It’s no secret that I’ve been searching for a job (or a contract, I’m not picky at the moment) for a while now. I’ve had lots of first interviews, nearly as many second interviews, and even a few third interviews. Nothing has connected yet. For one reason or another, the opportunity has not borne fruit. Up until now, I was expecting it to be just a matter of time, patience and perseverance. This morning, I’m not so sure.
Up until now, I thought that the disastrous downward market spiral in the US (and now in Asia and Europe) wouldn’t have a direct impact on us, at least not for a while, and that we would be able to get to safety before the shock wave hit the Canadian economy. However, this morning I got an email from a company I was supposed to be interviewing with this afternoon. They are US-based company, so that should be a clue. They canceled the interview, and the reason is that they are suspending all new contracts until further notice. So it’s been a rough day, as Pam also got word that she didn’t get a contract that she was bidding on.
While I’m trying not to dwell on doom and gloom scenarios, I have to admit that I’m getting pretty nervous, not wanting to be pounding the pavement for job in a recession with high unemployment after having been out of work for several months already. As someone who always tries to anticipate the worst (Hey, we left the US partly because I saw a melt-down like this on the horizon), I’m determined to be realistic and always look ahead, but sometimes realism and pessimism look awfully similar.