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  1. 5 points
    So those in the community that know me well, know that I have sent my resume into Wargaming for a position they advertised about 2 weeks ago. "Senior Community Manager World of Warships at Wargaming Austin, TX" Well I retired from the Navy last year and didn't expect to work TBH. I am a 100% disabled veteran, with the VA compensation and my retirement I don't have to work. So since the fall of 2018 I have been going to school, more to just use my benefit and get paid to be a full time student rather than pursuing a degree necessarily to progress on to a career. But when @DEWEY_96_ sent me a PM on FB with the job link and told me he thought this was a position made for me. I read it, and at first didn't know what to think. Because it DID seem like a good position for me. Community Management.... I have, since the day I joined DHO almost a decade ago, said that community is first and foremost important thing in life. Gaming is just an outlet for a community to grow and prosper. I talked to Dewey a little bit, then to @thedakar both have known me since the World of Tanks days and I figured "What the hell" Now in my limited experience, and mostly word of mouth. People with degree's and much more experience than I have typically land jobs like this. So my expectations, lets just say were low. I spent literally 30 mins on my resume, updating it, about 10 mins on my LinkedIn updating it (because nowadays they go hand and hand). And I threw them at the wall so to speak. Again, I did not expect them to stick.... A few days went by and I received an email asking for some professional and personal references. I responded in kind. Over a week went by and I figured that I didn't have a chance. Then Thursday I received an email from their recruitment lead in Chicago asking me to go online and fill in when I would be available for a phone interview. I was astounded that I got an email and did so immediately. Within 24hrs my phone had updates saying that my LinkedIn had notifications. I logged in and three different people from Wargaming had looked at my profile. One of them being an "Executive Producer" at Wargaming in St.Petersburg, Russia. Sunday night I had an update from my FB page for my content creation for gaming that two new people had viewed it. Both work for Wargaming. Then today I received an email from the recruitment lead again telling me that they have slated a time for me on Wed for my interview. And that the phone interview had been changed to a conference call interview with him in Chicago and an individual in Austin, TX. Needless to say I did NOT expect to get this far in the process... to have my resume and me looked at for a position that I have enjoyed doing for years. Grooming and growing a community. When I started doing this with World of Tanks back in the Alpha days, that was my goal. To have a community and or family. When I left WoT it was because I felt that community(not necessarily the DHO crowd) had become a bit, well, crap. Lots of toxicity that I just couldn't stand, in an area of life that should be a hobby and fun. It was becoming a job, more than fun. When World of Warships started up, this brought that thought back up to the front. The ability to have a community and family again. The community was friendly, happy, go lucky. There was little to NO toxicity at all. In the game and on the forums. The dev's actually read our posts and responded. It was amazing and reinvigorated my thought that of what a gaming community could be. Now years late, the community has unfortunately pulled in some of that toxicity I hated and I would be remiss if I would say I have not been a part of it also. But I have tried, though sometimes it seems not so, to remove that toxicity and not add to it. All I know is, if I can be a part of something, to help groom and grow a community and clean up some of the negativity and toxicity. I would love to do it! Plus, having a position where I could coordinate with warship museums and people to do meet ups, travel, meeting more people and sharing that with others!? I mean, how can someone NOT like that!? So I have gone now from, "meh, if I get it cool" to "I want this!" and I hope to get it! Could use some positive thoughts and who knows, I might be a Warrgaming Austin employee soon!? Hopefully!
  2. 4 points
    A year ago @xJediDadx and myself took on the challenge of being the caretakers of DHO. You can read more about that whole process in this blog post. A year has passed; what has changed if anything? Well, that's what we are gonna look at! (and before you freak out - DHO isn't closing 🙂 ) Bring out Your Dead! DHO was a force to be reckoned with in 2015. Registrations were reaching dozens per week, posts by the hundreds. Our WoT clans were growing and expanding; the website provided a hub for those clans to swap tips and share stories. Things were clicking, the place was a buzz of activity! DHO was a fantastic hub for all things dad and it stayed that way for years. Over time, the activity slowed down. No worries. Registrations slowed, but the site was still alive. Slowly but surely, change was happening. DHO was in trouble. We knew it, but we didn't know how bad it was. Then I had to go and look at all the metrics! Like an doctor showing you an x-ray, there it was in picture form. The degeneration was too easily seen. All the signs pointed to the fact that DHO would be dead in a year. Its been a good run, dads, but at some point you gotta put the animal out of it misery.... I'm Not Dead Yet! It was a sobering