Friday, September 12, 2008

Pursuing a career

For some odd reason, I'm suddenly motivated to change my employment arrangement.  What this means is that I'm starting to finally follow the advice of my friends and supervisors at work and actually pursue job leads with some ambition and aggression.   It feels weird to be honest.  I'm out of my element.

I'm also bored, bored, bored in my current role.  I've got more to give and it's time for someone to accept that and get me moved on.  My current boss, who reminds me a great deal of my dad, said in no uncertain terms to me in my last one-on-one that he would like to see me out of the department and that he would happily write me letters of recommendation to hiring managers if I land an interview.  

In reading that back, it sounds like my boss is trying to get rid of me, but that's not at all true.  He's just put me on a project that will have me making outbound calls for two weeks instead of taking cold customer calls.  He's also made me a subject matter expert for a new product roll out which will give me more visibility on my team and possibly within the department.

I had a feedback (I hate the word "feedback") session with a training facilitator to discuss why I was declined an interview for a new position in that department.  She's one of my favorite people in the department and, like my bff at work, told me that I need to be much more aggressive in getting my name and qualifications known.  She also told me that my resume was lacking in qualities that she would have liked to have seen.

So... one of my projects for this weekend is a massive resume update and to write a missive to one of the department managers detailing exactly why I cannot be passed over for one of the new positions being created.  While I was outlining some of my ideas and qualifications to the woman telling me why I didn't get an interview previously, she became actually excited by my enthusiasm and told me to go get in the manager's face and tell her that I was the guy for the job.

I'm energized.  About work.  I'm just positive that this is a sign of the apocalypse.

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