Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The strange conversation is between me and my PC. Or, rather, it's one-sided. Only I am doing the talking. If the PC was answering, well, you'd be justified in calling a mental health professional.
The conversation goes something like this:
Me: Where the HECK is my job search notes document?!?!?!? Where did you hide it?
Me: You deleted it?!?!?! You couldn't save it so you deleted it??!?!?!
Me: Vista stinks!
Me: I'm calling Bill Gates!
And on and on it goes.
Yes, I lost my notes page. I actually lost it twice, and think it was a combination of a bunch of things. The PC was having an issue with IE 7 and IE 7 had to close so that started it into the mode of -- stuff is wrong and things need to close. Then the zip disk I was using was possibly filling up too much (although if you look at Properties, it's only about 2/3 full). Plus I needed four upgrades to Word, upgrades that it had not cared about before.
I am a lot calmer now than I was about a half an hour ago. I have my notes redone and they're a lot sparer. I'm not missing anything crucial (I had a bunch of stuff on paper and in email). I have a new zip disk. I have a whole backup folder. All is basically well.
And, I'm being submitted to yet another place. This is a perm position, and looks very nice. It's in a brand-new building in downtown and everything. More details to follow if it goes anywhere.
Oh and today I had the layoff phone call with my agency. Not so bad, I got everything I wanted. They will pay me some severance, plus I won't have any impediments wherever I try to apply for work. I got everything I wanted from them -- except a new assignment.
And another thing -- despite my anger and frustration, I did not turn to food. I did, however, swear at my PC.
Bill, please forgive me.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Right now I'm in transition. And I don't love transitions, not generally, so I tend to have odd dreams and somehow my subconscious is attempting to make sense of it all which means things come out even weirder.
A lot of this was precipitated by getting a notice from my agency that tomorrow they are going to call me and we'll discuss my separation from the company. I get to ask all sorts of lovely questions like how much vacation time are they paying me, etc. etc. Not unexpected, of course, but this gives it a sense of finality.
At the same time, I've been submitted to yet another company -- this time for a permanent position, which is what I'd like -- and am also in the process of figuring out whether I'm going to take a one-day class (it depends whether I already know what they're going to teach) in about a week.
So it's a lot of transitional stuff. Good stuff, I suppose. For the past two job searches, I didn't get an actual offer until I had taken some class and now I'm going to (probably) take a class so hopefully I'll be able to tease out an offer a lot more quickly.
A good offer, that is, not like the one I got which felt like they wanted me to work 24/7. In the meantime, I'm still feeling okay about things and all, but tomorrow will be bittersweet. I didn't love that job and it never felt secure but it was decent and I've had far worse, plus I am getting concerned about the economy even though I know it'll probably be fine and I'll be settled soon enough.
It's the unsettled part that gets old rather quickly.
Friday, May 02, 2008
My folks are here. I'll be back on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the Cranberries and think of your own family. :)
Thursday, May 01, 2008
In a fit of nasty karma, I lost the post I just made. Never mind.
The main thing is that yes, dear reader, I have been laid off.
Now, I figure I'll be fine. Even though I'm personally concerned about my situation (like anyone else would be or should be), the Mass. economy is chugging along just fine. See: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachus
But it still stinks.
In any event, I'll be looking more, and trying to leverage the 10 or so opportunities I've currently got open. These include the dream job which I'm still waiting to hear about. I'll call them on Monday if I haven't heard from them by then.
Time to get more active again -- the 10 prospects (seven of which I've been submitted to) are nearly all due to recruiters finding me and not the other way around. Next week, after my folks leave, I will crank it up to 11.
Meanwhile, enjoy Bob Dylan.
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