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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/29/2014 2:59:36 PM | Feedback (34)
Last week, I had a job that was considered a sure thing. The tech interview went as well as an interview could possibly go. When I went to the HR interview, I was told that was nothing but a formality. Then they cut the position. Yesterday, I had an interview that went even better than the one I just talked about. They seemed visibly excited at the prospect of me coming on board. I was even asked when could I start, which generally is a very positive sign. There’s also no chance of this company...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/29/2014 8:48:45 AM | Feedback (9)
The job I was looking forward to loved me. They thought I was the perfect candidate for the position. However, they decided to cancel the position instead. I have to start looking twice as hard now and follow up with the other 2 in progress ones. More interviews for the next week too. Depressed now. But being down in the dumps won’t put food on my family’s plates. Gotta find work.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/22/2014 8:01:50 PM | Feedback (16)
Today is the big day. My #1 choice will either make an offer today or not. If they do, I’ll have to let the other two opportunities I’m currently in process for know and see if there’s anything they’re going to be able to do to pull me away, but I don’t see much wiggle room there. I don’t want to be overpaid (I know that sounds odd, but overpaid mean ‘easier to let go as well as easier to replace with cheaper labor’) and this particular job already has good benefits and a great work environment...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/22/2014 8:52:08 AM | Feedback (4)
So, interview feedback from yesterday was ‘positive’. The primary position I’m looking at has said they’ll have a decision by Thursday. So now I wait, and that’s the hard part. I have another face-to-face (aka dust off the monkey suit) interview tomorrow morning. Well, tentatively, I’ve been asked if I was available, but no confirmation. Still, it’s worth looking into as until eggs hatch, I have exactly 0 chicken. The wait sucks. However there are opportunities out there, so I should at least...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/20/2014 3:22:17 PM | Feedback (1)
I have two face-to-face (and thus requiring the dreaded pants) interviews today. Both are on the top of my desired positions so far, both look to be excellent opportunities for me to stretch my skills as a developer. Oddly, I’m a little on the nervous side. Things are going to move quickly and I want to make the right decision. I’m not a job hopper, and I’ve already once in my career joined some place that I ended up loathing within days and left within weeks. What I want is a place that I can...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/19/2014 11:51:40 AM | Feedback (8)
I’ve got a phone interview in a little bit that I was informed was ‘brutal’ and oddly, I’m looking forward to it. It should stretch my technical ability to the max, which is really a good thing. Then I have another one later this afternoon, and am currently having yet a third interview scheduled, although that one will be onsite and either tomorrow morning or Monday. Already have had two rejections, but that’s to be expected. I don’t expect I’m a perfect fit for every company and vice versa...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/15/2014 9:30:40 AM | Feedback (4)
Had to take a skills test on C#. Bugs me that I should get 110% and only take :30 to take the whole thing, but I didn’t. Missed 5 questions, and worst is I don’t even know which ones they were. A lot of these test go back to the minutia of development, things that you forget the details of… you just do it. I also do not know the function name to remove all items from a queue. It’s Clear(), but there’s no need for me to remember that, Visual Studio’s Intellisense does that for me. I really hated...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/6/2014 11:08:31 AM | Feedback (7)
Is finding a new job. I don’t get how people can lose their jobs then sit around for weeks on end until they start looking. I had recruiters on the phone Friday afternoon and my resume polished and ready to go by Saturday. Thanks to following Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, I don’t have to worry about financials while I look for another job, but that doesn’t mean my goal isn’t to get re-employed as quickly as possible. I don’t understand the mindset of “waiting a week or two” to get...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/5/2014 11:49:18 AM | Feedback (6)
As of today, I am no longer employed. I enjoyed my time at the company dearly and am sad to have had to leave, but due to an unresolvable and fairly big conflict, I had to end my employment with them. I got home, and already have leads (although some are less desirable than others) but I haven’t even started looking in earnest. I have to get my resume back up to speed over the weekend and then blast it out. I know the market right now, and being unemployed for more than a week is probably out...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2014 4:27:45 PM | Feedback (12)
Tomorrow, I start the new job. I was supposed to start last week, but a paperwork issue caused the date to be pushed back. Let me explain my situation. I’m doing a 6 month contract that will then roll permanent with Company A (I avoid talking about my workplace on my blog as to not cause their name to be associated with this blog which they may or may not approve of, not that I’m embarrassed about my blog or anything). During the 6 months, I’ll be a contractor for Recruiting Firm B....
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posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/9/2011 8:51:41 AM | Feedback (7)
Sadly, I will not be starting work tomorrow. Paperwork didn’t get shuffled in time for me to start Tuesday, so it will be next Tuesday, the 10th. At least, I hope it will be. Not getting paid sucks. Another week will actually begin to hurt (up to now, we’ve not even touched savings and have pretty much paid for everything outright). Oh well. At least I can blog some more!
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/2/2011 9:27:54 AM | Feedback (2)
Actually, don’t. It’s not as much fun as I make it out to be. Crap…. Too late.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/21/2011 9:37:34 AM | Feedback (1)
So I got a new job instead. I won’t start until the 3rd, but there’s a big difference between “funemployed and no prospects” and “I’ll just think of this as a 2 week, unpaid vacation”. More details later.
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/20/2011 6:56:23 PM | Feedback (21)
To say things were going rough would be an outright lie. I’ve got so many leads that I’m having to take down my resume and decline any more recruiters’ offers for assistance. I don’t want to lose track of where I’m applying / being applied to and I don’t want to waste anyone’s time. The .Net market here in Tampa is hot right now, so there’s plenty of opportunities. My main concern is somehow getting into the interview stages quickly. First off, I’m a computer programmer, not a resume writer....
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/15/2011 9:29:55 AM | Feedback (12)
One, I’ve been literally overwhelmed by the response. I join over 10% of the nations workforce in unemployment and it honors me that people care enough about little old me to send notes and ask for my resume and the such. Let me ‘splain you a bit about a few things. The Mrs. and I are taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. As such, we were just a few days shy of being debt free minus the mortgage. Financially, we’re ok for a few months and we can even stretch it out a bit more if we...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2011 10:02:48 AM | Feedback (26)
Days of Our Lives hasn’t changed at all since I was a kid. Heating up Ramen takes electricity and water, which you have to pay for. I find I can use water from my neighbor’s hose and just let the noodles sit long enough to make them pliable. Want me to write an application that scrapes all your friends’ Facebook statuses and sorts them by relevance to your mood? No problem. Want me to write a resume? Problem. It’s handy to keep a small mallet nearby for those occasions where the...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/13/2011 9:13:45 AM | Feedback (5)

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