Editorial book publishing work solved the problem. (As an editorial specialist I could work on general-interest projects in a range of subject matter.) Then it became the problem. My wrists can't handle the tight deadlines and the industry's been a mess for years. I've got lots of skills and experience, but editorial is my only expertise, and it's just not transferring. I'm reaching a point where I don't even know what category to click on craigslist. So I'm depending on the wisdom of the Green. What jobs haven't I thought of?
Here's an Overview of My Experience
- English/ESL teaching [Very outdated experience!]
- Project (and people) management [Somewhat outdated experience.]
- Customer service skills
- Editing, (nearly always uncredited) writing, (light) design, copyediting, proofreading
- Project coordination
- Organizational/information management experience
- Good research skills
- Good people skills
- Excellent interviewing others
- Lots and lots and lots of multicultural experience
- Varying levels of fluency in romance languages, including Spanish
- Extensive travel experience
I'm also currently updating my skills by learning:
- Photoshop and Dreamweaver (because my Web skills are mostly nonexistent)
- Indesign (because I don't know it well enough)
Here's a List of Fields/Professions, Relating to My Interests, That I've Considered Over the Years ... and Then Decided Against or Couldn't Make Happen
 Book cover designer (few full-time jobs, too mouse-and-wrist dependent).
 Architect (poor job market, universally advised against).
 Librarian (poor job market, universally advised against).
 Legislative Aide: (I've known a few, and many liked their jobs. But the hours are brutal, which is why so many aides are right out of college).
 Communications writer/editor in a college or business (all the ads I've seen demand far more specific experience than I've got), and I'm can't say this idea intrigues much, anyway.
The three jobs below still really interest me:
 Staff writer at a magazine (I'd thought I could maybe transfer my book publishing skills and take something more junior in a magazine. That was naive. There are too few jobs doing this, and people with years of journalistic experience usually get first dibs, even at the very junior levels, which require multiple internships for entry).
 Tour director (I asked a question about this here
. But most of these jobs aren't openly advertised or only hire from within the industry. Those that are openly advertised tend to pay a pittance; also, most aren't full time.)
 A job involving travel, research, and writing for a company that researched and sold classes abroad to upscale travelers. (I applied for, and didn't get, this job, which sounded great and even paid well, but I've only ever seen one ad for this sort of thing, and have been unable to locate any other companies that do it.)
These Are My Limitations
* I can't do heavy typing (i.e. when transcribing, writing, editing, or on deadline) for more than 20 hours a week or my hands will go (tendinitis in both wrists).
* I can't do much more than 40 hours a week on a regular basis; I've never had that kind of energy.
Other Relevant Facts
I'm currently in the Northeast. But I'm more than willing to move.... In fact, I've moved twice in the last three-and-a-half years, and had a healthcare-related writing/editing job in between, with bouts of unemployment on either side. The healthcare stint left me comatose. I don't seem to be energetic (or philosophical) enough to relegate all of the ME interests to after-work time; so if I'm not at all interested in what I'm doing, I get depressed. Worse, all of this directly coincided with the recession and one liberal arts profession after another (read: all of my interests) being gutted by a changing job market. The fact of the matter is I'm really burned out.
So the Best Job for Me Is ...
... something quirky, flexible, interesting, varied, something which I never would have thought of, maybe something that will allow me to work outside the office sometimes, something like -------------
Can you fill in the blank?