This afternoon and evening I ran across a few things that struck varying chords inside of my conscience and being. The chords were plucked strongly enough that I thought I should take a few minutes and write them down for my future benefit and possibly yours as well.
I've been telling myself for a while now that I will get back to blogging (and a number of other things) regularly "when my life finally gets back to normal."
Interestingly life hasn't seemed to slow down at all in the past number of weeks, so finally I've decided that there is only one way to get back to blogging - do it regardless of whether I feel like I have time or not.
Just a bit of context though... (I feel like I need to make sure that we are all on the same page before I get too far.) At the end of June I completed the most difficult educational period of my life - three months at The Iron Yard in Atlanta.
At the end of those three months everyone in my cohort started looking for jobs. So, its been a few months since I started looking and applying for entry/junior level Ruby on Rails positions.
Job hunting is something that I've never really had to do. I've always worked for people that I've known. There were no cover letters, no application process, no resumes, no interviews... So I've been trying to figure the entire process out while doing it for the first time.
[caption id="attachment_6235" align="aligncenter" width="700"] This guy was building rock towers on a beach in Maine last summer. There are definitely some parallels to be applied to building developing skills and looking for a job.[/caption]
As I've been applying for more and more jobs in the past few weeks I've noticed a few things recurring. One of those things is that a number of people have written me back saying something along the lines of this...
"At this time we are not able to hire junior level developers. Thanks for applying, we will keep your resume on record and let you know if anything changes in the coming months..."
While this is definitely not what I was looking to hear when I applied for the job I totally understand.
At any rate, I decided to change what I did with those kind of emails. For the first number of them I would just push them to the side, mark that company off of my "resume and cover letter sent - waiting for reply" list and move on... Instead I decided to try a few things and just see what would happen.
[caption id="attachment_6184" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Dear John Cover Letter[/caption]
I've missed a few days worth of posts. I should feel awful about that, but somehow I realize that there are more important things that I need to be doing right now... so I'll give my conscience a bit of a break.
The past number of days or half a week I've basically been working on mastering the art of a number of things. Firstly, looking for jobs to apply for and secondly working on the actual application for those jobs. So far that has meant writing a bunch of cover letters.