Newly Employed in Buffalo

I’ll be working in an office tomorrow for the first time in six months.

For the first four months after I moved to Buffalo, I worked remotely for my employer back in DC. Man, working from home was great. I generally rolled out of bed about ten minutes before I had to be on the computer.

After that job ended, I was unemployed for a few months. While I will welcome regular deposits into my checking account again, I will miss my leisurely days. In particular, I will miss:

Sitting down to read a book whenever I felt like it

Grocery shopping on weekdays when the stores aren’t crowded

Unlimited time for cooking and food prep

Getting 8-9 hours of sleep per night. If I stayed up late one night, I could sleep later the next day. That won’t be the case when my alarm starts going off every weekday at 645am.

Going for long walks in the middle of the day. That hasn’t happened as often since the temperature dipped, but it was nice to have the option.

Watching random Law & Order: SVU marathons. I think I’d seen maybe five episodes of that show before I moved to Buffalo, but that number is much higher now.

Not having to leave the house in snowstorms or extreme wind/cold. On the bright side, January is almost over and I’ve heard this tends to be the worst month.


Even though I’ll be leaving those things behind, the new job will be a good one. I’ll be working as an Executive Assistant, just like I was in DC, and I’ve been told the hours should be pretty regular (not a lot of overtime required).

And! For the first time in my life, I’ll be able to walk to work — which is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m extremely happy about that.

What will I not miss about being unemployed? Interviewing. I didn’t find it difficult to land interviews, but it took way longer than expected to actually nail down a position. The job market around here makes any open position pretty competitive. (Even though I was only unemployed for a few months, I technically started applying for jobs last August. That’s almost six months of job hunting.)

I looked back at my records today. Not counting pre-screening phone interviews, I had at least 9 in-person interviews with HR representatives and 10 in-person interviews with managers/executives. Definitely more interviews than I’ve ever had to do in the past to land a job.

On the bright side, due to all the time and effort involved, being offered this position was a thrill. I look forward to staying put for a long time.

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  • Reply Leah January 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats on your job! Job searching is no fun, so I’m glad you found something. I also applaud your dedication in searching.

    Oh, and as a side note, having no commute is amazing. I love not having to drive. I am sad that I will likely have to drive to take a kid to daycare next year. Sigh.

    • Reply Zan January 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks, Leah! I LOVE walking back and forth, even though it’s cold outside and snow on the ground.

      I think the addition of a child to your family is a good reason to have to start driving to work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Carl F. January 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Congratulations on starting the new job!

  • Reply Jeff January 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Awesome! Walk to work, I am very jealous. Thrilled that you got this. Now find a Thai restaurant to go to for lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚ And isn’t Law and Order SVU scary at times but uber-addicting? Wherever I’m in front on a TV and it comes on, I’m done for hours.

    • Reply Zan January 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      I hope I’ll get to walk to work for a long time, but you never know where Paul and I will end up when we move out of our current rental. My preference will be to stay within walking distance though!

      SVU is indeed addicting. We can definitely watch multiple episodes in a row. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Reply Annette Chenault February 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I’m so glad you are now gainfully employed again.
    But I loved your comments about the advantages of being unemployed. I get to experience those almost every day. And after almost five years of retirement, still love the fact that my life and days are basically under my control. I never looked forward to retirement, and thought it was for ‘old’ people. But now that I’m here, it’s great…and I’m not old yet, lol.

    • Reply Zan February 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Exactly, Annette! I knew you’d be the type of person to take advantage of your retirement. I’m not one of those people who needs to go into a workplace to feel like I’m doing something worthwhile with my time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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