IT Employment

The New Job: Week 1


My first week at my new job is over, and whew! It has been a long week. The new position is challenging, but not overwhelming. The team there is fantastic. One of the things that is interesting, is that I am now the guy I used to always dread as a programmer. You know the guy: carries a laptop everywhere and does not have a desktop PC because mobility is so important. Besides, Outlook and Word are my primary tools, and I just do not need the power to compile any more. On top of that, I come into people’s offices and ask for status reports. And I surprise folks with no notice, “right now

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Justin James is the Lead Architect for Conigent.

6 comments
netmedicuk
netmedicuk

Do we have any comments from his work colleagues?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I didn't notice in your previous posts, but is your new position still in the Columbia area? I can't think of more than a couple of HR outfits in the Midlands with 400+ employees.

blancavalbuena
blancavalbuena

It is quite nice to actually hear that IT people are appreciated. Coming from a background in the corporate world it always seems that incredibly rude people who know nothing get praise for merely putting the blame on others as opposed to doing any work. I believe there are more effective ways to get people organized and working. Your entry was a breath of fresh air. Now...if I could just find some competent people to work for me...lol...

Justin James
Justin James

I am indeed still in the Columbia MSA. I like to keep my employer's name under wraps for professional reasons (just as I never mentioned my previous employer's name either), but it is not a pure HR place, they do specialized work that HR professionals use, and we are looking to capture more of the market for HR software. J.Ja

Justin James
Justin James

Blanca - I know exactly what you mean. It can be pretty tough to find good employees. That is one nice thing about working for smaller companies, they seem to have less tolerance for bad employees. On the other hand, as you've mentioned, it can be hard to find good ones, so you can end up understaffed. I think what Joel Spolsky said about recruiting top talent makes a lot of sense. Get in with college professors and have them lead you to the best students, give them interships and treat them well, and they will go to you when they graduate. I did an intership, loved the company and the people, and they were the first place I called when I graduated. They were downsizing at the time and had no room for me, but many of their best employees had done internships with them. J.Ja

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