2010/08/18

Too Good to Be True?

I am available for new side projects now and full-time engagements on (or possibly before) October 1, 2010.

My resume is up to date and I've started to interview (with good feedback and results, but nothing offered in my range of skills and experience) and have started investigating some ventures with former colleagues too.

I don't have an ideal project, but I have an ideal niche at a company (or companies, if a few want part-time engagements) that needs someone:

  • Who is smart and gets things done
  • Who knows technology inside and out - with breadth and depth
  • Honest, straightforward, accurate, fast, with proven track record
  • Dedicated to building quality systems and team
  • Who is a general systems thinker and understands systems
  • Dedicated to the company, the product, the team and happy customers
  • Who can talk to other technical people and be respected
  • Who can talk to business people and understand their needs

It just sounds too good to be true doesn't it?

I think that's a problem, and I don't know how to solve it.  Because for the last 16 years, I have really made a great impact on 3 companies in very different ways and different roles - all blending very ambitious technology with business needs and tight constraints on team, budget and time.

Here's a letter I tried with no response so far:
I noticed you recently advertised a position or came up on my radar as a local technology company who might be interested in some local talent - ME - about to come back on the market.  I am expecting to be available on October 1 for new projects or a long term employment opportunity and if your company is a good fit, my skills and experience could be an extremely valuable addition to your team.
As you can tell from my attached resume, I have hardcore development experience and my stackoverflow rep (http://careers.stackoverflow.com/caderoux) puts me in the top 1% of that community.  Being in the business, you know that great programmers aren't normally on the market, because they're always working hard making companies successful with great software, and you also know that there's an order of magnitude difference in productivity between the best and worst programmers, and it's all about aptitude - years of experience don't make a bad programmer any better.  I live for making great software and great software teams and I know what it takes.


Right now, I'm looking to find the next long-term move that would be good for me.  Once I've found it, I'm probably not going to be available for a while, but I might still be available for shorter engagements.


I appreciate your time - let me know if you want to explore whether we have a fit.

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