Leslie Cook

Unemployment: Week 12

In Unemployment on October 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Can it be that I will soon be gainfully employed? Last week was filled with ups and downs… mostly ups. Monday was spent wondering whether anyone would ever, ever, EVER call me back. Yes, I’m aware that companies do things in their own time, and, for the most part, there’s nothing I can do to speed them up. I’ve talked to so many people, my voice is getting weak. On the plus side, I’m becoming very good at promoting myself, after all, I am very good at what I do. On the other hand, one of the more interesting outcomes of my job search is convincing recruiters that I’m really not the right person for certain jobs. After all, I’m not a trainer, I’m not a programmer, I’m more of a translator, bringing order to chaos, converting programmer babble to English. In their defense, recruiters really are in this just for the money. I suspect that they will shove a “near match” into the hands of a hiring manager or HR employee rather than miss out on an opportunity. For my part, the more eyes there are viewing my resume, the closer I am to employment.

On Tuesday, I attended what I thought would be an interesting seminar on how to deal with being a 1099 employee. What I really got was a 2-hour sales session pitch for a financial planner. Live and learn. I also had a very nice conversation with my future boss. Yes, it’s true, it appears that I am no longer unemployed. Who is the lucky employer? Western Digital in Lake Forest/Irvine (apparently the Lake Forest facility is moving into the Irvine Corporate offices in December). Initially I’m a W2 employees working for Kelly Services for one month. The way my new boss explains it, I’ll be there until I die. We’ll see.

Yippee!  So I went into the office Wednesday, completed the paperwork, and was plunged head first into a project that was due yesterday. Yes, I’m very overwhelmed. Not only do I have to learn about hardware, for which I’ve never written, I also have to figure out what the new product is, what everyone is talking about in those status meetings, and what the writing style is for the group. I also have to set up my work space at home and onsite and get the manual done in about 2 weeks. Luckily, the manual is partially written, or so I’m told.  The good thing is that everyone I’ve met so far is very nice.

So I guess this is my last “Unemployment” post for at least a month. After that, who knows.

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