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Don't Be a Ghost

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Branding is all well and good, but I've found that trying to find me can be... interesting.

A) Apparently my name is common.
B) There's a particular Soccer player who tends to dwarf me.

However, if you punch in Craig Farrell SQL into google, a lot of that tends to reference my articles here... on job hunting.

Should be interesting when people actually hit me up. :-)


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Lynn Pettis (4/16/2013)
I really don't think anyone here is saying that there is only one way to do things. What works for one person may not work for another. This is true in many areas of life. Take what people suggest, try things, discard what doesn't work for you and keep what does.


Of course, as well as your own way working so might the other person's too. Sometimes it is a question of preference. Not using a technique may not be harming your opportunities. Using a technique badly even be more harmful than not using it at all.

Gaz

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fundpc (4/16/2013)
We've become drones to the Internet where Facebook and other such sites allow us to record for posterity our every useless thought and moment.

Networking is an important thing we used to do in person, where we learned to read body language as well as verbal inflection. Sterile words on a page are so damning. I’ve seen more emails cause more fights mostly because most people are not Ernest Hemingway. “I got your misinterpretation right here….”

I say it’s a sad commentary that we now are expected to “post” so that lazy HR types can scan our private thoughts for juicy tidbits they can use against us. My wife had a friend who interviewed for an IT position recently where the HR person demanded she give up her Facebook login. REALLY….

I like to use my colleagues for help when I struggle. TechNet and official resources backed by the makers of the products are much more reliable than asking somebodies “opinion” about how I should be doing something. How do I know that other person even knows what they’re talking about?

You know what they say about opinions, they’re like a...... (interpret the rest)


I once got blasted for saying "I believe that the defect is fixed in the current release in UAT..." because "I believe" was not a fact. In reality until is has gone through regression testing by the test team then it is not a fact otherwise what would be the point of the Test Team. Sometimes it is not the English but the attitude of a recipient. Ho hum.

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TWH (4/16/2013)
Is forum presence (of which I have little), really helpful to your brand? Many people use pseudonyms when posting to forums.

I also think many people (again, like myself) are reluctant to post a blog or even a forum reply because it's natural to compare your knowledge to the collective intelligence out there. It's pretty intimidating.


I wouldn't be reluctant to post a blog or forum reply just because you don't know as much as others out there. Sometimes that post can solidify the knowledge in your mind about some problem you solved and how. Maybe it wasn't the best solution, but it worked at the time and you learned from it. Same for answering a forum post - you may present an idea that someone else didn't consider. We're often impressed or intimidated by people who are regular speakers or posters, but they often know their areas really well so are confident in those areas. I find Brent Ozar's story somewhat fascinating - someone who took some initiative to make his own path, but specializing in what he does well.

All that to say - don't be intimidated. If you have a suggestion or answer, put it out there. Worst case scenario, you'll learn some better ways to do things from those who comment on your ideas. Learn, update, move on, and keep posting. Obviously don't throw out something not even close to helpful or on-topic, but do offer your experience when you think you may have an idea.
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fundpc (4/16/2013)
I say it’s a sad commentary that we now are expected to “post” so that lazy HR types can scan our private thoughts for juicy tidbits they can use against us. My wife had a friend who interviewed for an IT position recently where the HR person demanded she give up her Facebook login. REALLY….


Related to this, giving up your Facebook login is against their terms of service. Simple answer, along with just telling them "no". I realize that may not land the job, but unless desperate for work, I don't think I'd want to work for someone who made this a term of employment.
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I say it’s a sad commentary that we now are expected to “post” so that lazy HR types can scan our private thoughts for juicy tidbits they can use against us. My wife had a friend who interviewed for an IT position recently where the HR person demanded she give up her Facebook login. REALLY….


Related to this, giving up your Facebook login is against their terms of service. Simple answer, along with just telling them "no". I realize that may not land the job, but unless desperate for work, I don't think I'd want to work for someone who made this a term of employment.



I'd never give up my Facebook credentials for a job. I use that for personal notes and sharing, and it is not set to public for a reason.

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fundpc (4/16/2013)
I say it’s a sad commentary that we now are expected to “post” so that lazy HR types can scan our private thoughts for juicy tidbits they can use against us. My wife had a friend who interviewed for an IT position recently where the HR person demanded she give up her Facebook login. REALLY….


Related to this, giving up your Facebook login is against their terms of service. Simple answer, along with just telling them "no". I realize that may not land the job, but unless desperate for work, I don't think I'd want to work for someone who made this a term of employment.



I'd never give up my Facebook credentials for a job. I use that for personal notes and sharing, and it is not set to public for a reason.


I would simply refuse the request and end the interview.

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Pretty sure it's not against the law in most places to ask. It is against FB's terms of service to give out your login credentials, though. I'm with Steve, though. It's not worth it.
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Ask to see their credit report in exchange for your FB credentials.

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Exactly right jfogel. One silly demand deserves another. Whenever I hear stories like this I am always reminded of the scene in "Donnie Brasco" where Donnie (played by Johnny Depp) enters a Japanese restaurant and is told by the Japanese host to "take off your shoes" to which Donnie quickly replied "take off your pants". :-D

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