Job Searching

The past few weeks have been pretty busy with school and wrapping up the development our capstone project. In addition to this, I have also been pretty busy looking into finding a job. A real job. I’m pretty convinced that my days at the Micro Lab are close to over and it is time to go and look for some full time employment.

Right now I don’t know what to think of my job search. I can’t tell if it is hard or easy. If you asked me last quarter I would have told you that it was going slow. However, now, it is picking up. So, I don’t really know what to think. But, what I do know is that nobody really enjoys tidying up their resumŠ or making cover letters, but it is what you have to do in order to get that all important interview. Luckily, and I really mean luckily, I have been able to get some interviews, either on phone or in person with

  • Safeco Insurance
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Avanade

I had my Google phone interview today and it was really fun. Yeah, the interview was fun. Go figure?! But, I really enjoyed it. We just talked like friends do over the phone. It has to have been one of the most comfortable interviews that I have ever had. The questions were similar to what I have had before with other phone interviews, but it was just different, in a good way. But, the best part is that he was excited about the degree I am earning, which is tough to find between all the, “Infor-what?” and “It’s like Information Systems, right?” Yes, just like IS. *sigh* Now, with this interview, I will find out in 48 hours what happens next in that process.

I also had a phone interview with Microsoft last week as well. That went pretty well also. But, I am more nervous about that one because I am just worried that they don’t know what my degree is really about. I also don’t really know if I fit into what they are looking for. They talked about a job that might be of interest to me in South Carolina and Texas, but I really want to say in Seattle. So, we’ll see. This interview was more procedural than Google, who was excited to talk to me, but it was still nice to even be contacted by Microsoft. Good to know that my efforts went towards something. But, I’ll let the chips fall where they may with that and see what happens.

A week or so ago I had an interview with Safeco. That interview was less technical than the rest, but it was still mind racking. Probably because I was in a small room and being interviewed by two people at once. But, I answered every question and felt good about the way that I answered them. After the interview, I felt really good, but I’ll find out about if I made it on in early March.

Also, this morning I was selected, again, to interview with Avanade. Hopefully this time I’ll be able to get my skills across better and be able to move on to the second round of interviews. But, hey, like the rest, whatever happens… happens.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to in the recent weeks with my job search. It has been pretty busy when I look back at it, but I’ve been doing a pretty good job managing it all. The only thing that I need now is to go 1 for 4 with this set of job searching. Because, really, in the end, you only need one job.

Edit: I got a no from Microsoft on moving on to the second round.
Edit #2: I have/had another interview with Avanade.
Edit #3: Onto round 2 for Safeco.