So I figured that I'd work from home today so I could concentrate better and be much more productive.
Woke up extra early to make a good start, enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee and typing away behind my good old laptop.
As it turns out, right across the street there's some @#$! idiot sawing wood with this high-pitched electrical saw the whole morning.
What a jerk. I hope he quits real soon before I get insane and attempt something desperate.
New job's coming along just fine. There's much new and interesting stuff to learn which keeps my
old brain cells in shape. Being surrounded the whole day by
psychologists in an academic environment takes a bit of getting used to
though. Bridging the theoretical with real world technology is the name
of the game, at least second to golf that is. Tomorrow morning early (7:50) I
am off to shoot yet another course record.
I received this amazing job offer email in the morning, so you can imagine how excited I felt upon reading it:
Wobbits Service is currently hiring for the position of Mailing
Assistant. If you feel that you are a self-motivated and
career-oriented person, we highly encourage you to spare a minute and
learn more about our current openings.
Primary job requirements:
* Basic knowledge of the computer
* Ability to print and scan documents
* Knowledge of such programs as Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Office
* Ability to pick up packages weighing up to 30lbs.
I often complain about the second-rate quality of these recruitment agencies that spam me all day with their wonderful job matches, but this one definitely takes the cake!
Getting laid off is never easy, look at me, it's the third time in my long and unpredictable career. This time however it's seems much worse than the other times, and I'm bracing myself for a long haul. No matter what happens, I'm confident that things will eventually pick up at some point in the future. It always has. So I just need to hang in there until that happens, busying myself in a productive and useful way.
So let's take something negative and transform it into something positive, alright? Just like a snake that must shed it's skin every once in awhile in order to grow, this is an opportunity to shed the past, move forward and re-energize myself with something new. Look at all those computer books I've collected and never had time to learn. Pick a subject, any subject and dive in. Play around with the new technology, explore the many possibilities and become an expert.
I've decided to hone my Java skills and become a J2EE expert, and on the side maybe even learn some Python. It will take some time, but if there's one thing I have alot of lately, then that's time. Get involved in an open source project, attend various seminars and congresses, and even volunteer to help out at some stands passing out folders and talking to people.
Then when the future comes I will be better prepared. Who knows, maybe by doing all this learning stuff I will somehow influence the future, subconsciously attracting the perfect job with the perfect kind of work. Hey, I can't wait.
Getting laid off is never easy, but let's make the best of it. It might even end up being kind of fun.
Interviewers decide to accept or reject a candidate within the first 3
or 4 minutes of the interview. The remainder of the interview time is
spent seeking evidence to confirm their first impression.
With that in mind I am going to be a little more careful but still act like who I am.
I thought it'd be a great idea: I would not shave my beard until I got a new job. So far I've been growing a nice grubby beard now for almost a week,
Unfortunately, I forgot that I have to attend interviews and look respectable and professional. Since tomorrow is my next (fourth) interview, that means off with the beard.
One of the advantages of being unemployed is that there is tons of time left over to read, workout at the gym and play golf.
Unfortunately, it's still way too cold out there to play golf, so I'm going to have to be patient and wait a bit.
Why couldn't I have lost my job later in the year when it is warmer?
Speaking of leaders, isn't it kind of ironic that whenever a company has to lay off a bunch of people, none of the higher management loses their job and lots of valuable human capitol disappears forever, usually meaning the ship will sink even faster?
Last night I dreamed that I had the perfect job. Don't quite remember exactly what kind of job it was, but in the dream I felt really great. Guess that means there's still hope as long as I remain positive.