As of this morning I’ve got a new job.
Without going into all the details, I’m returning to the work-a-day world. This job is something I think I can get into, and it’s a foot in the door to a new industry.
The initial pay is a bit on the low side, but it’s a foot in the door.
I’m looking at it as my package of vacuum packed potatoes. If you haven’t seen The Martian you’re not going to have any idea what I’m talking about. So rent the movie or read the book.
Many changes are forthcoming not all of them easy, but then again when are big changes ever easy?
I’m going to be very busy over the next month or two, so blogs may be sporadic because there is a whole lot to do.
What I can say, is that the Job search sites and most of the headhunters that will contact you or that you’ll contact are pretty much useless. It turns out that the best way into a new position is still who you know, or who’s willing to give you a “heads-up” that positions within their company are available.
Who knows, I may end up writing a book about the insanity of the job search in America. At the very least, as I have time I’ll likely post a series of blogs about my experience. Perhaps my experiences will save someone else some of the pain.
As always, your milage will vary.
Talk about taking it right down to the freakin wire! Less than 2k left in any of the accounts that translates to about 2 months or less. Of course, now all the calculations about burn rates go right the heck out the window.
For the first time in 20 years or so I’m going to be working hourly. But I’ll have corporate insurance and various benefits.
I’m also moving.
There is no way that a commute is possible.
So I’m going to be in a rental of some sort that will cost at least half of what the mortgage on this house is.
Yes, I’m keeping the house too, the other half needs to remain in this area. I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to pull this rabbit out of the hat but I’m creative, driven, and I could afford to lose a few pounds too.
The distance is only twenty miles further than I used to commute, but the freeway conditions make that completely out of the question. If it’s not construction, it’s accidents, or car chases. So I need to find living arrangements.
On the plus side, I’ll be able to work overtime, and still have time to make some new friends.
The overtime means my base take home pay will probably be more than the amount a 40 hour work week would provide, and the new friends means that I’ll be socially stimulated which I desperately need.
There’s another upside, I won’t be spending a ton of money on gas, and auto maintenance monthly. As I think about it, it might be nice to have access to things like choices when it comes to internet and I won’t have to necessarily pay premium prices for repairs like plumbers and such.
I do pretty much ok alone, but I’ve become very lonely in recent years, and a loner in the process. I look forward to a little more social interaction. Living where I’ve been living has been likened to living where Jesus lost his other sandal. It might be nice to live somewhere that I don’t have to pack summer and winter clothing for a day’s outing.
Sadly, I still haven’t made it out of the Republic of Kalifornia. But at this point I’ll take what I can get.
The funniest part of all of this is that I was only in one interview for this position. That was a refreshing change. I’ve sat through interminable interviews with companies and (One was six full hours with various groups. Talk about fear of commitment!) even though I felt I’d answered their questions and been a good little boy, I didn’t get the position.
As was said in House of Cards, “It’s so refreshing to work with someone who’ll throw a saddle on a gift horse rather than look it in the mouth.”
I mean when I was talking with these other companies, I was talking about working really cheap!
So sunny San Diego, here I come.