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(Not my video, some girl named "Claire" made it ... lots of typos, but I think reading the lyrics while you listen makes you 'hear it better.")

The goal:  within a year from this month, I'd like to be "in a transition status" after having found or accepted an offer for a new job.   I'll log any interesting progress here.

** UPDATE!!  Goal achieved.  Beat the deadline.  Nyeh!  :p **

Thanks for *your* interest.

- JM(M) -

There's this voice in my head saying things like "Dude, you should be thankful you *have* a job.  A lotta people *don't.*

Yes.  I know that.  I used to be one of those lotta people.  It's just time to make a change.

I went for more than a few months after leaving the military *without* landing a steady job.   Before I left, I had thought "I did it the right way" and found a job before taking off the uniform ... the military actually gives you classes and training in "how to leave" and figure out how to be a civilian again.

I'd thought I worked things just like they taught me and thought I'd secured myself a good starter job before I left the military ... only to have it rrrrrrrrrrrrrripped out from under me via some process I still don't quite get.  I'm pretty sure, though, that it had to do with that "it's not what you know, it's who you know" thing.  I think someone knew someone I didn't and used that card.

So yeah.  I looked and worked and looked and called and networked and looked and schmoozed and asked and did it all over again ... for weeks and weeks.  For a few months.   I hung out in the smoking areas where I wanted to work.  There were 5 of them.  (I smoked too much.)   I'd listen and get to know the people who *had* jobs that were even remotely like something I might be interested in. I found out who knew who, who knew what, who was hiring, who was quitting, who was getting fired, etc,.

Long story short:  I ended up meeting my boss while "working the smokepits" and the building in which I now work had a firedrill. But it's been about six years now and that job is no longer one that I enjoy and I have decided that it's time to find something else.  

I enjoyed my time in the military.  I was a U.S. Navy Journalist and, for the most part, enjoyed everything about every job to which I was ever assigned.  And I always assumed that I was going to leave the military and do something just as enjoyable.  I was rewarded when I finally found something to which the skills I'd developed in the Navy were directly applicable.

And now, after enjoying that job that I accepted back then and have been working for the past 6 years or so, I hope I can find another one that's just as much fun as my current one was and uses at least some of the same skills I learned and developed during my time spent both in the military and as a civilan.

We'll see.  

So far, I've put out the resume attached here to see what happens. There are lots of places to put a resume where it "takes on a life of it's own" and there's more out there than I thought.  With my Navy experience and that as a civilian, the return and feedback on my resume submitted to several "job databases" / "job banks" has been more than encouraging, so far.  

There are jobs all over the country ... but none of which are "for me" for various reasons (I don't know anything about the 'health industry,' I don't know anything about handling millions of dollars of inventory (nor do I want to).  I'm holding out for "that job" that just "grabs me."  But I don't know how long I'll be able to hold out.

So as Mr. Bowie says in his song, I'll turn myself to face me.


(I'm going to try and think of this like a game to keep from getting to depressed as time passes.)

"The game's afoot."

(I don't care whether Shakespeare or Sir AC Doyle came up with it.)