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March 15, 2009

“Not Hiring Right Now”

Filed under: 2009 March — Les O'Riley @ 1:56 pm
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That was my one response last week. Of course, this wasn’t a big surprise. I actually felt better that someone even replied! I have a list together of places to apply for this week. I’ll keep crankin’ ’em out until the line starts to get some nibbles. I hope something comes up soon. Perhaps this blog will help preserve my sanity.

February 25, 2010

A few interviews later, still hunting.

It’s just a matter of time.

It’s been a while since I posted. Over the last month I have been on several interviews, but nothing has panned out. I had two interviews with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) but the position I was seeking was finally offered to someone else. I also had an interview for a Research Analyst position with the Choctaw Nation, but that was eventually offered to someone else as well. I was originally told that there had been numerous applicants for that position, from all over the country. The CN required a submission of a research paper to simply qualify for a chance to interview. I passed that landmark and did have a personal interview, but as I said, the position was offered to and accepted by another candidate.

I am happy to have had the opportunity to apply for these positions, and to have been considered as a viable candidate. I will continue to apply for any positions for which I am qualified for, for both Southeastern Oklahoma State University or the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Back to the hunt. To be continued.

January 11, 2010

2010 is Going to Be My Year

Filed under: 2010 (1) January — Les O'Riley @ 10:00 am
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Either that, or I’m going to go crazy!

Seriously though, I’m still committed to finding that perfect job that’s out there waiting for me, so stay tuned. I’m not going to quit looking until I die, and thankfully that hasn’t happened yet.

I thought I had it. I went on an interview and then a followup interview with the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center (OSBDC) for a position as a Business Analyst. Both interviews went well. After the second interview I created a spreadsheet for them with the information they provided, took a grammar test and did a few hypothetical case scenario assessments. However, on Saturday I received a rejection letter, 2 – 3 weeks after the final interview.

Oh well, I’m not giving up. I have also applied for a position with Southeastern Oklahoma State University as an Academic Advisor. We’ll see where that goes.

More to come, hopefully good news.

October 21, 2009

Still Lookin’

Filed under: 2009 October — Les O'Riley @ 12:55 pm
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I had an interview with the local college, but found out 2 weeks later that they had hired someone else. However, I applied for an even better position with the college this week. We’ll see how this turns out. I’m still upbeat. (Not beat up.)

September 14, 2009

Could it be? Yes. I finally got an interview!

Filed under: 2009 September — Les O'Riley @ 1:13 pm
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Eurika! an interview with my alma mater.

I know, this blog has enough cobwebs on it to trip a rhinoceros. So what are ya gonna do, fire me? I have been putting out resumes to the *few* decent positions I see around, or find online, but believe me, they’re not pouring down the streets of Durant.

I won’t go into details as to what the position is, but I must say, it would be an honor to be able to return to Southeastern Oklahoma State University as part of the team out there to help others learn. If I am fortunate enough to be selected for the position, I will post full details.

That’s all for now. Hopefully I will hear from them before the end of September.

July 27, 2009

Iris is Doing Great; I’m Still Lookin’

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les O'Riley @ 12:40 pm
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Iris is going on 4 weeks on the job.

She’s learning more and more each day, and becoming a greater part of the team that helps the Durant City Manager’s Office run smoothly.

As for me, I’m crankin’ out resumes like there’s no tomorrow. Along with sending out resumes, I’m taking an online course, the Essentials of HR, created by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM,) a professional organization I joined a month ago. HR is my new career path, if I can just break in.

That’s it for now.

July 5, 2009

A Great First Week on the New Job for Iris

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les O'Riley @ 12:10 am
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Edward's Turtle Pie

Edward's Turtle Pie

Celebration time. Iris is now the Receptionist for our City Manager’s Office.
She’s worked over a decade in a face paced medical & education administration field, so this feels right at home. Her co-workers like her, she likes them, the office is a professional setting, so she feels right at home — jobwise.

