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Job Hunting Improves

turgid (580780) writes | more than 3 years ago

User Journal 7

All of a sudden, I've been getting inundated with phone calls from recruiters asking me to apply for jobs. None have been completely crazy apart from the one that was in the West Country.

The rescheduled telephone interview went well, and I've been invited for a face-to-face interview. It sounds like interesting work, but the company is in flux. The man who I spoke to sounded genuine and was very friendly and positive.

All of a sudden, I've been getting inundated with phone calls from recruiters asking me to apply for jobs. None have been completely crazy apart from the one that was in the West Country.

The rescheduled telephone interview went well, and I've been invited for a face-to-face interview. It sounds like interesting work, but the company is in flux. The man who I spoke to sounded genuine and was very friendly and positive.

There is the possibility of an interview somewhere else, and I've got another telephone interview later in the week.

After two or three weeks of nothing, it's getting really busy :-)

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Good luck! (1)

apdyck (1010443) | more than 3 years ago | (#37039904)

I feel your pain, I was out for six weeks a while back and it was painful. I'm sure you'll find something!

Re:Good luck! (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 3 years ago | (#37050156)

I'm glad you found something! Being out of work is one of the worst feelings.

I'm lucky in that I'm still in gainful employment, at least until December, I reckon. The thing is, I hate the thought of being assessed by a company I didn't choose to work for who will then decide whether I'm worth keeping.

It's a terrible feeling, and I'd like to be the one making the decisions, not them.

Good! (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 3 years ago | (#37040910)

I've been looking for change myself, but apart from two interviews, not much luck. My mistake for specializing in Linux, in an MS-owned country.

Re:Good! (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 3 years ago | (#37050270)

My mistake for specializing in Linux, in an MS-owned country.

When I started on the Linux path back in the mid-90's people laughed at me since Windows NT was "the future." The world is full of conformists.

Linux is everywhere now. I'm on my second Linux job (embedded systems) and looking for another. It's in routers, set top boxes, mobile phones, photocopiers, storage appliances... You name it.

Windows is in decline and no one seriously considers it for anything other than as a legacy desktop system for running Microsoft Office.

My very conservative current employer has let us developers have Fedora boxes with VMs (VirtualBox) to run Windows 7 so that we can run LookOut, Word, Excel and maybe Project and an awful lot of virus scanning :-) Oh, and IE for those corporate intranet sites that don't work properly in anything else. I like to raise support tickets when something doesn't work in Firefox (some people use Chrome too) :-)

There are heaps of Android jobs about just now, and not just on phones. I've seen job postings for Android developers to work on set top boxes!

There are a few crazy companies trying to do industrial control on Windows in C# and I have to politely explain that I don't want to be dismembered by a BSOD'ing industrial robot when I'm invited to apply for those jobs.

There is a lot of work around Cambridge, but the companies there tend to be short-lived startups or failing companies resurrected by venture capital. I'm just trying to think of a polite way of turning down an interview with one of the latter kinds. I have a mortgage and a child, so I can't take big financial risks.

Have you thought about relocating?

How are you looking for jobs? Are you using recruitment agents? I put my CV on monster.com and jobsearch.co.uk. I get an email every day with new opportunities. Most are not that great, but occasionally there are some interesting ones.

Re:Good! (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 3 years ago | (#37054142)

I've been going the non-MS way ever since I started my career back in 1998. Originally I was a Java developer and hoped that the Java hardware would become true as they promised. It never really did, and while I did develop it was mainly on Windows, even though it often got deployed on Linux. It also showed me how badly other programmers code, because they assume Windows and you simply can't with Java.

Then I switched to system engineering because that was the "easiest" way to get an all-Linux job. I've been doing Linux/OpenBSD since the early 2000 (even before that, but intensively since then), but unlike the Anglosaxon countries, they don't look at out-of-job experiences (it has no value, go figure!). It was a bitch to find someone who wanted a developer as system engineer, as to everybody I have "no experience". I like system engineering, and development in Luxembourg is basically always the same: interface -> middleware (business logic) -> database. Always, with the same political plays and problems and ... don't get me started. I was sick 'n tired of it. I've heard more and more that system engineering is a dying breed because of the cloud. I don't believe that a second, someone needs to maintain the cloud. Also, I'm getting told I'm too expensive. Sure, I am expensive, I'm also good and specialized in something that is quite rare to find good people in.

As for relocating. I can't do that. For several reasons. First you have to consider the geo-economic area I'm in. Luxembourg, which is basically a gold-pot in a ghost town. The population literally doubles every workday because all the German, Belgian and French people coming here to work. That's understandable, as the minimum wage is 1800€/month and around Luxembourg it's much less, and I'm not even counting the great social security advantages we have.

This brings us to the next point which makes relocating pretty much impossible: social healthcare. My wife is sick. Very sick. She's been at home on sick leave for nearly full two years. If I move to another country, she won't be able to work there (it will be hard to get her back to work here in the first place). So, I'll have to provide for her and me (she still gets pay after all) and depending on the target country, I'll lose healthcare and have to pay that myself. Believe me, I don't want that. I'm pretty much locked to this place.

Finally, (I seem to be an optimist, even with my wife being in the state she is), we will be building a house soon. A small one compared to the Luxembourgish standard, but it will be a step up to our apartment. I'll manage alone, if she can't go to back to work, but I'll have a 30 year mortgage on my back and life will be spartan. If she continues to work, it will be "only" a 20 year mortgage and we'll be able to live as we do now.

I don't dislike my work, I have great coworkers, but management has changed and the first signs of decline are seeping in. Their Ferraris are more important than their employees. That's a no-go for me. Keep your employees happy, means keep productivity up. So, basically, given the above, I look for a better paid Linux job. In a country like this, owned by Microsoft, that's hard. I once saw that 50% of the webservers here run IIS! That must be the highest in the world.

I'm on linkedin [linkedin.com] and on Monster.lu (Sorry, I don't seem to be able to find a direct link), and obviously you can find my CV on my webpage [jawtheshark.com] - Sometimes recruiters call me, but usually for Documentum jobs (I hate Documentum with a passion), and I try to help them as much as I can. Hoping they'd recall me when they have something interesting for me. Do note, this has sometimes a bitter taste. I have one signing me up to the PWC job portal and they expected me to come for a three hour interview during office hours. Don't they realize, that if they try to get people who have a job, that's unacceptable because for me it means taking a day off without any guarantee of success. If you recruit away people from other jobs, you adapt to the person you want to recruit. So, they got the cold shoulder and the recruiter is angry at me. Oh, well... Life goes on.

I have been looking around, on websites etc, and occasionally sent a CV to interesting ones. I either get no reply, or a letter that they found someone better.

Re:Good! (1)

turgid (580780) | more than 3 years ago | (#37124010)

I don't dislike my work, I have great coworkers, but management has changed and the first signs of decline are seeping in. Their Ferraris are more important than their employees.

Why does this always happen to companies?

Keep trying, I'm sure you'll find something soon. Good luck.

Re:Good! (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | more than 3 years ago | (#37126836)

Not familiar with the concept of "greed", it seems... ;-)

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