Layoffs and Job Hunts

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Unfortunately, I'm looking for a new job. On Monday I was told that--as of September 30--ARRL won't be needing me anymore. I'm not surprised, it's been coming for a while.

From my point of view, the problem is simply that I'm too good at my job: two years ago, I spent a few hours every day solving some production problems. They're all solved now, and I probably don't even spend two hours a week on new problems. Similarly, last year's Handbook CD took about four weeks to complete--I rewrote most of the install and autorun routines. I did a good job, too, because for this year's disc I didn't have to rewrite anything; the project took about 1-1/2 weeks. In some weird way it makes me feel good that I'm being let go because I've solved all the problems.

And so, I'm looking for a new job. I keep fiddling with my resume to try and improve it, and I've registered with many of the job search places on the web. I enjoy working in the publishing, printing, and prepress field and that's the kind of job I've been looking for. I've enjoyed being the higher-level technical support for the ARRL production and graphics departments, and I'm sure I don't want to do any first-tier technical support. That said, I think I'd enjoy getting back into web development again--though my programming skills are far from stellar. For better or worse I have a rather varied skill set, making me a "jack of all trades, master of none." If anybody knows of any job leads, I'd appreciate a quick e-mail!

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