Scammed into Success

Embarrassing story for this week: I got caught up in a job scam. Yep, I’m not very proud of that. However, it did lead to some surprisingly good things. First of all, I have decided to quit my job as a canvasser for Wisconsin Public Television. It is miserable. Between the weather, the miles of walking, and the horrible interactions with strangers, I just can’t take it anymore. Honestly, I don’t really understand what kind of fool sticks around in a job like that, but anyway… I am looking for a new job! The only problem is, it is very hard to search for a job when you don’t know what kind of job you want yet. What I needed was a job positing that said, “Wanted: original, outgoing, intelligent badass to work amazing job where you self-manage, can read/write/create as much as you want, and take as many snack breaks as necessary. Please send resume and cover letter.” Unfortunately, I never found this position posted anywhere. However, I was perusing the UW- Madison Job Center Website, and found a rather intriguing job posting for a personal assistant with a pay of 15 to 20 dollars an hour. My first thought was, “I’ll be anyone’s bitch for $20 an hour!” I looked up the name listed in the job listing, and found that the person requesting an assistant was an artist from Brooklyn. Sure, I thought it was weird that an artist in Brooklyn was looking for an assistant in Madison, but I was so desperate for a different job that I applied anyway. I told myself that maybe he was opening a new gallery in Madison. Maybe he is moving his studio to Madison, because real estate is cheaper. Maybe he has family here. I told myself anything to make this feel like a real opportunity to get out of a job I loathed. Nonetheless, soon I received emails, with too many grammatical mistakes, asking for money and bank account information. My dream incinerated before my eyes, and I was stuck being a lowly canvasser for the foreseeable future, or so I thought. A couple days later I did a job search for personal assistant, just to see what would come up. Then, I did a search for administrative assistant. Then, a search for receptionist. Point being, although the original job was a scam, it opened my eyes to how many well-paying, office jobs were available to me. Sure it’s no author, or artist, or inventor, but it’s a real job. A real job with regular hours and good pay, even benefits! I can plan my wedding, save up a little money, and write in the evenings and weekends. I can experience a little more life before I go rushing back to school again. I don’t want to rush again. Rushing into college and rushing through college is what got me into this mess in the first place. I want to take a beat to figure out what I want in life, and figure out the best path for me. What better way to do that, than to take a job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic (at least I can pet kitties all day!), or an administrative assistant at a food-delivery, corporate office, or an executive assistant at a realty firm. Overall, I think that any of these jobs could be fun for a couple years, and I could learn a lot in each position. So even though I got caught up in an internet job scam, I’m pretty happy with how the week turned out.  So wish me luck, I have two interviews already scheduled for this week, and a lead on a third.

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