Are the posted questions getting worse?

  • Lynn Pettis

    SSC Guru

    Points: 442359

    Well, I guess it's time to tell the community what I have known for about 8 months.  At this moment it looks like my last day at Parsons is definitely going to be 2020-08-20, just two more weeks.  Which sort of sucks because I thought I had found safe ground for a at least 1 or 2 months but it doesn't look like the project lead and PM communicated that information back to my functional manager.  I am hoping the Jon and I can fix that next week to at least give me some reprieve.

    Talking with one of the other people on the project it looks like I may have been going about my search in house wrong.  Instead of just looking for a new full time position I should have been looking for other projects that were using SQL Server and needed expert help like that I could provide.  Of course I really don't know how to network inside a large project focused organization.

    I have applied for several positions both inside and outside of Parsons but haven't heard anything but crickets so far.

    I should go out and fully update my LinkedIn profile, that could help.  Curious, does anyone think it would be beneficial to pay for the Premium level? I can get it for 30 day free right now.  I was always reluctant to do so in the past while I had a solid fulltime position because the promotion is an opt-out thing meaning you automatically start paying for it if you don't cancel before the end of the promotional period.  I really would prefer an opt-in format meaning I don't give my payment information until I decide to opt-in after the promotional period.

    I would be open to any assistance, like looking over my resume, making suggestions on how to improve my LinkedIn profile, just a general shoulder to cry on.  Okay, that last is a joke, sort of.

     

  • Lynn Pettis

    SSC Guru

    Points: 442359

    Wow, sqlservercentral doesn't like MS Edge as a browser. You don't get the drop down from the Forums to let you select active threads or the like plus you get an Failed to load plugin: hm_bbpuip_image (I won't go into the long url, plus the tail end is covered by a close button).

     

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 997113

    Step 1, get a much nicer picture for linked in and smile a little bit.

    Step 2, update your recent history and make sure you list your major accomplishments!

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "Dear Lord... I'm a DBA so please give me patience because, if you give me strength, I'm going to need bail money too!"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • BrainDonor

    SSCoach

    Points: 19234

    I've used the LinkedIn Premium, a long time ago and found it to be a bit of a waste.

    It lets you send more messages and get better details of searches that you've been included in but nothing starting.

    Setting the 'Job Seeking Preferences' in your profile, to indicate that you're open to opportunities and ensure that your job history, profile and skills are up to date. You'll be picked up in recruiter's searches as somebody available and they'll approach you before too long.

    Best of luck and I hope your job-hunting goes well.

    Steve Hall
    Linkedin
    Blog Site

  • Grant Fritchey

    SSC Guru

    Points: 396692

    I have a standing offer on LinkedIn to promote anyone looking for work. I'll double down on that for Threadizens. I can actually say I know that you know what you're talking about. So Lynn, if you are looking, send me a link to your profile. I'll push it to my group. I also have a head hunter who was looking for people. I normally don't link to them, ever. However, she was smart enough to promote her involvement in Scouting in her request for a contact. I can't help but support Scouts. Anyway, I can also pass on the link to her.

    Anyone else looking, same offer.

    ----------------------------------------------------
    The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...
    Theodore Roosevelt

    The Scary DBA
    Author of: SQL Server 2017 Query Performance Tuning, 5th Edition and SQL Server Execution Plans, 3rd Edition
    Product Evangelist for Red Gate Software

  • Eirikur Eiriksson

    SSC Guru

    Points: 182509

    Grant Fritchey wrote:

    I have a standing offer on LinkedIn to promote anyone looking for work. I'll double down on that for Threadizens. I can actually say I know that you know what you're talking about. So Lynn, if you are looking, send me a link to your profile. I'll push it to my group. I also have a head hunter who was looking for people. I normally don't link to them, ever. However, she was smart enough to promote her involvement in Scouting in her request for a contact. I can't help but support Scouts. Anyway, I can also pass on the link to her.

    Anyone else looking, same offer.

    Likewise Grant, that is if you need a proper job 😉

    😎

     

  • Michael L John

    One Orange Chip

    Points: 25946

    Wow Lynn, that stinks.  I was pretty fearful of being eliminated when we let a significant number of folks go in April.  I definitely was not looking forward to looking for a job at 62.

    Michael L John
    If you assassinate a DBA, would you pull a trigger?
    To properly post on a forum:
    http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/61537/

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 997113

    Grant Fritchey wrote:

    I have a standing offer on LinkedIn to promote anyone looking for work. I'll double down on that for Threadizens. I can actually say I know that you know what you're talking about. So Lynn, if you are looking, send me a link to your profile. I'll push it to my group. I also have a head hunter who was looking for people. I normally don't link to them, ever. However, she was smart enough to promote her involvement in Scouting in her request for a contact. I can't help but support Scouts. Anyway, I can also pass on the link to her.

    Anyone else looking, same offer.

