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Three New Words (contract job report)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

In what seems a very long time ago, as part of the interview process for a job, I was asked to describe myself in three words. Not knowing what to say, I asked my Spark Buddies to help me out. Well, I never got beyond the telephone interview. However, I never forgot the words you gave me and I used them in other interviews. Now, I have three NEW words to add to that list.


I got the contract job !!! Long long really long story.

Remember that contract job I blogged about ? The one I didn't get ? Well, I got it. a couple of weeks or so ago, I did receive an email from the recruiter telling me that someone else had received the position. Boo. About a week after that email reply, I received a phone call from the recruiter. I thought, cool, maybe the recruiter has a different position available. That would be pretty nifty. Well, first they asked me if I was working. ummm... no. Then they asked if I would be interested in such and such a position. umm.... didn't you tell me that position had been filled ? scratching my head.

Yes and no. Over the last week or so, I learned that yes, the IT manager did pick the other person they interviewed. However, the recruiter said the manager specifically asked if I was still available because he was impressed with me. very cool. Turns out the manager liked us both so much, they wanted to hire us both. So, the person they originally hired for the position was placed in a different position and I'm getting the original contract !!!

YIIPPEEEEEEE !!!!! Yes, I accepted the position.

Of course, getting the job was pending a drug test. I had already passed the background check, all I needed to do was get a drug test. So, that was scheduled through the recruiter and last week, I took the test on Tuesday. Wednesday (ditto last week)... I got a call from the recruiter saying,"you are cleared for hire".


The day I got laid off from my previous job (16 years with the company), I posted on my feed back. I never deleted that post. Today, it's been 295 days since I was laid off. I now have a 4-5 month contract position which may or may not lead to a permanent position. Right now, this is a temporary position because the project is a software upgrade. Once everyone is upgraded, no more project. However, there is the good possibility I could be hired on permanently if the company likes me. If the company doesn't keep me on, the recruiter told me that I would be placed with one of their other clients.

It's a terrific job that's going to look great on my resume. I'm thrilled to be working for this client even if it is a contract. Gotta start somewhere. I'm grateful they're taking a chance on me. Because as many of my fellow Spark buddies know, it's a tough market. It's taken me 10 months to get a full time job in my field. As I've said many times, there is too much competition. Too many highly qualified people fighting over too few jobs. On top of that, you've got companies that don't want to train employees anymore. They expect you to hit the ground running. Then there is the Christmas list. We've talked about that list before. That's the list of things a company would like to have in an employee when they post a job opening. They want this this this and this. And if you have this this and this, but not that. thanks, but no thanks. Can't tell you how many times I was told I have terrific skills, but not the ones they were looking for. next.

It was very frustrating. So, I am grateful for all the support given my all my Spark friends !

Does mean I have to give up the gym jobs ? Not entirely. I'm going to have to scale back, but I'm not giving up the gym jobs. Why ? It's still good money and I need to save since I'm not exactly sure what will happen at the end of the project. I also do enjoy teaching classes. It's my stress release.

Also, talk about coincidence or good timing. My unemployment insurance was exhausted a week ago. I had accepted the job offer the week it ran out. Because I had two part time jobs, I was able to make my benefits last longer than the 26 weeks. If I had not been offered the contract job, I was looking at applying for the extended benefits. I still have to call to find out what my options are for future reference though.

So, things are looking up. In fact, there does seem to be some movement in the economy. A friend of a friend (who'd also been laid off at the end of last year) got a two year contract. He'd been laid off for four months. A co-worker of mine who'd been laid off with me, started a good part time job two weeks ago. I've heard of other people who'd been looking for a long time have also found jobs. That's promising.

And got some gym news, remember "Frank" ? He's the lead employee at the gym I felt should be the manager ? Well, he's interim manager ! Another long story. "Tom" was transferred to another location and the gym brought in a woman to replace him. She seemed really nice. Don't know the whole story, but she ended up being transferred after two weeks. So now, Frank is manager for the time being. Personally, I hope he is permanently made manager because he is one of the most competent people I've ever met. Of course, he really wants a better job and I can't blame him. At least he's in a managerial position and making slightly better money.

