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People come to My Perfect Gig to look for their perfect engineering gig and in this economy you expect people to to be relentless.   Some folks are unemployed and looking and other have a gig but are keeping their eyes open because many employers are making difficult choices and cutting to the bone (see WSJ article on severance pay).  Despite all of the craziness and stress, we saw people pull away a little this week on the pursuit of career perfection.

We had St. Patricks Day and the kickoff of March Madness this week and that led to a slight drop in how many folks visited to the site.  This is great.  This is normal.  Folks should be taking a deep breath to drink some green beer and watch NCAA March Madness.  The last few months have been a wild ride.  In fact, hasn’t there been so much drama since the Presidential election really heated up last summer.  Everybody needed the slice of normalcy brought to us by St. Patty’s Day and NCAA hoops.  This week’s events along with the start of baseball, gardens perking up and a dash of warm air will provoke people to take a deep breadth as they think about their next career move.   Their next perfect gig.

When the engineers are ready, we know there are a lot of opportunities out their for people trying to find their perfect gig.  We have great clients like CACI, Raytheon, Phase Forward and others looking for great engineering talent.   By the way, it is worth noting that I am 15-1 after the first day of March Madness.

My final semester at college, although light on the academia, was a bit heavy on the anxiety and stress.  I had not  found a solid job to move on to after graduation. Come February of 2008, most of my evenings were spent scouring the web for opportunities. I took to the usual avenues of rewriting my resume weekly, perusing job boards long into the night, and waking up at 4 am to get to a 9 am interview in Boston at a staffing firm. My searching became increasingly frantic as graduation date loomed nearer and my efforts bordered an obsession. It consumed too much of my social life and my spare time was fraught with worry that wasn’t doing me any good.

As the weeks wore on and my frustrations mounted, my image of the ideal first job out of college became broader. I had become less concerned with finding the perfect job and decided I would be happy finding one that would simply pay the bills. That wasn’t a good place to be; it meant I’d devalued myself by thinking that I was –  in someone’s eye – unqualified for all these jobs. It’s hard when searching for a job not to take these things personally.

The last few weeks of my job search were like a storm. Emails and resumes were flying everywhere and I was getting phone calls at all hours of the day. Then, out of nowhere, I got an email for a job at a company named My Perfect Gig buried among a dozen other job leads. It wasn’t another staffing firm soliciting me; it felt like there was an actual human being on the other end. They were a start-up so there wasn’t much information about them. I arrived at the interview with cautious optimism, but was quickly impressed with the quality of the people and the sophistication of the technology they were working with. I’ll be honest; it was downright exciting that this company wanted to hire me right out of college. Up until this point, I had all the doubts in the world about whether I was going to find the right fit.

They made the offer – YES! I gave myself a few days to be sure, but my mind was already made up; I would accept the job. At that point, I realized I had been persevering through weeks of stress and frustration for a job where I could work with people who were passionate about their job. That passion is infectious.

A few weeks later I attended graduation with a swagger, itching to start my new gig.  I had found My Perfect Gig.

Nathan Levesque is one of the key engineers at My Perfect Gig who makes stuff happen.