Yesterday, at long, long last, I had my first in-person interview for a real, full time job since March of 2009. Yes, folks, it's been 18 months since a company has brought me in for an interview. Mind you, I've gotten LOTS of email notifications about jobs out there, but none of them really fit.
This job fits about 1/5 of my experience. It's interesting and would provide good focus on one of my skill sets: Instructional Design. Focus might be good for me. Plus, given that with software I am used to running the gamut of Project Management, Validation, Vendor Management, Quality Assurance, Testing, User Acceptance Test coordination, Implementation, Training Development (classroom and online courses), Training Facilitation, Technical Support, Technical Documentation, and Change Control, focusing on Instructional Design might be a good way to ease me back into the full time workplace after 2+ years.
The company is located south of the Flatiron District and north of Union Square on 5th Ave. in NYC. It's not the most convenient spot in the city for public transport, but one of the big pluses is the dress code is casual. Granted, I wore a suit for my interview (and got the flop sweats from the 85 degree temps and the 95% humidity).
Not complaining, but it costs money to get into and out of the city for an interview, if you're not driving: In total, I spent about $30! If I had driven, it might have cost me the same because it's $8 to get into the city across the bridge, then about $20+ to park. It's all part of the excitement, though, to take public transport into the city, hop in a taxi on 7th Ave. and say, "5th & 19th, please!" Then at the end of the interview, pop into a coffee shop to call my recruiter and another cab for the ferry to NJ, where Matt picked me up.
Fun day out. Hopefully, something will come of this. There are other prospects in the till, still, so this isn't the only thing out there. Just seems like the most promising right now. Plus, as Matt pointed out, this could be the return of The Daily Commuter