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Ruminations on re-entry November 20, 2010

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When people return to the office from a long vacation, I typically remind them to ease back into the work routine. Don’t ‘burn up’ on re-entry; hold on to the glow from being out of the office for an extended period. Now, I get to follow my own advice. Ease into it. Ramp up to the rhythms of office life again.

It’s been a short time since re-entry for me and I have managed to maintain the glow. I think. Getting back to working in a cubicle requires a few mental adjustments. I have already seen that some of my recent habits will now cease or be modified. Among those I miss the most are having a 2nd cup of coffee with my wife each morning. (Hi, honey!)

Things about office life I did not miss include an empty coffee pot in the break room. Maybe I need to adjust my coffee times instead.

Things I look forward in my new role are understanding different business models, sharing my knowledge and creating new opportunities.

Finally, there are some things that remained constant like my wake up time and traffic jams. It’s good to have consistency.

As I ramp up with the office routine once again, the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us with Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year. I completed one major journey and started another one. Along the way, and going forward, I fully appreciate my friends, network contacts and new work colleagues. They have influenced me in many direct, and, indirect ways which led me to this time and place. I look forward to working with my new team members and getting to know them better.

Once the re-entry is complete, it will be time to make plans for vacation to complete the cycle.  I hope your re-entry is similar to mine and you don’t burn up. Hold on to that glow, at least through the 1st day back.

Changing my statistics November 9, 2010

Posted by Edwin Ritter in career.
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Tomorrow marks a big change for me.  I can revise my status in an important category that will impact the labor statistics. The change involves moving from the status of  ‘job searcher‘  or ‘seeking (gainful) employment‘ or ‘unemployed‘ to ‘employed‘ or better yet, ‘gainfully employed‘. I like the last term best. Yes sir, tomorrow I am very happily making the transition to having employment that is gainful to me and mine.

I initially changed my statistics in March of 2009, when employer notified me that my services were no longer required. I was not completely surprised by this as the company had seen better days for some time. My second reaction, after I stopped laughing on hearing that I was to be ‘downsized’, was ‘Wait, what? Who will do what I do?’ Apparently, no one. In the 19 months since I left, there have been no discernible changes to what I managed in the online space. Must have been so good, it didn’t need any changes. 😉

As with so many others, I have had an interesting journey in job search. I achieved a little income via contracting work and grew new skills during this time that may lead to new opportunities in future. I networked a fair amount and met many people that have gone through what I experienced (or, worse).  This area where I live is very active in networking among peers and other professionals. The majority of contacts I made are supportive and vice versa. I look forward to staying in touch with many of them.

To put it mildly, among the many emotions I have, I am excited about my new job. To be part a growing company that is located in my local metro area is wonderful. Everyone has good things to say about my new employer. I’m certain I will have a positive impact with this company.  I have changed their statistics also and will be counted among their active full time employees. Who knows what new opportunities await?

We certainly live in interesting times and there are many stories to tell. My journey is my own but is very similar with so many other people. To those who have completed a similar journey,  I say well done and glad to be with you. To those still in job search, keep moving forward and contact me if I can be of assistance.