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Resume 2007, V1.0

Posted by pete on 30th June 2007

Here’s my first attempt at the new resume. It needs some tweaking though. If anyone sees anything they think would be interesting to me, please pass it on. Also, if you see something you think should be changed, please let me know.

Thanks. Hopefully, by this time next week, I’ll be gainfully employed again.

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Here We Go Again

Posted by pete on 30th June 2007

Alright. This has got to stop. This is the second job in a row where Andy’s been laid off and taken me down with him. About a quarter of the company was let go yesterday with only a paycheck for time worked and a possibility of a week of severance. Not that things are much better for the other 3/4 — the CEO said there’s only a 30% chance of the company making through July. Guess I should deposit that paycheck now, before it bounces and get to finding my resume.

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Posted by pete on 12th March 2006


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Well, the layoff went well. I had posted that I thought I’d feel a bit bad about leaving, but I didn’t. I honestly can say that I felt happy the entire time. The worst part of it was saying goodbye to my cow-orkers, but even that wasn’t bad. I hope all my layoffs go that well.

There I was, all nekkid without any corporate-provided mobile computing, so I went from being walked out of the office to picking up a MacBook. It’s a sweet machine, but I’m not 100% sure it’s for me yet. I have to give it some time though. At least Lis and I got a nice shot of us together with the built-in video.

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Today’s the Day

Posted by pete on 10th March 2006

Today’s the day I get fired. In just over two hours, Billy, the HR manager in my building — a very nice, friendly man who I truly believe really does care about most of the people he is working for, but who would always scare the crap out of me whenever he’d show up at my office door unannounced — comes into my office and tosses me out on my butt. Well, OK, it’s probably not quite like that — I’ve never been let go before, so what do I know ;) — but I’m sure it’ll be kind of surreal.

I’m not really worried about things. I’ve got a new job lined up and had plenty of interest, especially in these past couple weeks. I feel good about that, but I’m sure my ego will take a bit of a hit, although I really have no reason to feel this way.

Oh well. Time to clean up and then it’s once more into the breech.


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Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss.

Posted by pete on 8th March 2006

Well, yesterday I verbally (email-ly?) accepted a job with SunRocket. The cool thing about it — aside from it being a cool company doing cool things with a cool technology (I think i hit cool.max()) — is that I’ll be working with my old boss from PSINet days (maybe the Wayback machine will be working when you try it, it wasn’t when I did, but it did a couple days ago) and at least one other PSINet flunky.

Sweet. (/gracie “Dude”)

I initially thought about starting next Monday, the 13th, but decided that I really did want a few days to unwind from VeriSign. After talking with their head of HR, it was decided that I’ll take a week off and start on Monday, the 20th.

Now, I need to go off and learn something about VOIP. ;)

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Posted by pete on 18th February 2006

Just under three weeks left until I’m let go at work and the anxiety is quickly mounting. I’ve gotten a couple bites internally, but I’m only interested in one of them. It seems to be a small step in the right direction towards my dream job of today, but might include a lot of things I’m not interested in, so I’m still looking around. Sadly, I’ve seen very little external interest. I’ve applied for a position at GMU that I only half qualified for — Oracle and Linux Admin — mostly because it’d be a great commute that I could easily make on my bike. I’ve also applied for a few positions at Mitre and one at Booz Allen Hamilton, but they both seem to have a very long hiring process, if they’re even interested.

There are a few things I’ve learned in this process so far:

  • I don’t speak the language. I am unfamiliar with Governmentese. Holy crap! The computer industry has nothing on government. This makes filling out applications for government contractors (such as Mitre and BAH) rather frustrating and depressing. I’m sure I’ve got all kinds of things covered by those acronyms, but none of it fits exactly to them.
  • If I had a security clearance, I’d be golden. At least half to two-thirds of the job postings I see require a current clearance. I’m sure I could be cleared, but nobody wants to clear a new applicant. Heck, I’d even apply for some of these positions if they didn’t have a directive right at the top in BIG BOLD LETTERS saying that only people with active clearances should apply.
  • Most online job application systems are terrible interfaces.

Anyway, the search continues. Here’s my updated resume (text, PDF). As usual, comments and corrections are welcome.

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Something Interesting and V2.0

Posted by pete on 13th February 2006

Lis found an interesting posting on the Washington Post Jobs site, so I rushed out v2.0 of Resume 2006 by incorporating a few of Knitbot’s suggestions. Hopefully, it’s not too bad. Any comments welcome.

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Resume 2006, v1.0

Posted by pete on 6th February 2006

I did get some feedback on my resume (thanks dad and Lis), so here’s the first release version. Any of the three or four of you who read this blog are welcome to scatter this to the wind. Maybe one of them will find suitable purchase. Any constructive feedback is also welcome. Thanks.

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Ugh, Resume

Posted by pete on 4th February 2006

Now that I’ve been laid-off, a fire’s been lit under my butt to get my resume done. I hate doing resumes as everyone has a different opinion as to how things should be, what should be said, what should not be said, where things should go, etc. Nevertheless, I’ve talked with Lis about this and made some changes and I’d like the three or four people who read this to help me too. Would you read over my resume and let me know what you think? Any errors or improvements? Better yet, any jobs? :)

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So This Is How It Feels

Posted by pete on 1st February 2006

So this is how it feels to be laid off. My position is being eliminated. I can’t say I’m really surprised by it and I’m glad that I was given a good amount of time before it’s effective (3/10, FWIW). I now have this time to help transition my responsibilities to other people in my team, other groups in the company, and to eliminate the rest.

I also have time to find a new position either within or outside. Now I really need to get working on that resume. I’ve been suspecting that I’ve needed to, but inertia is not my friend. At least this is a good kick in the pants with respect to overcoming said inertia.
I haven’t yet decided whether or not I want to stay or go. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. I guess the best thing I can do is to keep an open mind and see what’s available. So… Anyone know of any good job openings?

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