Flash-Fiction: Day 142: (Obstacles) Dominica Moore’s Struggles For Obtaining Employment

Dominica Moore has been struggling financially for a few years now.  Due to the obstacle of passing her practice test for obtaining her State License to sell Life Insurance at Prominence Insurance Company back in November 2010, she left to focus once again on her writing pursuits.

Although she’s had several book publications from Oct 2010 thru sometime in 2011, she hadn’t published any books since, because of her failure to make good sales.  Overcome with frustration, Dominica focused primarily on writing poetry and journal entries in her journal.  Mostly, they contained her frustrations with being a caregiver for her elderly grandmother and with her in ability to land a job.

During the latter part of 2012, she contacted a friend who was gifted in intuitive abilities, giving Dominica some kind of hope.  “Don’t worry, Dominica.  I feel in my gut you’ll land some interviews within the next two weeks.  Don’t give up hope.  I also sense this is the primary reason you’ve been feeling so sad, because you haven’t been able to land a job.  Just keep trying.”

“I don’t know what I’ll do if I don’t land a job soon.  I get bored just sitting here at home doing nothing,” Dominica sighed while sitting cross legged on her bed, grasping her cell phone in one hand, and doodling in her journal with another while listening to her friend on the phone.

“Take comfort in what you have, Dominica.  You’re a talented writer, who has people at home who love you and give you moral support.  Somehow, you’ll land an interview for a job.  I know this, because I can feel it in my gut.  Don’t despair, my dear.  And no matter what, just keep submitting those applications and resumes like you’ve been doing.  It will keep you busy, and give you something to strive for,” Irlene advised her.

The following afternoon, Dominica to a job placement service where she met with a recruiter.

“My name is Cara.  Welcome,” she said while getting up from her seat to shake hands with Dominica as she walked into the office.

“I’m Dominica Moore.  It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance, ma’am,” Dominica replied while taking a seat opposite of Cara.

“We received your resume.  You have lots of good credentials.  However, I’m wondering exactly what type of work your are looking for.  Here at Starline Recruiting, we have only factory work and office work.  However, on your resume, you don’t indicate any experience in either area of business or industry.  I do see you have computer skills and typing.  However, I don’t know at this point where we can place you,” Cara said solemnly while looking over Dominica’s credentials.

“I’ll take anything you have available, even if it’s for minimum wages.  Although I don’t have any experience with factory work, I’m always willing to learn.  I catch on quickly to new skills,” Dominica said excitedly while folding her hands on her lap.

“Yes, but Dominica, right now we have employers seeking seasoned workers who already know that kind of work.  It requires lots of heavy lifting.  I’m not sure you’d be able to do so.  Other than factory work, exactly what other type of work were you interested in?”

“I’d love to be a bank teller.  I do know computers, have excellent typing skills, and knowledge of operating a copier, Fax machine, and adding machine.  I’ve been typing for at least 19 years.  Surely, there must be something available meeting my skills set,” Dominica sighed.

“I’m sorry, Dominica.  There just isn’t anything available right now.  We don’t have any employers who are currently seeking bank tellers.  But, I wish you the best of luck in your career pursuits,” Cara smiled as she got up from her seat, walked over to Dominica, shook her hand and bid her goodbye.

For the years following, she applied to several places.  Sometime in 2014, she had a couple telephone interviews for a bank teller position.  Just when she had a strong feeling in her gut she’d land the bank teller job, she prayed really hard she wouldn’t get it, because she realized she’d be happier doing what she really loved, writing.  Two days later, she got an email of rejection from the bank.  Instead of feeling disappointed, she felt elated and relieved.

© Copyright, Kiki Stamatiou, 2015


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