I like to think of myself as a "cranial prostitute" -- that is, I think for money. To be politically correct, I guess I could say that I am a Senior Staff Corporate Applications Engineer but I've also held titles such as Senior Software Engineer. I am in a field called EDA (Electronic Design Automation) and my specialty is in digital logic simulation. If you don't know what that means, essentially anyone who decides to design a new computer chip would use EDA software to implement and verify his design before committing millions of dollars to producing real silicon IC chips. It's a fairly specialized field with only a handful of large players.
At this juncture, I prefer to keep my current employer and the location of my employment private for legal reasons. I have assembled reunion pages for several of the companies I have worked for in the past. I hope that anyone who works for or has worked for any of those companies in the past will send me their address so I can add them to the list.
Because I can. And because it annoys those who choose to ignore the fact that everyone, ultimately, is available if the situation is right. This is especially true in any sort of high-tech field. Also, it saves me the time and trouble of printing and mailing my resume to headhunters or perspective employers. In fact, the last two times I changed jobs, I didn't need to do anything but e-mail the URL where my resume could be found. It serves as a screening device, too. If a personnel weenie tells me they need a hard-copy resume because their company doen't have internet access, I know that's not any place I would enjoy working. ;-)
Having had my resume online for nearly five years now, I get a lot of e-mail asking if I am available for an interview or if I could send a copy of my updated resume. About 80% of all the employment-related messages I receive are for jobs that don't match my experience in the least. More often than not, these read like they were generated by some kind of keyword-matching software program.
For the record, let me state the following:
I know that all sounds kinda cold but between work and personal e-mail I get somewhere around 200 messages a day and I don't have time to answer machine-generated job trolls. For what it's worth, I do answer thoughfully prepared letters from prospective employers and headhunters which are addressed to me personally. And I archive the names and contact information of those who offer jobs in my field, on the off chance that I or one of my colleagues suddenly ends up on the job market.
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