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By yankeehack (Thu Jul 23, 2020 at 02:45:50 PM EST) (all tags)
Change, so much change. Apparently, I haven't written one of these for a few months. There's been a bit going on...

So the biggest news in my neck of the woods is that I've been funemployed for the past few weeks (no I haven't spoken about this publicly) and now I'm on the last part of the new jorb search. In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm waiting on a final offer while blowing off not one, but three recruiters.

Long story short, me and the CEO at the last place were not getting along and I was severely burned out from keeping up with crazy early EU hours and highly needy people. My creativity was spent and I was running on fumes. By the time shit went down, I had already started talking to recruiters, and I told him that the COO moved me out here on the promise I could look for a new job within a year. I said I didn't want to look for a job earlier, as I'd look like an ungrateful jerk. I also said that my work with some of my previous startups were much more impactful than this one will ever be. In the end, he made sure that my team and my other coworkers thought it was my decision to leave -- not to save my reputation per se but so that others would not be angry (yet again). Oh and so I wouldn't go to the investors or around SV about him. I was the 5th person to not exactly voluntarily leave* out of a ~40 person company in the last year. To no one's surprise, my marketing manager is wanting to get out of there since he threatened her job the other week.


Suffice it to say, the bitterness of my accelerated timeline and the idea that I basically wasted my time and effort for the past two something years has mostly melted away. The job search even during the pandemic has been pretty busy - from recruiters pinging me to me reaching out to founders and VCs. My new location did help with the job search -- I've never had this many concurrent job search convos ever in my life. I've done a bunch of the networking I expected to do (sans in person meetings). Also, my normal sleep schedule has returned and I feel human again, so there's that.


The new gig will be with a seed stage company with some super cool networking software. They started as an open source project and over the past few years, they've created some paid versions. They recently got some seed funding from a few VCs to finally go all in and sell the software. One of the VCs is working with the company on the sales and marketing side likes me (I think because two of the companies I've worked for have exited). I do really like the team, all v v smart guys, very down to earth. They are mostly based in So Cal and so I'll be remote -- but in the same time zone. Also, I think the fact I'm in SV will help in the long run.


In other news, during my funcation I haven't really done much mainly because I've had calls/emails most days. Yesterday was the first day I actually relaxed after getting the "we're preparing your offer" email.

I have hung out with my former COO a few times, in fact on my last weird day at the previous gig, she told me to come over to her house and she sat me on her deck and made me drink wine until I passed out. It was exactly what I needed. Then on the 4th, she made her much younger boyfriend drive us to Napa for an outdoor socially distanced wine tasting (the county was open then) and later we had dinner with one of the winery people (who she was setting me up with, and no I have not seen the guy since). She's had a harder time with her job search, unfortunately. Mostly because the finance openings seem to be shared via word of mouth.


In other news, my elderly cat passed away just before all of the above happened. After she came home from her initial hospitalization, she had some good moments despite being blind and was still a cuddly cat for the most part, but she hated the daily pills and ear cream. I found thrown up pills in corners for weeks afterwards. She suffered a stroke, and while overnight at the vet's yet again, went under cardiac arrest. I miss her dearly. The feral cat seems not to know what to do with herself at times now (other than destroying the apartment carpet), not that she was overly attached to the elderly cat, but she does miss her too. It's now just the two of us.


With all of the shit I've been preoccupied about, LO made some big steps into adulthood without me and got an apartment and a credit card. She also has her teaching placement for this fall at a K-8 school, teaching middle school science in Michelle Obama's old neighborhood. It sounds like she is enjoying her new city, being near her boyfriend (he's a 15min walk away) and being a young adult.


*If I said that 4 out the 5 were women, you wouldn't be surprised would you?

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Funemployment by marvin (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Jul 23, 2020 at 04:09:25 PM EST
I'll have to tell my wife about that word. She has a long list of stuff around the house for me to do, so I'm facing a busier summer than if I was working.

I have a friend who took a few years that he described as "pretirement" in his mid-40's. He was struggling with aftereffects of a concussion, and the pressures of the other partners at his company were getting to him, so he sold his shares to them.

SoCal Remote by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jul 23, 2020 at 04:54:28 PM EST
Once in-person starts, you can leave your door at 6 am and be in the office in LA at 10, for ~$130 round trip on Southwest.  Day trips for meetings are a snap.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
Sounds like a plan by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jul 23, 2020 at 05:03:34 PM EST
the daily stand up isn't until 10:30am.
"...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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Recruiters by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jul 24, 2020 at 07:22:53 AM EST
When I started this job I marked my profiles at every job site as "not looking". Still get 3 or 4 emails daily, and a couple of calls a week, from recruiters. Mostly for jobs listing skillsets that are nowhere on my resume and in locations that are several states away. I delete them and move on.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

On this search by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jul 24, 2020 at 01:13:01 PM EST
the recruiters I spoke to were pretty ok and directed (I'm not counting the inbox fillers). There was one at a headhunter who was RIF'd the day after I spoke to her, yeesh.

One recruiter is currently annoyed at me and called me not professional for not returning his calls this week. I was supposed to return an exercise to him for his client on Monday. The exercise was not trivial - at least a 3 hour+ thing in addition to the interview where I'd have to discuss it. In addition to any other additional calls I'd need to have with that company. Also, the manager I'd reporting to is based in India with offices in SF (12 hour time difference), so the communication loop was slow to begin with and the manager in this case seems overwhelmed.

Another recruiter was promising to get feedback from the client, but they've gone dark with no feedback for the past 2.5 weeks. The one thing about this is that the company retained a contingency firm and placed ads, so I'm not feeling too bad. It does sound like an issue with the company, not the recruiter.

Neither of these two asked me about my timeline or had any urgency with me, so I just let them assume.
"...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 almost got a job by Orion Blastar (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jul 24, 2020 at 02:59:55 PM EST
doing COBOL.

I am learning Python now, I just finished reading <a href=""></a> Automate the boring stuff with Python and passed the Udemy class on it.

I'm either too old or too experienced. I can't relocate and I'm disabled and unable to drive anymore.

"I drank what?" - <a href="">Socrates</a&gt after drinking the Conium
4/5 by gzt (4.00 / 2) #7 Fri Jul 24, 2020 at 05:49:27 PM EST
no surprises here

Update: Put A Ring On It by yankeehack (4.00 / 9) #8 Fri Jul 24, 2020 at 10:15:41 PM EST
Offer has been negotiated and signed. BOOM! I start on Monday.
"...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
SV by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #9 Sun Jul 26, 2020 at 07:07:47 PM EST
Yeah the job market has not slowed on the semiconductor side either. Although now I'm looking for a job in Minneapolis, which probably means biomedical. There are jobs out there at least, but it's nothing like SV.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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