So it’s been awhile….

It seems like forever since I’ve written but looking at the time line, it hasn’t been that long.  Much has gone on in the last month though which makes it seem like a lot of time.  My department at the bank was disbanded and before my layoff was official, they took my job description and posted it as a SharePoint Architect.  I notified the SharePoint users group that such a position was available and received a round of laughter.

Needless to say I spent most of April talking to people, doing informational interviews, prepping my resume and updating my portfolio.  In addition, I had some family drama going on (when don’t I?) and I felt that I wasn’t putting in the proper time for my job search.

Since I learned last time around that the key to my successful job search is to get in front of as many people as possible, I decided to practice informational interviews.  (The best prep for informational interviews I’ve seen is at Careerealism.)  I wanted to do some practice interviews before I went after my favorite target companies and it was one of the practice ones that led to my job.  Basically the more I learned about the company, the more I wanted to work there and the more people I met, the more they wanted me too.

I’m really glad that they had me wait a week between signing the offer and starting work.  It gave me time to decompress and clean some stuff around the house.  Although there is still much cleaning to be done.

So here is where the part of my unnecessary guilt comes into play – I have a good friend, a co-worker and a neighbor who are all still looking for work.  Frankly, I feel in some ways they are are more trained and more qualified than I am in the IT field.  So why is it that I’ve found something and they’re still looking?

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Remember that Lost purple ornament?

Remember when I talked about how my Local Needlepoint Shop lost my ornament found it and offered to do the finishing free?

Well all during December and January I call and left messages asking if my ornament were finished and kept hearing that “No, it’s not here.”  Well, in April I went in person to the shop and asked the shop owner if my ornament was ever coming back from the finisher.  She went over to her ornament display and picked it off the tree and said, “Oh it came back in November, I wondered why you didn’t come pick it up.”

I am proud of myself for not screaming at her.  Instead, I used my store credit to get a piece of canvas for a beta stitching project that I’m working on – pictures to follow.

However, I now have no reason to ever set foot in that shop again unless I’m really desperate for a fiber I can’t find anywhere else and it’s during their sporadic business hours.  However, I’ll probably do better asking 123 Stitch if I can’t come over and do an emergency pickup.