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Monday, September 15, 2014

Yes, I received a consulting gig on Friday for Ingersoll Rand. It is however 45 miles away.

TODAY, I got a different job offer!

It is a contract to hire job at TIAA CREF.
It is better pay. Good pay.
It get me more experience in Banking, which makes it easier for me to find my next position.
And I get to do some more Organizational Change Management.

I was also VERY lucky in that a different person called from RGP (my consulting group) so he broke the news to the Account Manager. Of course I am not getting off quite that easy. The Account manager wants to check on the duration of the project he got me. He will call this afternoon and try to convince me to stay. Maybe I will completely luck out and it will be short. Oh and he said that TIAA CREF is having lay offs.

I am almost there. I will likely start on September 29th.

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Oh and I got in 7 miles on the treadmill this morning after walking Sierra.

Oh and I ate a piece of carrot cake. emoticon Not great but mighty tasty.

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KEKEIKO 9/15/2014 2:35PM

    Well of course you had to have your celebratory emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARRREAGLES 9/15/2014 2:14PM

    Good luck. As a guy who did consulting for many years, knowing the contract to contract feel is draining, I totally sympathize with the short term turmoil of your next thing. Good job on not letting it derail you (too much :) )

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I can handle this right? Thoughts?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy Sunday!

Tomorrow will likely be a big day for me so I figure I need to blog before I lose my mind or eat a cake or something.

Sorry this will be a boring blog.

I realize this is not losing Utah or rocket science or anything. I just have difficulty letting people down.


I have a consulting gig through RGP, the company I "work" for. I got the thumbs up Friday afternoon. The issue is I have been jobless for 10 weeks. They have failed to find me work. Soooo, I looked elsewhere.

I had multiple interviews with TIAA CREF. I should hear something tomorrow. I of course do not know when tomorrow. The issue is IF I get the offer how do I handle it.

The RGP Account Manager will call me tomorrow and ask that I get a drug test so I can get started on the Ingersoll Rand assignment. I assume he will call BEFORE I know if i have a TIAA CREF offer.

IF I get the TIAA CREF offer...
- - It is closer than Inersoll Rand, which is 45 miles one way.
- - It will get me more banking experience
- - Part of the job will be working in the organization change management area which is what I am most interest in.
- - It is contract to hire
- - It is better pay

Sooooo, I should be strong enough to say...

I am so very sorry, this is the last thing you want to hear but I am not 100% certain about this assignment. I am waiting to hear back about a TIAA CREF position. It is hard to pass us as it is a longer term assignment, closer, better pay and contract to hire.

OR... do i avoid a conversation with the Account Manager until i hear from TIAA CREF. That would of course be easier but how to I do that?

I can lie and say I am unavailable for some reason. I hate to even bring up TIAA CREF unless I get the offer. I am sometimes overly optimistic and as my DH said Friday, "this my be the only offer I get."

Maybe I should just get the drug test info from him and stall. This is the only thing stopping my starting at Ingersoll Rand. That sounds like a pretty good idea. Then break the news if I do get the offer.

What do you think?

Sorry to bother you with this. As I said it should not be earth shatter.

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KEKEIKO 9/14/2014 5:20PM

    emoticon I don't have a suggestion but there are articles out there that do discuss this situation.

Here's a sample:


Wishing you well. emoticon

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Crazy week with mixed emotions - Happy Saturday!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

So much craziness. I am not sure where to start. I could go on and on forever.

I have a mix of emotions. It has been a crazy week.

emoticon emoticon I have done very well with walking Sierra & getting on the treadmill.
emoticon Eating is fair. I am eating more fruit and paying attention to my snacking.

The job search has almost reached it's craziest point.
Now I will bore you. Sorry about this. Gotta get it out.

BB&T job
- - In Greensboro, too far, great pay, not interviewing yet... found out the reason for the delay in interviews is that the hiring manager's wife asked him for a divorce. I know this guy from my work at Bank of America. I feel horrible for him, but it is a BIG reminder for me. This guy a VERY driven workaholic. Great guy but NOT at all good for family life. This is not the job for me.

Well's Fargo consulting job
- - I can't believe this had not moved forward. I had such a great conversation (a week ago last Friday) with the woman I would be working with. They will not be able to get back to me until Wednesday on if there will be an offer.

- - My 1st interview was a week ago Friday. I had second interviews with 2 additional people Thursday. They were great and gave me a better feel for the position and the company. The Consulting firm Account Manager working to get me the job arranged for an additional conversation with them that took place yesterday afternoon. It was with the first interviewer. I felt like she was kind of attacking me at first about my lack of finance/banking knowledge. Then came right out and asked why I wanted the job and asked if I was comfortable getting my hands dirty.

The conversation ended great. I think she initially felt threatened by my Project Management experience (long story). She has only been on the job 2.5 months and is leading this initiative. I think she thought I was "above" the position and maybe wanted her job. We ended out clearing the air and the conversation ended on a positive note that she would get back to me Monday (realizing I may have another offer on the table).

This job is a hike but not horrible. The Account Manager arranged to increase my hourly consulting pay. It seems like a very good company with a positive culture. The position is Contract to hire.

Ingersoll Rand
- - RGP the consulting group I "work" for that has not been able to find me work for exactly 10 weeks, arranged an interview for me with Ingersoll Rand. It is 90 miles round trip and traffic could be BAD. The interview went very well and I already found out that they want me to start.

