I’ve been asked many times about keeping one’s job or finding a job. Obviously we all fought hard last summer and fall for employees who were being laid off by the thousands. The question is, what’s next? Here’s some tips. Scroll to the bottom for a list of job boards.
Firstly, there are still people working in Washington unvaxed.
There are companies even in WA that do not want to be the vax police. The Supreme Court ruled on the OSHA rule since that interview so I would have been fine (as a temp) but it is good not to have to even worry about it.– AS, a salty activist in Spokane
What if you’ve been asked to submit an exemption in order to stay?
Some companies and organizations accept religious exemptions. Medical exemptions might seem more ironclad, but they’re very difficult to get. Even sympathetic doctors say they are worried they’ll be investigated for any exemptions they write.
All our info on getting an exemption is here (compiled last summer). The basic guidance is keep your religious exemption short and sweet.
Exemptions & the Law
I still get questions about legal help. The FAQ is, “Why isn’t anyone suing?” Well, they are. But expecting legal help at this point is like asking for a cup of water as you walk into a burning building.
- The attorneys willing to tackle cases like this are doing so – imagine how busy they are.
- Most are not willing to. I’m told the Bar is compromised; it is certainly part of the system.
- Suing the state is a 2+ year endeavor in WA.
- Suing a corporation – also not something that happens overnight. Considering that even the Supreme Court is reluctant to make a clear statement on this issue, I wouldn’t expect our corrupt WA courts to do so.
- The only proactive legal group I’m aware of in WA is Silent Majority Foundation. They are worth tracking.
- I also hear good things about Liberty Counsel based in Florida. They provide frequent Zoom informational sessions.
So if you’ve played all that out, how to look for a new job?
Finding an Employer by Getting Involved
A lot of my friends have found work through word of mouth in the activist community. There are plenty of small employers quietly hiring people, but you might not find out without that personal contact. You could also start asking around at church. (Yes, this is a hint that if you’re not yet going to any patriot events or to church – start. Real-life community will matter more than ever as we go into the uncertain future.)
Finding an Employer: Shots in the Dark
Let’s say you haven’t gotten any leads in your community, and you have to fly blind. How do you know where a company stands? Considering surprise moves by Starbucks and Carhartt, obviously we’re in uncertain territory.
I’m not omniscient, but there are some reasonable assumptions we can make.
- Check the company’s social media for indicators.
- Locally owned/operated is safer than a multi-state corporation. Locally owned/operated in a red state is even safer. Here in central Idaho, most national corporations, from Home Depot to Wells Fargo, make their employees mask up while the rest of us breathe free. I haven’t inquired with any of them about vax policies, but I’m not optimistic.
- Applying for a job is not the same as accepting a job. You can go ahead and apply anywhere, and find out during the interview process. That might seem stressful, but ultimately, we have to put ourselves in God’s hands. For instance, I had no idea what the values of my new employer were until I sat down for the interview. But it tends to become pretty darn clear pretty quickly.
She said the company does not care if people are or are not, they just have to follow the law. She said about half the office ladies are and half are not, including herself in the NOTS. She said company management do not believe your private medical information is any of their business and are very uncomfortable having to even discuss it.– AS
Job Hunting Tips
I actually worked as a recruiter in my gypsy twenties. Some things have changed a lot, and some things will never change.
- Be OCD about formatting and spelling on your resume. A resume is one of those places where punctuation and consistency matter a lot. It needs to be clean, as tidy as you’ll look at your interview. Have someone who is very detail oriented check it for you. If you want a pro, Ann is a freedom fighting friend and patriot proofreader.
- Focus on the roles and tasks you enjoyed. Many of us have been involved in projects we don’t necessarily want to do again. Don’t list them, or you might get them. I had an awkward moment at an interview years ago, looking for freelance design work in Seattle. We had a great conversation up to when he asked me if I had enjoyed a compositing project I’d included in my portfolio. Without thinking, I said, “Not really.” It turned out that one project was the kind of work he needed someone to focus on – and I had just told him I didn’t want to. Lesson: If you don’t wanna do it, don’t mention it.
- Keep it to 1-2 pages. You don’t have to list every job you’ve ever had. Start with the point in your career where you began the kind of work – or at least the field – you want to work in now. For instance, if you’re an administrator, but you started out working a fast food counter, skip the fast food.
- Do everything you can to get your resume in front of a real person. Most HR departments use bloated, hard-to-use application software that quickly becomes a black hole. Tick one box against their preferences, and the hiring manager may never see your app. Look around the company’s website for an email address and send it vi email. Or, if you’re in the area, consider dropping it off in person. Heck, at this point I’d even try mailing it.
- Send your resume and cover letter to companies you like or consider favorable, even if they don’t have a listing for someone like you. The company I’m working for now was not looking for someone with my skillset or at my salary range, but it turned out that I was a good fit to help with a project they were just in the process of launching and didn’t have anyone dedicated to.
- Consider hinting at your situation in a cover letter. I mentioned in mine that I hadn’t gone back to work in WA because I knew it would just involve another battle over values. There are ways to give an indication – while still being professional – about where you stand.
Pray. But Also Do.
You knew I’d get here eventually.
This is a “knock and it will be opened” moment. You have to ask for what you need, and then put yourself out there and let God open those doors.
Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.Luke 11
Tears & Confidence
A note about mojo… I don’t know about you, but this is a season of grief for many of us. I was opening a bank account here and proceeded to almost bawl all over the poor teller as she asked me what had brought me here.
“I don’t want to give up WA,” I said, voice starting to tremble, “But…”
She was very sweet, but she wasn’t looking to hire me.
Get the emotion out of the way behind the scenes. Don’t let it leach out onto your resume or in-person behavior.
You are, ultimately, a bold, badass, intelligent American. Walk tall, no matter where your path leads you.
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Cintas, I am told, requires masks but is accepting religious exemptions.
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