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I start a temp-to-perm position on Monday.  I'm really excited about the company and the opportunity (which I don't want to talk about too much yet because I'm a bit afraid I'll jinx it.)  The job is 8:30-5 M-F, exactly what I had been hoping for.  It's in San Francisco, and since I don't want to deal with parking I will be dealing with Caltrain and Muni.

I am a little nervous about the commute.  I've always had to drive to work, 30-45 minutes usually depending on the location, day, and time, but given that I was usually traveling in non-commute hours it wasn't so bad.  And of course, in a car you can also run errands or make any extra stops you want.  Relying on a train with a fixed schedule will be interesting.  My current plan has me walking to the station (six blocks or so) to catch the 7:28, after the transfer to Muni it should get me where I need to be at 8:18.  I haven't figured out the trip home yet, or what I'm actually going to do on the train.

I think I'm dealing with a bit of "be careful what you wish for" here, I always knew that making this schedule change could be difficult, but now that I'm staring at it all I've got are questions:  when will I run/watch movies j doesn't want to see/do my homework? how do I fill an hour's lunch in the city?   And given that it's temp-to-perm there's also the issue of not thinking I 100% have it because I don't yet.

So welcome to me actually making this transition, instead of just talking about it.  Hopefully it will be a good ride.

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I took the train for over 10 years from Sunnyvale/Mtn View to SF. I read and/or slept on the train. As for the schedule, you just generally learn to be flexible, especially depending on the type of job (i.e., whether you can always leave at a fixed time or not; I frequently took different trains home every day). Caltrain is generally pretty reliable, but you do have to learn to deal with delays from time to time. It's much easier to just go with the flow rather than stress out when you're stuck on a train and can't do anything about it. And if you're taking Muni to the station in the evening, you'll probably have to deal with missing your train now and then. Hopefully there's another soon, but I found myself hanging out at Panera occasionally to kill time. I can probably answer almost any questions you have.

Anyway, I'm wondering what temp agency you are using. I got laid off last December and still haven't found anything. Just finished a 2-month temp job and hoping to at least get more temp gigs if I still can't find a permanent job, but haven't had much luck yet with agencies actually calling me.

Trains home I'm not worried about, trains there are my main concern. But then, the office is three other people and me and they all understand the issues with public transit so as long as I'm on the train that was supposed to get me there I don't think anyone will scream.

I've been working with Adecco, and I haven't been super impressed with the folks in the San Bruno office - though of course I now have this job so I shouldn't be complaining. But they weren't great about calling me either.

Have you heard of the Connect center in Sunnyvale? They offer workshops on resumes, interviewing, setting up a linked in profile, and the like for people who are out of work. You may not need any of that (coming out of theater I did) but they also have a lot of networking opportunities, which might help you out. Could be worth looking into.

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