Friday, June 29, 2007

answering your questions

From my good friend compulsive writer:

"...And finally I am curious (in the kindest possible way) why you would label yourself as "stay-at-home-mom/college dropout". I guess because at the point in your life when I met you your college status didn't (and still doesn't) seem relevant to me as to who you are; but it must be relevant to you. Does that make any sense?"

It does make sense. And I will explain myself.

I chose a very interesting time to start the daily blogging: it's been a very busy week. And I don't mean that in a Penelope-ish, I'm-so-much-busier-than-you way; I mean it in a Holy-Crap-we've-got-a-lot-going-on-right-now and I-thought-the-summer-would-be-more-relaxed-than-this way.

When I wrote that post, where I labeled myself as such, that description was relevant to me as I was struggling to put together a resume. Or, more accurately, tell Sue the information about myself that would be relevant to a resume. And that's what I came up with: In the past 8+ years, I have changed approximately thirty trillion diapers; I have no degree to speak of (I dropped out of UVSC, and all the classes I've taken at the BYU have been music classes, religion classes, and PE classes). What I am is what I am and I have no regrets about what I've chosen to do: I love being home with my children. Trying to get any information together to make myself remotely attractive to potential employers was a tad daunting. "I was a cashier at an office supply store...in 1998."

As it turns out, Sue put together what, in my opinion, was a pretty impressive resume (considering, you know, the subject). My brother helped me polish it up, and I turned it in at three places. I was interviewed at two of those places, one of them twice. It was where I interviewed twice that I was hired, and that was my first choice of where to be hired.

Props to sue once more: she knows the owner and, essentially, got me the first interview.

So, yes, that is occassionally how I identify myself, because it's true: I am a stay-at-home mom, and a college dropout. This week, however, I've added two more descriptions to my title: student (I'm taking a class at the BYU this term), and part-time out-of-the-home employee.

Go figure.

10 comments:

Queen Scarlett said...

CONGRATS! Do we get to find out where you're working what you'll be doing? I'm so digging your new daily posts...even if it's crazy for you to do it... I appreciate it.

AzĂșcar said...

I'm SO HAPPY you got the job!

sue-donym said...

It's all in how ya say it, baby!

compulsive writer said...

Congrats! You'll be great. And they will love you there. And wherever you go.

And since Sue is exactly right I have this spin on "college drop-out:"

Too smart and interesting to limit myself by choosing only one are of study.

compulsive writer said...

And yes, that would be area of study. (Perhaps college is overrated. I majored in English and I cannot proof a simple blog comment.)

Julie said...

It's called "mom brain," CW.

Congratulations, Jenny! It's amazing what a good resume will do for you. It's too bad that we have to "fancy up" what we do as mothers in order to justify our potential worth as an employee. Anyway, way to go!

Lucky Red Hen said...

wow, that sue :o)

*natalie* said...

hey so where are you working?

i too am a dropout and it depresses me. especially around grad season.

Tori :) said...

Congrats on the job!
I label myself as "An Eternal Senior." I've had over 100 hours for like 5 years.

Rachel C. said...

Woot! Congrats on the job!

I say if you keep taking classes -even if they're spread out, you're never a dropout. At least I have to keep telling myself that, er um yeah.