Were spent alternatively running errands (dropping off stuff at Goodwill, shopping for MoBob) and fun (watching Real Genuis, visiting the Textile Museum) since this afternoon I start my new position as program support officer at Handicap International. A couple of weeks in the office, then it's off for meetings in France. Tough life, I know. At least I don't have to pack my portable mosquito net from REI.
It's kind of funny, this whole job-search process. I know I'm very lucky that we are financially stable enough that we were able to move, and that I could take my time, and had resources like the Peace Corps' Returned Volunteer Services career center (free access to computers, phones, fax, printer, and internet), and that MB didn't have any problems finding work. I'm also very lucky that I have a solid education and background. It's ironic though despite all my efforts at networking, research, and exploiting every contact I have, that the job I did decide on was one I simply applied for in response to an announcement.
That's pretty unusual that you did not find your job through networking. But I suppose it happens! I didn't get my job through people I knew, but I found out about it through people I knew. If I'd waited till the job announcement was released, it would have been filled before I ever knew of it.
Granted, there was some int. dev. career shorthand like Peace Corps, and it helped that my (new) boss is a Cal alum who was also a history major, and that she worked with my previous employers...same with Heifer too. Weird!