    You ARE the MAN, Grant!  I don't need your good services (at least not yet and hope I don't) but I've seen some of your posts on LinkedIn to endorse people looking for a job.

    Lynn, do some of the things I recommended about your profile on LinkedIn and then, seriously, take advantage of Grant's good offer.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "Dear Lord... I'm a DBA so please give me patience because, if you give me strength, I'm going to need bail money too!"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Lynn Pettis

    SSC Guru

    Points: 442359

    Grant Fritchey wrote:

    I have a standing offer on LinkedIn to promote anyone looking for work. I'll double down on that for Threadizens. I can actually say I know that you know what you're talking about. So Lynn, if you are looking, send me a link to your profile. I'll push it to my group. I also have a head hunter who was looking for people. I normally don't link to them, ever. However, she was smart enough to promote her involvement in Scouting in her request for a contact. I can't help but support Scouts. Anyway, I can also pass on the link to her.

    Anyone else looking, same offer.

    Grant, once I have my profile updated and checked I will be more than happy to take you up on your offer, and yes, when I do send you the link please pass it on to the head hunter.

    Thank you.

  • Steve Jones - SSC Editor

    SSC Guru

    Points: 720887

    Lynn, a bit late, and sorry to hear you're unexpectedly looking.

    A couple things to think about, besides the advice above.

    • Contact the UG leaders around here (Denver, CS, Boulder) and ask them to send your profile to the recruiter sponsors
    • Write a couple versions of your resume that target different jobs if you're open to more of a dev role v admin role, mostly the same info, but emphasize your skills more in one area v the other.
    • Post notes on LI, Twitter, etc. that you're looking for work. Use your network as best you can.  Post your LI profile in places, including here.
    • Make sure your blog/articles are linked from your profile and resume. They provide some weight to your skills
    • Practice some interviews with friend, threadizens, etc. It's always good to beef up soft skills. Getting friends to ask hard questions will prep you for phone/live interviews.

    Good luck. Reach out if you need help. I'll keep an eye out for stuff.

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 997113

    OMG!  The world has gone completely mad.  If you still don't think that spreadsheets rule the world, read the following article.  The "punch line" after the title of the article is "Sometimes it’s easier to rewrite genetics than update Excel".

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/6/21355674/human-genes-rename-microsoft-excel-misreading-dates

    This has been a known issue in Excel since the day it came out and they've still not made a provision for it.  Talk about the "Big Blue" syndrome.  Wow... just WOW!

     

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not".
    "Dear Lord... I'm a DBA so please give me patience because, if you give me strength, I'm going to need bail money too!"

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • jonathan.crawford

    SSCertifiable

    Points: 6582

    How would Microsoft actually handle this case though, without disabling the ability to convert MAR1 into the 1st of March for the rest of the users? If the trick would be to format the column for genetics or something, there are already formatting options that negate that activity. This action is probably useful to a large number of users, although I don't use it myself.

    I think this is much ado about nothing on the part of the scientists. If they are too careless to format the spreadsheets correctly (like the rest of us have to do to preserve leading zeroes, etc. in daily work) then they have no excuse.

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  • Thom A

    SSC Guru

    Points: 98719

    Honestly, why is it converting MARCH1 to a date in the first place. MARCH1 doesn't have a year, so it's not a date... Changing it to a date means it guesses/assumes the year; which is just as bad...

    Thom~

    Excuse my typos and sometimes awful grammar. My fingers work faster than my brain does.

  • Phil Parkin

    SSC Guru

    Points: 244733

    Excel is doing its best to be helpful, though this 'help' is often a hindrance to advanced users.

    Turning off auto-formatting could, perhaps, be enabled as a spreadsheet-specific option, but that would not fix the export/import errors.

    As almost everyone on this forum knows, Excel is a numerical analysis tool, and should not be used as a database in any professional situation.

    If the answer to your question can be found with a brief Google search, please perform the search yourself, rather than expecting one of the SSC members to do it for you.
    See https://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/forum-etiquette-how-to-post-datacode-on-a-forum-to-get-the-best-help/ for details of how to post T-SQL code-related questions.

  • Eirikur Eiriksson

    SSC Guru

    Points: 182509

    Jeff Moden wrote:

    OMG!  The world has gone completely mad.  If you still don't think that spreadsheets rule the world, read the following article.  The "punch line" after the title of the article is "Sometimes it’s easier to rewrite genetics than update Excel".

    https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/6/21355674/human-genes-rename-microsoft-excel-misreading-dates

    This has been a known issue in Excel since the day it came out and they've still not made a provision for it.  Talk about the "Big Blue" syndrome.  Wow... just WOW!

    There is a word describing this, starts with a W and sounds like the name of an anti-drifting maritime device

    😎

    Just proves that some people are willing to buy things at a market without a haggle, a bit like MS-Excel subscription 😉

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