Resumes, and why I hate reading yours.

By on Mar 6, 2014 in Business |

I recently moved from development into management of a large team of developers and over the course of my time here we’ve changed out a few people and hired for newly created positions.  I love growing the team, I love talking to great developers, I love technology! I HATE reading resumes. I really do.  There are plenty of brilliant men and women who seem to disengage the brain when it comes to their resumes.  If I have to read another misspelled, grammatically incorrect, bullet point ridden, boring, boring, BORING resume that tells me next to nothing about you; I think I will slip back into the coma I fell into the last time I had to hire someone. Yes, it’s great that you worked on “Windoes Serer 2012.”  It is also fantastic that you are “having many experience on” some technology or other.  I grew up over seas.  I get English isn’t everyone’s first language, I have met brilliant people from all over the world, but for the love of Pete, this is your first impression, at least run it by a recruiter, or even a high school student, most could improve some of the stuff I see. I am not going to claim that I have the corner on the market of resume advice, but I will tell you what I’m looking for. So, in no particular order: Longevity: I want to know how long you worked at your prior jobs, if you have a ton of short engagements I can guarantee I will raise an eyebrow.  If you’ve been contracting for a while, that’s completely ok with me, just call it out so you don’t look like you are constantly getting fired or flipping out. Accomplishments: If you are a database developer and you tell me you “designed tables” I have to snicker. OF COURSE you did.  What did you accomplish?  What made you proud of the work you did?  Yes, I want to know the technologies that you used as well, but what did you specifically do that mattered?  You automated processes? Great! So what? You automated processes which previously had taken three days to manually run and now take 15 minutes?  And you identified that project on your own?  Hmm, maybe this guy (or gal) is worth really taking a look at. Bullet Points: Don’t.  You don’t throw out good writing skills just because it is a resume.  Bullet points are fine, but maybe give me a short paragraph outlining in plain English what you accomplished (see above) and then 3-5 call-outs in bullet points.  When I get a resume that is riddled with only bullet points, they cease to get attention and muddy the waters.  Nothing stands out. Page Count: I am not going to tell you that a one (or two) page resume is the right way to go, but I can guarantee you that, that 17 page “masterwork” you lobbed my way isn’t going to get looked at unless you are very funny, or it has pretty pictures in it and a $100 bill attached. In my way of thinking I have about three pages of time for you.  If within those three pages I don’t feel like reading on, you’ve lost me, your resume is going into the recycle bin. Summary Statement: If it is short, confident, clearly outlines who you believe yourself to be professionally, or what you are looking for, it adds a lot of value.  If it is insecure or arrogant, you aren’t doing yourself any favors.  If your summary statement takes up most of the first page of your resume, I think you don’t know what the word summary means. So in summary: BE CREATIVE.  BE CONCISE. BE HONEST. Image by: Heidi Kristensen /...

Mac Mini Media Center

By on Jan 22, 2013 in Technology |

So I created a Media Center PC.  I decided I would collect my thoughts / links here in one place. There are two levels of implementation: The first is to completely cut Cable TV. This saves a bunch of money per month and the setup is listed below and is what I opted to do.  The second is to have the PC also become a DVR, which requires continued cable service, a TV tuner SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime TV Tuner (~$160) and EyeTV3 software ($80). So that combo would give me 3 tuners and an easily expandable DVR.  Also requires $20/year for program guide.(Instead of $16/month for tivo) Hardware: Mac Mini (2012) – It is a very compact form factor, it comes with support for the simple Apple remote and thanks to some software (below) will allow me to use AirPlay and mirroring should I choose to. Apple Remote – That simple, elegant, and very losable silver remote. Keyboard/touchpad – Logitech K400 its a compact, easy to use keyboard and trackpad in one.  Doesn’t have the elegance I’d like, but at $29 (at WalMart) it is half the price of an Apple wireless keyboard by itself. Software: Plex app – a very elegant full screen media interface.  It has plugins for all the major streaming services and allows playing of various different media from a TV-like interface.  This would become the main TV interface. Remote Buddy app, allows you to control many applications with the Apple remote or Logitech Harmony remotes. Best of all: you can (re)define all the keys on the remote to use functions inside programs! (lifted from: this article) AirServer –  Allows your mac to be an AirPlay server.  Stream music / video to it same as an Apple TV. teleport – Lets you use one Mac to control another Mac’s keyboard/mouse/touchpad.  I use my laptop to type and control my media center.  It allows me to easily flop back and forth controlling one PC or another without needing to have a laggy remote control stream. Cost: ~$600 for the Mac Mini $29 for the keyboard $0.00 for plex $15 for AirServer software Example: (It’s kind of slow and the guy has a thick accent, but the implementation is great.  Plex can do way more now, so there is less hopping between apps as...

Mercy in the Storm

By on Apr 21, 2012 in Personal |

7 Hours in Turbulence

By on May 10, 2011 in Personal |

Last Sunday evening I flew from Addison, TX to Oklahoma City, OK and then on to Denver, CO. Talk about a long trip! I took a small plane instead of a Bonanza so it took longer, but built a lot of hours for less money. On my way back the next day the winds had changed significantly from the forecast from earlier that day. It allowed me to take off safely from the airstrip but instead of shifting to be out of the west they continued to blow very strong and gusting heavily from the south. The winds made the entire flight back to Oklahoma City an exhausting and very, very long flight. I was at first attempting to maintain a specific altitude, however there were so many updrafts and downdrafts that it soon became very obvious I couldn’t maintain a specific altitude. My plane simply couldn’t out climb the downdrafts so even though the plane was “pointed up” it was heading down. I ended up riding the waves instead, allowing myself to descend 1,500 feet and then regain it on updrafts, it was much less tiring that way. The trip was so long, in fact, that I had to stop to refuel before getting there. When I landed the winds were howling down the strip. The experience was very much like being on a rough sea, with longer, invisible waves, pushing you up and forward as it passes you and then rushing down the other side of the wave again. All that rough weather made me think about how we sometimes live our lives, trying to control the direction, attitude, every little detail, “wrestled into perfection.” It leaves us exhausted, sapped of strength, and STILL unable to control things, unable to “maintain the altitude” we set for ourselves. Nothing shows us our faults and the need to cling to God and His plan for us than having turbulence in our life.  Turbulence builds character, turbulence builds strength, turbulence teaches us to “rest” in God through the ups and downs, making adjustments when we need to, but relying on him to navigate the waves for us. I learned a lot from this trip; a lot about flying near mountains, over rough terrain at lower altitudes, landing and taking off at high altitudes, navigating in turbulence while not losing my lunch, but most of all it gave me time to talk to and listen to God, to think about and pray for my family, and to take a hard look at my own life and attitudes. Thank you all for your continued prayers, friendship and...

Cherokee Checkout

By on Apr 24, 2011 in Personal | 1 comment

Tomorrow I get checked out in the flight club’s Cherokee 180. It’s a small, efficient plane which should help build some less expensive hours. Furthermore, there is additional forward movement with the Flying TO Wild Alaska project. Registered FlyingToWildAlaska.com, Set up a Facebook page for it as well. If you have a second, please Like it. I can register the page once I get enough. Flying to Oklahoma City (and then Denver, CO) soon, if weather holds. That should build another chunk of...