Good news on the job search.

Just got a phone call from the contract house I was working for during my time at Ford Motor Company and it turns out they’re in need of a support guy internally and they wanted to know if I was still available, which of course I am. This is very exciting mainly because I’d be going back to work for a company I absolutely loved working for in the past and I’ll have the same benefits plan I was already happy with. The pay rate will likely be close to what I was making when I left Ford and it’ll be full time. They were quick to caution me that it would be a lot of grunt work—restaging PCs, replacing toner cartridges in printers, etc.—but that’s what I was doing before Ford made me a planner and I loved my job during that time.  Originally they were looking to hire someone outside the company for a part-time position that would pay considerably less then what I’ll likely be making, but my representatives in the company pushed very hard for having the team consider me as I’ve been out of work for so long and I’ve been an excellent employee for four years previously.

Interestingly enough I’ll be working for a man that I’ve known casually ever since I was 15 years old or so. His BBS system was one of the first I ever called when I got my 300 baud modem for my old trusty Commodore 64 and, some years later when I was running my own BBS on my Amiga, this same fellow was working at Oakland University and set me up with a UUCP account so I could import USENET newsgroup feeds into my BBS. I’ve only met him in person maybe four times in my life, but he’s a name I’ve bumped into and worked with indirectly every so often for some 23 years now. It’s kinda neat to think I could end up having him for a boss soon.

Anyway, the team is still working on getting the job changed to allow for a full-time employee and a higher pay rate so there’s no guarantee that I’ll actually get the job just yet, but it’s looking pretty good. I could hear back as soon as tomorrow or as late as two weeks from now, but it’s the best development to come along so far and it has raised my spirits no small degree. Keep your fingers crossed, this may finally be the break I’ve been waiting for.

18 thoughts on “Good news on the job search.

  1. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and it’s good to hear that you’re job situation is looking up. Good luck with that!

  2. I definitely know what you are going through. A few months before 9/11 the company I was working for was having difficulty paying us. After 9/11 they completely stopped paying us. They kept promising that they would have money “in two weeks” to pay us, but to this day they still haven’t paid any of us what they owe. I kept going in to work until January of 2002, after that I took a leave of absence and tried to scavenge for any work I could find. Luckily I was able to get unemployment. It wasn’t much, but it really helped. I wasn’t able to find a job until February of 2003. Oddly, it was a better job than what I had before all of the trouble started.

    After going through all of that I learned what was truly important. I was alive, and I had a loving family and friends. I realized that I was a good person and that I was happy with my life. Sure, the financial situation really, really sucked, and it did stress me out, but at the same time I was able to realize that life was still good and worth living. I wonder how a non-atheist would deal with this type of situation. Would they curse god? Would they think they were being tested / punished? Hmm…

    I hope to never go through that again. Before I experienced it I would have never thought that I would have been able to survive going without a job for so long. Ironically, going through all that helped me better realize what is important and helped me realize that I don’t have to be as fearful of losing my job. I will survive.

    I’m single and only responsible for myself. I can only imagine how much harder it would be to be married with children. I think that most people can deal with personal hardship much easier than the hardship of spouse and children. When you have more than one person to take care of, money disappears that much quicker too. When I hear of the situation you are in it causes me to cringe. I really hope that you get this job and things work out for you and your family.

    Best wishes,


  3. I knew something had to come up for you.  You’re just too damn good to be out of work so long.  I’m crossing my fingers for you.

  4. WOOT!  (Fingers crossed)
    I always wondered about reducing IT staff – did all their infrastructure suddenly become more reliable?  (answer: no)
    The job you describe is what I currently do and I love it, too.

  5. Crossing everything I’ve got for you, Les!

    It certainly makes you appreciate more the job you’ve gotten after a long dry spell.  I stress out a LOT less about work than most of my colleagues.  When you’re happy just to be getting a paycheck, you don’t obsess about office politics, status, or even the work itself.  Hell, I still happily pull cables and schlep hardware where needed too.  It startles some people (as I’m three or four levels up from the regular support folks), but I would cheerfully sit for eight hours a day picking fly shit out of the pepper if someone would pay me a living wage to sit in a nice air-conditioned room and do it.

  6. Les …

    I am so happy that something finally is looking like it will pan out for you, and sorry that it took so long … (and that I could not help more …)

    Finding a job, let alone one you like, is hard enough… if this works out, it sounds like you hit the jackpot smile

    :::fingers crossed:::

  7. Good job (ar ar)! 

    I figured this would happen right about the time you were on the verge of putting on the shitty blue “Best Buy” shirt… smile

  8. I’m trying to cross my fingers (American) and hold my thumbs (Austrian) for you, and it’s not easy…  Good luck, Les.

  9. I love that in just the previous post you decide to name the company that layed you off – and then they offer you a gig right after. The irony!
    Best of luck – hope it all works out.

  10. I have my fingers crossed for you Les! I am glad to hear that things might be looking up for you. I work for Ford Motor Co. myself, and have for almost 10 years now. However, I work in a manufacturing plant, out on the floor, and the type of work I do differs greatly from what you will be doing. Well, from one Ford man to another (we all hope!) good luck you SEB! LOL! Cheers, The Amazing Michael from Temperance, Mi

  11. Unsomnambulist, not quite. I was a contractor to Ford Motor Company through the contract house I’ve continued to leave unnamed. Ford isn’t hiring me back in, but the contract house I was working for might be. Clearer now?


    Thanks everyone for the encouragement. I’ll be very happy if this position comes through for me.

  12. Hi there, Stranger. smile  What wonderful news to read on my first visit back in ages!  I’m very happy for you, Les!  Hope it all works out just the way you want it.  grin

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