You CAN teach this Old Dog New Tricks!

I worked for the same company for almost sixteen years. I got several promotions while I was there, but didn’t shed work, just seemed to collect more. Even with the variety of what I did (in a Corporate Legal Department), I knew my job inside out. New tasks were often assigned to me, but I didn’t bat and eyelid because I knew the company so well. I was the Queen of putting out fires, handling emergencies and generally getting stuff done.

Then they laid me off. There was no warning! I was speechless! I felt sick, scared and betrayed. When you’re in your late fifties you always have that fear that no one will want to employ you. Yes I was being paid severance, but it didn’t make me feel any better. What if I never work again?

Looking back, I wish I’d relaxed and enjoyed my time off a little more. It only took me three months to find a new position with a better salary, better pension and much better PTO. It was meant to be. Funny how things turn out.

Is there any resemblance between the job I left and the one I’m doing now? Not much! They are both in a Legal Department, but that’s about it.

To make my point, don’t worry about your age if you lose your job. Your confidence may take a knock for a while, but you’ll get over it. Many firms today are looking for people with experience and a pleasant personality. You can have qualifications erupting out of your ears, but if you’re clearly unpleasant to work with, no one wants to hire you.

I love my new job, its fast paced, upbeat, and I work with a great group of people. So remember, there is life after layoffs and yes…….I’m living proof you CAN teach a dog new tricks!

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Last Day of Freedom!

I haven’t worked since Thanksgiving! Yes, it’s almost four months since I was laid off from my job of sixteen years. I’m going to be absolutely truthful, I haven’t missed it one bit! I really miss some of the people I worked with, but not all of them. The good thing about not being there anymore is I can choose who I see now. I can get together for a glass of wine with those people I enjoyed working with. It’s a good thing.

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Tomorrow I start a new job. Am I nervous? A little. However my excitement at meeting new people outweighs my nerves. We work to earn money to pay the bills and maintain our life style, but we need to enjoy the way we earn that money. Eight hours of misery is not the way to do it. I’m pretty sure that isn’t going to happen to me anymore. I was very careful at picking the positions I wanted to interview for. When I interviewed, it wasn’t just about that position. When I made my final decision it was 70% based on the people I’d interviewed with. Could I work with them? Did we have things in common? Would they like me?

Yes, today is my last day of freedom. I start work tomorrow, and I’m nervous, but happy!

Greed!

Only one more Friday of being at home before I start my new job. A new adventure I never expected. I look forward to starting a fresh with new friends and colleges and learning new skills in a large International Company. I’ve heard the culture is fantastic. So excited!

For sixteen years I worked at a small private company. The early years were good. We were heavily involved in charities and gave back to the community. I felt I was part of an organization that cared. I was proud to tell people where I worked. Then greed set in!

Greed is an awful thing. There is a huge difference between running a successful business, and greed. Once greed takes hold it’s hard to shake off. Promises were broken, trust lost, loyalty cast aside. When they laid me off, I was hurt and confused, but also a little relieved. It gave me the push I needed to try something new.

Take heed all you entrepreneurs who are starting businesses and tempting employees to come onboard with promises of greatness. Keep your promises! Your company is only as good as those people who work for you. If they believe in you, they’ll do whatever it takes to make you and your venture succeed.

If you betray them and make promises you don’t intent to keep, your business will fail because they won’t believe in you anymore. Loyalty is something you must earn. A great company is built by great people from the bottom up. Lead by example, it’s the only thing that works.

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I Feel Good!

So relieved I don’t have to look for a job anymore. Start date May 23rd. I’m sure within a couple of months I’ll be dragging myself out of bed, complaining about having to get up early, but that’s life.

Searching for a job takes so long. Interviewing is exhausting.

Now I’ll make the most of my two weeks of me time.

 

And the Fat Lady Sings!

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Hallelujah!

