Thursday, March 23, 2006

Why do you want to work at Dell?

As silly as it sounds, this is the question i kinda got stump on. My phone interview did rather poorly. The interviewer is expecting analyst experience and I was throwing out technical experiences like there is no tomorrow. I did learnt a few things....I am very surprise at how much they are willing to pay. My salary expectation is 45 k. They ask for 60 k (this is almost double what I am making). I think I am selling myself short. I ain't money hungry. If the job is good (no OT so i can train) and the pay is decent..i will take it. But I just figure...I know I do a good job at work...why not really go out there and market myself.... :)

Anyway...since this is a triathlete blog, I better mention some tri-related stuff. This week I have been pulling an IronWil. Ok I don't get up at 3:30 am, not a scout master, don't have a fancy bike name Appollo and don't have a kick ass podcast. Ok..I guess I am trying to be more like TriSaraTops (yeah i know i don't got a fancy name like hers. TriCliffordTops doesn't sound the same. Also the fact that I have these noodle arms that can't pitch at all...[ok this ain't helping my self esteem one bit]). I started to get at 5 am and train.

Hard part is going to bed early. 10 pm is pretty good for me. I am trying to get to bed at 9 am. Then i can get up really early and train. So far so good. Let see how the weekend will go. Next week, I do want to get up at 4 am or so. I am glad the comp died at home. No blogging/msn/email at night helps a lot. Sometimes too convienence it becomes an inconvient.

After reading everyone's suggestion, I went to the pool yesterday and today. The focus was on the glide. Especially the left hand. This time i used a pull buoy. Forget about the legs (litterally) and just glide and look for a sweet spot in the water. I think I am better than say last week. Video really helped. Next week I am trying to get my friend to tape me again. Will there be Swimming Rock Part II? Perhaps. Also seeing swim couch next Fri night and get this swimming stuff down.

Thanks for the comment and encouragement.....I can smell the next swimming breakthrough...it smells good....

18 comments:

jessie_tri_mn said...

I have a huge dislike for phone interviews. I know they are a necessary first step, but they are brutal! I'm sure you did better than you think. .. Good luck if that's what you want :)

Ugh, I can not seem to get to bed b4 10 anymore. I should follow your lead...

Ultraclyde said...

I love phone interviews. Even if you only stay there for 1 year, 'Business Analyst for Dell' would look great on any I.T. Resume. I'd short-list somebody for that reason alone.

Flatman said...

Yo. I get to bed by 8:30 or 9:00 every night now. It definitely helps with the 4:25 alarm clock!

Anonymous said...

I'm curious why you put this website on your resume?!

I'm a potential employer looking at your resume... I don't think it's a very professional approach at getting yourself a job.

Cliff said...

I post this website on my resume because this is a huge part of my life.

There is strong connection between the way I train and the way I work.

There is actually a lot of commonality between training and working in a job.

I face obstacles in training. I face obstacles in workplace. It might be in a different form but both requires blood, sweat and tears to overcome.

When someone is looking at my resume, I want them to see that I am a human being. And by looking at this blog, I hope they can see that who they are hiring fits into their company's culture.

stronger said...

Can't wait for the next video- I'm sure you'll be long and lean and mean.

I wouldn't want to work for anyone so uptight that they have to leave an anonymous comment on your blog about your professional approach.

FYI anonymous: you'd be lucky to have Cliff

shenan said...

um, yes. i think you have to become acclimatized to the salary you could be making...

qcmier said...

I don't know how you do that morning workout thing.

I can smell a swimming breakthrough coming out of Canada as well. There's a faint hint of beer, too.

nancytoby said...

Going to bed at 9AM sounds like a great party just happened!

And that swim couch? I gotta try that one. :-) Can you watch TV from it??

You rock. People who leave anonymous comments are usually creeps, in my experience.

Mike said...

Ugh- regarding the phone interview-many times a necessary evil, like Jessie mentioned, but don't forget that we are often are own worst critic- i'm sure you did fine.
Hats off to you on the morning workouts...definitely an area that I need to "man-up"!

Susan said...

3:30 AM? Now that is even top early for me! Glad the swimming smells better!

Jamie said...

I am feeling you on the swimming. I know I am getting better and it is great! As hard as you are working on it, I know you will see results soon.

IMmike said...

I find that waking up early and going to bed early go hand in hand. If I get up at 5, I'm so tired at 9 that I fall asleep. Just the way things work for me.

Comm's said...

God will land you the job that you need right now, which may even be getting more at where you work. Sometimes the changes in your position need to come from you and not above. Im pulling for you eitehr way. I also think that working for dell is a good resume booster.

Mr JaguarDriver said...

I was out searching for daily prayer related information, when I landed on your page. Cliff you have some good stuff there. While this post wasn't exactly what I was looking for I enjoyed the read Thanks. So I'll continue on looking for daily prayer, see you again some time.

TriSaraTops said...

TriCliffordTops....I like it, I like it! :) I second Stronger....anyone would be lucky to have as dedicated a worker and person as you!

Rae said...

Ha! I think TriClifferTops sounds pretty snazzy!

You want to work at Dell because they have a big division down here you might get to travel to!

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