I am in the process of editing and updating my resume. I’m having a difficult time doing this – I think it was a lot easier writing one coming out of college because it doesn’t really matter how generic that is so long as you have your education and skills on there. But now, after 2 years of working at Microconfusion, I have a lot of experience and I’ve worked on a lot of different projects using a lot of different tools and software. It is just so much information to put on my resume. I’m having a hard time figuring out a good way to structure it – plus, I’m wondering if I should even use an objective statement (I didn’t on my resume coming out of college). This is probably going to take a little more time than I anticipated.
I’m also realizing that I’ve somewhat pigeonholed myself with this job. If I want to advance my career (meaning NOT taking an entry-level job and getting paid more), then I will probably have to take a job in the same field (control systems). The thing about that is that there aren’t a ton of companies that do what my current company does – so, it limits my options to an extent. I just want to put myself back out there on the market to see what kind of interest I can garner. I’m interested in finding out what opportunities may exist for me out there.
If I do make the decision to leave my current company, I may regret it. Our company has already doubled in size (though modestly – from about 6 folks to 12 folks), but it will probably double again within a few years. We are close to landing a gig that would set us up nicely for the next few years and would probably introduce the idea of international travel (that would be cool). So,there is a part of me that wants to stick around and be like “I was there from the beginning and was a part of this company’s growth”, but that may not happen and I don’t know if I have the patience for it to happen. Vamos a ver, no?
I think I’ve almost forgotten how much it sucks having to look for a new job or another job. The whole process doesn’t really excite me, but it’s necessary, so I trudge on optimistically. I still have to figure out where grad school exactly fits into my plans. If I decide to enroll in grad school and possibly pursue either a Masters or a PhD, then I will have to take that into consideration when searching for alternate employment. The job that I currently am employed at would probably be the most conducive to simultaneously taking classes and working. That much, I have considered. I don’t know if I can afford to stop working. That’s an option that may not be available for me.
It will be an interesting few months.