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It's like a broken rollercoaster

Abm0raz (668337) writes | more than 9 years ago

User Journal 26

You know that feeling when you're going up the begining of a roller coaster and each "click" you hear on the way up the first drop brings exhileration from anticipation? Well yesterday was that. Waiting for comencement tomorrow (friday) and looking forward to getting things going in my life.

You know that feeling when you're going up the begining of a roller coaster and each "click" you hear on the way up the first drop brings exhileration from anticipation? Well yesterday was that. Waiting for comencement tomorrow (friday) and looking forward to getting things going in my life.

Well, now I'm at that top of the incline, looking down and seeing that the track stops, but the fall doesn't. I can see one lonely, hook-shaped, rusty nail sticking out of the wall several miles down (yeah, my eyes are that good) and have that pit in my stomach cause I know my eyelid will get caught on it during the free fall before hitting the spiked rocks below.

My boss showed up today for a surprise meeting. The same boss that has stuck by me, encouraged me to go back and get my degree, let me drop to part-time while in school, promissed me they'd hire me back full time when I was done, and been pretty damn understanding when I had to call in saying, "Sorry, I have to study more for my exam tonight. I'll be on call today, but I need to go to the library." Yeah, that boss. He took me to lunch to celebrate (I have a cold, so I didn't really eat) and I was expecting to receive my full-time offer when he said (paraphrased):

"Congratulations on graduating. We're not going to be hiring you back full-time. If you want to continue working part time, you will have to move to Ebensburg(1) and take the resulting cost of living difference pay cut. You have till next friday to decide. By the way, enjoy the lunch(2) as a graduation gift."

So, those that read this journal that I know, Tomorrow's graduation party is off, since I have ~$200 in the bank and may need that just to survive till I find another job. I'm under contract with my lease until September so I may be working at the bars again just to pay the bills. On that note, I may not be around /. anymore because the first bill that will be cut will be cable tv/modem.

If anyone needs me, I'll be the guy in the corner with the handle of grain waving a crayon diploma and wearing a "Do Not Resucitate" T-shirt.


(1) Ebensburg is a shit-hole little town about 75min west/north-west of Pittsburgh. The highlight of it's existance are that it has a McDonalds and it's at the top of the mountains, so there is STILL snow there today. The cost of living is about nil because everything is so run-down and crime-laden.

(2) Lunch consisted of a hotel resteraunt where they didn't even have soup. I got a burger and fries, ate about 1/4 of the burger and 3 fries and got a to-go box. Oh, and I had to leave the tip.

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o_O (1)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12511189)

Well that fucking sucks.

Was he at least apologetic about it? Did he explain why they couldn't despite him telling you they would?

That sucks man, it'll get better though, it always does. Don't look at that nail, it is to far in the future to be a certainty. Your rollercoaster has about 20 side tracks branching off, all waiting for you to find a better one to be on.

Well...crap. (1)

Some Woman (250267) | more than 9 years ago | (#12511301)

I hadn't even gotten a chance to congratulate you. :^(

Damn, that sucks (1)

bellus quies (585501) | more than 9 years ago | (#12511337)

And he made you pay the tip? bastard.

:-( Wow (1)

dexterpexter (733748) | more than 9 years ago | (#12512571)

Do you have an IM account? If so, I am dexterpexter (that is dexterpe x ter--for some reason people to leave off the second 'x') on just about every flavor of IM client. Shoot me a message before you cut the Internet connection.

I said it yesterday, but I repeat it today:
Congratulations on the graduation. This unfortunate development should not take away from your accomplishment.

Dude. (1)

insanecarbonbasedlif (623558) | more than 9 years ago | (#12514325)

Sorry to hear that.

Don't forget your password though... It would take forever for me to see the new A8m0raz and figure out it was you.

Gotta get a J O B (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 9 years ago | (#12518203)

hey dude,

It's tough right now, but this might be the best thing that's happened to you so far, besides the gruditation thang you're doing today.

I see several options for you:

1) you blast teh dot with your skills, letting folks like Mr Leet and Josh and those around your area know your skillset so you can see if they can help. (Do this while collecting unemployment and doing recommendation #2)

2) start blasting resumes out to the world. You're relatively young, somewhat inexpensive to hire (no slam, just based off what you said your previous salary was) intelligent, and you have real world experience. There's jobs out there. The market has definitely picked up. You've got connections here and around campus, right? Use them.

3) start thinking long term. Maybe the area you are in is stagnating, and it's time to move? Just a thought.

4) take your poker bankroll and play 15-30 and either win big or lose it all.

5) go to a restaurant, request a dish with peanuts in it, request to have the peanuts removed, then when you almost die, sue. Rinse and repeat as necessary :)

Good luck man. I know that in Atlanta there's a ton of jobs coming out. You know anything about voice over IP and larger (not home use) network design? Or are you strictly programming? Let us know this stuff and see what we can do. We're a resourceful lot.

feel free to use it bro.

