Out in the market... again

posted by Jeff | Thursday, November 6, 2008, 2:56 PM | comments: 8

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.


Gonch, November 6, 2008, 8:05 PM #

I think I'd do #1, while letting #2, #3, and #4 all happen and let the chips fall where they may.

I've always been very much an "open all the doors, go with the flow and see where I end up" sort of guy.

MandoMama, November 6, 2008, 11:09 PM #

All good options. Talking with folks and going directly after what you are good at, want to grow at, and where you want to be will help. Good luck!!

, November 7, 2008, 12:58 AM #

Its all about the $$$$$$$$$$$

phantomtails, November 7, 2008, 4:53 AM #

Says some anonymous poster whose idea of a high paying job is probably part time manager at McDonalds. The highest paying job in the world isn't enough if it isn't challenging, engaging, and conducive to personal growth.

Jeff, November 7, 2008, 4:58 AM #

I would like fries with that, thanks.

, November 7, 2008, 10:59 PM #

It's all good, bro. I think I'm doing okay. I make like 4k a week owning a small business not far from where you are getting married...Trust me...when you pull that kind of coin...its all about the $$$$$$$$$.

Jeff, November 8, 2008, 12:08 AM #

Good for you... where can I send the cookie?

Iceracer, November 8, 2008, 9:19 PM #

Any one of the four outcomes you mention are worthwhile. Let's face it, at your age, this is hardly the last change you will make anyway.

Speaking for myself, I have made any number of significant changes in direction during my working career, often simply because I was unhappy with the circumstances around me, and am hardly worse off for it. My best friend has literally re-invented his companies several times to adapt to changes in the economy and markets and is totally self-sufficient today.

Whatever is dealt you, I know you will make the most of it, meet your immediate needs and keep moving forward.

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