Admitting Your Mistakes

When did it become unfashionable to admit to mistakes. We all make mistakes. Why not just own up to them? Yesterday I got an email from an agent asking if I was available for work. I replied pointing her to the page on my company web site where that information is always available. Just now… Continue reading Admitting Your Mistakes


It’s been a week of anniversaries. Wednesday was the tenth anniversary of the first meeting. And last night we had our tenth anniversary meeting. But for me personally, today is an even bigger anniversary. It was twenty years ago today that I started my first “real” job. I hope you won’t be too bored… Continue reading Anniversaries

Perl Programmers in London

Judging by the number of calls and emails that I’m getting recently, the demand for Perl programmers in London is going through one of its periodic increases. Hopefully recruitment agents who are desperately googling for “perl programmer london” will find this entry and save themselves a little time. The Perl community likes to do what… Continue reading Perl Programmers in London

Contract Nonsense

This is really pissing me off. My current contract ended yesterday. The clients want to extend me for another six months. I’m happy to stay there for another six months. However, since I started there in April, the clients have outsourced the running of their temporary workers HR department to a third party. And that… Continue reading Contract Nonsense

Interviewing the Interviewer

This article contains some good advice about getting the most out of an interview. In particular it has some interesting sample questions for the “do you have any questions you’d like to ask me” section of the interview. How long does it take from the time someone identifies a need for a new piece of… Continue reading Interviewing the Interviewer