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Career Advice: Your Best Work

If you worked the hardest that you could, bringing your most attentive work ethic and trying your best, then there’s no use fretting over regrets or things you should have done, could have done, or would have done given different circumstances. If you always give your best work, then people will take notice. You’re never last place. You can also think back to some of your previous projects and think “yeah, I gave it my all.” You should also think of your most recent accomplishment as your best accomplishment, until your next accomplishment. Each victory builds upon the last victory.

Work Ethic: Restarting from Scratch

Let’s say you’re working on a project and something goes wrong. How do you proceed? Do you keep try to salvage what you have? Or do you go back to your last known good? That’s the best time to assess the situation and figure out what sort of mess you’re in. If you can easily undo and keep the project going, great, otherwise maybe the project wasn’t viable from the beginning and it might be time to restructure it to be better than it was before. Don’t be afraid to start over if it’ll ultimately serve the customer much better.

Work Ethic: Asking for Backup

Professional collaboration is just a matter of coming to terms with one’s weaknesses and asking others for help. The concerns are twofold: bugging people and not retaining the information. If you’ve done sufficient research – at least five minutes on the topic – then it’s perfectly acceptable to ask about a question, even if it’s very similar to what’s come up before. It’ll help reinforce the knowledge. Just recognize when people are busy and not. Most people don’t mind helping if they’re not busy, so be polite, and write everything down or recreate it later. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Decisive Victories: A+ for 8 Years

It’s been eight years since I first got my CompTIA A+, the certification standard for hardware and software troubleshooting, which on the one hand might make me feel old, but on the other hand feels like a great achievement. As with anything in life, the more you do something, the better you become at it. My first years were clunky whereas now I’m generally able to do most anything on the test, except maybe the most cutting edge stuff, but that’s just a matter of learning it as well. My biggest advice on this regard is just humbly learn quickly.

Monthly Plans: #05 100 Word Updates

Been a little while. Nothing too exciting’s going on over here, and mainly because of that, I haven’t really expended too much effort on even minor updates here. Rather than keep you in the dark, let’s just go with casual 100 word updates on things. So I recently got a batch of white button-down dress shirts for quite a bargain and they’ve been great. I’m considering reading the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or maybe something lighter, with an intended pace of about ten pages per day. I’ve been getting into much better shape by working out with my rowing machine.

Resume Advice: What? Spicy Data?

If your resume is like a business card, the one page summary of your career either as a professional or an aspiring professional, then you want it to be sharp and lean. Cut the fluff. The advice I’d received along the way that really helped me sharpen my resume was to “be as objective as you can with your resume.” Turn your work from the routine subjective narrative into spicy objective data.

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