I have had 13 interviews since March 1. My career coach (my previous company gave me this service for 3 months) has been simply amazed at how much activity and follow-up I have had over the past month. I have had my sights set on two opportunities and I received an offer from one of them yesterday.
During our conversation before the offer, the COO mentioned "once we can come to an agreement on the base salary piece, we hope that we can move forward with this relationship." I had planned on negotiating anyway but didn't expect them to open that door for me. Their initial offer gave me an $11k increase over my last position but I wasn't finished. I negotiated another $14k increase and received the ok for that about 10 minutes ago from the COO/CFO. I also have severance pay through June but I was hoping to get some golf in next week. It appears that i will be headed to the Bay area to meet the CEO and President to get the lay of the land.
The other opportunity has an interviewing timeline that can go 2 months and I am simply just not going to wait when I have something this perfect in front of me. Of all of the interviews, this position felt the best where it counts - in my gut. I couldn't have done it without the help of MT and I am thankful that I found it. Even if you aren't looking for a career change right now, BUY THE INTERVIEWING SERIES BEFORE THEY RAISE THE PRICE!