Last week I started my new job as a Principal Software Engineer at Workscape.  I’m back in another Agile position, working on Java (and starting work on Flex, too), which are the two things I was looking for.  I would have settled for a position at a company that wasn’t Agile, but it would have been hard, knowing the benefits of it. I was waiting to post this until I got my first paycheck or did my first commit of fixed issues, whichever came first. Thursday and Friday I fixed three issues, so now it’s official.

Workscape offers HR services to other companies and their employees.

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I came across this blog post on the Developer Art blog on preserving and sharing project knowledge.  I found both the articles and the comments insightful, offering several good suggestions for persisting and disseminating project knowledge.

This is a topic near and dear to my heart.  Anyone who has worked with me on a project knows I take endless notes, and I have been saved by them many times.  They can lead to information overload, but to me, it’s worth the risk.  You can’t go back in time and take notes at a meeting that already happened any more than you can reshoot your vacation pictures once you’re back home and notice that they all have your thumb in them.  I would rather record information and throw it away later if I don’t need it, than try to reconstruct an undocumented conversation after the fact.  The act of recording the information also helps me remember it.

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Time management for job hunters is tricky.  On the one hand, many career counselors will tell you that finding a job is now your full-time job you should be spending 40 hours a week on.  On the other hand, once you’ve exhausted the low-hanging fruit, you’ll be hard-pressed to find 8 hours of productive activities a day.  It goes without saying that trying to do nothing else all day would lead most people to deep depression and/or anxiety  Imagine spending 40 hours a week trying to find a date.  Finding a balance and prioritizing are the key.

Working on your job search is great, but not if you’re really doing busy work.  Focus on high-value activities when you’re working, focus on high-fun activities when you’re playing, and you’ll be much happier.  And above all else, be honest with yourself which one you’re doing 😉  It’s essential to plan relaxation time in the day, because depressed interviewees don’t become employees.
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I am starting a new series of posts on news and advice for both job seekers and employers.  This has been a hot topic for me for a long time, and my continued unemployment has made it even hotter.  I am involved with several unemployment support and networking groups, most notably WIND Networking (who I highly recommend).  I have studied job hunting like a science, and have learned many lessons from my own process, and from listening to others.  I don’t claim any special training in this area, but I have studied it for a long time, and what I do works well for me.  I have also been on both sides of the fence (interviewing and hiring others as well).  Since this topic is important to me, I added a new category (Employment) for these articles.  You can read all posts related to employment at this URL.

Years ago I had a series of pages on my old website about job hunting, but when I started porting it over to my new website, I found some of the information dated.  I will certainly copy over some of the content, but I think posting articles on topics will be more helpful than creating static pages again.  Please send me any and all comments and ideas for future articles.  Some articles I have already planned are preparing for a technical interview. time management, and establishing a presence online.

This article is on starting your job hunt.  There are several steps you should take once you “have gained increased daytime freedom”.  I cannot stress enough, though, that much of this you should be thinking about before you lose your job.  I will be driving that point on several of these suggestions.
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