Posts Tagged ‘Job Search

According to an article at, 22% of their 3,100 associated employers will use social networking sites when researching a candidate for a position. This number is twice what it was a year ago, and will likely increase. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m moving to Fort Collins, Colorado

Posted in Lifeon Dec 20, 2007

Last week I was interviewing with Hewlett Packard in Fort Collins, Colorado. They were interviewing me for a software developer position to do programming for embedded Linux systems. The trip was incredibly fun, and the interview went well too. The day after I got home, I received a phone call from HP and they extended the job offer to me.

I’ve accepted the offer, which means in January I’ll be moving to Fort Collins, Colorado. I’m very excited about this time of my life and I’m looking forward to all the new adventures which await me.

How form letter-ish is this?

Posted in Businesson Oct 29, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, I had an interview on campus with a recruiter for HP. The interview went ok I guess, and I was encouraged to apply for positions on their website. Just a couple of days ago, I received an email from “HP Human Resources” which started off:

Thank you for participating in the interviews we recently conducted on campus. Our recruiter was very impressed with your knowledge and abilities and we are actively reviewing your skills and interests against openings within HP.

My question is, how form letter-ish is this? Is this a generic email that they send to everyone they interview? Or does the recruiter actually have to be impressed for this form letter email to be sent?


Posted in Funnyon Feb 20, 2006

My roommate got an email from BYU Career Placement Services which read:

Dear Student,

The Central Interlligence Agency and the National Security Agency announce a joint recruiting session for BYU students-from all colleges and departments.

Notice the spelling of the third word of the second line. He he, funny.

Microsoft Recruiting at BYU

Posted in Businesson Jan 12, 2006

Ok, so some guy named Luis from Microsoft is here at BYU giving a technical presentation about how to develop a mobile devices.

I’m typing this as he is giving his presentation. So far, he seems like a friendly guy, and he knows what he is doing, but he doesn’t impress me as being an industry leader. He is going over a bunch of visual studio stuff, and since I really don’t care about visual studio, I’m not very impressed.  He is talking about all of his specific features in visual studio, and all of them are either Microsoft platform specific, or things I’ve seen elsewhere in IDEs like Eclipse.

I started getting excited because he was going to show us about web services, but all it turned out to be was he did some visual studio thing and inserted some code he already wrote.

Why didn’t I sit closer to the door?  I could have grabbed my pizza and been home by now.

So the base idea was that it is super easy to write mobile applications with visual studio.  He said that if anyone could do anything similar on another platform in less than two days, that we should email him.  I might take that challenge.

People I work with

Posted in Socialon Aug 5, 2005


My work place is pretty casual. We have a lot of fun. Not every work place has its own pirate. Actually though, my coworkers aren’t always this weird. Just now and then.

Oh, and we might be hiring soon a programmer who actually knows what GNU is. I’ll give you a hint, GNU is not “Go Nuts University.” Anyone at BYU who would like to apply can send their resume to

Interview Tips

Posted in Businesson May 18, 2005

I’ve been doing a number of interviews recently, for a web developer position in the Chemistry Department.

I have two pieces of advise for those who go for any interview:

  1. Know what you know and know what you don’t know. While guessing might be cool on exams and tests, its not such a great thing during interviews. Your future employer doesn’t care if you are good at guessing, he wants to know if you know something or not.
  2. Study up. If you know you are going for a particular job at a particular company, read up on the company, see what they do, what they make, and that sort of thing. If the job description lists several skills, review those skills so that you can easily remember the terminology and concepts involved in case you are asked about them.