I finally found a job I would want to take, possibly even move back to Manila for. It's a sideways move from what I was doing before but not entirely unrelated. Given my run of luck with headhunters, job ads, and resumes -- which matches Richard Bolles' published hit rates -- I'd say it's a long shot. But what the hey: nothing ventured, nothing gained.
So I spent the morning polishing my resume to make it more attractive, content-wise. I listed my top achievements over the last ten years of working. (I have to laugh as I write this: ten years! Has it been that long? And a lot of the people I hang out with are just starting out.)
It's been an interesting and enlightening retrospective trip. In hindsight, I don't think I did too badly at all, despite memories of kicking myself over the many apparent blunders I committed. I think I may have lost sight of the forest for the trees there; or rather, I lost sight of the career over the crises.
I suppose it takes some distance to put some proper perspective on the things we've done. I don't quite know if I'll view these things in the same rosy way another ten years from now. I am happy I am viewing them positively now.
So, to all my friends just starting out or in the thick of things: don't lose hope.