Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Copywriter Seeks Work

Do you know anyone looking for a copywriter? Because I left my job.

It may seem like a surprise (and in a way it is), but in other respects it’s been in the works for a couple of months. The commute to/from Carlsbad was just not working. Carlsbad is more than 60 miles (and 60 minutes) away from our house. When I took the job in May 2004, the job was in Irvine — a mere 12 miles from our house. Between the time commuting, gas prices, wear and tear on the car, it just didn’t seem worth it any longer.

What did I do after leaving my job? I went to Disneyland! (08/23/05)

It actually goes back to October 2004 when we got a new CEO. He wanted to relocate to North San Diego where he built a software company previously. So he put the gears in motion and we moved in May of this year.

To make it up to me for moving an hour South, our CEO agreed to let me work from home two days a week. As it turned out, it turned out to be more like four days a week in the office due to meetings. And every day I go in, I’m pretty much gone for 11 hours of the day, which wasn’t giving me very much time to spend with Tim.

To top it off, we ended up getting a new director of marketing in May, who I got the impression wanted to build her own team. So in late July I made my intentions known … that I was going to pursue another job. My boss (and the CEO) were supportive. To ease the transition, we planned on my staying until I found a new job, which I estimated would be no later than October.

I didn’t write about it in the blog because people from work read it and I didn’t feel it was appropriate to announce my plans to anyone besides my boss and the CEO. But now that the cat is out of the bag, there's no reason to hold back.

As it turns out, doing a job search while working full time wasn’t exactly easy. So we made the decision to part ways earlier than expected.

For now I’m just taking some time off — I haven’t had more than a week off since I got my first real job in 1992! Then in the next week or two I’m planning on putting all my efforts into the job search. Wish me luck! :)


Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! you could have mentioned it last week. WOW! good luck cuz.

Loren Javier said...

Good luck! I know how you feel about taking a break. The longest I've had off was about 3 weeks, but 2 of those weeks involved looking for a job. I was going to take about a month off and then, a week after I decided to take a break, I was offered my current job. Anyway, enjoy the time off and say hello to Disneyland for me!

Anonymous said...

Good Luck!!! I'm sure with your many talents you'll find something to your liking.


Butterfly Queen said...

Congrats on grabbing life by the balls and seeing where it takes you!!

TIM said...

I'm actually proud of James to move on. It wasn't an easy decision but together we made it and together we'll survive. I haven't changed my job in 16 years which is unheard of in this day and age. Now he's got the opportunity to find something he really likes and gives him a good challange.

Tom said...

Wow...I feel for you, dude. I "left" my job last year around this time too and it can be challenging, but more power to you! Everyone should "leave" their job at least once! It really is kind of liberating. Best of luck on the job hunt!