Woodstock Area Job Bank

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Slip’n Slides are great in theory.  You take a run and fling yourself onto a slick, wet strip of plastic and have a thrilling ride down the pathway until you splash into a bottom bumper.  The reality, of course, is that you go nowhere most of the time.  You slip off into the grass some of the time. Every once in awhile you reach the end in triumph only to shoot over the bumper into the mud.  Even so, the next time you spy a package in the store or reminisce about your childhood summers, you will remember only the “fun” you used to have.

That’s human.  We easily forget the mundane frustrations and remember the best parts of life.

For me, the Job Bank has been just like that perfect ride on the Slip’n Slide, the summer I read a hundred books with my cousin Maryo while eating a whole store box full of fireballs, or staying all day— everyday— with my friends at the pool.  All partly true, but mostly remembered fondly.


I like my job. Everyday I looked forward to work.  There are plenty of frustrations, like inheriting a database full of workers who have long since found work;  digital media that is still partially connected to the past director that neither of us can straighten out;  and the reality that, although I am working hard, sometimes even friends forget to list their jobs with the Job Bank.  What I take away is the pleasure I get from writing this newsletter each week, the thrill of finding the perfect worker for a job, and meeting community members.

I had a woman stop into the Job Bank, looking for work, after many years out of the work force.  She said she was looking for any type of job except cleaning.  I was surprised.  Looking at her resume I saw she had a lot of solid work experience.

“It doesn’t matter what it is,” she said, “I just want to work. It’s all in what you make it.  Doing a good job is always worth it.”

I agreed.   A job well done is in fact always worth it. Next time, when things go wrong at work, it pays to think about why you took the job in the first place, what are the parts you like and

what are the parts that have made a difference. If you quit, what will you take away from the experience, and if you stay how can you change things to make it better?

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