Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vacation, Interrupted

I've been sitting on this one for a couple weeks now, but what the hey -- as it turns out, the big interview I went on last month was successful, and I started the new gig at the beginning of this week. And it's a really good job, better money, great people, better situation. I was starting to wonder what the over-under would be for having to settle for a Kwik-E-Mart job or whatever was out there, and this came through.

I'd like to be able to say that it was constant hard work and perseverance, blah blah blah, but it was really more a case of preparedness and mindset. As I said before, I read and exercised, drank profusely, played guitar, spent time with my family. I probably spent an average of 90 minutes a day job-hunting, if that, but I made goddamned sure that every bit of it counted, the materials were tight, and that when asked for something specific (such as the aforementioned presentation) I knew my shit cold. So there is hope, just keep at it and keep perspective.

Of course, this now means that I can no longer sleep in till ten, do vodka shots in my underwear all day and watch Rachael Ray. And the intermittent bursts of punctuated snark and epic jeremiads will be even more erratic, if that's possible. The sacrifices we make.


Anonymous said...

I just had a stressful three and one-half weeks wait to learn that a job I had interviewed for, and really really wanted, was not to be. They liked me, but they liked someone else better. Sigh.

Marius said...

Congratulations, man; you've earned it. Time to bring home the bacon again. Don't worry, these retards are not going anywhere -- they'll still be here when we start cashing in on our 401(k)s--(maybe that'll be a thing of the past by the time I retire)--and can blog at leisure all day.

Just out of curiosity: were you watching La Ray for her cooking tips, or her boobs? My mother-in-law loves her "great personality" -- which makes me wish I had a Smith and Wesson (to blow my brains out).

John O said...

Congrats, H.

Hope you can still find some time to post your words of wisdom. I really enjoy them.

John O

John O said...

Incidentally, *I* would hire you in a flash simply by virtue of your blogging. And I don't even know what you DO.

Ahhh...if only I was The Man.


Heywood J. said...

Thanks, guys.

Anonymous, I know what you mean. The waiting is really the worst of it. Should you continue the hunt just in case, or be self-assured enough in how you did to just wait for the call-back? It's a tough question, especially if you take more of a "target and prepare" approach to the hunt. It's hard to put in the prep time on a new prospect if you feel like you knocked the other one out of the park and it's still in play.

And when they do say no, there's usually nothing concrete, they just "decided to go in another direction" or whatever. Which sucks, because there's not much there to build on to make the next target tighter. Hang in there, and good luck.

Marius, I find La Ray quite entertaining with the sound off. Seriously, I've never actually seen her talk show (although I used to catch her old Travel Channel $40-a-day show once in a while), but she did do a decent shoot for one of the laddie mags (FHM, I think) a couple years ago.

John, to be honest, I'm not really one of those people who "do" a particular thing. I'm not a specialist. From an operational standpoint, logistics or systems/process analysis would probably be closest to most of my experience, with a lot of production and workflow design thrown in.

But I also tend to be that guy in the organization that people who don't get along with each other end up using as a buffer to facilitate necessary tasks. I figure if I don't dazzle them with brilliance, I can baffle them with bullshit.

Sharkbabe said...

You're brillant and one of the civilized funny ones besides. Who wouldn't need you. That is all.

Sharkbabe said...

Don't I hate typos. FUCK YOU TYPOS lol

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Heywood, or my sympathies, which ever you deem appropriate.

woodguy said...

That's me in the above. Damn intertubes.

Joe Blow said...

yaaaa! good for you.

I had a summer off on severance and I spent 20% of it looking for a job.

That was 20% too much. Should just bagged it until september.

Great news, too bad about not being able to do shots in your underwear but we all have to make sacrifices....