The Tale of Jobless January (and Most of February)

So, how did you kick off your 2019? I started mine by getting laid off after my employer was bought out by a competitor. No biggie; it’s just business, after all. And it’s not like I haven’t been in this position before.

Once, over dinner with friends, we were going around the table tallying up how many jobs each of us had had since college. It was the first time I’d ever really tried to put a number on all the stops in my peripatetic career. I stopped counting after about 27, but all told I’ve probably had 30+ jobs in my life.

And, yes, I hear what you’re thinking, and I can hold a job. Aside from the previously mentioned layoff, I’ve left jobs of my own free will, to take a better job, every time except one — when an employer started bouncing my paychecks, I figured that, no matter how much I enjoyed the laid-back dress code, that was a clue that it was time to move on.

So, having had plenty of experience in that shadowy phantom zone between jobs, and having plenty of reasons to trust in God’s providence in keeping me gainfully employed, I was never really concerned about the layoff. Thanks to a generous severance package, I had about a month and a half of runway before we had to start raiding the kids’ college funds to pay for my luxury underwear subscription box (which there’s no way I’m cancelling because, what am I, a caveman?). Given that time frame and a lifetime of job-getting experience, I liked my chances.

Long story short, I went on about a kajillion interviews, told my life story more than presidential candidate on the campaign trail, and wound up in a job that I would’ve left my last job for even if I hadn’t been laid off. It’s truly a blessing, but I only just now feel like I’m getting out of limbo and getting my year started. Hey, I’m back!

And it occurred to me during all this that maybe all my job-hopping experience could come in handy to somebody out there. I’m not sure just how yet, but I’m bound to have something that someone just starting (or re-starting) his career could find useful. I definitely know how to get interviews, and how to handle myself through the interview process. Maybe I need to do a book, or an online course. But whatever form it takes, I’m going to be addressing this subject more in the near future.

Maybe you don’t want to have 30 jobs, but wouldn’t it be nice to know you could?

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