Sarah Needs To Job Hunt

Inflation had taken a humungous toll on Sarah’s bank account. She was already foregoing all her extravagant self-pampering expenses. She was angry that she had to stop buying all the potions and lotions that made her feel lovely. She was aware that she no longer had a choice in the matter.

After realizing that the incident at the bar was not an unusual phenomenon in her job search, Sarah knew she had to reevaluate her tactics. She could no longer ignore the obvious. She needed answers as to how to fix the situation. It was time to stop sticking her head in the sand, like an ostrich.  No more procrastinating, she told herself. Doing the same thing over and over again was exacerbating the situation. She thought of some specific things she could do to help in her job search. She needed to rewrite her resume, adjust her attitude, and march herself to every respectable  job opportunity listed in the paper.


Sarah Needs A Job

Job Search, Career, Work, Resume, Job Hunting

Sarah was beginning to feel more and more harried with the chaos in her life. Her pile of bills was growing larger by the day. She was tired of hiding from the superintendent. Even though he was an understanding man, he would only wait so long before evicting her.

Sarah needed some inspiration as to what her next move should be. She needed a change of scenery. She decided to get all dressed up in her favorite polka dot dress. To add some sizzle to her outfit, she shoved her tiny feet into a beautiful pair of 5-inch heels.

Sarah decided to go for a walk. She was feeling more playful and relaxed with every step she took. It wasn’t long before she ended up at little pub. She walked up to the bartender and asked for Sprite on the rocks. He questioned her about her choice of beverage. When she informed him that she never drank alcohol, he spontaneously inquired if she would like a job at the pub. He liked the idea of an employee he wouldn’t need to watch imbibing on the job. Sarah might have been given the job, except that she chose to expatiate on her dismal work history. By the time she finished her story, the bartender was worn out from listening to her saga. There was no job offered.

Sarah’s New Job

To keep harmony in the family, Sarah decided to try out the job her cousin recommended. It seemed like a wholesome place to work. Sarah was beguiled by the sweet elderly customers in the fabric shop. They were very entrenched in their domestic lives. It was a different world than Sarah knew.

Sarah was convinced that the women were all above board with their dealings in the store. Her cousin decided to not provide any spoilers about some of the shady women. She hoped Sarah could figure it out for herself. On one occasion, Sarah’s cousin had to tell her to hush up when one woman decided to nip a button card and hide it in her purse. They often let her get away with little indiscretions. The same woman was later caught with a purse full of stolen notions. When the strap on her purse broke, everything flopped onto the floor exposing her thievery. The thieving woman exasperated the situation by claiming someone else shoved the items in her purse. It was at that precise moment that Sarah decided this job was not for her either. It was time to enhance her resume once again.

#EM-RWP – harmony, exacerbate
Rag Tag Daily Prompt – wholesome, hush
FOWC – beguiled, shady, enhance
The Daily Spur – domestic, strap
#MVB-PROMPT – spoilers
#TTC – nip, flop
Word of the Day – occasion
Your Daily Word Prompt – precise

Sarah Goes Job Hunting

Image of attractive hostess smiling in restaurant

Sarah, the young hostess, wasn’t faring well at fairing down the possibilities of a new job. Her dream of being a hostess in a fancy restaurant, went up in ashes when she broke her boss’s karaoke machine and speakers. Sarah snuck back into the restaurant one last time. She approached the head waiter and asked him about getting a referral from the chief. The waiter quipped, in his nasty way, that it would be impossible for any teenager to be hired as a hostess again. He further explained that her pernicious behavior had all the wait staff snickering behind her back. She left the restaurant deciding that the head waiter was just a flabby boor, who believed only an adult could do her former job.

Sarah needed some inspiration quickly. The balance in her checkbook was less than fifty dollars. Her puppy needed his last shots, and she needed a new lens in her sunglasses. The glasses could wait. The puppy could not. Sarah asked her friends if they knew anyone who lends money to unemployed hostesses. Her prospects were somewhere between slim and none.

Sarah just might have to take that job her cousin offered. Her cousin said it was a golden opportunity to make easy money. Sarah worried about working in a fabric store though. After all, she couldn’t tell the difference between velvet and wool.

MLMM – lens, lends, fairing, faring
#MVB-PROMPT-  ashes, machine, snickering, inspiration
FOWC – referral, quip, nasty
Daily Spur- teenager, velvet
WOTD Challenge – pernicious, flabby
Daily Word Prompt – boor
#EM-RWP – balance, golden
#TTC – puppy
Rag Tag Community – wool



Flash Fiction For The Purposeful Practitioner WEEK #10

Roger Shipp is our host for the FFFTPP photo challenge. You can read about the guidelines to complete this prompt by looking here.

Photo by Tobias Reich on Unsplash

The young couple had to hastily flee their war-torn homeland. They were flabbergasted by how quickly their lives were upended. Their home was in shambles. The factory where they both worked had been destroyed when the enemies launched their missiles toward their small town.  There was no reason to stay where they were. Now that they were expecting a baby, they would do whatever possible to find safety.

A dear friend offered a potential way to escape before the borders were closed. She made a recommendation that they take her pedigree dogs to another country posing as the owners of the Best of Breed, Kennel Club World Champion.  They felt like the cover story was lame but had few other choices. They took very few necessities with them. Their bag held an eclectic assortment of items. They had a small bit of food for themselves and the dog, grooming tools, a change of clothes, and an aerosol spray can full of bear repellant. It could be used as a weapon without appearing like one.

After making it past the first checkpoint, papers in hand, they felt a twinge of relief. With their foreign language dictionary, they knew enough to request the tickets they needed as they traveled. The first leg of the route was by car. Then they hopped on a train. Eventually they made it to their last boarding point. They were almost at their destination. They climbed into the trolley which would take them to the top of the mountain.  They would be able to hide for whatever time they needed. They wanted their baby to be born in freedom.

(272 words)

Rag Tag Community – war
Your Daily Word Prompt – flabbergast
The Daily Spur – factory, recommendation, dictionary
#EM-RWP – launch, aerosol
Three Things Challenge – potential, pedigree, dogs, grooming
FOWC – lame
#MVB-PROMPT- eclectic