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More info about my job search

Good point on the 24x7 bit.  I should have written it as prefer not to,
but am willing to do what I can to keep things up and running. I certainly
have no desire to limit the search.

Thanks for that catch ;-)


On Sat, 19 Mar 2005, Matt Shields wrote:

> On Sat, 19 Mar 2005 21:05:06 -0500 (EST), Scott Ehrlich
> <scott at> wrote:
> >
> > I've lived the 24/7 on-call life, and have no interest in returning to it.
> >
> If you refuse to do on-call there's a good chance you won't find work.
> Most employers these days want you to be flexible when it comes to
> working late or after hours.
> Before the dot-bust, I got paid for on-call and it was an optional
> thing, those who wanted to participate got to.  Since the bust, it's
> been a mandatory thing (where I've worked anyway) and I've been told
> at the numerous places I've worked, that if I don't want to
> participate they will find someone who will and I can find a new job.
> I'm also not saying that every IT job will have on-call, but don't say
> I will never.  Even though a job may not require on-call, letting your
> prospective employer (or recruiter) know that you are willing to help
> them out in an emergency could mean the difference between you getting
> the job and someone else getting the job.
> Other things to consider, when I was looking for work a couple years
> ago, I told people I would only work in Boston or on the South Shore
> and wasn't willing to drive anywhere.  That limited my job options
> because a lot of companies are moving out west of Boston.
> Just keep your options (and mind) open to the possibilities that come
> up.  You could miss a really good opportunity by saying no too quick.
> --
> Matt Shields

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