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Monday, July 20, 2015

It has been a crazy last few months! It all started on May 1 when I "retired" from my previous company (not exactly by choice!). Then came my dad and all his health issues just a week later, and almost right after that my car started its downward spiral! Talk about some stress!

Thankfully things began to resolve themselves. Found a new car to my liking. And while my dad's passing wasn't maybe the solution I was hoping for, it was the right thing as far as his health issues were concerned. Both of these occurred in early June, which left the job search as the remaining item on my list to resolve.

The job search process is an "interesting" one. Plenty of jobs out there, the trick is to get a real human to talk to you. Not easy. But one thing has not changed over the years -- it is not so much what you know as much as who you know.

Which brings me to Wednesday, July 8. Was in the midst of doing my daily job search tasks when I got a call from a company who provides contractors to many large companies, including the one I "retired" from. I had sent a resume back in late April to a contact I had gotten from a former co-worker, and as luck would have it, my resume ended up on the desk of a former 2nd line manager. It arrived just a little late for an opening then, but she was kind enough to keep on her desk in the event another opening occurred. And on July 8, that opening occurred, I was the person she wanted, and after a few phone calls, it was verbally all done!

Had to do a background check and drug screening, which all were completed last Friday, and got my final job offer today, which I accepted! It looks like my official start date will be next Monday, July 27, although I am waiting to hear if it may move up a day or two.

To say I am relieved is an understatement! Yes I could have stayed retired, but that is not what I wanted to do. I know I have a lot still to offer work-wise. Hopefully, I won't have to think about "retirement" for another 10 years, and even then, it'll be more about finding something different to do vs. doing nothing.


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    Doing a happy dance for how things worked out for you. And you can keep bowling, too! Continued prayers for your father's health. -- Lou
    1929 days ago
    I'm so glad to finally hear all the details about the new job, Patrick! Congratulations - it sounds like a great fit and the company wanted you so much that they kept your resume on the top of the pile! Awesome news.

    I've got an interview for a position I'm really excited about at our local community college. I can't retire yet either and have a comfortable retirement for the long term, and this job will allow me to get back into saving mode instead of spending so that we can have that dream retirement we've always wanted. Keep your fingers crossed...

    Searching for a new job at our age isn't easy, but we have a youthful attitude (having SP behind us doesn't hurt). We can do this!

    Congratulations again - wonderful news!
    2057 days ago
    Nice! ! I'm very happy for you. I'm sure you do have a lot to offer. emoticon
    2057 days ago
    Congratulations! As I contemplate the possibility of involuntary early retirement, it's nice to hear that things like this sometimes work out.
    2058 days ago

    Wishing you the best.

    Sharon emoticon
    2058 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I had to back-read about your dad, but you are right: He is where he wanted to be,

    How exciting about your job! Best of luck and enjoy this new adventure!
    2058 days ago
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    Thrilled to hear of the turn around! Congrats!

    PS Sorry for your loss......but I do know what you meant.
    2058 days ago
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