Three weeks ago, I announced my intention to find a new job. I wanted to solve problems, and work for an awesome company (“make good money” is always understood).

Since then, I talked to my Twitterverse, contacted a few folks in my network directly, studied, and went to a couple of interviews.

Post-mortem of Interview at place #1: “This is EXACTLY the kind of job I’m NOT looking for.”

Post-mortem of Interview at place #2: “This is EXACTLY the kind of job I’m looking for!”

And I got the new job.

Technically, it’s just a contract for a company that provides hosting and technology services. The client is very near my house, and they have a plethora (yes, a plethora) of juicy issues for a hungry DBA like myself.  And I’m telling you…I might just fall in love with contracting/consulting again.  I get in every morning and look forward to the day’s work. People listen, and if they don’t, they’re accountable for the aftermath…an excellent change of pace.

I’ll post more and answer questions (if any) as needed, but that’s the quick update!



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  1. Congratulations!

    I really would like to hear more about your life as a consultant again. It would be interesting to hear some of the pros and cons of being a consultant.

  2. Definite congratulations!

  3. Well done!
    and congratulations. New starts are always exciting!

  4. Congrats! Glad to hear you found something that makes you happy!

  5. Great news, congratulations!

    FYI the link to the earlier article has some extra business at the end that breaks it:


    Should be:


  6. …so it (you) took care of itself (yourself).

    :) Good to hear you are happy and not stressed.


  7. Fantastic! So glad to hear Jen! When you’re happy at what you’re doing you’ll never work a day in your life. :-)

  8. Congratulations! Consulting isn’t for the faint of heart but it can be very rewarding and will always make you more marketable.

  9. Congrats Jen! For those interested in learning more about life as a consultant (and how you can make a lot more money), I did a presentation on just that topic: http://bit.ly/NgaYdo

  10. Congratulations, Jen!

    I am basically on a similar situation. I am not necessarily looking to make more money but looking for a better job that will put me to the next level of my career. I recently wrote about my failed job interview in my blog (it’s titled “Are you ready?”, in case you like to read).

  11. Congratulations :)
    I’m happy that you like the new job.

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