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|Originally Published: Sunday, 9 April 2000||Author: Kristina Pfaff-Harris|
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Linux.com Success Story: Even in Central PA
Tony writes: I narrowed my search down to the area I live in thinking no way is there going to be anything. Well, I was half right. There was a posting for a Linux Developer at a startup company about 25 minutes from my house.
Ok, here is my story, I just had to send it in cause it is hard for me to believe I found it at all. I was a Mainframe Systems programmer for the last several years and the company I worked for started to get boring. Now I love the mainframe world and its power but I just had enough. I have been using Linux of one variety or another at home for the past 5 years and could never get enough of it. Then one evening, a Monday, I found jobs.linux.com totally by accident. I decided to look through the postings and was real interested in what I was finding so I narrowed my search down to the area I live in thinking no way is there going to be anything. Well, I was half right. There was a posting for a Linux Developer at a startup company about 25 minutes from my house.
Now I have been on the systems side of things most all of my career but what the company was doing with Linux was so great, even though I didn't have the experience they were looking for, I sent a reply to the posting explaining my background, how exciting what they are doing is, and if there is ever a position that might fit me to let me know. The next day, Tuesday, I received a reply e-mail asking to see a copy of my resume' so I sent it along, now at this point getting such a prompt response I was starting to get excited. Later the same day I received another e-mail asking for a phone interview and we set it up for that evening. At the end of the phone interview I had a regular interview setup for Thursday, could have been Wednesday but I didn't want to look to eager. The interview went great, they liked all the skills I have and how I would fit perfect into their new company(a year old, soon to IPO) but there was no exact position for me, so they said they would think about creating one for me, doing Linux, NT and Solaris Admin and some Linux development, even LAN/WAN work, everything I love even more than MVS, but just did as a hobby. Now I was a UNIX Admin a few years back, but that was some time ago when it was weak in the job force.
So anyhow, here is it Friday, just a few days after our initial e-mail exchange, I was real tense thinking about it so to help ease my head I sent a follow up e-mail as a thank you for the interview, I received a reply stating an offer letter was mailed to me the afternoon after the interview. I about dropped. Thank god for speedy mail delivery because I got the letter Saturday. It was an excellent offer and a great opportunity to do something I really enjoy, something I could not pass up. My wife was behind me 100% and said to do it. So on Monday I resigned from my old position as a Systems Admin/Programmer on April 10th. Thank you for your site!
Thanks, Tony, for another great story! It just goes to prove that you can find a Linux job anywhere -- even in your own back yard. If you've had success finding a job, or if you're an employer who's found your dream candidate through Linux.com, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!