I’ve Landed!

If you read nothing else on this site, this post is the one that I want my friends, family, and extended network to read.

I haven’t slept for more than 4 hours continuously in over a week. I’m that wired with excitement. That’s why I need to get it out in the blog—even if I’m only writing it for myself. If I can say things well in one place, then I won’t need to write multiple inadequate email messages, and I won’t bore people in conversation if they have had enough of me. My objective is for this blog to be a net time saver for me.

Enough process—now for the product.

On Friday afternoon April 20 I shook hands to accept a position as a software engineer at Pivitec, LLC. Immediately after that, I called to decline a second job offer that was open at the same time. The decision was easy for me to make, but you might not understand my reasoning until I complete this blog’s historical timeline. Of course, Pivitec will keep me so busy that it might take some time to write all that. Please be patient.

How did I learn of the opportunity at Pivitec? If you are a member of the LinkedIn Group called Connected in the Lehigh Valley, click here to see the Discussion that I noticed on Sunday, April 15. If you can’t see the item, don’t worry—it’s just where Pivitec’s CEO posted the job description.

I sent my resumé; we exchanged some email messages; I had a phone interview with the VP Engineering. That all happened on Sunday. On Tuesday morning I visited Pivitec, and met with the team. Further discussion led to the phone offer on Friday morning. I returned on Friday afternoon to learn more about the job specifics, after which we had the acceptance handshake. I’m typing this on Sunday morning 4/22, less than a week after my initial awareness. Startups work fast.

Blog Overview and Organization

Here’s how I envision this blog unfolding. Imagine two timelines:

  • A retrospective, historical view. Historical posts describe what I was doing, thinking, and feeling during this career transition journey during early 2012, in roughly time order. Read this timeline by clicking on the Job Search category on the right-hand ribbon of the Home page.
  • A current status update from the point of accepting my new position on April 20, 2012. Once the historical timeline catches up with April 20, it will end, leaving only future status updates. Read this timeline by clicking on the On the New Job category on the right-hand ribbon of the Home page.

I expect to interleave the job search story with status updates as they occur. With this explanation and consistent tagging, you should be able to follow along without much confusion. Thanks in advance for your comments.