Q: What do you do for a living?
I am currently semi-retired as a result of the mandarory retirement age limits imposed by my former employer. I am currently open to offers of employment given the right situation (see below).
I used to think of myself as a “cranial prostitute” – that is, I think for money. For most of my career I have been a software application developer. For the last 36 years of my working life I have been involved in the EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry. In order to spend some time living in Japan, I took on the role of Corporate Applications Engineer where I worked directly with customers to solve problems and improve their experience with our software products. From around 2006 I was able to get back into full-time development while working remotely from Tokyo (I was a remote working pioneer long before SARS-COV2 made is all experts in remote working).
In the EDA world, my specialty has always been digital logic simulation and, more recently, verification management. If you don’t know what that means, essentially anyone who decides to design a new computer chip would use EDA software to implement and verify his design before committing millions of dollars to producing real silicon IC chips. Verification management is mostly concerned with managing large suites of tests and determining whether those tests completely cover the design functionlity. It’s a fairly specialized field with only a handful of large players.
I have assembled reunion pages for several of the companies I have worked for in the past. Given how frequently people move around, I suspect that these lists are, for the most part, obsolete. However, if anyone who has worked for any of these companies in the past would like to be added to the list, please use the “Contact” link at the top (or bottom) of the page to send me your current contact information (email, web, and/or social media are all OK).
Q: Why do you keep your resume online?
Because I can. And because it annoys those who choose to ignore the fact that everyone, ultimately, is available if the situation is right. This is especially true in any sort of high-tech field. Also, it saves me the time and trouble of printing and mailing my resume to headhunters or perspective employers. In fact, the last two times I changed jobs, I didn’t need to do anything but e-mail the URL where my resume could be found. It serves as a screening device, too. If a personnel weenie tells me they need a hard-copy resume because their company doen’t have internet access, I know that’s not any place I would enjoy working. ;-)
Note that the above answer was written while I was still employed. I thought about rewriting the paragraph but I liked the cheeky answer so much that I decided to leave it along and simply write this side-note.
Q. Are you available for work?
Having had my resume online for over two decades now, I get a lot of e-mail asking if I am available for an interview or if I could send a copy of my updated resume. About 80% of all the employment-related messages I receive are for jobs that don’t match my experience in the least. More often than not, these read like they were generated by some kind of keyword-matching software program.
For the record, let me state the following:
I am currently semi-retired and not in desperate need of income at the moment. That said, I would be open to working on an interesting project in my area of expertise, either on a full-time or part-time/temporary basis.
- I summarily delete job descriptions and requests for information that either:
- don’t match my skills at all,
- look machine-generated, or
- don’t include any information that would allow me to decide whether I’m interested in the position.
- I don’t update my resume very often but, when I do, the latest version can always be found online. I reserve the right to delete messages which only ask for an updated resume since my experience indicates that such messages are usually bulk emails sent out by an automated resume-scraping system.
I know that all sounds kinda cold but I still get somewhere around 100 messages a day and I don’t have time to answer machine-generated job trolls. For what it’s worth, I do answer thoughfully prepared letters from prospective employers and headhunters which are addressed to me personally. And I archive the names and contact information of those who offer jobs in my field, on the off chance that I or one of my colleagues suddenly ends up on the job market.