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Boy You Can't Play Me That Way

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Well, I got the offer from the loan out place yesterday, and it was less than stellar. In fact, it was lousy -- $1,000 less than I made at my last job and now of course gas (and in the Winter, heating oil will also be, I'm sure) is through the roof. So I would be losing money on the deal.

Better to hang on until the fiscal year begins and see what opens up -- academia jobs will probably really open up then. Here, of course, gown (of town and gown) is a pretty large employer. Hence that's an option.

And, I still haven't heard from the place where I had two interviews. They are still my top choice and if the money is good -- as in, at least $5,000 better than this one -- I'll take it. In the meantime, I'll also see if I can get anything else out of the loan out company as I'm sure this is an opening salvo and so perhaps I can push it for something decent.

As for the others -- the cypher, the Brighton place, the Needham place, the medical place and the temp Boston place, I have a phone screen with Needham today. For the others, I can send some emails, let them know that I have an offer on the table (they don't have to know that the offer stinks and I won't be taking it) so I'll see if I can get them to move more quickly. The hire out place certainly isn't dictating anything to me right now (they'll call on Friday but I won't duck their call or anything) but I would like to push this along and get some resolution.

If resolution isn't favorable, say, the two-times interview place says no, the hire out place doesn't significantly budge on money and the other five fizzle, it'll be close to the start of the fiscal year (only 8 business days from today) so I can sit tight and then start afresh. I have an overhauled resume, my cover letters are in the process of being updated/upgraded and I can still afford to live on Unemployment.

They can't play me for a fool.

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JESPAH 6/20/2008 10:49AM

    Today so far is proving interesting. Man, I had no idea I was such a negotiator. In fact, the dude caved so fast I bet I coulda asked for more. But let's just say that the place with the offer is now back on the table.

My head is spinnin'!

PS Still waiting to hear from choice numero uno. Eep!

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EMMASMART 6/19/2008 11:29PM

    Hey, mercury is out of retrograde. Tomorrow will be better than today was.


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JESPAH 6/19/2008 12:11PM

    I should have Unemployment at least until the Election, even without counting a possible extension.

In prior years, I'd've just jumped at the chance to work and swallowed my resentment. No longer.

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WOODLANDMYST 6/19/2008 11:49AM

  As long as your unemployment is still available, I have to agree - hold out for what you want. Blessings! Cyndy

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JESPAH 6/19/2008 11:45AM

    Thanks! I've told 5 places that I have an offer -- no need to tell the place that made the offer and no need to tell the place where I've interviewed twice. So ... I can relax. Maybe I'll go watch the parade on TV (Celtics victory thing -- I am SO glad I'm not going downtown today!).

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THEOTHERHALF 6/19/2008 11:24AM

    Keep the faith and hold out for what you really want - sending good thoughts your way - Todd

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And as I Continue You Know They're Getting Sweeter

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?

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JESPAH 6/18/2008 11:02AM

    Definitely. I don't think I've ever had a job search quite like this one before. Even in '00, when if you'd even heard of IT you could get hired, was not like this.

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THEOTHERHALF 6/18/2008 10:59AM

    Good luck no matter what you decide - at least it is nice to have options! Todd

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No Such Day as Tomorrow, Only One Two Three Go!

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.

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EMMASMART 6/17/2008 9:03PM

    This sounds excellant to me make sure you get a good nights sleep. You may be working soon.


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JESPAH 6/17/2008 8:07PM

    I took about a 3-hour nap today once everything was done, and boy was it delightful. :)

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THEOTHERHALF 6/17/2008 6:44PM

    Balance, Balance - gotta think about balance and you definitely need sleep if you are to stay healthy - I know that one from personal experience! Good luck on getting everything accomplished but remember you are only 1 person and you can't do it all and remain healthy! Todd

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Finan Haddie

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.

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JESPAH 6/16/2008 7:35PM

    Thank you; I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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TUESDAYS 6/16/2008 11:16AM

    And what a sweet heart it is! Thanks for taking the time to tribute. It was fun to read --- and get to know your life a little more. Cheers to all the dads ... and wishing them strength of character for another year.

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Slash Back Blazers

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.

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JESPAH 6/16/2008 5:50AM

    Ah well. It was David Bowie singing "Jean Genie".

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CHERRYDOLL 6/15/2008 11:28PM

    WHOO HOOOO congrats to you!

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THEOTHERHALF 6/15/2008 9:52PM

    emoticon That is a huge accomplishment - keep up the good work - Todd

By the way - it said the video was no longer available!

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JESPAH 6/15/2008 9:27PM

    Thank you, Sharon. :)

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11-RENEWAL-20 6/15/2008 1:54PM

    Sometimes the way something fits is an even better indication of how much you've lost than the scale is...keep up the good work; you are doing great and are an inspiration. Sharon J/IN

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