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Just thought I'd post an update.

I've accepted a new contract position with a major corporation in the North Dallas area. My current employer has me doing cellphone development - something that's a little out of my comfort zone. The latest stuff has been Android development, which has been interesting. But they also seemed reluctant to renew my contract last spring, making me jump through some hoops and telling me they would review it again in 6 months ... and generally made me feel like I should wonder why they were even keeping me on.

So when this recruiter contacted me about this local position working on the same type of Windows device drivers I'd been working on in years past, I said yes. He set up a phone interview and 38 minutes into the interview, the manager told me he'd make an offer. I accepted the offer Friday, 07/16/10; turned in my resignation Monday 07/19/10 (they didn't walk me out the door because the team lead said he's been 'leaning on my experience' - surprise); and then left on a previously scheduled vacation.

The money is not an increase. I get more hourly; but since I get no paid vacation or sick leave pay it's about a wash or maybe a little less. But hopefully since I'm doing something I know - or at least think I know - I should feel more comfortable in this new position. In fact this is probably the first position I've ever taken where I am already more or less an expert in most of the technology involved (thus the short interview process).

I'm on vacation now as I write this. aj485 and I stopped in Kansas City, KS on the way back to have dinner with impolite and dianakalt. Of course this came up and I realized I'd posted on my Facebook page; but not on TMF...

Once I return to work Monday, I have one more week with my current employer. The new job starts on Monday, 08/09/10. (Great start date!)

FWIW, I've been receiving 3-4 headhunter calls or emails per day in the past 4-6 weeks. Now that may just be unique to my skill set; but to put it in perspective, I've probably had more inquiries in that period from recruiters than I'd had since my last employer went under on 10/31/08 - even though I was actively searching for about 15 weeks before accepting my current (soon-to-be-previous) position.

- Joel
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