I’m working VO (Virtual Office) or OOO (Out Of Office) today. Call my cell if you need to talk.

I learned what OOO stood for last week. I always write “working from home” (not “WOH”) and will continue to do so.

A Resume’s First Impression

You’ve got 30 seconds – A Glimpse and a Hook describes how a typical IT manager quickly scans resumes for potential job candidates, knowing what to look for and what to ignore. Knowing the current industry lingo may work for a recruiter, but not for the person who’s going to conduct the job interview. This is a good read for those wanting to get hired and those hiring.

I’ve been involved in reviewing resumes and conducting job interviews, in addition to working in various positions in software development field, so I know what to look for. The resume HAS to stand out in some way, but it also shouldn’t try to pull the wool of one’s eyes with techno-babble and generalization.

The Case For Open Salaries

Why secret salaries are a baaaaaad idea:

Except for a few heretics it is almost universally accepted that mayhem would ensue in the workplace if people knew what their co-workers, their managers or – gasp – the CEO was making.
Companies must attempt to pay their people as fairly as possible. You might think a company should try to pay people as little as possible, but companies who subscribe to that philosophy must be prepared to steadily lose all their good employees to competitors willing to pay people what they’re worth.

It’s a noble philosophy that I can’t imagine being accepted by the corporate world, especially when most companies that I’m aware of don’t give a damn about fairness; it’s all about negotiation and money. Hell, an employee would probably be chastised if they made their salary public.

I’d love to work for an ethical company, one that has proven its employees’ values matter more than the bottom-line.