My work is an okay place, but it lacks some major items I would like, such as healthcare and a structured work environment. So I'm looking for somewhere else to work.
In July I updated my resume. In September I updated it again. So during Thanksgiving I pulled up an old cover letter, cross referenced it with a cover letter my brother recently wrote, and came up with an updated cover letter.
Wednesday I sent the cover letter and resume to a company about 17 miles from where I live (thats a 22 minute drive at midnight, and a 45 minute drive at 7:30 am). Today I did the first round of HR pre-screening interviews. When she said "Do you have any questions about the company you'd like to ask?" is about the time I assume that I passed her interview with flying colors. After a bit more conversing she said she would pass my resume and information to the hiring manager.
Oh, and the comment on the education verse work experience verse certification topic: I have an associates degree (2 year technical college), 7 years IT experience (4 years help desk, 1 year jr programmer, 2 years sys admin), and a handful of certs (A+, Network+, MCP x 2, 2 x misc specific domain certs). The first five years of my work history was based entirely off having an A+ certification. I was in college when I switched jobs and the sys admin job landed in my lap because I was about 75% done with college and promised the employer that I would complete the degree. Todays interview was based off previous work experience and certifications. So I believe that certifications are important, but it is just one part of the puzzle.
Thanks for reading (no, you can't have three to five minutes of your life back!)