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<TAP><TAP><TAP>IS THIS THING

oh, sorry, let me turn this down...

<tap><tap><tap>Is this thing still on?

Howdy one and all, to those of you I knew and remember me, to those that I knew and have forgotten and to those that I will be meeting in the future.

I am, unfortunately, back from Brazil. The job scene is quite a bit different here than what I had hoped (not for the good).
I have found a job ad for a position pretty close to where I live that deals with eDir I think.
All the products have changed so much since I last sailed the Novell Seas. At that time Novell was still called Novell!

Does this job sound like it would be a basic eDir migration? I was once a CNI/MCNE etc but its been a looooong time since I've dealt in support so I'm a little apprehensive about sending in a resume. I'm guessing it is going to be a stretch for me since I only know the Novell side.

I had quite a time finding this forum. I got to the Microfocus site but had some pages that just wouldn't open. Couldn't find the forums until after they did.
Solution = Google "novell sheep" and Violà!

I hope everyone is ok, kgroegman? Susan? Felton? Not that creepy Jay guy though. Well, ok him too.

Anyway, if someone has insight into that add as to how much difficulty a 6.5 MCNI/CNI that hasn't touched eDir for a good long time would have, please let me know.

braiN

P.S. This is my second try posting this.
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Yes, I remember you 🙂

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Everyone still around? I saw shauns name there. And pence? There was a vietnam vet as well, we'd spoken a lot but his name escapes me. And lindsey?
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Brain,
> Everyone still around?


Depends on what you mean byb "everyone". Yes, Shaun is here, he works
for ENGL now. Have not seen Pence in years.

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On Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:16:02 GMT, brain
<brain@no-mx.forums.microfocus.com> wrote:

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>Everyone still around? I saw shauns name there. And pence? There was a
>vietnam vet as well, we'd spoken a lot but his name escapes me. And
>lindsey?


The chat forum activity has slowed down considerably. Your post here
probably sets a record. 🙂 People are still around, but not
necessarily in the chat forum. Good to hear from you though. Hope
the job situation works out.

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Dan is the name i couldnt remember.
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Brain:

We hear Pence settled down and got married, but haven't heard it from
him, so it could just be an urban myth. Pretty much everyone is still
around somewhere, but mostly not here. There's an NCCIrregulars group
on Facebook, which doesn't get much activity, either.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCCIrregulars/

Lots of people have their own Facebook pages and have friended one
another. It's not the same, but in-touch is being at least nominally
kept.

Pretty much everyone, with a few bright exceptions, ended up being
forced to migrate to MS in their enterprise. Felton pops in
occasionally. Ken Etter is now a Knowledge Partner, or whatever
they're calling them these days.

Daniel Cheung is quite active on Facebook.

Maybe I'm just being blind, but I'm not seeing any ad that you're
referring to in your messages. Was there supposed to be a link to it?
If it's there, just be kind when pointing out where I missed it.

My advice would be to take some courses to bring yourself up to speed
on the latest network technology that isn't the Novell brand. Chances
are whatever the Novell job is that you're referring to, won't be
around in a couple of years, because the minute they need new
equipment, the MS vultures will be at the door telling them how much
less their software will cost than what they currently have. Chances
are that the ad for someone with Novell experience is just a ploy by
whoever in the company wants to switch to MS, anyway, and when no one
applies, they'll say "See, Novell is dead. Not ONE applicant."

Anyway, it might be worth it to take the job, which might not have
that many applicants sending in their resumes since most of the world
thinks Novell is dead and has been for the past twenty years, so even
with rusty skills you might find you know more than anyone else who
applies. And that would give you some income to use for living
expenses, and perhaps enough for some courses to bring you up to
speed on Micro Focus products, or whatever you decide would be good
to learn.

Where are you located? How are the wife and kids? It's absolutely
WONDERFUL to hear from you!

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Susan;2452752 wrote:
Brain:

Maybe I'm just being blind, but I'm not seeing any ad that you're
referring to in your messages. Was there supposed to be a link to it?
If it's there, just be kind when pointing out where I missed it.



