Bit of good news on the job search.

Just a quick note before I dash off to do a little freelance work this morning. Got two phone calls about possible jobs yesterday. One was a phone interview with a company in Ann Arbor about a Windows Administrator position. The phone interview went pretty well and the fellow on the phone seemed to think I was a pretty good fit. I should hear back on either Friday or Monday on whether or not I’ll get to go in for a face-to-face interview with the manager of the department. This was one of those positions I was about 85% qualified for so I figured it was a long shot, but I’m feeling a little more confident about it now.

The other interview is with another contract house at 10AM tomorrow. Not sure if this is in preparation for the position I had applied for or just to get a feel of who they’re dealing with, but at least I’ll be going in and talking to someone directly. This one, as I recall, was even more of a long shot than the one above so I’m assuming that they’re not even considering me for the position I had inquired about so much as seeing if I’m fit for some other possibility they may have on hand. Considering that I’ve talked to at least 22 or so contract houses since I’ve been laid off all of which felt they’d find me work in no time and all of which have so far not been able to place me, well, I’m not as optimistic as I’d like to be. But who knows? Perhaps these guys have a ton of contracts just waiting for the right guy to come along and present himself so I’ll trim up the beard a bit, dust off my business casual clothes (as that’s what I was told I should wear) and see if I can’t dazzle them a bit with my sparkling personality.

12 thoughts on “Bit of good news on the job search.

  1. Good Luck!

    Keep your head up, the right fit will come.  My husband was out of work for 6 months, and he had a master’s.  We had to move from FL to CT for him to find a job.  But he found one with a company he really likes, even if they don’t pay as much as they should.

  2. I’m starting to wonder how many people will have jobs a year from now. I’ve been following the Peak Oil news from dozens of sources (Such as the Association for the Study of Peak Oil&Gas)  and the outlook is ugly to say the least. Here’s the latest article I read today.

    Storm May Be the Coup de Grace for the American Economy and Many of Us As Well

    Michael C. Ruppert

    © Copyright 2005, From The Wilderness Publications, All Rights Reserved. May be reprinted, distributed or posted on an Internet web site for non-profit purposes only.

    September 21st, 2005 1530 PST (FTW) – As I pack my bags to head to Washington for Congressional Black Caucus hearings on the September 11th attacks (to be conducted this Friday and Saturday) my inbox is being progressively flooded with emails from inside sources in the energy industry about what Hurricane Rita is now likely to accomplish – the near-complete destruction of an already teetering US economy.

    Fully 30% of all US refining capacity is in the target zone. Perhaps most importantly, almost every refinery capable of producing diesel fuel is in immediate danger. This promises (especially in the wake of Katrina) a devastating and irreplaceable shortage of the diesel fuel needed to power America’s harvest of grain and food crops this month and next. Without diesel fuel to power the harvesters and combines, crops may be left to rot in the ground presenting a double whammy: food shortages (with prices that may treble or quadruple) and export defaults negatively impacting the financial markets and trade deficit.

    Even before Rita strikes, fully 30% of all domestic natural gas production is shut in. The US cannot import natural gas from overseas like it can both crude and refined products. Repair work on infrastructure damaged by Katrina has been halted as crews have been evacuated. The remaining half of Gulf energy production undamaged by Katrina is directly in Rita’s crosshairs. Natural gas prices are up over 110% and home heating oil futures are up almost 70% before Rita even gets here. Since Katrina, US domestic oil production is down one million barrels per day (from 5Mbpd to 4 Mbpd). We were producing 9 Mbpd less than a decade ago.

    Peak Oil has made replacement of losses almost impossible even as Saudi heavy-sour is being spurned as useless around the world, even with discounts of up to $10 and $12 per barrel.

    A Bloomberg article today contains a quotation from a Wall Street energy expert as saying, “‘Rita is developing into our worst-case scenario,’ said John Kilduff, vice president of risk management at Fimat USA in New York. ‘This is headed right into our other major refining center just after all the damage done to facilities in Louisiana. From an energy perspective it doesn’t get any worse than this.’

  3. You certainly seem to have a talent for finding the worst of the doom and gloom reports, Mayo. grin

    Again, I’m skeptical that things will turn out as bad as this prediction. Not that it’s impossible, but it does seem more than a little alarmist. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough, though.

  4. The rising price of oil is only a bad thing if you are a consumer that has no alternative.  Oh yeah we are.

    People will only be pushed so far.  Necessity will lead to invention.  I can see a boom of industry based on alternatives to the high fuel prices now that we have topped the magic $70 per barrel.  (The price where even inefficient solar collectors can produce the same amount of energy ).

    I am not an optimist, but I am practical.

  5. No alternative?!  How about next time Americans go to the car dealer, they look at cars instead of luxury tricked out trucks (“SUV’s”)?  How about when we go to the store to buy appliances we get the ones with better energy efficiency?  Or when we have that furnace replaced, get the super-efficient model?  How about when we buy a house, we take fuel costs into account in deciding the radius from work?  Or start riding the busses to work and pressing for more of them with better scheduling?

    We have lots of good choices; we simply have not been making them.

  6. ACK!  Sorry DOF.  Just sounds like corporate consumer propiganda.  It’s not the bad coporations that pollute it’s the consumers who buy the products right?  Very effective add campaign by big polluters.

    As far as “BIG SUV”.  With the amount of materials, pollution, and waste that went into building the vehicle I bought used I can spend a lifetime and not come close to the amount of environmental damage, waste, or inefficiency.  This again is coporate propiganda. 

    It may be hard to follow, but throwing away that “inefficient” appliance just to buy a “new” more efficient one, you may have made the manufacturer happy, but you have wasted more energy, resources, and effort than it would take to mantain the inefficient model.  Don’t be swayed by marketing. . .

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