time, let me tell you. All the metrics said we would be dead by now, but since you are reading this you know DHO didn't die! It transformed like a phoenix from the ashes and returned to its former glory! Okay, that's not true either. Rather we resisted complete collapse; we stabilized. For those that like pictures, here are the comparisons: Member Activity - Our member activity was on a significant downward slide. How did we do? You see that hump over the "2019"? That's a jump in activity! That's growth baby! You see how it then starts to slide back down? That's "not growth." New Posts - You see that hump over the "2019"? That's a jump in activity! That's growth baby! You see how it then starts to slide back down? That's "not growth." How did we do? You see that hump over the "2019"? That's a jump in activity! That's growth baby! You see how it then starts to slide back down? That's "not growth." Yes, I repeated myself. And I could repeat it twice more for sent messages and for registrations.... So basically, all we did was delay the inevitable, right? I am Feeling Much Better! Actually, we did more than just delay the inevitable. Our reach and influence actually grew... just not directly on dadshideout.com. What am I talking about? The image above is from Google Analytics. In March I took some time to go through many of DHO's web pages and redo some of the code; I gave Search Engine Optimization (SEO) a shot. Now, I only had youtube videos and blog posts to guide me, but the return was worth the investment. With the changes done in by April (and I was now fully engaged in a new job) DHO started popping up in more searches online. This drove more traffic our way. Most importantly, we picked up a dozen or so new dads that are now "long term users." In the last 6 months we have seen over 5000 different visitors! From that a few dads discovered us and decided we were the place for them - mission accomplished! I think I'll Go for a Walk. I Feel Happy! Here's perhaps the most interesting bit - more dads access dadshideout.com from their phones than from the laptops/desktops! The access has shifted to mobile devices; and it shifted FAST: In the last year, dads looked at dadshideout.com on their computers 2/3s of the time (and the longer you go back, the more regular computers were used) In the last 7 days, less than half of dads visited using their laptop/desktop.... Tablets and phones are the majority now: Today (the day I post this) Phones where actual 51.2% of devices used to access DHO! So, if we are getting more hits, more visitors, and lots of mobile usage, where's the beef? That for the next post (hint - ) The Man in the Mirror Let us consider the quote at the beginning of this post: “You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book DHO is always gonna be DHO. DHO is also always changing. So stay tuned as we take a look at what some of those changes are and what the means for the future of DHO!
  3. 3 points
  4. 3 points
    When the ex and I talked about getting married, we discussed the military, military life and how things might go. This is hard to explain in words that are understood. And harder for someone that wasn’t in the military to truly understand. So when I deployed in 2010 and came home to find out things weren’t exactly going well in our relationship (and I assure you that is an understatement) I took it in stride. Was I too nice? Definitely, should I have been a complete poopchute? Totally. But in the end, I had somewhere to sleep, and eat (the ship)... We had children to think about. And I was always gone already, so this would be normal to them. I agreed too much, I gave too much, I didn’t fight nearly enough. I apologize if this is long winded and I won’t go into the details over the next 5 years, but let’s just say they were less than ideal for me. In the first week of January of 2015 I was completely and utterly destroyed, mentally, emotionally and monetarily and it was all beginning to show physically. I had chronic tension, chronic insomnia, anxiety, depression all exacerbated by military life and all of it came to a head. My professional career (the only part of my life I seemed to be able to succeed in) was beginning to falter. I had a break down, I had been asking for pictures of MY children for, well, years... and her remark was that she did not have time to take pictures for me. So my mother, did what an amazing mother would. She started pulling pictures of the children off of Facebook, because evidently she had time to plaster pictures all over FB but not for their father. I had just gotten over a bout of serious depression after finally getting a picture the last week of December 2014 after begging for pictures of the children seeing them play with the toys that I bought them for Christmas. How did the ex respond? She sent a picture of my daughter on the ground playing with the toy I got her for Christmas, in the background was the man she was dating (now her new husband), he was, for all intents and purposes naked on the couch. All he was wearing was basketball shorts. When I responded to her, letting her know how inappropriate it was that she sent that to me, she of course acted like she did not know what she did wrong. At this point I questioned all my own actions and my own thoughts when it came to her and the children. So when I posted the picture to FB and asked the question whether I was incorrect in my thinking, of course the resounding answer was that I was NOT incorrect. So in that week in January, walking my dog, utterly a broken man. I came to a realization. I