The Ramblings of the Semi-Sane

Category: Work

Work of course

Recruiters suck

I am not actively seeking other employment, but, like a lot of other people, I keep my resume up to date on and Just in case, ya know?

Sadly, some headhunting agencies take advantage of this. They troll the sites, harvesting email addresses and then spam you with useless crap.


  Nothing, I repeat NOTHING in my resume in any way indicates that I have an interest in selling insurance, or being a financial advisor, or any thing of the sort. Yet I get emails constantly for these things.

   The really good ones start out “I recently saw your resume online…” then they start this pitch for something that has nothing to do with my resume.. I have been working in IT for 20ish years. Mostly in a support role, helpdesk, desktop, etc. The last 6 years have all been in management, and some time prior to that in Lead capacities. The other day I got an offer to look at t application developer position. I have no professional experience in programming of any sort, but she said she saw my resume. I replied, letting her know she may have seen it, but she sure as hell hadn’t bothered to read it!

   I get it from the insurance and financial advisor folks, they’re dirtbags, trying to suck you in with promises of big payouts, but first you have to pay them a  fee for training, and licensing, etc… don’t get me wrong here, not all insurance agents, or financial advisors are bad people, just the scum-buckets who run these recruiting schemes. From them, I expect spam, and zero attention to my resume, they don’t care, they just want to rope me in, take my money and move on. Real IT recruiters though? You’d think they would pay attention, yet obviously not… and it happens far to often to be a mistake.


  So, my new rule, I delete them all unread. There’s a slim, minute, chance that I might delete THE email, the one with the perfect job, the one of my dreams, in it… but 1/1000000 of 1% of the emails I receive are the ones that will happen on.

   I’ve taken to blacklisting these people at the server level every time I get a new email in from one of them. This way no more of their messages even get to my inbox, saving me from deleting them.

What a long crazy week…

Wow, a weekend to relax a bit… well, except for the wife dragging me out to shop a bit, but it’s that time of year right?

It’s been long hectic week, trying to get the last of the annual reviews done for my teams, make sure I talk to everyone, etc, then came down with a bug and had to be out Tuesday… off to Chicago Wed/Thu, and back to St Louis to wrap things up on Friday…

By the way, 20 below zero wind chill in Chicago sucks, not that it doesn’t suck anywhere else, but I was in it in Chicago, and the 6 block walk from the hotel to the office was miserable!

Speaking of Chicago, I found a new place to grab dinner Wednesday evening, I was looking for something different and someone suggested Miller’s Pub on Wabash. It turned out to be excellent. I’d recommend it to anyone, anytime.

babbling as usual, just killing time on a Saturday morning before the grandson and I head out to shop and then drop him off at home. Turns out 3 year olds are okay to have around when you can give them back… I’m sure I wouldn’t want one of my own again, but having Jayden around is fun… even if he does wear me out.


Getting more out of your day

Everybody wants to get more done, but they never seem to be able to find the time. So, since we can’t make more time, we have to learn to make better use of the time we have available to us. It’s time to become more organized, more efficient, and make the most of the time we have.

The first thing you need to do is take a long, hard look at yourself and your daily routine. Track what you do, keep a record. Be honest with yourself when creating those records of your daily activities. Pay attention to the little details, they all add up. The more hectic your day, the more attention you need to pay.

Keep track of everything, time spent making calls, time spent stuck in traffic, time spent talking to your boss, or your employees. More importantly, keep track of the little stuff. How much time did you spend looking for that pen this morning? That one document? A particular file? You’ll be surprised how much time you lose each day just looking for things on your desk or your computer.

Track these things for a couple of weeks, and then take a look at what you’ve got, use it to work out a plan of action to help you get more out of your day.

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