As for the job situation, I am in the interviewing process with 5 different companies. There was a job I interviewed at a sports uniform company that I was perfect for. Unfortunately I didn't get that offer. I think it was due to putting my real salary on the application. I knew the job paid at least $12,000 less per year, but I was willing to take the job since it would have been an opportunity for me to get out of the "box" I am in. This is in reference to only having experience within marketing for technology companies. I would have gladly worked for less pay to get experience within a different industry. Although I don't know the true reason why I wasn't selected, I have a feeling he didn't want to offer me such a low salary.
Last week I had an in-person interview with a company that does radiological software. It went well and I think I will be called back for a second interview this week. Then I had a phone interview with a company that does sampling programs for athletes at various events and other health/fitness oriented facilities. It's a company I have been trying to get a position in for a long time, ever since I moved to San Diego (Active.com). They are notorious for low-paying salaries. I purposely put my salary range $10,000 less than what I make now just so I would be able to get an interview. And they contacted me. My screening call went fine. I think I will get an in-person interview out of it.
Then there is another job for a pump/industrial company that I landed an interview for next week. I got this through a staffing agency. The position would be temporary to permanent and pays the same, if not more than what I am making now. I would get to write a lot more, so that is a plus. It's not exactly exciting, but at least I wouldn't be taking a salary cut. That interview will be on Friday most likely.
There is another company who manufactures ordering kiosks at restaurants who wants to interview me in person. I had a very long phone interview with the VP of Sales on Friday. It was great. He definitely wants to meet in person. It's kind of a start-up environment, but the company has been around since 2002. They just haven't done much with their marketing efforts. It's only 25-30 hours to start, but it will eventually go full-time. I really would love to work at this company. I would get to learn and do so much. I would actually get to feel like I have influence on things. I won't be feel like an expendable resource like I do now.
I got a call from an HR manager from another company I applied to in Feb. They called me in March for an interview and I called them back, but they never returned my call. Then I get a call on Friday from the HR manager. He said the job had been put on hold. Now it's available again. He wanted me to come in for an interview with the VP of Business Development. The company manufactures pool cleaning systems. It's based in Vista, CA, about 40 miles north of San Diego. I asked if I could have a phone interview first. So I have that tomorrow. I am weary since the position is at a manager level. I don't want to waste my vacation time on an interview that may not go well. I want to feel it out on the phone and if there is a good match then go in person.
So I have a lot of opportunities now and I continue to apply to jobs. I decided I will not quit my job just yet. Even after I sign the papers on the condo, I will wait a few weeks. I am confident I will get one of these jobs so I will be able to quit and feel better about it. I will just suck it up and commute up to Irvine until I land something. My friend Mahesh is still letting me stay on his couch Mon-Wed nights. I am so thankful for this. He isn't charging me any rent even though I offered. He just wants to help. After next week though, I told him I wouldn't need to stay anymore. I don't want to find a second apt in OC when I won't be there for long. I can just drive or take the train from Oceanside (36 miles north). It's daunting to think about the commute, but San Diego is my home now. At the end of the day I will be returning to my real home, a home that I own. Everything will come together. I just have to remain positive. The positive energy is creating all these opportunities. These next few weeks will be pivotal.