had still, been living for a woman and children that were not a part of my life anymore. The woman that I had fallen in love with had replaced me, completely, as a husband and father. Phone calls would always go unanswered, texts were being ignored. When I made it apparent that I wanted a set time and day to talk to the children on the regular it became my fault that my son was acting out at school and that his reasoning was because “mom was making me talk to dad on the phone.” Of course upon hearing this, I didn’t want my time to be a negative thing and I caved and stopped it. Everything welled up. Everything built up to a breaking point. And I snapped. But not necessarily in the way that I think some would. I made a decision. I was not going to live for the family that had moved away and moved forward from me. It was time for me to focus on ME. It was time for me to focus on MY life. There was at this time only one person I could rely on. ME. I had talked to a few people about my decision, for the most part it was met with positive responses. Some said, “if someone had done that to me, NO ONE would be able to keep me away from my children,” but as I have always said, you don’t get to judge someone until you have walked in their shoes. So I focused on me! 2015 was an amazing year for me, I was in the gym every single day, I am arguably not a runner, okay not arguably, I am NOT a runner. I was already walking the dog 5-7 miles a day. And by late spring, early summer I was RUNNING 5 miles a day! My career skyrocketed, that year I became my commands Senior Sailor of the Year, I went up for regional Sailor of the Year, I became the Surface Navy Association Sailor of the Year for New England, I received a top evaluation and then it happened the epitome of a Navy man’s career. I was selected to be a Chief Petty Officer. A milestone that I had all but written off as I was nearing the end of my career. All this time I was working 10-16 hour days, focusing on my career, my new “kids” (Sailors) and ME. Not thinking about what I left behind. This I know was especially hard on my parents and family/friends back home in Oregon. I still to this day feel as though I have completely let them down, though they may say this is not the case, it will FOREVER be in the back of my mind. I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that this is partially the reason why I seclude myself so often. So last year I retired from the Navy. I said “Good Bye,” to a career that spanned over 20 years, 5 ships, almost 15 years at sea, 1 shore duty, 10 deployments, countless moves up and down the west coast and coast to coast and to the Sailors that had become my children. I went through all the anxiety and depression that one does when separating from the military. But a new realization came to pass, I had the time and the money to right how I was wronged. Not necessarily to try to have a relationship with my actual children as I am a complete stranger to them today. But correct the deficiencies in the divorce decree and actually sever the siphon that that woman had directly connected to my bank account. I had after all been paying over DOUBLE what the state of Missouri would have required me to pay in child support for almost a decade. It took me almost a decade to have the time and the money to pay a lawyer and pursue what was FAIR with the ex-wife. All the while she has been acting like a selfish, childish, money grubbing gold digger. More shady stuff was attempted to by the ex, which all came out when she suspiciously was nice and agreeable to my terms as well as apologetic for years of childish, selfish behavior and I questioned it all. So when she agreed to the stipulations of changing things in our agreement of course I was skeptical. And of course she had ulterior motives. So when I got a lawyer, informed her that I was doing so, it was no surprise that she got upset. I did as I always have, told the truth, told her exactly step by step what was going to happen. And she again agreed, "so long as it wasn't going to be different than what we agreed to." My response to that has always been the same, "I am not the one trying to pull anything, or do anything underhanded. Never have I ever done anything that would negatively impact the other." So it doesn't surprise me when my lawyer informs me that he has been attempting to contact her so that she can sign her side of the paper work and has had no response from her. So, my lawyer, which BTW is ranked in the top 10 for family law in the state of Missouri did what any expensive lawyer would. He documented all his attempts and has served her with papers to appear in court. Furthermore, he has filed a motion since I am a veteran and do not live in the state to be represented in person by him so I don't have to go. There are still days where the memory of her and my lost family takes the wind from my sails, however, moral of the story, what is FAIR is FAIR. You get what you put in, treat people you "care" about like crap, it WILL come back to bite you. Being honest, open, upfront and truthful is always the best way to handle people. Will I ever really recover from all of this? I doubt it. Will I ever marry again? I doubt it. But at this point in my life, I find sitting on the patio watching the dog chase dragon flies and enjoying a glass of whiskey to be far more relaxing that worrying about those things. *That is all*
  5. 2 points
    Wait a minute, does this mean he's the perfect candidate to get sucked into some secret spy world to infiltrate the world gaming community?
  6. 2 points
    gpc_4

