Wow... thanks for some of the help offers, guys! Looks like I've got some reading to do! Sheesh I don't log on for the whole day and I'm hammered
Anyways... what I want to do? Anything. Right now I'm working for Motorola, as a Systems Engineer in the load support group. Basically, whenever a new cell feature is released, I'm the guy that goes out to the customer site (Verizon, SprintPCS, Alltel, Horizon, etc.) takes their CBSC down, loads the new software, and brings it back up. It's a pretty high-visibility position, as I am in direct contact with the customer. It's a LOT of travelling (my group of 6 people support the entire country for the above-mentioned customers.) But I've been working 80 hour weeks for the past 8 months, working damn near every weekend, with no incentives. No overtime, no comp time, nothing (I also have projects and tasks aside from doing loads that take up normal business hours from 8a-5p on weekdays.) I can't do it anymore, I'm burnt out and stressed out. So really, anything will be an improvement. Something more of a 9-5, with weekends off, and significantly less travel.
I learn fast (I knew NOTHING about cellular systems when I started 2 years ago, and now I'm one of 6 people at Motorola that would be considered an "expert.") I have a degree in Computer Science (programming). I'm very technically oriented (both software stuff, as well as mechanical stuff - I have half of a M.E. degree.) I'm good with people, don't have a problem getting on someone's case to get things done, can be very professional (read: stuffy) or very relaxed and personable, depending on which is appropriate for the atmosphere. I truly enjoy having a lot of things on my plate, I like having responsibility, and I don't mind being in high visibility positions. But I need my personal time, I need time to relax and unwind. As it stands right now, I'm not going to be able to race this year, as my manager already told me that she won't guarantee me the weekends off.
Typical industries I look for when I hit job sites:
Engineering (software or mechanical)
Project Management <-- I'm kinda interested in going into project management
Chris I'd LOVE to get your headhunters info. Hook a brotha up. You can probably just post it here, as I'm sure there are others that would like to see it.
There doesn't seem to be very much in the Chicago area. I've actually been seriously contemplating moving out of state to find a job (most likely someplace warm, either San Diego or San Francisco - might as well move someplace nicer, right?) I have an interview with Iveco on the 14th for an Applications Engineer position... if that falls through, I may very well just sell the house, pack up and go.
I've been on Monster.com, Hotjobs.com, and the Chicago Tribune site. Haven't found SHIT. I've probably submitted 30 resumes in the past 2 months... all I get in return is spam. My buddy's wife just told me about dice.com, I'm gonna surf there next... now along with some of the other sites mentioned here in this thread.
Anyways... I've rambled on here. Thanks for the help, it's really appreciated. If one of these leads turns into a job, I owe you a case or two of beer, and maybe a dinner