business

Pigeon-holed in Employment Applications

Dilbert was a pretty lucky guy – he at least had a job to hate. Sometimes the most difficult part of looking for work – even temporary work – is getting past the choking questions at the door. It goes to show how many bigoted “human resource” people there are.

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business, global issues

Passion, Present Times, and 2017’s 1.4

Last time on Jarbled… *cue video sequence of strange snippets from parts of the show you never remember seeing*

I’d like to talk about passion. I think I figured out why there hasn’t been much humor on my blog lately… uh… well, one reason at least.

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business

Software Embarrassment #1 – It’s a Paint Job

For quite some time, I’ve struggled with the fact that most work I find out there is always more professional or quality than mine (even if mine looks better or works better, there’s some mystique about professional work that always makes me more critical of my work). You might have this issue to, but hey – it’s good to be your best critic. Most work you see out there you might think, “Shoot, I can do that, can’t I?” But on some rare occasion, you might stumble on some whose work is publicly marketed and you think, “… Uh… That’s EMBARRASSING!” (Okay, maybe not that loudly.)

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business, unsorted opinions

Musings on Professionalism

Some work, no matter how much time and effort you have put into it, no matter how much you think people will enjoy it, just does not fit the standard of professionalism. There’s something about professionalism that is very key to it being professionalism: it gives people a good impression that they are or could be working with someone who knows what they are doing and can and will provide a high quality service. It isn’t about creating something so grandiose that people will doubt whether you can repeat it or not. It isn’t about establishing a personal style that people shopping on a corner might take interest in for a moment. It’s about conforming to a set standard that makes people feel comfortable doing business with you.

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business, software, web design

Separating Your Work and Private Website

Recently I spoke with an undisclosed individual about the job market… and of course, about websites.

The consensus with employers is always this: separate your professional side from your private life. That’s definitely good advice. No one wants to hear about your drinking problem or the fact that your like to play with imported machine guns and spit fire at Mardi Gras festivals. And yet…

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