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Now that I've moved I have to look for new work (and no FMLA protection for a year - that *really scares me* but am trying not to focus on the negatives too much).

My husband and I decided I could take a couple months to settle in (if all goes as planned) and then start looking.

I'm on a new medicine regime that is helping me (still can't kick the weird fatigue, though, but other things have improved somewhat). I hope to see a POTS specialist in the next month or two to see what else I can do to improve my chances of feeling better/holding down a job.

I know what I can't do - a standing job, manual/lifting work, etc. I know it has to be a 'desk job' with reasonable hours, no demanding overtime.

I'm worried in this economy that will be hard to find, and I don't even know how to bring up how I really need somewhat stable hours. I don't want them to think I'm a lazy slacker, because that's not it at all. I just really need to balance my health with work.

From what I understand, you have to make a good effort to work/take care of yourself before SSDI, etc. and I'm willing to do that. I just don't know where to begin finding a job to accommodate me! I have spent most of my career in marketing/advertising/writing.

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Cat-Lady,

I would look at Craigslist, go to a head-hunter (you have to pay them to find you a job though) or a disabilities service. There are several sites for people with disabilities to assist them in finding jobs. You may have to think WAY outside the box on this one, what else can you do well? I am very fortunate that I am in a highly specialized field and work from home, but that is not the case for 99% of the rest of the world. You will need to get creative on this one, and have to market yourself.

What do you want to do; what does your ideal job look like?

If money were no object, but you HAD to have a job, what would you do? (very few people can answer this question!)

Just brainstorming....

Jennifer

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Cat-Lady,

I would look at Craigslist, go to a head-hunter (you have to pay them to find you a job though) or a disabilities service. There are several sites for people with disabilities to assist them in finding jobs. You may have to think WAY outside the box on this one, what else can you do well? I am very fortunate that I am in a highly specialized field and work from home, but that is not the case for 99% of the rest of the world. You will need to get creative on this one, and have to market yourself.

What do you want to do; what does your ideal job look like?

If money were no object, but you HAD to have a job, what would you do? (very few people can answer this question!)

Just brainstorming....

Jennifer

Firewatcher,

Thanks for these tips. I'll start at Craigslist and disability service and go from there...hoping the couple of doctors I have lined up out here can help, if necessary, for verifying my disability.

I'd be a teacher if I had to have a job. Probably high school history or English! And it'd kinda work with my situation. Decent beneifts, decent hours, summers off...my income wouldn't be great, but I'd be happy.

Currently I'm trained in Media & Marketing which I like, but have to be sure I can handle the workload where I go (can't deal with much travel any longer).

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Cat-Lady,

Consider tutoring or ESL teaching, the hours are shorter and it is more one on one. Otherwise, marketing for one or several small family-based businesses or even marketing consulting for web-based businesses would be good. Editing and proofreading may be up your alley as well. Definitely think outside the box! Good luck and keep us posted!

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Well, luckily there is stuff here in the bay area, but the competition is bad---that's the problem. If you see a new listing you gotta jump on it. The way I got my jobs is by pursuing a place that I can qualify for. I had worked in chocolate jobs before, so I aimed for another chocolate-related job in the area. I pursued a company that wasn't hiring and they met with me, liked me a lot, and I got the job! No competition =) I didn't bring up at all that I had POTS but I made sure to find out before hand what the job was like---if they let us sit ect. I was lucky that it was my thing.

I guess my other jobs I got through referral. But none of them are in business anymore so I can't really help you out =( But I'll keep my eyes/ears open for ya.

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