Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Resumes: How many years back should your jobs go?

I struggle with this. It used to not be a problem, but then I went and got old.

How do you deal with the jobs you held during the early part of your career?

It used to be you only showed the last 10 years or so. I choose to simply list the job titles for positions over 10 years ago on my resume.

What do you do?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Social Networking Community for EMS Industry

ems social networking

EMSpeople.com is a new social networking community for the EMS industry, a project by EMSNow.com.

I am member #71; member #1000 and the person that refers them wins an iPod Touch. My profile is here. I just signed up and haven't filled it out yet, but I'll work on it over the weekend.

If you're in the EMS industry as a supplier, manufacturer or customer, check it out.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Colors, Colors, Everywhere

Wow. I didn't even think about the fall colors when we decided to move to Northern Alabama earlier this year. Spring was beautiful, one of the most I've seen in my life, anywhere. But the last 2 weeks have been an explosion of color! Amazing...

My wife and daughter took a bunch of pictures of the leaves. Some of my daughter's are quite good and she plans to enter them in an art contest. I'll probably drop a couple into some of my upcoming posts just to spice things up here in the next few weeks. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wiser words were never spoken

While in a business meeting today, a co-worker started to tell a joke, stopped, and looked around. Before he could continue, another co-worker interrupted and advised:
"If you've got to look around before you say it, you should probably keep it to yourself."

Words to live by.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My experiment with LinkedIn.com Applications

View Timothy Lovelock's profile on LinkedInAbout a week ago I wrote that I was going to try some of LinkedIn's applications. Here are my thoughts:

Installation was super-easy. Just point and click. It took about a day for the Wordpress application to pull in my posts properly - I wanted to only pull in those posts I'd tagged with "LinkedIn". I also tried out the Amazon "What I'm reading" application.

I removed both applications after a week, though. I didn't like that they installed in the middle of my resume between the summary and the job history. It broke up the whole profile, in my opinion. I would have preferred these be installed in the right column of the profile. If it's possible to move the applications (a la Wordpress widgets) I was too dense to figure out how.

As for the Amazon application, I don't see the benefit to me of keeping up with my reading list just to sell a few books for LinkedIn. Now, if I could tie this reading list in to my Amazon Associates code perhaps I might be more motivated. But, allowing users to make money from their profiles could lead to the sort of behavior that would turn LinkedIn into another Facebook or Myspace where it is all about the size of the network rather than the quality of the network.

I have not tried the slideshow app, but need to set aside time to do so. I have not filled my profile out beyond the chronological info, instead providing links to my resume from the profile. I can see where building a slideshow app with bullet points of my accomplishments might be beneficial. I am sure it will be huge for those people in creative fields where portfolios are a key component of the job search.

If I come across new information that causes me to re-think the above and try these or other new applications, I'll be sure to provide an update.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

LinkedIn adds new applications to profiles

Good article about LinkedIn on Time.com this week. They've added applications for users, and I'm testing the Wordpress app that imports recent posts from timlovelock.net into my LinkedIn profile. It allows you to set it up to only bring in those posts with a Linked tag... so we'll see how it works. This would be my preference because I don't necessarily want every post to be visible on my profile.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hope in the shape of a tootsie roll

He was wearing a yellow vest and holding a can at the front door of Krogers.

"Oh great, I'm going to have to deal with this every time I go to a grocery store between now and Christmas," I grumbled to myself.

I handed my daughter a handful of pennies. Maybe I can get out of this cheap if I use it as a life-lesson for the little one, I thought. Not very charitable, I admit.

Then, I read the vest: Knights of Columbus. And he was holding big fat tootsie-rolls. And the memories came flooding back.


My grandfather was in the Knights. I remember when I was still a boy and he became a 4th-degree Knight. It was an important event in his life, and I remember my grandmother being very proud. He served the Knights for many, many years in a variety of roles until his health forced him move to assisted living and later, a nursing home. A favorite memory of my brothers and mine is boxes of big fat tootsie-rolls in their freezer, purchased during the Knights fundraising drives, and always there just for us.

