Yeah, it's hard. In fact, losing a trusted, sympathetic boss is maybe the worst thing that can happen to a career in mid-stride. But don't be too hasty. You sound like an open person, one who is capable of communicating with people in authority. You may do well with the next guy.
You feel like you are in limbo because you are. It's not an illusion. But please keep in mind that new bosses are looking for employees who accept them, are willing to offer their loyalty and assistance. New bosses are terrified. They tremble in the shadow of the allegiances and competencies of their predecessors. Offer the new person the same good work and loyalty you did to your previous boss. You may find that the new working environment in which you are recognized and better-compensated is the same place you work right now.
If the nouveau boss turns out to be a loser? You can always bail. Eighteen months is a burp in the life of career wage slaves like us. The world is your oysterette! Go out and slurp it up.
Last updated December 20 2007: 1:13 PM ET