Been away for a while, and came by to check in, and see everyone else is looking for work/hiring, too!
Passed my 7 year anniversary at the beginning of April, and I'm just kinda done with this company. The business is heading away from the GovEd market (which I work in: government and educational sales), and i don't have a lot of work to do on a daily basis, but the sales department is in denial about this movement of the company away from GovEd and keeps trying to put projects on my plate that we just simply are not the right answer for.
It's frustrating, because as I try to write the sales proposal for them, they can't give me legitimate answers to the customers' questions.
Me: "Ok, customer wants X, and we don't do that. So I checked "Does Not Comply" for that requirement."
Salesperson: "NO! Answer yes! We have this (totally unrelated) feature!"
Me: "So you want to sell them N to solve problem X? How is that going to work for them?"
Salesperson: "Doesn't matter; Once we get in the room with the customer and start negotiations, we can address those 'edge cases' in person."
Me: "You realize that the document I am building commits us to providing THIS feature X in the way THEY have defined it, right?"
Salesperson: "But our product doesn't do that."
Anyway, am out looking for work, interviewing, and talking with my manager about when we should plan for my departure. I'm thinking mid-June, but my Mom and Sister are on my case about leaving my job without another one already lined up. And I see their point... why not just keep doing the minimal amount of work my job takes, rake in the $100k/yr, and just keep my mouth shut?
Hm. They do have a point there...
Turns out our local rugby team - the Seattle Seawolves - really need a weirdo like me right now to come in and help manage a couple of different projects in the office. That would be cool. I hope that works out. But not banking on it ... it's not like there is an open job req or anything ... just me and the boss chatting over beers and discussing life, the universe, and everything. But he's gonna see what he can do.
It'd be nice to care about my work again.