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Old 02-09-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default Might be losing my job soon. EDIT: Possible good news!

Long story short, my company's primary client recently decided to switch vendors. At first we had considered the possibility that they wouldn't like the new vendor and switch back, since they've done this a couple times before.

Then, last week, we brought a digital voice recorder online, and for some reason it got loaded with old code, causing 600 jobs to arrive without metadata. Without metadata, it's impossible to tell which client the job is destined for. We have a reliably good method of guessing, probably 99% accurate, but if even a single job goes to the wrong client, it's a violation of HIPAA. In other words, we either force 600 doctors to re-dictate, or we have to provide a disclosure to all clients, and risk getting caught in a lawsuit.

This failure comes after a series of unfortunate hiccups in the past year, none of which were near as catastrophic but all of which delayed several jobs for a few hours and took some of our services briefly offline, and an extended development period on our new product while the client is unsatisfied with the old product has made them grow extremely impatient.

I should also mention, briefly, that I'm not the guy responsible for the systems that are failing

This may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back here, making it highly likely our client will choose to discontinue their relationship with us completely, and even accelerate that process in light of recent events. If that happens, the company will not be able to sustain its operations and we will all be out of work. My boss even recommended that I update my resume.

So, the reason I'm posting....

If you live in Nashville, TN and know of any programmer openings where you work, could you let me know? It would help me out tremendously.

Also, if you don't, feel free to commiserate about your own layoff experience.

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Old 02-09-2009, 09:55 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about the potential job loss. I wish you the best in finding new employment if indeed the time comes in which you must search for it.

Godspeed

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Old 02-09-2009, 09:57 PM   #3
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Well, with any luck I'll be able to find a new place and transition without any missed paychecks. It's just that I've been here almost 2 years, really enjoyed working here, and the most likely outcome at this point is that we're all going to be out of work soon.

I've worked at some really bad places. I don't want to end up in another bad job situation.

The other problem is there don't seem to be a whole lot of Ruby on Rails jobs in the Nashville area. I have a couple connections in the area that I plan on contacting soon, but it seems like it's all Adobe Flex here (and when did I miss that one?? seems like you blink your eyes and your skillset goes obsolete...)

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:01 PM   #4
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Sorry to heart that, I know how stressful this can be. Goodluck.

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:24 PM   #5
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Sorry to hear that. I hope you find another job fast so it doesn't effect your homebrewing.

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:36 PM   #6
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Also, if you don't, feel free to commiserate about your own layoff experience.
I worked tech support for a homebuilder here in Georgia add got laid off about 5 months ago. Took about 2 months to find work. The first couple weeks was nice, finally got a break. But you can only clean your garage so much. In any case I did find work, it just took a while. Also from personal experience don't wait til you get desperate to file for unemployment, like me you've been paying into it for years and its time to get some of it back. Good luck and don't get down. Based on your post computerjobs.com would be a good place to start.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:26 PM   #7
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unemployment sucks! i haven't worked in 3 weeks and the well is running dry.

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My job goes away in September. The company I work for is moving/combining our data center with their base in Arkansas. Hopefully the job market will improve a bit before then.

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Old 02-10-2009, 05:13 PM   #9
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Checked out ComputerJobs.com... Unfortunately there's 13 IT jobs in my area. None of which correspond to my skillset.

No new stuff on Dice, except Flex and .net, neither of which I'm qualified to use unless I drop down to entry level.

No leads from one of my two contacts, and his feelers run deep...

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Checked out ComputerJobs.com... Unfortunately there's 13 IT jobs in my area. None of which correspond to my skillset.

No new stuff on Dice, except Flex and .net, neither of which I'm qualified to use unless I drop down to entry level.

No leads from one of my two contacts, and his feelers run deep...
You might would look into staffing agencies. My wife works as a contractor java programmer and she's used different staffing firms for years.
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