Unemployment: Day 1

Don’t worry, I’m not actually going to number these the same way I did the apprenticeship ones. I just figured that I’d mark the occasion numerically. Technically yesterday was my first day of unemployment, but I decided to take a day to be lazy. I got my hair redyed and then came home and pretty much watched Daria for the rest of the day until Kevin got home. It was great!

Also, my hair is BRIGHT PINK! It's so awesome; I'm basically Jem right now.

Also, my hair is BRIGHT PINK! It’s so awesome; I’m basically Jem right now.

Today, however, it is time to get back to work. Or, at least, it’s time to plan a path to getting back to work. Although highly organized schedules almost never actually work for me, I love making them so, and I really need to avoid spending the entire day on Minecraft and Facebook and then wondering why I’m not finding a job. So! Priorities! Programming! Searching for a job! Reading/studying/tutorials! Working out! Possibly writing a blog post about my fear that having suuuuper hyper feminine hair will hurt my changes of getting a job because of unconscious bias against women in tech! (What do you folks think?)

The last time I was unemployed, Kevin was working on his game so neither of us had anything approximating a normal schedule. This time, he has to leave the house to go to work, so I’m going to just stay on his schedule, which I think will help. I also think I’m going to stick to the format from my apprenticeship posts, asking the agile questions every day and using them as a guide.

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

Yesterday I learned that I still remember a LOT of the dialogue from Daria. I’m sure those of you who have met me in person will be SHOCKED to hear of my love for that sarcastic cartoon lady.

Today I’m going to get everything prepared to hunt for my next job. I’ve talked to a couple people about opportunities, I need to follow up and either get them information that they’ve asked for or get clarification on what they need. I’m going to make a list of websites, companies and organizations that either aggregate jobs or that I want to work for. Are there any job fairs coming up?

I expect to learn that I really hate job hunting. This isn’t news, but man, I really hate job hunting. Who invented cover letters, and where’s my time machine so I can go back and prevent that travesty from coming into existence?