(The following post is dedicated to Mr. B the Builder – we love our kitchen):
Before you say “what is she talking about”, think about this for a moment….
I am almost (and I repeat almost, because every Friday they tell me another 3 weeks and this has been going on for 2 months!) done with an extensive remodel of my kitchen and laundry room. I have been contemplating the entire process and it suddenly hit me that the feelings I have been having during this difficult time remind me a lot of what happens when someone has suffered a lay-off and is now seeking new career opportunities. Before you scoff at me, consider this:
Job Search: The first thing you have to do is figure out exactly what you want – what type of career track should I be on, what type of company do I want to work for, what will make me happy. A monumental task lies ahead.
Kitchen: What type of kitchen do I want, what functions do I need, how is the design going to look and who is going to build it. A monumental task lies ahead.
Job Search: I need to take a financial inventory to make sure I can pay all my bills during my search – I need to somehow make my money last as long as possible.
Kitchen: Do I have to money to pay for it?
Job Search: A long and painful process with a lot of moving parts such as resume preparation, networking, identification of job opportunities and interviewing. Dealing with a lot of lost days due to little or no response despite your best efforts to “make something happen”.
Kitchen: A long and painful process with a lot of moving parts such as identification and management of contractor and sub-contractors who may or may not show up, making sure everyone is actually working and dealing with a lot of missed days due to no activity despite your best efforts to keep everything running smoothly.
Job Search: Keeping your spirits up during times of ambiguity when your life feels like it is spinning out of control. Dealing with the highs and lows associated with not knowing how or when you will get a job.
Kitchen: Keeping yourself together whilst living in absolute chaos with no end in sight.
Job Search: Anticipation of a job offer after you have had a successful round of interviews.
Kitchen: The end is in sight! Cabinets are in, they are installing the counter tops and now you just have a couple more things to get done before it is all over.
Job Search: Elation! New job, more money, the end of worrying – oh joy! Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Kitchen: Elation! It is finally finished and it looks better than expected.
Now I can get back to my passion which is cooking! Laissez les bon temp rouler!