I have not gotten back to RGP.

emoticon Will I get the TIAA CREF offer on Monday emoticon
- - It is closer
- - It is better pay
- - It gives me more banking experience
- - It could turn into a permanent position
- - There would be a Change Management aspect to the job (which is the direction I want my career to go in)

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My poor DH had a bad day yesterday and had a challenging time supporting me. He said when I was in a conundrum ... this (Ingersoll Rand) may be the only offer you get.

Well, I would not necessarily use the word "refreshing" in this situation. O-well.

That's where things are right now. I need to figure out
- what position is best (IF I get the TIAA offer)
- how I am going to handle the situation if I do not hear from TIAA first thing Monday
- what I will say to RGP

24 weeks since Utah passed. WOW.

Not sure what the plan is for the weekend.
There is a 50% chance of emoticon
DH was hoping to go out to the acreage but not sure how that will go.

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KEKEIKO 9/13/2014 4:02PM

    emoticon on eating more fruits and continuing to stay on track with the walks!

Ninety minutes round trip is not so great. I've traveled 55-60 min one way and that was horrible especially in the winter time. I don't miss those dark rainy nights then having to pick up kid from daycare then come home and cook dinner, clean up and start all over again the next day.

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SWDESERTLOVER 9/13/2014 11:25AM

    I must say I do not envy you right now. It can be pretty tough when making decisions that will affect your future. I hope things work out whatever way is best for you. Wishing you all the best in making your decisions.


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WINE4GIRL 9/13/2014 9:01AM

    That's quite a hike to Ingersol Rand and you 'd have to factor gas into the wage equation. Continue to be positive and it will sort out. Maybe not in our time, but in the right time. hope some of our sunshine comes down your way. This morning looks great, then three days of rain. Guess I'd better go mow!

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PICKIE98 9/13/2014 7:48AM

    I wish you only the best on making a decision and getting established in a new position. It is a crazy thing to have to do, but you are savvy enough to sort it out and weigh the pro's and cons. Best of luck!! Linda

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We can try right?!? It is what it is.

emoticon to Puppywhispers - You are right. I did 4 miles mostly walking on the treadmill after walking Sierra and I threw in some jogging intervals.
I think it helps. emoticon

- - Still waiting to hear back what seems like a good Wells Fargo opportunity. I will follow up again today before my 2:00 doctor's appointment.
- - Second interview (2 of them) at TIAA CREF Thursday
- - Submitted for another Bank of America consulting position today
- - And this morning RGP (who I "work" for) contacted me for an interview with Ingersoll Rand on Friday at 1:00.

Well of course I cannot quit (or should not quit) when it comes to this job search but attitude is everything right?

Everyone with me now... PMA, PMA, PMA emoticon We got this!

I have to admit. It is still hard without my Utah boy who brought me to much happiness by just "being" but... That was the easy happiness. It still amazes me the power he had over my mood. I was on cloud 9 whenever I was around him.

I must work for happiness and be thankful and happy with the wonderful things/people I have in my life.

I am lucky to be a naturally happy person but we all have our challenges.

Well, not much more exciting.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/12/2014 9:49PM

    Lots going on. I hope you get more interviews. emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 9/11/2014 9:27PM

    Wayne Gretzky said you miss 100% of the shots you never take. Hit them with your best shot!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/11/2014 12:09PM

    That is the ticket you are getting there ! Hugs,Cheri

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LOPEYP 9/11/2014 8:39AM

    emoticon You are getting there!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 9/10/2014 3:42PM

    You're very welcome! It always helps me!!


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KEKEIKO 9/10/2014 11:12AM

    Love your blog. You are moving forward and making things happen even if the response to getting back to you is s~l~o~w.

I'm getting hooked on the SP motivational videos.

Check this one out and get the 3 SP points too!

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Hangin in there :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I am doing better today.

Yesterday ended on a wonderful note, or more accurately on the perfect note.
I received a WONDERFUL reminder.
PMA - Positive Mental Attitude.

It has helped me today.
emoticon I walked Sierra before breakfast.
emoticon Got on the treadmill for 3 mile walk after breakfast.
emoticon Laundry
emoticon Then... I took Sierra to the "River Walk". I think we both really enjoyed it.
emoticon Later I looked through more job postings. I submitted my resume for three positions. Two yesterday.

Oh and I should mention that on the way to the River Walk I received a call. I have two follow on interviews from last Friday's interview. YIPPEE! The two interviews are Thursday.

I still have not heard back on the one Well's Fargo position. I sent a follow up e-mail this morning. The guy said he was swamped yesterday and did not get to speak with the person I spoke with. Does this make any sense? LOL. I am still hopeful that I will hear something today.

Not much else, but I am feeling a bit better.

If you hadn't noticed.
So I focused on not thinking to very much.
That's it for now.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/11/2014 12:07PM

    Bravo you are making things happen keep up the positive attitude.Hugs,Cheri

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CZESTES 9/10/2014 2:29AM

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KEKEIKO 9/9/2014 5:22PM

    Looks to me like things are going very well because you're making it that way!
Keep that chin up and smile.
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DEBBYFROMMT 9/9/2014 5:21PM

    "I think I think too much" that sounds very familiar! Remember, you can choose to be happy - no matter what! X:)X fingers crossed for the interviews!!!

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WEIGH-2-GO 9/9/2014 2:45PM

    You sound like you have your head in the game ! Wtg

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