The 2K11 24/7 CCXLVII: Resume Surgery

In a bad economy, knowing how to write a good resume is a valuable skill. The balance between including all of your skills and keeping the resume concise enough for employers to care is hard to attain, but ever-important in order to make that step from candidate to colleague.

One of the things I find myself doing more and more often on the side is helping people sharpen their resumes enough to get them noticed. I pretty much do for them what I’d do for myself — I put their resumes at the standard I’d expect for mine; this means I watch for spelling, grammar, flow, formatting and consistency. Every little detail matters.

But there are a good deal of things in resumes that I see too often and are simple enough to solve in order to make your resume look more modern:

The 2K11 24/7 CCXLV: Trust Your Instincts

I can’t lie to you, guys — there’s something deep within me, gnawing away, telling me not to write a blog post tonight. Telling me that there’s things out there in the night that I could be doing instead and to just let it slide this once and go out there and have some fun. I have an event that I’m supposed to be heading out to right now, but here I am, working on getting this post done to make sure I hit my commitment I made this year. But it’s hard — real hard. My id’s pointing in one direction and my conscience in another. What do you do when different parts of your being are pointing in such very different directions?

The 2K11 24/7 CCXLII: How to Network Sans Jerk

Last night I found myself visiting #devTO — an event described as follows:

You love it, hate it, debug it, dream about it, obsess over it, test it, throw it away… because you don’t just write code.

#devTO, a place for all developers, regardless of age, experience or sex to gather and collaborate on the problems we face as developers. These problems are as broad as our job descriptions, can’t figure out how to get that interface to look good in Chrome and Safari? Not sure how to deploy code to multiple servers with no downtime? What is the best way integrate social media into your projects? I’m sure at some point you’ve all run into something like one of the problems above, so why not share it and benefit from the experience of others.

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Though I’m not really a developer, I was going to check it out due to my sheer interest in the world of development. But before I knew it, a text message from my buddy Kevin soon found me taking photographs for the event (which in turn prompted my urges to get my new camera once more, but we’ll save that for another post). Of course, I can’t really prove I was there through the photos (think about it), but you can catch a glimpse of what went down here:
But one thing I definitely saw a lot of going on before and after the speakers took the floor at the event was networking. A number of developers, and people seeking the assistance of developers, getting out there and talking about what they do, what they’d LIKE to do, and making the connections necessary to enable those ideas.

The 2K11 24/7 CCXXXVII: Tempus Fugit (Time Flees)

Time doesn't like you very much. Time doesn't even need a good reason to hate you — it could be the way you look. Maybe you broke their toy back in the day. But whatever the reason, TIME. DOES. NOT. LIKE YOU.
Time is never ever EVER on our side. Ever since our cave-dwelling ancestors walked the Earth, we've still been trying to find ways to get our hunting, travelling and exploring done before nightfall. Even when fire was brought into the equation, we knew that the source of the flame would only last so long before the darkness took control once more.
“So,” you say, “We get it. Time is the enemy.” I'm happy for you. But tell me — how do you defeat an enemy  you can't touch? Can't see? Can't STOP?
While time will always control you and your life, what you CAN do is make the arrangement a little less PAINFUL.

The 2K11 24/7 CXCV: Lost

Losing stuff is always annoying. Especially when it’s not your fault. We’ve been shifting the blame and points fingers at other people since time immemorial, but sometimes it’s just plain bad luck. How about that time when:

  • you put something down somewhere and someone put it somewhere else — or worse, threw it out, not knowing its value?
  • you lent something to a friend and it’s been so long since it happened that you don’t remember who you’d lent it to
  • you’re moving a bunch of stuff from one place to another, and in all the hubbub something gets misplaced (or misplaced FOR YOU)
It’s a perilous world out there for us and our possessions. It takes so much toil and trouble to get the money to get them in the first place, and sometimes they’re gone before you even have the chance to enjoy them!