When it rains snows, it pours

Geoff here – in addition to all of the literal snow we got, it seems that in the last couple of days suddenly Kelly and I are being snowed under with good news regarding our job searches.  Now suddenly I have three different possibilities, all of them paying considerably more than I used to make when I worked for Lockheed Martin.  One of them just interviewed me and wants another interview, one is VERY excited to talk to me because they need an ISSO (i.e. what I did for several years), and of course there is the university job that I really want.   And Kelly has also gotten several more tantalizing calls that were essentially interviews, including one today that went really well.   It would be great if we knew soon that at least one of us was going to be working again.

 

So keep your fingers crossed and hopefully we will (FINALLY) have something definitive soon!

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How to tell when you need a new job

Among other ways, this little gem popped up on Boston.com today.  If you work for an organization that publishes a 44-page dress code, something is seriously wrong.  I know the economic downturn has been an opportunity for employers to demand more from employees while paying less, to expect higher productivity and longer hours while offering fewer incentives.  But I’ll tell you this, if I EVER work for an employer who cares about the color underwear I wear to work?  I am quitting.  Immediately.  And so should you.

~Kelly

InterviewS!

Today I had my interview with the women’s health organization.  It went pretty well.  They’re looking to hire soon, so that’s good.  Also, I got a phone call yesterday and had a surprise phone interview with one of the area colleges where I had applied and had been coaxing some connections.  The called back today as I was literally walking in the door from today’s interview and scheduled an in-person for next week.  This is FANTASTIC.  I cannot explain how excited I am.  Of the two I think I’d prefer the latter, but they’re both really great opportunities, so who knows?

Watch this space for updates…

~Kelly

What a week!

Geoff here – quite a bit has happened this past week, and next week also promises to be interesting.  I have a job interview Monday for an IT Security Analyst position at a prominent university here in the Boston area.  I already had a phone interview with them and it went rather well, so I am hopeful about getting this job.  We’ll see.

In other news, I am almost finished with my internship for the Cambridge Police Department, and I am wrapping up my projects that I was doing there.  Just yesterday I finally took and passed the CompTIA Network+ exam, which is fantastic in itself but it is even better now since it means that my certification will be for life, and I will not have to take that test again ever.

Also, Kelly and I were both very happy to see that DADT was repealed and that our often misguided junior Senator, Scott Brown, actually voted to repeal it.  Thank goodness for common sense finally winning the day.

I apologize for not sending out cards or gifts for the kids this year, but until we are both employed again we have had to tighten the belt a bit.  We will make up for it, believe me.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and a happy new year, in case I have not posted again by then.

– Geoff

Job update

So, the last job that I interviewed for I was all excited about.  I had a 2nd interview, they seemed interested in me… and then they didn’t call.  I finally emailed them to let them know that I’d been laid off and that if I was still a candidate for the position that I was available immediately.  I got an email back 2 hours later rather tersely letting me know I was no longer a candidate for the position.

OK.  Good thing I had interviewed for another position that I am extremely interested in and that yesterday I got emailed to set up a phone interview for yet another position.  Special thanks to commenter Tewi for the suggestions on my resume, I used them.  So, two potential irons in the fire at the moment and both are great options.

Keep your appendages crossed for me, folks.

~Kelly