Pass (and pass) the parcel

In an attempt to bolster the struggling airline industry, UPS seem to have sent my package on something akin to a students backpacking trip (start at the bottom):


I’m pretty sure those updates are out of sync in places, but surely there must be a point where it’s not actually cheaper to make things in China and then have them be shipped all over the place on their way to the customer?

I’m starting to see the ecomentalist point of view. Which is a scary thought in itself.

Higher, higher, HIRE!

Firstly a disclaimer. This text might give the impression that I feel some kind of sympathy for Recruitment Consultants/Agencies. I don't. Not at all. In my eyes (which is therefore obviously fact) they rate alongside estate agents and insurance salesmen. And the director of my local railway company.

Now that's out of that way, I can safely talk about the process of hiring someone, and the role of CVs.

The company where I work is currently looking to hire a person or two. A business analyst and a developer, or ideally someone who can wear both hats. This means we've been sent loads of CVs from our chosen recruitment agency. After initial filtering by the boss, the team gets to look at one that he thinks are worthy of further investigation. (I think we're somewhat different to most organisations in that the decision to hire or not is largely a team one)

The upshot of this is that we've all been looking at CVs at work, and I've some thoughts on the matter….

I'm not sure how much the recruitment bods interfere with them, but some CVs are pretty rubbish. Whilst the great unwashed and a fair few student types will bemoan the fact that we take grammar, spelling and punctuation seriously, it's fair to say that we wouldn't want to hire a programmer who's not that great at stringing a bunch of sentences together.

Secondly, it becomes obvious that once you've added the pre-requisite bunch of acronyms and standard “quick learner, work well with others, customer focused..” bits, there's often very little to distinguish one person's CV from another. Again, this may be down to filtering by the recruitment bods, but in our case the person underneath the technology is actually more important and it's very hard to gauge that from a bland-o-vision CV.

I think I'd like to see a CV that says something along the lines of…

“I'm more than capable in a couple of development languages, switched on enough to pick up what I don't know, write decent code comments, and manage to be geeky enough to write code in my spare time without being a social outcast.”

So if you are looking for work as a developer or business analyst in a small London based software company, get in touch. (And, a word to the wise; make sure your Facebook page doesn't have anything on it you wouldn't want us lot looking at before deciding if you warrant an interview or not!)

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Hi Resolution

Right, new years resolution time. Just so you know, as I type this I've got no idea what my resolutions are and I'm just hoping that keyboard momentum will carry me though the list and onto a paragraph or so of reflective text afterwards.

Here goes then:

1. Learn some basic music theory so I can correctly name some of the sounds I torture my guitar into making. Apparently 'chugga chugga.. chug-chug ChaAAAangg' isn't a recognised chord name.

2. Stop wasting so much time faffing about on the computer/xbox. Hopefully by spending some of it doing the things in this list.

3. Actually start promoting 2G Creative and start building it as a business.

4. Implement some of these random website ideas I keep coming up with, can't be arsed to do, then find online a few months later.

5. Start planning my mid-life crisis.

6. Decide where on earth I want my career to go. It was all going well until I actually became the programmer I had always planned on being, and then promptly ran out of plan. About ten years ago. The rest of it has been more by luck than judgement which is a bit like saying that winning the lottery is your retirement plan. Sure it might works out for you, but it's far more likely that the wheels will come off sooner or later.

7. Screw it, that'll do. If I keep listing things here, it'll just mean more things that I've failed at by this time next year.

8. Which reminds me… Last resolution; be more positive!

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