He passed away on Long Island a few years ago, far from the parish and chapter, and many years removed from where he'd served. My father and his brothers knew my grandfather had been a regular participant in ceremonies the Knights would perform for deceased brothers, but thought he was too far removed from the Knights by that time to request similar honors. But, they pulled his regalia out of storage and set it on display next to his casket in honor of his many years of service.

Shortly after his wake began, a group of Knights showed up for another Knights' wake and began rehearsing their ceremony. I smiled at the coincidence and let it go, walking back to the viewing room. I was standing with my father and uncles a few minutes later when one of the Knights approached them and asked if they'd arranged for an honor guard. They explained that they had not done so in the belief that because Grandpa had become inactive when his health declined, they didn't want to impose on the Knights. The Knight explained that they'd seen his 4th-degree regalia while passing the room and they wanted to provide an honor guard regardless.

The group came into the room and performed a short ritual and left two Knights behind, standing at attention at the ends of the casket. The men were well into their retirement years, but stood there for almost two hours to honor a man they had never met, in recognition of what it meant to be a brother Knight and a 4th-degree. It was a touching event, and one I will never forget.


I think that sometimes God gives us signs. I've not felt charitable lately, feeling more like I should be asking for charity rather than giving to charity. But, I saw a Knight this afternoon and had a tootsie roll for the first time in a long time, and I know everything will be fine.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Who will I vote for?

john mccain

In presidential elections, I always vote Republican. In state and local elections, it's been a mixed bag. In this year's presidential election, I don't know what to do. I don't think either one of these guys understands what is happening to us right now, and I haven't seen anything from either one that gives me confidence they can deal with an economic meltdown successfully.

barack obama

But, I have to be fair. No one person possesses all the knowledge and skill to fix this situation. It wasn't created by one person overnight, and it won't be fixed by one person overnight. Let's be fair: It is going to take a team of the best and brightest, and they better be able to communicate effectively, with integrity, so at least the fear that is present in the market can go away and give the world time to deal with the situation at a fundamental level. I want to know NOW who those people will be. I need to know who will have your ear on economic matters. So, Sen. McCain and Sen. Obama, here's how you can get my vote:

Put together your economic and financial team NOW. Behave as though you are already elected. Who is your Treasury Secretary? Who are your economic advisers? Who will administer the bailout plan?

You don't have time to wait for the election, then take two and a half months to decide on the team and begin the transition. You need them now, and they need to be attached to their counterparts in the Bush administration at the hip. I need to see that your team is qualified and prepared for what they will deal with.

In football, the more mature players will tell the flamboyant rookies this about how to behave after a touchdown: Act like you've been there before.

The guy that gets my vote is the one that starts behaving today like he has already won.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Updated Resume

Click here to go to my resume page.

Like I said previously, it is time for a resume refresh. On the resume page, you can read the full page in standard web format (there mostly for SEO purposes), you can download a nicely formatted PDF version, or you can click through to my linkedin.com profile.

Am I looking to switch jobs?

Obviously, it is a big world out there and I am always listening for new opportunities. With the economic developments of the last few weeks, I can't ignore any opportunity. However, I am happy in my current position with Sanmina-SCI and I am not actively scouring the job boards. Job security is very important to me these days, and I have not been given any reason to believe I need to be worried.

But, it never hurts to prepare and plan.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

99 Dead Monkeys

I started the new job in Huntsville a week ago and I have to say I'm impressed by the sophistication of the training materials.

However, it made me think about what is more important - the person or the tool. I wrote down my profound revelation:

I can give a Master Carpenter a hammer and he will frame a house in a week. But if I give nail guns to 100 monkeys, all I will get at the end of the week is 99 dead monkeys.

I know - deep. Learn it. Live it. Love it.

And be cool, give me attribution.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Relocating for a new job

I'm happy to say that I have a new job. I don't want to reveal much right now until I get settled in, but I'm back in the EMS industry and moving to Huntsville in about 10 days or so. Those of you in the industry can probably guess the company.

