Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I think I'll be working soon.
I really do. No matter what, today I'm getting an offer so something is happening. The reason why I know this is because this is a company where you are hired but they loan you out to other companies. My last job was like that, and it worked out okay, but as is probably obvious, I'm a bit skeptical and so I am looking for something better, but this would not be a horrible way to land.
The advantages of this place are, well, first off that they want me, but also that you get to go a lot of places and learn new things. This means making contacts and that doesn't hurt, either. At my last job, the two main beefs I had were (1) the pay was lousy and the raises were terrible (so I'll know that about this place pretty much immediately, but I don't think it'll be an issue) and (2) once I got on the bench (e. g. the assignment ended), they could not find me anything suitable in the area, and after 3 weeks I was laid off. I fear something similar happening. While there are no guarantees, one thing that is helpful is that this group is strictly Southern New England so the places I'd be sent won't be super-far. Still, New Haven or Hartford would mean me living in an apartment during the week, and that's the last thing I want to do. Even if they paid me extra and all of that, I just don't want to be away, particularly taking my ill relative into consideration. So I need to ask a lot of questions today, about how committed both sides will be, and see if I can extract an assurance that I'd get work close by and not off in Oshkosh.
But there are four others (hence the song; the Harry Potter theme is just for added weirdness). One is pretty much unknown except that I know it's temp and in Boston, but they want my skill set and it's in financial services. So that one's a cypher. The third is in Needham, which isn't a horrible commute but with the price of gas that will loom large. They're doing a phone screen with me tomorrow and that may turn into a face to face next week if all goes well. I don't know how I feel about them; a lot will end up depending on salary, I hate to say, because I could see myself filling the gas tank every 3 or 4 days and that's $80 every time.
The fourth is in my same area of Boston, Brighton. It's not exactly in walking distance, at least not yet, given my fitness level, but it's not bad and so would be something to strive for. I don't have much about them yet and it's possible the easy commute is dazzling me.
The fifth is the place where I interviewed twice already: I'm expecting to hear by the end of this week, as to whether they will hire me.
And -- heh -- there are actually two others, now that I think about them. One is a place in Waltham which wants my skills but may or may not have an actual job. Waltham is closer than Needham so the price of gas is less of an issue but not absent as an issue. Then the last one is with a medical place, again doing data analysis. I don't know how well qualified I am for it but it's a possible fit.
So my five -- I mean seven -- prospects are very real and right now I'm more than a little nuts with all of the adulation. I realize that I have to pull back because right now my brain just can't process any more than this. So I'll pull back and not apply anywhere else until a few more things start to resolve themselves, one way or the other. I suspect that #6 and #7 are not going to go anywhere, and the cypher and the Brighton place might also fall by the wayside. That would leave Needham, the hiring out company and the place where I've interviewed twice. Of those three, I'd say I've listed them in reverse preference order, but my mind might change if money or commute or other circumstances intervene.
No matter what, I'm going to see if the hiring out place can hold off on me giving them a decision until Friday, 6/27. That might be a pipe dream and they might balk at that, but I have to see how things play out -- although if the place that interviewed me twice says yes on Friday the 20th, I'll be set then, assuming all of the planets align and all of that.
Something's happening. I will be somewhere, and soon. But where?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Man, I'm bushed after yesterday. But why am I not sleeping? Because (a) a recruiter called at 9 and it was a good job so (b) I had to get online to email him my references and then of course (c) I was confronted with all of the things I have set for myself to do today.
It was slow at the start of last week, but now, man, it's definitely not. Yesterday was a lot of walking -- way more than the hour I recorded -- and I'd love to sleep. But everyone wants something, plus I have to answer the half a dozen phone calls I got yesterday.
It's good to be busy and for so much interest to be shown in me but it's hard, given my state of wakefulness, to keep it all organized and straight. I have a phone call at 3 today, then tomorrow another recruiter meeting. Then -- what? Somewhere in there, a phone screen for one place, maybe also for the place I was called about this morning.
Plus my site got very, very needy last night and somewhere in there I have to work on that. I wish I could pass that off to the weekend but I don't think I'll be able to.
