspection and cleaning the vehicles when dropped off.
I also worked for Centurylink as a customer service and sales rep at home. That job definitely paid more than Uhaul. I also had the opportunity to earn bonus money and working at home meant no commute.
Me: Why did you decide to apply for a city bus driver position?
Charles: I realized I wasn't getting any where with applying for administrative support or management positions so I took a look at my current skill set and knew I had change the direction of my job search. I have a great driving record, was comfortable driving and parking large trucks with trailers and since I use the bus transit I was able to speak with bus drivers about their job!
Me: Was it scary decision to go towards the unknown?
Charles: Yes! When I was hired as a city bus driver I was scared! I had no idea what I got myself into and that can be very intimating!
Me: How did you stay motivated in your job search for a full time job?
Charles: Well, my prime motivator was money. So whether it was picking up extra hours at Uhaul, working for Centurylink or helping a person with their move I did it for the money. I needed to be providing for my family.
Me: How did your long employment affect your relationships with your wife and son?
Charles: They prompted me to get out of my comfort zone! Thanks honey and Marcus!
Me: How did you deal with depression?
Charles: I did have some moments of depression but I chose to ignore it. I kept my faith and knew that my unemployment would end soon! I have to say working definitely helped!
Me: What job search resources did you utilize to find your part time and full time jobs ?
Charles: Networking, networking, networking! Take the time to talk with people, present your positive side and try to be dressed neatly. You never know where a conversation is going to lead you! Just hang in there!
Me: Thank you Charles!
Charles: You're welcome!