Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Exciting days.

I don't generally go into details about my personal life on my blog. This is for a number of reasons: (a) I don't want to put into writing and publish on the internet something that will some day haunt me, (b) this is a knitting blog, and I have doubts about whether or not any readers really want to read about it, and (c) as a general rule, my personal life is boring - and thus anything I would discuss would be of the whiney, complaint-ridden type. But, as some of you may know, I have been actively seeking meaningful employment for most of the time that I have maintained this blog - though my ambition has ebbed and flowed - the resumes have always been sent in waves on a constant basis. To say that I live in a tight job market would be putting it mildly; it's the down side to living in a well-educated university community. In addition, the hub has been completing a graduate degree for the past year and a half which has made relocating impossible. Further, we weren't interested in having a commuter marriage. To bide my time and pay the bills I have taken a temp job for the past year that, while mind numbingly boring at times, is actually quite tolerable. Throughout the process, I have learned a thing or two about rejection. I've seen it all, and have learned, the hard way, to do my best at not taking it personally. But it always stings. Particularly after a second interview or a particularly desirable opportunity. But lately, the job search has taken a turn.

For starters, a month ago I received an offer at a very small law firm in a neighboring community. The job would have required an initial commute and an ultimate move. We weren't thrilled with either prospect, but I pursued it anyway, and we were willing to make the move if necessary for the experience. Well, after 2 interviews, I received an offer that was well below par and did not include benefits. As I attempted to renegotiate to compensate for the lack of benefits I was told, "You don't need benefits. Your husband will get a job with benefits." My jaw dropped in disbelief. Proving that the legal market remains an "old boys" club in small town Iowa.

But as slow and painful as the job search has been, the past two weeks have flown by. I received a fabulous opportunity at the company where I am currently temping. Full time with benefits. It just happened, and I snatched it up as quickly as I could. So here I am, gainfully employed (in a job where I will actually use some of my education) with a weight lifted off of my shoulders for the first time in two years. No longer a member of the marginally employed class. Is this really my life? Has my luck finally turned? Somebody pinch me.

Needless to say, knitting and blog content will likely slow down in the next few weeks as I finish my current temp project, and get started at the new job. But I should have pics in the next few days of the finished Calla. With plenty of time to spare before Rykert's graduation. Cross your fingers that it will fit - I have my doubts.

Can you hear that? It's the collective sigh of relief of me, Rykert, and my family. We certainly have plenty to celebrate in the coming weeks - graduation for Rykert (after 12 years of full and part time college and graduate school) and employment. Who knows, maybe we will go crazy and actually get cable or ditch the crappy dial up connection?

11 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Sarah said...

Yay! Congrats, Libby. I'm sure everything will be fabulous for you.

Debbie said...

What wonderful news, Libby! Congratulations.

Ruby Banshee said...

Libby, Congratulations! You should definitely ditch the dial up. I don't know how you survive (says the girl with no cell phone). And knit something extravagant.
I'll be back on Saturday, maybe I'll see you at knitting night next week!

Wool Winder said...

Congratulations! Persistence pays off.

Kelly said...

Congratulations! That kind of thing feels so good, it makes it way easier to sleep at night. Iowa is sort of still in the dark ages. Way to not let them get you down! I understand that sort of mentality, it's hard to kick. I work for the Iowa Legislature, and believe me, it's alive and well!

Liz said...

What fab news, Libby! A hearty congrats to you... just think, more yarn stash money! ;)

Cara said...

That's great! Congratulations!!!

Melissa said...

Congrats! I think the legal world is still an old boys club in many cities - including Chicago!

Rykert said...

Libby, I knew things were looking up we we went crazy and bought the DELUXE mac and cheese to accompany our recent dinner of chicken sandwiches. But we never stooped so low as to purchase store brand cola. For that, we should be proud.

Knittripps said...

Congratulations!

kristinknits said...

The job hunt can be very unpleasant. Congrats on your new position! : )

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