Job hunting

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Posted by w0ep on September 20, 2018 at 6:36 pm

[Today’s run: 3.4 miles, Watson Road]

I’m still poking at the job hunt.  Work has been good recently, I have lots of things to work on.  But the clock is ticking so I need to be out there finding the next position.

I’ve noticed that the internet job boards have a lot of recruiters listing the same jobs over and over.  Big employers like Amazon and IBM have their own job listing systems instead.  There does not seem to be an easy way to search that pile, unfortunately.

I’m also trying to sift through what looks interesting, what I might be good at, and what someone might pay me to do.  It’s a three circle Venn diagram and I’m hoping there is a bit of overlapping territory there in the middle.

 

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  • On September 21, 2018 at 9:04 pm Jonathan Howard said

    From what I’ve read, you’d be good in a smaller environment where you have to wear many hats. Larger outfits have silos and specialization. Where I work, about 270,000 employees plus a lot of managed resources, all the tech is going to overseas folk or to folks overseas who moved here. And it’s being standardized and tech support is IM chat with a goofy AI interface, “Hi I am Amanda, what seems to be the problem?” “Let me see if I can find someone to help you with that…” Then 15 minutes later someone somewhere drives your machine and fixes it. (IM chat does not have an accent that is hard to understand.)

    By contrast, small companies or governments may have need for someone who can talk to normal folk and also get the tech things handled. (When I worked at Univ. of MN they had all these academic departments and each had their own way of doing things – so you could add value there. I think that’s something to do with a more organic culture vs. top down “corporate” way. But it could be extremely frustrating and stultifying for me so I’d not suggest it.)

    • On September 22, 2018 at 6:34 am w0ep said

      Thanks! I agree with you, I enjoy working on a wide variety of things in a smaller setting. One issue I have is that most small businesses are stuck using Microsoft products, not my area of expertise or interest.

      • On September 23, 2018 at 8:22 pm Jonathan said

        Has to be water districts, etc that need that kind of thing. Lord knows how to efficiently research that…

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