This collection of entries is from the Category "Job Search".
Saturday, October 18, 2003
I don't have much to say today. I'm still trying to figure out what I can say.
Well, I started a new job yesterday. It's a 30% decrease in salary from my last fulltime job, or about 43% of what I used to earn in my life before my last permanent job before that. I had to take it - we're having financial issues so you take what you can.
On top of that, it's a contract job - as a subcontractor, to a subcontractor, to a subcontractor to the contractor of a project. A government project, Actually, a military project.
There's cool aspects to this, though. I'll be part of the world's largest desktop deployment in computing history - over 420,000 machines (though I'll only be involved with a local deploy of about 3,400). I get to write my own job description and build my own job and I don't have to code, or assemble or build or troubleshoot. It's mostly logistics among some major groups and the customer.
So, I'm not sure what I can say. Just that I'm employed, I have to drive about 40 miles one way, my hours have changed 3 times since I signed the contract.
I'm just not sure what I can talk about. One thing's for sure - don't expect any pictures!
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
The long nightmare is over
I start work tomorrow at 8:30am. It's really a temp job, as it's a position that will be going away, but they are going to sign me on as a full-time employee - with benefits! That will be the first full-time job I've had in 20 months!. Excited? Yes. Sort of, though. It's not what I normally do. It's actually a Help Desk job - something I've never done before (lately, I've been doing 3rd Level support, not 1st Level). And it's tens-of-thousands less that what I used to earn, but it's a full-time paying job and I get to stay within the industry (which I think is a plus!) There's another little thing, too - my buddy Barry got me the job - it's at his company! So, I'm indebted to him for saving our broke asses! Thanks, Bar. I need to do something for you!
Friday, December 06, 2002
Face-to-face interview on Tuesday morning for a temporary job on a help desk. There's more detail, but, again, I don't want to reveal it yet - there's potential jinxing involved and someone else is involved. It's been 14 months since my last contract (that only lasted 9 days), and 20 months since I had a permanent position.
Thursday, December 05, 2002
It looks like I just might be earning some money starting next week... it won't be what I used to earn, but it would be something... More info to follow - don't want to jinx anything.
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
How screwed-up IS the job market?
How strange is it when an a guy from England, working for a search firm in Manhattan, calls me - a guy outside Chicago - for a contract job in Des Moines, Iowa? At least my paper is circulating, but this is a stretch. Why can't I work somewhere around Chicago??? (Of course, with the guy being from England, he doesn't really know how "close" places are to each other in the US. I also love it when people from England end their conversations with "Cheers!")
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Not a good feeling
I'm not feeling too good about this search company. I haven't heard from them, and my communications with my contact have been a bit, um, "fractured" - like he's got too many people he's working with and can't remember who was up for what.
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
So, the headhunter calls and says that the company in Des Moines is interested in me wants to talk. I guess I could talk to the guy. It's just that Des Moines is a 5 hour drive from here and airfare is way too expensive to that town (no competition). I don't know if I would be comfortable out of town right now, given my family situation. Hey, nothing is set in stone - we're just talking about "talking" here. No offers. Wait and see, wait and see.
Friday, November 01, 2002
I received an EMail from that headhunter tonight. He's got a contract that's in the right money range, but it's in Des Moines, Iowa. I like the contract idea again, but Des Moines? I don't think I want to do this. I mean, having money is a real good idea right now, but being out of town is not that attractive.
Thursday, October 31, 2002
A little bit of talk, a little bit of writing
Talked to the headhunter today. The conversation was short but pleasant. He's EMailing me a short questionare that I have to fill out.
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
That headhunter from yesterday left me voice mail tonight and wants me to call about the position. At least I got a call, so that shows a bit on an interest.
Tuesday, October 29, 2002
A strirring in The Force...
Out of the blue, I received an EMail from a headhunter today. I had contacted them back at the end of July. They have a permanent position opening up and wanted to know what kind of money I was looking for. I thought it was odd, in this crappy job environment, to have somebody remember my resume. Let's see how this goes - I've been down this road before.
Monday, April 29, 2002
Damn... yesterday's Chicago Tribune had only 3 columns of Computer Jobs, and my web agents are finding little... time to fire up the Evil Plan Generator...
Monday, April 15, 2002
How I remember Tax Day
Here it is tax day. Four years ago today I was released from Brunswick just months shy of 20 years of service. After a few consulting gigs, and one wonderful ride (while it lasted) at Whittman-Hart/marchFIRST, I'm still looking for a job. I hate this. It almost feels like the world is revolving without me, like I'm not plugged-in to the industry anymore. The job market is really bad, but at least a job posting or two pops up every couple of weeks. I can't imagine how many resumes these recruiters get for a single opening. Carol & I need to get me back in the stream of things. I feel like a cast-off.
