At 46, I realize that I have been beyond fortunate in employment. I have loved my jobs, never been unemployed and rarely had to look for a job. Usually I would get a call from an organization interested in me and go from from there.
This past week I was laid off. In my professional life I am a fundraiser, a
Director of Development. I had rocked it for almost two years at our
local opera company. Loved my job. After a very tough year in
fundraising my boss decided that cutting back would begin with me.
I wasn't surprised. Life had become dark at work in the past couple of weeks. A lot of closed door meetings and no communication at all.
When my boss called me down to his office and I walked in to see him and
our Human Resources guy, I was honestly relieved. He told me his story
of why, my HR guy gave me some paperwork and I headed back to my
office. Tears were shed by some of my peers. I was grateful for their
kindness and support, and for helping me move out of my office!
So I guess you can take this blog post as a resume, as part of my job search.
In the last couple days I have applied for seven jobs, had one interview and have another interview tomorrow. I keep tweeking my resume and continually working on cover letters that do a great introduction of who I am and what I can bring to an organization. I have been on LinkedIn, Indeed.com, Colorado Association of Non-Profits, Idealist.org, several arts websites, Andrew Hudson's job list and have followed up on leads from many friends.
I have seen a couple of jobs that excite me. Is this the time to start looking at an Executive Director position? Perhaps it's finally that time and opportunity to move to San Diego? Become a consultant? As my friends and professional colleagues continue to remind me, the possibilities are endless.
It's Sunday so I am going to take the rest of the day off and enjoy my family and friends. Thank you for reading this and I would be grateful for any leads or suggestions. My twitter name is @FundraiserDan and my LinkedIn account under Dan Hanley in the Greater Denver area (I couldn't figure out how to link it here!).