Thank you for your patience! I hope to get this blog up to date soon - here's part 1:
April 18th - Day 1 - Courtship (telemarketing style)
Around 11am, I got a call asking me if I were interested in a job. Based on my previous experience where jobs I'm qualified to do pay very little compared to what I did at RIM, I blew it off. Besides, it sounded like the dude was reading from my resume, not from actual qualifications. A+ and MCP are excellent assets? Those are just initials I haven't looked at or cared about in almost 10 years.
However, I'm me, and I avoid confrontation like the plague, so I agree to be sent information - expecting to see something like "must be willing to sell children" and take my easy out.
I got the email, and it was pretty generic - just saying that it was a "long-term contract position". That phrase was a warning to me, but I thought I could use it to my advantage when weaseling out of this malarkey. No statement about who the company was, or what the role was other than support.
*edit - reading the email now, there are all kinds of clues to who the company was, but I guess I wasn't looking hard enough.
I responded advising that I had the information, and to get myself some more information, I asked some questions about hours of work and the all-important salary (bound to be pitiful).
I had my answer in just over an hour, and was mildly surprised. I talked to my wife, and I figured I'd find out where this was going and talk to the recruiter the next day.
April 19th - Day 2 - 2nd date
The recruiter said that he would get in touch with the client if I was interested in pursuing the role further, and I let him know that was cool.
I hung up the phone feeling absolutely sure that this wouldn't lead anywhere, but I would follow up with some people just in case...
Next part includes what every relationship has to have - it could be either a deception or a misunderstanding, all depending on your point of view.