Unsuck Your Job

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Proposal
Short Form
Beginner

Excerpt

There is no reason you have to put up with a job which is unnecessarily stressful, unfulfilling, or just wrong for you. You have the power to make things better. I'm here to show you how.

Description

You spend a third of your life asleep. The best thing you can do to improve this time is invest in a good bed.

You spend a third of your life cooking and cleaning and mastering hobbies. The best thing you can do to improve this time is to meet good people with whom you can learn and laugh.

The final third is spent at work. Well, a mere third if you’re lucky. Really, it could be more like half if you’re really busy. Maybe two thirds or more, on bad days. The best thing you can do to improve this time is to unsuck your job.

There is no reason you have to put up with a job which is unnecessarily stressful, unfulfilling, or just wrong for you. You have the power to make things better. I’m here to show you how.

A part of my consulting business is career coaching for tech professionals. I help people unsuck their jobs. As my open source family, you get to benefit from everything I’ve learned and experienced in this facet of my business. This session will cover:

  • Step 0: What do you REALLY want to be when you grow up?
  • Career development: It’s YOUR responsibility.
  • Resume: Optimize it for all THREE of its audiences.
  • Cover letter: This is NOT optional. Here’s why.
  • The Job Hunt: Organization == Sanity

If time allows, we’ll also touch upon offer negotiation, freelancing, and any other topic which the audience raises.

Tags

job, career, career coaching, job hunt, resume, cover letter

Speaking experience

I've spoken at OSBridge three of the past five years (and attended four). I've also spoken at OSCON, regularly address SF Perl Mongers (of which I'm the organizer), and frequently address audiences for my consulting clients.

Speaker