A glimmer of hope. A dash of disappointment.

Got a call back on Friday from two of the dozens of places I’ve been submitting resumes to that brought both hope and disappointment. Well at first both provided a bit of hope until I sat down and actually looked into one of the two calls.

The first was from a company that had been advertising on the job boards that they’d provide you with a month of intense training to become a LAN/WAN engineer and then would place you in a one year paid internship earning between $36,000 and $90,000 where you’d continue to receive instruction remotely all with no upfront costs to you. You pay them back with a percentage of your income for the first 15 months or so after being hired. Sounds too good to be true? It pretty much is. Digging a little further into the web for info on the company brought me across more than one message forum thread full of complaints about the company and its practices. Eventually I found my way to the California Better Business Bureau, as that’s the state the company operates out of, and learned that they have an F rating and are probably not even legal because they’re not complying with California’s registration laws for vocational educational programs. I grew suspicious because the email reply I’d gotten back insisted I needed to look over the documentation and decide if I was going to apply by 6PM this evening, about 24 hours to think it over. That seemed odd and piqued my curiosity which is always a bad thing to do with me. Needless to say this was the disappointment.

The other company that called was an automotive supplier looking for an IT technician that wanted to speak with me about my resume. I missed the call, though, so I phoned back when I could and left a message saying I’d give them a ring first thing Monday morning. So not much to go on yet, but the simple fact that I actually got a call from them is reason to give me some hope.

Beyond that I’ve been busy reading The “God” Part of the Brain that I was asked to review for SEB by the publishers not too long ago. It’s been a very easy read so far and I’m already half-way through the book in only a couple of days time, which is impressive as I don’t tend to devote huge chunks of time to reading books. If you include the Addendum, Endnotes, Bibliography, and Index it comes out to around 273 pages. I’ll have a full review of the book once I’m finished, but I’m enjoying it immensely so far.

That’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of days. Oh, that and trying to get my second WoW character to 70 before my game card runs out on the 22nd. Haven’t seen anything in the news recently that I felt I had to write something about so I’ve been a little quiet, but I’ll try to get something more up soon.

8 thoughts on “A glimmer of hope. A dash of disappointment.

  1. Les,

    The situation in the UK is similar to that in the U.S. – many of the purely technical jobs in development and support have gone to India, China, etc. The I.T. jobs that seem to be safe are those that ‘touch the customer’ i.e. Business Analyst, System Analyst, Project Management, etc. In fact, now that firms are outsourcing, there is an even greater need for analysts and PMs.

    Have you ever thought about retraining in these areas? You seem like an eloquent chap with a proven record of thinking logically and communicating clearly. You could be ideal for these roles. I’m making the transition from developer to systems analyst and it is not too difficult.

    Just offering this idea to be helpful. Do you think there is any mileage in this?

    All the best,


  2. I would recommend aiming as low as you can live on just to get a job for the security- luxurys from higher income can wait until you’re on a safer footing and when time is less of an issue, at least with something comming in you’ll be able to pay the bills/offset some loss to buy time

  3. Tom,

    It’s certainly worth considering. My rep at Altair also suggested that I look into becoming a recruiter, but the truth is I have no idea how to go about either role. Still I’ve been looking at local community colleges to see what they have to offer.

    DC, I’m being totally flexible on issues such as pay rate and hours and so on. Anything is better than nothing at this point.

  4. Around here most jobs seem to be in retail (as is mine), minimum wage and seasonal demand but they take on a diverse set of people in warehouse/sales- pq accountants, actors, chem students, if you give the appearence of being in long term training you’l fit their standard intake

  5. I know this is my first post, but have you considered. Micron is always hiring here in boise. It’s mostly trade jobs (i.e. circut board manufacturing), but some skill jobs are open.

  6. It depends on how much of the game you want to actually experience. There are guides on the net that claim if you follow their advice you can go from 1 to 70 in a week. You don’t see much of the game that way and you get very little of the storyline.

    If it’s your first character and you don’t use any outside strategy guides or websites to help you figure out quests and you actually play the game the way it was meant to be played then it will probably take you several months, perhaps even a year, to reach 70 depending, again, how much time you put into playing.

    Consider that I just got my mage character to level 70 day before yesterday making her my second level 70 character in just under 2 months time. Balfour was 60 when I started playing The Burning Crusade and Trixx, the mage, was 52. In two months I took both of them to level 70 and bought them both their epic land mount and flying mount. Also consider that I’ve been playing the game for two years now so I’m pretty familiar with it.

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