I've got to write more about the job search... sorry if that's boring... but it's really unbelievable.
There has been a position posted for this area (first cool thing) doing what I do (second cool thing). It pays pretty well (third cool thing) and it's been open for awhile, too (fourth cool thing).
So I applied through a search firm. And then I started to find "similar" jobs from other recruiters in this area. But they weren't exactly the same. So I wasn't sure whether to apply to all of them or not (you can't usually apply for the same job through two recruiters - it just doesn't look good to the employers) because I didn't know where they were.
One of the recruiters was initially really interested in me. Then she told me that she was going to submit me. And then she dropped off the face of the planet. Oh well.
So I talked with another recruiter. SHE also thought I was a match. She fell off the face of the planet.
And then I talked with yet another. SHE thought I was a match. She said she was going to submit me. I called her again today. She said she did, but didn't know the results and regardless was going to submit me again with additional information just to get me in the door to talk with the hiring manager.
Let's recap. One (apparent) job. THREE recruiters. ZERO follow through on their part. Which is interesting considering that they will make about 30% of my starting salary just for getting me hired. Not a bad days' income for doing almost nothing (since I was finding THEM).
Pisses me off!
Oh well, I just do what I do. :)