Job search prep – personal

It is no secret that I am soon out of work and truly cannot afford to be, so I have been traipsing across all of the information in front of me, while trying to maintain a level of professionalism in the job I am exiting. I believe in doing my best until the end, no matter how tempting it would be to drop to petty whining and sabotaging. Not this gal! But that is another post, for another day after the immediate challenges are abated.

While reviewing my work history for files and documents that are my own and can become some of my broader portfolio, I started looking at some of the quotes I have collected while evaluating my current situation. It is interesting to see what I have been thinking over all of these years. Below is a quote from an article I saved when I realized this job that is ending was headed this direction.

The trick to advancing your career and getting paid more is to add value by making certain your contributions are worth more than you’re paid.

Two years ago was a very emotional time for me, professionally. The manager I had been working with since I walked in the front door was being promoted. A well-deserved promotion and essentially one of my personal goals for measuring my success in this role. I was thrilled.

I wasn’t as thrilled when the next shoe dropped and I found out he was moving on and I was being left behind with a new manager. A green wannabe manager. Tough role to fill. Things haven’t been great, either way.

The toughest part for me was changing my style. We never really found a good cadence of mutual respect and appreciation. We would go months without having a conversation. Never a good sign.

Resume research – Avaya

I am hitting it out of the ballpark with my selection of companies. Avaya filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year. Oh goody!

All of this is a little heart-breaking, but it tells my story.

At the turn of the century, I was plodding along, designing and developing the foundational core that would become the backbone of telecommunications capabilities. We were designing how all of these disparate things would communicate so we could get to the next ‘hop’ essentially.

I was the geek who could put all of the pieces together. Better yet, I was the geek with an MBA who could do math. I was in hog heaven when Lucent Corporation came knocking on my door. In my last century business model, I had it made. I had achieved a job at one of the most trusted names in telecommunications, to-date.

I remember starting this century thrilled to be alive. I was on my way. I had found long term stability. Fast forward six months. We were just moving into our first house. BAM! mandatory video-conference. In those days to have a video conference required a special room, special equipment, special infrastructure, so there was no ‘taking it from home’ option. Lucent announces they are spinning off the network engineering group into its own company – Avaya. Yop, we were on the roller coaster for a jolly good ride.

My peace was shattered. Within months, all of that joy I had to be doing the kind of work I liked to do, in a place where I felt appreciated evaporated.

So I guess that kind of gives my resume a theme – bookends!

Even tougher day

This is getting serious. I really need to focus on my needs, for a change.

This whole ‘explain who you have been’ in a soundclip size is ridiculous!

It is hard to concisely describe what you have done for your entire life, in such a way that you are positive yet realistic. It’s hard! Add insult to injury, although my experience has been consistent, I have jumped up and down the stack so many times, it confuses anyone who has only been in technology since the advent of Windows 95! or the internet.

Tough day

Worst part about having to do an update to the resume and job search? Reviewing everything you have done over the last period of time since the last update.

Started researching opportunities nearer to me than I have been looking. It is no secret I want to relocate away from here, but my dream landing spot is very specific. Kind of minimizes the possibilities. Given the recent turn of events, I am spreading a broader net.

Driving around today, I saw a cool building so I took note of the name on the place. Tonight they showed up in one of my job opening alerts. I think they are a new type of contracting agency.

No planning for you…

Good news is, I need not worry about the challenges around planning as I was informed yesterday that my last day will be next Friday.

Bad news is, now I MUST find a new job and quickly, if at all possible. My husband has a job, but he doesn’t get paid very well. I have stuck around, longer than I should have because the pay was fair. I am not over-paid by any means, but the commute wasn’t awful and I really did care for the team I had been instrumental in building over the last 6 years. We were finally doing things and I was enjoying my role, for the most part again, but all good things must come to an end.

Callout to anyone who might know of any positions for a Scrum Master in the greater Seattle area – preferably on the east side.

Here we go – planning week again

Two week iterations are perfect, as long as the team is mature.

What I really want to do is send out a bunch of reminders with links to training materials, so everyone is on the same page, but I would be reprimanded for being to forceful. The question is, how are we ever going to get better if we don’t address the maturity level issue. How is the team ever going to move ahead, if everyone doesn’t play fairly? Is it too much to expect that a team member who has committed to the team do everything in their power to be just as prepared as all of the rest of the team members?