It was a busy weekend for me. Most of my time was spent redesigning MANteresting. We threw up a new logo. Moved some stuff around. And ultimately brought the site up to web 2.0 standards.
After a couple of hours of coding in the MANteresting changes, I couldn’t help myself. I figured it was time to give this here blog a face-lift. The old “grungy” look was cool and all, but there was too much going on: crazy background graphics, too many icons, awkward spacing.
This new look, while some will probably call it boring, pretty much removes all of those concerns. Wanna know the thing I’m most excited about? My two unicorn compadres hanging out in the header. I’ll be frequently changing out the text in their speech bubbles, so keep your eyes peeled for some fun banter between the two 😉
I remember opening Photoshop for the first time and feeling overwhelmed with all the setting and panel options. I didn’t know where to begin. Or when I looked at CSS code for my first time and thought “What the crap does ‘box-shadow: 0 0 2px #d9d9d9;’ mean”?!
I was in over my head, but through a lot of trial-and-error, I’ve become relatively proficient.
I’ve always been concerned that my work as a Special Agent limits my marketability to new job opportunities. Most people in my job do this their entire lives, they have no need to broaden their horizons.
I’ve been casually exploring tech and medical sales positions over the last few weeks. I’ve also been rejected from every position I’ve applied to since this time. Haven’t even gotten a phone interview. Companies want someone who has sold X dollars of product, performed X number of deals in the last X months, and performs X% above the team average.
When you’ve never sold anything before, it’s kind of hard to convince someone to give you a sales job. If I was a recruiter, I wouldn’t look twice at my resume either.
The reality is my current position will never give me experience in sales. It also never gave me experience in graphic/website design. If I want to become competitive in the job market, it’s time I pick myself up by my bootstraps and start selling things. Who wants to buy some used toilet paper? 😉
Have you picked up any valuable skills in your free time? Musical instrument? Sewing/tailoring? Handyman (plumbing, mechanic, etc)?