At the end of August I left a well respected company for what promised to be a career bump at a small startup. Unfortunately, within 3 months, I was laid off because after losing our biggest client, my salary was no longer in the budget. I spent the next 2-3 months (yes if you calculated properly you’ve realized over the holiday period) looking for a more stable technology firm to hang my hat on. I thought that I found said place in a startup within a larger corporation, but again was mistaken. It’s difficult for bigger companies to fully embrace the startup mentality and my lack of ability to stay in my box (designed for a more junior person) wasn’t the best fit.
Now I’m back on the hunt, and with a newly invigorated mission to find my new home, I am tapping on choice people in my network for help. Unlike other times when I’ve been on the job market, I’m not only requesting introductions, but asking for advice on how to make myself more marketable. The wisdom I have
Mark Geller of Klickfu and HauteLook has been a great mentor encouraging me to learn new technologies (I’ve got 45 points on Codeacademy and counting) and promote my skills to hatchling startups that could use someone with a little business school acumen. Mark Goldin, current CTO of CSOD, has opened more doors with leaders in the LA Tech community than I ever imagined. More importantly, he reminded me, on a day when I was quite down about feeling lost, to showcase my talents for multi-tasking and working well with engineers rather than harp on my lack of experience with particular items.
Though each of these great men have introduced me to potential clients, bosses, coworkers, or co-founders, the most valuable thing they do for me right now is reaffirm that I’m on the right path, crooked as it may be.
Please reach out not only with potential job leads, but also stories of how individuals in your network have lifted your spirits too.Please leave your comments below, and follow me on Twitter @tamireiss
Great article from Womens2.0 on 2011 trends and what’s next.@tamireiss
My dad sent this to me. It’s a list of quotes from Steven Wright. They are humorous…enjoy
(and don’t ask me where #7, #23, or #32 are)
1 – I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.
2 – Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back.
3 – Half the people you know are below average.
4 – 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5 – 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
6 – A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.
7 – A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
9 – All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.
10 – The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
11 – I almost had a psychic girlfriend. But she left me before we met.
12 – OK, so what’s the speed of dark?
13 – How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
14 – If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
15 – Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
16 – When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
17 – Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
18 – Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.
19 – I intend to live forever. So far, so good.
20 – If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
21 – Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
22 – What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
24 – Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
25 – If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
26 – A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
27 – Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
28 – The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the
29 – To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
30 – The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard
31 – The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.
33 – Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don’t have film.
34 – If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?Please leave your comments below, and follow me on Twitter @tamireiss
Rocco is a wonderfully friendly beagle that will be staying with me for the next 3-6 months. Come over and meet him!
Rocco is 11 months old and has an awesome family that just moved to Australia. Before they put him through the rigorous quarantine process they want to make sure they really want to live there. (Let’s be serious it’s Australia, who wouldn’t want to live there?)
So… Rocco is mine for the next 3-6 months while they make their decision.
Even more info:
Rocco loves long walks on the beach and toys that squeak.Please leave your comments below, and follow me on Twitter @tamireiss
Web 3.0 is the Social Web right? So why shouldn’t it be helping us get fit and be healthy? Well it is!
I was very impressed with the tools available online and on my iPhone to help connect me to resources and other individuals who had similar goals.
My goal was to lose 20 lbs by my birthday on March 22nd. I only lost 18, but for less than 3 months of work that’s AWESOME! (or at least that’s what all my connections online were telling me).
What tools was I using?
1) Google Talk : This one was simple, I posted my goal for the first week and then my progress. It was great having my friends cheering me on. It also encourages friends to invite me to activities that would promote my goals.
2) Twitter: @tamireiss was filled with many similar updates about my goals and accomplishments. The larger community wasn’t as responsive as my personal network, but still great to hear from them.
2) Myplate from Livestrong: This is like weightwatchers but FREE. Either on their iPhone app or the web users can enter daily food intake and exercise expenditure. What is really cool is their distance tracker where people like you and me can share our routes.
Now, he’s to the last few pounds and keeping it off. At least I know who to connect with to help.Please leave your comments below, and follow me on Twitter @tamireiss
So I just posted 40 jobs that were sent to me from my friend Gabriel to the website and tweeted the link and am helping others retweet the link too. Let’s see how many people we can get jobs
http://tamireiss.com/tami/non-profitlegalngo-jobs-in-la/Please leave your comments below, and follow me on Twitter @tamireiss
I can’t believe it, I have 2 apps that are actually in the Apple Iphone App Store… craziness!!! More to come… more to come!