    Skoda T 27

    I picked up this tank in order to complete the Czech portion of the Czech Holiday missions as the female crew you can earn would allow me to crew the Skoda T50 (a great tank that has been crewless in my garage for a long time). Overall, the Skoda T 27 is a good tank. Not a must have; it isn't OP and doesn't bring any new features or gameplay. Nobody is going to rage against its addition to the game...which I think is a good thing. Playstyle is very similar to the tech tree Czech IX and X tanks, and the crew layout is also the same. If you like those tanks, which are fun and competitive in random battles but not generally used in organized play, then the T 27 is basically perfect. Pros: Autoloading fun. Quick intraclip reload so you can get your 3 shots out in a short window (1.8 between shots, for comparison the Lorry is 2.5 seconds). Gameplay and crew layout match high tier tech tree counterparts. Cons: Surprisingly sluggish for a medium, my first battle I went to a medium tank position I often use but got caught out and destroyed without getting any damage. Reload is longer then you might expect for a clip with three 240 alpha shots. 202mm AP pen is fairly poor for tier 8 in WoT 2019. Not a Progetto. I was able to ace the tank on my 5th battle. http://wotreplays.eu/site/4986761#overlord-gpc_4-koda_t_27
  7. 2 points
    Blackroan

    Gold Spamming Sheet Lords...

    Depends on the tank what I load as the first round. If it is a big alpha, slow tank (i.e. E100/T110E3) I usually load HE. The reason for this is that the first tank these usually see is something fast and lightly armored, and even if they don't, slinging an HE round to the face of enemy heavy often makes them use consumables first thing giving you an advantage in a protracted fight. If they are an autoloader with APCR rounds as their gold (AMX 50B/Foch B come to mind) I will usually load a clip of APCR first encase it is the only clip I am going to get off or I have to hit something moving fast at range in the opening minutes. I have several tanks that have 0 gold rounds : KV-2 (doesn't need them, obviously), the Luchs and Leopard (tier 5 light) to name a few, but they are all in mid-tiers. Just about everything else gets a standard round to start and I will switch accordingly. The only exception is my toy, the T54E1, that thing only shines with a full gold APCR load out imho. The only tier Xs I have that carry 0 gold are the Batchat, (I don't on the tier IX Batchat, either) because of ammo constraints, and the Bat 155-58, because if it doesn't direct hit it's target it doesn't miss by much or wouldn't do damage anyway...
  8. 2 points
    Bombaybacon

    Tank Rewards - They're Back!

    Did you know there was a fourth reward (3 days Premium) for the last reward this month? I guess my monitor is too narrow, but I only saw the 3 tank options. But this morning I noticed a sliver of the fourth image. I scrolled right and behold...
  9. 2 points
    Mykk

    Introduce Yourself Here #6

    You found a good group. Many of us have been in a tight situation in a platoon or team-based setting, and have had to leave quick to take care of dad and/or family business, and nobody blinks an eye. Refreshing in a MMO.
  10. 2 points
    Blackroan

    Gold Spamming Sheet Lords...

    It is a game that people play for fun, but how fun is it for the other guy who spent all that time and effort grinding the tank, learning to cover his weak spots and go hull down/sidescrap and some uniscrub in a tier X Russian medium just dabs his 2 key and makes all your effort pointless? As for a weak player? pfft.... you are the best arty player i have ever played with, you're a good heavy tanker, decent medium and td player.... you do suck in lights though 😛 I have no problem with gold rounds, but they are WAY too strong on many upper tier tanks. They "fixed" the type 5 heavy because the uniscubs whined their 140s were getting wrecked, but continue to ignore those same players dabbing the 2 key and blasting through the plebs armor because he can't be bothered to flank or even move... I enjoy the game, even with this "pay to win" attitude that is running rampant through the current meta (which is why I don't usually run the damage log because it just takes from my fun), but I will play for free and not spend another dime on this game until they do something about the gold spam. Anyway, just one pleb's opinion, take it for what it is worth...
  11. 2 points
    SirRealKiller

    Welcome SirRealKiller to DHO!

    Hello, Fellas! Little late here but we just got back from our trip to The Blackhills in SD. Spent some time there with the Wife and 11 y/o daughter. Only one kid. I'm 42, live in MN. I play primarily WoT and World of War Ships.
  12. 2 points
    Grimm65

    no topic

  13. 1 point
  14. 1 point
    @Hapa_Fodder and to think, you almost didn't want to bother sending me the resume...
  15. 1 point
    So, you think that the universe is trying to tell you something?? You spent most of your life in the Navy, most of that time gaming, you enjoy the community of fellow gamers AND military, you moved to TEXAS of all places, and you essentially have no ties to anything... what a perfect candidate!! GOOD LUCK my friend!!
  16. 1 point
    Good luck with this Hapa! You may soon get to see what it's like on the other side.
  17. 1 point
    Juggernaut41

    Do you set goals?