As you can see, I haven't changed much. Here is the link I thought I was posting:
https://www.dice.com/jobs/detail/NetIQ-Identity-Manager-Upgrade-Engineer-Chandra-Technologies%2C--Inc.-Platteville-WI-53818/10121151/WI-UWP-NIM0313?icid=sr42-2p

I'll post more later, I need to run to a ham meeting.

Good to see you are still here!
braiN
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Hey,

So long, long story short. Not sure what I have previously mentioned here, much less what you remember of it but...

Brazil 10 years, two kids then divorced.
Together with another for 10 years, married in the last six months of that and divorced 6 months later.
In the end, the comp I was working for just didn't have sales, I hung on as long as I could but simply ran out of cash at the same time the Brazilian economy tanked.

The company I was working for for the last ten years was software development not support etc so all my certs are useless other than the fact that I had them.
I worked in an extremely unstructured, always frustrating, environment doing documentation, client support, pre-sales support, project management, and head of testing on basically a $0 budget so although I did all that, not much to write down on a resume like we used system xyz for testing, we followed PIM project management guidelines etc.

The company was great at writing software but horrible at completing it. They always had great contacts (VP of Dell US in our office for a week, me in meetings with the seven worldwide regional heads of Dell networking, Master Card security VPs, a company that was trying to get our software on every PC on the major US airplane producer, most recently, Cisco Israel etc, etc), several payed for initial pilots but we just couldn't get the investments to close with us.

I am still helping them out. They owe me quite a bit of cash. They finally shelled out the cash for registering a patent. Now things appear to be picking up but I can't trust them until they make me an offer so I need to choose a direction.

I am struggling to find someone (head hunter type) that will pay more than even a cursory amount of attention or give insight as to which direction to go.
I am finishing my CCNA just because I thought it would be relatively quick/cheap/easy and could add it to my resumé.
I am looking into AWS certifications. Any thoughts on the weight between MS certs, A+, Cisco, AWS, <add suggestion here>?

I have problems looking at my resumé, I can only imagine what others think.

The good news is that I worked in a brewery for four or five months at the end as well. Ok, that isn't that much good news but it was a lot of fun.

As I recall, you were in CA last we spoke? Still there?

Boy, I'm writing too much. I'll write in smaller doses after this.

braiN
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Brain:

You can never write too much, as far as I'm concerned. I'm a writer
and reader who enjoys reading what others have written.

I vaguely remembered your divorce the next morning, after I'd sent
the message asking about your family. My sincere apology for not
remembering and perhaps opening old wounds.

I also vaguely recall some of the software your company, or some
company, you worked for was working on. At least, I think it was you.
It was some sort of sandbox software, wasn't it? Where you could
create configurations to boot into where you could test things,
without that having an effect on your system overall. Or perhaps I'm
confusing you with someone else who worked on such kind of software.

Yes, I'm in CA and still here, along with John, who was part of the
group until he had a stroke in 2006 that paralyzed the right side of
his body, making him a hemi-plegic for awhile. He's recovered enough
that he is able to drive, now, and walk around pretty well with a
cane, so long as it's not for too long and he doesn't have to stand
still for very long. He still has some paralysis, but nothing like
what he began with. He's in good spirits. We're both retired. He was
sort of forced to retire due to the stroke. I voluntarily retired
early a couple of years after that.

A good headhunting company will take whatever experience you have
had, and turn it into an incredible resume. You'll be amazed. So
don't give them a resume, give them a list of the things you've done.
Few people are good at writing their own resumes. It's something
better done by someone who can look at your skills in an unbiased
manner. They'll know what to call your skills to make you even more
marketable, and they'll also know what fields those experiences fit
into nicely.

For additional certifications, I'd wait to talk to the headhunter
first. You might not need anything. They might be able to find you
something in management, where certifications are not always the
first consideration for the position. The level at which you were
dealing with other companies is not an experience most people in the
technology field already have, and is a talent in and of itself.
Since those dealings were good, even if they didn't lead to large
contracts for the company due to THEIR lack of good management to
follow through on their own products, that leaves you with a good
pre-existing relationship with companies that some other company
might want to have dealings with. So you're an "in" for some other
company.

Are you in Wisconsin? That seemed to be the zip code of the job
listing that had been removed. If so, you might want to have a chat
with Mary Wood. I don't know if you remember her, but she and Hamish
live in Wisconsin and might be aware of what's going on
technology-wise there. And if you're willing to relocate, you might
mention that, in case someone knows of something in another area.

