Surprisingly, I posted more when I was working than now that I’m unemployed 🙂 I really don’t fit the stereotype of someone who’s unemployed. I haven’t gone out drinking, and I actually haven’t even really cried (well, I cried the day before when I figured out it was going to happen, but not since I got the news). I did watch The Price is Right today (it is so weird to see Drew Carey as the host!), but I watched while researching positions and headhunting firms.
I’ve been losing weight, but haven’t worked out at all since my marathon on Sunday (surprised you with that one, huh? I know I didn’t talk about it much on the blog, but I ran the Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans on Sunday, and will try to get a race report and pictures together soon). Anyway, most of this week I just haven’t been eating much because I’m either depressed or super busy with the job hunt. Six pounds lost since Monday – I ought to go on some kind of hybrid of The Apprentice and The Biggest Loser, huh 🙂
On the job front, I’ve already written my resume and gotten it out to a few headhunters, who all seemed pretty excited to get me as a candidate. So it would seem that I’m marketable! Fantastic. I met with one of them in person, and the other one I’ve done some pre-screening phone interviews for a strategy analyst position with a really terrific consumer products company. The work seems pretty awesome, the hours are about 2/3 of what I was working before, and the salary is about 1/3 higher! The only downside is that it’s in Rhode Island. Not that I don’t like Rhode Island (it’s beautiful), but as Vanilla pointed out, I need to consider what sort of marathon opportunities are nearby 🙂 On the plus side, JetBlue flies out of Boston with some cheap flights…
In all seriousness, I’m just not sure I want to leave NYC. I’m a bit frustrated, as I was planning to leave the city in another year or two and move to a smaller city or a big city where most people live in the suburbs. But right now, all my friends are here, and I’m not quite ready to transition to suburban life. Okay, people tell me, so just stay in New York for now. The problem is, I don’t want to take a job in the city for two years only to job search again and leave. Barring any more stupid economic crises, I would hope that whatever job I take next is one at which I can work for a long time.
The next dilemma is whether to go into something finance-y or strategy/marketing/touchy-feely. Right now my experience has set me up to do either, but I’m concerned that once I get another job under my belt that goes in one of those directions, it’s going to be hard to switch to the other. It’s a unique crossroads to be at, since both options are appealing to me. I’m also considering something middle-office like investor relations for a hedge fund, which would give me a bit of each. I’ve seen some postings for IR jobs, and it seems to fit my background really perfectly and be exactly what I want to do, but I don’t know a lot about it and I want to learn more before applying and sounding like an idiot in interviews 🙂
Anyone else have thoughts?