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October 23rd, 2001
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warning: contains whining
Mmm, typing with fingers of ice. It was 64F in here around 10:30 or so. I gave in and put on a sweatshirt -- soon, it will become a habit. Still, it's far nicer than waiting until the last endurable moment to put the AC on. Fall and winter are my favorite seasons in Northern California.

I need to clean the cattery today, and pack/prep to be away from home for eight days in a row. Ugh! I'm about ready to hide under the bed and not come out until Thanksgiving. I have been away from home too much for my liking the past month. It's gotten to the point where waking up in my own bed feels like a major achievement.

Note: say "yes" less often.

Job hunting: it doesn't seem to matter whether I approach companies directly or use job-hunting sites; I am getting zero response from the electronic approach. Nyet. None whatsoever. I may have to resort to actual paper to see if that works any better, but I am just *so* goddamn dubious. This is no fun.

kirbyk and others are pondering the school-full-time approach. For me to do that, I'd have to... give up all my animals. No financial aid package I have *ever* seen would account for my mortgage, 3-5 horses, 10 cats and a dog. Not, I think, going to happen. At least not by choice.

Still, I have to look at what happens if the ugliness continues and I have to default on the mortgage. (Oh, *shit*.) I think... I think Sable, Dora, Wendy and I move into the truck. I beg Karen (Julian's biggest fan) to take on Julian, leave Petit Point and Capucine where they are (or if I can scrape the pennies together, throw Capucine on the Cravers' mercy -- that requires moving her from MA to IL, but is the better plan).

The other cats... pair them off and inflict them on former cat-fancy friends who can try to find them homes. It's the best I can do. (Man, who's going to take Arnold? No one loves Arnold but me; he's such a little asshole. Even Debbie, who loves every cat ever born, doesn't like Arnold. He's a really demonstrative, affectionate little asshole. Turkish Angoras are such an acquired taste....) The inanimate objects can go to hell or Goodwill or storage or something; by that point I can assure you I won't care.

Well, there's the mood-killer for the morning. I think I'll go have a litterbox encounter session, which actually seems attractive now.

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From:bryant
Date:October 23rd, 2001 04:09 pm (UTC)

Jobhunting

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This may be stupid obvious, and if so I apologize, but are y'all using recruiters?

The best way for a resume to make it into consideration is having a friend inside the company; the second best option is to come from a good recruiter. Plenty of positions don't make it onto the job boards or onto the company's own Web site.
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From:ambar
Date:October 23rd, 2001 04:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Jobhunting

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I contacted MindSource almost immediately. You guessed it: no response. I haven't been seeking out other recruiters.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 5th, 2001 11:45 pm (UTC)

Re: Jobhunting

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Good luck in the job hunt. It's just as bad here in FL. There just aren't any jobs being posted. Recruiters aren't any help. I've been to several. None of them had anything, but all of them want to put me in their database...

You would think someone with several certifications could find work...but not yet. The few jobs I'm seeing are for programmers. All the sysadmin and network admin jobs just aren't there anymore. I think they're using whoever they can "inhouse" to do that in whatever way they can to "save money." This means when we do find jobs, we'll probably have to clean up a big mess created by some yahoo who thought they knew something about computers just because they're using Win95 at home. It's going to be a cabling, networking, security nightmare...

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From:chrysoula
Date:October 23rd, 2001 09:04 pm (UTC)

Dear god

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Ambar, I am SO GLAD I didn't decide to take the six weeks and look for another job, in or out of Microsoft. You, of all people, I would expect to have something. I know that doesn't help much now... I'm sorry.

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From:lothie
Date:October 24th, 2001 09:24 am (UTC)
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o Get with a recruiter.

o Unemployment? Are you eligible? You should be if you were laid off.

o Part time work?
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From:ambar
Date:October 24th, 2001 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I'm getting unemployment. The top of the scale here in CA pays $230/week (and it's taxable), which will not cover my mortgage, even if I gave up eating. So while it helps extend the savings, once the savings run out, I'm screwed.

I'm open to part-time work but haven't been searching for it specifically because it would need to pay more than the unemployment it would replace before it'd be worthwhile. (Did that parse?)
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From:lothie
Date:October 24th, 2001 08:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I hear ya. Wish I could do something to help...
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