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This week, the turnip has been writing... cover letters. -_-

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lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: November 23rd, 2009 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, shit. >_< I *hate* doing that. I suck at them.

Um... Good luck; you're a lot more marketable than I am. ^___^
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: November 23rd, 2009 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
There are a decent number of positions out there.  Pity most of them are farther away than I'd like to drive.  (considering i already drive [used to drive] a good 20mi to work, that's saying something.) And most of those, I'd rather not work at.  But it's only been a week, so I'm allowed to be snooty and picky.  Give me a few more weeks for my first picks to not call me back, and then we'll see how low I'll stoop. ;_;
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: November 23rd, 2009 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
^___^ You've got a lot more to be picky with.

Oh. None of your firsts are down here, I hope? That drive would be hideous. >_>
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: November 23rd, 2009 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Even that silly county between the two of us would be pretty far.  But still, I'd rather drive south than north.  No way in heck I'd want to drive through downtown every day.  Actually, I've only got one first pick right now. >_> But at least it's close enough I could even drive surface street if I wanted to.

Honestly, I don't really have all that much to be picky with.  Even accepting an extended drive, as long as I'm sticking with my chosen industry, there's only so much in the area.  Plenty more if I want to move to Texas or Vancouver or something, but not so much here.  Only counting people with any sort of name recognition, going no farther than I used to, I can count maybe six, seven places.  Which may sound like a lot, but that doesn't mean they're all hiring.  Or that there aren't two hundred other people from my company looking for jobs. -_- Though maybe only sixty of them in my field.  Some of whom, fortunately, are happy to relocate or are already planning on it.

Meh, c'est la vie.  This layoff makes three, and third time's the charm, right? >_>
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: November 23rd, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't even thought about driving north. O_o The very idea gives me the whim-whams. Surface streets aren't bad; at least people aren't usually going 70mph bumper-to-bumper on the surface streets. Usually. ^___^

I can kind of see Vancouver, but Texas? Wow! I do see a lot of addresses for the area of Plano... but still... Texas?! O_O

turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: November 23rd, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been traveling north for the last five years, but I haven't been so silly as to have been traveling north for the last five years on the oldest highway in the state.  My freeway was nice and wide and straight.  That freeway is narrow and curvy and accident-prone. x_x

There used to be a lot more companies out there in Texas, a whole consortium of them, I think.  Austin's pretty popular.  It's a little odd how you get these pockets here and there, but when one place opens up and starts gathering talent, either you've got people splintering off to start their own companies nearby, or you get other companies moving in to try to take advantage of the talent pool.  So you end up with concentrations in sometimes random places.
lavendarlizard From: lavendarlizard Date: November 23rd, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I remember that highway well from my misspent youth. ^___^ It was scary 40 years ago and it's only gotten worse.

Texas does seem to be business-friendly... unlike California. >.<

sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: November 25th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I see from the comment conversation that 'cover letters' does indeed imply what I thought it did. Damn. O_O I hope you find something soon. Nothing as scary as the world messing with your source of income.
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: November 25th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's not the end of the world (yet).  This year, let us be thankful for severance packages.  Sorry, 'separation benefits' seems to be the new term. *eyeroll*

And of course, having all this free time on my hands means that I'm probably not going to be very productive, fic-wise. =p On the other hand, it's allowed me to do the thanksgiving shopping when there aren't a lot of other shoppers around. ^^
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: November 27th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you get massive points for a positive attitude! I'd be sobbing brokenly into my Dew and hiding under my bed. >_<;
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: November 28th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Positive?  No, I'm just resigned to my situation now. =/ There are only a small handful of companies in my area that I don't consider 'too far', and of those, I'm not going to count on the one I'd actually prefer to call me back, let alone hire me.  Of the rest, I don't really want to work there. =p They're working on stuff I'm not interested in, or they're total cube farms, or they're just freaks.  But as much as I'd like to sit around and refuse to apply to those places, it's not like new companies will suddenly appear the longer I wait, so... I pretty much just don't have any choices.  Especially when they've probably got other people from my company knocking on their inboxes right now. *sigh*

But you know, if I could change one thing about the job hunt, it would just be for transparency!  Are they not calling me back because they haven't reviewed my resume yet?  Do they just not want me?  Is their HR person just on holiday?  Can I get some closure here, people?  Even the automated message to let me know I sent it to the right address would be nice.

One place I applied to for a low level job years ago actually sent me a hand-typed snail-mail letter telling me I'd been rejected.  It was glorious!
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: November 28th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Did the whole company go under, or just massively cut back? It always seems to be insult on top of injury when crap like that happens at this time of year. O.o'
I think I'm relieved that my kid changed her major...
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: November 29th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
My 'company' was owned by another bigger company.  Overlord company is certainly still in business, but we are not.  Well, technically they purloined our name to apply to some carryover products (the 'brand' will live on, as they say/claim), and they retained a handful of people 'key to the brand' and transferred them, but for the most part, our entire company was dissolved.  I believe they plan to lay off another 800 people or something by next April.

Well, it's a tech job in a tech industry, and tech evolves rapidly, competition is intense, and products have to make a lot of money to justify their development costs.  With the overlord company not hitting profit goals, with our personal underperformance (or more generously, our lack of overperformance), and with the overlords deciding to redirect company attention to an 'emerging' new market, well, our time was come. =/

I think my choice of majors was plenty stable enough... I just decided that it would be boring working in aerospace or something. =p Can't exactly say I didn't bring this upon myself.
sunhawk16 From: sunhawk16 Date: November 30th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Overlord company... I like that so much more than 'Parent company' with its implication that they care.
So can you switch back to aerospace at this point? ^^;
turnippatch From: turnippatch Date: November 30th, 2009 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, I like my chosen field, and I've only been unemployed for less than two weeks now, so it's a little early to be giving up on it already. =)

If it gets later on, though... the skills/experience I've acquired in my chosen industry are unhelpfully very specific to this industry, so if I switched fields now, I'd pretty much have to start from scratch.  And once you try to start from the bottom again, you run into all those problems you hear about all the time, where employers question an older/more experienced person's motives for switching tracks, his willingness to take a pay cut and/or do low-level work, is the person going to leave as soon as they find the kind of work they were originally doing, etc. =/

(i'm just buckets of sunshine, aren't i?)
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