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Saturday July 20, 2002
08:31 AM

Job avalanche

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Sometimes, in case you hadn't noticed, life seems to have fun ideas of its own. I've been looking for a job for a few months without much success, doing mostly translations (something I don't think I'm really good at). All of a sudden, it seemed that the whole world wanted to hire me (and I must say that at some point I got a bit confused between some offers).

It was a very tough choice. There were very good offers in places I didn't feel like moving to (eg MKDoc in Sheffield had a very interesting offer), and choice along various axes.

Eventually I picked a job at APR-job, because they appeared to be very nice people, the job seemed interesting (TT web apps, yeah I have been known to use TT though not since I drank the XML kool aid), the salary was very decent, and it was in Paris.

So I was rather happy to know that I was going to have a job like that. But surprise: right before I was about to sign with them, another company jumps up and makes an extremely tempting offer: working with people I know and very much enjoy spending time with, a higher salary, offices a ten minute walk from my place, doing cool SVG and metadata research and working on W3C specs (probably sitting on Working Groups there, maybe in the same ones as Antoine which'd be fun).

So, of course, I gave in... I couldn't find a compelling reason not to. I feel rather bad for letting APR-job down so close to the moment when I was supposed to sign, but the Expway offer was simply too good to be dismissed.

I am thus now employed, and will start rigth after OSCon. I'm really looking forward to it!

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  • First let me hedge this with "This is how it is in the US" and possibly "This is how it is in Ohio, USA". Everyone knows that us ugly americans have no moral fiber.

    I've done that twice. Accepted a position and backed out. The first time, I was miserable in my job so I went and covertly interviewed and found another. It was about a $2000 a year pay cut, but I was looking for a change of pace. When I told my boss I was leaving, he wanted to know why. Wanting to end the conversation quickly, I decided to cla

  • ...congratulations are in order. Nice one mate.
  • Nicely done. It's good to see smart people recognized and rewarded! Congratulations!


    • I like it when dumb people are positively recognized and rewarded. They need all the help they can get.
  • I would have really appreciated if you had taken the time to call me instead of writing me a poor email 1 hour before signing.

    My team and I were very disappointed, since we were looking forward to your knowledge and help.

    It's not too late to call me as soon as you return from San Diego, I prefer have the things clear. It seems clear that your last offer retains all your attention, since you didn't even try to negociate (salary, way of working), subjects on which we were open. So this is not exactly the sa
    • Well I'm sorry if the email happened that close to the signing. I didn't get to choose that, and would have preferred it to be better but that would have been difficult. I wrote as soon as I knew. To be honest it never occurred to me to call because I don't use the phone (I only ever burn half an hour of my 2h monthly forfait), sorry if that didn't seem right.

      I agree that it's not the same as skyhook's case, especially as it had nothing to do with the money or with finding the job you offered unint


      -- Robin Berjon []