Period: 26 January 2024 to 09 February 2024
Positions applied to: I applied to 10 positions during this period. Total jobs applied to/opportunities investigated are 72 unique positions.
Rejections: I was rejected for 4 positions (16 total rejections).
I had one recruiter call and two second round of interview calls.
The recruiter call was for a Supervisor position. I talked with the recruiter and said I would consider a manager level based on my experience. In theory he will ask, although between that and the potential gap in salary, I am not hopeful.
Second Round Interview 1: I spoke with four individuals from different departments that interact with Quality. They were all positive experiences and seemed like genuinely nice people that would make good coworkers. I am waiting for feedback to see if I will move to the next stage, which would be an on-site interview.
Second Round Interview 2: I spoke with five individuals from different departments - interestingly, two of them grew up not far from where I did. They were also all positive experiences and seemed like they would make good colleagues. As above, I am waiting for feedback on the next stage. Also of note, I got an overview of the relocation package. It is a very generous one.
Job losses: Strand Therapeutics, Hookipa Pharma, Pfizer, 2seventybio, Atara Biotherapeutics, Rakuten Medical, Xencor, Rallybio and Synlogic all announced layoffs. 195 known positions lost, 160 "transferred" to another company (2seventybio to Regeneron), one (Rakuten) with "undisclosed" job cuts, and one (Synlogic) with no numbers but 90% personnel reduction.
Sandoz announced the closing of a facility in North Carolina (213 jobs lost) and Roche announced layoffs (around 340 people, mostly contractors). Eon Labs announced the closing of a facility, 213 jobs lost. Total is 756 jobs, both in the US and internationally.
Note: Plant closings are a pretty significant thing. That represents a company deciding a market - whatever was produced there - is not coming back.
I should also note mass hirings, when they happen. Jubilant HollisterStier located in Spokane, WA announced an additional 200 person hire (I have worked with this plant in the past).
I would be lying if I did not say I was feeling a bit under pressure now. Yes, I know that I still have 2.5 months to run on my insurance and somewhere around 4 months on my unemployment, but time flies quickly and it is already February.
The timing is not necessarily anyone's fault of course; I forget how long hiring processes can take these days. For the two second round of interviews above, this is still with 30 days of my application, which is rather speedy for these sorts of things.
One thing it does suggest is that any job I have not heard from almost immediately is likely something that I am not in contention for. That is not a hard and fast rule, but anyone that has been interested to date has shown interest pretty quickly. If I use that as a metric, my "informal" rejection rate rises to something like 94% (on a sliding scale, of course). That is a pretty stunning number.
Still, even with that high of a rate, it only takes one offer to change everything.