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perhaps it's time for a change ...

Some LJ friends and friends-of-friends have been musing about career woes. Not exactly a
meme, but I have a few thoughts about my (lack of) career, coming from a somewhat different
perspective.

I have sort of come to the conclusion that looking for work on the web is highly
unproductive (with respect to the end goal of getting a job). I could be doing other things
that are far more productive (with respect to the goals I have for these activities, none of
which involve getting a job). I could be practicing music, French, etc., instead of looking
for jobs on the web.

Another conclusion I'm starting to come to is that I'm being rejected by companies for
reasons other than whether I'm qualified to do the work. I'm not saying that I'm the most
qualified for all the positions I've interviewed for. Clearly, I'm not. But I'm sure for
most of the positions, I could do the work. Granted, there is a lot more competition for
jobs now (not just in skills but in wages people are willing to accept). Perhaps I was able
to get jobs in the past because there was less competition.

Some things I've been reading suggest that trying to get a job at an established company may
not be the best way to get hired by that company. For example, John Chambers, CEO of Cisco,
has often claimed that rather than acquire a large company, he'd rather acquire a small
company with great engineers and great technology. Perhaps it's not too much of a leap to
conclude that the best way to get into someplace like Cisco is to work for (or even start) a
small company that puts out something good enough for Cisco to buy. A lot of other large
companies are operating in that mode, buying small companies rather than doing the work
in-house.

I don't know much about starting companies, and I'm not sure I want to (or should) do so.
But I think I need to change some things about my job search.

Comments

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banazir
Jul. 9th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
Good luck
One thing I would suggest is that you focus on skill development, and on building up a portfolio of projects. Nothing succeeds like success, and a good project to cite on your resume can say a lot more in your favor than an extra company or even an extra reference.

Best of luck, and please keep us posted!

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Banazir
gregbo
Jul. 10th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Good luck
What types of skills do you think are important? You have undergrad and grad students who are trying to find tech jobs; what are their experiences? There are all sorts of interview- and job search-oriented web sites containing opinions that run the full spectrum of opinions about what skills are important.

The type of position I'm starting to think about is the person who investigates other companies to see if their company should compete against them, partner with them, or buy them. I only have a small amount of experience with this type of thing, having sat in on some business meetings between my group at Digital and Netscape in 1995. (This was back in the pre-bubble days, but I didn't really think of myself as being on the cusp of "something big.") I think some people in the business development group at AV may have done this type of thing. Some had tech backgrounds; some had business backgrounds; a few had both.
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