Sunday, January 28, 2007

A Week in the Life of a Job-Hunter

Hi all! I decided to do something new and different this time. Every day of this week, I wrote down some lines (sort of like a diary) with the idea of explaining the current events going on these days. I hope it helps you to get an idea of how the life of a job hunter (just like me) is like.


Monday

  • I get up at 8am, it’s always hard to start a week but I am excited about what’s going to happen this week.
  • Made a phone call to Company A to re-schedule interview day and time.
  • Later in the morning, reviewing and studying Company B.
  • Have lunch and get ready for my interview.
  • At 2pm, Interview with Company B. (I like it and have good impressions).
  • 3:30pm finished the interview and head up to the bank, order some checks. (sorry to say job-hunters pay bills too…) hehehe
  • At 4pm arrive home. Send thank you letter (this is crucial in most cases) to Company B and provide references and materials requested by the Manager.
  • Spend the rest of the day checking emails and researching more job opportunities.
  • Dinner at 9 and to bed at 11:00pm.


Tuesday

  • Get up 8am, study session for tough Company C. Prepare questions, review resume and job description.
  • At 10:30am phone rings: Phone interview with Company C as scheduled. 1 hour long, not big deal (good impressions and waiting for results).
  • After the interview is time to go to the groceries. Get a full survival pack for a couple of weeks and come back home.
  • 2:00pm: Review/study Company A right after lunch.
  • At 4:00pm: Third round (and hopefully last) interview with Company A. Arrived 15 minutes earlier to cause a good impression. ;-D (Went good, met the Manager for the first time and now just waiting for an answer).
  • Get home at 5:30pm, check email, prepare dinner and to bed at 11pm.


WedsnesdayJob-Hunting websites career monster linkedin doostang logos

  • Get up at 9am. No interviews today.
  • Have breakfast in front of the computer: Received email from Company D to discuss potential opportunities with me. (Sounds good, I am going to reply)
  • Not much during the morning… Today is definitely the official “waiting-for-response” day!
  • Use the occasion to do some reading and update resumes. Tools I am primarily using: SimplyHired, Doostang, LinkedIn, Craigslist, and of course, Yahoo Hotjobs, Career Builder and Monster.
  • At 4:30pm: Participation on an Online survey for about 2 hours (The good thing is that I am getting an incentive!)
  • Dinner at 9pm and sleeping at 11:30pm.


Thursday

  • Get up at 9am. Patience is a virtue (still waiting for responses…). First thing you need to learn is to be patient; Recruiting processes can get very slow, especially if you are interviewing with big corporations.
  • During the morning: Do some work from home as an independent consultant for Company E. It is a good idea to have a part time job to be able to survive until you find a permanent job, or at least to keep yourself busy with something.
  • Watch some TV in the evening.
  • Dinner at 9 pm, and fall asleep at 11:30pm.


Friday

  • Get up at 9am.
  • Get contacted from Company D. Interview scheduled for next Tuesday 30th at 11:30am.
  • Interviewing with several companies simultaneously might seem kind of stressful, and it truly can be. Recommendation: choose to be organized; I believe it’s important to develop a good job hunting strategy, follow it strictly, and keep track of the contact information, dates, and all relevant information from the people or companies you are dealing with. Of course, the higher the number of interviewing processes you are involved in, the more likely you land your dream job.
  • During the morning: Do some reading and job applications.
  • It’s amazing how fast time flies when you are looking for a job and how incredibly long waiting periods can turn out to be... Fortunately, I am becoming an expert now and my intuition tells me I am getting very close. Meanwhile, promise not to desperate, be strong, and keep it up!
  • Friday evening: I felt I need a break and decided to go the cinema. What movie? Epic movie: A corny parody of significant movies throughout the year (such as The Da Vinci Code, Superman, Harry Potter, Borat, …). It was not as funny as I expected but at least it made me forget about my job hunting situation for a while…


Saturday:

  • Pretty normal weekend day: relax at home during the morning and shopping-walk around San Francisco city center during the afternoon.
  • Highlight of the day: Dinner at a Sushi place! why do I love sushi so much?? I guess I could even use a hold new post entry on this subject sometime soon.
  • Watched a movie on TV and went to bed at 12:30pm.


Sunday:

  • Get up at 10. Preparation for the upcoming week: Write a list of duties and develop a little review of the current job hunting strategies I am currently employing.
Check out the sources I used to get each of the interviews with the companies I am presently interviewing with:

Company A: Recruiter found my resume and contacted me directly.

Company B: Recruiter found my resume and contacted me directly.

Company C: Applied through corporate website.

Company D: Applied through Doostang.

Company E: Applied through Craigslist.

