I got laid-off again today. People ask, "Is that good or bad?" I don't know how to answer it.
Am I happier? For the time being, absolutely. The job was making me miserable. There wasn't much to do (most of the reason for the "separation"). This frees me up to really think hard about a game plan and explore my options. I was already interviewing anyway. I had one last week, in fact, but they're worried I'm over-qualified. Diana says that's HR for "may get bored and leave." Weird, because the other gig I was pulling for in September left me under-qualified. Surely there's something in the middle.
If the timing were different, this would be the time when I'd say screw it, and build out on my own business plans. But because of the timing, and my/our desire for the best honeymoon ever, I can't just go without significant income for three or four months. Although, significant win, the Disney vacation is paid for.
So there are several outcomes I'd like to achieve. Any one of them would work out fine.
1) Get a full-time, salary gig with a company that does something other than make stuff for other companies. Yes, there are many jobs out there, but so many of them are contract gigs for hired guns. Sure, they pay crazy good (saw one for $83/hr. recently), but those jobs are rarely interesting, and they don't make me better at what I do.
2) Work part-time doing consulting work for people/companies that I know, while executing on my own plans. This list of potential consultees is very, very small.
3) Secure a big deal with someone to build something big. This particular scenario is too poorly defined to act on in a meaningful way, and can only result out of talking with people.
4) Stop dicking around with staffing firms and pick companies I want to work for, and work the angles. I actually did this already today, and hope to talk to the CIO of a company I'm very fond of. A long shot, but worth exploring.
Let's see where this takes me. I'm tired of dicking around.