Here are some more accounts of people finding success even in this weird time.
1. I’ve written in a couple of times with contractor-in-California questions. I just wanted to let you know that I have, finally, FINALLY been made permanent at the company I’ve been contracting for all this time. *happy dance*
I am over the moon and so happy to be starting a “new” job with 100% certainty that I will love my team, adore my manager, and understand my duties.
I am super grateful to you and to the commentariat for being such a great resource all this time. I absolutely would not have made it this far without the great help and advice I’ve gotten here.
2. You were asking for good news posts so I figured I’d share with you some good things that are coming out of this for my job. I work in a small allergy/dermatology outpatient clinic that’s part of a larger hospital system so we are essential and my coworkers and I are at work every day. We’ve had to majorly adapt to a new way of doing things. For starters, we used to have two dermatologists that both see patients at the location I’m in and they also both saw patients in alternate locations as well. Since the pandemic started, one of our doctors stayed at his alternate location and the other stayed at our location. We’ve always been a tight knit team but now we’re even closer with the doctor who has been at our location every day. He’s really opening up with us and it’s been great! We’ve also organized a couple Waffle Wednesdays in clinic where I bring my waffle iron and some mix and everyone else brings some toppings to share and we make waffles for everyone since we have some spare time now. It’s been a really good morale boost for everyone. Now the team is closer than ever and we all show each other just a little bit more appreciation since we’ve had to figure out what works for our doctors and our patients.
3. You asked for good news, and I have some! Due to the very good advice I have seen on your blog, I revamped my resume when I applied for a job earlier this year. I didn’t get that one, which was okay, but then a government position I am qualified for opened up in my office (I’m a contractor, and LOVE the office I work in). This was basically the ideal position for me to slide into being an government employee, and I was able to submit my application right away because my resume was already prepped. They capped it at 50 applications, so quick action was crucial. Then, I waited, as you do, especially with government jobs.
I got a call last week offering me the position! It’ll be a bit before I start because they have to do the background check, and I have no idea what work will look like, as our building is mostly closed, with everyone working from home. But I’ve been assured that they’re still onboarding new employees virtually, so hopefully before summer is over I will have my next-step-to-the-dream-job-job!
Thanks for all the sage and calm advice! Reading your website has driven home how functional and non-toxic of a work environment I have, so I feel extra lucky that I get to stay here.