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LenJ: how is the job search going?(8 posts)

LenJ: how is the job search going?AllisonHayes
Jul 9, 2002 9:24 AM
And how are you enjoying your sabbatical?
The good, the bad & the Ugly!Len J
Jul 10, 2002 12:20 PM
Search is going OK.

I've been one of two finalist for 3 different jobs and after 3 months of a series of phone & face interviews on each, found out that they selected the other guy, "Because he was local & they didn't have to relocate him." Recruiters in all cases said they split hairs to decide. Oh well, at least I'm in the running

I've declined one job because I didn't think it was a good fit.

Summer doldrums are setting in, job flow is lightening up, economy is taking its toll.

Job search is not stimulating enough, I need to find some outlet for my mental energy.

OTOH, riding is good, kids are good & I'm spending more time with my wife.

This too shall pass! (I just hope it's soon).

Len

PS Thanks for asking.
I hear ya...AllisonHayes
Jul 10, 2002 4:40 PM
it is a tough market out there.

Finished the giant proposal -- over 1000 pages with 3000 pages of appendices and reference material; we did great on the proof of concept & demo - demonstrated some incredible capability and next generation technology. The customer needs to decide between a "proven" technology proposed by our competitor that has limited upside and our "next generation" technology that meets all their current and future needs.

Our capability is proven but in other vertical markets. We will know late August. If we lose, I could be looking elsewhere...
????????????Len J
Jul 11, 2002 5:56 AM
Who is going to read a 4000 page proposal?

What kind of money are you talking about?

What do you do between now and August?

Woth that kind of a proposal, I suspect that you are talking a big money project, & I also assume that you are pretty small firm, How will you handle it if you get it?

Sounds like a full ante hand. Good luck

Len
????????????AllisonHayes
Jul 11, 2002 7:17 AM
i Who is going to read a 4000 page proposal?

Good question. These things take on a life of their own. Everything gets distilled into a few basic technical, financial and capability issues. And then there are the political manueverings behind the scene as well as the inevitable protests, etc.

i What kind of money are you talking about?

$350M over 10 years and could grow to over $500M

i What do you do between now and August?
pray. Seriously, this is one of several major activities I am responsible for, but this one is has the highest visibility and is the furthest along. If we win the question will be what do I do with my other responsibilities???

i With that kind of a proposal, I suspect that you are talking a big money project, & I also assume that you are pretty small firm, How will you handle it if you get it?

We are teamed with other large companies and delivery capability is a strength of the combined team.
The goodTig
Jul 11, 2002 6:06 PM
Sounds familiar. I am caught up on the home projects and the job world reflects the local economy. The extra time with my wife on her days off are spoiling us both, and I love it!

I just bought a book from Amazon.com that I highly recommend called "Knock 'Em Dead 2002" by Martin Yate. It is the bible on resumes, interviews, and everything else important to help put yourself above other applicants. Even HR people and hiring managers use it to help them identify the best candidate for an open position. It is well worth the $10.36 I paid!
Thanks.Len J
Jul 12, 2002 5:47 AM
How's your search going?

Len
Le SearchTig
Jul 13, 2002 2:03 PM
The search is fine, but landing an interview is tough. I think there are dozens of candidates per opening to compete with right now. I'm networking more and more instead of relying on the standard methods. My sister in law is trying to get me into M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's IT department. I'd absolutely love to work there because of their mission and positive impact on the world. I'll keep on pluggin'!

I know there are many books on landing a job out there, but this one is something special. Having done several years of temp work in the past I really learned how to sell myself in an interview, yet I'm learning so much more with this book. I'm sure you know what you are doing, but it never hurts to have a little extra ammunition with you.