GL man, I feel for you. But this is the best time to make a change. Consider it a kick in the pants.

Re:Gotta get a J O B (1)

blinder (153117) | more than 9 years ago | (#12518497)

i'd like to second em's thought here... but also to tell you... that if you are interested in the batlimore/dc area... please... drop me a line ASAP. why?

i work for a small software consultancy (we specialize in coldfusion, java, asp/.net, c++ etc.) and well... we just had a recruiting open house last night because we are having a problem filling all of the open slots we have. we get new project work like its going out of style.

i mean... its so bad we have to turn down new work. so please... shoot me an email if you are interested. the hiring manager's office is about 12 feet from where i sit... so i can bug the living hell out of him to get you an interview. we pay rather well, full benefits. most of us are 10+ years of experience... but... we do have a few right out of school -- all of which have real world experience (something that makes us difference).

so yeah... please... if interested, let me know... i'll be on the road today... but i'll be checking email this weekend.

OK I'm new to this thread (1)

ellem (147712) | more than 9 years ago | (#12518519)

Where are you?

What do you do?

Feel free to use my email... I know people everywhere.

Fuck (1)

btlzu2 (99039) | more than 9 years ago | (#12518537)

Shit. Damn. That sucks man. Things will turn out though. And what's better is you'll have a diploma. A diploma DOES COUNT for something.

Best wishes and I'm sorry for the Scottish dickhead comment. ;)

Re:Fuck (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12519186)

:P im whatching you btlzu2 hehe , soon youll have all the Scotts on Slashdot chasing after you .

On the topic though , What a bunch of ***** ******** **** *more explitives****
Its a sad day when you find you can no longer trust people to honour their words.
If the boss was in any way unsure he shouldn't of given you the promiss , I know under scottish law that an oral contract is as binding as a the written word, not sure about the USA , so probably not much you can do about it .

Although him leading you to think you would be employed full time again could be actionable , but then as you say your a student and couldn't do much about that . :( that truely sucks

Re:Fuck (1)

Red Warrior (637634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12521648)

soon youll have all the Scotts on Slashdot chasing after you .

Why? Does he look like a sheep?
/me dodge+duck

Re:Fuck (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12522879)

*gets his warpaints and kilt*
I forget what im ment to do next , but it involves flashing and no underware :P

what they said (1)

Mantorp (142371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12519033)

What do you do? Where are you willing to move to?

You don't want to work for a company that treats you like that anyway.

Wow. That sucks major balls. (1)

Scott Lockwood (218839) | more than 9 years ago | (#12519294)

Do you know anyone in Chicago who could put you up for a little while? There are some really good jobs out here. Get me a resume ( and I'll pass it around if you like.

Are you willing to do defense contracting? (1)

GeckoFood (585211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12519546)

Northern Virginia is stuffed full of defense contractors. There ARE jobs here. With the base realignments, Ft. Belvoir is probably going to get a bunch of new people in, and with those people come contacts. If you are willing to relocate it might be a very good possibility for you.

Presently the company for which I work is not hiring, but that's because we have a bunch of props out and they haven's come back yet.

Resume/Skillset (1)

Iamthefallen (523816) | more than 9 years ago | (#12519560)

Can you post another JE with a resume or some kinda skillset list to give us a better idea of what you're looking for. My employer, while down in SC, is always hiring for various programming and support postitions.

You may consider (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 9 years ago | (#12519932)

A stint in the military, at least the reserves.
They lack in the IT department like anybody else, so there is opportunity.
You just have to keep your creativity on the down-low.

You're in my area (1)

the_mad_poster (640772) | more than 9 years ago | (#12521465)

Hit me up at shattoc at (ignore this part in parens) if you get this.

Congrats and condolences (1)

Red Warrior (637634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12521691)

For the graduation, and the shaft.

Like others have said, maay be an oppportunity in disguise. What sort of work do you want, and what are your geographic limitations?

Hey... :( (1)

Interrobang (245315) | more than 9 years ago | (#12523503)

That sucks. Congratulations on matriculating, though. Now you can join the swelling ranks of those of us who are overeducated and underemployed, I guess.

I will keep my ear to the ground for you as well, since you did me a good turn last year. :)

Condolences spliced with congratulations (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 9 years ago | (#12524715)

Sorry 'bout the boss being a complete dick. At least you have a diploma in hand, though...

Like others have said, post a résumé. Surely someone here's looking or knows someone who is.



We're all wanting to help, but... (1)

dexterpexter (733748) | more than 9 years ago | (#12526552)

... unlike some of the other posters here, I am going to part with their words and say do not post your resume on Slashdot, especially if you are thinking about going to work for one of the defense contractors.

I would suggest, if you want to post it online, post your resume someplace like livejournal (this only comes to mind because it is common and you can easily filter people) under "friends only", announce it here, and then those interested in helping can go get lj accounts for you to allow. Yes, it make mean one extra step for us, but people who work for defense contractors and stuff are one of the biggest targets for identity theft, and some employers will specifically ask if your resume was posted online and will ask if it was in a restricted or "open" (everything on the Internet is technically "open.") One extra step many of us don't mind taking to help out an associate, but one important step depending on what you want to do.

