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Ten days including weekends

April 28, 2007

That’s how long it took from the first in-person interview to accepting a job offer. Woohooo! Now, I know that it’s unusual for most people at my career level to get a job that quickly, but I have to say, I’ve never had problems finding jobs when I set my mind to it. And right now the job market in my line of work is hot, hot, HOT. At least it is here in my neck of the woods around the big software giant.

Tomorrow I will be going in to work (the job I’m leaving) when no one is there and pack up my library of editing books, knick-knacks, and other stuff, so I don’t have to do that while people are watching, or at 3:30 in the morning. Monday, first thing, I will turn in my two-week notice and hope that they will let me leave sooner. But the last thing I’m going to do is burn any bridges. Who knows? This employer may someday be a client of my new employer.

So, just what is this cool new job? I’ll be working for a consulting firm as a senior technical writer, editor, communications expert, Microsoft SharePoint end-user content specialist, and jane-of-all-things-written in the user experience group of the consulting company. They’re looking to build out this segment of their business and are looking to me to be a key factor in that growth. My first client will be in downtown Seattle on a project that will last around four months. This means a longer commute, but they pay for parking or bus, and my salary increases enough to cover the additional expenses and then some.

More important than the work to be performed, more lucrative than the salary (well, almost), is the people I will be working with. These are some very bright, energetic, and positive people. (So far.) I’ll not only be sharing what expertise I have, but I will have a tremendous opportunity to learn far more than what I am starting with.

I was talking with some friends and my mother last night about how grateful I am that I’ve been given the talent to succeed in the work force. Really, career has never been that huge a struggle for me and I feel very blessed because I am very aware that it is definitely not that way for everyone. I know there are those who struggle with finding adequate work and compensation, those who never had the education opportunities I’ve been given, and those who have had to live through years of unemployment, bad work environments, and so on. Even my youngest daughter has experienced prolonged unemployment and poor work scenarios, so I do know how easily it could change for me. I am grateful every day to my higher power that he has blessed me with so much abundance.

So, to show my appreciation, I do what I can to give back – always starting at home. Once early in my twenties, I wanted to help at a battered women’s shelter and I was advised that “charity begins at home”. I was told to work with my own children first. I took that to heart and that’s what I’ve done ever since.

So, now that I have the job hunt out of the way, I can get back to sewing – for fun and for me – as well as for the doggies, preggie moms, and kids in my life. Starting with… the orange, cream, and kiwi wrap top that I’ve been promising you I’d work on!

But first… we’re off to the zoo today. RAARRH!

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3 Comments
  1. BjP permalink
    April 28, 2007 4:15 pm

    Congratulations, Claire! I hope you are very happy in your new job.

  2. April 28, 2007 5:02 pm

    excellent! so happy all of this is working out for you. can’t wait to see your new top.

    teri

  3. April 28, 2007 5:37 pm

    Claire that is wonderful and exciting news! I hope the new job brings you all the satisfaction and challenges that the old one was lacking…and I know you are going to look good girl in your new clothes!!!! Congrats again!

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