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Wow, I haven't updated in a while. Here's what I've been up to:


  • After I got home from graduation, I interviewed for a job at the startup that my friend Adam works for. I kinda blew that one, though to be fair, there was a language barrier issue (the senior dev interviewing me didn't speak English very clearly and I don't speak Chinese at all, so we were more or less in a constant state of confusion).

  • I went and visited Susannah for the better part of a week. Yay :)

  • I finally got to play Katamari Damacy on my friend Matt's PS2. Um. Coolest console game ever. I can't really justify buying a PS2 for just one game, though.

  • I visited various doctors for routine checkups and found that my left eye is lazy again and needs surgery again. Bah.



And now, the big thing:

I finally got around to posting my resume to Monster (annoying site! why must you only accept them in Word format!) and applied for a job I found through there. I got rejected for that by the automated system the very next morning (isn't technology wonderful?), but the very next day (last Friday), I got a call from a recruiter for another company. I told him I was interested in the job he recruiting for (junior Java developer), and he put me through to the company's senior developer, who put me through a phone screening. I breezed through the screening (easier than I thought it would be!) and they scheduled me for an interview the next day. I was kinda nervous when I showed up and took much longer on the first interview question (write an iterative Fibonacci number calculating routine) than I should have, but after that, I loosened up and the rest of it went pretty smoothly. They told me that I'd hear from them next week.

Yesterday, as I was boarding a train home from New York (hooray, more medical stuff), I got a call from the recruiter. He offered me a job.

Let me say that again: THEY OFFERED ME A JOB!

The work sounds interesting, the people I met seemed really nice, and the money and benefits are apparently good for an entry-level tech job in New York, so I accepted. Starting next Monday, I'll be a junior developer at IPSoft, a big IT company in downtown Manhattan. Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

I'm so excited. I thought I was going to be job-hunting until mid-July at the earliest.

Finally, Susannah is hopefully coming down to see me later this week. Happiness all around :)

Date: 2006-06-20 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cowbert.livejournal.com
yay

The junior dev phone screenings are pretty easy. The one I did a couple of years ago was like the typical "getting to know you stuff" and the technical parts were "what is an object, what is a class, what is your favorite color 'instantiation', and describe polymorphic inheritance"

Then they wanted me to go down to Virginia to interview for real but I was then told I still had 1 semester left to graduate so I couldn't really take the job.

Date: 2006-06-20 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcflynnthm.livejournal.com
Congrats on getting a job! That's wicked awesome :D

Also, how about buying a PS2 for two games- Katamari and the sequal, We Love Katamari? :-P

Date: 2006-06-20 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notemily.livejournal.com
nono, it's we heart katamari. ♥.

Date: 2006-06-20 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mcflynnthm.livejournal.com
That's what I always called it, but someone corrected me the other way. My confusion is great o_O

Date: 2006-06-20 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zztzed.livejournal.com
It's spelled ♥, but pronounced "Throatwobbler Mangrove" "Love".

Date: 2006-06-20 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fuzzie.livejournal.com
Congrats. :)

Date: 2006-06-20 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] esuperlife.livejournal.com
That's really great news. Best of luck to you Adam!!!! :)

Date: 2006-06-20 03:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chemicallace
As I said before, Rock!

I hope to join you in the real world of employed East Coast people sometime.

Date: 2006-06-20 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivenwanderer.livejournal.com
Awesome! (except for the surgery part)

Also, Katamari is the best thing ever.

Date: 2006-06-20 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellie.livejournal.com
Grats! Sounds like you've got a really good job. My advice? Totally start that 401K. Because um... retiring at 55 is MY plan.

Date: 2006-06-20 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dragan-fly.livejournal.com
Whee! Congrats and see you later today!

Date: 2006-06-20 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] summerrose.livejournal.com
I'll say it again: Yay!

If you got a PS2, I would play Katamari Damacy with you.

Date: 2006-06-20 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsarina.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the job! Woo!

Date: 2006-06-20 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unstable.livejournal.com
It sounds like a great first job, congratulations!

Date: 2006-06-20 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saturn939.livejournal.com
Rub summa dat luck off on me!

-Dej

Date: 2006-06-20 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jzig.livejournal.com
Cool! I'm glad you have a job, and any job in downtown manhattan can be fun, if you have enough time off to go have fun :)

Hah, your interview sounded a lot easier than mine :)

Date: 2006-06-20 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neuromantic.livejournal.com
There's another game you can buy a PS2 for: We Love Katamari!

Date: 2006-06-21 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrisj04.livejournal.com
Woot! Yay job!

Date: 2006-06-21 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrop.livejournal.com

Hey, wtf, that's like the exact same way i got my job XP



Monster.com's interface is complete shit, but it got us both employed, so at least that's something.

news to me

Date: 2006-06-22 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eilrahc.livejournal.com
Eh? I had always heard that Monster was a complete waste of time and that something like less than 1% of the people who use it ever get jobs that way. Evidently, I must rethink this assertion. I've also heard similar but slightly better things about careerbuilder.com.

Date: 2006-06-25 05:28 pm (UTC)
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