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.
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.
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.
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.