Sunday, January 25, 2009

Status Update: New Job!

So this post is very delayed and I apologize for not updating this sooner. I have been working steadily at Emida since the start of October. I was really lucky to get this job and enjoy the work they are giving me.

I do software engineering with Java, C#, ASP.NET and anything else they throw at me. It's a big learning experience and I'm just a sponge.

I just finished putting together an ebook detailing everything I used to find this job. You can find it by going here. The Ebook is called "Secret Tips To Finding Your Next Job" and I highly recommend checking it out. I think it has a lot of useful information and will save valuable time you could be spending actually looking for a job.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

EMIDA Interview

I interviewed with EMIDA today. No gas problems or long drives. The interview seemed to go really well and I think I am looking at a call back here.

The interview process wasn't very long, I was only there about 30 minutes. It feels like it was plenty of time to get my experience across as well as understand more of what the position will be. With the experience I have, I really believe I could help this company and be a great asset as a Software Engineer.

The job would be dealing mostly with Java and C# development. I had thought initially the job would be using some database programming from what I had read in the description. However, I learned in the interview all of the database work had already been finished and I would only be responsible for more of the software application side.

Hopefully I get an email or phone call from them today and either talk over the phone or go to their office again. I'm liking where this is headed so far.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Extron Interview

Today I had an interview with Extron Electronics for a Software Applications Engineer position. I didn't realize how tough interviews could be when you're asked the easiest of questions. Questions like "Tell me about yourself" and "Describe your experience at X" seemed to be like asking to derive some equation.

It was just my nerves though and I knew that.

Gas problems

The morning starts out well. I get dressed and gather my things. I leave with plenty of time to get there. Anaheim is about 30 minutes away and I leave with an hour until my interview.

When I get on the freeway, the traffic is somewhat bad and I realize I should have gotten gas in Lake Forest. I look for the nearest exit. I find one station and it's being fixed so I can't go there. I'm panicking by now and wasting time. Luckily there is another across the freeway and I fill up there. By this time, I'm sure I am going to be late so I'm trying to accept that fact.

Back on the freeway, the traffic is much better. I drive the speed limit and come up on the exit with about 20 minutes left. I roll in to the main Extron building 10 minutes early and fill out the application ON TIME!

Interview

After filling out the application, I walk over to the Extron Research and Development building to interview with David Libman, one of the heads of Product Development at Extron. He asks me these simple questions of "What is your experience", "How do you think it qualifies you for this job" and "What do you think a Software Applications Engineer does?"

The first two are pretty easy for me and I try and answer them with as much information as I can. Thinking about it afterward, I could have been a little more detailed and organized, but I'll have to remember that next time. For the third one I only had what was on the job description sheet to go off of. What I answered didn't seem to be anywhere near what David described to me after I answered. He described so much but I got the feeling I hadn't answered wrong, I just didn't know what it meant besides what was on paper.

Coming out of his office, I felt I answered all of his questions very well and think I did a good job.

Human Resources

I had to wait about 45 minutes for the HR part of the interview. This was just going over some of the questions I answered on the application and some others. Some other questions involved:
  1. Verify I can work in the US
  2. All of my answers are accurate
  3. Past work experience
  4. What work I am looking for
  5. My work ethic
  6. How I think others perceive my work
  7. My previous managers
  8. Salary requirements
After that I was done and it was time to go home. For 3 hours or so, it wasn't bad at all. I'm looking forward to tomorrow with EMIDA. I will try and give the same kind of update as I did here.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Interview Tommorrow

Tomorrow I have my first sit-down interview at Extron Electronics. It's at 10:00 AM so I'm leaving my house a bit early. I ironed my clothes, readied all of my documents, and got the directions sorted out. It's a really easy place to get to, on the corner of two main streets in Anaheim so I won't be panicing.

I ended up not having to buy any new clothes just yet. I have a greyish jacket with a grey shirt and black slacks. I sent some pictures to a couple friends of mine for opinions because I'm not an expert at what good looks with what. I just want to work. I'm also going to ask the people at Extron their opinion.

When I get there, I'll be filling out an application and some other administrative things. I don't know if I will be the only one or if there will be others before/after me. I will post when I get home about how everything went and what I did.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Starbucks Bottled Frappuccinos!

These things are awesome. I could easily drink 3 or 4 of these a day but that would be 1) Expensive and 2) Dumb. Being unemployed and tight on money, I need to be thrifty with my cash.

Value

I'll just say that if I have one of these at around 10 in the morning, my day is going to rock. I feel 100% productive and really motivated. Despite there being a lot of caffeine in them, I don't have any problem focusing or maintaining concentration. I've discovered I can apply to jobs a lot faster and the information I need instantly comes to me.

Also, there's a ton of different kinds so I won't be getting tired of them anytime soon. You can choose from Mocha, Mocha Lite, regular Coffee, Caramel, or Strawberry flavored.

Reward

Like I said, they give me a lot of energy to keep my job hunt going. I used to drink a lot of Dr. Pepper but that made my eyes super sensitive and I was prone to crashing mid-day. Also, I got some leg cramps from the high combined amounts of sugar, syrup, and caffeine.

With the frappuccinos, all there is milk, cream, coffee, and probably a little sugar. Not as bad as drinking soda all of the time, but definitely not going to add years to my life.

Desperate?

I guess if I ever get desperate I could make my own. I did some Google searching and found a recipe:

1/2 C. Strong Coffee - espresso if you can
2 C. Milk
1/4 - 1/3 C. Sugar
1 1/2 C. Ice Combine all in a blender and blend well.


Don't know how it tastes but it's definitely worth a try. I would be so thankful to anyone who left a palette of these tasty things on my driveway. I can dream, right?

OK. Typing really fast. Too many frappuccinos.

Interviews

Next week I have a couple interviews setup. One I have Monday with Extron Electronics in Anaheim. They design and manufacture high end networking and audio/visual components.

On Tuesday I go to Foothills Ranch, not far from Lake Forest. This one is with Emida, a company working with prepayment products and value transfer.

I need to find a suit jacket sometime before then. I was thinking Men's Warehouse or anything like that. I was also hearing that Target and other similar stores are having some sales too, so I could check them out as well.

But I'm definitely excited about all of this. It's rewarding to see all of the effort I've been putting into this hunt producing so many results.

Ok, going to prepare.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monster and CareerBuilder Rants

I want to get a couple things out of my head about them.

CareerBuilder

I'm tired of having to click through business school and deal ads using CareerBuilder.com before I submit a job application. For instance, I saw one ad about a Masters degree from DeVry University Management School. That's all nice but I'm not looking for more schooling, I'm looking for a job. I want to go from job search results, to the job application, itself and finally to a screen saying my application was successfully submitted. Nothing else.

Also, this website needs to make the 'Apply Now!' and 'No Thanks' buttons more distinct, and separated. I've clicked a couple 'Apply Now!' buttons and it's annoying. It's too much information not directly related to job searching. Find another to make money on your website, please.

Monster

Monster.com
is also pretty good, but I have a gripe about their resume system. Every time you submit a resume, you have to fill out a questionaire about your work history, the job youre looking for, industry etc. What if I'm applying to 10 jobs on Monster a day? I don't want to fill that out every time.

Also I think there is a maximum resume limit per account. If you're submitting to a job and have too may resumes, it's not easy to make room to upload a new one without navigating away from your application.

Hopefully this made some sense. Had to talk about it.

I feel better.
 
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