baphijmm: (34)
( Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:05 am)
Well, that fell through about as expected. They got back in touch with me and stated they were pursuing candidates with more experience in large data centers, at least compared to me. I honestly don't think the size of the data center would make a difference, but, well, that's how it is. Maybe that's my problem. :P

I'm incredibly unhappy with this development, but honestly there's not much to be done about it. This is pretty much what happens most every time I have to rely on someone else for something, so I really ought to be used to it by now.

Most of the things I prioritized as mentioned in the previous post are going to be relocated to Cincinnati almost perfectly; of course, this adds a few more things to prioritize, but it shouldn't be too different aside from location.

As this does coincide with my inability to hope for something as long as a need for someone else is involved, I am also adding a few things to the priority table, specifically writing, sewing, scientific research, and, depending, voice acting. These are things I can do myself that might prove somewhat profitable in a larger city setting. I might also begin repairing PCs, if it will make me a little bit of money. Of course I'll be looking for a job as well; however, again, I cannot seem to rely on anyone else for anything, so I'm keeping my options open.

I am not giving up on the Bay in the slightest; however, at this moment as a result of this, it is entirely unfeasible. I suppose I will just have to bide my time until the rest of the populus I'll have to deal with decides the time is right.
baphijmm: (Nerd)
( Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:41 pm)
I don't think I've ever encountered anything so amusingly coincidental in my life.

So last night I couldn't really get to sleep because I was freaking out about having to move back to Cincinnati; this really kinda started with me looking for job openings in the Cincinnati area, as, though I will be housed and probably fed initially with little problem, I do still have mountains of debt following me around like a dog whose only human contact was when I looked at it funny. I found a few positions I might actually be happy with, and actually found one in particular that had been open for over a month - they kept reposting it - that I ended up applying to. Naturally I also looked through a few apartment listings; some were intriguing, but not terribly many.

It was at this point that I decided to make the big plunge - I sent a query to an agent regarding Journey to Fire's Keep. I had been debating who to send a query to for a while, but finally decided on one in northern California (in fact, I think I passed their office when I was in San Fran). After cleaning up my synopsis and an excerpt, I wrote out the technical details agents tend to like to see, then sent it off. Honestly I'm not sure if I'm optimistic, but I'm certainly hopeful.

From there, I was reminded that my dad had suggested during my stay with them over the holidays that I join LinkedIn; I didn't at first because my laptop's browser can't handle their site (good old Safari 1 and developers' refusal to support older versions of Mac OS X), and then when I got back to Socorro I was so distracted with the promises of San Francisco (all of which have now fallen through) to remember to do it. I made sure to fill in as much information as I could, quite interested in actually, you know, getting a job.

Now, let me provide a little background here. When I was interviewed in Mountain View, the biggest concern the company - especially their CEO - seemed to have was that I might be overqualified, such that, should the occasion arise, I'd leave them for a larger company. They weren't exactly discreet about this; multiple times, I was asked "Why us?", and the CEO even asked me quite specifically "If we weren't in this present economic resession, would you still be here interviewing with us?" Given their stated reason for not hiring me and how unfeasible it really is, I do believe their biggest concern was that I might use them as a foothold to get myself into their much larger neighbors (given their lines of questioning, I'm pretty sure they were mostly concerned about Google).

So imagine my amusement when, as I decide to give Mountain View one more chance and search LinkedIn for jobs in the area, I encounter a listing from Google for the exact same job they declined me. :P

Yes, I applied with the fury of an angry god. Probably for the first time ever on a Google application, I actually included a cover letter. No, I don't terribly expect anything to come of it, but I can hope. :3
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