A fortuitous meeting I almost didn't make led to my getting a job exactly one month to the day I was let go from my former one.
They Say It's About Who You Know…
After my family and I moved back to Virginia I started networking. I joined 37 meetups covering topics from programming to data to open source intelligence. One meetup I joined was the DC Tech Meetup. Little did I know this meetup would ultimately help me get my current job.
Luck Is Where Preparation Meets Opportunity
As I was performing my job search, an email came in from DC Tech. 10 free tickets to TEDx MidAtlantic were available on a first-come-first-served basis. I quickly checked my calendar. Would I be able to attend? There was a neighborhood Halloween party the night of day two. I decided I could always leave TEDx early. I couldn't pass this up. I grabbed one of the 10 tickets.
I was in.
… It's About Who You Meet
Day one of TEDxMid was excellent. After a full day of talks and networking I was tired and headed home. I awoke the next day still tired and considered not going back. The neighborhood Halloween event was happening that day, and I wanted to spend time with my wife and daughter. But something told me I should go back to TEDx. That something was someone – my wife!
Quick side note – whenever I get into a situation like this, where I know I should go somewhere but my head tells me to stay in place, I know I must go. It's my “lizard brain” trying to keep me comfortable. Don't listen to this voice. Get off your ass and go.
So I went.
During one of the breaks I struck up a conversation with a gentleman named David. I asked him my typical question – what's your story? After telling me his he asked mine. When I finished he brightened up and said this was a fortuitous meeting. He was in a group for CEOs and a number of them could use what I did. He gave me his card, asked me to send him my resume, and told me he would send it to his group.
I thanked him and went about the rest of my day.
… And The Follow-Up
First thing Monday morning (10/28) I sent my resume to David. Around 10:30 a.m. I received an email from a gentleman named Ed asking if I was available for a phone call. You betcha I was! 30 minutes later we were on the phone. After a great call, we scheduled an in-person meeting for the following morning.
Ed and I met for coffee Tuesday morning and had another great conversation. Afterwards he connected me with one of his long-time friends who I spoke with on Wednesday. Thursday morning I was in the Ed's offices for interviews. Friday evening I received a verbal offer. A formal offer letter arrived Monday.
I started at my new job on Tuesday, November 5th, one month to the day that I had been let go from Intridea.
I'm a lucky man.