Two months and counting

Wow, it’s been two months today since I was laid off!  What have I accomplished?  Let’s see:

326 job applications

7 interviews, 5 in person and 2 by phone     1 offer that unfortunately, had to turn down as I just can’t live on near minimum wage unless nothing else happens in the next month.  If that happens, I’ll have to figure out how to break the lease (will cost $1400 to do it) and find a new place with no deposit and all that fun stuff.

9 hats, mix of knit and crochet

Finished knitting Road Scarf 2012

Knit a pair of fingerless gloves and have another one on the needles

Started knitting a mohair scarf

Training/refreshing for contract position, hope to have contract sometime next month (work at home position mentioned in previous post, takes a bit longer to get contract and then start invoicing, etc. than originally anticipated)

Re-arranged the front room and digging through the boxes still in bedroom

Given self over 190 ‘pep talks’  🙂

Still working on sock projects

Read through numerous articles and IRS publications regarding self employment taxes and insurances, set-ups, etc.

Watched 92 (I think?) knitting, quilting, crafting, and color theory videos

Filed a stalking injunction against an old roommate.  Yeah, not fun and a bit on the scary side of life.

There are additional things but that’s the main stuff.  And now you know!

Seriously, I’ve been really concerned about the 2012 election (regardless of the outcome) as the economy directly impacts the corporate travel industry.  And… of course, the self-employed contractor position that am hoping pans out is back in corporate travel.  The thing is, the perception of how the economy is going has as much impact as the actual number.  A CFO decides things aren’t going as well as XYZ Corp. needs them to and the travel budget is one of the first things to slash.  Projections aren’t quite as high as originally anticipated, cut the travel budget.  You get the idea. 

Now that the election is over, we’ll see what the analysts and numbers people react.

So why am I still doing it?  Good question, glad you asked!  Firstly, it’s my field of expertise.  Secondly, it takes a creative thinker to understand that the management skills, the years of deciphering rules and regulations, implementing changes, etc., etc., etc., translate VERY easily into a number of fields.  Not all hiring managers are creative thinkers. I’ve explained as short and sweetly as possible how ‘x’ experience equals competency in ‘y’ in cover letters and interviews so at least it’s out there.  Also hitting a big ‘overqualified’ wall and a more subtle ‘ageism’ bias. 

Since I can’t go up in the mountains to see the color changes this year, I’m posting a pic of one of my favorite places to visit in the fall, The Shenandoah Valley:




About HollysDying

Hard core rocker/old school punk/alternative, ridiculously fiber/design oriented knitter with strong geek tendencies type person. Worked in the travel and web design industries, and benefits management for years; have done freelance writing and editing. Mother of two fantastic young adults (yes, they truly are!).
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