In 2006, I was living and working in Texas. I was an adjunct instructor, meaning my position depended on need and budget. By July, I would be out of a job, so I started applying everywhere. One of the places I applied was the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
In the meantime, I was also tutoring people through another company. I was put in contact with some DuPont factory workers from Mexico who needed to improve their English, so I met with 2 or 3 guys in the library a couple of times a week.
One day, I was in the library waiting for one of my students to show up. I had recently applied for the job in Alabama. I was looking through the books on the shelves and saw a book on spell casting. I decided to pick it up and flip through it. I picked it up off the shelf, and something fell out of the middle. I bent down to pick up the object, only to find an Alabama quarter!
Shortly after finding the quarter, I was hired for the job in Alabama. It was a sucky experience and I would rather eat a dog crap sandwich than go back to that place, but the point is, I got a sign from the universe. I strongly believe that that quarter was a sign.
Fast forward to this year. I hate where I am right now. I think the program is a sinking ship. I half expect to be let go because of the numbers, but who knows. Enrollment is down this summer, and I've no idea if it will increase in the fall.
I have applied for three or four new jobs. I have applied for jobs in Florida, Kentucky, and Ohio. The Ohio job is the one I really want because of its location. It's close to home.
Over the weekend, I went to Kroger to do some grocery shopping, as you do. When I got out of the store and into my car, I noticed that the car across from me had Ohio license plates. Could this be a sign? Honestly, where I am, Ohio license plates are about as common as West Virginia (mine). I see a few Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, or Texas plates around here, but I don't recall ever seeing Ohio before.
I hope this is a sign that I will hear something favorable soon. I haven't heard anything yet, and I am growing more and more discouraged with each passing day.
If anyone has any good "new job" vibes to spare, that would be fantastic.