Oh my goodness this is tougher than I thought it would be.
I spent the last 3 plus months of my life doing my dream job, but I am having difficulty articulating the value add. That makes updating the old resume more challenging.
The end of July I was at wits’ end trying to find something before my unemployment benefits ran out.
Low and behold, I was asked to interview for a job at a company I knew nothing about, except that they had gotten a lot of my money over the years.
It was the hottest day of the year!
I had to drive over 50 miles round trip!
I really had to convince myself to go on this adventure!
Man! I am so glad that I did!
In the end, I decided to go to the interview, if for no other reason than to answer the question about whether or not I opted out of a job possibility. I decided it would be a nice stop on my job search journey and it never hurts to tune your interview and interpersonal skills.
I was excited! I feel I went into this interview with the right mindset, so I am hoping to draw on this experience as I embark down the path of total rejection, again.
This was exciting. Here was a small company growing up fast! Who wouldn’t want to be part of that excitement? Lots of changes. Lots of growing pains. Lots of vision. Oh watch out for the fiefdoms! Somehow, that word seems more pertinent here than anywhere else I have ever used it!
They liked me. I liked them. I took the job!
The first ten minutes of my very, first day, I encounter drama between the QA Lead and the Lead ERP Dev.
It’s hard to operate in a vacuum and even worse to be in the eye of a power struggle.
This team knows how to get their stuff done, what they don’t know is what matters and to whom. This is what I spent the next couple of months solving.
When I left we were on the crux of a fully-agreed-upon cadence negotiated with the business stakeholders and mapped to the projected trajectory for continued maturity.
I am gonna miss this place!
So being laid off earlier this year was devastating. Much more devastating than I wanted to believe. To be honest, I thought I was completely over all of the emotional baggage that comes with such an adventure. That is until I ran into one of the people that I used to manage. Since I was laid off, the slimy little creature who had weaseled her way into being our manager has since converted this person to an FTE role.
I was upset. I am trying to understand why it upset me, but it did. It was nice to have her tell me how much they missed me. Apparently, they have realized how hard it truly was to do the things that I made look incredibly easy. (Duh, that was in the job description – ‘make this happen’. I guess I was really good at that. She went on and on and on about how hard it was to onboard new people and how much they miss my expertise. She said they brought on a few people the beginning of July and here we are 6 weeks later and those folks still aren’t fully productive.
This is one of the processes and procedures I had mastered. When the challenge was tossed my way to ‘solve it’, our onboarding was normally 90 days before someone was fully productive. Rising to the challenge tossed my way by our previous manager, I was able to create a process and a set of checkpoints that would have a new hire fully capable to be productive within their first 5 days on the time. Indoctrinating them into the environment and getting them to full productivity was entirely dependent upon the person, but overall, we reduced the time from 90 days to less than 2 weeks.
When I left, I was asked to make sure the process documentation was updated and in place. It was. What I couldn’t get the juvenile who had been promoted from graphic designer to be my manager to realize is that it isn’t always the steps in the process that matters, as much as it is how you execute those steps. The reason I could do it so quickly and effectively is that I had taken the time to build the relationships with the folks who actually execute the steps that our outside of my control. I did things in a specific order because there is time in back office processing that has to happen. I have a wee bit of knowledge about access management and networking, so I get what is happening and timed the required manual interventions accordingly so that when we were ready to do the next thing on the list, the systems would be ready too.
This morning, I am over the disappointment and any jealousy I might have had has passed. I am truly blessed to be out of that dysfunctional, unprofessional coffee clutch.
Holy cow! I got the job!
Yesterday was the hottest day of the year – so far! (Make it stop! Please make it stop! I am melting!!)
What did I get to do? Drag my fat, lazy butt 25 miles north for my first true in-person interview since becoming unemployed earlier this year.
Uncool – literally!
I was dreading it! First, I don’t drive much and this place is quite a way away from where I live. Our 9 year-old car doesn’t even have 50K miles and the ‘baby’ car just hit 3K. (Man am I blessed!!)
Second, it is HOT! I hate heat! My ideal vacation is a cruise that includes a small boat ride to the glaciers! My theory is it is better to be cold than hot; you can always put on a sweater or bundle in a blanket, but there is a limit to how much can be removed.
