Fortunately I am not sweating this even though jobs are tough. I’ve already had a couple offers put to me that sound promising. For now, however, I’m going to take a few weeks down time, try to keep low key about the holidays, finish the damn book already, and take naps to make Mr. VanWinkle jealous.
I know how lucky I am to be able to do all this, that fact does not escape my view. At a time when so many are struggling it is an absolute luxury to be able to kick back for a bit and not feel that we’ll be fighting with twenty other people for rights to the Kelvanator box behind BestBuy for shelter. My gratitude is right up front.
It did feel weird walking out today…but then i’m sure it does for everyone when they depart a place of employment. What’s funny is that this particular client has brought me back several times since I started consulting for them back in 2000. The joke this time was telling everyone I did not want a going away lunch as I’ve had at least four so far over the years and that’s quite enough.
Contracting is a cyclical thing…especially at large corporations. I’ve seen this many times since I started consulting…geez…almost 20 years ago now. Companies freak out when their numbers dip and get rid of all their consultants, then realize 6 to 12 months later they can’t get all the work done because the employees are already to go postal with the workload. Then they bring everyone back.