I have a pretty overwhelming fear of the unknown at the moment. I began looking for jobs in December and took only online courses my last semester of graduate school so that I would not be in this predicament. To date I have not had a single interview. I was hired as adjunct faculty without applying or interviewing for the position - so I guess that speaks to my reputation.
I have applied for about 35 jobs, some library-specific, most not.
One thing about fear, for me anyway, is to not give it good footing. I am a contingency planner at the moment, and that should keep the unknown away a little longer.
One of my contingency plans is the new creativity workshop business I have started with an associate. More on that later, or you could request more information and I'll send it to you, but it is keeping me busy and prepared for not being employed full-time. If I am lucky enough to have a full-time job, I can still do this as well.
We had our premier worshop last week. Here are some images:
Things are coming together nicely on that front. Take that, fear.
In the meantime, I have not stopped looking and applying for jobs. I am nothing if not resilient. I am wrapping up my teaching for the semester, as well as my own coursework for my Master's Degree. And if I do have more time on my hands than I would like to have this summer, I have a house that has suffered for years as I worked two and three jobs and completed my BFA and my MLS. Watch out, eBay and ETSY accounts, you're about to get busy.
And finally, if there was ever a doubt that I knew how to cope with fear, rest assured I have my own army and cheerleading squad.