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Friday, March 11, 2011

80 Days till the Career Touchdown


Yup.  That there be a Clemson Tiger, Numbered at #1, making a touchdown (in Carolina's FACE, by the way!)  It's been only a few years since James Davis made that move, but a touchdown of a different kind is coming up in 80 days.  I hope.

I love, love, LOVE my work in Canada, but like all good things, my contract is coming to an end, and while my awesome colleagues have worked hard to extend my stay a little bit longer, an environmental change is imminent, and I've got to admit....I'm a bit nervous!!!

These days, the job search is harder than ever -  we're just coming out of a really bad economic downturn and obscene levels of unemployment have a whole lot of seasoned professionals lined up for the jobs that I'm hoping to pursue.  This is a tough reality.

The one thing that brings me confidence is recognizing the victories each day. I've got some awesome friends and colleagues who sprinkle bits of sunshine on the search everyday, and they reach out in ways that I could never imagine.  My girlfriend Gabrielle told me a few months ago (when my furious search started) that I've been planting seeds - and it was such an assuring realization....I HAVE been planting seeds - every day, and it's so satisfying to be able to hear from admired colleagues that they've got their ears to the ground for me, that they'd love to write a letter or serve as a reference.  I had a few victories today, and I can't tell you how good it feels to know that there are people who really do want to lend a hand in a productive way.

So - nothing really special about today's post.  Just that this job search isn't easy by any means - it's even harder now because of all the chaos in the market, which stretches itself across all sectors.  If you're in the same boat as I am, it'd be great to connect - just to share ideas, encouragement, and resilience in what we're about to do.

Ciao y'all!
Allyson

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