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. 🙂

the next day follow-up to the job hunt continues

I rose out of bed about 6:40 this morning. I ate some bread, drank some water, showered, dressed, left the apartment about 7:15, and drove to the place I told I would deliver for during the Valentine’s Day holiday rush.

At 8:00, the ten of us that showed up filled out some information, had a brief training session, and each took a delivery. The volume today was much lower than anticipated, but tomorrow through Saturday will be much busier.

I took a delivery way west of the store’s location. It took me a while, but I don’t think they really care unless you’re taking way too long. They clocked me out at 9:40, and I was done for the day. That was almost nothing for a return to the work life. I’m sure tomorrow and the next couple days will be different.

Tomorrow, I can only deliver until 2-2:30 in the afternoon. The company I interviewed with on Tuesday wants me to interview with a different manager at 3:00 for a different position that would better suit me based on my skills and previous work experience. I’m really looking forward to it. I really hope they hire me, because the nature of the business is very similar to what I was doing at my previous day job and I’d fit well with this company.

I’d say coming in for a second interview with a company is a good sign that they’d want to hire me, but I can’t count the chickens before they hatch. I’ll update you again tomorrow to let you know how it went. Peace out.

the job hunt continues

Today marks the fourth week since I left the corporate hell where I dedicated two and a half years of my work life. Fortunately, it seems that the vacation is coming to an end because the job offers are finally coming together.

Last Friday, I interviewed with a coffeeshop for a barista job. As soon as I returned home from the interview, I dug a little deeper about this company that I had a good chance of getting employed by. As it turns out, the owner is a mean guy (see: jerk). When customers take the effort to comment about his bad attitude on popular review sites, then it’s apparent that he would not be an ideal person to work for.

The owner got back to me yesterday, but I’m not going to take the job. He wanted me to come in today when I had another interview to attend, so I asked to reschedule but haven’t heard back yet. Even if I do, I’ll be declining this minimum wage plus tips job. It’s out of my scope, I applied based on a desperate feeling, and I’m passed this type of employment as far as I’m concerned. The media has a way of scaring the unemployed when they discuss the state of the economy.

I took my third data entry assessment test today and did well once again. This one was followed by a short interview that lead to the result that I was overqualified for the position I was applying for based on previous work experience. The office manager said that I’d have to attend a second interview with a different manager later this week. My fingers are crossed.

Tomorrow morning at eight in the morning will be the end of my four-week vacation. I’ve taken up a temporary delivery driver position to help out during the Valentine’s Day holiday. I got this very short-term job a couple weeks ago, and the time has arrived to deliver overpriced arrangements from one loved person to another. Without this corporate holiday, I wouldn’t be doing this so I’m thankful. Other than that, this holiday is overrated and passes in the blink of an eye.

The job hunt continues. I have not solidified my day job yet, but I’m feeling good about this place I interviewed with today. I also took an assessment test yesterday and waiting to hear back from that company. I also have a couple handfuls of applications and résumés floating around, so something should find me soon. If a couple more weeks go by and I’m still empty-handed, then I’ll push the panic button and shift the job hunt into high gear. Peace out.

the exit strategy

Today marks the third week since my last day at the chaotic office I worked in for the past two and a half years. The job hunt still continues, but I’m not too worried yet. I have a decent amount saved up that will float me for at least the next couple months if needed.

I’ve been enjoying this vacation. Apart from the spontaneous Texas winter weather, it has been very relaxing. I’ve been doing next to nothing, but I kind of like it. I can’t say I’ve been bored. I can always find something to occupy my time, and the days have been flying by so quickly. I meant to write something up like this last Tuesday, but the time just got spent too fast. I enjoy being able to stay up during the wee hours of the night and wake up around noon again.

My PS3 and I have been bonding. I’ve downloaded a bunch of media, themes, and demos through the Playstation Network. I’ve been playing a decent amount of Half-Life 2 and discovered an enjoyable game that uses the Sixaxis technology called Super Rub a Dub. You basically control a tub with a rubber duck in it that has to gather the baby rubber ducks and bring them to the drain. It gets more fun and interesting as the levels get more difficult with obstacle-shaped tubs and wind-up sharks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6qXaNkeKyw

I’ve reduced my comic purchasing, since my steady income is on pause. Another reason is that I’ve let go of a bunch of titles for the lack of interest or the mini-series have completed. I do still get my share of comic reading done. Next month, the Watchmen movie comes out and I’m looking forward to it. If you haven’t read the graphic novel yet, then I suggest you do.

I’ve immersed myself in DTV and have become somewhat of a couch potato. I try to catch the back-to-back episodes of Jeopardy! HD at 4PM CST on NBC. I usually watch Wheel of Fortune at 6:30PM. Heroes is back on Monday nights. NBC Comedy on Thursdays is one of my favorite sitcom chains on network television right now, but FOX has Thursdays right now with Bones and Hell’s Kitchen.

Fortunately, Mininova is an excellent network that usually has access to HD downloads to network television shows. I could just stream them on the network sites, but I’m a cheapskate with the slowest broadband connection on the block plus my entire folding farm currently resides here and units are completed often enough to suck up all the bandwidth when I need it most. I also like to collect them and watch them over again.

I’ve done a decent amount of job hunting, but with the economic recession scare and lack of job availability, I haven’t found anything yet. I’m going to keep looking at the pace I’m going now, and I’ll continue to pick and choose what who receives my résumé and applications. I’m sure I’ll find something. Like I said earlier, I’m not too worried yet. That’s the advantage of being financially responsible when I knew I was going to make a move to start a new chapter in my life. I didn’t want to continue being a manager at a horribly disorganized company where I’m putting out fire after fire. The pay was decent, but the stress was not worth it.

My rambling ends here for tonight. The post explosion will continue tomorrow from my fingertips to the keyboard. I will be wearing my pajamas again. Peace out.