Started a new job!

Clearly I need to share more. I mean, I started a new job back in October and still haven’t written about it. I was at the food company for three plus years, but realized it was time to move on. I didn’t feel great about where the company was going, projects being cancelled or postponed, and overall capital being reduced. As we all have seen, the market is really good for finding a new job. I wasn’t looking too hard, but when a former colleague reached out to me, I ended up pursuing it.

So now I’m at a smaller engineering firm again. I started at a smaller engineering company when I was just out of college. And now I’m working for the same boss who I had out of college. A small world indeed. The part of it has helped me with my overall comfort, but I’m still having to go around and introduce myself to people. It’s been … ok. I think after three years at a company you get to know everybody who you need to know. So anybody new is really introducing themselves to you.

I was put on an assignment for the past few months at a client site, but that’s now ending. So I’m transitioning back to the office in Philly. I’ll talk about the client part in a later post. But for the past few days I’ve been going in. I got a new desk which was near other people. So instead of letting the awkwardness build up, I just dove right in and started introducing myself when people were around.

I didn’t advertise. Eh. I forced out my name and just got right into it. They didn’t say anything about it. Maybe this is a good thing? Maybe I need practice telling people well after the fact. I don’t know. My speech has been pretty good, but I’m still not fluent here and there. One lousy excuse is that my boss took me around to introduce me to a few people, and he said my name, not me. But I’ve been on my own for the past few days.

So yes, advertising is hard. And I’ve said before how much it has helped. Maybe for me it’s easier to do in a group instead of one on one. Which sounds pretty crazy.

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