In the past couple of months, I’ve written about various signs that the economy is finally turning around, small step by agonizing small step. You can find me writing about improvements in employment, small jumps in manufacturing, and even tiny increments of job growth here and there. Today, I had lunch with a friend and former colleague from NetQoS, and got some more slight and gentle signs of improvement.
Let me explain: Jim and I are both well-educated, white males with advanced degrees and 20-plus years of experience in the job market, with about 20 years of executive level experience between the two of us. In case you didn’t already know that makes it darn difficult for either of us to find work, especially work with pay commensurate with our years of experience and the few gray hairs we have left.
But finding work we are. Jim left his job recently and was expecting it to take a year or more to find a VP-level position, or higher, at a local company in the Austin area that meets his now very well-developed sense of what makes a good potential employer, and an equally good potential job. Much to his surprise — and mine — he finds himself pondering multiple at least tolerable job offers at decent-to-better-than that companies, and is even mulling over a few more entreprenuerial opportunities as well.
As for myself, in the past couple of weeks I’ve had so much work come knocking on my door that I’ve had to turn a handful of jobs away simply for lack of bandwidth and resources to service them. And let me be clear: I’m not looking for full-time employment right now, though I would certainly consider any good offers that might be tendered in my direction anyway.
Though neither of these situations is typical, or perhaps even ordinary, these days, I can’t help but find my optimism perked up by these occasional rays of economic sunshine in what has been a pretty dreary landscape until recently. Given all the work I know of out there, and the gradual reawakening of some go-go mentality, I don’t think I’m wrong to see some signs of improvement, no matter how slim and evanescent they may turn out to be. Buck up: it could definitely be worse!