Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Are you a dev pro who dabbles in IT? If so and you’re not building up your virtualization skills, what’s holding you back? It’s possible you’re not sure where to begin your training, and if that’s the case, we’re here to help.
If you haven’t heard, we recently acquired TrainSignal, the leading provider of IT training online. Over the next few months, we’re working to get TrainSignal’s entire library in our platform, so you’ll have access to more training at the same low price, including the virtualization courses below.
Save this infographic for when you’re ready to start training!
The best part, IMHO, is the roadmap at the bottom...
Monday, July 01, 2013
F5debug - Releasing Printable PDF document on 350 Interview Questions and Answers on .NET Framework, C#, OOPS, ASP.Net, SQL, WCF
Few months before I released a series on Interview Questions and Answers on .Net Framework, OOPS, C#.Net, ASP.Net, SQL Server and WCF which got attention to all the Job Seekers in Microsoft Stack. Many of the readers requested for a printable version of the document which can be used as a offline mode when they are on the move. So one of my friend and follower Mohit Chhabra consolidated all the questions and answers in one document which can be downloaded and used offline.
Below are the list of topics covered, you can navigate to this page to see the list of questions that are answered in this series.
- .NET Framework
- Object Oriented Programming
- SQL Server
- Windows Communication Foundation (WCF)
- XML Programming
...[GD: Click through to download it]
Here's a snap of the PDF:
Not that I'm job hunting, but still I thought this kind of, sort of interesting (only kind of, sort of, because I'm not a huge fan of SAT like, tie them to the chair and grill them till they cry, interviews). Heck worse case it's an interesting refresher resource. :)
Friday, June 14, 2013
Ahmet Alp Balkan on the Microsoft Azure team reflected on his experiences at Microsoft. His experiences do not exactly match mine (initially on LINQ to SQL, then Entity Framework and finally xbox.com) but I recognize some of his points.
Here is some further discussion along with some other thoughts that have come up over the years. A lot of these don’t apply just to Microsoft and some are useful for people new to the industry to think about.
People think of Microsoft as a single entity with a sole focus and one opinion.
That’s about the worst mistake you can make.
Microsoft is like hundreds of small companies that often work together but sometimes against each other. They have different processes, dynamics, attitudes and goals not only within the same division but also within the same building or floor.
Thinking your experience with one team is a reflection of the whole company is short sighted. Microsoft employs almost 100,000 people including over 40,000 in the Redmond area alone.
It’s like a small country.
Two years ago today, I started Microsoft Windows Azure as an intern, in the very same team I joined right after college and I am working for last 8 months.
I decided to summarize a few points I learned so far in this job during last 8 months. This may sound like the way things work are crappy, it is not. I learned that one will see this sort of problems in all large scale companies. Most of them are not specific to Microsoft at all. Every company has its own problems. I am not saying that I am unhappy and not complaining. These are purely a few lessons I was not aware of in the college (expectations vs reality sort of article). Read on:
One day when I grow up I want to...
Wait, people I work with read my blog (sometimes)... um... err... um...
Well anyway, these two inside views seem to jive with other accounts I've heard and read. But they also jive with working at almost any monster sized company (or even some non-monster sized companies). A number of the points had me nodding, "Been there, done that and I wasn't even a Blue Badge!"(i.e. a Microsoftie).
One thing to consider is that I know a number of people on the inside and they really love it there. Perfect? No. Work is a four letter word for a reason, but sounds like there are much much worse places to be at ("Been there, done..." err... um... cough... DEL DEL DEL... )
Friday, December 28, 2012
New year and some new "interesting" job openings in the Military-Industrial area (Top Secret Janitor, Twitter Stalker and more)
Top-secret janitor. Pollster to the spies. Classified comic book artist. Any organization sufficiently large is bound to have the odd job opening within it. But few organizations are as freakin' colossal as the U.S. military intelligence industrial complex, with an estimated 4.9 million Americans holding security clearances today. Which means there are thousands of unconventional positions to fill at any given moment.
