The year is winding down to a close, and it’s time to take stock of what’s been accomplished. I spent the morning on my resume. I take the same stripped-down approach to resumes that I take with my web site: “build it, and they will come.” Hahaha, okay, no, that’s arrogant, but I’ve never gotten a job based on the strength of my resume. Over the last ten years, I’ve only transitioned jobs twice, and both times it was to work for a manager I really admired. When Wayne West left Lane Management to work for Wright Investments, I followed him. A few years later, I’d built up an awesome working relationship with Steve Farina and Joe Sullivan at Telman, so I went to work with them. The thought of going to work for strangers seems odd to me, so I never took the resume thing seriously.
This morning I dumped my old resume and rewrote one from scratch, trying to focus on the things I’m proud of. I feel like I could go on for pages and pages! After you’ve worked at the same company for years, you gain an intimate familiarity with their products, which cranks productivity way up. I feel like I make a significant accomplishment every quarter these days, whether it’s a new product or a huge new version or whatever.
Okay, I’ll stop now. Feels like I’m bragging. So anyway, no big plans for the holidays. We’ll go to Erika’s family Christmas Eve dinner, and she works Christmas day, so I’ll probably spend the weekend studying for my MCDBA. I’m bound and determined to knock out at least one more test before the end of the year, and get the MCDBA certification in early January. It’s Microsoft Certified Database Administrator, and while it’s not technically what I do full time, I’ve got the vast, vast bulk of the knowledge down. Just needed to study on a few things like replication that I didn’t deal with often.
I’ve also got a stack of old photos from my childhood I’ve been meaning to scan to add to my “past” pages, and I’ll probably knock that out this week.
Oh, and almost forgot – yes, Becky, I saw that you searched for your name in my blog, and no, I haven’t posted anything about you since being instructed.