I thought this might be relevant to identify what job-hunting tools are more effective and, therefore, how I should concentrate my efforts from now on. By the way, I hope you don't mind but I preferred to keep the companies' names confidential.

I hope you enjoyed my week-in-review. Needless to say feedback is always welcome!

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Own the Internet with AGLOCO

Agloco logoIf you haven't yet heard about AGLOCO, you need to listen up! This new company, founded by a bunch of Stanford MBA students, is creating quite a buzz. Their slogan is "Own the Internet"... and that's what it is all about: your'e getting back some of the money you generate for e-businesses just by surfing the internet as you usually do. Skeptical? Well, here is why I chose to join:

1) $ - I will earn ownership in the company (in the form of shares) and will then begin earning substantial money if this things blows up (and I have nothing to lose if it doesn't).

2) Simplicity - I use the internet just as I always have... I just get paid to do it!

3) Getting my share! - I like the idea of getting my share of all the billions of wealth being created on the internet (even if I am not going to become a millionaire because of this)

The company has a very solid privacy structure in place, so your information won't be shared and you won't start receiving lots of spam. AND, you can earn not only for the time you spend on the net, but for the time your FRIENDS spend on the net. Think about it: you're driving users to the site, so the company earns more, and you, in turn, earn more. Fair and square, right? I used the AGLOCO member calculator and found out that I can get over 5,000 shares a month if I sign up 10 good people who recruit more new members; and, once the site has grown enough, I will start earning actual checks.

SIGN UP NOW - This is the key! Remember that you can maximize your earnings by getting referrals to the site... and YOU want to be the one referring everyone!

Here is a link to sign up for FREE - it has my ID code in it:

www.agloco.com/r/BBBP3903

Don't forget to invite all your friends and contacts to maximize your earning potential!

Monday, January 15, 2007

A new era for the cell phone market

Apple CEO Steve Jobs finally announced the long-awaited Apple iPhone during his MacWorld 2007 Expo held in San Francisco last January 9th.

The iPhone will be three devices in one! A cell phone, a wide-screen iPod with touch controls, and an Internet communications device.Apple iPhone

As has been widely rumored for months, Cingular will be the only iPhone carrier. Both Apple and Cingular stores will sell the phone starting in June. Europe will get it in the fourth quarter, and Asia will have to wait until next year.

There will be 2 models to choose from: The 4GB will cost $499 with a two-year contract and the 8GB will cost $599 (also with a two-year contract). The price looks kind of high to me, but the good news is that we still have time to make some savings! Hehehe

Beyond the music player, the iPhone runs on Mac OS X and promises a 2-megapixel camera, a photo-management tool that rotates the display for landscape photos (like with videos), support for Google Maps, conference calling, a speakerphone, and text and multimedia messaging.

Overall, despite the high price, I predict a successful future for the new iPhone.

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UPDATE: Check out this demo video I found on YouTube... No comments!

Monday, January 8, 2007

LinkedIn Social Network

linkedin Miguel Beteta RodrigoLinkedIn is a business oriented social networking site. With more than 9 million registered users, in more than 150 countries, it is the ideal place to build your connections.

The main purpose of the site is to allow registered users to maintain a list of contact details of people they know and trust. The people in the list are called connections. Users can invite anyone to become a connection.

It is specially useful to find jobs, people and business opportunities. I personally joined the network as part of my current job hunting strategy. This is for sure one of the best places I know for job seeking.

Another cool feature is that you can have an online version of your resume (here’s mine), which can be found as a public profile through regular web search. This feature may be very useful to market yourself in the internet.

It is totally free and easy to use so I encourage you to give it a try! ;-)

www.linkedin.com

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Blue2O2 - Pulse Oximeter



Last week I had the great privilege of participating in the creation of a demo video of what is going to be, I believe, a revolution in the world of the aviation. I have to confess that I am pretty satisfied with the result. Let's see what you think. :-P

The device is actually a safety method to identify the levels of oxygen saturation and heart rate of pilots during flight. To those who might not know, it is specially important to being able to control these levels in specific conditions, such as high altitude or pressure, where the decrease of oxygen can lead to hypoxia.

Hypoxia represents a serious problem in aviation, since it is known to be one of the main causes of aircraft accidents in the past. With the use of this device, this will not be an issue anymore! It is small, portable and wireless. Moreover, the device integrates on any laptop, tablet pc, or PDA as long as it runs Windows OS.

Highly recommended!

Blog Inauguration

Hi everyone and welcome to my brand-new blog!

I recently discovered the very interesting blogging world and decided to deep into it by creating my own personal blog. My idea is to keep you, my dear readers, up to date with the current events going on in my life. I am very excited about this new project so I hope you guys enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them.

Kind regards,


Miguel