Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Job Search - Update

I have been reading a lot about search for a job. I read that it takes about a month for each 10K of salary. I make good money so I cannot accept this as gospel. Other things I have read say that the 10K/month meme is for most people who shoot off lots of resumes and then wait for response

I have to say that I am guilty of this. I am working with several recruiters and have had four interviews since November of last year. Three of these did not pan out. As for the last one, I am still waiting for more information. It is a government entity so I expect the process to take longer. Meanwhile, there is talk that I may be extended again where I am working now.

At the National Renewable Laboratories where I work as a contractor, the funding is much different that in corporate, where I have worked my entire career. NREL is dependent on government funding. So I have no idea what will happen first. Will the money come in or will I get another position?

I don't believe in luck so I guess I better get off my ass and figure something out.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I am sorry. My last post was a whine-fest. I will try to stop doing that.

I would like help in finding a way to help small businesses in the world. What can I as a computer technologist offer a small business that would bring in business and/or make money for my clients? I read a book call "Free" that discussed the history of free and the "freemium" economy. I could offer a service for free if I had a way to eventually monetize it. I really need ideas!

No more whining. Again, I apologize for my previous post.

New Year. New Job, hopefully.

Another year. And I am looking for another job. My current contract runs out when the money runs out, currently February. I just finished my 6th class toward my MIS degree. I hope I am doing the right thing. Taking the classes online through University of Phoenix is convenient but not sure if it make any difference in my career.

I have had four interviews with one second interview. Just found out that the second interview job did not want me. Rejection is depressing. I am not used to that yet. My current boss loves my work and how I deal with him, his boss and the clients. I think if I can get into a position then I can show them.

I have been thinking about what I can offer a company. I am pleasant to work with if a bit shy. I don't make friends easily but I work on developing relationships with my co-workers and clients. I am technically competent and can learn any technology. I have done so many times. Even if I don't know all of the particular technologies that a company uses I will pick them up with six weeks. The interviewing process is frustrating.