Archive for March, 2009
So on Friday my contract recruiting position ENDED and I became unemployed. During this economy, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that even the most successful companies need to take a look at their books and where it makes sense, CUT. This is the only way to stay in business in the long term and ride out the downturn. Unfortunately, on Friday, that meant cutting my boss’s position, hence my own and a bunch of other talented folks.
I should have been upset about it, but something interesting happened earlier in the week: I read my horoscope in the Good Times (I’m a Capricorn):
“You wonder if you should follow a dream or become even more practical. Following dreams actually is practical. So the question is what do you dream about and who do you envision yourself being in these extremely unusual times? It’s important to place yourself within the context of the world changes occurring. If you place your dreams within the context of serving humanity your dreams will come true.”
Regardless of whether you believe in astrology or not, this hit a cord for me as good advice.
Dreams, hopes and desires is what pushes great things happen. Innovation, reinvention and restructuring is what will push us out of this economic slowdown.
The sudden change in my employment will be the kick in the pants I needed in order to “MAKE things happen.” It’s my career restructuring… just like my former employer is doing to stay in business.
On Friday, before I got the “official” word, my day started out with some great news. At 7:30am my home phone rang. It was a friend and former colleague of mine who had been laid off from Motorola the prior month. His call was to thank me for the career search advice I had given to him on the very day he lost his job. He had received the job offer he wanted and my advice was instrumental in his success. So when the axe fell, I felt confident that I could use my own advice and land a job as well.
This change will only lead to more successful ventures… dreams will come true…..
I hope that you will stay tuned for my Career Search Chronicles… I’m pretty excited!
What does your career horoscope say about you?
I have an “Unusually Magnetic Personality in Bed” I learned last night at the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup
In case you missed last night’s Santa Cruz Tech Meetup here’s taste of why you should catch the next one.
Innovation was in abundance at the NextSpace location in downtown Santa Cruz. As a native to Santa Cruz, it was nice to see Cooper Street alive and well!
I arrived early to the Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup but it was already standing room only – which is an excellent turnout! A generous spread of Chinese take-out was waiting for those who may have just joined us after work. It must have been good food because I saw many go back for seconds during the presentations.
Steve Penny was the first to talk to us on his area of expertise, SEO. Steve gave us some great tips on increasing our Google search rankings. I actually learned quite a bit from his presentation – in particular how “authority” works – something that has puzzled me forever! Steve details his SEO consulting services at: www.stevepenny.com.
Mokafive was up next. Amir Zarsange, Sr Sales Engineer, showed the group exactly how simple their product is to the end user. I wasn’t expecting to be as amazed with their virtualization technology as I was. Seeing it in action during his demo was a big plus. Mokafive is taking virtualization to the next level and it is clear what a cost savings their product will be to companies that deploy it.
Thomas Heinke CTO for Raytek talked about the history of his company as well as their future growth path. Thomas brought along a handheld infrared device which was passed around the crowd as sample of this modern technology. It was pretty impressive for such a technical overview but the future sure looks bright for Raytek and their innovation.
Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, ended the presentation as was a real crowd pleaser. Evernote can best be described as your “external brain”. Phil did a great demo for us and I have to say “seeing is believing.” All of us with A.D.D can now “remember everything” from emails, photos, videos, audio’s… using the Evernote technology. This is a very innovative concept that can be easily deployed for both professional and personal uses alike AND there is a sophisticated intelligence to their applications – which again, you just have to check out for yourself, seriously, see this product demo and you will be amazed.
When all the presenters were done, audience members got a chance to give their own announcements. We heard everything from the coming up local Geek Dinner to several companies who mentioned they were HIRING. For all those local job seekers in the tech space YOU should be at the next Santa Cruz New Tech Meetup.
The Santa Cruz tech community is alive and well – or shall I say thriving. I got a chance to network afterwards and meet many talented folks who are right in the line of local tech action. But the highlight for me was the fortune cookie. A very nice man was handing them out at the end of the event with instructions to add “in bed” to the end of your fortune.
“You have an unusually magnetic personality…..(I added) in bed.”
Will I see YOU at the next one?