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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby moonshadow » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:45 am

crfriend wrote:If I knew then what I know now, I'd likely have become a plumber with a speciality in HVAC systems.")


I'm close, a little light plumbing does come with the territory I cover, and though I no longer do refrigeration, I still retain the training and have the certification, it wouldn't take me long to sand the rust off and get back in the groove if I had to. The biggest problem is, my industry is not known for being "man skirt friendly". You literally have to work for large corporations with a wide range of progressive hiring policies. All of the "little mom and pop" repair establishments are pretty much out of the question. They find out about your personal life, and it's the old pink slip...

It's also not a field that makes a lot of money, rather the low end of "middle class". But on the other hand, when you don't generate large paychecks, you generally don't generate large expenses and bills. It's all about living within your means.

Good luck kingfish! Carl's advice about not getting too hung up on your occupation is sound. I've applied it a lot myself over the last few years.
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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby kingfish » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:32 pm

Freedomforall wrote:Hey my wife just reminded me they were bought by Leidos, who also employs electrical engineers. She suggests looking on their site as well. If you do apply, please let us know as she may be eligible for a recruiting bonus.


Nothing near me....Amarillo Texas? With kinfolk scattered all over that region? The odd irony is that last year at this time we finished concluding my late father's and sisters's affairs down there! That and I also don't have a top secret security clearance.

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Good luck kingfish! Carl's advice about not getting too hung up on your occupation is sound. I've applied it a lot myself over the last few years.


Thanks for the advice and positive thoughts. My philosophy, even at my last employer has always been to do whatever I could to make a difference. Even though I'm an electrical guy with embedded electronic training, I was also their resident milling machine operator, mechanical guy, makerbot wizard, seamstress, and troubleshooter.

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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby FranTastic444 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:39 pm

Sorry to hear about your situation. We had a real uncomfortable situation when we came into work the other morning and a woman from HR (based in NYC) and a big boss (based in Europe) were in the office. We knew that somebody was going to get 'bad news' that day - not a pleasant day at work.

If you can code, have you thought about trying something different such as developer (or even tech support) for either the financial services or medical industries?

Both sectors seem to be recruiting heavily right now in Boston.

Are you on LinkedIN? If you set up a profile and mark yourself as actively looking for a new position, you will get interest from recruiters.
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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby Sinned » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:45 pm

kingfish, I really feel for you. Unemployment can be soooooo demoralising and depressing. I have had periods and it engenders total feelings of worthlessness. And the longer you are out of work the worse it gets and the more your experience, knowledge and skills get diluted if you don't keep your hand into something affiliated as Carl did. Unfortunately all I can offer is good wishes and the hope that you get your mind in order and find a better position soon.
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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby kingfish » Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:55 am

It's all but official. With any luck,I should be back on the earning column on Monday.

I've been offered a "contract" position with a medical research tools place roughly 5 minutes from my house. I'll be writing/fixing software that sit inside bio research lab tools, like syringe pumps, in order to control their motors (among other things) do timing functions, and (of course) run some little display on the front.

The "contract" thing is is more a "contract-to-hire" model to enable a no-fault/no-repurcussion termination if things don't work out. For example, if they decide I stink, they can just end the contract and they don't have to deal with the regulatory business of firing or laying me off, and on my end, it will look like an end of gig, no implied negativity.

It has been called by my sister as the "3 month job interview", and I'm pretty doggone certain I can prove myself. It's funny, when I got laid off, her husband said it'll be 3 months until I land the next one. Who would have thought it would have been pretty much to the day. March 11th: last day at old job...June 11th: News of offer on the table.

To say I'm excited is an understatement. Back to writing code kind of feels like once you've "gone to to the dark side", there's no going back. Or to quote an old mobster movie: "Once I thought I was out...THEY....DREW...ME...BACK...IN!"

Now if only the Bruins can score 3 goals in the next 20 minutes.
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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby Freedomforall » Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:54 am

Congratulations! It sounds like interesting work.
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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby STEVIE » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:59 am

Hi Kingfish,
Good Luck!
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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby crfriend » Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:37 am

That's excellent news, Sir. Congratulations! Luck, I don't think needs offering; your skills should prove more than adequate, but just to be safe I'll try to send you some anyway.
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Re: The Job Hunt begins...

Postby Sinned » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:22 am

Congratulations, sir. Three months between assignments is not bad nowadays in this toxic environment. I realise that my current employment will likely be my last and I'm not unduly disappointed at that. It's better than some in the retail industry and there's very little stress associated with the role. But my pension prospects that I have built up over a lifetime of blood, sweat and tears look to be enough to give us a good standard of living when I do tire of working. But not yet.
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