I got a verbal offer today, followed by an emailed offer letter. Yes, it was the position I wanted so badly. I am so excited. Things don’t come easily to me, I always have to work hard for what I want, which is why this is so sweet. Now I get to work for a great company with great people. OK, so they still have to do a background check, but I don’t have anything to hide. In a little under two weeks I’ll be working again. Now I can enjoy the rest of my time at home without having to search for jobs every morning……HAPPINESS

All jobbed out!

I decided to take a day of from job hunting. I just couldn’t face looking at anymore job listings, it’s sucking the life out of me and ruining my day. Instead I tidied and re-organized my closet. I read a little too. Being unemployed is wonderful when you don’t have to look for jobs. I had another interview this afternoon, which went reasonably well (I think).

Still waiting and hoping that the company who pulled my references is preparing a job offer. It’s not over until the fat lady sings. Lets hope she’s exercising her vocal cords!

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Getting the Job?

Happy Monday everyone. I spent the first two hours of my day talking on the phone, my third interview with this company. I like them a lot. Good atmosphere when I did my face to face. Nice people!

The other company I liked asked me to send a 360 skill survey to at least five references. I sent it to six. It was completed within a day, but I haven’t heard anything back from them? Will they be contacting my references now they have compiled the results? Did someone give me a bad reference. What should I think?

I’m telling you, interviewing for a new job is not for the weak. I’m stressed! If I were offered both of these positions, it would be difficult to choose. What if I’m offered neither of them?

I’m on the edge of my seat waiting. Hopefully someone will put me out of my misery soon.

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Pagani Huayra – The Beautiful Italian

In an effort to take my mind OFF waiting for my references being checked by my future employer (hopefully), I decided to think about my upcoming vacation in Italy. Can’t believe its only four months away. Love Italy, can’t get enough of it, but never spent a whole three weeks there. Will I want to come back? Probably not, but I’ll have to I suppose. It gets harder with each visit.pagani-huayra-wallpaper-3

I’ve booked a tour of the Pagani Factory near Modena while I’m there. As well as my passion for Italy, I adore Italian Super Cars and the Pagani is my favorite. I loved the Zonda, but the Huayra makes me breathless……AHHHHHHH!

Is it Over?

Yesterday, even though I had an interview, I woke up calm. I felt at peace with the world. I guess it just happens sometimes. My ten o clock interview went really well. I felt comfortable and relaxed. It was a job I could do, and would enjoy. The interviewers were really nice and asked great questions. I left feeling I’d done well.

I met a friend for lunch afterwards, which made my day even better. I ran some errands on the way home and got back exhausted. Interviewing does that to you. Anyone who’s been with the same company for a long time, and then has to interview, will know what I mean. Brain dead. I sat on the deck enjoying a sunny respite from snow, the next storm is due to hit today. I indulged in an afternoon glass of wine, just to wind down.

Then my cell phone took a life of its own. I had two more interview calls, followed by a call from HR in the company I’d interviewed with twice. Yes, the job I really want! A phone call is a good thing (emails are usually sorry but, no thanks), but a phone call is positive. I could hardly breathe.

“We’d like to move forward and check your references”

YES! So I haven’t had the offer yet, and it isn’t in the bag until I do, but it’s a good sign. Lets hope  my unemployment ends here because I’m sure you’re all bored with it.

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Wish me LUCK!

And today is my last scheduled interview. No new jobs seem to be appearing. Are they all published at the beginning of the month? Whats the deal here? So I’m drinking my coffee and planning my strategy.

I’m still waiting to hear back from my second round of interviews with a great company, but that was two weeks ago. Surely I’ll hear soon! If not, it’s back to the drawing board.

Does anyone else have job hunting stories they want to share with me. Does anyone need to vent about losing their job? I’d love to hear your frustrations, adventures, and how it all turned out. I still look upon this as a great opportunity. I am no longer with a company I was tired of and had lost respect for.

I just don’t like the waiting game, not patient with it. I want to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in somewhere else.

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WISH ME LUCK!

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