Unemployed for a Day

I am unemployed today.

For most people, that might be an uncomfortable situation, but I will be starting a brand new job tomorrow, so my unemployment is both voluntary and temporary.

I wasn’t at my last job for especially long. Long time readers will remember that I started there just last year.

I never could get the hang of filling out my TPS Reports (Image source)

I never could get the hang of filling out my TPS Reports (Image source)

Why such a quick turnaround? As I soon discovered, the company wasn’t the best fit for me. They worked on contracts for various government agencies, but there wasn’t a well-defined plan for their IT department. As a result, I worked on a lot of things that I wasn’t necessarily trained for, nor had much interest in doing.

There were also a few first world problems that I had to deal with, but I’m pretty sure that those exist at every company.

That said, the situation wasn’t so horrible that I NEEDED to leave. And I wasn’t even really looking to leave. So then why did I leave?

I had connected with a few former co-workers on LinkedIn, and I noticed that there was a position open at my old company. A feeling of nostalgia swept over me, so I inquired about it. Less than a week later I was offered the job. That may seem sudden, but when you have a chance to hire the Cutter, you simply don’t waste time.

Apparently, much like the Jackson 5, they really wanted me back.

It may seem strange that I’d want to go back to a company I once left. After all, there had to be a reason why I left, right?

It had been my first position out of school, and I stayed there for seven years, which is an eternity in today’s world. I felt that I had stagnated in my career, and the only way to grow professionally was to leave. I always liked the company, and I said I could see myself return some day. Now that it’s six years later, I feel the time is right.

I’m sure that some of the things I disliked before will bug me again, but I’ve learned that EVERY company has its share of drawbacks. After all, it is called “work” for a reason. People aren’t necessarily supposed to love going there. At the very least, it should be a much better fit than where I was.

But I’ll start worrying about the new job tomorrow. For right now, I’m just going to enjoy my temporary unemployment. I’ve already gone to the gym, had lunch out, and watched a movie. What should I do next? Ride my bike? Go for a walk? Take a nap?

The possibilities seem endless.


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19 Responses to Unemployed for a Day

  1. My money is on nap. Congrats on your new job!

  2. djmatticus says:

    Oh, read a book!
    That sounds lovely. I haven’t had the time to just settle in and read and read and read for, well, just over a year now.
    Enjoy the rest of your day off, whatever you end up doing with it.

  3. Kevin says:

    Always take a nap….or start an amazingly large project that you’ll never get done in a day and it can hang unfinished for years!

  4. Trent Lewin says:

    Dude, enjoy the temporary break. Best wishes with the new job.

  5. stephrogers says:

    Oh read a book! I have so many recommendations! Hit me up if you want a few book titles. Good luck on your first day tomorrow. Do you have lucky socks or something?

  6. A small taste of retirement! Congrats on the new/old job!

  7. mistyslaws says:

    (I’m obviously playing catch up, so please excuse my tardiness).

    One day of unemployment doesn’t seem like enough. I think you should have taken a week or 2. Then again, I guess those bills weren’t gonna pay themselves, huh? Hopefully you are enjoying the new/old job again!

    • The Cutter says:

      A few days would have been nice, but I couldn’t afford much more, and timing wise it didn’t really work out.

      I am enjoying the job though!

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