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?





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.





Welcome to my new office….

21 04 2009

Missouri Tractor – HDR, originally uploaded by crsaze.

After not finding much work in Brisbane, we took a risk and headed to a small country town called Gatton, 90 kms west of the city. We managed to find work and accomodation within the space of 24 hours which was very fortunate. We are now working for a company called Winpack, which runs a farm and vegetable packing & distribution business, and we are employed as casual labourers doing all kinds of odd jobs.

For the past few days we have been mainly planting Broccoli and Lettuce. Its not hard work, but the days are long (usually 10 to 12 hours) and the work is repetitive. However, we do get to spend all day outside in the fresh air and sunshine (and occasional shower!) and I have been feeling my body begin to thank me for subjecting it to some hard work for once! I feel very fit, and am having no trouble getting up at 5am every morning which is very odd indeed.

I shall try and get some pictures of the farm if I get a chance, as there is hardly a moment when we’re not put to good use!

Also some pecularities about the local dialect in and around Gatton:

Broccoli is pronounced ‘Brock-ol-aye’

and

Every statement is followed by an ‘ey’ (which sounds like eeyy) at the end, much like the following;

“These plants are pretty small eh”

Ps Will look into getting my twitter feed fixed, as i’m not entirely sure what is wrong with it. Fixed!

TTFN





Update

1 04 2009

Its been a strange week this week. My new job which previous to this week, was going swimmingly, is now not looking quite so rosy. My boss informed me and my colleagues that she has no further funds to pay our wages until she can reign in new customers. It is a shame because as a start-up web design business it shows a lot of promise, and there is very big niche in the market for us. As a measure of damage control, we designed a marketing campaign for her tackle all the small-business owners in Cairns, and offer them a low-cost, high quality basic website, to gain web-presence (See Digital Kitchen). Hopefully, even with a moderate success rate, it should allow the business to start up again, and allow us to continue adding to our portfolio and hopefully pitch to higher profile customers. It slightly annoys me that I couldn’t do more to prevent this situation happening, but being part of a start-up company is always going to be a huge learning experience for anyone, and despite the results at the moment, the experience has been very valuable.

The side effects of this extend to our longer term plans because we rely on the steady income I was receiving to pay the rent and upkeep of us both. April has been very unlucky as she hasn’t had any luck in finding work, and is doing everything she can to keep herself sane. It has got to the point where we have now been in Cairns for a whole month, and find ourselves in a worse financial situation than when we arrived. Given the lack of work, and reliability of exisiting work we are seriously considering uprooting to one of the bigger cities where work might be more abundant and more suited to our skills. Its a shame because Cairns is a beautiful place and we have had some excellent times and met some wonderful people, but the type of work available isn’t well paid and there is an abundance of cheap labour (backpackers) willing to do it.

For now, I will be enjoying some time off, and taking the time to make some enquiries regarding work in other cities, and enjoying the last days with our good friends and flatmates Felix and Thorsten who are due to fly home to Germany tomorrow morning.

TTFN