I haven't really mentioned my work situation in a while other than the fact that I have a new job. Well, it starts on Monday, and I'm beginning to get nervous.
New people, new building, new job (new position for the company as well), new desk, new view, new chair, new new new! Oh, and the same old lame commute.
I really did try to find a company downtown Seattle that was hiring. Then I tried to find a company anywhere that was hiring. I was even interviewing with a firm in Chicago. I know everyone keeps saying "it isn't that bad out there yet in the job market". Well I'll tell you this, we're all kidding ourselves by saying that. It is bad.
Of the companies that actually called me back, 90% of them were holding off any hiring until "Q1 2009". Which I would bet now means "Maybe Q3 2009 if at all".
Of the handful of people laid off by my last company I believe only 2 of us are employed at this time. The others are having a really hard time.
So, needless to say, I am very thankful. Thankful for the new job, the new people, the new position, and even for the same old lame commute. Very thankful.