Laid Off, Now What?

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’

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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.

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.

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.

May 12, 2009

Two Weeks Down for Iris

Filed under: 2009 May — Les O'Riley @ 8:03 am
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Two Down

Two Down

Iris has now finished two weeks of training. In fact, by tomorrow she’ll be 1/2 way through her third. Go, Iris, go! I’m still crankin’ out resumes, thinking, “oh yeah, this ones a great match.” Of course a half a million people from last month alone have joined me in the Land of the Living Unemployed. Hmm… almost sounds like a movie! Okay, maybe it’s the weather, 3 days of rain, that has me feeling somewhat less than chipper.

I applied for a networking position where my wife works. I am *perfectly* trained and suited for this position. One thing sad about those types of jobs, the ones you’re perfectly suited for… seems like they get away. I hope this is not the case with this one.

I’m holding off on the Pharmacy Tech training, hoping really hard that this networking job comes through, if not the supply specialist position with Raytheon, or the InDesign Professional job with JC Penney, or ….

Back to the hunt. ~ Les


May 4, 2009

One Week of Training Down

Filed under: 2009 May — Les O'Riley @ 8:35 am
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One Week Down

One Week Down

Iris finished up her first week of training. A few other adults and a whole bunch of techies, geeks and gamers rounded out the 18 or so individuals that make up her training class. Sort of an odd bunch. But I think that’s just the way it goes. Who else would want to commit to taking care of someone elses many computer problems, alllllllll day long?

So at first Iris is finding the material a little bit foreign. PPPoE, open, closed, DHCP, DNS… what the heck is this all about? While in the past Iris left all the technical stuff to me on our home network, like it or not, I think she’s going to be getting the hang of this stuff real soon. Stay tuned to how she fairs in week two.

My life as a house keeper continues. I have 25  minutes left to finish this post before it’s time to empty the cat box and get the garbage out to the corner. We never know when our garbage man is going to fly through. Sometimes as early as 10am, but sometimes as late as 5pm. He’ll be here, sooner or later, I just want to make sure we’re ready for him.

I put a bunch of resumes out last week. One was for a position I am perfectly suited for. It is for catalog production, design and editing for a women’s apparel catalog of a major clothing outlet. They want someone with a bachelor’s degree, (check) and at least two years experience, (check). Now, if they would only CALL me! The job is in McKinney, Texas, about a 45 minute drive from here, but I’d take it in a heartbeat.

That’s all for now. The cat box calls… ~ Les

April 11, 2009

Police Dispatcher

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This was an interesting one I applied for today. It was listed on Oklahoma jobs, or whatever our local site is called. Anyway… I went down to our job place and updated my resume. After that I took an assessment test. After that, another test, basic math and reading. Last but not least, I printed out copies of stuff for them to send to the police department. Bottom line, (I found out at the end) $10.38 per hour. Worst of all, I was told that this was one of the BEST paying jobs in their system. That didn’t exactly pump me up.

Police Dept.

Police Dept.

March 31, 2009

Still Alive, Still Looking

Filed under: Uncategorized — Les O'Riley @ 9:09 pm
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Well, this afternoon I finished 3 more cover letters to accompany 3 more sets of resumes & letters of reference. Other than that, life goes on as always.

Tomorrow it’s off to the doc with my wife for her 5-week checkup following her vertical laparotomy and cyst/fallopian tube removal. After that it’s off to her chiropractor for a bit of electrode treatment, and then we’re going to drop down to IKEA at the Frisco Mall to see if we can find a cherry blossom on rice paper print.

Signing out… ~ Les

March 3, 2009

Back to the hunt

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 11:52 pm
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Okay, 3 more employment inquiries have been sent out. One may not think so, but job hunting can actually be quite time consuming. Filling our detailed job applications, whether online or on paper really takes time. It used to be that looking up companies and physically mailing out resumes was what took the most time, but today I think I’d say it’s writing decent letters of introduction, (okay, “cover letters,”) is what takes the most time.

There is a staggering lack of decent jobs out there, but I’m just getting warmed up to find out where the good ones are. I am happy to say that at least a few of the places I’ve inquired have responded to me quickly. This at least establishes that 2-way communication is in progress. This alone makes me feel good. Even a negative response is a response. My local newspaper on the north side of the river is one that responded to me with a “I’ll keep you in mind for something that might be coming up.” The two minutes it took for this response was appreciated.

Okay, off to bed, hopefully get up at a decent time tomorrow, and back at it again.  ~ Les

The Search Continues...

The Search Continues...

February 16, 2009

Another week… bring it on

Filed under: 2009 February — Les O'Riley @ 2:01 am
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Week 2, unemployed but moving forward. I’ll be hunting new opportunities and sending our resumes. Perhaps I’ll even get my first unemployment check in. Wouldn’t that be nice?

For any others that are out there looking for a job, best of success to you! Let me know how it goes for you, what works and what doesn’t. We’re going to find something good out there. ~ Les


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