I lost my job on Monday. Most of my family follows me on at least one social site but I figured I’d post an update for the rest who do not.
This is the first time I have lost a job, rather than leaving of my own volition. I wish I could say it was a reduction in force but it was not and I am not going to speculate in public further.
I have updated my resume. I had an immense amount of help in punching it up and editing it for correctness. Huge thanks to J.R., Allie, Paul and Alex (none of whom knew previously that this site existed, I think, but I cannot thank them enough).
I already have an interview lined up, first thing tomorrow, and a handful of people have my resume to shop around either with their own employer or interesting prospects within their own network. Paul and Martha, local friends here in the DC Metro area, are going gangbusters on the internal job boards at their very large local employers. I haven’t even had a chance, yet, to create the necessary profiles to follow up, let alone sift through the stuff they have sent me.
I have re-activated my profile on one job site, so far. I have to do so on a few more. Just on that one site, though, I have already gotten a handful of hits. One of them was the interview I landed for tomorrow. I haven’t even had a chance to perform my own active searches yet.
Given how fast things are going, I am cautiously optimistic. At all events, I am hugely grateful for the enormous support from my local friends, online friends, and acquaintances. My social network has expanded immensely in the last three years, largely through my podcast, and I am amazed at the depth and breadth of support that has provided in this stressful time of need.