A bit of good news

First off, thanks to everybody who has been checking in on Tricia and I, expressing sympathy, and praying for us. Tomorrow will be three weeks since the layoff (really only about 2.5 weeks since I began the job search in earnest) and I had some good news to report. We’ll get to that in a moment.

I have continued to find this whole process of finding a job extremely time-consuming. However, with the kids on spring break last week through this Monday, I did largely take a break from it Friday morning until Monday evening. Instead, I built a picnic table with the kids on Friday (still have to finish the sanding and sealing), and then we all went to the Arboretum on Monday. Our family was treated to free parking and passes courtesy of a wonderful neighbor who loaned us his season pass (good for up to a family of six… just right). Oh yeah. There was also the small matter of the lake.

I’ve actually felt pretty good this past week. I don’t really notice intense, almost dizzy bouts of panic like I did that first week. However, my body is sending different sorts of signals. As I previously mentioned, I had my first real migraine in a couple years a bit over a week ago, and it was huge. Then I had a smaller one a couple days later. And I can’t seem to sleep very much, which is making me feel more and more fatigued. So I figure I’m still not yet “anxious for nothing”, and there’s more to learn from this whole experience.

I’m on my, oh, I don’t know, let’s say eighth version of my resume. I’ve been focusing on patiently working connections rather than simply submitting my resume via job posts. And that brings us to our good news. I had spotted a job at TI that looked interesting, and then ended up making a connection with the husband of a former colleague who was in that very group and knew the hiring manager.

Which led to my first interview yesterday. A phone interview, but an interview all the same. It went well, which was gratifying. I was startled by how nervous I felt. Normally, I’m fairly confident and have a decent track record in interviews. But yesterday I was feeling more like a guy who couldn’t keep a job and a lot less like the up-and-coming leader I’ve felt like in previous interviews. So I spent the final few minutes before the phone rang on my knees praying, which was probably a good thing to do even if I hadn’t gotten a bit wobbly in the legs.

Success in a job search feels very binary. You succeed when you get a job. But large goals are so much easier to manage if broken into a series of smaller steps with attendant celebrations (or recriminations). So I’m celebrating the interview and wanted to publicly acknowledge my thanks to God for his provision.

4 Comments

  1. Who *wouldn’t* hire a guy like you?

    I don’t even know you as well as Tricia, but your steadfast love for your family, your resourcefulness and enthusiasm are so apparent through this blog. It won’t be long, I just know it!

    You and Tricia are in our prayers!

  2. Nils
    Mar 27, 2008

    Hang in there, bro.

  3. Mom/Ruth
    Mar 27, 2008

    I’m a strong believer in celebrating the intermediate steps to reaching a larger goal. It makes life a lot more fun!

  4. Jay
    Mar 28, 2008

    Meredith, thank you for the kind and encouraging words.

    Nils, I’m actually getting much better at hanging as I continue to make progress with this:
    http://www.hornes.org/2008/02/a-bar-too-far/

    Mom, we did celebrate: Tricia and I had our first at-home-date-once-the-kids-are-in-bed since I got laid off. We actually splurged and split a salad and appetizer from Chili’s (first food out since the big day). It was great.