Holy Crap (in which our Hero needs to brush up on his C# skills)
As most of you know, i left my last full-time position a few weeks ago. My stated intention was to do some independent contracting work for a while. As is so often the case with me, though, plans change.
Almost exactly three months ago, now, i was contacted by a recruiter -- a complete cold call, really (though it was email, not phone contact). The job wasn't really my area of expertise, but the company had its own type of prestige. On a complete lark, i responded to it. I didn't figure it would go anywhere.
Then the first phone interview happened. And i realized 1- this was for real, and 2- despite my reservations about this particular place, it might be a fun company to work for.
All in all, it took five extended (hour-and-a-half or more) phone interviews, about a dozen more shorter phone conversations, and one grueling day-long in-person interview (with 15 people total). I was moved from department to department, as they tried to find the best fit for me. All over the course of eight weeks.
And then i stopped hearing from them.
So i figured that it was off. The anticipation of leaving my former position had built up enough that i had to get out anyway. So i did. And i hooked myself up with a couple contract gigs, and there we go.
Until Friday afternoon, when i got a call. And with a call, a verbal offer. And shortly thereafter, i got an electronic copy of that offer in an email, and a promise that the written one was already in the mail. I should probably wait till the paper shows up at my door, but i'm too excited, and this place has too good a reputation to not follow through.ladymajor
, at the end of the month, we're moving to Redmond
I can only describe this as the coolest job that's ever been offered to me. I'll be working on semantic and statistical textual analysis (which, for those who don't know, is one of my academic interests), improving the document classification algorithms that power the upcoming Microsoft Word Document Assistant. I think i'm allowed to say that. But probably not much more. It will be pretty sweet.
In the meantime, i'm going to be sending this LJ into retirement, and starting up a new blog at Spaces
(i'm not required to by company policy, but it seems like a good "team player" move). I'll provide a link when it's set up, and then you'll be able to catch my updates there.
Alright. I'm off to a celebration brunch. And then i have to figure out how to install Vista on my G4 PowerBook.