Marathon Life

Friday, April 02, 2010

The search continues

Wow, it's already April 1. Time is certainly flying by. My real estate agent called me on Monday to tell me that they are escalating the short sale since he knows that I want to be in there by late May. They are going to work with the negotiator at the bank to get it approved. He thinks we have a good shot at the approval soon. Let's hope he's right. This whole idea of renting a room in Irvine and living in San Diego on the weekends (Thurs - Mon) is just not sitting right with me. I know I am going to get frustrated with it. But I have to look on the bright side. I have a job. It may not be what I want to do. It may not be my true passion in life. It may not be in the most ideal location for the life that I am trying to lead. I'm lucky to even have a job at this point. I know I have regrets and they haunt me daily. I wish I could rewind time and make different decisions. But I can't. I have to face reality. 

That leads me to the job search. So far I haven't really had any bites except for all those insurance companies who want me to sell life insurance policies. What is up with that? My resume that I have posted on numerous job search sites (Monster, Careerbuilder, etc) clearly states I have a marketing background, yet I continue to hear from companies who want me to do sales, and not the kind of sales most people aspire to do. It's always the case. Seriously, do these companies hire just anyone with a pulse? It seems they don't discriminate as to who they call. You have a college degree and professional experience? Oh, then you're a perfect fit to sell life insurance and annuities to old people. Sorry. I'm just not into it.

Then there's the company where I applied to 2 different marketing jobs. I get a call from them, but it's from a recruiter who wants me to consider an inside sales position. The total opposite of what I want. I already did the cold-calling inside sales job back in the internet bubble days of 2000. That's so over. I was miserable making 60+ calls a day, leaving mostly voice mails. She tried to use the "this is more of a customer service-oriented position". Yeah right! My friend Newell worked for this exact company. He told me all about it. It's following up on people who inquire about the online school programs. Being on the phone all day is not my idea of a decent job. Oh and she said he would email me the job description. I haven't seen it yet and it's been 2 days.

I asked about the marketing positions and she said he didn't recruit for those and they have already identified a candidate for each position. I told her I was actually very qualified for the jobs and asked why I didn't get called for that, as my background is very specific to those jobs. She said, "unfortunately with the millions of people looking for work right now, we can't get to everyone." So basically my resume was never read. She also said that she was calling me since my background "fits well" with her sales position. Does it? Obviously she is trying to make a quota and didn't really read my resume. If the job market is so tight, why hasn't she found someone with more sales experience for this job? It's because they are desperate for a breathing person to take this job. No one wants it and they are grasping at straws.

The market is extremely tough right now. That's a non-brainer with a 9.7% unemployment rate and within California, we're at 12.2%.  I've applied to about 30-40 jobs and only have received one response so far. I've never had such trouble. The response is for a one-person company. It's actually for a a guy who has started a small company that sells olive oil and spices. I would love to be involved but there's hardly an infrastructure. It's too much of a risk to jump ship now, especially during my condo approval process. I need to get the condo and loan first, then I can consider it.

I even redid my resume last weekend. Hopefully the updated version will land me some interviews. I am going to try to do some in-person networking, but it's difficult since I cannot go to events in San Diego during the week. 

I need to do something different. I would love to open a bakery franchise. I had been looking at the Great Harvest Bread Company for a while. It's a major financial commitment. Something I could do now, but with the condo purchase, it's too much financial risk. Maybe in 5 years. Why put it off though? If I am that eager for a change, why not go for it now? I'll get a roommate in San Diego. Once that is covered, my expenses will not be so bad. I could possibly afford to do the franchise. It's a lot of hard work in the first few years of owning and operating a food service business. I fully expect to be working 70, 80 hours a week. But the payoff will be nice. I could take pride in ownership.

I already love the brand and bread. I already believe in it. I have the spirit and determination to succeed.  I just need to go through with the application, the site visits, the research, etc. I have done some research. I know it could be very successful in the right location in San Diego. I am sitting on this for some time. After I get the condo, I will apply. There's no harm in applying. It doesn't mean I will go through with it.
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posted by Anthony at 12:37 AM


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