(The reference here is to a famous fake letter said to be from Sean Connery to Steve Jobs http://www.exophrine.com/2011/06/sean-connery-to-steve-jobs-...)
Seriously, it brings up a good point. If you have lots of name recognition, what's the best way to look for work? I'd suggest networking, but it's entirely possible to be hugely famous without a deep contact list. I'm not sure Rob has this problem, but if he did, it would be a difficult one to address.
"you're competing with other resumes"
Very true. One of the best ways to not be compared is to approach things in a way that there is no competition. Approach employers when they are not advertising. I did this once and got a job that in no way I was qualified for resume wise. Once a job is advertised or with a headhunter you're being compared to someone else. (Same with dating most of us would rather not have to compete head to head with 20 other people and hope to be chosen the best of the lot.)
Just curious to know, I am normal person or a mere mortal as you described.
How do I get hired without the normal Resume, Recruiter, HR, Interview process?
In my experience, anything that gets around the formal hiring process is a win. Finding a way around the application process is the application process.
I'm not a prude, I just want to help prevent people from getting in trouble if they're browsing from work.
Tons of amazing feats with lots of details while still feeling normal and pleasant.
Well, you could just submit your resume to Hacker News, and it would get upvoted a lot.
The card reads:
1. Go to Google. 2. Type 'Matt.' 3. Click 'I feel lucky.'
Edit: Added what the card reads instead of just the article link.
"I'm Rob Malda. When you hire me, it's going to be the best advertising money you ever spend when every tech outlet in the world covers the story about where I am now working."
Also that's probably not even true, I would guess that cmdrtaco keeps reading slashdot for old time's sake if nothing else (you don't erase 14 years easily), and in 2011 it turns out you can visit several websites instead of giving allegiance to the One and only.
My experience has been the the opposite, I stopped contributing to user forum based sites after I left /. and did not do so for a long time. I read HN for a while before deciding that it was home, and it was, because in my perception, there was a lot less "I'm the smartest guy in the room" conversations. Take that with a grain of salt though, because it has been a long long time since I have been over there. Things almost assuredly have changed since then. Has anyone else had the same positive impression of the exchanges over there? Most the posts I see on the subject tend to complain that there is still a lot of it going on.
A good example is this post from several weeks ago on the subject of denying blood donations from donors with a history of male-to-male sexual contact: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3237895 It's very fact-centric, to the exclusion of any sort of pandering or apology. When I read this post several weeks ago, I immediately thought, "this would never fly on reddit; people would quickly downvote it for being 'insensitive' or similar."
This also reminded me of PG's essay "Persuade xor Discover." http://www.paulgraham.com/discover.html HN users seem to care less about "persuasion," which can lead to perceptions of "unfriendliness" because things aren't written to please people. However, it does lead to a lot of interesting discussion that couldn't take place on a site more concerned with being "nice."
E.g. I don't think I've ever been downvoted on slashdot but if I did it would be for spam or hate, not a "thanks."
On the flip side I can see where legitimate comments getting down-voted could be taken as rude, the ones I hate to see are new people asking legitimate questions and then getting dog-pilled into oblivion, but it is the nature of the site. I do wish there where less of the i don't agree, or my comfort does not like what you say down-votes but for me it is preferable to the "i'm always right" personality. I never really thought about viewing down-votes as rude, save for the occasions where it is evident that it is a group think dog-pile.
"Objective: To use all of my skills to change the world for the better. Again."
I can only imagine what great things I would've done with my time if /. hadn't been around. Or maybe I would've simply stayed at the online forum where I was posting before /. came along, wasting my time all the same.
As much as I have love for Reddit its ripe for replacement.
According to Alexa, Digg is the 190th most popular site in the world. It shows traffic holding steady for the past few months. And clicking on the pageviews tab shows that pageviews have dropped over the last year+ but not extradramatically.
(Keep in mind that the scale is logarithmic.)
As a website owner, I would love it if my site were dying like Digg.
Definitely no -1 overrated though.
Alas - I have but only one mod point to give on this den of iniquity!
I normally glance at career objectives, sigh, roll my eyes, and move on to the the meat of the resume, but this one is actually good. Anyone searching for a job, do yourself a favor and follow CmdrTaco's lead. Your career objective shouldn't be long or full of bullshit corporate speak, and if it is that will hurt you more than it helps.
It just seems strange to me, why would Rob be in the market for a job, I could understand being in the market for a team but not a job, unless he did something stupid like I did and lost it all, if so I would love to hear that story. If it is I apologize for being critical I would have just imagined you being here a long time ago. I was one of your first users over on the other site back in the day, I always though based on your post over there that you would love it over here.
My finance guy who raises money for projects is here Dec 13th to 23rd so it's particularly a good time, but I'm flexible. Could also meet in Taipei around New Year's if you like. You might want to check up on my crazy antics before you throw in with me though, in the last couple weeks I've gotten a lot of comments ranging from "a literary hero" for the open letter I wrote to S&S to complete maniac, jerk, dick, etc.
Anyways, who knows, maybe nothing's there. But we can definitely watch some Cowboy Bebop, check out the Forbidden City, and see if there's anything worth changing in the world. Email in profile if it's interesting to you.
How many people were working for slashdot if I may ask?
It's definitely possible to do, but not as likely, and resumes are a bit played out, esp. for someone with your credentials.
Yep. Totally confused.
a) applying at reddit
b) starting up a reddit competitor (your karma system is still among the best I've seen)?
If not, what kind of area are you thinking of? I'd imagine your varied skillset would be awesome at a very small startup.
Although 15K is not a small number, for some reason seems like it should be more. I guess that makes every user submitted slashdot story that was posted by cmdrtaco himself that much more cool.
An oldie but goodie: http://slashdot.org/story/05/03/02/1456237/yahoo-turns-10-fr...
There's a lot of talented and hardworking people here, like you, not as lucky tho.
>> There's a lot of talented and hardworking people here, like you, not as lucky tho.
If given a choice between picking someone coming off a big success, or someone who looks equally smart but was only moderately successful, many would choose to bet on the person who was successful last time.
Agood lesson in there for today's bootstrappers
It's also pretty light on the kind of position he's looking for.
If I were hiring engineers, I honesty wouldn't know what to do with such a résumé.
Which tells me there's something wrong with it.
I'm CmdrTaco Bitch!
Thank you for your recent resume. Unfortunately, we have no openings for any experienced slashdot.org's at this time.
We shall keep your resume on file and will contact you should an opening arise.
I think this one is almost more effective. Maybe a mix between the two.
/trae aka: OcToBrX MyCaPsRsTuCk
FrAnTiC fOr CaKe
BTW, how is the startup scene in your area of Michigan?
Change the world for the better by changing the money for the better...it can happen. This software even has a built-in karma system.
Thanks for /. Cheers.
Have you done anything that doesn't fall under the "slashdot" header? If I saw this resume, my first instinct would be to say "Yeah, he made slashdot, but how do I know he's not a one-trick pony?"
Might I suggest a couple of open source projects or something to suggest that there's more to you than a degree and slashdot?
I like the nice, simple, and to-the-point layout. But I think it might be a bit extreme.