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.