New Logo Revealed

My personal motto (well, one of several I have) is “Struggle. Overcome. Repeat.” I’ve now had a logo designed with “I Am Rand” on the bottom. The bird will hopefully remind you of the legendary phoenix or fire bird rising from its own ashes. I’ve …

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Tips Book Forthcoming

I’ll begin my publishing career with Tips on Surviving Corporate Hell this fall! The included tips are based on The Corporate Hell Survival Guide, which is due for release by the spring of 2021. Work on both is ongoing, as are some related YouTube videos …

Tips on Your Work Environment

Tip #1: “Less is More” Avoid making your work area a shrine to all things personal, with every last wall or desk space covered in paraphernalia. A few choice items just looks better than every last surface covered in something (italics) non-work related. It is …

Tips on Finding a New Job

Tip #3: “Responses Are Not Guaranteed” In life, regardless of who is initiating contact, a response is not guaranteed. Some will say we must respond to everyone, but this can be unrealistic in a hot job market when 20-30 people contact us every day for …

Tips About How to Make More Money

Tip #1: “Avoid Admitting What You Make” It’s not a future employer’s business what you’re making now or previously. What matters is that skillset, experience and market conditions have you seeking an appropriate amount. Leave that part of a job application blank. If asked, respond …

Randy Zinn

Randy Zinn has worked as a software developer/architect in the Washington D.C. area for over 20 years and encountered an amazing number of characters and issues along the way – so much so that he has not one but two forthcoming memoirs about it. Whether …

Tips on Employment Types

Tip #6: “Beware the Illusion” There’s an old joke that the difference between employment and contracting or consulting is the illusion of job security. The former supposedly has it while the latter doesn’t. Well, employment doesn’t have it either. It just seems like it. We …

Leaving on Your Terms!

Part Three is all about how it ends, as all good things must. Whether it’s threats to our job, other opportunities, workplace tension, how to exit, or how to tell your employer, this crucial part covers them all!

Life in the Corporate World

Part Two is all about making the job work, from social outings, corporate events, celebrations big and small, dealing with the work environment, surviving the work day and week, mistakes to avoid, doing your actual job, and even finding out how to screw around without …

Getting Started with Corporate Life

Part One is about the basics everyone should know: employment types, finding a job, interviews, getting hired, your first day, benefits, and the all important paycheck!

Tips on Corporate Events

Tip #1: “Always Attend Onsite Events” Always attend any corporate event by your company, or the client if you’re there, taking place where you work. Skipping it looks anti-social and casts us in a bad light. You don’t have to stay for the whole thing, …

Tips on Surviving Corporate Hell

The corporate world can be full of surprises, not all of them pleasant. Some can be downright nefarious and cost you a gig and more. Why hope for the best, or that someone on the job will help you navigate this world, when you can …

Article Quote on Programming

I was recently quoted in an article at mrc-productivity.com on “Why web application development projects fail (and what IT can do about it).” Check out my contribution to the article where I talk about “scope creep” and how it can destroy a project.

Scott Amyx Site Interview

I had the good fortune to be interviewed for Scott Amyx’ website. Who is he? Among other things, “Scott is a thought leader, speaker, and author on the Internet of Things and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and winner of the Cloud & DevOps World Award …