Well, I've been unemployed for 4 weeks now....
I'm not a fan.
That being said there have been some definite upsides to the experience. I've had ample opportunity for reflection on my career and where it has been heading, and I've decided I'm going to try to work my way back into the mechanical end of the Engineering spectrum. Yay, progress!
That being said, while I've been hearing that companies are hurting for mechanical EITs, most of the job postings I've found are for senior positions. I've just started sending applications to companies regardless of whether or not they have a job posting up.
Most of my job leads have been frustratingly silent. Ditto with the applications I've sent out through job search engines. I received an application non-consideration notice from one company recently. While it sucked getting it, I can respect the company for having a reasonable response time. At least I'm not sitting around waiting and wondering.
This is the longest period of time I've been unwillingly out of employment. I don't know how people do it for 6 months or a year, I really don't. I feel just a little batty right now.
Okay, maybe more than just a little batty.
While I'm still good for a little while, I'm worried about money (obviously). The EI payments haven't started showing up yet, not that I really want to be on them in the first place. Right now I just want to get back to work and start paying down my albatross.
Part of me wants to walk around wearing a t-shirt that says "I'm a Mechanical EIT, Hire Me!"
Maybe I'll wait another week for that one.