Yesterday, thanks to your prayers and good thoughts, I had an interview.
The interview (now to me, not surprisingly), in my old "field" of Quality Assurance. It is a position which would not require us to relocate. It is a position is a position with the standard sort of benefits that I would expect from a company of its size (smaller, relative start up).
As it turns out, a coworker knows many of the people that work there, so I think their reaching out directly accelerated my process - I went from submitting my CV on Thursday to the initial interview yesterday and a follow on activity later today.
The salary is commensurate with what I had identified in the initial application, which made me feel pretty good about estimating my value.
The process - if today goes well - is a series of interviews over the next month or so, culminating in a on-site interview and presentation (I have never done an on-site presentation as part of the job interview process, so that will be new).
They are, apparently, even willing to work with the fact that I will not have availability until the early part of July.
Do I intend to keep my part time Grocery Store Job? Absolutely. One thing this whole thing has reminded me of is the fact that I have become way too complacent about relying on my "job" - to be fair, even if this all goes well, I could still lose my position in a heartbeat. Better to have something, even small to start off with now, to fall back on instead of finding myself back looking for something. The worst case is I have something to support my hobbies.
How do I feel about "going back" to Quality Assurance? A touch ambivalent of course - there is a lot of stress that comes with it that is I do not miss. Still, it sounds like they have an aggressive plan and either there will be success in 1-2 years, or failure in 1-2 years. I can live with that timeline - worst case, I need a job to last 4-6 years at this point.
In a nutshell? Good news, better than I could have hoped for. Prayers and happy thoughts continue to be requested.