Friday, October 4, 2013

Google and a Lyft

Good news from today...

1....  I got an email from someone at Google.  Before you all get excited, let me tell you the story.  My friend, who works at Google, must have been talking to some in 'People Operations' (aka Human Resources) and he emailed me to set up a time that we can chat and find out what I'm looking for.  I'm not sure what, or if, he has any pull but I'm excited to talk with him.  Obviously, the more people I keep talking to the better.

2.... I decided to try and make some extra cash by becoming a Lyft driver.  I got approved and decided to active my app to 'driver mode' to see how this goes today.  I got a call and went and picked up this girl.  I drove her to Trader Joe's.  I told her she was my first rider and we had a nice chat.  During the course of our chat, I told her I was looking for a job.  By the end of the ride, we exchanged numbers and she said she's going to check with some people she works with (BTW she's a speech pathologist) and see if she can help me out.  We'll see how this goes but it made me happy.  I'll to you more about this Lyft experience later.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tell Me Something Good

Well... it's been over six months and it's time for me to update this blog.  As most of you know... it has been a hard year for me.  However, although, its still hard right now, I decided to make an effort to find something positive to talk about each day.  Some days it will be hard but this is my goal for October.  I'm going to do my best to do blog entries to reflect on the positive things going on around me.  So... here we go...

It's still 'early' in the day so I'm going to tell you about last night.  Around 10:30 pm, I started talking to a friend of mine who works for Google.  We had talked awhile ago and he said if there are any jobs that look interesting at Google, let him know and we'll work together on getting a good application submitted.  I've been looking for a new job for about 6 months and it is FRUSTRATING.  The hardest part is knowing where to look for the jobs.  Anyway, long story short.  We had a good 3 hour conversation and find many, many jobs that I would potentially enjoy.  He's only able to refer 3 positions as an internal candidate and obviously there aren't any promises here ... particularly since the campus is HUGE and him and I wouldn't even be close to the same department.  However, what felt good is that he thinks my resume looks strong and there's some good potential.  If nothing else, it's a little bit of a self-esteem boost to know that I still have people in my corner and they see the value in what I've done professional and how I act personally.  Both of these traits can be used in my career.  So... stay tuned...

Sidenote: I told him if I got a job at Google, I'd take him to lunch.  He laughed and said "Okay... Good thing the food in Google's cafeteria is free for employees so I'll take you up on that."  Just a funny comment and not a bad perk.

Google... if you're reading this... I am smart, quick learner and you won't regret hiring me.  Give me the chance to prove it!!!