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J. Daniel Ashton

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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, —Ecclesiastes 9:10a NIV
The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands:
"See that justice is done,
let mercy be your first concern,
and humbly obey your God." —Micah 6:8, CEV
With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.
Always let Him lead you, and He will clear the road for you to follow. —Proverbs 3:5,6 CEV

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Job Search Update

It's been a business-week since I was notified that my time on CADE has come to an end. My last day will be this coming Friday, 8/27.

To clarify: I'm still an IBMer, and I have an indeterminate amount of time to find a new project, with the help of my PDM (personal development manager). However, I recognize that every day I'm not on a project is a loss of income for IBM, so there's a certain amount of pressure to become billable again quickly. (Actually, among my strongest interests would be to help develop and improve IBM products like z/OS or the C compilers or DB2: those would not be customer billable, which explains why those jobs seem perhaps underpaid and difficult to obtain.)

I've found several moderately interesting possibilities, but nothing truly compelling. I've applied for a few, but gotten no response or "sorry, we already filled that position." Today I got another set of newly listed openings, and found among them one with the magic phrase "work at home." And it's one that looks like a very good, almost a great match for my experience, skills and interests. It's based in San Jose, but that magic phrase gives me hope that I might not need to move.

So, who knows? I'm willing to move, but not at all eager to. I'm most desperate to be open to the Spirit's leading: in location, in industry, in type of work, in whatever. Thank you for your prayers and support.


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