Saturday, July 19, 2014

Is the drought finally over?

As I write this post, I've been out of work for three-and-a-half years. Never in my wildest nightmares did I think I'd ever be out of work this long. Of course, over the last ten years or so, the United States has had one of the worst recessions in its history, and the worst economic climate since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Despite the tough economy, jobs are beginning to trickle in. I've had a nibble or three during the previously mentioned period of time, but nothing bit. One of my recent blog posts dealt with the problems I've had getting back to work, as well as my take on what some of the problems were. Those were just my opinions, of course, but definitely things that I've observed from my front row seat.

This week, much to my surprise, I actually had two opportunities come up. Both are technical writer positions. One is in Chatsworth, one is in Oxnard. Chatsworth is a 35-mile drive from home and can be somewhat grueling having to deal with heavy traffic going both directions. The other one is in Oxnard, a reasonable seven miles from home. The hiring manager for the one in Chatsworth has my resume and may or may not have reviewed it as of this post. As for the second one, I already have an interview scheduled within three days.

I don't know which company I'd be working for in Chatsworth, but the position in Oxnard is at Haas Automation, a well known manufacturer of computer-controlled machining centers. Exactly what kind of writing I'd be doing for them is not yet known, but I'm sure I'm up to the task. Two years ago, I interviewed at Haas for a technical writer position, but apparently they found a candidate better suited for it. In that case and this one, Haas came to me by finding my resume on one of the Internet job boards or on LinkedIn. Back in 1997 when Haas relocated to Oxnard from the San Fernando Valley, I applied for a drafter position and was contacted, but by that time I had accepted a position with a company that ended up going out of business about 13 months after I started working there. Many times I've wished that I had at least interviewed with Haas at the time. Who knows? I may have been hired and would be coming up on 20 years with the company.

Sometimes the third time is the charm, but I also interviewed with Aerovironment three times for various positions, and was called in for work on neither occasion.

All I need to do now is wait and pray that this time they'll decide that I'm the right candidate for the job. I'll keep you posted.