    Yeah, +1 on it’s only fun for me if I am trying to get better. There are lots of different goals as already discussed above. Hepius and I have similar goals, but at 36K games... moving any stat now is very hard. For example, for me to get to 54% WR I would have to run at close to 56% for another 36k games... and that’s a multi-year proposition.... not to mention that I am not a 56% WR player. Well, not unless I solely spam a certain subset of tanks, but that would be both a hollow achievement and hellaboring. My solution is that I now use my main account to play Tier Xs a lot and for relaxed social play... on the latter, I still try and get better of course... and do pay attention to whether I am improving my tier X WRs/wn8s... but typically am not laser-focused on every single move and won’t make more ruthless flank-bailing, damage-farming decisions that I would if I were not platooned. Also Tier Xs are hard, so playing them a lot really smoked my stats... but am climbing back so feel like progress is being made. I’ve got about 1k games in an alt account where I focus on tanks I play well (but not just a handful that I would if I were trying to max WR/wn8) combined with an eye towards tier X meta tanks. I play that account in short bursts... and quickly stop playing it if I am off or hit a bad streak. I use the main account to get better at higher tiers and the other to, theoretically, mark where I am with more immediate statistical reflection. I probably won’t play Xs in that one until I feel like I am closer (more-or-less) to the apex of what I think I can do in a given tier X tank. Very much feel like I am still learning at that tier atm. Is it a bit silly to do all of the above? Yeah. But it is a pixel tank game, and the above is fun for me.
  18. 1 point
    I hear you on that and have heard much the same from the ex when she was around to split time. Some folks see it as a burden I guess while I saw it as an opportunity to help shape my kids how I see fit. When my kids were born, I realized I had the responsibility of these new lives in the world while I feel like my ex saw them as an option (of where to spend her time) and I suspect liked leveraging the title of single parent to have folks feel sorry for her. I hope that one day things will shape out for you and your kids to connect. I have a friend who had a kid he wasn't fully aware of ( he suspected though) who finally reached to him at 18 and he's brought her into his family so things can work out for the best in time irregardless of the intentions of the other parent.
  19. 1 point
    Grimm65

    no topic

  20. 1 point
    gpc_4

    Do we do CW 12?

    So...tank locking is a hell of a thing.
  21. 1 point
    Awesome post, and thank you for taking the time to write this out for us. Maybe more for yourself? But I bet a lot of us can relate.
  22. 1 point
    Blackroan

    Skoda T 27

    good game except for picking on the VK, shouldn't pick on the fat kid
  23. 1 point
    thedakar

    Introduce Yourself Here #6

    Howdy! I think you guys will find we are pretty laid back - even our "competitive" groups understand that when dad is needed, nothing else matters!
  24. 1 point
    shermi00

    Gold Spamming Sheet Lords...

    My first round out the tube..every battle..every tier is gold..I want to make sure to pen/damage whatever I run into at the start of the game..after that first shot I can make ammo adjustments as required... My 2 cents..
  25. 1 point
    DMViking

    Do we do CW 12?

    I'll participate in any organized play. I think we're more prepared to play advances or skirmishes at the moment. Sent from my LG-H873 using Tapatalk
  26. 1 point
    Before, gold rounds were purchased with gold. So you were almost literally firing real money. So you really had to think if it was worth firing those rounds.
  27. 1 point
    Mykk

    Gold Spamming Sheet Lords...

    It's a problem with the game, not the player. Which I'm glad they are trying to address it! Yes, the wn8 score and winrate is the badge, which is the argument for shooting more gold. I hate going to work to put my tank in the right position to take the right shot, and it bounces when it would've gone through with gold, sometimes game-changing. I don't fire that much gold, but I don't want a pat on the back for it. And when I fire it, it's for my own reasons, and I don't want some scrub PMing me after the battle because he thinks I didn't need it. F the "gold whiner". It's like arty, if you don't like the game but can't change it, then peer-pressure the players. Don't like gold flying freely, can't change the game, peer-pressure the players. The rest of you can load your premium consumables, use those new super-special equipment, pay to free-xp the modules, then intentionally gimp yourself on ammo out of principle all you want 🙂
  28. 1 point
    gpc_4

    Gold Spamming Sheet Lords...

    I’d prefer they keep the premium ammo in its current form. The ammo changes that have been tested are drastic and the history of WoT and WG has not given me confidence they can carry out a drastic change. Premium ammo is part of the game. It’s a tool and you should use it as you see fit (and I’d fire plenty of it at an IS-M without hesitation or remorse). If someone wants to fire all prem then that is their prerogative. I didn’t load it for their tanks but I took out @Golfcrazy and @Hepiusyesterday with prem rounds. Between DHO it’s a sign of respect 🙂
  29. 1 point
    Mykk

    Gold Spamming Sheet Lords...

