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Places to Go Unconscious Mutterings February 2008
 
 
 
 
 
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Fri, Feb. 8th, 2008 06:13 pm
I know, I'm not really posting much (at all) these days. I keep intending to.

And really, this is just a brief gripe. I gripe well. I'm skilled at that. Most of us are, right?

But anyway, I sincerely hate job hunting. I was laid off last week, after seven and a half years with my company. Great. I got a nice severance package, and a promise of good references, and my resume looks good since it shows increasing responsibility.

But I'm a bit overwhelmed by job-hunting again. I haven't job-hunted since before I GOT this job. And my job was such a strange hybrid, I'm not sure precisely what to look for. I have some ideas, but I was laid off before I got to get the audit training my boss and I were planning for me. That would have helped a lot, because then I would have taken the exam to get certified and would have felt more confident. But I don't have the money to drop 500 bucks on a certification exam and not have it reimbursed.  I suppose it could conceivably be written off on taxes, but it's a big chunk of my severance right now! I am hitting a bit of the 'Crap I need to find a job FAST!' phase, even though I still have 9 weeks of pay hanging about. I'd rather have a job and stick that money into savings.

Still I have a few leads, and a couple of recruiters I am working with. Of course, the most promising one is put off for two weeks since the hiring manager is out of town, so I'll just keep hunting in the meantime. 

But still. Ick.

I am, at least, taking it as a chance to do paid job hunting, and I needed a new job anyway. I was vastly underpaid -- the range I'm looking at now is at least a 25% raise from the old salary. And we'll get to move, since I'm now looking for more centrally located jobs, and Randy works 40 miles from where we currently live. If we could get somewhere where his drive is a lot shorter and mine is reasonable (or accessible via public transport) it would be so much better. So that will probably happen in June.

And otherwise? Things aren't so bad. Christmas was good. We made lovely albums for our families of wedding photos, and they all loved them. Now we need to actually make OUR album, so we have one too!

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nicos11
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nicos11
Sat, Feb. 9th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)

Sorry to hear about the job situation. Arghhh!!! What's up with all these lay offs?
Shawn started working at ACC,aka Austin Community College, as a Computer Eng. in December and I am happy that he works for the state.
However, since I am a SAHM, money is tight. The part time ESL teaching gig doesn't help out that much. Double Arghhh..

We have been looking for a home since October,and boy that's driving me NUTS!!! We have tight budget, and hence the house hunting is quite interesting. I just need one house! *Does a house dance to the House Gods*

Good to hear from you. Call me!


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