Monday

…is here, and I’m still on the job hunt. I did spend a little bit of time today printing up some "personal" business cards with my contact info and, on the back, a bulletized version of my career objectives & general experience. I did this originally back in ’07 after Metaldyne, but of course I’ve moved and thus have somewhat different contact info in terms of physical address and home phone, so it was time for some new ones. The quality of the DIY business card kits is much improved from two years ago, with much cleaner edges once broken out of the page.

The other lesson is I didn’t print all 200 in the package at once. 🙂 I still have maybe 150 of the last batch.

Hitting up some more of the suggestions I’ve received, getting myself "out there" for folks to see: that’s how you do it. I had one solid nibble off my LinkedIn profile last week. We’ll see where that goes — I think I’m a pretty good fit for the position. There was another contact made that involved my making what amounts to a "cold call" on the business in question — one where I’d met the business principal a few years back casually, and he might have even remembered me. This wasn’t quite as random as it sounds: the business is expanding and some indications that they would be looking for engineers in the near future have been posted here and there. That would be an exceptionally fun job if it panned out — the business in question is involved in things that push all my "I love working on this!" buttons.

But I’m not counting my chickens at all. I’ll keep looking until I land the next job, whatever it turns out to be.

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Miscellaneous updatery

(this may be ported from LJ to FB if things work as expected)

Thanks to the kindness of many, I’ve received a fair number of leads on potential jobs, which I am following up in a steady and methodical manner.

In other news, I think I’ve got the unemployment situation sorted. As it turns out, because it was less than a year ago that I filed last, I still have benefit weeks available from Michigan, so I had to re-open my claim there. What a difference a few months make: I was able to do so online, including updating address, and via an automated phone system (updating direct deposit info), without having to once speak with one of the surly humans who populate the Michigan UIC offices.

Lest you think I’m down on government employees, no: the young man I spoke with at the Texas unemployment commission was very polite, considerate, and answered my questions in a way that completely dispelled my confusion about how the different state systems interact (the short version: it’s a federal system administered in individual states, so there is cross-communication between states), plus informed me that once my remaining 16 weeks of eligibility in MI run out, I would THEN be eligible to file in Texas. I am sincerely hoping it doesn’t come to that, but it is nice to know it’s there.

Also, I’ve been told that there’s some sort of stimulus-package deal that subsidizes COBRA health insurance benefits, which I may take advantage of. One of the problems with COBRA, as many of you know, is that the unemployed ex-employee has to eat the ENTIRE cost of the continued insurance, which is often stupidly expensive (example: continuing my GM coverage on COBRA would have cost me more per month than paying the office visit and brand-name prescription refills 100% out of pocket would have cost). I’ll have to see what it ends up costing, but if it’s reasonable, I’ll probably keep it. I have 3 months of "free" insurance continuation from BHI anyway, not that it really matters as I haven’t even started using up my deductible, though if I can’t get my HCRA money out and returned to me, I will go ahead and use it so as to not toss that $1000 or so in the HCRA away.

And on yet another front, well, I get by with a little help from my friends. The amount of support I’ve been receiving is astonishing and I greatly appreciate every single one of you who has taken the time to drop me a note, a comment here, a post on FB, or just sent positive thoughts to the deity of your choice or in my general direction. I just hope I’m able to pay back/pay forward the karmic debt I’m incurring. Thank you all.