Job Search – day 9

August 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Last Friday, I had an excellent meeting with my outplacement coach.  He and I seem to have highly compatible personalities and communication styles.  We talked about the choice between corporate IT and something more non-profit or church-based, and came to the conclusion that I should target both tracks simultaneously for this search and see what happens.

Today I’m working on my resume.  It was reasonably close to what the outplacement folks like, but needs some work.

Job Search – Day 4 – Your Assignment

August 18, 2008 by · 5 Comments
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Today I went through the orientation seminar at the outplacement firm.  I have a one-on-one meeting with my coach/counselor on Friday morning.  In the mean time, I have a big discussion set up with someone who understands my non-work side – to talk about the possibility of getting my job to better match my values, interests, etc.  I also have a few teleconferences from the outplacement firm, and a lot of thinking to do.

Here’s where you can help.  I’d like my blog readers (either folks who know me well from outside of the blog, or long-time/high volume readers) to answer one question for me:

What profession/job do you see me working at in the future?

The answer could be vague, or it could be a description of something that doesn’t have a succinct name.  Or it could be a very specific title.  It might be something that is very close to what I was doing last Monday, or it could be far afield.  The only restriction is that it must be a job that you can see me wanting to do, as opposed to a job that you want me to do or feel I should do.

Please answer without reading other comments first.  I want to hear your answer – not the answer that you heard someone else say that sounded good.  And please let me know who you are, or at least describe how you know me.  I’m going to take your thoughts into account knowing how much you know my work and non-work sides.  Folks who still work for my former employer – I want to hear your thoughts as well.

Please feel free to send your ideas to me via e-mail – there’s a link over on the left side of the blog that says “E-mail me”.  Comments work fine too.  A Facebook note or wall post will also work.  Tie your idea to a well-trained pigeon if that’ll work.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Job Search – day 3

August 15, 2008 by · 3 Comments
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Yesterday and today have been relatively idle days.

Yesterday, I took the advice of the severance release document and talked to an attorney about my situation and the document.  My church was able to refer me to three members who are attorneys and the one that I’m working with is doing the work pro bono.  We are waiting for the final release agreement to be mailed to me next week before deciding what course to take.

Also yesterday, the outplacement firm called.  I have an appointment with them for Monday morning for an orientation session.  Today I am gathering documents to get ready – resumes, performance appraisals, etc.

I’m still trying to figure out the direction to take.  Do I want to stay in IT, in a medium to large corporation?  Do I want to try a small company or a non-profit?  Do I want to take my project skills and find a position outside of IT?  All of these questions are things that the outplacement firm will apparently be discussing with me.

I appreciate all of the notes of support that I’ve received so far.  I can see in my blog statistics that I have several different visitors from my former colleagues – please feel free to send an e-mail to the address in the left column.  This process is very difficult for me emotionally.  My self-confidence is taking the greatest beating right now.

Please continue to keep me in your thoughts and prayers.

Job Search – day 1

August 13, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Today is “hurry up and wait” day.

I live in NJ.  I was laid off from a PA employer.  That means that I have to use PA unemployment.  They very conveniently allow for Internet filing of claims – no more going to the office and standing in line.

There’s one problem.  My salary for the first 2 days of the week was higher than the maximum weekly benefit.  So I’m not eligible to file this week.  I have to start next Monday.

I also called the Outplacement firm that my company is providing for me.  I get 2 months of their services for free.  However, they don’t have my paperwork yet.  So I can’t start yet.  Their process starts with a Monday morning orientation meeting, so I’ll either start next Monday or the following week.

As for my personal state – I’m better than yesterday but a long way from good.  The rollercoaster ride from the extreme high of Montreat to this in less than 2 weeks is VERY steep.  As a result of the unemployment and outplacement delays, I seem to have 2 free days this week.  I’m not sure how I’ll use them but I think I’ll treat one as vacation and the other as home project day.  I have a number of home projects to undertake.

I won’t be chronicalling all of my job search.  A fair amount will need to be confidential.  But I will be posting from time to time.

I have a call into the church to see if there is a church member who is a lawyer who would be willing to look at my severance agreement cheap (or free).  If you know of someone similar in the Trenton/Princeton/Central Jersey area who would be willing to help, please let me know.