Last week, I wrote about how I’ve been looking for a job for eight months with no real success. Within about two hours, I got a message from a friend of mine. He told me about an opportunity I might be interested in. If you follow me on Twitter, this is what I said at the time:
@BradKimberly: Interesting. An old co-worker sent me a msg saying he had a job available for me. Pay: Ridiculous. Location: Afghanistan. Response: Maybe.
Let me give a little background on this. The guy who sent this to me was a contractor I worked with while I was deployed to Baghdad during my Air Force days. He’s a great guy, and he really made working in Baghdad quite bearable during the six months I spent there. So, when he found out about an opportunity, he sent me a message. In fact, about a dozen people have sent me job leads in the past eight months, and I am truly grateful to everyone who has done that.
Almost immediately after deciding to quit the Air Force, my attention turned to finding a job to replace it.
My first decision was whether or not I should continue to work for the government. My only other options would be to work for corporate America again or go into business for myself.
So, I decided I would go ahead and try to find a government job. The second decison? What kind of job should I get?
I’ve been doing public relations for nearly six years now, which is quite different from the television and radio production I did for the decade prior. Still, I’ve been able to integrate some of that broadcast experience into my public relations experience to help further my efforts in communicating the Air Force story.
I thought that my best efforts at finding a job would be to search for another public relations position. The trick in a tough job market is to not be so picky. The jobs are out there, but you can’t insist on only accepting a position in the town you live in. If I did that, I would be unemployed for years. A wise professor once told me that you have to go where the jobs are. Not bad advice.
I use USAJobs to search for these PR jobs in government. If there’s one thing the government needs is a good communicator. Every now and then, I see some bonehead in PR get in front of a camera and try to make some sort of excuses about something instead of handling issues the right way. I’m looking at you, BP. Obviously, the government is guilty of this, too.
Anyway, I would like to continue being one of those boneheads. It pays well.
So, I’m really close to locking in one job, and should I get that offer letter in my hand, I’ll be moving to Washington, D.C. in mid-August.
More to come…
When you’re in the Air Force, there comes a time when you have to think about punching out. There are many meanings to “punching out,” but there are only two that matter.
The first is illustrated in this photo. In 2003, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds lost a jet at a Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho air show. The pilot ejected, or punched out, safely less than two-tenths of a second before the plane hit the ground. In fact, this photo is the first ever taken of a real-world ejection.
The second type of punching out is when you decide to leave the Air Force. The analogy is as if you were the pilot (you) abruptly leaving the plane (the Air Force) before its scheduled landing (retirement).
No doubt, my punching out is the second type.