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My meeting with a Right management consultant yesterday was so-so.
Most of her advice was reasonable, but there was one thing that
bothered me. She suggested that in addition to having friends or
aquaintances give my résumé to hiring managers, I should email it to
engineering VPs. I think this is a very bad idea, which could
possibly get me on a "do not hire" list. I guess I don't understand
why someone would make such a suggestion, even if it's worked for a
few people, because it's not likely to work for most people, and might
backfire.

In the Santa Clara Right office, there are names posted on the wall of
people who passed through their program and landed jobs. I recognized
Bob Iannucci, who was a computer architecture grad student at the
'tute while I was an undergrad, who recently landed a job at Nokia. I
didn't know he had been out of work. It's scary seeing some very top
names out of work, even for a little while.

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likablenerd
Sep. 3rd, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)
yeah, i don't think eng vp's would be terribly happy about that

on the other hand, i got my position by e-mailing a research director some ideas, so the method is not totally impossible -- but just cold calling vps.. dunno
gregbo
Sep. 4th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
It might be more acceptable to contact research directors and share ideas at a place like Google which is research oriented.

BTW, speaking of research people, I took a look at Russell and Norvig's AI textbook, and also Norvig's web site. Interesting ... much different from when I took AI; more like the AI some UCLA grad students I knew studied.
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