On the surface, it looks terrible; there's no doubt about that. I cringe at my record over that time. Two firings, one layoff and one furlough. Ouch.
The first firing was self-inflicted. Not something I am proud of...I had interviewed, was offered and accepted a position with RevolutionMoney prior to that though, so you could say I was checked out or just looking for an easy escape. I still wish it had gone down differently but I can't change the past.
That self-inflicted would, combined with the most recent news, looks pretty bad for me as an employee.
Employee OrientedAm I a team player?
Do I work well with others?
Am I a good employee?
Do I lie, cheat or steal?
TechnicalDo I have technical skills?
How do I compare to my peers?
What is my skill level?
All perfectly valid questions for a potential future employer.
I should defend myself right?
I have no idea right now.
I think the best thing I can do right now is engage potential employers, answer any and all questions, as openly and honestly as possible, and hope for the best. I know the market isn't great right now...but I'll do what I need to do find a job.
I find myself envious of those who have been with companys for a long period of time. Amusingly, had I been a bit more patient, I would have probably found WellCare to be a nice home for awhile. I still have a lot of great friends from there I think mostly because they were my support system when Kate got sick.
I took the job at RevolutionMoney because it was a startup and offered an opportunity to do all kinds of really cool stuff. None of the "really cool stuff" came to fruition though and all of the people behind that push either left or were let go.
I had just gotten comfortable in my recent job, was in a bit of groove...but "things just weren't working out."
So I'm looking.
If you know anyone out there looking for a lazy Oracle developer/modeler/little dba, send them my way.