    The player doesn't make the game worse, the player uses a perfectly legit strategy to increase their wn8. I'm not aware of a trophy or badge for learning weak spots.
  30. 1 point
    With the economy in the game these days ppl can afford to spam gold without thinking that is all
  31. 1 point
    ncpinz

    Gold Spamming Sheet Lords...

    Interesting study. The IS-M was a tough nut to crack when I played it. OT - going to be up your way this weekend with the family. Just a few days off to decompress before my son hits the books again at NCSU.
  32. 1 point
    stewiejp

    Frontline Returns!

    Lieutenant gives 350 - so even x2 that is miles off. The proofreader for WG gets a lot of days off I reckon - some of the articles we get are also very inaccurate at times.
  33. 1 point
    gpc_4

    New British Lights

    I have about 20k XP left on the Setter. Played 25ish battles. Felt like I’ve had some okay battles, no ace but a 1st class or two, but I really worked hard to get those results. I keep forgetting it’s a tier VII. LTs at tier VII tend to be strong tanks and I generally wouldn’t hesitate to challenge a lower tiered tank, but I think the Setter would lose a fight with just about every tier VI medium. It’s all very strange.
  34. 1 point
    Bombaybacon

    Homefront: Give them nothing

    Remember on day 1 when everyone was complaining they only had like 4 gas cans and they wanted to play more? Now that it is over, I still had 15 to use. I'd like to see more variety either in maps or opponent's composition. I did have fun playing it, especially with a 5-man DHO platoon. I also ended up with the improved rammer which is my first improved equipment, and some new styles/camo/paints (whatever they are). But I'm glad WG made this and hopefully they'll bring it back along with a Halloween mode in October.
  35. 1 point
    Mykk

    New moniker

    Congrats/sorry... I have one daughter married, one engaged... I feel like my time is coming...
  36. 1 point
    hueydogg

    New moniker

    So as I am just about done raising my kids I get to go into a new phase of parenthood. I get to be "grandpa" I ghb hoping to not have that moniker till 50 years old, not 43. But I guess when you have kids young you have a better chance of being a grandparent young.
  37. 1 point
    Grimm65

    Dealing with wheelies

    I just watched this video from 4 Tankers and a Dog today - this explains alot
  38. 1 point
    SGrant7

