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Slippery slope

origami
Reading various feeds from use.perl.org turns up frequent references to jobs.perl.org, so okay. Set up a search (so far, perpetually empty) for Wichita.

Frequent discussions compare the number of Perl jobs on Dice to the ones on jobs.perl.org, so fine, set up a search there (so far, empty except for the occasional sysadmin/DBA position that mentions Perl as an aside. Still, more than jpo for local stuff).

It's depressing watching empty searches, so set up a more generic IT search on Monster.

Get tired of seeing the same companies over and over, so argue with CareerBuilder and its bizarre half-missing CSS, and eventually find the accesscb.com version which is actually readable, and set up a search there.

Realize you're looking for something at a level that's seldom advertised. How do nerds network, though? Oh, yeah.

Set up Facebook profile and LinkedIn profile. Realize that almost no one at your past employers seems to be on either of those systems. Bah.

Realize that at no point did you consciously make the decision to go job-hunting.

Huh.

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kalyr
Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Wasn't aware that Facebook was connected with job-hunting. I bet MySpace isn't. And I'm beginning to wonder exactly what's the point of MySpace, except for the fact that MySpace messaging is harder to spoof than vanilla email.
gamehawk
Jul. 3rd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Facebook
Not nearly as much as LinkedIn, but Facebook *is* trying to mutate from the college-only thing. It's still heavily skewed, and it seems to be industry-specific (logically enough) as to whether there's any representation. Unsurprisingly, I haven't found anybody I know professionally there.

Of course, other than HR people, I haven't found much of anybody I know on LinkedIn, either. Some of the execs I worked for are there (one of them seems to have become a certifiable kook running Internet scams out of, you guessed it, Florida), but nobody I'd feel comfortable sending a contact request out of the blue to. (There *are* some I would be, but of course none of them are there.)

I guess if and when I decide to float resumes, HR people are useful contacts, though.
kalyr
Jul. 3rd, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Facebook
I'm very bad at keeping in touch with former work colleagues - I've lost contact with virtually everyone I've known at previous jobs. There was a Yahoogroup I set up years ago when our entire office got axed, but I don't know if anyone still reads it.

Haven't really investigated LinkedIn - I've recognised a couple of odd names. But I'm not actively job-hunting at the moment
gamehawk
Jul. 4th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: Facebook
Me too, and this was partly sparked by running into someone from the airline (from which I'll have been gone for 10 years this fall) when we were out to lunch the other day. There are some people I wish I could find again, but of course those are the ones I can't.

It strikes me as vaguely weird that of all the IT people I've worked with, virtually none of them have an online presence (even Googling, not just on networking sites).

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