I ordered a wireless router and it arrived yesterday. There's no way I'm playing with it until the weekend, if then. I need to sleep. I know my body needs it. Too many demands. Too much going on. Slow down. Oof.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I know it was yesterday, but I got caught up with getting ready for my interview today.
Which reminds me, I really need to be getting ready.
But I want to dedicate today to my father, my brother, my father-in-law and my brother-in-law.
My Dad is a funny guy; he's the office jokester. He wears a bowtie and everything (it doesn't squirt water, though). But he's serious, too, and is an inventor, with over 30 patents to his credit, in electrical engineering. He's also devoted to my mother. My husband and my sister-in-law are, in some ways, also his kids. When his brother passed away recently, my cousins became his kids, too.
My brother is smart; he's an Ivy League graduate and has a PMP certification. He's also a fun guy and is incredibly lucky to have my sister-in-law. He's more religious than me and is the Treasurer of his synagogue. I don't think anyone will be prouder when my older nephew is Bar Mitzvah'd in September.
My father-in-law is also a retired engineer. He's musical; he's played the saxophone and the bassoon, which is how he met my mother-in-law (they both played bassoon). He's lost an inspiring amount of weight (I have no idea how much but it's easily over 40 lbs.) and has kept it off for years, mainly by swimming at the Y. He and my Dad are both Korean War veterans.
My brother-in-law is an Italian citizen and lives with my younger sister-in-law (Mr. J's sister) in Siena. He works for the Italian telephone company and drives a motorcycle. He's charming and kind and it's a joy to see him with my younger nephew. He and my sister-in-law met when she went to Siena to study. Who wouldn't want to stay for that?
So -- you daddies everywhere -- here is my heart.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Well, it's not a blazer, it's a jean jacket. And it fits! I can button it ALL the way, as in over my hips and everything.
I haven't been able to wear it that way for seven or eight years. It is a size 1x.
Today will be a little high with the sodium but I will drink extra water and then ... tomorrow. Even if I don't make my ticker goal I will not let that bother me for the interview.
Not a chance.
PS David Bowie is one odd dude.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
The Acela is about the greatest train experience you can get these days, at least in the East, and Mr. J and I will be taking it during the first week of July. I'm gonna make the reservations right after I hop off Spark.
My folks live on Long Island (waaaaay out there) and my in-laws are in Manhattan (waaaay North) and so the trip is perfect. We'll go to Mr. J's folks, stay overnight and then rendezvous with my folks in Manhattan the next day and then off to LI for a few days. If we play our cards right, maybe my Dad will take us to Robert Moses State Park (it's beaches).
I'm already starting to think of the food/fitness strategy. We'll take the mat, my exercise book and the wrist weights as carrying the heavy weights is not gonna cut it for shlepping around train stations. Then when I work out I'll grab soup cans to add weight.
As for food, I'll take Crystal Light sticks, oatmeal packets and my water bottle, which has a nice carry sling. And I'll just ask the folks to keep skim milk, fruit and salad fixings on hand, plus some sort of protein, either chicken breast or tuna in water. I figure we'll go out a few nights but that will cover me for the meals during the day. And, if I go over a bit (more likely due to salt than anything else), I won't beat myself up about it. No one's trying to sabotage me but I do want to make it easier for both them and me and so I'm not looking for anything exotic or expensive.
So I'm pretty psyched. And, if I get a job before then, I'll tell them I can't start until July 7th (the following Monday). If I still have to look for work, I'll do it from those places as I'll have the cel phone with me and both sets of parents have Internet access so I can apply online. I won't have access to my resumes or cover letters but I'm set for that on Monster and Dice and on some company job sites. I'll take notes in email and just email them to myself. And I won't go nuts with the applying. Long as I do three job search activities in a week, I'm square with the Unemployment Office, and I'd still have the Sunday, Monday and most of the Saturday of that week to do that if I really wanted to just relax.
The next time we'll see any of them will be for our nephew's Bar Mitzvah in late September. This should be fun. Can't wait!
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