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By yankeehack (Sun Apr 09, 2017 at 12:33:53 PM EST) (all tags)
Watching a fat giraffe.


Truth be told, watching a fat, pregnant giraffe these past few weeks has been relaxing. Meditative. Peaceful. I can stream her on my computer, next to my bed on my iPad, and on my TV as I dork around on the Internet. (However, if you want to avoid the middle-aged women of Middle America marveling at the and because of the pitfalls of livestreaming, I'd avoid the Facebook comments.) At least I don't have to pick up giraffe poop.

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Things are...the same here I guess. I haven't found a new gig yet. Despite the numerous recruiter emails and phone calls, most of those leads have been crap. I've gotten a lot of leads like, "This flooring company needs a marketing person because their Web site needs to be redone!!!1!" No, just no. There's not much open in terms of the area startups (not unexpected) and I'm wholly not excited about what is open.

I've interviewed with a few companies. One where they humored me but I was not a fit. Another where I'd be out of tech if I took the job and I couldn't bear to go to the next step. I'm currently "in the process" with this one tech company which sells a type of software I specialize in, with a wholly deserved reputation of footdragging and refusing to change with the times. Long story short, the position I am in contention for is a "changemaker" type of position (that I am very qualified for) and the process has been nothing but discouraging. (Their Web site has been broken in part while this interview process has been going on.) I should also mention that the position is under a guy who obviously is smart and gets things done*, but who is totally overwhelmed with other things. Oh, and it's essentially a marketing position that is being tagged as product management and the manager/executive...is an engineer. I was already arguing with him during his phone screen interview. Unfortunately, the manager/executive has missed two dates on the interview timeline already.

The only good thing is that the manager/executive made an effort to get to know me. Since as it turns out, his fiancee worked at the one crazy place where I worked (in a different function, but we know the same people).

So while I am waiting on this guy (he was supposed to get back to me on Friday), I'm throwing my resume out there some more.

If this doesn't work out, I'm going to have to go on the consulting sites and pick up some work. That and...consider dipping into the 401k if I don't hear anything next month.

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LO is doing great. She is currently texting me from a volunteer gig at an animal shelter in her adopted city as I write this. The big news from her is that she is going to raise a guide dog this coming fall. She is excited. There's a campus group devoted to doing this, and the pupper will live with her in the dorm, go to class, and everything.

In other LO news, I think she's over the hump with second semester chem and may actually get a B in the class as she's figured out how much work she has to put into it. I haven't heard what her final plans are for the summer. She was throwing around some ideas, including working at a camp, traveling and hanging around with her boyfriend (who is graduating in a few weeks), and/or taking classes. She didn't want to do an internship this year as she hasn't interacted with any professors in her major and she would rather a connection (which is understandable). I'd rather her work at camp as we need the money.

LO isn't sure what to make of being in a sorority, as hers is a laid back one (but thankfully cheap on dues). She also is volunteering with a group focusing on educating prisoners in her adopted state. When she told me about that, I was surprised at her activism but proud of her.

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Something, something, worry.

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Family is family. My parents are currently worried about their cat which is vomiting for no good reason. Bloodwork came back clear, with a exception for pancreatitis, so they are feeding the cat with blander food. My Mom is worried the cat has cancer.

In other family news, my little sister is preggers with her third kid, which she is excited about. I think.

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Not much else going on. I should get my hair cut and colored this week, no matter if I hear from the foot-dragging manager or not.

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I haven't gone on a date in a few months. I am not sure what I want if I went on a date, so just avoiding that angst. I might have a story brewing nonetheless.

Fin.

* The speculation is that the CEO has essentially checked out, thus why this one guy has argued for all of the power including engineering, PM, and now...a marketing function.

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Job Market by jimgon (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Apr 09, 2017 at 04:37:34 PM EST
My experience with the job market has been that I keep hearing it's tightened up and heating up, but I don't see the evidence.  Jobs are taking just as long to fill as in the early 2010s and an awful lot of jobs just disappear.   




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It's the area I live in by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Apr 09, 2017 at 04:48:27 PM EST
It's all meds and eds, and not that much tech -- the two largest tech employers are $BigCable and $GermanCompany. The rest is mid-sized or smaller.

So a small market, and if you get picky about commute/seniority or some other characteristic, the market is tiny.

A lot of the recruiter emails I get are for jobs elsewhere in the country. Like Atlanta or Minnesota or the odd contracting job for an Internet company out in San Jose.

The one thing I've noticed with the recruiter jobs these past few weeks is that it's all "Green Card or Citizen" requests.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

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H1B is being targeted by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Apr 09, 2017 at 06:06:01 PM EST
DHS has been doing raids on companies with H1Bs. The companies are starting to get scared. 




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And to be clear by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Apr 09, 2017 at 06:22:13 PM EST
the recruiter contacts which would mention H1B in the past were for IT jobs which...were somehow extrapolated from a marketing resume.

I haven't seen H1Bs in marketing at all.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

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I wouldn't expect to by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Apr 12, 2017 at 09:29:50 PM EST
You need to know the culture for marketing. H1B won't fly.  




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Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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My intention is to hang onto my job like a by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Apr 12, 2017 at 07:59:31 PM EST
barnacle.

Despite the fact that they are closing my office and transferring my job to $DESERTED_RUSTBELT_TOWN giving me a 100-mile round trip commute each day, the possibility of trying to find another geek-friendly (and income-friendly) position in this area and at my age is more than a little intimidating.



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