The last week of September I was given notice that my job as a Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant, of ten plus years, would be ending at the close of the year. Surprised would not be the right word, shocked would be better. As I was told, just months ago, that everything was fine. I felt betrayed and pissed and disappointed as well all do when any significant relationship changes. However, I am a single mom with little time to wallow as I needed to find my next job.
When I sat down to write my resume I reflected about how very fortunate I have been. I've had great jobs and wondeful bosses, over the past 20 plus years. And, that between being promoted, referred and head hunted I had never had to search for a job in this way. Unfortunately, that meant I didn't have a great resume and was in need of some serious help. Thankfully, I have a brilliant friend (okay I have a few brilliant friends) who took my mess of a resume and helped turn it into something pretty great.
I began this new venture terrified but optimistic. I know what the economy is like, I have friends who have been searching for jobs for a long time. It was also right before the holidays which was horrible BUT I am optimistic and hard working so I was ready to push forward. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that when one door closes another one opens however, those cozy thoughts are not always at the forefront of ones mind when you're in a position such as this.
The first few weeks were great; except for the fact that most of the people I met told me to lower my exepectations as well as my salary. I interviewed with the 'best' placement agencies, I had networking' meetings with some impressive people, I sent my resume to countless postings on craigslist, corporate sites and I created my linkedin page, I did it all.
Jump to almost 2 months later and nothing...yet! Well, not nothing, I've met some great people, I've felt some kind and positive energy and I know that the next great thing is out there but... reality sets in. There seem to be fewer companies or employers that value people today, ageism is certainly an issue in our lovely city and I was even told by one "Executive" that he need to be the "most important person in my life or the job wouldn't work." I don't have to tell you what my answer was.
There is much that I am learning as this process continues. I know there are so many people out there who share in this experience. I would love to hear about what you're seeing, hearing, learning as we all try to find our next new great job.