New gig

I start a new temp gig tomorrow. It's a six month contract at Maine Medical Center's IT Help Desk through ProSearch, Inc, of Portland, ME. Both the hiring manager at MMC and the recruiter at ProSearch tell me that there is a high probability, but no guarantee, that MMC will hire me when the contract is up.

It's an hour commute, about 48 miles. I've done that before when I was on the IT Help Desk at Hannaford Bros in Scarborough, ME so no big deal. And I've got a car with much better gas milage this time.

The six month period with the possibility of permanent coincides with the lease on my apartment. If it does go permanent, I'll wind up moving into Maine, both to cut down on the commute time but also because if I'm going to be paying Maine income tax, I may as well live in the state to get whatever benefits it provides. But, that's six months down the road.

Last day at Liberty, again

Today was my last day at Liberty Mutual. And what a day it was. Apparently, there was a change of some kind in one of the data centers over the weekend, and it broke a lot of stuff, call volume was through the roof all morning and didn't die down until after lunch.

One memorable call was what turned out to be my last call of the day, which I almost didn't even get due to the timing. Lady had recently finished imaging a new laptop and the Data Capture Utility had failed to back up her old computer prior, so she was using plan B, Connected Backup. However, on her earlier attempt to restore the data, the prior agent did an account reassociation of Connected Backup and it appeared to work, except that none of her data was restored. The account was on the correct computer, but the timestamps of the store of backups were wrong. And there was a complete history of backed up data. So I checked the server and there were two backup accounts under her name, one attached to her old computer and one attached to her new. Both were listed as active.

So I did another reassociation - uninstall Connected Backup and reinstall it from the backup server entry for her prior computer. Then when I went in to restore her data… most of it was not there. The directory structure was intact for her My Documents, but there were no documents in the directories. She had a few Desktop items, and some IE Favorites so there was SOME data. And I checked back three weeks, no change.

I wound up, on her computer, doing a network share to her old computer and manually copying the data over. Turns out, there was about 7.5 GB of data in her My Documents. It was going to take over a hald hour to finish transferring that and it was already 5:15, 30 minutes after I was supposed to clock out, so I told her to let it finish and then she'd have her data back.

I wonder if I'll get another Kudo out of it. Probably not. One of the ladies from last Friday never sent it in after saying she would.

I also got several unsolicited offers of recommendation from coworkers, including two of the ITHD-L2 guys who sit in the pod next to my cube. And a few others who came up to me to say goodbye. It's good to know I made a positive contribution while I was there.

Romney staffers stranded when campaign killed credit cards on election night | The Raw Story

Romney staffers stranded when campaign killed credit cards on election night | The Raw Story.

Interesting proof that Mitt Romney apparently does not care one whit about people who are of no direct service to himself.  But then again, we already knew that when he made that comment about not caring about 47% of Americans.

These people were people that believed in him and his candidacy, who were actively helping him in the election.  The article doesn't say, but it's likely that many of them were otherwise volunteers, not paid staffers.  And when Romney lost the election, they were discarded like used toilet paper, now forced to pay out of their own pockets expenses that Romney's campaign should have paid for.  I'm not usually one to applaud lawsuits, but I think this deserves one.

Job hunt continues

My contract at Liberty Mutual's IT Help Desk ended on October 12, 2012 and I've been on an active job hunt since before then as I knew it was coming.  But, as "they" say, job hunting is a full time job itself, so I wasn't very productive in that before the 12th.  On the 15th, I applied for Unemployment Compensation.

So far, even though I do not yet have a job offer, I am having more success in the job hunt than I am with the New Hampshire Employment Security.

My job search log has 49 entries since October 12.  Granted, some of them are repeats such as contacting some temp agencies once a week, and a few of them are call-backs from potential employers to setup interviews, and I'm also logging the interviews themselves.  Partly because the NHES requires all job search activities to be logged and provided, but also so I can keep track of what I've already done.  Speaking of interviews, I've had interviews with five six potential employers so far with another scheduled for Monday two more on Tuesday.  Of these, there have been two so far that I really want, and the others I applied to more because I'm qualified and I need a job.  (No, I am not going to identify them, in case the hiring managers find this.)

As for NHES, it's been two weeks since I started the filing process.  Late last week, I got a determination that I am eligible for monetary benefits, but the amount is so low, it won't even cover my rent.  I figure that if it takes that long, I have until the end of December, maybe January if I'm lucky, before I'm forced to vacate.  And I have not yet received my first unemployment compensation check.

At least the job hunt is yielding more applications and interviews faster than it did last time.