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.