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The Devil's Not in the Details

Monday, April 19, 2010


This was another one of my famous patented mixed-up weeks. I began with another small gain. Eek, up almost 8 lbs. since the all-time low. Which was only 2 weeks earlier. Gawd.

Okay, regroup. Move on. Think happy thoughts.

Phone call.

We got your resume. Love your background. Come in and interview.

Um, sure.

It's a Data Analyst job.

I swore I wouldn't be doing any more data analysis. Or at least no more as my primary function.

Ah, well, but we have a lot of $$ for you (I didn't tell them the part about not wanting to do DA work any more, of course. Mama didn't raise no foo'). And the location is perfect. And you've worked here before and the people are always nice. And Management is decent. And we want someone to do some Web Dev while they're at it.

Which is what I've been doing, and enjoying, and would definitely enhance the whole Social Media Specialist career I'm trying to start.

So, sure. We set it for Friday.

Tuesday was a wacky evening. I went to a networking event for Robotics. Now, I know diddly about the field, but every company needs some sort of social media marketing. I handed out business cards. I smiled at the earnest young men, all young enough to be my kids. I chatted amiably with the dude from the press (he actually had the best leads for me).

Wednesday was 2 more networking events. Cards leapt out of my hands. Oh, would you work freelance? Sure. Hmm.

Thursday was a lunch in Waltham. Lovely people. More cards. Steered clear of the cole slaw (it was a barbecue joint) in favor of salad and pulled chicken. Who needs dressing when you've got hot sauce? Talked to new friends and old, my weight loss came up. Was called "inspiring". Um, okay.

Friday. Interview. I think it went well. I should hear some time early this week. I am guessing Wednesday at the latest.

Then yesterday was the first 5K of the year. I ran it in 40:31. See: www.coolrunning.c
. Yes, kids, I was dead last. But I don't care. It was the first race of the year. I was hoping to break 50 minutes and I nearly broke 40. It was the second-best performance of my little ole racing career.

Oh and I'd lost 2 lbs. when I weighed in this morning.

What's next? Well, hearing about the interview, of course. Will I take it if offered? Yes. It's a 6-month contract so, unless I'm renewed (this company renews a lot, but you never, ever know), I'm back looking in October or November or so. In the meantime, more experience, more resume enhancement, more web development and more, well, cash.

And I'll keep going to whatever networking events I can, keep writing and pumping out articles, keep putting myself out there. The scattered business cards are like seeds. Some will find purchase in the soil. Many will not. But in the meantime, while I wait for my garden to grow, I water it and feed it -- and get my salads from Star Market.

I'll let you know either way about the interview. In the meantime, my next 5K is May 1st. :)
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  • RUSSO51
    I wish you luck. I also have an interview coming up. I am also brand new to Sparks. I have no will power and feel like this is just another route for failure. I hope not. good luck emoticon
    3869 days ago
  • RUSSO51
    I wish you luck. I also have an interview coming up. I am also brand new to Sparks. I have no will power and feel like this is just another route for failure. I hope not. good luck emoticon
    3869 days ago
    Good luck -- what's the next race?
    3870 days ago
    Good luck on the job. Data Analyst is a part of market research, and nowadays, market research and social media are beginning to blend together on occasion (for instance, if the data is culled from a social media source). So, it certainly won't hurt your career to get more data analysis under your belt!

    And if you need another job in 6 months time, the good news is there will be MORE jobs out there in 6 months as we continue to pull out of the recession.

    It's all good!
    3871 days ago
    Sounds like a lot of great momentum...!

    Crossing all my digits on the interview...good for you to be jumping into the 5K circuit!

    And SUPER to nail a couple more pounds!

    3871 days ago
    Awesome run.Good luck on the job hunt.Sounds like you are doing well.
    3871 days ago
    Congrats on the run and the interview...sounds like an opportunity in the right direction.
    3871 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3248497
    emoticon on the 5K!! Who cares if you are last b/c you finished!! I know many people, including myself can not run that far (yet)!! Good luck with the job offer. Like you said, you are not no fool. So if it works out, it pays, and you said decent. You can still do what you like to do on the side and it's only for 6 months for now. So you can keep networking, you never know...plus they are looking for some web development!! Always think positive! Good luck!!!!!!!!
    3871 days ago
    You are just the poster picture for networking and job hunting, I think! You're always out there (weren't you even "out there" when you should have been lying down and recovering????) making it work.

    I admire you. A lot!
    3871 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4749243
    Seems like a good things are starting to happen--also glad you're racing. Lifts the spirits I guess--I'm going to try a little biking this week. If I don't I'll go stark raving mad! I'm having a devilish time myself--not enough sleep again, but the end is near and next month I'm free for a while. Opposite problem from yours I guess.
    3871 days ago
    Sounds like good news all around. And there is definitely a theme here. You keep at it. Keep moving. In everything you do. And you are ultimately successful. It is a joy to watch.
    3871 days ago
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