According to the Human Resources phone-answerer at George Mason University, my application for History and Political Science Liaison Librarian was instantly rejected because I chose the response ‘no’ to the question, “Do you currently hold an MLS?” I chose ‘no’ because I applied in September, a mere 4 months before I would receive my MLS. Had I chosen ‘yes’, I would have been lying.
Obviously, I am upset. The first holy-crap-I’m-going-to-be-unemployed-soon cry of my life kind of upset. I wasn’t even considered because I was 4 months away from having my MLS. THIS close, y’all.
I feel as though the only thing I ever talk about is my lack of a job, my impending unemployment. I’ve put out the applications, dozens, as a matter of fact. No interviews, 5 ‘Thanks but no thanks’ letters.
So I am branching out from the East Coast. I applied to the University of Alaska today, folks. Alaska. If I had more medical terminology knowledge I would apply for the Air Force Librarian job in Italy. But it doesn’t matter how far I am willing to travel. Because it’s not me that’s the problem; it’s the lack of jobs. Over 200 people applied for the GMU job. 2oo librarians!! That is an obscene number of MLS-holding professionals who are looking for a job. I mean, I don’t just feel bad for me right now, I feel bad for all of us! And thank God I only have me to worry about. If I had a family I would be going absolutely crazy right now.
So a lot of tears and a blog post later, I am hitting the ground running. Day 64, the search for a job continues. (Days calculated by how long I have been in current position which is the day I started looking for my next job.)