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After 16 months, Tampa job hunter Matt Vuturo lands a big one: Employment

MattVuturo Let's check in with a Tampa job hunter we've following for some months. He's Matthew Vuturo, a man in his late 20s who worked as a strategic planning manager at VR Mergers & Acquisitions, a Tampa-based firm for mid-market companies, before losing his position in January 2008.

Since then, Vuturo's generously opened up his job hunting strategies and personal frustrations on the Wall Street Journal's Laid Off and Looking blog that chronicles the job hunt of eight out-of-work MBAs in the country. We've tracked Vuturo on this Venture blog off and on (here's the first Dec. 8 posting on Venture), and here's the good news.  After some 16 months on the hunt, he's got a job. Only it's not here in the Tampa Bay area. It's back in his hometown area of Chicago.

Last month, Vuturo landed a position as the new director of sales and marketing at GPI Prototype & Manufacturing Services, Inc. a Lake Bluff, Ill.-based contract manufacturer that's made everything from McDonald's plastic giveaway toys to medical device parts. Says Vuturo in his most recent blog posting:

"The feeling of being back on the job is one I cannot put into words. But I’d liken it to how I would feel if I woke up knowing I won the lottery the night before — only it’s a feeling that arrives every morning. My experience in the job market has given me an appreciation that I don’t think can possibly be lost. Ever."

Kudos to Vuturo after along search -- and thanks for sharing his story. Readers, especially those looking for job hunting ideas and sheer motivation themselves, might want to wander back in the Venture archives and see what did and did not work for Vuturo. And go to the Laid Off and Looking blog. Pay special attention to the numerous reader comments. There are good insights there.

Best wishes, Matt.

-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:25am]


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