Today at work, I sent my supervisors an email that I was leaving work early (at 3:00 PM) to attend a “job fair” at another company. I had earlier received an invitation from one of their employees to a job fair at another company here in Knoxville. It had come to me through my daughter-in-law, Cheryl Jenkins-Nelson, from a friend of hers, Mark England. So I had decided it was worth checking out the possible opportunity this job fair might offer me.
Then around 1:00 PM our supervisors asked us all to assemble in one of the meeting rooms at the company, and we, of course, did so. Around 1:10 PM, the Site Director, Greg Jimenez, came in and announced that BellSouth had made the decision that Tier 2 support (the group with which I work) will be moved to the company’s Philippines facility. Our last day of business in Oak Ridge will be January 14, 2005. Once again, my job has been eliminated.
So it appears that my decision to leave work early today was well-timed. I went to the job fair with more enthusiasm than I might have exhibited otherwise, armed with the information that Greg had given us. I realized that I should be open to the possibility of employment with another company. Fortunately, the first part of my interview process went well. I will go back on Thursday of this week, my day off, to complete more of the process. I hope that this next step in the interview process will proceed as well as the first part and that I’ll be offered a job at this other company. (I’ll leave its name out for the moment until I learn whether I’ve gotten the job.)
Life is full of transitions. They can’t be avoided, nor should they be. In fact, it is probably better to accept them and enjoy them because they offer new opportunities to prove your worth to a new group of people. I’m looking forward to the next step in my life’s journey and to finding more stable employment in the near future. I’ll keep you posted.