Being able to be effective in an unstructured environment is another
talent that not everyone can manage. Chaos is more common in
companies than they'd like the outside world to know about. LOL It
also means you're not a rigid adherent to a certain way of doing
things, but are flexible, and that's a plus for many companies
regarding an applicant.

I'm so sorry things ended up badly in Brazil, due to the company and
other external forces going on down there. There's not much you can
do with a tanking economy. I'm glad you're back here where there will
be more opportunities for you. The ones you want are not always
advertised in newspapers or even online. Don't discount the talents
and experience you have. You will be a goldmine for the right
company. 🙂


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Oh, and on the list of things you've done and know, make sure to
mention any and all languages in which you are fluent or semi-fluent.
Refrain from mention of marital status, or divorces, but if you're
still providing support for your children, mention that. The
headhunters may ask you those questions, but they're things that
shouldn't be put onto resumes. 🙂

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Wow, you make me sound awesome!

So sorry about John, its crazy how life drops these bombs on us. If he's driving he's been really lucky (outside of the really unlucky part). Glad he's getting his mobility back. He must really appreciate you.

I am right across the river from Wisconsin. It is about 20 minutes from that job. That being said I am willing to relocate. I don't really have anything holding me here.

Ok, so how do I find a head hunter? No, I haven't done the obvious and gone to google but the level of information I am getting from job hunting sites makes me apprehensive about just choosing one out of the blue. Any suggestions?

The company I was working for has made quite a few different products and the one you described comes pretty close to one of them.

We are ending with a new cryptography methodology that eliminates several basic attacks like man-in-the-middle, for instance. Like I said, they finally have the patent but now they need at least one investor to kick in some cash.

Its so good to here from you and, no, talking about my past hasn't brought up anything bad. Is it better to join the FB group for general discussions?

This web interface is pretty wonky. Usually doesn't do what I think it will do when I click on things.

I hope you are getting some writing done if that's what your goal is.

Peace and Happiness,
braiN
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Brain:

The best way to find a great headhunter is a recommendation from
someone who has experience of the headhunter, and now has a wonderful
position they're really happy doing.

Other than that, all you can do is go visit them and see which ones
seem to know best what they're talking about, and how to package you.
Ask them for names and phone numbers of people they've placed into
good positions, and call those people to see what they have to say.
If there's a larger city located somewhere near you, that would be a
better place to start looking for a good headhunter than in a smaller
locale.

Well, of course you sound great when I describe what you do. That's a
perfect example of why someone else can probably better describe it
in a way that's most beneficial.

You can look for headhunters online, particularly on Linked-In, as
well as in phone books. What they'd be listed under probably depends
on the area. Start by looking under Employment. They might be listed
as Employment Consultants, Employment Advisors, Placement Consultants
or Advisors, they might even be under Headhunters nowadays.

As for the FB page, yes, definitely join it and I'll approve you.
Fill people in and that you're looking for headhunter recommendations
in your area or for a good headhunter who deals with finding
placements in larger companies and looks in all areas, that you're
willing to relocate for the right position, and the kinds of things
you'd worked on at your last company. Start with the major areas,
like software development manager or whatever it was, team manager,
those sorts of things. Leave out the lower level stuff, unless you
want to do low level stuff. Mention the various kinds of software
programs you were working on.

Use as many resources as you can, so keep posting here and also post
on FB and everywhere else you can think of. If you've already got a
Linked-In account, look at it again and see if it truly represents
who you want to be, not just the positions you have held in the past.
This is about your future, not your past. 🙂

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Brain:

You've been approved for the private FB group. 🙂

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On Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:22:56 +0000, Susan wrote:

> Stay away from the ones that want money up front for bunches of testing,
> especially if it's a significant amount of money.


I second that advice - any reputable headhunter is going to be paid by
the company they are recruiting for. The often will have a percentage as
a finder's fee. Those that charge the candidates tend to be
unscrupulous, as they tend to see the candidates as the 'cash cow' and
may string you along. Those who are paid by the recruiters make good
money, and it's in their interest to match people up quickly rather than
to drag the process out.

Jim



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