After six months and a handful of days on the unemployment line, I finally had a little luck, but I’m nowhere near out of the woods yet.
I got an e-mail from a former co-worker of mine who left long before my old company started purging the majority of its editorial talent. It’s not for a full-time position, but it will hopefully lead to one.
I’ll be working a few hours here and there, doing exactly what I was doing — editing, writing and posting news items for a Web site — for a publication that covers sports video technology. I certainly have no complaints about the subject matter, even though some of the stuff can get very technical. I’m used to dealing with tech content, so I’m quite comfortable.
The people are great, the office is casual and friendly, and the work is like second nature to me. I would love to see this become a full-time gig, but it’s out of my hands. All I can do is try to make a good impression and influence their decision, but I’m worried that no matter how well I do, if the money isn’t there in the budget, this may all be in vain.
Still, it’s getting me out of the house and feeling productive again, and I’m hopefully optimistic that it will turn into something. I’m certainly no worse off than I’ve been, and this can only help matters, one way or the other.
Keep your fingers crossed.