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The search is over!!!!!!!!!!!(16 posts)

The search is over!!!!!!!!!!!Len J
Nov 11, 2002 8:25 AM
After 6 months of effort, my job search is over!

For the last 2 months, I've been doing some Consulting work for a Private Equity company (that I've worked with in the past)at one of their portfolio companies. I did a good enough job that they want me to do it full time for them. They want me to coordinate all Due Diligence on their acquisitions, help bring newly acquired entities financial groups up to higher levels of performance and Mentor Portfolio company CFO's.

To be honest, if I allow myself to describe the perfect match for my capabilities, personality and talents, this would have been it. I will be doing something I enjoy doing (And that I'm good at), with people I trust, in a way that should add tremendous value.

Lessons I have relearned in this search:

1.) Just because one organization does not see your core capabilites & talents does not mean that they are not there. Not only are they there, but they are waiting to be utilized.

2.) Honesty about what you do well & not so well, what you enjoy and don't enjoy is hardest to do when you are under the stress of a search but are the most important things to be armed with if you want to find yourself in the ideal situitation.

3.) Having faith in yourself and that the right thing will come along is sorely tested in a search but patience and faith are rewarded.

Just want to say thanks to all those who supported me. Sometimes the little encouragements resonate long after the dissappointments fade from memory.

Len
Good for you- new bike on the horizon now? NmStarliner
Nov 11, 2002 9:20 AM
Congratulations!js5280
Nov 11, 2002 10:10 AM
That is great news Len! Hope the healing process has been just as sucessful, are you riding now or still out for a bit longer? I know my plans now for the future as well. I'm going back for my Masters in January. Regis University has a great M.S. in Management program that's fits me perfectly. I don't want to wait around for a job to finally turn up and my guess when one does, it probably won't be exactly what I want and near positive it would be a big pay cut. I'm pretty much at the point I HAVE to do something. This will give me a about 1.5-2 years to build my knowledge, network, and hope that the economy turns around. I'd rather live on student loans (and a part-time job) and move forward than have to resort to credit cards and hope for a semi-decent job in the near future. Thanks again for all your help. I have pulled together a bunch of new ideas for updating my resume and will be using it for my school application here very shortly. Great to hear some good news on the job front! Hope others are fairing just as well.
Sounds like a plan.Len J
Nov 11, 2002 10:15 AM
Sounds like a plan.Len J
Nov 11, 2002 10:19 AM
Good for you taking the iniative. Remember courage is not the absence of fear it is the acting in spite of the fear.

Healing OK (Thanks for asking.), although not as quick as I would like. Finally got back on the bike this past Saturday. Did a 1.5 hour easy ride to "Get my legs back". Really paid for it on Sunday, I am surprised at how quickly the muscles in my arms & neck atrophied. Shoulder still wasn't ready to be back on the bike. So I'll wait until next weekend and try again.

Best of luck & let me know if I can help.

Len
Congratulations. Reward yourself with a new bike. nmSintesi
Nov 11, 2002 1:23 PM
Already in the cards..............Len J
Nov 11, 2002 1:28 PM
as a resujlt of my accident. The Trek is now in at least 2 pieces.

What to buy, what to buy............

Len
Just keep us in the loop buddy. ; ) nmSintesi
Nov 12, 2002 5:31 AM
Are you going to have to relocate??? nmMB1
Nov 11, 2002 4:17 PM
That's one of the best parts.Len J
Nov 12, 2002 4:39 AM
As long as I can get to a major airport, I can live anywhere. So for now we will stay in Easton.

Their companies are located all over the country, so relocating to their offices in Cleveland would not get me "closer to my customer". The down side is that I will be traveling 4 days/week on most weeks.

Now I just have to figure out how to get my Bike riding in on the road.

Len
You new bike should be a "Bike Friday".MB1
Nov 12, 2002 11:40 AM
A good way to travel and ride. Well worth the money.
Whazat?Len J
Nov 12, 2002 1:12 PM
Never heard of a "Bike Friday". What is it?

Len
Whazat?snapdragen
Nov 13, 2002 6:17 PM
http://www.bikefriday.com/

I've got a friend who commutes all over Silicon Valley on his Friday - just loves it.

Janet
S & S couplings can make a bike break down really small tooTig
Nov 12, 2002 4:03 PM
I need to take a picture of my friend's new bike with S & S couplings and find out where he got the hard case that can be checked like other baggage. As a doctor, he travels enough to justify the new bike. That's what I'd go with.
Congrats Len, thats awesome! (nm)Kristin
Nov 12, 2002 6:33 AM
Wonderful news!Tig
Nov 12, 2002 4:08 PM
I'm happy for you. Like most tough problems, there are always lessons learned. When everything is going well, we usually don't learn much!

One lesson I've learned is about expectations and how to best spend available time. If I knew I'd be out of work this long, I would have taken a few classes that would make me more marketable in my career. I would have also spent more time riding and hopefully getting in even better shape!