Think I'll get a good reference?
Not that I care.
I lasted 4 1/2 months at a place that turned out to be a frat-house. Guys flashing porn pics, day trading, playing FPS in the open, screaming and cussing, and not a clue how to do software dev. They tried put me full-time on a CMS project and I told them to shove it.
Plenty of leads in the job market. Three onsite interviews this week and a lot of calls. Most interesting one was a well funded startup with an open-office. I get led in, wearing my wing-tips and suit and tie, and see a guy in cargo shirts, t-shirt, and no shoes on, not even flip-flops. Immediately took off my tie and sat there for four hours doing a gang bang of interviews. Probably should have left after the manager in the first interview said she knew the manager at the place I just left. I didn't flip her off, but I am sure that word got around :-)
But the open office thing is weird. Too quiet and no privacy. Anyway, got turned down today.
Then I interviewed with this Russian guy (I am pretty sure Russians hate Hungarians like me). He started waving my resume around and saying "All these jobs, I don't like this! I don't want someone who will be here 6 months and leave!!" Douche. And that guy also knew that same manager from my last place. WTF?
So those two gigs won't be happening.
But all of the sudden these assholes are calling me a job hopper because I've been consulting and contracting for the last 20 years. Never mind that companies in the last 5-7 years have been downsizing, merging, and re-orging like crazy.
Anybody who has been at the same place for the last 5 years must be a serious ass-kisser and collaborator.
So, I've decided to go all slumdog on my resume. Change dates, add bogus skills, hype and fabricate shit. Nothing outrageous, like 25-yr. old Kumar with 15 years of ERP experience, but basic shit that I can BS past in an interview.
The companies lie to us, so we need to do the same. Maybe the slumdogs were on to something.