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Saturday, August 20, 2016

On the right track, anyway. Let's see if this positive trajectory survives the next few weeks. I'll be heading down to Atlanta just after Labor Day for the ProgPower festival, the concert fest I've gone down for the last few years. Right now, my sleep schedule is pretty much perfect for that fest, going to sleep way too late and sleeping in late, too.

However, was contacted on wednesday about a possible job thing, a local-ish gig, that if it comes to fruition could last up to 9 months. So far, I've just talked to a recruiter from the company staffing the gig, and that left a bit of an odd taste. When asked what rate I would ask for, I mentioned the range in which previous such experiences have paid, and she immediately put me down for the lower end of that range. Kinda felt I was being nickeled and dimed right from the get go. Later, when asked to comfirm that I'd be ok with the stated rate, I emailed her a question. Didn't get an answer for two hours. When I emailed back saying ok to that rate (after all, working >>> not working, right?), I got a reply within 5 minutes. Not exactly a great first impression of that company. But if I can get a foot in with the local-ish hospital group...even if it means having to commute places in the mean time, it may be worth it. Hoping it doesn't turn out (all of this assuming I'm able to land the gig, of course) that I get grossly underpaid for whatever work I actually end up doing.

First thing, I apparently get to take a two hour, timed, technical test. Kind of apprehensive about that, as I haven't had my hands on the technical side of the system in a couple of years. Nothing really to do about it, though, it's not like I can practice. So, c'est la vie, I guess, bring it on, and see what gets brung.

Getting to commute, though, even if it's the 40 minute variety, would put a crimp on the exercise goal. Not sure what impact it might have on food. The live at home, work as a consultant thing is a situation I haven't done before. Hoping to get a chance to find out what that's like.
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    Well, good luck to you...hope whatever happens works out well for you.
    My younger sister, in her late 50's now, lost her job almost 5 years ago and has had no luck finding another job anywhere near her field of expertise despite abput 30 applications, interviews, and, like you, being tested for related skills.
    She worked for about 25 years after getting her masters from Syracuse.
    She does a tiny bit of consulting on her own.
    She is about ready to give up on finding a real job.

    845 days ago
    good luck to you!
    848 days ago
    I'm praying for you, I lived in the AL fit 10 years and eat everything I can see good lol enjoy yourself
    848 days ago
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