May 22, 2018

For The Ladies

Hi Ladies, I came upon a new Online Commerce site called Alternate Boutique https://alternateboutique.com while looking for items for my girlfriend. I found many necklaces and bracelets that I purchased for her at a great price with free shipping, she hates for me to spend my money on super expensive jewelry. When I gave her the jewelry as a present she was so excited.  I was a little scared she wouldn’t like them, but she loved every item.  Now she wants me to buy more of these items for her, instead of spending money on stores like Tiffany, Cartier, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, Graff, Piagett, Bvlgari, Mikimoto, or Chopard. I think my girlfriend is a keeper. 🙂

One of the necklaces I purchased

How to get a Tech Job?

I was working at my last job for 10 years, which I got from a reference. My old co-worker was working there and called me up that they had a position there. I got an interview and the rest is history. A lot of job opportunities come this way. So it is very important to keep in touch with your friends and ex-coworkers. It’s good to network with people in your field as well. Get on LinkedIn and add all your friends, co-workers, and people you meet in the field. You can also take classes online or at your local community college to add more skills to your resume.

I got laid off in July 2009 due to downsizing. I asked all my friends and could not land an interview. I went on Monster and Dice and posted my resume. I also created a spreadsheet to keep track of what job’s I was applying for. This comes in handy when EDD asks for proof you are looking for work. I applied at over 100 companies. I wanted to work near home, so I looked around my area to see what companies were nearby. I went to their websites and checked under careers. I applied at all the companies that had positions in my field. I modified my resume for each job, to better fit their job requirements.

I always had trouble answering those HR questions you sometimes get asked in interviews. I have been asked those questions on phone and in person interviews. I did some searching online and found this helpful PDF called HR Interview Questions. It contains 64 of the toughest interview questions. It was very helpful going over the questions.

I finally got a call in Sept 2009. I was interviewed on the phone by the company’s recruiting office. I then got another phone interview with the department supervisor. That went well, I answered all the technical questions. I was then called in for an in person interview. It was one of longest interview processes, I have been through. There were 4 scheduled interviews, the first two groups were 8 each of my would be co-workers. A few of the questions I was asked, were the ones I practiced from the HR Interview Questions PDF. The next interview, was with a senior Engineer. My last interview was with the supervisor of the department. All the interviews went well that day. A few days later, I got called and was offered the job 🙂

It took me about 3 months to finally find a job. It does requires some work, don’t give up. I know it is tough out there. I have a few family members having a hard time finding work.