Job hunting using Social Media

31 05 2009

Looks like I am not the only one looking at alternative methods of finding a job. After much research, I found many blogs and articles describing how to best use social media to maximize your exposure  across a variety of  social networking sites, and establishing useful contacts. I even found a ‘How to get a job using Twitter’  how-to on Mashable with several stories of success in the comments section.  I wonder how long it will take for this job-searching methodology to trickle down to other non-technlogical  industries, if it does at all?

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New domain name…!

28 05 2009

EDIT: I appear to be having some difficulty with WordPress’s DNS servers. Hopefully this will be resolved soon.

/EDIT

After recently finding a domain name web app at http://domai.nr,  I decided to go ahead and get myself a domain name….. I purchased http://www.dnfisher.com. Not very creative, but functional nonetheless. Its my first ever domain..!

Domai.nr checks through lots of the non-standard domain extensions like .nr, .ne, .to, .us etc so you can have a good look to see what kind of words and phrases you can turn into domain names, particularly if have your own host, you can get even more creative with a host prefix.

My favourite is http://deus.exmachi.na which would be fantastic for any kind of technological solutions business. Sadly I don’t have the $4500 a year to buy the domain for a year (!!), or the technology business to stash behind it.

Other good ones include http://love.themachi.ne and http://cho.ad. If you find any better (or funnier ones) post them up.

Dave





Machines etc

26 05 2009

I have a mild obsession with robots.  I am a big fan of anything robot or AI related. I am a total sucker for science fiction books, films and even music with science-fiction sampling. I found this clip on youtube a while ago, but never got round to putting it up on here. It is the final scene from Daft Punk’s film ‘Electroma‘. The story is about two androids trying to become human, and after encountering too much adversity in their quest, commit suicide. I find this clip visually stunning, although I do apologise for the naff timer at the top, I couldn’t find a better clip. The film itself is also interesting in so far that it features none of their own musical work, but that of a variety of other artists.  The soundtrack is nonetheless very good.

Music is: Jackson C. Frank – I want to be alone





Looking for work, with a twist..

25 05 2009

Since my arrival back in Melbourne, I have been looking for work, without much success. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there in much the same situation as me. Luckily I was put in contact with a recruitment expert called Phil Webster at Align Recruitment who very kindly offered me a great deal of very good advice. He told me that most employment in some select industries (IT in my case) works on a referral basis, often bypassing the advertising of the role altogether, which explains why proportionately few IT jobs are advertised, compared to other skill areas. This might not be news to some, but I find it an interesting trend that correlates with the increased usage of social networking tools in high-tech business circles such as Linked In and Twitter. Just goes to prove that it is in fact more about who you know, than what you know. On this basis, I am going to modify my strategy and hopefully, land myself a job! Watch this space.





Goodbye Gatton!

13 05 2009

Gatton in the Twilight, originally uploaded by a3396717.

I took this the afternoon prior to us leaving Gatton. I really enjoyed my time in Gatton doing farmwork. At first is was hard, but after a while it was OK. Our coworkers were friendly and genuine. It’s something I believe very few people of my generation will ever get to experience.

The world has changed so much in the past 50 years, and living a simple life, working outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine looking after the land, and reaping what you sow (pardon the cliche!) is a very rewarding experience. Best of all, your work stays at work, and your time at home is your own. No pressure from deadlines or stresses about climbing the ladder. I guess its certainly a good way to lead your life. However, our feet were getting itchy, and we knew it was time for a change.