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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hi, everyone. It's been a couple weeks, and I've already been through a slew of emotions. I began with unrelenting optimism and confidence and soon reached exigency. I know I need to calm down. My "theory-as-of-late" is that there are three stages to a job search. First, we apply for jobs we really want. Second, we apply for jobs that we are qualified for but don't necessarily want. Third, we apply for any-damn-thing ;) I guess I'm still in the first stage, so there really isn't any need to worry. I've applied to four jobs and have potential interviews for two.

Anyway, I've been keeping busy. With my newly available free time I've been able to read, write, play guitar and... and... and... Oh yeah, sleep. I'll tell you, sleeping for 9-10 hours a night is a luxury everyone should experience for one month each year.

Well, I still need to follow up with some of my contacts, so I shouldn't get bored yet. By the way, I'm a 26-year-old environmental analyst with experience in EHS, permitting and compliance issues. I'd like to head toward policy-making - you know, design the next Kyoto Protocol or some sort of international clean water initiative ;)

Until next time, enjoy the scenery!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Well, I was laid off a couple days ago. In this blog I will document my job search. Coincidentally it's been three years to the day that I arrived in Boston as a recent college graduate in search for a job. After about 6 months as a temp I landed a job in the Environmental Health and Safety department of a local R+D firm. Sadly, after 2.5 years on the job I was laid off due to "a reduction in work force." So it goes.

I'm looking for a position as an environmental analyst in either a government or consulting setting. I've begun by searching through the typical sites: BostonWorks, Monster and Craig's List. I've found about a half dozen job I think I may apply for. Next I'll try my trusty list of environmental firms in the Boston area to see if anyone is hiring but not listing the openings on these sites. In addition, I'll be contacting all of my colleagues in an attempt to network my way to a job interview. I believe that every job except my first, as fry guy at Steak and Shake, was found though a connection of mine.

Away I go!