Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Job and Renewed Campaign!

So here I am sitting at my new desk at my new job! Pretty cool all around so far. I think I'll fit in nicely here...

I feel like I didn't even skip a beat between my old job and the new one! I feel like I didn't have any time off of work! I was out of work for approximately a total of three weeks. That's insane to me. I was truly blessed and lucky, because that is not typical of what most people who are laid off go through. And not to brag, but I had two job offers after only two weeks. I still can't believe it. I thank the powers that be in this nutty universe!

And, I actually find myself regretting that I didn't take more advantage of my time off. I really could have spent more time doing other things besides job hunting. I mean, I did spend some good quality time with the wife and kids, and caught up on some stuff around the house, but I probably could have done less worrying about the job stuff...ah well. No use crying and all that...

Anyway, I have set a target date of March 31st with my gaming buddies for our triumphant return to regular game sessions for my Tales of the Wanderers campaign (sorry, was that a really long sentence or is it just me?). Although I have a lot going on now with ramping up at the new gig, as well as a new bit of freelance work coming my way, I am trying to dedicate the spare time I have to getting my GM pants back on ;-)

I'll let you know how things go! Until then, happy gaming!

12 comments:

  1. Congrats on the quick find. The last time I found myself in a similar position, it took 3 months to find something.

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  2. Impressive work. What kind of marketing do you do again?

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  3. @Greg: I have worked on proposals, brochures, mailers (snail and email), web copy, press releases...you name it! I've worn a lot of hats in the marketing and business development realms...

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  4. You're at you new job and you're already blogging? Way to go! I write my best blogs at work!

    Congrats on the new work environment and the upcoming renewed campaign.

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  5. I'm trying not to blog too much here...yet! I just hate going too long without posting something...

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  6. Congrats on your new gig! Marketing is a tough industry. I own my own advertising agency here in Southern California and it's very tough trying to get new clients.

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  7. @Martin: well, I'm a business development/ marketing "cog" in a big firm, and not a business owner myself. God bless, I don't think I could do what you're doing! That being said, whether you own your own business or you're part of a marketing department, people do not give words and their proper use much respect! Therefore, marketing/advertising/PR budgets are more often than not one of the first to be slashed, and therefore marketing personnel are some of the first to fall to the ax! I'm sure I don't need to tell you this.

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  8. @Drance - You hit the nail on the head. People always slash their marketing budgets first to "save costs" without thinking of the long-term consequences, which is that they will lose even more customers because people won't be exposed to their message. It's a Catch-22. They instead should try to look at cutting costs by improving the efficiency of their existing operations. But that takes hard work, whereas it's more easy to just cross-out a marketing budget.

    In my nearly 20 years in the business, I've been laid-off three times from big global agencies, so I finally decided to just start my own agency and roll with the punches. It's extremely stressful, but it's a different kind of stress. And it's much more freeing to be able to provide services to my clients that they want versus what a big agency bureaucracy wants me to shove down their throats.

    Cheers!

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  9. I'm a little late to the party but wanted to wish you much happiness in your new job. Go you. Rah.

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  10. Better late than never, Whisk! Thanks for the well wishes. Now, I just need to get my still-young-and-fragile campaign back into shape! Can you spare some good vibes for that too? ;-)

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  11. Congrats, Drance! Glad you were not unemployed long.

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