I haven’t posted much at all in the last few months for a number of reasons. Some of them were work-related while some of them were personal. To recap; I was downsized when my company decided to stop selling its data center automation tool to the US-based market. In Mid-January I was notified that my position was going to be eliminated but I didn’t know exactly when it would happen.

A lot of other things happened all at once. My parents decided to start going through forty years of “stuff” and get the house ready to sell. My Father also got sick at this time, but is doing much better now. Packing, getting the house ready to sell, and getting ready for an auction wasn’t easy for my Mom when my Dad was sick, so a lot of time was devoted to helping them. I’m not complaining by any means, but something had to give and it was blogging and my social presence.

During this time I was also trying to interview for new opportunities. There were some interesting stories in there. Here are some highlights without sharing any names:

  • Startup who dismissed me when I asked for a taxi to airport instead of Uber.
  • Systems Integrator who explained their policy for making the SE’s pay for their own travel (without reimbursement).
  • Software company that told me that I was chosen and to expect an offer letter the next morning, then went silent, for six weeks and counting now.

There were many other stories like this. It seems that I was receiving a lot of interest but nothing fit just right. A lot of conversations ended very quickly when they found out just how remote I am, or when they mentioned that travel would be 75% or more.

I have to admit that I was part of the issue. When I lost my job I was in the process of getting back into the virtualization space. Losing the job just sped up the process. I ended up interviewing for some positions that were a little beyond what I was ready to do and that really came out in the tech interviews. Those experiences made me go back to my job wish list and re-evaluate what I like doing and what I really want to do.

After taking a couple of days to really think about where I want to be instead of where I think I should be, the entire process became very easy. I made one call to an industry colleague who I’ve known for years and the ball started rolling. I went through a very rigorous interview process and was offered a job a couple of weeks ago. I accepted that offer and I couldn’t be more excited.

Today is my first day at Symantec as a Technical Architect working with the Information Governance group. Although I was hired by Symantec, I will be part of Veritas once the split is official. As you may have read, Symantec is splitting into two companies with all of the Information Management products moving under the Veritas umbrella.

I’m sure I’ll be drinking from the fire hose for a while but I can’t wait to get started. Thank you to everyone who reached out to help. You don’t know how much I appreciate it and I will definitely pay it back in the future if I get the chance. This is a great community and I’m glad to be part of it.