Whoever said the only thing that’s constant is change certainly knew what they were talking about.

The economy is still down, but thanks to my friends, my resume has landed in half a dozen critical inboxes this week. I’ve been interviewed by one organisation already, where I happened to meet two erstwhile colleagues. It is nice to see familiar faces in new places; what’s even nicer is that I respect both these people as being good at their work – and that’s not something I’d say of a lot of people. A company that can retain good people – one for several years – can’t be all bad. The other thing I liked about this place was that they had an intelligent test – the kind that I enjoy doing and leaves me feeling so pleased with myself (for doing well, obviously). Most importantly, they had well-maintained and sparkling clean toilets. This, in my opinion, is a highly important and non-negotiable criterion when looking for a new workplace.

Meanwhile, another company has set up an interview with me tomorrow.

A third company, located not too far from home, closer than either of the other two, has a very interesting job description, the most exciting of those I’ve seen so far. But they haven’t even gotten in touch with me yet.

None of these three companies is one of those that has instant brand recall like, say, IBM, Intel, or Microsoft. But my resume has also found its way into some companies that do have that. Of course, I haven’t actually heard from any of them yet, but if I do, then I’ll really have some fun… Deciding which one I want most, which is most practical, which the best for my career prospects, which good from the perspective of work-life balance, which is so crucial right now… Not to mention work environment, remuneration, commute time and all that.

So in all this – what is to become of the kids? We’ve struggled and struggled with this question for months without coming to any very satisfactory answer. As of now, we’re thinking of putting them in a daycare center in the same office complex as Amit’s office and my company2. We’ve heard some good and some bad things about this daycare, but the bad things have been about other branches while the good things have been about this particular branch. This daycare does also offer to pick up the kids from their school, which will be required because their school bus does not ply on this route at this time. So this looks like what we will be doing soon. Neither of us is very happy about it – the thought of sending two small kids to daycare for the whole day, every day of the week… But there doesn’t seem to be any other option, now that I’ve decided to go back to work.

So this is going to be a big change coming up. I hope it all goes well and we all get settled into the new regime without too much difficulty. But first, I have to actually get a job.

6 Responses to Job-hunting

  1. Supriya says:

    How come I find myself in the same boat – except that I am not nearly half as qualified as you, nor have an impressive resume? I will probably join some sidey lalaji company only – since only they will call me. I will check out the toilets though – it is a good test that you’ve pointed out.
    I think you’ll not have too much of a tough time with this change. As a family you have embraced change pretty easily it seems to an outsider like me – on more than one occasion. I am sure this one too will fit like a glove and all of you will wonder if there was any other life. I hope you get what you want – if you know what that is, of course. All the very best!

  2. poupee97 says:

    Supriya: Lovely comment, thank you.

    The companies I have interviewed with so far are both quite small and not well known. I wouldn’t call them sidey lalaji companies, but they’re not the Who’s Who either. I’m sure you’ll find an equally good opportunity, if not better. I think the number one thing is to believe in yourself – that comes across and works for you. Amit has implicit faith in my ability to wow my interviewers, god knows why, but he seems to be right. I think it just comes from having supreme confidence and unshakeable (if unjustified) faith in yourself.

    As for change… well, I’m not so sure about that, but I do hope you’re right.

    I do know what I want, actually. Well, I want many things, and several things take turns at being second on my list – good job, happy family, wealth, sexy figure, long vacations, lots of time, world peace, and so on. But the one at the top of my list has been a constant for as long as I can remember (and I’m talking, say, 30 years of memory here): I want to be a world-famous best-selling author.

    No way I’m on track for that aspiration, but well… they say life is about the journey, not the destination.

  3. Supriya says:

    I’ll buy and read every book you write. And I am sure you will get published soon. The world will wake up to how much more entertaining and informative life is with your writing in it than without. 🙂

  4. poupee97 says:

    Supriya: Thank you, thank you! It means a lot to me.

  5. doug H / Mrwhatzit says:

    Hopefully you only work 5 days a week in India.
    You will be getting the weekends off, won’t you?

  6. poupee97 says:

    Doug: Yes, in the IT industry, 5-day weeks are the norm. Thank god for that!

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