March 15, 2002

Mar 15 2002

It’s amazing that, within the space of a few hours, part of your life can change so quickly.

I’m now juggling two potential jobs. I’ve actually accepted a temporary offer from my last employer, Intersect Software, to help straighten out their online help system before their big release in a couple of weeks. I’ve also been contacted by a recruiter for AOL, who needs a Perl programmer for a three-month contract position, starting in a few weeks. I completed an online Perl test through Qwiz, so now I’m waiting to hear about an interview.

The only problem with the Intersect position is that I’ll be making significantly less than my old salary: basically $10K less per year. Of course, right now I’m making $0 per year, but that’ll be a factor if they try to hire me back.

In a few weeks, I may be offered another full-time position at Intersect, and I may be offered the AOL contract. I have to keep my mind open about each possibility. This could turn into a tough choice.

I am looking forward to the AOL interview, though, because I plan to be proactive when I take part in it. I want to talk to people there, ask them what they think of the company. I can get a “word on the street” opinion about daily life at AOL, which is invaluable when it comes to deciding about going to work there.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
— “Loveliest of Trees,” A. E. Housman

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