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Friday, April 18, 2008

It's about love. Or at least platonic, interview-y-type love. And today I felt it. It was one of those magical days when you just say and do all the right things. I should bottle that.

It's a wonderful job, the one I interviewed for today. And I am certainly suited for it. Plus the people seem genuinely sweet -- one of them really reminded me of my mentor from a few jobs ago -- the commute is excellent, the money is unreal, you get the idea.

There are exactly two downsides to this job. One is that it's a temp position, and with a drastically shorter (three months) term than Choice #1 (2 1/2 years). The other one is that the benefits, including vacation time, are not as surreally amazing as those at Choice #1 (where they give you 4 weeks to start, plus the week of Xmas-New Year's is provided -- and paid for). But those quibbles only make Choice #1 better. They don't make Choice #2 bad. Nope, not one iota.

Next week, I should get some feedback. And I'll find out if the love is shared or if it's all one-sided on my part. Plus I have the Choice #1 interview. So it's not all done yet and the not-yet-on-Spark-People Lady has not yet sung. But she's warming up in the orchestra pit.

Oh and about the Tuesday interview -- where they're offering me crazy money but I don't really want the job? I called up this morning, told them I'm sorry, no, but I have to wait on Choice #1, so I've got to say no.

Well. The recruiter told me she was authorized to offer me an additional $3/hour. And asked me what it would take to get me to change my mind. So I said, of course, "Enough time so that I can interview with Choice #1 and find out if they want me." Sheesh, isn't that obvious, lady?

So she'll check. And the fun continues -- that one may very well still be on the table.

Holy cow.

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JESPAH 4/19/2008 10:55AM

    I'm flabbergasted by it. I still wonder when I'm going to wake up from it. My own father -- who I consider to be kind of my template for employment, looking for work, etc. -- says that he never had more than three offers to entertain at one time.

Good luck to you, Tracy. Despite the giddy silliness, it's still a boatload o' work.

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TCEDEROTH 4/18/2008 11:05PM

    Isn't it great to be in demand? I only hope I feel as loved when I start looking. And if they want you bad enough, they'll wait for your final decision.

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Do it nice and easy now don't lose control

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I am going through the motions, which is the reason for today's musical selection. The fact that it's in French and weird just adds to the fun.

In any event, I had an interview and it went okay but the place was not where I want to be. Hence I ended up just withdrawing my candidacy. Perhaps not the swiftest move on my part, but I am, frankly, overwhelmed.

Now, about the remaining choices. There are six (!) of them.

Here's how they shake out.

1- face to face interview on Tues. 4/22. My dream job.
2 - face to face interview tomorrow. Not my dream but pretty wonderful nonetheless. Kickbun $$, etc.
3 - the place I interviewed on Tues. of this week, which has already made me an offer.
4 - a software company where everything's still in the talking stage, but it would be permanent and very fine cabbage.
5 - a company on the outer edge of my comfortable commuting zone, with $$ on the outer edge of my comfort zone. But it would be interesting work. I've already been through a phone screen with them.
6 - comparable $$ to 5 but still just in the talking stage.

I also have two phone calls I have to return tomorrow about what may end up being two more viable prospects.

In the meantime, I'm just doing the dance. A little bit of rhythm and a lotta soul.

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JESPAH 4/17/2008 7:48PM

    I swear, I was sitting on the bus, headed to the interview, quietly singing The Loco-Motion in French.

The quirk level is off the charts!

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TCEDEROTH 4/17/2008 7:12PM

    An excellent choice for today's blog. And the added quirk is perfect.

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What could be plainer than this

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Well, lots of things, actually.

Life is moving fast -- VERY fast -- for me right now. I was just offered the job I interviewed for yesterday. The money is insane. I have to tell them by Friday.

In the meantime, I have Choice1 on Tuesday. Now, I WANT Choice1. Very, very badly. But I am also mindful of the whole bird in the hand thing. Plus I have an interview tomorrow with a third place.

My head is swimming. How'd I get to be so in demand?

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JESPAH 4/17/2008 6:15PM

    Choice Uno is long-term (over 2 years) temp. Anyway, more in today's blog entry.

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SISNAMIL 4/17/2008 11:21AM

    Is the Choice1 permanent? Cause you did say this wasn't, right? Or did I have a menopause moment?

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JESPAH 4/16/2008 7:09PM

    Ooh that's an idea.

