Archive for March, 2009

JobCamp wrap-up and 23 Rules For Job Seekers

March 27, 2009

Milwaukee JobCamp today was a great success. Over 500 people showed up at Bucketworks, one of my favorite places ever, to meet other job seekers and get advice. Jim Trainor gave a great presentation on job hunting that had standing-room only.

My talk picked a few of the high points out of my upcoming book, which I condensed into my presentation 23 Rules for Job Hunters.

Response was even better than I had hoped for, with at least a dozen people coming to talk to me after my presentation. I met a couple more great people like Angela Harris, trading stories and talking shop until the place closed at 9:00.

If you were at JobCamp today, thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope you’ll follow my news feed. You can also follow me on Twitter @theworkinggeek.

Beautiful Teams

March 8, 2009

beautiful-teams.gifBeautiful Teams from O’Reilly is going to the printer next week, and I’ve been reading the draft. It’s chock full of interviews and stories and opinions about development teams and what makes them work. If you’re a reader of this blog, then it should be on your list to pick up.

How to get laid off properly

March 7, 2009

My friend Casey West got laid off the other day, and he wrote a great blog post about it. Casey’s post tells about how he handled it, and his advice for others in his unfortunate situation. I especially like how he discusses that after a layoff, you are effectively a security risk, so understand the company’s handling of you.

However, I’d like to point out a few things he did right that he didn’t mention.

Don’t argue

When you’re being fired, either as a layoff or for cause, there’s nothing to argue about. Nothing you can say will save your job. There is nothing a manager likes less than having to fire someone. You’re being called into the office as the final step in a long progression. The topic of the conversation is the termination of your employment, not to discuss whether you should be fired or not.

Tell people you’re available

Casey immediately started to let people know he was available for work. Online, that means blogging about it and mentioning it in some online fora. It also means telling family and friends. He didn’t say “Please give me a job,” but he did let people know. Getting the word out is the first step in working your social network for potential leads.

I wish Casey all the best in his hunt for his next job. I’ve worked with him both at a previous company, and on open source projects. He’s a great programmer, and he’s great to work with. His resume is at