Occasionally you check out job listings and wonder, “Could I have a better job?” If you’ve been working as a database administrator for a few years, it’s time to learn how to tell a dream job from a potential nightmare. Join Kendra Little for a 30 minute guide on how to read hidden messages in job listings and find the right next step for your career.

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Kendra Little
My goal is for you to understand your SQL Server’s behavior– and learn how to change it. When I’m not figuring out the solutions to your database problems, you’ll find me at user group meetings in Portland, Oregon. I also love to draw.
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  1. HI,
    great and interesting webcast.
    Thanks for pointing important things in bullets.
    Wen you see job offer its extremely important to have ‘check list’ like that.

  2. Very nice post..

  3. Great webcast. One thing to remember is that the people writing the ad are not necessarily technical. In my experience, the team manager (who is not a DBA or even has DBA experience) will poll the senior people for a list of requirements. That gets baked into a previous version of a position description, with a list of check off items for the HR recruiter to verify. Sometimes the technical people don’t have a chance to verify the listing before it gets published–which is another red flag, but how would you know?

  4. there are some amazingly dumb things that are common in job postings that i’ve noticed – and some real oddities that make me scratch my head.

    one i saw today lead off with:
    “Our office is located in a Class A office tower in downtown XXXX”

    uh. that’s some sort of great selling point? great – all the benefits of downtown traffic, each and every day, with the headaches of parking. and wth is a ‘class A office tower’ and why should i care? this just screams ‘you’ll be working in a cube farm’

  5. I have been using MSSQL Server since quite some time and also faced this discrepancies in the execution speed of similar looking queries but never found out why. Infact some of my clients often complained about this and I had no answer except few “custom lies and excuses”. thanks for writing this.

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