The last few weeks I had been fighting the itch to search for a new job. When I say fighting, I mean it, I'm content in my current job. I have a secure position which is something I'm thankful for every day. I get to help people and get a few really nice perks that would be hard to give up.
But I tend to get the urge to search for jobs occasionally. A few things recently prompted this latest search; first, one of my best friends had an interview a few weeks ago for a new position, second, Emily wrote about her recent job browsing. Those things, along with the fact that until I got this job I was job hunting for 18 months straight. When you are looking for a job for that long, you tend to keep your eyes open, even if you really don't need to look.
So last night I finally gave in and jumped on a few job search sites to see what is out there. Looking through job listings I realized a few things. First, most job postings are written by people with little marketing skill or by a someone using MadLibs and a collection of buzzwords. Second, as far as I can tell there aren't any jobs that excite me. I would love to get back into a full time technology job. The funny thing is, I wish I could do what I currently do in my present job in my downtime for a full time gig. Right now, I basically just put together little tools that solve everyday problems.
The last thing I put together was a little app that backed up some settings that are pretty vital to productivity but our Help Desk won't help anyone back up. We had a rash of computers fail recently and everyone was a little panicked about losing these settings. It took me about 15 minutes to put it together and if anyone needs to use it, it will easily save them 15 minutes of headaches trying to get things back to where they had them prior to a crash.
So what do I want in a job? I think I would love to work for a larger company. I want to be separate from the IT department and work directly with every other employee. This way I could see their every day frustrations or time wasters. Instead of putting them into a business process needs document, I could just sit down and try to solve the problem using the multitude of free tools available.
Now I know this will never happen, once a company gets large enough for a position like this to be viable, management is going to be worried about "security", "support", and "measurable results" all things that this wouldn't really offer. But, if someone is looking for a "Duct Tape Tech Solutions Creator" for your company, let me know, I would love to put my skills to work for you.
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