Maybe things really are looking up. Which is why I'm going to tell all my Spark buddies who are still looking, to keep looking. Keep plugging away just like I did because something IS out there ! People do seem to be getting hired again.

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    I am sorry I have been out of the loop lately but Karen...I am thrilled for you!!!! From your status updates it seems as if you really like it there and are happy. You deserve it! Yayyyyyy!!!!!!!!! emoticon
    2145 days ago
    Fantastic news, Karen! I've had many contract jobs lead to more permanent and long term positions, and I hope it turns out that way for you! So glad that the timing worked out with the end of unemployment!

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    2168 days ago
    AWESOME, I am so happy for you. I knew you would prevail, you're a tough cookie. Continue to KEEP THE FAITH
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    2174 days ago
    Congrats Karen! Your news just made my day. emoticon
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  • ZAHRA35
    emoticon wonderful news!
    2176 days ago
    Congratulations and well deserved! I am so happy for you!

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    2176 days ago
    Congratz!!!! I'm so happy for you!
    2181 days ago
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    OMG! So, SO excited for you. I have tears in my eyes and a huge smile on my face.
    What a great way to start the morning - with GOOD NEWS!
    Yay! Yippie! Hip, hip HORRAY!
    Congrats and good luck w/ the new job!

    ...and happy to hear about Frank. 'Bout time the universe started acting right!: )

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    2181 days ago
    Those are the three best words I've read today :)
    2183 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Happy to hear your good news!
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    2183 days ago
    WOOHOO!! Congrats on the job!
    2183 days ago
    Oh this is fantastic news! I am so happy for you! emoticon
    2183 days ago
    2 of us down, 1 more of us to go! I'm so glad we're both back in the workforce! It's been 3 years since I graduated with my BA. I'm glad I switched gears almost immediately and SO SO glad I went for that certificate after all!
    emoticon to you, my friend!
    2183 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So happy things are looking up for you and your friends glad you are able to keep your gym sounds like you enjoy helping people get healthy and fit. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • JACKIE542
    YAY!! Very happy for you. emoticon emoticon
    2184 days ago
    Excellent news! Congratulations! emoticon
    2184 days ago
    Fabulous! Prayers are answered
    2184 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon , Karen!!!

    I knew it was just a matter of time before you were employed again! You are far too promising a candidate for it to be otherwise, even though for those 295 days (!!! emoticon ) you were up against one of the most abysmal job markets ever. Your strength, persistence and - it goes without saying - tremendous talent would ensure good employment, and I never wavered from that opinion.

    The circumstances of THIS job are utterly mind-blowing, in that *another* position was actually found for the original hire. But the combination of IT expertise and your warm, articulate personality is an unbeatable one! And, my (strong!) sense is that this definitely won't be the ultimate culmination; you are on to even bigger 'n' better things!

    So glad to hear about Frank as well :) It's a happily-ever-after tale on so many fronts, isn't it? I believe a huge celebration is in order! I'll be thinking of you when I enjoy my twice-monthly "blowout" luncheon on Tuesday! emoticon All the best to THE BEST! - Susan
    2184 days ago
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    Definitely time to celebrate!!

    2184 days ago
    Congrats AND so many good wishes! On your new job! I have a question for you!

    I am about to send a resume for a potential job which only about 30 people in the U.S. are qualified for. I have been running my own company, (1978 to present) & I was raised in a marionette theater (1958-1977) but want more shows, more business. This opened up & I am ready to try someone else's marionette shows. What do you think I should absolutely include in a resume? What should I leave out? As I will be "a hired gun" so to speak, I don't what to promote my small business. I just thought I would ask, as you seem to have a pulse on what to say to present yourself!

    Your a sweetheart! Thanks!
    2184 days ago
    I'm doing a little happy dance here! Can you hear my feet clompin' away? That is terrific news! Now I'm just going to pray they fall in love with you and won't want to part with ya! Congrats, girl. I hope it's everything you want it to be and more. Boy! I think we were ALL ready for some good news from you! Love & Hugs, Calen~
    2184 days ago
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    2184 days ago
    I am incredibly happy for you! I understand what a good feeling it is to land a coveted position. Congratulations! Hopefully, through your network, the position will become permanent. In the meantime, a toast to your success!! emoticon
    2184 days ago
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