So, it has been a month. What have I been doing? Let’s start with the obvious. I have updated my resume (many times). I have searched for and applied for a number of job postings. I have had one interview that did not work out and a phone interview that looks promising, but I need to wait for round 2 to know more.
Introspection … I have spent some time trying to understand who I am and where God wants me to be. I took some assessment tests and classes to interpret them. There were no real surprises. I know I need to be a hands on problem solver. I always want to find the best solution possible in the time available. I want enough time to evaluate a problem to prevent going down a wrong path. I think this is why I enjoyed agile programming so much. It allowed smaller changes to be made, tested, and proven. It also allowed me to move the project in the right direction with smaller changes and get user feedback to roll into the next iteration. It’s kinda like showing your work on a math problem. If you don’t, it’s easy to make a small mistake, that causes the whole solution to be wrong.
Networking … this is not my traditional strong point … However, I have really enjoyed meeting new people. I have attended both Colonial Job Seekers and Hope Job Seekers. Both provide encouragement and help in navigating the many aspects of looking for a job. Colonial is much larger and provides nice special interest groups (SIGs) so that people can network with others in their field. I have met many very impressive people with lots of talents. One of them who has really encouraged me is Nathan. You can read his blog about the job seekers groups here. Triangle Job
Learning … this is the fun part … I have always enjoyed learning new technologies. I now have a little more time and motivation to focus on them. I started taking 2 on-line classes (one on PHP and MySQL and another on Ruby). I am also learning more about different web technologies. (clouds, web hosting, blogs, …) I am excited about the possibilities that I see.