Aware of my personal disposition to the situation, I went forward with the scheduled, re-scheduled, scheduled again interview and chose to make it into an adventure. This is the first time in this wonderful ‘sorry, lady, you are unemployed now.’ adventure that I have been asked to interview in person, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to practice my skills!
Well it truly is an opportunity and they want me! Yay!
I am preparing for a long-awaited job interview. (yay!)
As part of my due diligence, I like to review relevant information.
I continued to trip over the same acronym, in various contexts. Think these webpages might cause issues?
Mobile-first verse Master-data
I get so busy, I frequently forget to update!
What can I say? Focusing on the here and now has become my action plan of late. This week isn’t looking rosy for a lot of update time, either.
We are moving. It will be happening. We don’t have the final when.
I need a job. Money is tight and that doesn’t make me happy.
I need a job. I don’t want all of my skills to get stale, plus it helps solve the above-listed item.
I am having surgery this week. That will slow down the progress on all fronts. It isn’t awful surgery and I have been here before, but it is really annoying that I have to do it.
I have to get in the wedding-mindset. I have a child getting married in a matter of months! I really need to get my head around that one.
Yep – I need to update more often.
Overwhelming questions at hand.
Husband’s new job – must be there by December.
I remain unemployed. Need money to survive. (Oh Reality, you are an evil beast!)
Need to find something ‘temporary’ to tide us over until I can find something in our new state.
I am thrilled for my husband and this move meets many of my long term life goals. Downside is it will be a lot of work!!!
Meanwhile, this latest wrinkle in our lives changes the way I look for work.
I just spent the last 8 weeks looking for a permanent-type job in our current location. I must go change all of the job search agents, focusing more on contract work or ‘just something’ that pays decently and fills my gap. ARGH.
Perhaps I have a reader who might be in need of a slightly used, overly enthusiastic quasi-technical Program Manager who can build teams and lead them to high delivery. Location preference for my immediate needs is the east side of Lake Washington in Washington state. Location preference for my longer term goal – north side of Denver. Go!
Here’s the scoop. What I have done, successfully, over the years is management consulting. Here’s the rub. That isn’t a title that gets hired.
I think the challenge is to spin my skills into ‘value-add’ statements that are so enticing that the reader can’t help but want to talk.
Bottom line, I am a horrible resume writer. I have paid real money to have it written for me, more than once, to no avail.
I hate Candidate Tracking Systems. They only work if you the role is completely repetitive and leaves absolutely no room for decision-making or creativity.
A productive member to a new team is so much more than the skills that pass through the algorithm. Plus! The tracking system is only as good as the recruiter using it.
Recruiters have a rough job. At the core level, they are sales people. They have been hired to find ‘x’ any ‘y’ will pay them. For years, I called the company that actually paid my ‘my pimp’. Why? I never heard from them, unless something was wrong. Communicating with the ‘people’ who were actually performing the activities that got everyone paid was outside of the company’s scope.
This arrangement actually worked for me as I am rather autonomous and driven by a good set of core values. I believe in an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. So it works.
I am a catch. I apply my core values to everything I do.
I need to find the place that appreciates those core values, too.
Maybe I will spend part of my day dissecting my current marketing document (that is all a resume is) and flipping it, focusing on what I deliver as a management consultant.
This little march down memory lane has been refreshing. I have remembered a few things I had forgotten.
- I like using song lyrics as section headers – this started with my grad school papers eons ago.
- I have been in iterative design and development for a long, long time – kind of nice to find more legacy artifacts.
- Pictures, pictures, pictures! Oh my goodness these are spread throughout my hard drive.
- A lot of things changed during my tenure at my latest gig. It is more than a little unsettling to put it all together.
- I think in dates. Give me a date and possibly an experience or question and I can tell you everything I was doing that day. This is scary!
A couple of months ago I noticed that the performance on my personal laptop was not awesome. Deep in my soul resides a latent hardware geek who is always interested in getting the best performance possible out of the systems at hand.
I checked all of the basic things to see if there was some random service that was consuming all of the systems resources.
Overall, my system is rather healthy. My cpu is barely being used 25% of the time.
My memory is below 30% used.
My bottleneck is the hard-drive.
I need to upgrade to solid state drives, but that is a wee bit cost prohibitive, so I am tuning. Joy of joys!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle