I talked to a variety of companies after Spawn sputtered out. Most of them were unforgettable phone screens, after which about half of them ghosted me. That’s the way it goes.
I did get called by a recruiter. She had a Release Engineer position in Knoxville, TN. My mother-in-law lives in Kentucky, and having my family closer to her would have been great. So I requested more information.
Here is what the blurb said about the company:
Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion Web sites and broadband vertical channels. The company’s media portfolio includes Lifestyle Media, which is comprised of popular lifestyle television and Internet brands HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, country music network Great American Country, and the Fine Living Network, soon to be rebranded as the Cooking Channel; and Interactive Services, with leading online search and comparison shopping services BizRate, Shopzilla and beso.
So, if they relocated our family, would we have to do House Hunters?
Anyway, the job was a typical release engineering position for the time. Lots of building automated infrastructure for builds, moving to continuous integration. Not exactly what I was looking for (I wanted to code), but it would be better than nothing.
However, after I discussed this with my family, we decided the only way I would take this job would be if they paid really well.
I did not take the job.