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the employment hiatus finally ends

Last week, I paused my job hunt. At the end of the previous week, I had a follow-up interview that sounded very promising so I decided to wait it out to see if they would call me back with an offer the following week.

Day after day, I found myself sleeping ’til 11 to wake up and enjoy my last days as a free agent. I enjoyed some Jeopardy! HD, Wheel of Fortune, and weekly evening programming (Heroes, Bones, Hell’s Kitchen) but awaited the call in the back of mind all the time.

I made it most of the way through Half-Life 2 which is one of the best games I’ve played in the past ten years. That isn’t saying much since I don’t play too many games. I also won a couple PS3 games on eBay to occupy my free time: Sonic Unleashed and LittleBigPlanet. Sonic has arrived, but I’m still waiting on LBP.

I finally got a library card to reap another benefit of being a citizen in this wonderful city. I meant to get one last year, but I was eaten alive by the day job machine. To be able to borrow books, CDs, and DVDs at no monetary cost is a bonus. I see my ISO collection growing faster with this privilege.

I still desire a terabyte upgrade to my massive storage machine, Diode. I’m sure I’ll be getting the upgrade once I sit down and do my taxes and Direct Deposit does it magic to my bank account.

Each day became more gloomy when I didn’t receive the call, and it was already dinnertime. I told myself that the processing and paperwork had to be done, so I remained patient. If I didn’t hear back from the company by the following Tuesday, then I was going to send them an email inquiring the status of my application.

Friday arrived. The whole week went by with me consumed with Half-Life 2, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, feeding the fish twice a day, tapping at the keyboard, and keeping up with the rest of my TV shows but absolutely no job seeking. Around 4PM, my phone rang. I told myself, “Please please please let it be them.” It was. HR was calling me to see if I was still interested in the position I applied for. Of course I was.

I zipped over to their office to fill out my share of the paperwork to finalize my hiring, and I would start Monday. Tonight is the last night of my much-needed vacation/hiatus from the working world. I’m ready to return. I am proud to say that although my funds depleted a bit during that time, I did not find myself in a crazy debt or behind on bills due to being unemployed.

The saying goes that the best time to find a job is when you have a job. I said screw that, because I was unhappy with the place I was working for and the unneeded stress it gave me. I say the best time to find a job is when you have at least a few months saved up to take care of all of your expenses and you’re ready to turn in your two weeks notice.

Even with the media phrasing their words to put scare tactics about the state of the economy with news about almost five million people filing for unemployment checks, companies downsizing or folding causing layoffs, Austin’s unemployment rate at 5% (That’s 1 out of 20 people in this city!), and the economic stimulus going into effect now. The list of fear goes on and on, but I had the gut feeling that I wouldn’t have to worry too much with my skill set and drive to succeed.

I feel that most of you had faith in me while I was unemployed that I would find another job. I felt the same. I admit that I did have a little worry in me, but that was mostly a result of watching too much evening news. To hear what how this country is doing economically will sadden anyone, but it’s the harsh truth.

During my job search, I had an offer I declined and received a decent amount of rejection while I looked for a job, but I eventually landed one that I’d like to stick with. The unfortunate circumstance is that the job is labeled temporary, but we’ll have to see how that works out. My last day job started as a contract job, and I found myself sticking around past that for a total of two and a half years.

The hours I’ll be working at this new job are going to be a little weird, but I’m sure that I’ll adjust relatively quick. My bedtime is here, and I’ll have to get up during the wee hours to make it to the office by 5AM. The glorious part is that I’ll be done with my work day at 1PM, so I’ll still be able to do the things I did during my hiatus like watch Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, play some PS3 while the sun is out, and make it to stores while they’re still open.

I figured that I’d take a nap around 2PM for a couple hours after work to make it into the evening and be able to stay up ’til 10 or 11 to catch the rest of my sleep and be able to wake up refreshed for the next day of work. I love and need my sleep, but I’m back in the game. I can do this. I’m employed again! I’ll keep you updated as usual. Peace out. 🙂

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