Wednesday, August 31, 2011


It seems the IT sector in the SF bay area is quite, I wouldn't use the word desperate, maybe, eager to find bodies. It's a very different feel from when I was searching in Chicago. The Chicago job search of 2001/2002 was an exercise in futility what with the .com bubble burst and all. I've heard people around here (SF) talking about how is level of recruiting and head hunting is nearly pre-bubble levels. This is good and bad. All tho I am getting many calls from recruiters, those calls aren't translating into as many actual job interviews. I've had a few phone screens, a few tech tests, but so far no offers. I still have at least 3 weeks out here house-sitting/couch surfing while I job search. I just need to be mindful of my pennies. Another downside is that I'm spending so much time job searching that I'm not getting progress made on my 3 personal iOS projects. I need to block out some time.

Sidenote: At first I was getting a lot of what I thought were collect calls from recruiters. Turns out I think it is just Google Voice calls.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Project Repatriation

My repatriation continues to go somewhat smoothly. I've "settled" into the Bernal Heights area of SF. When I say "settle" I mean I am couch surfing. So far I've been getting a lot of recruiter calls. I have had one technical phone interview, which is leading to a face-to-face interview with a VP on Friday in Mountain View. Once I have a gig lined up it will be easier to find a place of my very own.

All personal projects with have been sort of taking a back seat to job searching. But just before Project Repatriation started I begin rethinking and redesigning a few of the projects I had in the pipeline. I've been using sqlite3 but felt that the effort to reinvent that wheel each time I do a project is kind silly. So I began learning Core Data and incorporating it into the projects. A little awkward at first, but OMG, so much easier and faster.

It's frustratingly difficult to balance time between job searching and personal projects. One I want to do. One I need to do. One I should do. And each effects the other.