I got laid off almost a year ago... April 24, 2009 to be exact. I spent the majority of the remainder of the year looking for a new job. I found a part time job in September, working a couple days a week at Cybervise Limited
, a local web development place. I was very grateful to have it, but the bills didn't stop growing when the job was gone... and a couple days a week just wasn't going to help that very much. So I continued looking for a full time job, for the most of the rest of the year.
I got moved up to 3 days a week towards the end of 2009, with a few extra hours here and there. It wasn't ideal, but it helped. I pretty much stopped searching at this point for something else, because there was just nothing coming. I wasn't getting anything... no interviews, not even any return calls. I decided I'd just try to make enough working at Cybervise
and doing freelance work with ReliantWeb
to make ends meet.
After a few months of this, I got an email one day through my portfolio website
. It was from the President of a Cincinnati area company, Map Your Show
. He said they had an opening for a full time web developer, and based on my website, he wanted to see if I'd have any interest in the position. I figured, sure, why not. I was getting by with my part time work, but I'd be stupid to not even get information on a full time position.
I got some more information, and it sounded interesting. It was a Cold Fusion programming position though, and I don't know Cold Fusion. I've heard from multiple people it's very easy to learn, but haven't even gotten into it. I figured at this point my chances were very low, but I went ahead and told them I'd be interested in an interview. I'm such a nerd... the more languages I can learn, the better =)
I interviewed, met a couple other programmers, they all seemed like cool people... The environment seemed real relaxed... the only con was the location. It's not real far away (About 20 miles), but I was hoping for something a bit closer. I hate morning, as most of you know, so the less time I have to spend in rush hour traffic in the mornings, the better!
Anyhoo... I got a call from them Friday afternoon, offering me the position! Very exciting! I've gotten kind of used to have a few days a week to run around and get stuff accomplished, so going back to work 5 days a week will be a bit of an adjustment... but a good one. I think I'm "officially" starting on April 26th, but not sure on that. Since I'm only working 3 days a week currently, I may go in the other 2 days a week to get a head start on learning Cold Fusion before starting full time. They said they'll send me some paperwork on Monday and we'll figure it out from there.
So yeah... 351 days after being laid off... I finally got another full time job! Woohoo!