This photo taken at Job Dragon where I was doing design and some ASP which I just didn't understand ^^;
About 3 months after I joined Job Dragon, they hit a spot of financial bother and had to let me and a few others go. It was my first experience of being laid off. The CEO Mark lead 3 of us to a room to give us the bad news. Mark cried and I was pretty much in shock - I left a stable job at Nature only to be laid off a few months afterwards at Job Dragon.
But everything in life happens for a reason and every event is a piece of a jigsaw puzzle that one collects during their journey in life.
As Job Dragon was a recruitment agency, they also had many contacts in the industry and they weren't going to leave us strung high n dry.
My resume was sent to tech companies such as eBay Japan and Amazon Japan. Had a load of interviews and got 4 simultaneous offers ^^; Had a few interviews with Amazon at their offices in Shibuya and over the phone with various Program Managers at HQ in Seattle. At the end of the interview loop, my boss Anne flew over to Japan to make sure that I was the one to fit the role.
So here is a question I was asked when interviewing for the position - how would you answer. There is a correct and incorrect way of answering and you do not have to be technical to get it right. Just because you are in an interview, don't answer in a way that you think others want you to answer. How would you answer?
You are currently working on rolling out a site feature and your staff is all occupied with the rollout.
A business owner (lets say it was Marketing) tells you that they need a website feature built urgently and that they can expect thousands of incremental users leading to millions of dollars in sales. What do you do?
I ended up using that same question on everybody I interviewed at Amazon from then on ^^;
Anyway, after Ebay and Amazon offered me a position, my recruiters got them both in a bidding war - the more they paid, the more the recruiter gets which is about 30% of my annual salary. eBay ended up offering *much* more but I chose Amazon. I felt I was more familiar with e-commerce rather than auctions.
Job Dragon hired me, fired me and placed me - and the 30% that they made from introducing me to Amazon more than paid for the salary during my time at Job Dragon.
Amazon was the correct choice - one reason was because Ebay Japan folded and exited Japan. I kept in contact with the HR manager at eBay who ended up asking me to hire her staff - I took two on board.
I got the job and before I knew it was on a plane to Seattle and the UK for training.
It was my first time in the US. I remember not being able to beleive my eyes when I was in the hotel watching TV - September 11th 2001.