Some of you know that earlier this year my wife lost her job. She makes more at what she does than what I do as a laboratory analyst. So the gameplan was to have her do a job search and procure a job, while I look where she has strong leads. Her search spanned PA, NY, Ohio, Michigan, MD, and Minnesota. One by one each prospective possibility failed -except one. She was finally offered a position with the East Aurora Wesleyan Church, as Children's Minister. She had to start work in mid-October and took 3 of our kids with her. I had my oldest son in Reading, PA. He was finishing up his semester at the local community college and working p/t. I was doing both searching and working. Our lease ran out at the end of November, following the move of most of our stuff to East Aurora. Aaron and I had to stay in Reading for another 11 days, for him to finish out his semester and he stayed with a friend of the family, while I stayed with a co-worker (also my replacement at the lab).
In the meantime, I have been doing an online search and have had a few phone interviews, including one in person one. So far I don't have anything set in stone, but I do have a few strong prospects. There are two temp job placement agencies (Aerotek & Kelly Engineering), who coincidently have me in the process for the same company, but for different positions. I just had a phone interview for one position and a background check. The next step is an aptitude exam.
Also, I have been "courting" another environmental laboratory in the Buffalo area. I responded to 4 advertizements so far and have had progress made with one - Metals Prep / Mercury Analysis. Oddly enough, this is exactly what I did with the lab I just left ("kicking and screaming"). I couldn't have asked for a better job offering. I had a 70 minute phone interview 2 weeks ago and did the usual follow ups. Today, while getting caught up with correspondence at the local library, I get handed a phone from a librarian, with my wife on the line. The gal at the lab called and spoke to my daughter (fruitflygurl) who relayed the message to my son, who called my wife who called the library (I can't hide!) so now I have a personal interview for next Tuesday. I would give up half my fiefdom if I could nail this job - or at least that Drosophyllum seedling!