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About a week ago, my four-year employment with the Army Game Project ended, and now I'm feeling a strange mixture of relief and worry. It was a decent job and the pay was excellent, but for the last year or so I felt like I was totally out of place. My personal ideas about web development and design were largely at odds with the direction the work was going, and when I tried to incorporate my ideas into the work it just created stress. So I've moved on; the question is, where am I moving to? And, I guess just as importantly, how soon will I get there?

Ideally, I'd find another telecommuting job that paid well, but this time perhaps with a small company, not a massive bureaucracy like the Army. I'd like to be working on in-house projects, not for third-party clients, if possible. So I'm looking in all the standard places: 37Signals Jobs, Authentic Jobs, NH Craigslist, JoelOnSoftware Jobs, DevBistro and Indeed. (If you know of any high-quality job sites -- no monster, dice, careerbuilder, etc. please -- I'd love to hear about them.) My resume, in case you're interested, is on my website.

In the meantime, while I job-hunt, I'm working on learning Ruby on Rails by using it to develop a website that I've been meaning to put together for a couple years. I don't know if it'll turn out to be anything special, but I'm having fun doing it, which is something I remember being a pretty common thing a long time ago, and something I want to be true all the time. This computer stuff is fun.

Anyway, for what it's worth, Sarah and I are fine for the time being, and while I understand most people's initial reaction to hearing about losing a job is sympathy, and I appreciate that, it's not what I need right now. This is a positive change, just in a roundabout way, and I guess what I would love to hear is encouragement, and maybe job leads!

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oracne
May. 15th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Go you!
rfreebern
May. 16th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, thanks!
rockstarbob
May. 15th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
NO SYMPATHY FOR J00! ;)
It's too bad you guys aren't interested in living in Seattle because I could get you a seriously fat job doing awesome stuff there.

You could be working on educational software, partnering with One Laptop Per Child to get computers to needy kids in the Global South, drinking excellent coffee in your office overlooking Pike Place Market--an office you wouldn't necessarily have to come to every day if you didn't want to.

But I'm not trying to entice you or anything. ;) Mu ha ha!
rfreebern
May. 16th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: NO SYMPATHY FOR J00! ;)
Oh man, I'm sure I would love Seattle, but we'd be so far away from our families then! Plus, I have heard the tales about interviews with the Big Software Companies. I don't interview very well at all, and the sort of stuff they have you do would just totally make me freak out and clam up.

I mean, I'm sure there are dev companies in Seattle that aren't like that. I just feel like it's all Microsofty and Amazonny out there.
rockstarbob
May. 16th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: NO SYMPATHY FOR J00! ;)
This is a small start-up that does educational software:

http://www.synapticmash.com

But I understand about not wanting to be far from fam. Solution: Make them move too! ;)
rfreebern
May. 17th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Re: NO SYMPATHY FOR J00! ;)
Somehow I don't think I could pull that off. But if it ever becomes a possibility I'll let you know. :)
rockstarbob
May. 17th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Re: NO SYMPATHY FOR J00! ;)
I'm definitely not trying to pressure you into doing something you don't want to do, but I am admittedly curious what it is you think you can't pull off. (If you were looking at job listings on the site, those have nothing to do with what my guy does.)
rfreebern
May. 17th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: NO SYMPATHY FOR J00! ;)
Oh, I actually meant the convincing my family to all move to Seattle. My web skills are truly l33t and ph34rsome.
rockstarbob
May. 17th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Re: NO SYMPATHY FOR J00! ;)
HAHAHA, phew! I am very relieved. :D

(You guys should come and visit us in Seattle sometime anyway!)
rfreebern
May. 18th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Re: NO SYMPATHY FOR J00! ;)
Next chance we get!
the_jenya
May. 15th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
How about I just keep sending you off-color e-cards that hit a little too close to home? That's not sympathy, right?
rfreebern
May. 17th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Off-color e-cards are always welcome, of course! The offer the color, the better.
allypopsicle
May. 15th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
This sounds a lot like my boss's office - it got flooded, which sounds horrible, but she is actually very excited to have a reason to sort through the papers and clean and repaint and rearrange. :)

So, congratulations, in a way, and sorry I can't be of much help - I only really know education job websites.
allypopsicle
May. 15th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
after reading a comment above, if you end up being interested in educational technology, my friend worked at a company called Fablevision. I believe they're out of Boston, but you might consider something like that too..
rfreebern
May. 17th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I am cleaning and repainting and rearranging my job-related skills by doing stuff that I didn't have the time or energy for while I was working! So it's good. :)
kizlj
May. 16th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
am assuming you'd be up for freelance dev projects? an editor in my office has a new book coming out next month, and might be in the market for a website for it. (I suggested he make one. He has no knowledge of these interweb things work.) if you're available for stuff, I'll inquire if he's looking for a dev gun for hire ...
rfreebern
May. 17th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
I am definitely up for short-term freelance stuff in the meantime, until I can find long-term gainful employment. A book site sounds like a great little project. If you want to give him my contact information that would be great! Thanks.
celticberry
May. 18th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Last time I surveyed Idealist.org everyone and their brother was looking for someone to develop a website. They would likely be small projects and even more likely, they won't pay what you're used to - but it may fill the void as you search for a permanent position.
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