Thanks for posting this - I have followed your postings and talks over the years and appreciate your insights.
I relocated to a new area having lost a role in management. This new area did not have as many technology companies. I was willing to essentially start over with an individual contributor role so that I could maintain continuity in my CV/resume. I also could return to a more hands-on testing effort instead of doing the usual management thing.
One company responded to my indication of interest. It took 30 emails back and forth to convince this organization that I was being truthful and that (at least) I was worth having visit for an interview. It was a 10 person start-up, and I was exactly what they needed.
The role took many twists and turns, and ultimately I did not end up in a management role. But, I was in a very enjoyable technical role with a strong team that valued the testing discipline. I eventually moved on but my takeaway was that I was able to reset my career and think about what was truly valuable to me in seeking an employer.
Thanks again for the opportunity to share.