Here are some of the wilder military and intelligence "help wanted" ads we found online. Some classifieds are for truly wacky jobs. Others are for slightly more standard positions -- but presented in an odd way. If you find more, let us know in the comments, on Twitter or on Facebook. We'll post some of the best suggestions.
- Military-Industrial Artist
- Twitter Stalker
- Russian Counter-Espionage Expert
- Yiddish Linguist
- Mexican Drug War Instructor
- Bio-Weapons Hunter
- Gallup Pollster
- Top Secret Janitor
Looking for a challenging career?
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
A few months ago, James Cameron announced that he's investing in a staggeringly ambitious scheme to mine asteroids. Now the company behind the project, Planetary Resources, is taking job applications. Wanna mine space rocks?
Chris Lewicki, the president of Planetary Resources, announced that the company's hiring paid interns in an email to supporters Monday."Do you want to be an Asteroid Miner?
"Well, here's your chance!
"We're looking for passionate college students for
paid coop positions to help us mine asteroids
this spring and summer...
"If you love space and want to contribute directly to
the development of the next generation of space
exploration technologies, we want to hear from you
(or from anyone you know that you think would be
Sadly, the company's really only looking for juniors and seniors in college studying things like aerospace engineering and computer science with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Plus, you have to be willing to relocate to Bellevue, Wash., from January to August of next year. ..."
So if I quit my job today and go to college I can apply for this in 3-4 years? hum... :P
Saturday, September 29, 2012
'This is a list of my favorite and noteworthy books on career development, finding jobs, work-life balance, and workplace effectiveness. I put the bulk of the list in A-Z so that you can easily compare with your own library of career and work-life balance books.
This is a powerful collection of books for work that will help you find your path, achieve career success, master work-life balance, work less to achieve more, play to your strengths, follow your passion, bring out your best, and flourish in any arena.
Holly cow, that's a list of career books! Having just changed companies, this list called out to me (and said, "read me... reaD ME... READ ME!!!" ;)
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I've been follow Dennis for a few years now, highlighting his work a number of times here and on Channel 9 blogs/casts (C4F, C4F Kinect, TWC9). This past summer he interned with Microsoft and the Channel 9 team and here's some of his thoughts, tips and social conclusions.
This summer I got an awesome opportunity, thanks to Dan Fernandez, Jeff Sandquist and Clint Rutkas – I worked as a vendor/intern on the Channel9 Coding4Fun team. Now, if you are not aware of what Channel9 is about, then you are totally missing out on a portal dedicated to everything Microsoft (with a focus on dev tech), so check it out.
At this point, I am not going to go into detail about the project I was working on, but I would like to highlight some important points learned during this period. Obviously, this list is nowhere close to being complete – I tried to focus more on the social aspect of the job. It definitely was one-of-a-kind experience, in a one-of-a-kind team. What I wrote below is just a small part of everything amazing that I experienced in Building 40 and outside of it. The points might be useful for perspective students who consider interning at Microsoft. [GD: Emphasis added]
You go Dennis!
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Microsoft SMS&P Partner Community Blog - By Eric Ligman - Another large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks and Resource Kits for you, including: SharePoint 2013, Office 2013, Office 365, Duet 2.0, Azure, Cloud, Windows Phone, Lync, Dynamics CRM, and more.
Last week, I put up my Large Collection of Free Microsoft eBooks post (60+ eBooks) here on the blog and the response and feedback I am receiving about it is incredibly positive about how much you liked it. Because of this, I thought I would put up this follow-up post which includes even more free Microsoft eBooks available to you for download. Just like with the last list I published here for you, if you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.
Eric's followed up his Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more. post with this cool post of additional free ebooks and stuff...
Friday, July 27, 2012
Microsoft SMS&P Partner Community Blog - By Eric Ligman - Large collection of Free Microsoft eBooks for you, including: SharePoint, Visual Studio, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Office 365, Office 2010, SQL Server 2012, Azure, and more.
Throughout the year I try to share resources and information with you that I think will be helpful for you. Often times these resources will include links to free eBooks that we make available on a variety of topics. Today, I thought I would post a large collection of eBooks for you here so that you can find them in one place and consume them as you see fit. Also, if you find this list helpful, please share it with your peers and colleagues so that they too can benefit from these resources.
