In April of 2008, the owner of the company I worked for told me that he was, effectively, shutting down the company and that I needed to find a new job by June. I was not happy. Over the previous 3.5 years, I had been the entire tech department, I had built every piece of software the company had, and I was extremely emotionally invested in the company. I started looking at opportunities and chased several opportunities, but none panned out.
Ironically, the company I was leaving was an online job search company…
Finally, I contacted an old friend to see if his company had any opportunities. They did, and I interviewed with the team the following week. It was a *six hour interview*, during which my friend stayed out of it, to keep any personal bias from influencing the team. A few days later, they made an offer, which I accepted. Did I mention the *six hour interview*?
I’ve been with them for nearly a year and I can honestly say it’s the best fit in a job I’ve ever experienced. While I enjoyed working completely alone, as I had done for the previous 3.5 years, the team I have joined is the best, and smarted, I’ve ever seen.
Looking at it now, my previous company closing was really the best thing that could have happened to me.
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I have a somewhat similar story. I was at a very large, very stable company in Birmingham. I absolutely loved the job and the people but an opportunity came along to leave and help start an IT consulting firm. I made the decision to leave and go do it (made sure I left on VERY good terms though). I was there for 2.5 years and literally saw the company go from a couple of desks and a server sitting on a folding table to new offices and 3 full server racks. My employee number was 3. After the economic downturn came, our clients started cutting back then in December of 2008 I was laid-off and the company folded. That was 3pm on Monday, I signed my contract to go back to work at my old company at 9am on Tuesday. I got a lot of great experience where I was and still have many wonderful friendships with my old coworkers but it’s nice to be back at a stable company.
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