Professional Development

Dangerous Interview Question

Salary Negotations During the Interview

Professional Development
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On Twitter, Pat Wright posed a question: Dangerous Interview Question My answer: it depends.  (Hey, I’m a DBA, right? Isn’t that always the answer?)  My favorite salary negotiation book recommends postponing the salary question as late as possible during the hiring process, but I don’t think that’s realistic.  I don’t go house shopping without looking…
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What is Your Biggest Weakness?

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David Stein (Blog – Twitter) started a new game of blog tag by asking the classic interview question, “What is your biggest weakness?” I got a chuckle out of David’s answer – he loves to jump straight into code as soon as he hears the problem.  I’m right there with him on that one. Me? …
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Blog Better Week: Spice Things Up with Images

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This week I’m focusing on how you can improve your blog. So far I’ve talked about why you should schedule blog posts and the basics of search engine optimization.  Tomorrow’s post will cover how to write a product review on your blog. Your writing is boring. Your Blog Readers I’ve read your blog.  I know…
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Blog Better Week: The Basics of SEO

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This week I’m focusing on how you can improve your blog. Yesterday I kicked things off with why you should schedule blog posts.  Tomorrow I’ll break some bad news to you – your blog is boring. I blog to help other people. I’m only successful if they can find me. No, not every player is…
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Plagiarism, Contracts, and You

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It was bound to happen sooner or later, and this week, it did: SQLServerPedia got its first complaint about plagiarism.  We were contacted by a well-known author (we’ll call him Author #1) and his publishing firm who had noticed a disturbing similarity between a chapter in their book and a group of SQLServerPedia wiki articles.…
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Blogging and Obscene Humor

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In person, I work blue.  I focus on keeping my act clean when I’m wearing a tie or addressing a large group of professionals, but I do have to concentrate.  Get me in a smaller, more relaxed group, and I use my native tongue – which should probably get another layer of soap. In emails,…
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