Telecommuting

So, I’m on a great contract, and I’ll be working from home. Good news and bad…
Good news:

  • There is no commute. I can get out of bed and be at work in about 30 seconds.
  • I don’t have to buy gas as often, which will save me money.
  • I’ll save money on lunch since I usually eat out when I’m in the office.
  • It is easier to create better dinners, since I can take a five-minute break and put something in the oven that needs to cook a few hours, which I normally wouldn’t do during the week.
  • I won’t get frustrated in traffic.
  • I’ll be spending less time doing laundry.

The bad news:

  • I miss being around people.
  • It is easy to get distracted.
  • The cats won’t leave me alone.

Seriously, there are a number of good articles written about working from home. (Check out The “Work From Home” Generation by Alex Iskold)  Each person needs to decide how they work best, and what works out best for them. As for me, I’m going to enjoy this job!

IPv4 to IPv6: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

I found a great article today entitled “There is no Plan B: why the IPv4-to-IPv6 transition will be ugly.” The title pretty much sums it up. The article is heavy techie and long, but it is good. http://bit.ly/9z95Gj

Resumes

As I navigate this time of unemployment, one of the most confusing parts is getting your résumé just right.  The problem is that everyone you talk with has a different idea of what makes the perfect resume.

I was talking to a friend today who is a recruiter, and she says there is no perfect standard.  Each hiring manager is looking for something else, however, they don’t tell anyone what that perfect resume looks like.  She told the story of one hiring manager who didn’t want to interview one of her clients.  When she asked why, noting that this candidate was seemingly a perfect fit for the job, the manager said, “He has references in the résumé!” Of course, there are bound to be other hiring managers out there that think references should be in the resume.

Looking online for guidance can be a mess of confusing and contradictory information.  Each article will tell you something different.  This  article will tell you the number of pages doesn’t matter, as long as the information is relevant.  The next article will tell you no more than two pages.  At one of my networking groups, one of the guys got a job after posting his résumé for only nine days, and his résumé is seven pages long!

I’m going to stick with two pages for now.  I’ll keep tweaking the wording, and hopefully, I’ll stumble upon the right resume for the right job.

To two too 2!

I read an article tonight from the New York Times, Texting May Be Taking a Toll.  While it talked about the physical problems teens are having from too much texting, I started thinking about the changes we’ll see in the English language as a result of all the texting done by teens today.
Will they drop the different spellings of “two,” “to,” and “too” and replace them all with just the number 2?  When texting, people use so many shortcuts: 2, r, u, LOL, ROFL.  The question is whether or not we will see language change.  I realize language is fluid, and has always been going through change, but I’m wondering if the changes we are seeing in text messages will force some drastic changes.

So, 2nite I’m thru here, and I’ll say GN!

Social Media

I went to a Social Media presentation and discussion at the Denver Technology Professionals meeting.  Besides great networking and meeting others, the speaker, Drew Shope, gave an excellent overview of social media and how little time is needed daily to get your name out there, and how great it is when everything is centered around one element.  Thanks, Drew, for sharing your knowledge!