Lessons Learned From An Impromptu Job Search

When I lost my job on October 12th, I knew that the PHP community was an invaluable resource for finding a new one. What I didn’t expect, though, was the outpouring of support and assistance I would receive from that community. I learned a lot of lessons from the job search, and thankfully, largely due to the involvement of the PHP community, I have a long-term contract that is both paying the bills and letting me form my own consulting company – a long term dream I’ve had (more on this in a future blog entry).

I wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learned, because I think that they are important, and they helped me to find a position quickly, effectively, and easily. I actually had more than one opportunity to choose from – something that’s almost unheard of in the current economy.

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Friday, November 13th, 2009 @ 1:00 am | Comment (14) | Categories: Community, Employment, Friday Inspirations, Technology
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To The New PHP Programmers…

Nearly five years ago I started writing PHP code for fun. I had a project that I was working on, and I needed some sort of a programming language that would do calculations for me, and hopefully make managing a website easier. So I wrote my first web application.

Boy, was it bad.

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Friday, October 9th, 2009 @ 1:00 am | Comment (9) | Categories: Friday Inspirations, Technology
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My Essential WordPress Plugins

Someone asked me a few days ago what the best plugins for WordPress are. That’s not a question I can answer definitively; however, I can answer the question about what plugins I prefer and use every day. Here’s a list of the plugins I use.

Akismet This is a must-have plugin for spam protection. Written by the Automattic team (the same people responsible for WordPress), it helps prevent you from ever having to deal with spam comments.

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Friday, August 21st, 2009 @ 1:00 am | Comment (1) | Categories: Friday Inspirations

Count The Costs

Imagine that you’ve just been offered a brand new job. That’s fantastic! Now, make sure you do the math and find out what it will cost you.

“Cost me?” you ask. Yes. Accepting a new job is exciting and often beneficial, but there are costs associated with it that you must consider before you sign the offer and tell off your present employer. Some of these costs are obvious, but others are less obvious. These costs are rarely fully explored, because we have a tendency to see the grass as greener someplace else, and if the offer we receive is substantially better than our current one, we are more inclined to accept it. But not counting the costs would be a huge mistake.

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Friday, August 7th, 2009 @ 12:00 am | Comment (2) | Categories: Best Practices, Business Management, Employment, Friday Inspirations
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Wanted: Friends Who Write

We live in a technological world, one that allows us to communicate instantly. Through email, instant message, IRC, Twitter, Facebook, and tons of other platforms, a message we have to share can be spread to anyone in the world almost instantly. So it would seem odd, then – in fact, almost paradoxical – that as a world we’re less interconnected than ever. But we are.

How is this even possible?

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Friday, July 10th, 2009 @ 10:00 am | Comment (3) | Categories: Friday Inspirations
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Moving On

Today is my last day at The Bivings Group. Yesterday was my last effective day; as I write this, I’m flying over West Virginia on my way to a friend’s wedding in California.

Starting June 22nd, I’ll be working for Applied Security. I’ve learned a lot at The Bivings Group, and worked on a lot of great projects, including The Pickens Plan. I’ll miss the friends I made, but I’m glad that I’ll be able to see them again at the developer’s group meetings and conferences.

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Friday, June 12th, 2009 @ 8:19 am | Comment (1) | Categories: Friday Inspirations

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