Today is the start of the new year. I went through my web-site and
updated a bunch of stuff to reflect changes in status, direction, and
what's coming up. I also spent some time updating my resume.
Writing resumes is a pain in the ass. I've done a lot of stuff and it's
hard to prove that I did it and that I did it well since most of it
is locked behind NDAs and Confidentiality agreements and all that.
Even if it wasn't, it's a lot of stuff and I only remember bits and
pieces of it and I don't remember all the gory details. The whole thing
feels like marketing: "Hire me because it'll be AWESOME!"
I threw in a section of technology smorgasbord--acronyms, "technologies",
applications, ... blah blah blah. Most people have all that stuff
on their resume regardless of whether they have much experience with it.
It's hard to know how to get across my experience/knowledge level in
those things--am I an expert or just an advanced user? If I under-rate
myself to err on the side of accuracy, will a company skip over me
because their HR department is looking for people with 25 years of
It's hard to get across in a resume that I work pretty hard, I work
pretty smart, and I get along with other people pretty well. It's hard
to get across that I'm somewhat quiet but I work hard at communicating
comprehensively and accurately without overloading someone with lots of
stuff. It's hard to get across that the people I've worked with over
the years really liked working with me and that together we've done a
lot of really great stuff, but for some reason it doesn't seem as great
when I look at the things other people my age have accomplished. It's
hard to get across that over the last 10 years, I've grown a lot and
so far I keep growing--I am not a stick in the mud. It's easy to
get across that I really love this stuff and that I practically dream
about it because I can say that in a single sentence.
The only evidence I have that's publicly available is the work I've done
on Lyntin and PyBlosxom. I cut a lot of teeth on Lyntin, but I'm really
happy with where I left it. I'm not as happy with PyBlosxom, but I think
that's mostly just a function of how much work I wanted to do versus how
much time I actually spent on it.
My resume is here.
I'm Will Guaraldi and I'm looking for a job in May 2007.