Also, if you don't have IM (referring to my previous comment), you may also email me at dexterpexter AT gmREMOVE THISail DOT com.

Oops. I should have hit preview instead (1)

dexterpexter (733748) | more than 9 years ago | (#12526629)

I think most of what I said can be interpreted fine, although I recognize that my parent post reads like a ten year old wrote it. heh.

I will clarify:
I would not post your resume in an open format. It might mean more viewership and thus more opportunity, but you might also be unknowingly placing yourself at risk for identity theft, and locking yourself out of some jobs.
If you plan to post your resume without first locking it, I would suggest not posting it in "I want to job, hire me" format. Perhaps you can just give us a run-down of your skills and general (not business name specific) work experience. This would give us what we need to start helping you out, without giving us dates and places of your previous employment.
Although the Journal Circle is overall a very good group, occasional emails I receive have demonstrated to me that totally random people read this stuff and some of them are very, very weird.
In the end, we're all still strangers, but at least you will weild the power of which strangers you're comfortable with reading your resume, and which ones you would prefer to not.

That said, I used to post my resume out in the open without a second thought and nothing negative ever came of it.

We're all here to give you whatever you need that we are able to provide.

Re:We're all wanting to help, but... (1)

dead sun (104217) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527009)

I work for a defense contractor and haven't heard of this being asked, even when the employer is looking to seek a clearance for the potential employee. While it doesn't seem like a bad idea to be mindful of the posibility, potential identity theives would have to copy everybody's resume (not so hard) and then find out which of those everybodies has been hired on (a bit harder).

Abm0raz, if you'd like me to search job listings with my employer, General Dynamics, email me (at my listed gmail addy) where you live (or would like to live) and what it is you're looking for exactly. I can't promise anything is open in your location (if we have one there even), or that I can get results, but I may be able to pull enough strings to at least get you on the fast track to an interview. I get info on job openings that aren't posted anywhere externally yet, so that might help you get a jump too.

Re:We're all wanting to help, but... (1)

dexterpexter (733748) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527108)

I have seen it be asked, not that I am saying that it's common. It is just something to consider. My own program discourages the open posting of resumes, although as I said in a later post, I have done so in the past without any negative result.

Also, the identity thieves do not care if you have been hired on as much as many people with the type of qualifications to work on that side of the fence (and not just defense contractors. I only mention them because of my experience with them. This is true of people with attractive resumes that work at any place that generally hires well above minimum wage) are attractive to steal the identities of. I mis-spoke linking it directly to where you work necessarily, although this is certainly possible to do if your resume contains a work history. However, I didn't explain it properly and I apologize. Everyone is certainly free to post their resumes online if they so choose, but I personally (now) prefer to maintain a little control over it, even if weak control that could be compromised quite easily.

Like I said, it's a bit cautionary, but that isn't always bad when you have alternatives.

General Dynamics... I am not sure if it's just the power of the name or if we had done work with them before, but darn if that doesn't seem really, really familiar.
I am also suprised that we haven't run into each other before (or have we? Besides PhotoKon)... looking through your Journal and reading about training neural networks, your fencing, and such, I am suprised that we haven't bumped into each other before. Hello!
Now I have to go hit PhotoKon and remember who you were...erm, are. :)

Re:We're all wanting to help, but... (1)

dead sun (104217) | more than 9 years ago | (#12527400)

Gotcha on the resume posting. Personally I never found the idea of just having a resume floating on the vast web that appealing, basically because I like to do things on my terms. More to the point, I want to try to network my way into a company before they see the resume.

I suppose, however, that a highly qualified individual that actually exists would be a ripe target for ID theft. I just didn't think of it from the angle of trying to get a job as them, rather than utilizing a current job. I'd hope that some background info would be checked, like if the person is currently employed, but in some cases that seems to be wishful thinking.

General Dymanics is pretty big. Not Boeing big, but big nonetheless. More than 70k employees companywide, more than 10k in the division of GD I work in. And the majority of my division are engineers too, which makes for a nice work environment. 100's of locations across the US and some overseas too. If you're employed by a defense contractor you've probably at least heard of us. Chances are decent that there's at least an opening somewhere for Abm0raz, assuming he's a US citizen.

I've seen some of your posts recently, but I don't think we've really run into each other. Robotics, neural nets, and sensor stuff is pretty cool too. I try to keep tabs on the RFID scene (been to a talk or two on the topic). Nice to see another with interests in such.

And I take it you're a fan of equestrian events from your most recent journals? I had an ex that did that. It looked fun, but I lacked the training and testicular fortitude to attempt it. I did, however, get to meet at least one rider from the US Olympic Equestrian team. I think it was Laura Kraut, if memory serves. Just an odd little tidbit.

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