Writing a Job Advertisement That Somebody Actually Qualifies For

A candidate is interviewed at a job interview.I was talking with a recruiter recently who was telling me about a job they had posted. They wanted to recruit someone with five years of experience with software that had only been around for 12 years, and someone with advanced knowledge in half a dozen different things. I told him that he would never be able to find somebody that met the requirements they had written.

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Doing some “writing”

I don't always blog...I haven’t used Dragon Naturally Speaking in a while. Like, maybe 2 months. I have no excuse, other than that I’m a swooper at heart. I don’t write for ever, then I write a whole bunch at once.

In this case, I now have 16 blog posts scheduled over at Meta-Manage. There are only 34 blog posts published, so I wrote almost half as many posts in the last couple of days as there currently are available. Craziness.

Next week at work, we’re writing questions and answers for the JIRA Service Desk certification exam. I suspect I’ll write the study materials sometime shortly thereafter, at which point I’ll have written a bunch of notes on three different JIRA cert exams. Maybe I’ll take my Dragon software and dictate a book about JIRA. And maybe not. It’s not super fun to write about work management software.

Maybe I’ll dictate a scifi novel that has been rattling around in my head. NaNoWriMo is coming up, after all.

Anyways, if you’re into agile project management, or just management in general, keep an eye on Meta-Manage every Tuesday and Thursday from now until November. Maybe I’ll write some more stuff between now and then to keep it going. You never know.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Writing

Remember that thing I wrote about writing, and how it is bad for me, and how I wasn’t going to do it much anymore?

One of my coworkers encouraged me to try Dragon NaturallySpeaking, so I gave it a go last weekend and this weekend, and I’m liking it pretty well. I find that it takes me about half as long to compose and complete a blog post compared to typing, and reducing the amount of time involved makes the whole exercise a lot more palatable.

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No output without input

I was supposed to meet some local church leaders for breakfast this morning, only to discover about 5 minutes after our scheduled start time that they had rescheduled via Facebook last night. And since I had been dreaming of Gailey’s French Toast for several days, I decided to stay and catch up on reading blogs and enjoy the morning before diving into work.

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A Net By Any Other Name

I live and die by my calendar, and yesterday I looked at this weekend and discovered that I have just a few hours free on Saturday during which I can rest and relax. The semester has started out pretty well, but I’m busier than ever.

What is interesting is that all of these things I’m doing are very supportive of one another. That is to say, what I’m learning in my classes is helping me at work and at church; the work I’m doing at my job is giving me practice for church and school; my vision for my ministry will fuel my school and work. I feel like I’m on a rising tide, and it’s lifting all the ships.

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