I find myself in a place not travelled since I was 20. I'm not 20 any more. It will take a pretty big work by God to get me motivated. I don't really want to do all the resume writing, pavement pounding (albeit, mostly on cyber-pavement), clothing buying, self promoting, etc., that needs to be done. But since my friends have failed to find me my 40-something, single Christian rich guy with no crazy ex-wife, I must go through the job hunting thing. Blyeck.
Today, I spent a good portion of the day putting thoughts together for a resume. I sat there going, "Hmm...what exactly have I been doing these last 22 years?" I sent out emails to former managers and coworkers saying, "Hey, mind if I put you as a reference?" I tried to put a true list of skills and tools that represent my current knowledge. I know plenty of friends who put down every piece of software they've ever touched, seen, spoken of, etc as actual skills. I refuse to oversell myself. I can read enough java to debug some coding problems. But I usually end up needing help because it's still rather Greek to me. So I certainly won't tell them I can code java. I hesitate to put any of my coding languages down because I haven't coded in over 4 years.
I mean, if I could put down the best parts of my skill set, it wouldn't look all that good on an IT resume. "I provide the comic relief. I kill the tension between adversarial IT groups. I make sure everyone is heard. Even the timid wallflower with no self-esteem that usually has the best ideas. I deflate over bloated egos and keep technical people rooted in reality and not in Star Trek ideals. I speak techie. I speak end user. I speak tester. I can communicate with the lowest pee-on. I can talk to the highest up mucky muck. I make things pretty. But I also make sure the pretty actually works. I make sure all the different groups in a meeting understand each other and aren't reliving the Tower of Babel. I'm a unificator."
The hard part for me is, putting all of the above in corporate speak. I have to use all the correct buzz words. Whatever the hip corporate vernacular is at this moment. I have never been good at blowing my own horn. Not in the business world. Singing, yes. But not in the corporate world.
Anyway, I will be going on interviews. They will be interviewing me to see if I'm made of stuff they want in their company. I will be interviewing them to see if they are a company in which I want to work. I will dance the dance. I'm just hoping God gives me big signs. I don't want to just grab the first thing I'm offered. But I also don't want to be stupid thinking there are 8 million jobs from which I can choose.
I'm pretty chill. God totally rocked the whole move and house purchase into the most awesome neighborhood. I'm sure he can get me into a great job with the most awesome coworkers.
Anyone who likes to pray? I'll take anything you're willing to send up.