While many/most of these ebook are in the E-Book Gallery for Microsoft Technologies many are not. Most I've highlighted at one point or another in the past but I liked the presentation of the books in the post and it's nice having them all on one place...
Related Past Post XRef:
Microsoft Technologies E-Book Gallery (TechNet Wiki)
Thursday, June 28, 2012
"Much of the time infographics just “dumb down” a topic but infographics that combine visual clarity with interactivity can put meat on a subject. That’s the case with an infographic on personal email management created by Simply Business, an insurance website in the United Kingdom.
The infographic is designed to help people tackle the biggest problems they have with email. Although simply designed compared to many infographics—it looks like a “bubble” chart—the offering contains links to a intriguing array of information on email management.
At the center of the chart is the nut of its substance: “What’s your biggest problem with email?”
From there, the chart branches out to five key problem areas..."
Click image to open interactive version (via Simply Business).
While sponsored/drive clicks to our site/not related to our core business infographics like this are starting to bug me a little, I liked the content on this one and knowing people who have problems managing their email...
One thing to know is that the referenced tools//utilities are GMail focused, but the information bubbles are generic enough to provide some time tips.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Battling for a job? How about a job on a battleship? The USS Iowa Museum, which has just arrived in Los Angeles, is hiring...
Is working on a battleship a lifetime passion for you? Have you always dreamed of being involved in a once and a lifetime opportunity?
Pacific Battleship Center offers an exciting work environment onboard USS IOWA. The crew works together with volunteers to bring USS IOWA alive and an unforgettable experience for the public. If you have what it takes and the passion to succeed, please send a resume to email@example.com.
Currently Pacific Battleship Center is looking for professionals in:
- Human Resources
- Event Sales
- Travel & Group Sales
- Tour Department
- Safety Team
- Ship Operations & Maintenance
- Marine Electrician
- Information Technology
- Education Department
- Exhibit Department
I don't normally blog about job openings or opportunities, but this is too cool not to blog about... (hum... IT? I can do IT...hum...)
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Someone in Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business division has a wicked sense of humor. At least based on this ad:
Ed highlight the last two items, but I think the many of the other items in the List are pretty cool... though I do have to say the last one is by far the winner. :)
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
"This is an important job for many companies and Alice has written a great blog on how to become one, make sure see it at:
That is how Alice Pang became a technical evangelist. My road was completely different, as yours will be.
Many companies need people to explain how their technology works, and not have a sales metric. Sales people are the respected soldiers of the corporate world, focused, with a good work ethic, but once the sales is made, the relationship changes. With Evangelism, you don’t aren’t attached to commission, or a salary and commission.
What I like about evangelist is that I can build relationships and community.
"Note: This was my first Toastmasters (icebreaker) speech, because I was asked to give my job title prior to delivering the speech and decided to give a 5-minute answer to the inevitable question.
The first question most people ask me when I tell them what I do at Microsoft is, “What is a Developer Evangelist?” Often I get, “Is it a religious position?” (The answer is no.) To be honest, I had no clue such a position even existed before I started looking for my first job out of school. I didn’t grow up telling myself I wanted to become a Developer Evangelist; but when I think back to what I wanted to be when I grew up, I realized that perhaps I did want to be a technical evangelist all along.
But really, I am all of these things. I’m a performer, because I often stand in front of large audiences (sometimes on a stage) and deliver presentations. I’m a reporter, because I bring the news of the most exciting technology to people via various forms of media (videos, live stream, Twitter, articles, etc.). I’m a teacher, because I show people how to develop on our platforms at 1st party, 3rd party, and community events. I’m a networker, because I travel around and connect with influential people in order to spread excitement for our technology. And, of course, I’m an engineer, because I write code for my demos and build things (that thankfully work better than my robot did!).
