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June 17th, 2005

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11:53 pm - Jobbie
This is a post I have held off for a while. Oh well.

I have decided I wish to move on with my life. There is more there -- and I am very good at answering this question to an interviewer. I'll save that for another post. It is enough to say "OK, Dan is looking for his next thing".

I am serious enough about it that I did not renew my lease. My landlords are refusing to go month-to-month, so I will have to have vacated 1272 Negley, my home of the past three years, by July 29. I haven't quit my job, but I do plan to take most of August off -- I am going to Costa Rica with baddfaerie. Hopefully, I'll have a job lined up before I leave...

The first and strongest suggestion was when my dad decided to contact a former student of his, on my behalf, at Cambridge Associates. That got the ball rolling on that, and a couple of months later I had talked with a couple of consultants (former students) about an opportunity for me. There is a position -- kinda entry-level, kinda elite -- as a Consulting Associate. It is very likely that I would be very good at it, and it is a good role (2-4 years) to serve as a springboard to any number of investment world directions.

I sent them a resume and cover letter. They replied with great interest (or, acknowledgement of the strong series of names and strings I had deployed to pull for me). Except that they hire in "classes" -- a group of people at a time -- and had just finished hiring a large class for the summer. As long as I knew my start date would be presently unknown -- Q3, Q4 or Q1 -- they wanted to recruit me. They have an extensive recruiting process. If it is the right job, knowing that I had it would be just dandy and waiting is easy in my present state.

I had my first two interviews on Tuesday, by phone. They went well enough that HR called me the next day to let me know I would be contacted for scheduling the second round (6 interviews) as an on-site series. That's promising and good -- it means that I am seen as qualified beyond just having important contacts.

So that's cool, I just need to figure out when I should go to Boston.

And then today I got a call and email from a recruiter at Amazon.com. She had found my resume and understood it. Both of these are significant events: I haven't submitted my resume anywhere publically in 14 months. I did not submit it at the latest job fair, and certainly not to Amazon. She apparently found my homepage and the resume posted thereon. And as I said, her first email described what she saw that I could contribute and had figured out the kinds of positions that she and I would be interested in me filling.

This was a surprisingly aggressive pitch, too. I guess I got a call because they are doing interviews in Pittsburgh on Monday, and I guess they have open slots or something. Because my email response got another voice mail and email. And when I called back, I got a 15 minute sales pitch. And an interview slot for Monday morning. Interviews, even, it sounds like.

This would be a different kind of interview than the Cambridge Associates one -- more problem solving, less positioning. Or maybe not. Problem solving shouldn't be a problem, coding problems might be (I really don't write much code these days) but I have already made it clear I am not interested in a programming job. And I think the confidence that I've got one fantastic opportunity in the bag, without saying it, leaks out. As I said above, she found the kind of position I would be likely interested in and good at.

But it wouldn't necessarily be the leap into the business world. I am not sure that matters, but it might. I will go on Monday knowing that it doesn't matter but it could be nice. I think that kind of attitude should reduce the stress monsters and let me appreciate the experience more.

So that's me. Beside the first job, I have not really been pursuing other things, although it occurs to me that I should. It is just hard to figure out exactly what might be better than that for doing a transition to business, finance, investments. I am cultivating a mentor out of a contact of my dad's who is scary impressive. His recommendation for me was to find something like an investment banking job where the training and exposure would detaint my resume, when I go get my MBA, as a tech-side geek. His recommendation, based on what I talked about and what motivates me, was to find a path to the Buy-side. Not very easy, and each little step and reputation bit counts.

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Date:June 18th, 2005 07:08 am (UTC)
I wish I had time to get more into finance. Nonetheless, I have a big finance scheme up my sleeve, which I hope to put into action in a few years. Let me know when you're in boston.
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Date:June 18th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
Of course, you're always on my short list of folks to make contact with when approaching Boston.
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Date:June 20th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the job hunt! I'm sure you'll do well.

(Also, do let me know if you make it out to Seattle for an Amazon interview.)
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Date:June 20th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
Of course, you're always on my short list of folks to make contact with when approaching Seattle.

Unfortunately, there is no such trip presently involved. I did my interviews with a bunch of jetlagged dot-commers this morning. I will know their decision by Thursday, and I'm told that it is rare that they would want to do more interviewing with me prior to offer or rejection.

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