Friday January 27, 2012

Looking for Work

After 5 years with the same company, I'm looking for a new job. There was a division re-org back in August and my manager resigned the same week (coincidentally). I wasn't a fit for the new team I was assigned to and, despite my best efforts, couldn't find a team I did fit.

"What you do is very valuable, Vicki... but there's no position for you in our group."

I heard that a lot.

On Nov 30, my "position" was eliminated. (Was that the new position, the old position, or just the point where I connected into the org chart? I think it was the latter. :-(

In any event, that was that. I said "Thank you" and "No, I don't have any questions" and hung up. (Yes, it was a phone call. I'm actually quite happy it wasn't an in-person thing.)

My first emotion was relief. After all, I'd spent two months unsuccessfully hunting for a new position in the same company. There was a lot of job stress in that two months.

So now I'm looking for something new. This involves many things: updating my resume, updating my LinkedIn Profile, contacting people I know who may be able to suggest someone else I should contact...

I'm also taking advantage of a layoff "perk" offered by my now-former company: two months of outsourcing services. The program is offered through Right Management, with both in-office and home-based classes, job coaching, and assessment tools.

I liked the way the 2-hour "Getting Started" session was handled, loved the opportunity to take the Birkman personality test for free, and learned some new strategies in the "Resume Development" class.

Apparently, a lot has changed in resume theory in the past 5-10 years. The best thing I got from the class was the recommendation to remove "responsible for" from my resume everywhere it appeared. I was surprised at how much different my work history sounded when everything started with an action verb: Defined! Created! Wrote!

Who knew?

I've also changed my resume format, from the historically popular chronological format to a functional format. I like this one better. Check it out.

The last thing I need to do -- what I'm still working on -- is figuring out exactly what kind of job I would like to have if I could have anything I wanted (and I could find it). There's a temptation to apply for anything at all that I could possibly do. (A job. I need a job! Will work for income!) But I know that if I'm not happy with what I get, it won't last for very long.

Five years was a long run. Most of the time, I really liked the job that just ended. I'm hoping to find something that I'll like at least as much going forward.

Onward and upward.

Looking for Work ( in category Trivial Pursuits , World of Work ) - posted at Fri, 27 Jan, 17:24 Pacific | «e»

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