Liking the New Job

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Jun 162016

It seems to be a good fit for me. The people are friendly, but not chatty—we say hello in the morning and goodbye in the afternoon, and beyond that it’s pretty much just working. I’m fine with that. They’re my co-workers, not my buddies.

I think I mentioned we can wear jeans to work. I was told this afternoon we can also wear sneakers (although my sneakers are ratty enough that I doubt I’ll take advantage of this). So jeans, sneakers, and a reasonably nice shirt is the outfit of the day. That’s pretty much the level of “professional” I’m happiest with.

There’s little chatter, but we do have a radio playing quietly during the day. It’s on a channel that plays music I actually like. For the most part it’s just three of us, quietly working on our designated tasks, with music playing in the background. I cannot begin to describe how much I enjoy this.

Technically I’m on a three-month trial, while I decide if I like them and they decide if they like me. So far, I like them just fine. My supervisor gives clear directions and has realistic expectations. Yesterday she mostly showed me simple clerical tasks, with one or two of the accounting/payable responsibilities, so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed. Today she showed me a few more of the accounting chores.

The department head checked in with me today to see how I was doing, and let me know that so far they like me, too. Apparently they were impressed because this morning when I arrived at work, I immediately started doing the tasks they showed me how to do yesterday, without waiting to be told. I will never cease to be amazed that sometimes I can impress people simply by doing my job.

And that’s my new job, day two. So far I haven’t taken advantage of the jeans policy, but tomorrow I think I will.

Gainfully Employed

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Jun 142016

One of my interviews last week panned out, I start work tomorrow.

The last two times I was looking for work took over a year to bear fruit. Kind of gratifying that this time was relatively quick.

Bonus: I can wear jeans to work, and I never have to deal with the public.

Job Searching Again

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Jun 112016

Since January, there has been less and less work to do. I’ve seen my fellow contractors disappear one by one. So I suspected my contract might be ended soon, and I’ve been sending out resumes in preparation. I had hoped the contract might become a permanent position, but “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” as Ms. Anjelou said.

A week ago Thursday, I got the word—my contract was up. The recruiting agency’s on-site manager called me down to her office, had me sign the paperwork, and followed me back up to collect the company laptop. One bonus: I was only there for a few hours but got credit for a full eight-hour day.

This week I had two interviews with other companies, and they both seem pretty interested. So I’m not too worried yet.

I also came down with a monster cold on Tuesday, so those interviews were about the only thing I did this week. Man, I hate being sick.