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TCEDEROTH 4/16/2008 6:17PM

    Or you could tell choice #1 that you have an offer, and wnat to know if they could possibly move up the interview because you feel that they are a good fit for you and you for them and would like to at least make an informed decision after learning more about the job description etc.

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TCEDEROTH 4/16/2008 6:15PM

    That's how it goes. When it rains, it pours.

you can always accept the offer (if you are even slightly inclined), still go on the interview for choice 1, and if they make an offer, change your mind about the other one.

It happens all the time.

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CJSTRIP 4/16/2008 6:07PM

    WOW - first nothing and now you have choices to make!!

I know this part of job searching can be as stressful as having no options...glad to see you are writing about it.

Still sending you my positive thoughts...


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The more it shows you really care

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I had this song in my head all day long, even when I went on my job interview. I didn't want the job, and the interview didn't change my mind. The people I talked to were pleasant enough but they essentially want a hired gun for the next few months and then after that I could really be sunk in terms of the job market. No, thank you.

Plus I think I may not really be qualified for it. And that's not a lack of self-esteem talking (despite today's musical selection). Rather, it's reality. If I haven't done x, y and z then there's no shame in admitting that.

But I do want to report that I felt better in this interview than I normally do. It was even a little tricky as I could tell I was not really up to snuff, but I did not lose my cool and kept pulling the conversation over to where I have something good I can say about myself. All good skills for Choice1 which is in a week.

Oh yeah and the pantsuit I wore to the interview? It's dragging on the ground even though I'm wearing heels, it's so HUGE on me! I will gladly, and with reverence, pitch it once I get a new job. That will almost be as satisfying as actually getting a new job: the purging of the cheap dark grey double-breasted pantsuit. I look forward to both activities.

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JESPAH 4/16/2008 10:49AM

    This is a good idea for a Quirk World topic.

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SISNAMIL 4/16/2008 10:27AM

    An accomplishment like that deserves a short ceremony. Maybe even gift wrap.

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JESPAH 4/16/2008 6:19AM

    The pantsuit purge (I have the bottoms of the cuffs safety-pinned up so I don't step on them -- because I am far too geeky and lazy to actually sew anything) will be accomplished with some sort of ceremony, possibly involving a speech at the Goodwill dumpster. ;)

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CJSTRIP 4/15/2008 9:23PM

    What a great day saw how much your body and frame of mind has changed!!!



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BEKAH082 4/15/2008 6:21PM

    New job and purging of the pantsuit - very positive indeed! emoticon

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Please Don't Drive Eighty-Eight

Monday, April 14, 2008

I have perfected time travel.

It's true! I really have!

Okay, well, I'm not visiting the Roman Empire or anything, or hobnobbing with Eleanor Roosevelt, or bouncing a little baby Genghis Khan on my knee.

Rather, I'm back to an old weight. How old? Five years.

It's been five years since I was 307. And now I am again. And I've gotta say, it feels a lot like I am five years younger. Actually, I take that back -- try ten. Because at 307 in 2003, I didn't feel as good as I do right now.

Exercising has definitely helped with that. This morning, I went to my dentist, which is a trip that (if you don't drive from my home) involves taking a bus and then walking, partly uphill, right near the back entrance to Fenway Park. It took me 10 minutes. While that is not remarkable in and of itself, it's mondo cool because it used to take me -- no exagerration -- 45.

I have made my second goal. I have over 10% of my original weight gone for good. I'm wearing regular (nonstretch) jeans that I can put on and take off without having to unbutton/unzip them. I have lost about 3+ inches overall.

Oh and Choice1 called; they want to interview me next week.

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JESPAH 4/15/2008 2:40PM

    Thank ya! :)

Today went okay; good practice at interviewing and getting my act in gear. The walking route I took to the interview had me going along The Freedom Trail. I saw people in period costume while I was running along. How random is that?

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SISNAMIL 4/15/2008 11:04AM

    emoticonYou probably feel five years younger in the bargain! Good luck on the interview with Choice1. You'll get it! How can you not just bowl her over!

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JESPAH 4/15/2008 5:20AM

    Thank you so much! :)

Today is practice interviewing with another place (uh, they don't know it's practice for me ...). Lots to do -- fortunately it's not for a few more hours.

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MUNTERMORMOR 4/14/2008 10:42PM

    You go, Girl!

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CJSTRIP 4/14/2008 6:42PM

    TOO COOL!!!!!

What a great Monday you are having!!

I'm so happy...all that and Choice1 calling too! WOW!!


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TCEDEROTH 4/14/2008 4:14PM

    Whoo Hoo!

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