Category Archives: Career

Should a placement firm tell you what they are billing the client?

As a 1099 consultant, I usually use a placement firm to find a contract job.  I always ask the placement firm what rate they are billing the client.  They usually tell me.  When they don’t, it’s a sure sign that … Continue reading

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Syncing your contacts

In the same vein as my blog post about Syncing your calendars, I wanted to post how to sync your contacts in Outlook, Gmail (Google Contacts), and iPhone: – Transfer your Outlook contacts to Gmail via Transfer contacts between Outlook and … Continue reading

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How to use LinkedIn to enhance your career

LinkedIn is a great resource to improve your career.  It has definitely worked for me as the last 5-6 jobs I have been hired for was because a recruiter found me through LinkedIn or I noticed a job posting on LinkedIn.  And … Continue reading

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Blueprint for consulting riches

As a business intelligence architect consultant, I have met many people out there who are as good or better than me in building business intelligence solutions, yet earn much less than I do.  Why you ask?  In the past 18 … Continue reading

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Syncing your calendars

I have a desktop computer, a laptop, and a iPhone.  I frequently add meetings to my Outlook calender on my desktop computer, but sometimes enter them on my laptop.  And I frequently use my iPhone to alert me about upcoming … Continue reading

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Consultants: Corp-to-Corp vs 1099

I blogged previously that when you are a consultant or contractor, you can sometimes be faced with the decision when taking a new contract of whether to go 1099 or W-2 (Consultants: 1099 or W-2?).  However, some staffing firms or clients … Continue reading

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Houston Area SQL Server User Group Presentation

Thanks to everyone who attended my presentation “Scaling SQL Server to HUNDREDS of Terabytes” at HASSUG. Here is the PowerPoint presentation: Scaling SQL Server to HUNDREDS of Terabytes As a followup to a question from the presentation about clustering the appliances, I … Continue reading

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Want to recruit me? Please follow these rules

I get 15-30 calls/emails a week from recruiters (not counting the dozens of auto-generated emails I get).  Being a contractor I’m always trying to build relationships with recruiters so when my contract nears an end, I have plenty of job … Continue reading

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SQLInspire NYC 2011 Videos available

There are some FANTASTIC videos of the sessions from SQLInspire New York 2011.  I highly recommend that you check out all the videos, as I found some great career tips in all of them.  As the site says “We’ve lined up … Continue reading

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Video/Voice conferencing and Microsoft Lync

Since I work mostly from home, video/voice conferencing and IM are of major importance to me, and using the right tools is vital to keeping me productive.  The tools used for conferencing should have IM, presence indicator, voice and video … Continue reading

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