Right now, I am actively searching for a new job. For the past 26 years, I have worked as an Environmental Scientist in the environmental protection field (i.e., environmental management; environmental compliance; hazardous materials spill prevention, control, and countermeasures; environmental impact assessment; surface water and groundwater quality; waste management; environmental restoration; licensing of nuclear power plants; and nuclear facility decontamination and decommissioning). In conjunction with my regular environmental work, I have often had the added pleasure of performing cultural resource management work, primarily as a Professional Archaeologist in managing, oversight, and coordination roles. In addition, I have worked successfully for many years as a topflight Technical Editor and Science Writer. My experience includes private sector projects and federal government projects of various sizes, including a number of projects with billion-dollar funding levels.
This is all work I love and would like to continue doing in a new job—if possible. However, if such work is no longer available because of bad economic conditions, which appears to be the case right now, I am willing to use my wide-ranging knowledge and functional-transferable skills to change to another career track. Regardless of whichever career track I might be on, the most important thing to remember is that I am a service-oriented person. My primary purpose at work is to meet and exceed the expectations of my internal and external customers―and do it in a friendly and respectful way that builds long-term relationships and retains customers. In other words, my work focus is on how I can use my knowledge and skills to help you and your company rather than on what you can do for me.
My current preference is full-time work. I am open to doing part-time work if it has the potential to turn into continuous full-time work within a reasonable amount of time. A project that will last at least four years would be ideal, but i am realistic enough to know that the ideal is rare in this world.
The items listed below are various résumés and a link to my professional page on Linked In. Please feel free to review these items in case you might need a new employee or send them along to a colleague or friend who might need a new employee. If you are interested in my qualifications and feel I could be of service to your company, please contact me by email at email@example.com.
(Notice: If you are operating or representing one of the many corrupt insurance sales, recruiting sales, or home mortgage sales scams that prey on desperate job hunters with offers of pseudo-jobs where most people bomb out inside four weeks, I know who you are―and saw what you did. Do not even think about contacting me.)
Why am I looking for a job? The long-term federal contract project my colleagues and I were working on for the last four years has come to its end. Written contracts do indeed have end dates. We successfully completed all of the complex work we were tasked to do under our contract. Our client lavished each of us with extraordinary praise for doing an outstanding job, submitting the highest quality project deliverables, and meeting all of our numerous deadline and project milestone dates. Unfortunately, by the time our project ended, economic times had turned very bad in my hometown (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) as a direct result of the recent Congressional Sequester budget cuts. Federal funding for environmental protection work in Oak Ridge has normally remained at about $500 million per year in recent fiscal years. For fiscal year 2014, this funding level was cut to $320 million per year, which is a $180,000,000 (36 percent) cut in the available money for environmental work. When our recent contract came to an end, there was simply no more funding and no more work to do in our office. Because of these extreme federal budget cuts, the highly competent, greatly beloved, and much revered owner of our company was forced to lay off all of us and close down our office building.
The current environmental funding crisis in Oak Ridge is not restricted to FY 2014. It is my recent understanding that the current funding cuts will remain in place throughout FY 2015 and will be even deeper in FY 2016. Many office buildings and store fronts around town are empty or nearly empty. Grocery stores and restaurants that have been here for decades have been closing down. We lost our Ruby Tuesday restaurant just a couple of weeks ago. I have never seen so many “For Sale” signs in front of homes in our residential neighborhoods.
You need to know another thing too. The Oak Ridge government sector economy does not follow the traditional private sector employee retention model. The traditional private sector model for hard economic times is to first identify and then get rid of their worst-quality and most unproductive employees—including individuals they just plain do not like for one reason or another. They then go to the mat to retain their very best core people because they are the company’s future. Although it might sound counter intuitive, It simply does not work that way in the Oak Ridge government sector. Funding levels are everything. If your worst employees are no longer funded, they are out the door. If your very best employees are no longer funded, they too are out the door—period. Everyone is subject to the guillotine—no favoritism. That is just the way the system works here—always has—probably always will. Therefore, no hiring manager can make a blanket assumption that every out-of-work Oak Ridger was a slacker on their last job—meaning any such assumption is fatally flawed.
My current unemployment situation has absolutely nothing to do with the typical worries some potential employers have about hiring an unemployed person during these still-hard economic times: Was he dead wood? Was he incompetent? Was he lazy? Was he a poor communicator? Was he disliked and hard to work with? Was he dishonest? Did he do poor quality work? None of the questions like these apply to my current unemployment situation. Quite simply, in my field of work, I am one of that rare Top 2 Percent of workers that employers yearn to find and hire—but often never do because they are so hard to find. I just had the misfortune of living in the wrong town at the wrong time in American economic history. So, if you need a really great employee, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.