Tuesday, October 09, 2007

As the Doors Open and Close

My phone interview with Do-No-Evil on Oct. 1 appeared to go well, but apparently not well enough. After a week of silence, I e-mailed the recruiter for an update, and I got back the following reply this afternoon.
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 10:38:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: (recruiter e-mail withheld)
To: (2amsomewhere)
Subject: Thank you from (Do-No-Evil)

Hi (2am),

Thank you for your time and interest in the Software Engineer, Internal Applications - (Windy City) position. We carefully reviewed your background and experience, and though we do not have a position that is a strong match with your qualifications at this time, we will be keeping your resume active in our system. We will continue to use our database to match your profile with new opportunities and will reach out to you if we find an opening for which you may be qualified.

Thanks again for your interest in (Do-No-Evil)'s careers and unique culture; we hope you will remain enthusiastic about our company. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (e-mail address withheld).

Kind Regards,

(recruiter name withheld)
(Do-No-Evil) People Operations

I am grateful that I got a chance to prove myself in some small way. It's a lot more than what some local employers of lesser stature have been willing to grant me. But I'd be lying if I didn't say that my heart sank heavily when I read the message. There's still some hope, but not enough to hold breath. It's time to let go of this child's fantasy and move on.

I have one interview scheduled on Thursday afternoon. It's a contract position, minimum of three months, and a chance of going long term. The client is a company that develops software for public safety agencies. I'm a bit nervous about this one because not only do they have a staffing agency trying to fill the contract position, they are also trying to hire directly a director of software development. The thought of going into a situation where there is a leadership vacuum makes me wary.

A number of posts on the job boards caught my eye late last week, and I put my name in at four different places.

One of them is the Local IP Telephony Company with whom I have applied no less than five times in the last two and a half years without so much as a response. I've also been submitted by two different recruiters in the past year, getting rejected before the interview stage.

Another is a second chance with Large Indigo. If you recall from earlier this summer, I applied to them, got some help from a reader on getting my resume to a live person, only to find later that the position had been filled. Then the position reappeared, and I e-mailed the contact with no response. More recently, I noticed that a second posting for the employer has been posted on the boards. It is worded a bit differently, and the job code is different. I decided to put in my name again with the hopes that I can still get on. I also saw a recent press release from a local university hailing the creation of the new site, and it noted that there will be five people working there. Maybe there's still some hope.

I have put my name in with two other local companies. One is a startup that deals with dynamic pricing software, which might be interesting, but my gut tells me that they might be suffering the same troubles getting people to buy into their product that my current employer has run into. I have an interview with them on Monday next week. The other is a very large student loan company, which is looking for an someone who can keep an eye on the security issues with their applications. That would be a nice transition from the world of coding, but I don't know if I'm what they're looking for.

I got a call from a recruiter today plugging a local company that does content management for technical documentation. It would be an in-house developer role, but he thinks that they might be interested in me. He's submitting my resume for their consideration.
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