Quite suddenly, I am inundated with companies that wish to speak with me: Adobe, Apple, Fujitsu, VMWare and Intermountain Technology Group! Naturally I am most interested in the first two, and they would also have the best commute. The last two are in Palo Alto, and I don’t want to drive that far if I can help it. But I am not going to pass up any conversations for that reason.
I had a lengthy phone interview today with VMWare. I was expecting the usual 5-10 minute phone screen, but we talked for an hour and a half, essentially a full-on interview. The person liked me well enough to recommend that I come in sometime next week for a the usual on-site grilling by numerous people. I went into the phone call thinking it was a long shot as far as being interesting (since it doesn’t involve any Mac programming), but now find the position much more interesting.
The Adobe job is a 6-9 month contract. I received email from a manager at Adobe whom I know, asking if I was interested, and if I could be hired through the contracting agency Adobe uses. That same day I received a phone call from that same contracting agency, about the same position, even though they hadn’t spoken with Adobe yet. Contracting is short-term but pays extremely well.
The Apple position is one of many I had applied for online with no response. It seems the only way to be noticed by Apple is to have willing friends on the inside. And the closer your friend is to the actual position, the better. (Thanks, Wendy!)
All this since March 1st. Is my popularity determined by the calendar? (Maybe.)