Double Dog Dare You…

What in the world is my “football” you ask?

Go ahead ask me about my “football” and you are likely to get me to go off on a half hour or more deer trail where I send you links to watch clips of my “football”. Remember you asked! My “football” entails long hours of watching live streams on YouTube of a variety of channels all focused on rocket ships. Not just any ship but Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, StarHopper and Starship the lineup of rockets built and launched by SpaceX.

This is the short version of the best parts of this launch. It was actually about an hour or more watching the whole thing and then watching Starman until he was out of range! The MOST impressive and yelling worthy point of this mission was the fact that BOTH of the side boosters landed on land at the same time! Sadly the center booster missed the barge due to the high seas (if I remember right). This rocket has only ever gone up TWICE but there is one more planned for later this year!
My next favorite was watching the “flying water tower” known as Starhopper take off and land as the precursor to Starship testing.
These tests have us watching “football” multiple times per week just to possibly see something like this brief instant. Often everyone is up late as SpaceX does testing at night with 4-6 hour windows.

The BEST is coming soon however…

Next week is the launch of Dragon 2 to the ISS with VERY SPECIAL cargo… the first humans since 2011 to launch from the USA! Yes, it is football season year round for me…. right after the DM2 is a Starlink launch AND a 150 meter launch and land of Starship after likely a couple more test fires of it’s engines!

So really, I double dog dare you to ask about my “football” you will end up getting an education on Raptor Engines and LOX and so many other things that go into a launch. I’m only an armchair scientist but with every single launch I learn something new!

Want to learn even more about the rockets and their engines along with ALL the other rocket companies out there? I totally recommend watching ANYTHING Tim Dodd, The Everyday Astronaut has done from his videos on the engines to his live streams of all the launches including landings! On the live streams he answers questions as they fly at him in chat and there is so much he has learned just by talking to those in the industry including people at NASA and SpaceX!

I do have to admit I have watched other live streams of Boeing, Ariene Aerospace and several other ships going up too but I am a big fangirl of SpaceX.

On Scammers and Job Scams

You get a random text on your phone or a LinkedIn chat that talks about a great job in Admin/Data Entry/Data Analysis which kind of matches what you’re looking for. Your first instinct is to dive into talking with the sender of course since it’s a job contact.

Over time you start to realize that it’s garbage. How do you avoid these? Well, likely you can’t but you can start and control the conversation by asking for a link to the job description because likely the scammer can’t produce one. They might ask if you have an issue working from home or have your own equipment or have skills X, Y & Z.

BEWARE especially if they give you a fantastic, too good to be true, hourly rate that is far outside what you know is the going rate for a job in that industry/department.

Do NOT answer them in fact until you have a link to a legitimate company and can confirm that the contact is working for or with the company keep asking for that link to the job. After all you should be doing due diligence on all jobs and companies. If asked that is exactly what you are doing. Too many of these scammers get a hold of your resume and just prey on your need for work.

Don’t give them anything and insist on an actual description and a company contact. If they start in on an NDA ask again for a company contact and or the company name and directly contact the company and confirm what you’ve been told. If the company asks explain that there have been scams regarding jobs. Hey, it shows initiative and that you care. One company I did this with literally started legal proceedings based on my reporting it and posted an article!

Be careful in your job hunt and protect your personal data! For me no address or social security until I have a full written offer in hand. No background checks or anything like that without an offer and even a contract. Either can have a “if you don’t pass the background check we don’t hire you” clause. I’m fine with that but you don’t get anything more out of me until it’s signed!

Good luck everyone!

I'm a Geek and I know it…

So as a job hunter you should keep record of the jobs you apply for and all the demographics that go with it. I started hunting November 1, 2019 and have been keeping a log of all my contacts so here’s a peek at the types of jobs I’ve applied for and still have pending.

job hunting 2020 table and doughnut chart

What Do I Do Exactly?

What is it I do, exactly? I write instructions anyone can follow for how to use software or follow an in house procedure. I can make software do things it might not have been originally intended to do as well via macros or other programming scripts. And more specifically, what can I do to make or save money for a client? I save you time on training and wasted time not knowing exactly how to do something. What is it that’s special or unique about me? In other words, what combination of skills and experience do I have that would make you as an employer want to work with me?

SUPER POWERS

Writing

Short writing pieces like this article or very long items that give detailed, illustrated instructions like my book on Pattern Making for Dolls. I’ve done several dozen sewing patterns, I’ve also written many times on using software. My passion is in writing instructions and procedures. Clear, precise instructions that everyone can understand.

Spreadsheets

Excel & Google Sheets are two of my best applications. I can enter the data and setup the formulas to display it in many ways. I can create entire systems to track data and report on the status of a project. I can integrate the systems with Access and SharePoint, Word and even Adobe Acrobat.

Coordination & Organization

I keep entire teams humming with information and systems to track that information. I track who has what, where an item is in the process and how that process can be streamlined. If there is a way to make someone’s life easier I suggest and implement it.

What’s My Industry?

Question

I’m trying to build a list of target companies, how do I figure out what industry I’m after? I know my locations, I know my roles. I’m seriously not picky on industry except for government, oil & gas or health care are a big NO! Gov & health care is a been there, done that, have the scars. Oil & gas I see as killing the planet and don’t want to go there.

So what industry am I looking at?

I’m very interested in technical writing help documents for software… is that startups, information technology, or what would I look for? I’m interested in using my Excel skills for data analysis but again what industry? I could even use my website development skills in this somehow. What industry do I target there?

Could I combine the target jobs?

What would I look for? How would I find it?

Things I love:

  • Computer software
  • Writing
  • Writing Procedures
  • Teaching computer skills
  • Photography (landscapes and animals, I’m amateur at best!)
  • Cars (but I’m picky… Mustangs, Teslas and classics from before I was born!)
  • Rockets (but I have NO knowledge of what makes them really tick I love watching them take off and especially land… it’s my football!)
These last few believe it or not I’ve already tried to make a living from and would dearly love to do so again but know that the market is too small and too specialized to make a good business for me.
  • Pattern Drafting
  • Sewing
  • Dolls
  • Crafts
For years I’ve tried to find ways to combine my skills I love with my hobbies and other things I love. At this point I can live with just using the skills I love most daily and keep the hobbies as hobbies! That said I still need ideas for industries… without that I’ll still have problems finding “Top 10 Companies in XYZ Industry to work for” even if they are in my location or offer remote jobs or relocation to Seattle I still have to find a way to build a list. I have two local, a remote and a Seattle company… I need more on my list! Message me where ever you happen to see this! LinkedIn, FaceBook or Twitter!

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I have decided I am tired of the generic boring resumes and after looking at my skills and experience 60+ times and refining my resume more than that I am going to go more creative with the document.
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