A chance meeting, mixed with some honesty and integrity, throw in some highly unlikely coincidences and dash it with some luck and thats is all it takes to get a job in this market.
In October of 2008, Paul Bell posted some questions on a tech forum regarding job board software. Richard Kersey owner of RazorIT, who notably has not bid on, or even actively sought a job in more than two years due to high levels of repeat and referral business, uncharacteristically responded to the post with his experience regarding the job board software Paul was considering for a new website. Paul ended up asking a ton more questions, and coincdentally it eventually led to RazorIT developing a website for him. Right near the end of development, after it was nearly complete, Paul informed Richard that he had to put off any more work on it, because he had lost his job during layoffs in the ailing economy. (Notice how one job loss, had a ripple effect, and was actually the loss of two jobs?)
Flash forward to February 2009, and even though Paul had lost his job he paid the past due invoice for the work that he had contracted earlier. Having really appreciated the honesty and integrity that that act showed, Richard gladly forwarded Paul’s contact information to CollegeRecruiter.com, a contact and established industry leader in the job posting market, owned by Steven Rothberg and developed by RazorIT. Admittedly, Richard completely expected nothing to come of it, and was unaware that there was even a position that was opening up. Amazingly enough, the next day, Richard got thank yous from both Paul and Steven for the introduction.
Now March 2009, five months after that intitial chance meeting, Paul has a new job with CollegeRecruiter.com through these different twists of fate. The moral of the story… pay your website development company, you’ll be happy you did.