Looking for a Job? Beware!

Earlier this year I spend a couple of months looking for a job as a web developer in the South Florida area. This was my first time looking for a job and there where a couple of things that I noticed while searching. First, there are not that many “good” opportunities out here in South Florida and second, IF there is an opportunity, the desired requirements looks a lot like an ingredient list for a pie. Long story short I applied for some of these job openings as I wanted to find a job fast and I also felt that I had almost all of the desired requirements.

However back then I didn’t realize the error of looking into jobs with long requirements. Originally I thought that the lists where more of an employer’s wish list, wishful thinking that a candidate with all the trades would show up on their front door. What I didn’t realize back then is that I could potentially be the only one at that position. In other words I would be the only person doing what I do at that particular company. Back then I didn’t think that was such a horrible scenario, but now I know that is a mistake.

The main problem with being the only one with your level of skills in the company, is that there is no one else to bounce ideas with, no one to give you a hand when you have a mental block or anyone that understands/appreciates the complexity/difficulty of the job at hand. Usually employer’s with wish lists want a person that can do it all, they want someone who can do for one salary what two or more should do.

So next time that you are on a job interview ask with how many co-workers you will be interacting with directly. Trust me on this one, you do not want to be the lone ranger at the park.

Alienware’s Website Refresh

This past monday ( June 10) Alienware released a refreshed site.  As one of the developers behind this refresh I feel happy that the deployment went well, there where some hiccups here and there during the first few hours but it was all good at the end of the day.  I joined Alienware back in February and I was assigned the task of starting the refresh, that is the reason I feel proud of the site since a lot of my ideas (both good and not so good) ended up in the final release.

When others ask me how happy I am with the end result I always reply that I’m about 70% happy.  I know I could have improved many things but constrains and time are always the enemy.  However I think that the current state of the site is a pretty darn good foundation for whatever we decide to build on the future.  I also feel happy that Mr Dell(big boss) himself said he liked the look and feel of the new site.  Also I glanced thru some message boards and the general consensus is that people like it.

So what does the future hold?  Well I’ve taken it upon myself to improve the speed of the site and rethink my not so good ideas.  And hopefully I’ll get some time to relax now that I’ve crossed the first big hurdle at Alienware and while I wait for the next big thing.

First Joomla Project

I’m happy to announce that I completed my first joomla project-Exotic Car Collections– A project collaboration between Jonas(who came up with the idea) and Myself(who put the back-end together). A little background about this project:

About Two months ago I read in one of the forums that I frequent a post by someone looking for help setting up a site. At the time, I did not have a full-time job per se, so I was interested in jumping into projects just to get my name out there and to try different technologies that I might not see in a regular basis.

So Jonas, who wanted to build the site, told me his idea of having a site to post pictures and articles about exotic car collections. I thought the idea had potential so I decided to help him start the site. I proposed Joomla for the back-end as I did not have the time to build a whole site from scratch. However I had never done a full blown website using Joomla before; I had only experimented with it on a few occasions but nothing serious. Anyhow after some difficulties at the beginning I got to set up all the components and basic foundation to have the site working the way we wanted; all while Jonas learned the ins and outs of Joomla since he was going to take care of the content and day-to-day site management. Long story short we released Exotic Car Collections last week to the public.

So far no major problem has arise, but as with every project something will eventually come up. I do hope that we can improve the quality and usability of the site as time allows; but I see it difficult as I just started my Graduate Degree last week and my job’s work load is steadily increasing. Regardless I’ll try to find time to keep polishing the project.

Alienware’s Alien Network

As some of you may know I currently work @ Alienware. Today we are releasing the first episode for our Alien Network. I’m not entirely sure what will be covered on the episode since I have not seen it, however I’m really interested on what people have to say about that project.

If you have any comments, suggestions or a question that you would like to see answered in an upcoming episode on the Alien Network just submit a comment or hit me up thru the contact form.

Thats all for now, I’ll post later on today after we go live.

Alien Network goes live April 29, 2008 @ 3pm EST

update: Well its 11pm and I finally watched the episode. I think it that it was kind of monotone as some people commented over at Engadget. But I must admit that the idea has potential, hopefully the episodes will get better over time.