Right around the beginning of 2015, I began my search for a new position. After transitioning to full-time software development in 2013 in a role that mixed PHP, Obj-C, and Ruby projects, I felt the time was right to make the move to something that would allow me to spend most of my time on either Ruby or iOS development.
Initially, I was open to relocating from North Carolina to either Pennsylvania, New York, or even Boston for the right role. I was also willing to work remotely, like most developers these days, but it wasn't a requirement nor an expectation.
I started my search on Hired, which basically consisted of taking a short technical test on algorithm/data structure usage and then waiting to see if you get accepted into their "auctions" to receive interview opportunities where the expected salary is stated up front.
I was accepted into an auction in February and got six interview offers in the annual salary range of $85,000 to $115,000 from various start-ups in New York and Boston . I ended up interviewing with five of the companies (the sixth was primarily a PHP role), and got to various stages of the process.
The two companies that I got to the final stages with ended up not extending a formal offer. I'm sure that I would have accepted offers from either company at the time, but in the end I'm glad they didn't work out. I planned to take a couple of weeks off from the job search, since we had a trip to the beach coming up and didn't want to mix business with pleasure.
Turns out that I didn't even need a couple of weeks...
Precisely three days after I'd received my final rejection from the pool of Hired start-ups, I was browsing the daily newsletter from Working Nomads and came across a posting for a Rails development position.
I figured, "what the heck," and applied for the job. I got a quick response and request to set up an interview. Two weeks later, we were headed to the beach as planned, and I had a verbal offer to fill the position. We had a nice, relaxing weekend (never a guarantee with a toddler and an infant in tow). The formal offer came through earlier this week, and I'll be starting my new life as a remote worker on this coming Thursday.
It's an exciting transition for our family, and I'm still not sure how it will turn out. I've only done spots of remote work in the past, but I've been reading the various go-to sources for information on best practices and staying focused. It really seems like it will be a dream come true.