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October 7th, 2004

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08:58 pm
I've noticed a disturbing pattern. Every time I need a job, I get screwed in some way. Not in a good way, mind you.

I called up my contact at Evans Data Corporation today (the job that I interviewed for last week) and inquired. After a brief hold, I was told that the job had in fact been filled. Jenny (my contact) seemed a bit embarrassed and mentioned that she'd really liked me at the interview and I was more than qualified. Meanwhile, the person who was hired (apparently unilaterally) hasn't started yet.

So, essentially, I found a job that I'm more than qualified for and the rug gets pulled out from underneath me. I suspect that this was a lovely case of "Hey, I can hire J. Random Friend of Mine, right?"

I've spent the day alternating between annoyed and depressed as a result. Can't it ever be easy?

I need to get out of here. I need to go somewhere where tech jobs aren't few and far between. Maybe I need to give up and do the commute over 17.

I wrote an email to Jenny afterwards asking what I could've done differently (e.g. was there something I could've done better on my resume or at my interview) which was subtly worded to apply a slathering of "you guys suck" and asking her to keep me in mind should a position open up in the future.

Gordon really wants me to go back to work for him. $10/hr without benefits for Java programming seems a touch on the desperate low side.

Why can't it just be simple? Is it really too much to ask to be in a position where I'm reasonably paid by a reasonable boss? Why does it always feel as though I'm being squeezed out of existence by rent and a lack of job?

Lastly, I heard about Rodney Dangerfield today. So much for another great comedian.

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Date:October 8th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC)

no pity .. just rocket fuel ...

ok .. so do you really want to be working for those kinds of people just to pay the rent ..
where did you just come back from / watching ?
why not try to get a job in the emerging industry .. they NEED all sorts of geeky brains .. and I dont think it would be desperate to take a lower paying job in the new space industry with stock options or raise clauses based on company success ...

hint hint ..

follow yoru passions ....
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Date:October 8th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC)
I'm making $10/hr to collect money for advertising. They can't pay that low for a REAL computer job...

"somewhere where tech jobs aren't few and far between" is Fremont and the surrounding shithole cities. *shudder*

Why is it a good computer store can't flouish in Berkeley? Why is it the closest decent one is in San Francisco and Newark? I need somewhere that won't scoff when I ask for a 25 foot PS2 cable. To work AND buy from.
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Date:October 8th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm saying. That's a pay cut of over half when you take into account benefits.

It also happens to be LA and San Jose. I way prefer LA between the two for obvious reasons (although San Jose does have Pizz'a Chicago).

There aren't any good computer stores in Santa Cruz either. Closest here is San Jose.
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Date:October 9th, 2004 11:13 am (UTC)
haha, i have friended you. there is no escape from the friendship of phil²!
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Date:October 9th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
Muhahaha. I'll keep you on as a friend to serve as a warning to all who dare ; )

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Date:October 9th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
that's the wise thing to do.
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Date:October 10th, 2004 04:31 pm (UTC)


if you're *really* looking for tech work... think alaska, think massive fucking oil companies, think $15/hr for shitty telephone support (starting, more on exp.), $30/hr for sysadmins (starting, more on exp) they might not be high-speed be-all-you-can-be thinktanks... but they've got decent hardware... sun/sgi/etc just *think* if your current situation sucks, change it. be cold for a while or something... like me!
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Date:October 12th, 2004 02:41 am (UTC)

Re: alaska...

It's a nice thought, but unfortunately I have reasons for staying here in Santa Cruz. If I didn't, I'd have already moved back to LA where finding a job would be trivial.

My current situation sucks because I'm at the convergence of factors which require me to stay here for a bit longer and it's looking like I'm going to have to take a pathetic excuse for a job to make enough for rent.

I hadn't really thought about Alaska in quite that way though 8) You learn something new every day.

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