OK, the economy must be getting better. Or maybe I’m just dealing with more organized and/or more ethical people. I thought I had a job lined up a week and a half ago, one I wanted, tablet network support for a Fortune 500 client. Definitely a useful skillset to acquire. But as luck would have it, they were trying to squeeze me in at the last moment, I was the last guy hired and the client downsized their needs at the last second, so I was out of luck.
It was disappointing. But the reason I found out what happened is the lady who recruited me actually followed up with a full explanation and an apology, sincerely in my opinion, .i.e., treated me like an actual person. Which hasn’t happened lately, for the last few years, if you didn’t get the job, you either hear nothing back at all or you get a form letter. And that’s not even the best part.
She kept track of me. Two days ago an even higher paying, better job — that will confer network certification after a three-month period and a written exam — popped up. She hung onto my app and recommended me for it, before it was even posted on the company website. The hiring manager who interviewed me for the job that fell through concurred.
I do the final interview for that role tomorrow, but I’ve already aced the skills test. And BTW, this was not a lay up test. It was like a cross between an IQ test, pattern recognition and conceptualization questions, the kind of stuff you can’t study for, plus detailed multiple choice and essay questions on everything from SQL queries to network basics to DirectX and CMD prompt functions (They didn’t say this, but judging by the way the test appeared, if you stepped off the page during the test to consult “Google University,” it may have generated a report on that, and I didn’t do that. I took it clean and fair). If they give me the OK on that interview, I have to pass a drug screen and prove citizenship sometime next week, neither of which is an issue for me. Then the training for the job would start in late April. It pays enough that with a little overtime and a bonus or two, I would just barely edge into the middle-class. After four years of barely above poverty wages, no leisure life, no frills, no vacations of any kind, no luxuries, I literally would not know what to do with all the money.
I’m sorry for being AWOL, but I decided a few weeks ago that getting a real job would have to be top priority and any distractions, no matter how fun they might be, would have to wait. Hopefully, that will be over soon. And even if this one does fall through, I can tell, the economy is definitely improving, I’m getting call backs on jobs I’m not even ideally qualified for from applications submitted weeks ago.