    Light Tank Game Play

  39. 1 point
    Looking for work sucks. The part that sucks the most; applying. The thing that sucks the most in applying? THE RESUME! Resumes suck. You have to write about yourself which; unless you have lots of training, are blessed with the skill, or are a narcissist... , feels awkward at best and impossible at worst. You have to condense YEARS of experiences to a single page... and precious space is wasted with just your name and contact information! If you learned how to do a resume 5 years ago (or more!) the things you learned are outdated! Advice varies from source to source - do this, not that; make it colorful, stick to black and white; fancy vs plain; AHHHHHHH! No worries, I am here to muddy the waters even more! (#sarcastic I kid, I kid!) Resume Writing (Part 1) I am going to share the advice I give my clients when I do career mentoring and consulting. Why should you care? I have 5 years of experience mentoring people transitioning between careers, handling a few thousand clients in that time. So far, no one ever called and told me I was wrong... so that should be good enough! In all seriousness, I am just one person - you should take anything I write with a grain of salt. Do your research, consult other resources, and find what feels right for you. In the end, that is what this is about. Getting YOU to show up on paper so that a COMPANY wants YOU. Resume vs CV Quick clarification: What is the difference between a Resume and a CV? In the United States your resume is a single page document that highlights what you believe are your most pertinent and meaningful skills or experiences in relation to the job you are applying for. A CV (short for Curriculum Vitae; latin phrase meaning "course of my life) is a document that outlines damn near EVERY skill and experience relevant to any job or career. My shortest CV is 5 pages long. I like to explain it as the Resume is the thing you use to get the organization interested in you solving their problems; the CV is the thing that shows them the toolbox you have to solve their problems. The organization (company) is looking for the right person who is going to solve their problems. If they are asking for resumes and you want to work for them, you gotta be ready to play the game! What about the Interview? We are not going to talk about the interview in this blog - all you need to know is that anything you put down on paper you should be ready to talk about. So don't lie, it will just bite you in the bum later. Resume Basics: One Page - recruiters spend an average of six seconds looking at a resume. No novels! GRAMMAR and SPELLING - get it right, Highlight the MOST impactful items - cut the fluff Quantify as much as possible ex. "Supervisor of Accounts Receivable" should be "Supervisor of 15 member Accounts Receivable Team" "third person" - no "I," "me," or "my" ex: "I directed XX projects" should be "Directed xx projects or "I was supervisor for my office of 10 employees" should be "Supervisor for 10 person office." Context of the experience - city, states, country (if not same as job), and for how long No Jargon - even within the same career field, jargon can can cover up your skill or make you look unprofessional. Name Drop and Title Drop like you are on Instagram - You WANT to brag on a Resume. You WANT to catch their eye. The Resume and the Job should Match - if it doesn't match, why would the company be interested? Google your Name - Recruiters (80% of them) will do an internet search on the names of the potential candidates. What will they find when they do? One Page - The resume is a brief (aka, short, concise, quick) look at your relevant skills and experiences. You have 6 seconds to create enough interest that the recruiter wants to find out more. Depending on the job post, there might be HUNDREDS of applicants. You have one quick look, so make it count and don't send anything more than one page. I would also suggest that you send the document as a PDF. Everyone using a computer can open a PDF, and the PDF locks in the formatting / look of your resume. This prevents your sharp looking modern layout from becoming an indecipherable scramble. Oh, and name the thing FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME_RESUME or similar so it's easy to find and easy for the receiver to identify. Grammar and Spelling - Nothing undermines your resume claiming you have "attentionn to dettail" and "Strived four excellencents" by using poor grammar and misspellings... Take the time to get it right. If you are not sure, use some of the free online tools to check (e.g. the Hemingway App or Grammarly). Then ask a human to read it. Then read it again, just to be sure. Demonstrate Impact / Quantify as much as Possible - What did you do, how did you do it, how well did it work? You are trying to show that you can handle the job and the challenges it presents. Businesses run on metrics (basically measurable goals) so if you talk in metrics, this can help them see your worth in a language they understand. It also makes your claims verifiable. They can ask you questions about it, they could check if they really wanted to. Most importantly, it separates you from the 400 other candidates that said "Supervised Swing Shift." What can you quantify? Just about anything. Imagine you figured out a way to save 15 minutes on a daily task at your last job. 15 minutes a day, 260 working days a year (on average for office workers) is 65 HOURS a year saved. That is a week and a half of work time saved. That is a big impact. "Redesigned daily workflow process to save 65 man hours per year." 'Shaved 2 days from employee onboarding process, decreased new employee training time by 25% while maintaining required skill levels of new recruits." Maybe even "Employee of the Month 4 times in the last 2 years." It doesn't have to be HUGE if you can quantify it. Third Person - You have limited space, so cutting out pronouns frees up those precious characters. It can also help declutter your resume. It ties back into "One Page" and 6 second look; the impact needs to pop out. Also, recruiters know you are talking about you... if you were talking about others, why would it be on YOUR resume? It time for you to focus on YOU - you want them to hire YOU, right? So focus on your impact and drop the pronouns. Context - Where did you do these things? When did you learn the skill? How long have you been a member of that organization? If I am reading a resume and I can't answer these questions with what's in front of me, the resume fails to do its job. This is the crib notes of your work history. Everything is laid out in a way that makes it easy to digest. It should be self contained - no extra research required to understand whats in it and why I should care. No Jargon - Jargon means both shorthand for certain items or processes AND acronyms. You might think "worked swing shift" is universal, but do you want to bet your job on it? It is really easy to fall into the trap of using "industry standard" phrases - its industry STANDARD, right? Well, no. If you are trying to move outside of the industry, you have to generalize. Assume the person knows nothing about your industry or job. If a 10 year old couldn't figure it out, it's too much jargon. One exception to this rule; if the job posting SPECIFICALLY notes desired technical skills or processes (Information Technology is heavy on this, as is health care) and you have those skills, LIST THEM! Does it say "Skills in AJAX, SQL, C++ highly desirable"? Yah, you should list those highly desirable skills exactly as mentioned. Name, Title and Award Drop - I find the hardest part of resume writing is trying to make myself the focus. This is especially difficult when you consider that very rarely do you accomplish anything without a team of some sort supporting you. Yet, you have to remember that the company isn't hiring the team, its hiring YOU. If you can't tell them why you where a strong part of the team, then maybe the team is better off without you? If you worked regularly with the CEO or the Senior Executive, say so. It can help show you know how to interact with higher ups and or valuable clients. Where you recognized for outstanding customer service? Did you receive incentive awards? Win best sales person of the month? Did you climb from back room stocking associate to shift supervisor in a year? TELL THEM! You WANT to brag on a Resume. You WANT to catch their eye. The Resume and the Job should Match - This is basically the Custom vs Generic Resumes debate. You should have a generic resume at the ready at all times. When ever you have the time (even if it is only a few minutes) you should ALWAYS customize your resume to the particular job you are applying for. Why should anyone care about your resume if the information isn't relevant? How do you look on paper if you are spending most of the page highlighting things that are not relevant to the position in question? I have spent HOURS on single resumes for a single job posting. Why? I want that call for the interview, don't you? Google your Name - I guarantee you that if your resume makes it past the first round and gets a second look, your name is going into Google (because who uses Bing?) and they will click on a few links. 80% of recruiters admit they do. The other 20% are lying... So Google your name and see what pops up. I had a client where he had the same name as a man that was arrested for child abuse from the SAME STATE. We figured this out and actually addressed this issue on his cover letter. "If you were to conduct an internet search on my name, please be aware that there is another individual having the same name as I who is far more likely to be on the top of your search results. Please visit my linked in page (hyperlink) where I have links to verified articles and background information for your consideration." Suddenly, he started getting interviews... (I wonder why!) Step Up Your Game! Resumes are hard. I work on them professional, so I have a bucket of tricks to make it easier, but in the end, there are not shortcuts for a quality product. You have to make the time to make it work. if you can't find the time to make YOUR resume right, why should an employer think you are going to give it your all at work? Even when it's a "sure thing," or you "know the hiring manager," do you really want to have your first impression with a new company be a half-assed project? These are just the basics, so use the power of the internet and look for other resources to guide you. There are blogs for specific industries, tips for specific positions, and more. Leverage articles on Monster.com, Forbes, Linked In, etc. Look at resume templates (dozens of them) and pick the right one for your situation. Be proud of your resume. If you are proud of it, you did it right.
  40. 1 point
    gpc_4

