Cache: Sarah’s Non-Traditional Job Search Experiment

This is a cache of a a webpage ( which was available on 8/26/2011.

Hi, I’m Sarah and I need a job. The traditional job search method seems to penalize me because I’m not very traditional. I thought I’d try something different.

I’ve been doing front-end web development for more than 10 years. HTML, CSS and JavaScript are my closest friends. I’ve been playing with Node.js, MongoDB and Ruby on my own lately. I’ve done PHP and Java in the past. I’m not entirely picky about technologies (just… no Microsoft please). I’m more concerned with working with good people and learning as much as I can.

I’m going to tell you some things about myself that aren’t things you would normally disclose in a job interview, but I’m going with this experimental angle. Don’t worry, there’s good things too.

So, here’s some not-necessarily-awesome-stuff about me:

  • I don’t have any friends or family that are remotely interested in computers, so I don’t have anyone to casually “talk shop” with and I tend to stumble when discussing things.
  • I read a wise thing recently: make sure you aren’t the smartest engineer at your job. I’ve failed at that pretty consistently. I’ve always been the one passing knowledge onto others, but rarely have I been the recipient.
  • I’m not an idea person. I’m a get-things-done person.
  • I think Twitter is silly.

And here’s some rather-awesome-things about me:

  • I’m smart and I learn really fast.
  • I’m extremely passionate about what I do. I love love love it.
  • I’m self taught in just about everything that I do.
  • I love getting thrown into projects where I have zero knowledge and having the opportunity to learn.
  • I make really awesome baked goods that I always share with my co-workers.

I don’t want to wear a suit and sit uncomfortably in your office for 4 hours trying to impress you with my words. I’d like to just come in and start working with some kick-ass people who are doing awesome things. I’m happy to volunteer for a bit to prove to you that I can do awesome things too. In turn, I get some mentoring and knowledge and eventually a paycheck (I do need to eat at some point).

Is there a nice company in the Boston metro area that’s willing to give me a non-traditional chance? I’d love to hear from you. :D

[email protected]

P.S. I have a real website with portfolio and more. This is just my experiment to see what this can do for me, but I’m also concerned it could hurt me, hence anonymousish. This isn’t intended to showcase my skills. It’s just a simple letter.

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