When I moved to Qatar I was intensely aware of making a large number of mistakes on a regular basis. In fact I joked about making at least one major social faux pas a week. (like the night I landed and I didn't know you couldn't just sit in the front seat of the car because this will freak your driver out) Well I've decided to continue in that vein while job hunting. I only seem to see the typos after the emails sent. Its all rather cringe worthy. I think I call my sister at least once a day to have a good flap about something stupid I've done. I really don't know what worries me more; the mistakes I've made that I know about or the mistakes that go unseen by me but surely not the delighted HR staff just waiting to shuffle me to the bottom of the stack. I am still working on craft the perfect cover letter that is the correct mix of humility, creativity and desire to please just let me do all the things.
I decided that unemployment needs a Welcome Packet. It should remind you of things that you've possibly not yet had the misfortune of needing to know. I have to get health insurance. This is now a law. I tried to call Job and Family Services. Once its just rang for about 5 minutes. The second time I talked to a person who then transferred me to a voicemail box that was full so I couldn't leave a message. I was then hung up on. Next I tried to call Medicaid. They are experiencing a higher than average call volume so I was prompted to leave my name and number. This didn't result in a call back yet. I see commercials about a deadline for health insurance. I don't know when the deadline is or what happens if you miss it or what happens if the deadlines passes and then you loose you job.
I attempted the health insurance website and despite being a decently intelligent person I was bamboozled. I was stumped by the 3rd question which asks to estimate your monthly salary. Um, zero? Unless you mean usually, like when I am employed? Help! No really how to people figure this out normally? Can I just eat a lot of broccoli and try not to get sick?
When I am not job hunting or over analyzing my cover letters I make soup and go running. I have finally started to sleep through the night but I cannot seem to stay awake passed about 9pm. I blame some of this on a round of shots I needed that all have fatigue as a side effect.
In other random news, apparently my car has has the wrong size tires since I bought a new set back in August of 2012. It hasn't been an issue up until now thankfully.