So, here’s the story of getting my new job:
A few months ago I came across @bencallahan while looking for some info on less css. His name caught my eye because I don’t often come across local web developers on Twitter, so I started following him (on Twitter, I’m not a stalker). This led me to find out about his company – FORGE. FORGE is the kind of place that I have wanted to work at since I left full-time church work. The more I read about the company and saw the kinds of things that they do, the more I wanted to work there. The question then, became how to get a job there, not even knowing if they wanted to hire anybody. While trying to figure out the best way to ask for a job, I came across this. This started making me think, and after deliberating, and talking it over with Deb, I decided that the I would create a simple site to send to the guys at FORGE.
I went ahead and purchased heyforgepleasehireme.com, and started to lay out what would be on the page. After about a week of fitting in some time around an already busy schedule, I had a site that I was pretty proud of – making use of the new HTML5 tags and a smattering of CSS3 for good measure. All that was left was the delivery mechanism. While I was hoping I could come up with a way for FORGE to simply stumble across my new site, that didn’t seem reliable, and I had no idea how long it would take. After losing another possible job because a company I had a contact with had just hired somebody, I didn’t want to wait around too long. I decided to simply send the URL in a tweet to @forgeideas. It felt like such a significant tweet, I was hesitant. I was talking to Debbie and Dane about it on IM when Debbie typed, “Just send it!” So I did. An hour later, I got a message back from FORGE asking me to come have lunch and talk.
The rest, as they say, is history…
Lesson learned: it can pay to be creative when searching for a job. I could have easily sent a resume with a nice cover letter, but that wouldn’t have conveyed how much I wanted to work at FORGE. If you want something, go after it whole hog. When I first walked into FORGE, I was introduced as the guy who made the website