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May 2005

What I'm Learning From Job Hunting

Job hunting is always so much fun, here are some tips that I always follow.

  1. Always be yourself, within reason
  2. This is probably the most important. People can usually tell if you're fake or phony, and since you'll be working with them everyday, why act like that? Obviously though if you're hung over from the night before, it's probably not a good idea to come in and say "dude, I've got this massive hangover!" Basically be yourself, but don't act like a total moronic idiot.

  3. The interviewers aren't there to see you fail, they want you to succeed.
  4. They called you in for a reason. They're hoping you can fulfill their job needs, and be someone they want to work with. They are not the enemy, don't treat them as such.

  5. Don't exaggerate or lie
  6. People aren't stupid. If you lie about something on your resume, chances are, that'll be found out at some point. If you lie about something to pass a phone screen, chances are even if you're brought in for an interview someone will notice.

  7. Don't be afraid to say you don't know something
  8. There is not a single person in this world who is perfect. There are people who think they are, but they're really not. It's not a crime to not know how to do something, so don't be scared to say so.

  9. For the managers: call the person back
  10. This is my biggest pet peeve. If you have someone in for an interview, keep them updated as to the status of where you are in the interview process, and have the decency to call/email them even if they're out of consideration! There's nothing more nerve wracking for an interview candidate than to not have closure. An email thanking them for their time, but they're not what you're looking for takes all of 10 seconds to write.

How to Write a Dashboard Widget Presentation

I've finally gotten off my butt and posted the presentation I did last week on a quick introduction to writing a dashboard widget. When I get some motivation (ie. soon hopefully) I'm planning on writing this up as a tech article.

iPod Coffee Table

This really amused me - someone took the time and the effort to build an iPod coffee table. I gotta say though, it looks really good so I'm pretty impressed. iPod Coffee Table

Apple Dashboard Widgets

After playing with Tiger for a couple of weeks now, I have to say I'm pretty impressed with its slickness. For an interview I had, I decided it'd be fun to write a Dashboard Widget. Since it just built on the JavaScript I already knew, it actually wasn't too hard. The programming guide helped quite a bit, and just knowing that you need to debug the widget inside of Safari, and not inside of Dashboard was the key.

I'm planning on posting the results of my widget build taken step by step. It's just a basic search widget using the Yahoo Search API but I did it in 3 parts. The hardest part was actually getting the scrollbar to work. Apparently as part of the design specs for widgets, Apple doesn't want you to use the Aqua graphics (oh no, that'd be too easy!) so you need to custom design elements like scrollbars. Fortunately, they have some sample code which ends up being pretty plug and play once you follow the directions enclosed in the HTML file.