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Does anyone here know anything (good, bad or indifferent) about a company called "Global Resources" - http://www.gr-us.com? (Please send email if you don't want to comment publicly — yakshaver AT livejournal.com works just fine.)
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I have a phone interview tomorrow at 1:00. There's no getting by without air-conditioning in this weather, and my A/C is really too to loud leave on during an important phone call. My current plan is to turn the thermostat on the A/C down at noon, then turn it off when my phone rings and hope I don't get hot enough during the interview to turn stupid. But I thought I'd check if anyone hppens to have an unused office I could borrow for an hour or so?
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Who do I know at the Museum of Science? They have an IT position open for which I'm seriously overqualified — which would make it perfect for the find a 40-houe-a-week job that will pay enough to live on while I finish my degree part-time plan. Which I'm increasingly convinced is the right plan for me at this point in my life.
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So, how do people use LinkedIn? I only send invitations to people I actually know and have had, in some sense, a work relationship with; I only accept invitations from such people, or from people the quality of whose work I consider myself to be reasonably well-informed about, via their reputation among our shared friends.

My rationale is that, if Zoe gets in touch with me saying there's a job at Yves' company she's interested in, and could I introduce her? I want to be able to honestly tell Yves either that I know Zoe's work first hand, and she's excellent, or that I know her work's reputation, and it's excellent.

This means I decline (or simply don't respond to) around 20% of the invitations I receive. But I keep hearing that the point of LinkedIn is to expand your network as much as possible. Am I being too conservative?
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Just under 24 hours after applying for a position:
Hi Carl,

Thank you for expressing your interest in a career with $COMPANY and submitting your resume to us.

After careful review of your talented background we have decided to continue our pursuit for a candidate possessing the competencies that are more aligned with our current vacancy and needs.

However, we would be delighted to reconnect as future compatible opportunities arise.

We wish you success in your career endeavors.

Kind regards,


At least it's a response. From (apparently) an actual human. And a quick one. That's better than a lot of companies. (Not, mind you, that I didn't earn some bad karma on the acknowledging people's resumes front when I was on the other side of the desk. I swear on all that's holy that if I am ever again in a management job, I will reply to every single resume that comes in for a job I've advertised. Even the ones I toss aside unread because of grammar or typos.)
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The last round of practice interviews were extremely valuable. I think I've now absorbed the lessons I learned from them and am ready for more. My job coach and I figure I should do about twenty more, in fact.

You don't need to have any experience interviewing people — real world interviewers are often inexperienced. You just need to be willing to imagine a scenario in which you'd be interviewing someone for a technology management job, and interview me for that position. For which you will earn my undying gratitude.

Regardless of whether you want to or don't have time, if you have a friend you think might be into it, please put them in touch with me — practice interviews with friends are great, but strangers are even better in some ways.

If you'd like to but aren't local to me here in Boston, that's great too: we can do a phone interview.

(I should mention that I am myself an experienced interviewer — it's only on the other side of the desk that I get nervous. So I'd be happy to swap practice interviews with anyone who wants to do that.)

Thanks in advance!
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For the past few weeks I've been working with a volunteer career coach — a friend-of-a-friend who's a very senior manager at a company you've all heard of. She's an MIT PhD from the 70s, smart as a whip, abides no bullshit, and for whatever reason enjoys spendiing an hour a week coaching me. I am finding her help invaluable, and the last thing in the world I would want to do is earn her disapproval.

She is losing patience with my neurotic aversion to interviews, and yesterday instructed me to do five practice interviews before next week. So I am again, rather more urgently than last time, asking my friends to do practice interviews with me. (If you've offered before and I either didn't get back to you or my response lacked enthusiasm, please forgive me and rest assured I will be much more responsive this time.)

Thanks in advance!
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I know some of you work as project managers; this is certainly akin to work I have done in the past and it seems like work I might both enjoy and be good at. But I have really very little idea what people with a job title of "Project Manager" actually do on a day-to-day basis. If you're working as a Project Manager, I'd love to do an informational interview with you, where we could discuss what your day looks like and the sorts of skills and attributes that help or hinder in performing that job.

(If you'd be interested but don't want to say so here, please just send email to my username at livejournal.com.)


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