You're not going to believe this. I have a job--a real job--that I actually like. I'm working in the field of corporate outplacement, supporting folks who've been "downsized" (there are a ton of euphemisms in this business) or are otherwise no longer in their positions. I facilitate job search workshops, help people strengthen their resumes and write cover letters, and do whatever I can to help them through this period of transition.
I started working in outplacement in 1987 for a very small company, when I was 30 years old. Then for about five years in the 90s, after I got out of grad school, I did workshops on a per diem basis with a large, international firm. I've always loved this work; I'm able to blend my writing expertise and training skills, plus I get to help people.
I haven't enjoyed working since I moved to Las Vegas. That's an understatement. Hold on, I did like the gig I had during the summer of 2010 when I was back in Albany. I made some awesome friends there, and the work wasn't bad. But that was a New York company, and I swear the mentality is different back East. I've pretty much hated every job I've had in Las Vegas. Until now. Hallelujah!!!
Even though I have a 23-mile commute, even though I have to dress up every day... I still love it. I love the work, I love our clients, I love my boss, I love that I have my own office, I love that I often have the entire office suite to myself, I love that I'm making good money, I love that I'm getting 3 weeks vacations right out of the gate (and 4 weeks next year!), I love that there's a lot of variety in my day, and I love I'm spending my day in a way that's meaningful.
It's about freakin' time.
My father, who was a bus driver, loved his job. Loved it! He always used to say, "I don't work; I bring other people to work." I feel similarly. "I don't work; I help other people find work."
Weird, but I think I'm getting more done now that I'm working regular hours. There's a lot of truth to that saying, "If you want something done, ask a busy person." I'm starting to get in a groove (thank God February is over) and I feel like I'm going to be more productive than ever. I'm going to cut way back on the freelance work I'll accept and I'm raising my rates because... I can. I just don't need the work as much anymore. Funny how that works, huh?
Hey, when I was back in Albany when my friend Chuck died, my sister Lori said she was ready to have a New Year's Eve do-over party because so far 2013 was sucking big time. A lot of people thought it was a good idea; 2012 was awful and this year wasn't looking much better. Well, things are definitely looking up for me, and I hope they are for you, too.
So, how are things going?