Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The Cheese is Moving (Yet Again)

Who Moved My CheeseI enjoyed the little fable of Who Moved My Cheese when I read it years ago. While I didn’t find it new or life changing, I liked the message that we should always be ready for new things. Even though I no longer eat cheese (I went vegan this year), I try to be prepared for when the metaphorical cheese starts moving.

Yesterday, my manager and my team lead sat down with me in a conference room to tell me that my contract had been cut from the budget as of May 1, 2009. I was not surprised at all. I had been asking about the status of my contract for over a month. My client had lost nearly half a billion dollars in the first quarter of 2009. I could read the writing on the wall.

Still, I had been lax about preparing for the transition. It is easy to be lulled by the familiar. As a result, I had to scramble to update my resume last night and get the word out that I was looking for a new opportunity. I was better prepared than I have been in the past, but I’d still like to keep my resume more up to date.

I’ve already had several leads come my way from my Twitter tribe and the extended developer community. If I have any down time, I expect it to be brief. If you have the time, please review my resume and provide any feedback or suggestions in comments or using the contact link at the top of the blog.


Wednesday, 22 April 2009 10:52:32 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Good luck, Alan. I am sure you will land on your feet at an even better opprotunity.
Thursday, 23 April 2009 09:34:47 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Agree with the first comment - I know you will land on your feet and hopefully doing something that is fully up your alley - weren't you using VS 2003 in this last scenario?

On a lighter note, Who Moved My Cheese had a great parody done of it (right down to the award on the front - instead of a Gem, it was a "Jewel") - Who Cut The Cheese? If you can find it, it's definitely worth the read as well if only for the authors' amazing skills at parody. You can find it here - - the excerpts alone show the
Thursday, 23 April 2009 14:39:38 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Even though you went vegan I still hope you smoke cigars. A man has to have at least one vice.
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