I can’t say that I went out looking for a role that fit exactly everything I wanted to be; I guess I just got lucky after completing a number of software internships that gave me good experience in preparing for this role. (For example, as an intern at Microsoft, I learned about all the cool technology built by various product teams. And while interning at Nokia Research Center in Beijing, I began the summer fixing bugs in phone apps but got the opportunity to present the apps to executives from around the world during the 2008 Olympics, because I could speak fluent English and Mandarin Chinese.) After finding the Developer Evangelist role, I’m optimistic that there really is the perfect job out there for everyone; you may just find it under a different name.
I'm thinking that when I grow up I might want to be technical/dev evangelist of some kind... maybe... or a space pioneer... or in FBI... or a specialty (science Fiction/Fantasy of course) bookstore owner... or... or... :P
Saturday, February 04, 2012
"The new preamble to my resume:
I piss excellence. Bill Gates retired from Microsoft only when I promised to work there. I don’t version my code because it only needs a single iteration. Intel optimizes their hardware to match my compiler – not the other way around. My code comments have won a Pulitzer Prize. My current code style will be consider a best practice in two years—at that time I will think it is obsolete. The programing languages that I don’t know I haven’t invented yet. I don’t submit to source control – it submits to me. Since I have never introduced a bug to the code base, my hiring can put the testing department out of work. I don’t require an office chair -- I levitate in front of my desk. ...
This made me laugh... As a hiring manager, this might get a resume a second look and the person in for a visit (as long as it WASN'T copy and pasted from the above post... only if their content was original. :)
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
"It’s the end of the year and already I am seeing the usual blog posts that either reflect on the year that was, or are pondering the year to come. I thought about writing another post covering all of the things that didn’t happen to me this past year but since I’ve already done that before I figured I needed to do something different. So I decided on this post instead. You’re welcome.
Here are the 12 things you should stop doing in 2012.
#12 made me laugh...
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a need for Astronaut Candidates to support the International Space Station (ISS) Program and future deep space exploration activities.
Some requirements for the job:
- Frequent travel may be required.
- Astronaut candidates will be required to pass a swimming test during the first month of training.
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
- Travel to and from the ISS will be aboard the Russian Soyuz vehicle. Consequently, astronauts must meet the Soyuz size requirements.
Think you’ve got the right stuff? Learn more about the job and apply today."[GD:Post leached in full]
"Job Title: Astronaut Candidate
Department: National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Agency: Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Job Announcement Number:JS12A0001
SALARY RANGE: $64,724.00 to $141,715.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 to Friday, January 27, 2012
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0801-11/14
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time - Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: Few vacancy(s) in the following locations: Houston, TX View Map
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.
NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a need for Astronaut Candidates to support the International Space Station (ISS) Program and future deep space exploration activities.
Active duty military personnel are eligible to apply for this position. In addition to applying through USAJobs, active duty military personnel must also submit their application through their respective military service. Military points of contacts can be found at Astronaut Candidate Program.
Astronauts are involved in all aspects of assembly and on-orbit operations of the ISS. This includes extravehicular activities (EVA), robotics operations using the remote manipulator system, experiment operations, and onboard maintenance tasks. Astronauts are required to have a detailed knowledge of the ISS systems, as well as detailed knowledge of the operational characteristics, mission requirements and objectives, and supporting systems and equipment for each experiment on their assigned missions.
Long-duration missions aboard the ISS generally last from 3 to 6 months. Training for long duration missions is very arduous and takes approximately 2 to 3 years. This training requires extensive travel, including long periods away in other countries training with our international partners. Travel to and from the ISS will be aboard the Russian Soyuz vehicle. Consequently, astronauts must meet the Soyuz size requirements, as indicated below. ...
Not that I'm job hunting, but OMG, that's just kind of awesome... The "Full Time - Permanent" kind of made me laugh. I would hope so! Man, we're outsourcing enough of our space program already... lol
Friday, November 11, 2011
Today, on Veterans Day, I am proud to share a few Google tools and platforms for the military veteran community. They can be accessed on our website, Google for Veterans and Families, which was created by veterans and their family and friends, who work at Google. This single interface brings together Google products and platforms for servicemembers and their families. We believe it will be useful to all veterans, whether still in the service, transitioning out, or on a new path in their civilian lives. Here are some examples of what you’ll find on the site:
- VetConnect - This tool helps servicemembers connect, communicate and share their experiences with others who have served using the Google+ platform.