Six months ago, shortly after I left a bad employment situation, I contacted my friend Andrew Warner to help me find “my new home”. He connected me with many entrepreneurs and people throughout the Los Angeles tech scene. One of the first lunches I went on through an Andrew connection was with Eric Stephens who then was at Mahalo and is now at Etsy. Eric encouraged me to start a blog about all the cool companies and people I would be exposed to which is how Tami’s Network was created. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Eric for doing so, as blogging (even if you update as infrequently as I have) has been truly fun. My blog has been read by some really well known CEOs and CTOs as part of my interview process for part time work over the past few months. It was an opportunity to show people that although I was fresh, I had some idea of what was going on.
Now I will tell the story of how connections and networking got me my new position as the Associate Project Manager on the Technical Consulting team at Cornerstone on Demand (a Talent Management Software as a Service company in Santa Monica). I will be referencing points I made in other posts to show how no individual networking technique created this opportunity, but a combination of many (yes I know there are a lot of hyperlinks, but it’s to make a point).
I was called two weeks ago an acquaintance of mine who is the Assistant Director of HR at the company called me about the position. She said to me the CEO remembered working with me on a small project a few years back and that she remembered when I had volunteered to run her sister’s kitchen for a charity event. They both were impressed with my organizational skills, my calm in a fast paced stressful environment, and ability to talk to people at many levels. These are skills they felt would be helpful with their needs and because the CEO had seen me recently he wanted to check in to see if I was available to apply. I spent a week interviewing for the position, and know it would not have been mine had I not been sure to send thank you emails every step along the way.
Also, I am quite sure that I would not have been as strong of a candidate without spending the last six months learning as much as I could about technology per recommendations from Mark Geller (of Klickfu) among others. With this encouragement I have invested the last three months working under the dream team of Mike Jones, Mike Macadaan, and Sean Percival at Tsavo Media. I have learned so much in such a short time because they and the rest of the Tsavo team are so bright and were always happy to spend an extra minute to explain all aspects of our products and sites to me. Thank you.
Now for the new job, what does an Associate Project Manager on the Technical Consulting team at Cornerstone on Demand do? And how does this fit into my career experience and goals? At CoD I will be facilitating conversations between our clients and our programmers during the sale and implementation of the product. I will help understand the needs of the customers and various users and then work with our technical team to create tailor made talent management solutions in a very timely manner. The company provides a Software as a Service, meaning everything is web-based (the future for everything technological), and is recognized as a leader in the field of human capital management. I will be drawing on my experiences both at Farmers in product development and my years in event planning to help me prioritize, juggle, and come up with the best solutions for every problem I am presented. Cornerstone has an amazing track record with their clients (98% retention) and staff (95% retention) so I should be there for the foreseeable future. There’s tons of room for growth and they have me on a great career trajectory within the company already. I am really excited to start this new chapter.
Now for some other questions:
Will I be moving back to Santa Monica? As great as being walking/biking distance to work would be, I’m going to hold off at least until my lease is done at Casa de Flores and save up some money so that when I move I can outfit my new apartment/home with some pretty cool stuff.
Will I continue to blog? Of course! But only with big updates, I have twitter for the little stuff. I’ve been toying with the idea of changing the blog into a challenge to see if there are 6 degrees of separation from Tami. Sort of a give me a person’s name and if I can’t figure out how we’re connected within 6 degrees I’ll give you a $100. But I think I’m going to hold off because I’m going to be a little busy.
What about the Iphone apps? They are doing great, please check out the website over the next few weeks. After some beta testing we realized some problems needed to be addressed and are working on them right now. Within the next two weeks we will be submitting them to Apple. Jamie Diamond will be helping me develop a PR pitch and will promote them with me during the initial launch. I have decided to blog about the experience of developing the apps and will be having a daily or weekly update on the sales and profitability of the 11 apps. No one seems to have done this, and everyone wants to know, so I’ve decided to tell them. One of them will be free (ObamaTrax) but ad supported, so we will get to test how price impacts number of installations and whether through ads the app will still deliver revenue. The other app that I hope will gain a large amount of popularity is IphoneTrax, which will be a blogregator for Iphone related business and technology news; it’s the app that every Iphone user needs. The other 9 apps are also blogregators but focus on celebrities such as Tween Stars and Pop Stars. I’m hoping to make back my investment with them and make some extra money to potentially develop some more of them for sports teams and dynamic ones that will allow people to choose what they want to blogregate. It would also be nice to be able to take some of the profits and purchase a home in the LA area (but that’s more of a dream situation).
That’s all for now.Please leave your comments below, and follow me on Twitter @tamireiss
Email I received from Mogees June 2, 2009:
Dear Mogees User:
We regret to inform you that the Mogees service will be terminated on 6/15/09 (two weeks from today). We recommend you take the necessary steps to remove the Mogees SDK from your application before then. We will make the final payouts sometime before the end of the month.
We would like to thank you for being a Mogees user. Best of luck with the success of your applications!
The Mogees Team
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