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Top tech job search sites? [Feb. 15th, 2011|10:48 am]
John
Is Monster.com still top of the heap? Or are there other places I should be looking?

My ex-manager decided to get rid of me, and I have a mortgage to pay, so I have to start moving.
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[User Picture]From: desert_dragon42
2011-02-15 07:12 pm (UTC)
Dice.com
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2011-02-15 07:18 pm (UTC)
Indeed.com--it's an aggregator.

I've had my best luck with a recruiter I have a relationship with.

I'm REALLY sorry about this, John.

Don't rule out LinkedIn, either. Also, there's a place I just read about called Quora. The article I read was 12 ways to use Quora to find a job. I'll see if I can find the link later.

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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2011-02-15 07:32 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm sorry it happened too, but reading my last review, I feel vindicated.

My manager "hasn't seen" me forging the kinds of relationships that are oh-so-necessary for a successful engineer. But that's ridiculous; he hasn't *seen* anything but the four walls of his office. He also hasn't *asked*. He's certainly not making his observation based upon anything grounded in reality!

He's either completely clueless, or a bully. And neither of those speak poorly of me. In fact, to be pointlessly fired by a bully is a bit of a compliment... he knows damn well he couldn't break me.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2011-02-15 07:46 pm (UTC)
I haven't been fired, but I had a similar experience with a manager who was intimidated by me, and I agree with you, that it is a compliment. In a way.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2011-02-15 08:26 pm (UTC)
Quora is a place where you ask and answer questions, so it's a type of networking effort, not a place to publish a resume or find job openings.
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[User Picture]From: siptah
2011-02-15 07:39 pm (UTC)
well, I can't chime in on job search, but have passed on your news to hubby, so maybe he'll be able to chime in, but *hugs*
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2011-02-15 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's stressful, but a kind of a relief. And, hey, now I have some time to recover from my sciatica!

All I have to do now is get a job, and soon my ex-manager's name will become a joke in the industry. "He was concerned about your *people skills*? What *planet* was he *from*?"
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2011-02-16 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm... having a hard time being sorry. I don't like it - the paycheck *was* awfully nice. And having to find a new job? Blech. But, much though I may regret these words someday, it feels like this is the next step.

I've got 5 weeks of pay, unemployment, and my tax return. I've got good stuff on my resume, and I'm very low on indebtedness. And any decent manager would love to have someone like me on their team.
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[User Picture]From: bkwrrm_tx
2011-02-15 09:30 pm (UTC)
Crud, but I'm sure you'll find something better soon and then can laugh at ex-manager. Loudly.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2011-02-16 12:31 am (UTC)
I do plan on letting people know what his problems were. I think that'll be the biggest laugh of the day.
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[User Picture]From: janetmiles
2011-02-15 09:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, for fleep's sake.

Good luck with the job hunt (I have no clue how to do that, anymore; I've only applied for one job in the last 17 years, and that was internal to my department). And good thoughts toward healing and being pain-free.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2011-02-15 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah... it was a surprise, but it was surprisingly painless. His comments show his managerial style. He's kind of a hands-off manager, by which I mean, he doesn't tell you anything until it's review time, and then he throws a pile of deficiencies at you.

It was a good lesson in life. Now it's time to move on to the next.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2011-02-15 11:26 pm (UTC)
Chuckle. Not only should there be no surprises at review time, but if there *have* to be, they should be things based in reality :-). His latest review is that I'm not spreading my knowledge, and broadening the people I'm working with. Which is patently false. But, of course, he's been waiting for this for a long time.
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[User Picture]From: dandelion_diva
2011-02-16 12:43 am (UTC)
That really sucks. Best of luck on the job search.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2011-02-16 02:38 am (UTC)
This is the article I saw the other day: http://mashable.com/2011/02/13/quora-job-search/
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[User Picture]From: irismoonlight
2011-02-16 03:27 am (UTC)
oh hell. Don't know, but good luck!
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From: kightp
2011-02-16 04:50 am (UTC)
*smooch* Thanks for calling; I don't always get to read LJ every day, and I'd have *hated* finding this out days later.

All things considered, I'm counting on this being a "he who laughs last, laughs best" situation. Or perhaps "living well is the best revenge."

There was no way that guy was ever going to respect you, and no way you were ever going to be happy working for him, given the crap he's pulled.

I still think it would be awesome if you found yourself working for some Important Microsoft Client, and one day wound up being the person calling him and demanding good service.
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[User Picture]From: nsingman
2011-02-18 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear this, John. I hope you find a new and better gig very soon!
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