- Google Veterans Channel - A YouTube channel for discussion about military service for veterans, their families and the public. Veterans can share their experiences with each other as well as with civilians to help shed light on the importance and complexity of service. If you have not served, this is a great place to offer your thanks by uploading a tribute video.
- Resume Builder powered by Google Docs - We found that Docs can be a particularly helpful tool to transitioning servicemembers seeking employment. Resume Builder generates an auto-formatted resume that can be easily edited, saved and downloaded to share with potential employers.
- Tour Builder powered by Google Earth (coming soon). A new way to tell your military story. Today, you can view some sample “tours”— 3D maps of veterans’ service histories, complete with photos and videos. Stay tuned for more details and updates on the Google Lat Long Blog.
It’s been a proud month for those of us here at Google who are veterans or family of veterans.
Finally, this week, we introduced the Veterans Job Bank in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Job Bank is a customized job search engine in the National Resource Directory (NRD), which is powered by Google Custom Search technology and crawls the web for JobPosting markup from Schema.org to identify veteran-committed job openings.
"Today is Veterans Day in the U.S., and we’re honoring this community by sharing relevant Google tools for veterans and families all over the world--you can learn more on the Google for Veterans and Families site. I specifically wanted to highlight a couple of these tools that enable people to map and tell their stories using Google Earth and Google Maps.
Explore veteran tours in Google Earth
For Veterans Day we’re featuring several stories created by veterans that show how Google Earth can be used to create a 3D virtual tour of their service history, complete with photos and videos. Fly back to the 1940's to hear about six siblings who served in WWII and an Army nurse who worked in post-war Japan. Then see where a Marine Lieutenant spent four years during the Vietnam War. Watching these tours requires the Google Earth plug-in, which you can download here. We hope to make this story-telling tool available to everyone soon.
Make a Custom Map of your service
Google Maps makes it easy (and fun!) to create a simple Custom Map and also share with others. With our mapping tools, veterans can map their service and then share the personalized map with their families and friends. Stories, photos and videos can be geo-located so the complete story is recorded and marked on a map.
We hope our mapping tools can be useful to the veteran community for sharing and recording life stories. For more other relevant Google products, we invite you to explore the Google for Veterans and Families site, www.googleforveterans.com.
The Tour Builder looks pretty cool...
Translate your experience to Microsoft by selecting your branch, and entering your military occupational code.
Sifting through 5000 jobs on our website, or any job board, is a daunting task for anyone. We get it. Our Military Job Decoder will link you directly to open jobs that we think will best leverage your military specialty. We know it's not perfect and we will keep working to improve it with your help.
While my old MOS isn't listed (cough... it's only been 20 years since I left the Army, so I don't see why... LOL ) looks like most are and there's open positions for many. Yes, there's even 104 open positions for 11B's at Microsoft...
All this week, in honor of Veterans Day, we'll be highlighting career and job resources for veterans. To kick off the week, here are cool jobs -- currently posted on Monster.com -- that'll be of interest to vets
- Find Your Community and Contacts
- Get Involved Online
- Stay Part of the Real World
- Get Started Today
You may have been to a career fair before -- it's quite an experience: joining hundreds (or thousands) of job seekers, all in one place, to meet employers who have positions to fill. Great if you happen to be in the same neighborhood -- but not so convenient if you're a few hundred miles away. As part of our continuing efforts to help veterans manage their careers and find great jobs, Monster and Military.com are hosting a "virtual" job fair: an online version of the traditional career fair, with all the benefits of a live event (but without the long lines!).
The Veterans Virtual Career Fair will run from November 14 to 18. If you're a vet, register today. All you have to do is sign up, post your resume, and start visiting the virtual "booths" of employers. ...
Monster, as a veteran, thanks. (Sure as a job site, helping people get jobs is in your self interest, but still, thanks for the extra effort on help Veterans get jobs... :)