The timing was perfect. She turned in her resignation from her Verison DSL Technical Support job, and in less than 10 days she had a resume submitted to the City of Durant, and was called in almost immediately for an interview. A second interview a couple of days later, and after meeting with the City Manager, she was hired. She’ll be a good fit there.

Now, if only yours truly can find a job. I’m lookin’, I’m lookin’.

June 26, 2009

A New Job for Iris!

Filed under: 2009 June — Les O'Riley @ 11:14 am
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Iris-June-24-2009Iris went on an interview with the City of Durant on Monday and was called back in on Tuesday to meet with the City Manager and the two interviewers from Monday in a group meeting. The City Manager said Iris was thought of highly enough for them to bring her in for a second interview, and that she was actually the first one brought in to meet with him. The last of the applicants were interviewed on Wednesday, and by that afternoon Iris was called back and offered the position, contingent on passing a criminal background check, physical, and toxicology screening, which she now has. Next week she will join the City Manager’s support staff. It’s a great place to start, after having been out of the workforce for the past 9 years.

We’re thrilled for her to have this opportunity to contribute to our community, and a solid job as well. Durant is one of the more fortunate small cities in Oklahoma in that it’s financially stable, due to its growth, even in this current recession.

Iris already feels a sense that she will be a “part of the team.” All in all, it will be a much better fit for her than the call center position, and she’s excited about working for the city. She’s also grateful that this position was available … she just got her resume “in” before they closed the job opening. Good benefits to boot.


I’m proud of my gal!


Durant, Oklahoma City Hall

Durant, Oklahoma City Hall


June 19, 2009

I’m Still At It, and Iris is Job Hunting Once Again

Filed under: 2009 June — Les O'Riley @ 5:40 pm
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We’re both job hunting, again.

Things just didn’t work out for Iris with Verison DSL Small Business Technical Support. She is fantastic with people and customer service, but just isn’t a walking/talking techie. It was very stressful, and together we decided that this position was not worth the amount of stress that it put on her. But she tried, and is welcome to return or even work part time, but it’s not a good fit. Iris is once again searching, searching, searching. Go get ’em, Iris.

Raytheon (once again) sent me a notification that I meet the criteria that they set forth for a certain position. In this case, I match on all ten points for what they are seeking for a Supply Specialist II. What they’re communicating is, “if you’re interested in this position, you’d better get your resume submitted for this one.” Raytheon is very well set up to allow you to access your documents that you have previously uploaded in order to submit them again for another opening. If only more companies were this organized! We’ll see if I can get called in for an interview on this one. The opening is for their McKinney, Texas plant, but that’s still within driving range. We’ll see how this one plays out.

June 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, Les

Filed under: Uncategorized — Barb @ 12:40 am

Sorry to be laCrop candlete with this. Time keeps moving on. Hopefully you’ve grown younger and added more neurons after using your Chinese Health balls.

Happy Birthday.

And congratulations to Iris on her first solo week.


May 31, 2009

Sunday Morning, 100% Live Tech Support

Filed under: 2009 May — Les O'Riley @ 7:22 am
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I’m still unemployed.

I know my next job is out there.

I know my next job is out there.

However, today being Sunday, a new week begins. For Iris, this means that she will be taking live technical support calls for Verizon Small Business DSL customers. Her training wheels are off and now it’s time to help these people re-connect!

I continue to find advertised jobs that I am perfectly qualified for and pump out resumes. One of these days I hope I will get a response. Job hunting is not an emotionally re-enforcing pastime. You can send out 100 resumes to places that you perfectly match or exceed what potential employers are looking for, and if you’re lucky, you may get 5 responses. How’s that for a confidence builder? But it’s okay. We just need to keep our eyes open, paper & ink in the printer, and keep on truckin’.

So that’s what I’ll do. If you’re in the same boat, welcome aboard. Let’s get going.

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