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Friday, August 04, 2006

Marching Forward

So sometimes you have to let yourself have that really bitter grumpy day so that you can get over it. Wednesday was that day for me. I'm over it.

Two things helped me get over it. One, I got a cold inquiry from a recruiter looking for someone who would fit a "Business analyst with a training accent" position. At first, I said no thanks, not looking for contract work, but we emailed back and forth a few times and she convinced me to go for it. She convinced me by waving absurd dollars under my nose (like $30k a year more than I make now). So we'll see if the client likes my resume, but it seemed like a natural fit. But really, the idea that someone would want my skills was just heartening, because that's not a sense I get around here currently. Second came my resume review from the guy leading the workshop. I handed him my revision and he said, "Wow, I really like your summary. It really tells a lot about you in a very few words." So I told him that I'd done what he'd recommended, and posted the results to my blog, and the comments I got pretty much contradicted him directly, which amused me a lot. He agreed that resumes are all in the eye of the beholder and there's little right and wrong beyond the basics of not lying. So, I'm okay with the resume as it is now (with just a couple of minor tweeks I made on Thursday based on some suggestions from friends). This takes another big weight off of me because feeling okay with it means I can start sending it out in earnest. So I applied to all of the jobs on campus that I want, and now I'm starting to look elsewhere as well. I've sent a list of interesting jobs at Google to Paul, and he says that he and Kev and Karen will take care of me there. I've got to follow up with Deborah on the Kaiser front. So I'm beyond the fear and anger stage and into the forward motion. I do much better with problems I can start moving forward to fix. So we'll see how it all turns out, but right now I'm sanguine about it all.


  • When the nice lady calls and offers to put your resume in for a job that wants your skills and pays $30K more, you say, yes please, and smile, and hand over your resume! DUH! Meanwhile...I sure need to get a resume of my own up and running! *nudge, wink*

    By Blogger BlackSheep, at 12:50 PM  

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