Some of you may already know this, but I am no longer at EMC. It’s been a great 5 years and I have had a blast being a part of the EMC Elect program. Yes, I had been keeping this somewhat secret, not going public while reaching out to a few people and applying to positions listed online. This however has taken a bit of a toll on my social presence and personal brand. As I look around, I see a lot of great inspiration from others similar experiences within the community and I think it might be best to communicate out in hopes that it might make this process go quicker. So I’m taking a page right from Keith Townsend’s playbook and blogging about it in hopes to attract additional opportunities.
One of my biggest struggles so far has been figuring out exactly what I want for a new role. There are so many types of positions that I haven’t done before, but I’ve seen so many others succeed in those areas. Presales has been a curiosity for me as well as design and implementation. My earlier years were spent on the post sales side of the house and I’ve always thought that I could make customer’s lives easier if I applied that experience to creating new solutions. My experience in social media marketing has given me a great appreciation for the culture and made me think I would be a good fit for Technical Marketing.
In reading over Keith’s review of his whole process, I immediately noticed a lot of similarities between his situation and mine. Just like Keith, we were both trying to go back to a more technical role after taking 2 years in a less-technical position. This of course can cause a disconnect as my CV may not communicate this effectively based on my recent job experience. I know I can do the work and pick things up quickly, but having not been a Systems Engineer or Solutions Architect in a previous role might be getting me filtered out automatically when approaching this through a job board.
So I’ve turned to the community for assistance in finding the next step in my career and exploring new opportunities. It’s hard to say exactly what I want because I believe there are so many options that I might be good for. Since it won’t hurt, I’m going to continue to seek out new options through traditional methods, but I welcome anyone who wants to talk about my future and see if I might be a good fit for what you are looking for. You can reach me here, on Twitter, or LinkedIn.