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Back In The Lineup

A recruiter in New York emailed about a contract position with a cable company. I had a phone interview yesterday. I should have a second phone interview later today. It looks like I’m back in the lineup.

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Out After Three

A week ago I had my third interview with a prospective employer. The interview was an hour grilling in front of a three-person team. The first two interview were over the phone. I thought the interview went well. I was told the HR department would be in touch as the next step was another in person interview with a woman who was flying in for the final round. Last Friday, I received an email informing me that I would not be going forward in the process. I guess the interview didn’t go as well as I thought. Perhaps I was too old. I’ll never know.

I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed. It was the first interview with firm that wasn’t a consulting company or a professional staffing firm. I was feeling down most of the weekend even though it was Pride weekend. On Sunday night, I watched a segment on 60 Minutes about the White Helmets in Syria and their daily struggles under an oppressive regime. I no longer felt blue. I blew an interview but I’m not fighting for my life every day. I have so much to be grateful for in my life. Not having a job pales in comparison to life in Syria.

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Mastering Skills

I’ve spent most of the last three weeks sharpening my skill set. I’ve mastered procrastination and the art of the afternoon nap. I’ve also been hitting the gym six days a week. I’ve barely touched my resume. I’ve only done research on two companies. I’ve read a few job postings but found a reason not to apply.

I’ve been working full-time since I was twenty. That’s almost forty years. My parents did not believe in allowances so I had a paper route and mowed lawns for spending money. Later, I worked at a Jack in the Box and was a busboy/dishwasher at a local steak house. My work career spans back to when I was eight.

I’m tired of working. I don’t want to look for a new job. I’m having a hard time finding motivation.

I’m thankful I have an emergency fund. I’m guessing that once I run through thirty or forty thousand dollars, I’ll find the motivation to seek new employment. Until then, I’ll probably try to master the art of sleeping in along with enjoying unemployment.

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Corporate Whore

I’ve come to the conclusion that headhunters are nothing more than corporate pimps, which, makes me nothing more than a corporate whore. Today, a pimp told me I was overpaid in my last gig. A gig that lasted eight years. I need to find a new pimp, or at least, a new client who appreciates my talents.

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After The Party

Sheila and Tom hosted a solstice party last night. It was a lively party. Tom was making Sazeracs. Bottles of cava were placed in ice buckets in strategic places in the house. I only had one glass of cava. I’m dragging today.

I want to take a nap but I have go get on a six-hour video call with my replacement. I’ve been on video calls every day this week teaching my replacement how to do this job. It’s very taxing to explain every aspect of a job while sharing a laptop screen with a person in another city. My replacement does not have any experience with any of systems and has no product knowledge. I feel like she’s been set up for failure. I wish her well and will do my best to teach her as much as possible. Then I get to find a new adventure.

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Holiday Hell

I’ve been in holiday hell since that swell party last weekend. Here are few updates.

Perry’s car was totaled on Monday by woman who ran a red light. She’s a little banged up but no serious injuries. Pain pills and white wine have taken the edge off. Her car was old and worthless so she’ll get next to nothing for a settlement. She has no money for a new car. I’m expecting her ex-husband to rescue her once again.

Paddy is in hospital. I don’t why. One of his assistants texted this morning with the news but she didn’t have any details. His phone goes directly to voice mail.

Double A is signing bonus checks for the employees at his place of employment. He declined to cut one for me as he prefers employment over jail.

Cindi is MIA. I’m sure she’s busy with holiday party décor.

Mack is enjoying employment at the architectural firm but is sick of the holiday shoppers at Crate & Barrel. I told him income is good. He’s working on a plan to pay back the money he borrowed while unemployed. Half the town is on the list.

I’m suffering from significant indifference. I’m training my replacement over multi-media video calls for hours each day. It’s really taxing. I finally found health insurance but most of my doctors are not on the new plan. I should be updating my résumé and talking to a head hunter but I’m just not in the mood. I’m hoping for a good dividend season so I can enjoy unemployment for a few months. All I want for Christmas is a big fat dividend check (I bet you thought that sentence would end with dick).

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New Year, New Job?

My contract is not being renewed. The contract expires on December 31st. I’m not surprised given the company has six billion dollars of debt. The private equity owners are desperately trying to sell off part of the company in order to meet a four billion dollar debt payment due in early 2017. There is also talk of a chapter eleven bankruptcy to hold off creditors and exchanging debt for equity. I’m not sure any of this will save this company which was loaded with debt by the PE owners in order to finance their purchase.

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