It’s job-hunting time for this IT pilot fish, and his first two interviews both look like they’ll turn into job offers.

“One was at a large parcel delivery service, and the other was at a midsize marketing company,” says fish. “I had worked at the the marketing company several years earlier as a contract programmer, and they were interviewing for a technical manager.”

That’s who fish hears back from first. But the HR rep begins by telling fish that the technical manager job is off the table. Why? fish asks — I did that job in all but title before.

HR guy reiterates that it’s off the table, but offers fish a position as a database analyst/developer. The salary isn’t bad, though it’s several thousand less than fish is aiming for.

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