Sunday, March 17, 2002
Being an unemployed Messaging Engineer in this job market sucks. Today's Chicago Tribune's Job Section (or Careerbuilder section) had 6 columns of jobs - in all computer fields. I remember when there was 6 pages of job postings, not including the big ads. Now - hardly anything.
Friday, March 08, 2002
More job postings, this time it's the same job on both headhunter.net & monster.com. At least it's something.
Wednesday, March 06, 2002
Tribute of Light
Hmm... two more job postings to answer today, one at monster.com for a Sr. Notes Administrator and another at JustNotesJobs.com for a Lotus Notes Administrator. These people must be getting swamped - I'm not getting any call backs in months. I'm guessing that they're getting tons of resumes to try to sift through.
In case you haven't heard, the first memorials to the World Trade Center attacks will be unveiled on March 11. One is the "Tribute of Light," two beams of light to simulate the towers, the other is the original 27-foot bronze sculpture by Fritz Koenig called "The Sphere" that used to stand in the plaza of the World Trade Center. The lights will be illuminated from sunset to about 11pm, and talk is that it's only a temporary memorial. "The Sphere" will be at Battery Park until a permanent home could be found, perhaps back at the original site.
Friday, March 01, 2002
March 1st and marchFIRST
Here it is March 1st and of course I can't get out of my mind marchFIRST, my old company. It's been 48 weeks since I worked for them. Oh, oh... that's almost a year... I'm just starting to see some job postings come around, but it's been really bad for a Lotus Notes Engineer... Every couple of weeks I see a job posting like this on Headhunter.net - thought I had better apply.
Tuesday, February 26, 2002
Radiation Therapy Chauffeur™ duty
Well, "they" were wrong - just a dusting of snow today. Cold as hell, though. Dad's radiation treatment went quicker today - 45 minutes. Actually responded to a job posting on HotJobs today - first one I've seen in about a month. We need money - quickly. This sucks.
Tuesday, January 29, 2002
Job hunting in the dark
Very cloudy and dark this morning... a great day to sleep-in... had a little problem with some stomach acid (blech!) overnight, but not bad. Solid sleep. Mmmmm... sleep... sleep good... nuts... I'm up...
Responded to a posting on Monster.com for that same job as on the 24th, this time called a Messaging Analyst Project Manager through Strategic Staffing Solutions in Detroit. It popped-up in my morning job search Email agents, so I have to try it from as many recruiters as possible... hey it looks like there's actually two jobs...
Thursday, January 24, 2002
Geese and jobs
Geese walking through the neighborhood again... this time there's no squirrels as part of their posse... I need a job... responded to a posting on Monster.com for a Messaging Analyst through CIBER, Inc. (is this the same job on dice.com? Or this? Or even this from Oak Enterprises that I'll also reply to? Surely this one is...)... my pessimism is coming out here, but I'm not expecting a call back, though I sure would like one about now. I've been debating about applying for this job at Keebler in Elmhurst (I didn't remember that Kellogg's is the parent company) as well that I saw through Flipdog.com, though I'm not an exact match. Guess I'll do it anyway.
Friday, January 18, 2002
Bad receiver, no job match
Well, I wanted a better day.
First, I got my FedEx from DirecTV. Turns out - the problem isn't the access card, it's the receiver. Bummer. I only had it two weeks. Now I have to find a Sony dealer for service.
Then it looks like I don't match as well as I would have liked with that job on Dice.com based on an EMail that I got back from the headhunter. I really wanted that opportunity.
Went to Rosatti's for the buffet for dinner. That was OK. Oh, and I had a great night's sleep. Oh, and then I had my first great DirecTV Sports moment - I was able to watch the Manitoba Moose at the Utah Grizzlies on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain - my first AHL game in a different market. Thought that was cool.
The other stuff just bums me out today.
Thursday, January 17, 2002
Bad receiver, bad lunch, too much hope
Odd day. Started with one of my DirecTV receivers crapping out with a "short in the access card". A new one is being FedEx'd to me and I should have it tomorrow. Gotta like those DirecTV people.
Then Barry calls. He's in the neighborhood and wanted to know if I wanted to do lunch. So we went to the Super Chinese Buffet on Golf for lunch. Always went there for dinner, not lunch. Disappointing. Obviously they would have less of an offering, but somehow the food didn't seem as good either. Strange.
I answered a job posting on Dice.com. The opportunity is interesting - a contract position. But it's 100% travel for 6-12 months. I'm not sure I fit the position, but it sounds interesting. Had another search firm leave me three voice mails today for a position that looks like I don't fit.
Friday, January 11, 2002
Posting and Blogging
Trying to catch-up with my Blog of Las Vegas Update, but Blogger is giving me fits trying to publish. Could be some fallout form Ev's reconfiguring.
Responded to a job posting on computerjobs.com. Probably won't hear a thing. Headhunters can be such assholes...