I have a job. Kind of. What I mean is there's this place I go to at certain times of the day and at the end of the month I receive a modest paycheque. It's my humble opinion that the market can't really be all that bad if all the jobs I have obtained since graduation have been useless positions where I am practically being paid to do nothing.
My last job in Manhattan had me bored to tears - almost literally. I dreaded going to work where I knew there wasn't really anything to do and I would spend the day dreaming of finding something new. I had dreams of a job where I didn't have to sort through all the filing cabinets in the office just to find something to do; a job where I wouldn't have to perform each task as slowly as possible just to fill up my eight hours. Oh sweet bliss!
After moving to Moscow I found a job at an apartment rental company. Compared to my last job this is paradise. I get to talk to lots of people on the phone or in person when they come into the office. Real live people interaction. Alas, this is pretty much all I do besides the occasional apartment showing. But I'm not bored to tears. You see this time I have an amazing boss. (Who you work for makes or breaks the job!) This tiny office is a little more than one person can reasonably chew, so as long as I always get the phones and am available to do the apartment showings, my boss is free to do her work without having to stay overtime all the time and thus a wonderful work relationship. The work is not constant and steady but rather insane for an hour, then dead for another hour and half before something else exciting happens. However, being the understanding and easy going person my boss is, she openly tells me to go on facebook, email, and even netflix as time permits. I can definitely handle having nothing to do if I'm permitted to amuse myself.
One of things I do daily at work to fill my time is check out Criagslist. I'm a huge fan and I like to see what people are selling and giving away for free. I also like to see what jobs are available. I've just discovered that the Daily News is hiring for an entry level position. I've never considered myself a very good writer - but hey, I went to NSA and by senior year I even managed to squeak in some good grades on my papers. And I KNOW I could write the socks off any Argonaut writer. It would be a part time job with flexible hours, so I could fit it in with my current job's schedule. I think I have decided to apply just for the fun of it. I doubtt I will get the position because they want someone who has "some experience in news writing," and I doubt my NSA papers will count for that. But heck, it's a quiet afternoon at the office so what's the harm? I have to admit, I would get a kick out of having my name in a newspaper.
But what am I going to use as my writing samples to send along with my resume? Somehow I get the idea my thoughts on Rousseau and Dostoevsky won't be the key to this opportunity.