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I started working for The Company 8 1/2 years ago, the day the Tampa site opened (an incredible stroke of good timing). It's the only "real" job I've ever had (though technically I've had my job change a few times within The Company), and while I've at times been less-than-thrilled with certain aspects and been forced to make some very unpleasant personal sacrifices all in all it's a good gig. It's close to home, the amenities are very good, the pay is fair, and most of the people are a joy to work with.

I've always kinda viewed it as a microcosm of the world as a whole. I'm terrified of the idea of being unemployed and searching for a job (haven't got a clue as to how to actually do that!), and I know that part of my mind has always equated leaving the company with death.

As someone who wants to live forever I've always taken a Lazarus Long perspective with regards to my job. Most problems, and even "problem people", are temporary, and if one sticks with it then one can simply outlast them. That approach has worked pretty well, and now there are only a tiny handful of people at the site who have been there longer than I.

However, now my microcosm world is being hit by a fraggin' comet. The credit card business is pulling out of Tampa, and 1100 of the 1400 people will be gone by the end of first quarter 2005. I'm currently slated to be one of them.

The survivors of this mass extinction will be the Auto Finance group. I was on temporary assignment to Auto Finance for 9 months last year and absolutely loved it. It's a much smaller group, and as the sole on-site computer guy I got to be a jack of all trades. It meant that I often worked my ass off, but it also meant that I got to accomplish a lot while working with really cool tech stuff in an environment that was rarely boring. I like "rarely boring". I like it a lot.

So I've been trying to get over there full-time all year, since long before the site closure announcement. Auto Finance is growing, and finally there are now IT openings. femetal and I updated my resume last week (first time in over 8 years!), and my interview is at 9:15 this morning. The final decisions will be made in a week or so. Success means that I get to dodge the comet and continue working where I really want to work. Failure means, well, that I don't.

Either way, there are some interesting changes in store for me. :-) Wish me luck!

Update: All in all I think it went well. The interview was with the hiring manager, with whom I've worked quite a bit and get along very well. There were a couple of things that I'd wanted to be sure to mention that completely slipped my mind during the actual interview. I don't know if it's a breach of interview etiquette or not, but I sent him a followup e-mail message that included them. There'll be a technical interview (probably by phone) within the next few days, and I may find out the results as early as Monday, or the end of next week at the latest.


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Aug. 11th, 2004 04:38 am (UTC)
There are lots of things I wish you and yours, Luck is but a small part of it!
Hugs, and knock their socks off!
Aug. 11th, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
I hope the sign posts for your path remain clear and bright, and that whereever you end up, you are happy.
Aug. 11th, 2004 06:37 am (UTC)
Bonan s^ancon!! Vi faros bona. :-)

...and let me know if they have additional openings.
Aug. 11th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
Hope it all went well!
Aug. 11th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
I hope that you nailed it and get the job you really want.

If that does not happen, let me know. Thanks to the buyouts, mergers, and failures of the tech market of the late 90's I worked at 7 different tech companies in five years. I've sent out more resumes and done more interviews than anyone I know. I prepare excellent resumes, and write killer cover letters and thank you notes. I've done it so much that I actually like the whole interview process because I am very comfortable with it.

In other words, if it comes to that I can help!
Aug. 12th, 2004 05:12 am (UTC)
Wow- I can't imagine that level of comfort.

Thanks for the offer. I may take you up on it. *HUGS!*
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