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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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Friday, September 17, 2004


It's been a week since I've logged anything: I don't fully understand why. I think that, in part, it's because little has happened on the job front.

Yesterday afternoon I had another phone interview with the San Jose team. I originally thought this was a follow-up interview for the same position as last Friday's interview. However, it turns out that I had applied for two different positions for this team: system administrator and programmer. Last Friday the interview was for the sysadmin position. Yesterday's interview was for the programming position.

I came away from this interview with mixed emotions. I really like this team, the people I've interviewed with, and what they seem to be doing. To be more accurate, I like the technologies they're using. I guess the websites they've shown me so far look cool and useful, but perhaps a little mundane in purpose. I found during this interview that the programming skills they're looking for are not ones that I've used in the last three years on CADE: they want J2EE and XML Schema experience, while my Sun Java Certification three years ago was on J2SE, and my recent XML experience has not involved DTDs or XML Schemas. I'm very confident that I could quickly pick up what I need to become a useful part of their team, but I hate knowing that I disappointed them in this interview.

Today I received an e-mail with the following sentence: "Consideration was given to your application and qualifications but you were not selected for this position." This was about the BCRS job in Gaithersburg, for which I interviewed back on August 30. I should not be surprised, since I had heard nothing from then since that time.

Today is the 21st day on my bench-time clock. Nine days from now, if nothing has changed, I become eligible for the next lay-off, whenever that might be.

Update: Late this afternoon I received the following e-mail.
We received your resume and would like to thank you for your interest in Google. After carefully reviewing your experience and qualifications, we have determined that we do not have a position available which is a strong match at this time.

Thanks again for considering Google. We wish you well in your endeavors and hope you might consider us again in the future.

Google Staffing


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