Sometime in the coming months I'll get the resumes updated; by then, it will be common knowledge and I'll be more comfortable discussing it further.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

USAirways changes frequent flier program, customers get screwed

They say these changes are driven to offset rising fuel costs.

Not sure if I agree with the idea that making it more difficult for your most lucrative customers to reach their LOYALTY rewards is a sound business strategy.

Wait a minute, I'm sure: It's not.

Here's the highlow-lights:

Tickets purchased on/after March 1, 2008 for travel on US Airways on/after May 1, 2008 will earn the actual number of miles flown and will no longer earn a minimum of 500 miles per segment.

Tickets flown on partner airlines after May 1, 2008 will earn the actual number of miles flown.

Tickets purchased prior to March 1, 2008 will continue to earn the 500 mile minimum for travel after May 1, 2008.

Accrual on flight segments greater than 500 miles in length are not impacted by this change.


Members redeeming miles for award travel online within 14-days of departure will be assessed a quick ticketing fee of $50 per ticket.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Advertising for applicants: What's wrong with this ad?

Something tells me the corporate recruiting AAA does through Monster may not have been the best place for this ad:


Monday, January 21, 2008

Joint Design Manufacturing and the Aerospace & Defense Electronics Market

A friend and former colleague at Sypris Electronics participated in a podcast with Technology Forecasters, Inc. regarding Joint Design Manufacturing (JDM) and the aerospace & defense electronics manufacturing market. Jeff Kaylor, Director of Government Services at Sparton Electronics, (now with Sanmina-SCI), makes a number of excellent points with regard to suppliers in the A&D market needing to fit technically and culturally with their customer in a way that isn't necessarily true in other markets.


UPDATE: Bill Roberts followed up the podcast with a post on the TFI blog.

Monday, January 14, 2008

9 Things I Considered When I Lost My Wallet

I lost my wallet earlier today, so stress levels have been high. I thought I'd document a few things here in the hope it helps someone else next time...

I'm fortunate that my wife is excellent about keeping track of financial records, credit cards, etc. I have a primary credit card and a debit card for an "allowance" bank account, but I also carry a debit card for the family account, along with a couple other credit cards. I have no clue what type or bank these cards are because I never look at or use them. But, like I said, my wife is great about financial records. You're going to need numbers before you can do anything, or you're in for a very long day.

So, here's what we've done so far:

1. All cards are canceled. Most cards had my wife authorized to initiate the changes necessary, but one rarely-used card did not so I had to handle this one. If you wish your spouse to have the ability to handle credit card issues, make sure you get him or her authorized ahead of time.

2. Called Equifax to place a 90-day free fraud alert on the the credit reports, and discovered they will notify Experian and Transunion automatically, saving me two additional calls.

3. While I'm positive I wasn't carrying my social security card (it's too big for the pouch in my wallet), I can't find it, so I contacted the SSA and discovered I cannot get a replacement card over the phone or internet. Form SS-5 must be filled out and mailed with picture ID, or presented in person at the nearest SSA office.

4. Contacted the Sheriff's office to file a police report in case the wallet was picked up/stolen. A police report must be sworn and signed, so I could not initiate it over the phone. I will have to handle this when I get home tonight, because I work in a different county.

5. Applied for a replacement Florida Driver's License over the internet, cost is $10.00 .

6. My wife is taking care of replacement insurance cards for the car and medical.

7. Stopping at the library on the way home to cancel the card. Why is this important? Because libraries make you pay for materials checked out and not returned. Since our library system has an extensive video, DVD, and book collection, all of which can be sold on eBay, this needs to be canceled.

8. Lost for good: $25 JCPenney gift card that I put in my wallet yesterday.

9. We belong to no clubs or organizations with membership cards, so no action is required on this front.

Hope this list of our thought process helps. If you can think of anything I forgot, please leave a comment below.