August 20th, 2002

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The day hasn't furthered my immediate goals (which are loosely defined as 'get job,' 'get skills to make getting job easier' and 'do chores required before move'), but I finally got to the grocery. I bought some collard greens. No idea what I'm going to do to cook them yet. From last trip I still have eggs (and now have bacon to go with them), a couple frozen chicken breasts, and a pound of frozen ground pork which I'll do... something with. It'll either end up in a meatloaf or chili.

And today, I successfully roasted and peeled fresh green chiles. As tugrik wrote recently, there's a certain class of "small victory" it's difficult to explain to people who don't share your enthusiasm for something, so I won't elaborate (just say this wasn't my first attempt!); I used the chiles in my Chipotle Rice & Beans recipe, and had the happy accident of buying zucchini instead of yellow squash for it. The fresh roasted chiles have a better flavor than canned, not surprisingly, and they were actually cheaper--even though they're more work.

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I've taken my résumés off Monster and CareerBuilder for the moment. This may sound nuts, but they haven't been getting significant hits, and they've actually been out there for most of 2002; the chances are they're just being seen over and over by uninterested recruiters now. I've moved to DirectEmployers and ComputerJobs as my main "trolling" sites, and I have search agents running on five sites now.

My suspicion is that this isn't the best way to hunt, though; I need to find employers are in my field and target them directly. I have some ideas, partially inspired by what's probably the best job hunter's information site on the net, the Riley Guide. My next project is getting something together for ArborText; I'm probably going to send them the actual .tgz file of the XML résumé I've been working on. They make XML editors, so why not, right? They're based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but apparently they allow telecommuting--I might be able to start with them right here. And, they have an office in San José.

Their advertised positions are all more senior than I qualify for, but one of the (many) pieces of advice I haven't followed is to target employers, not positions. Figuring out what employers I'd want to hit in this area will be a challenge--but it'll be good practice in "life skills," as they say, and will come in handy if I end up in CA.

Meanwhile, no word back on the contract position in Largo, and another promised call from a recruiting company last week never happened. I put in for unemployment checks #2 and #3 today. I still haven't seen check #1 yet, but hopefully by next month--which will also be the month I have to start dipping into savings. My expenses will drop substantially by mid-October, though.

Oh, yes. And I bought some "Key West Sunset Ale" at the grocery because I've never tried it, and it's pretty good. A cheap but flavorful dinner with leftovers, and good beer, and I have vanilla ice cream in the freezer and a "dessert salsa" (chocolate, raspberries, brandy and a hint of chile) I've been meaning to try for months. Now that I'm starting a habit of keeping ice cream around, I can.

Life is, against logic, reasonably good for the moment.