    Twitch Prime - Care Package

    Changed the thread title and making it our Twitch Prime thread. Twitch Prime Golf is available starting today. It is German themed; main rewards are a 3 skill German commander (with 0th skill 6th sense) and a 14 day Kanonenjagdpanzer 105 rental.
  41. 1 point
    Grimm65

    Frontline Returns!

    If I did, she would not have gotten everything from me!! 😉
  42. 1 point
    Grimm65

    Frontline Returns!

    Hmmm - I would say no - their mother will overrule me though
  43. 1 point
    Grimm65

    Frontline Returns!

    From WG Website "Also, we’ve got the intel on Episode 7. It will start on August 19th at 04:00 PST | 06:00 CST | 07:00 EST until August 26th 01:00 PST | 03:00 CST | 04:00 EST"
  44. 1 point
    stewiejp

    Frontline Returns!

    Yep - sort of - the episode in May was all x2 XP for us. Every game. I got the impression it was a "test" - but last I heard there were no plans to do it again - guessing WG decided the FL Personal reserves were a better option, and I agree it does look more flexible for players to be able to use them 1 or 2 hours at a time rather than all in one episode. Having not played in July's episode at all (on vacation - Fiji - marvellous spot to relax) - I am still on track to get the lot currently at 7.1 which was max prestige at the time) and August looks like a bigger episode (21 days?) which will also help people a bit behind. I doubt the Personal Reserves will come into play in August but who knows.
  45. 1 point
    Juggernaut41

    Clan Wars Update 7/6

    Sorry for the terse note... wasn’t my intention to be rude. CW campaigns tend to be structured differently... so the next one may or may not be like the last one. For several other people who have asked about it, once they found out this one was over, they were done being interested in finding out more. Apologies for assuming you were in that bucket. In addition to Grant’s information, just scroll down from this original post and you can read my other CW posts. You can also go to the WoT website and search “Fire Trail” and read all the rules and regulations in their glorious detail. If you make it through all of it, that would put in you in a pretty exclusive club within DHO 😜
  46. 1 point
    hueydogg

    Whats everyone do for work

    It's been a while since I updated what I do for work. Last year I finally got a permanent position with Oregon State Parks as Park Ranger. During the summer kinda sucks because its the busy time and I gotta work weekends and nights more but really that's only 3-4months out of the year. The job is awesome, the pay is good and benefits even better.
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    Batman 181 is on my wish list of books. I will have to take a pic of my collection when I get home. But they take up some room. In fact we just moved and I was thinking I need to get rid of the ones i have already reviewed and didnt like. Here is a link to my old room tour
  48. 1 point
    Corvis

    Introduce Yourself Here #6

    Thanks very much!
  49. 1 point
    Granitebeard

    Last know position

    Apparently it is now just on for everyone. I realize it is a useful tool for many people. In fully realizing that it is an arcade game, I still don't like this option for the feel of the game. While this is just a minor frustration for me, I am playing less and less due to how they game is changing over time, and things like this are pushing to make me stop playing in general.


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