So it started with several interviews with the Bank of Hawaii. Things were looking like I was going to be getting an offer…when they decided to go in a different direction and not hire anyone for the position. That sort of crap happens more often than you might think. Especially with large companies. They spend a boatload of time and money going down a path, only to have someone in a corner office read something or hear something or see something that changes their mind. An order is given, and the whole ship turns in a different direction.
It was a bit of a let down, so I started networking with other Hawaii contacts to see of there was some other work for me. As luck would have it, there was. A small IT company was getting a big break, and they needed a UX person.
Things again went well. I passed the interviews with the company, then interviewed with the main client. It looked like we would be going to Hawaii within a few weeks. So we spent 1k getting our pets ready to travel to Hawaii (Hawaii has some fierce anti-rabies regulations). We sold off most of our furniture and belongings. It was just cheaper to buy it there.
A week before buying my ticket I got the email. The client had decided that UX wasn’t what they wanted after all. So I was out. Sorry.
But I already sold my lawn tractor and gave away all our desks. Can I have a do-over? A recount?
But it was a done deal, just not done in my favor. There’s a saying, every time a door closes another one opens. This seems to be true, but come on. My life was starting to look like a Scooby-Doo Hallway scene.
I sat down, my collection of Aloha shirts that had just arrived on my lap. This must be some kind of record, even for me. Lost a job before I even had it.
So what do I do now?