John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

Bedtime for John-zo

I've had a long but productive day today. It started early this morning with ear drops for Judi, after which I left for a meeting of the Independent Trainers and Consultants Network. Then it was off to my client to go over the product certification exam that I've been busting my butt over. I had about an hour and a half in between my two meetings, meaning that I had time to stop for mocha and Internet surfing in between.

As I said, it was a productive day. I got a chance to talk about my recent good fortune with some people who have been independent far longer than I have, and they were kind enough to give me some pointers on getting started. They all felt that I was on the right track by working with one client at a time and getting up to speed on that product, while at the same time looking for additional opportunities. One of the people there might have a line on additional opportunities; he gave me his business card, and asked me to send him my resume.

I learned something else today, too: If someone asks, you can do just about anything, provided that you have actually done it at least once. My contact from above asked if I knew SQL, and I started out by saying "no," largely because I don't have any heavy job experience. But I am pretty good with it, as another friend of mine pointed out. So, I quickly changed my answer to "yes." I may look into BrainBench as a way to get myself some sort of certification in the areas in which I have experience but nothing heavy to put on the resume.

My client said that I'm doing very well in getting certified, and that when I had done a satisfactory job on the product certification, I can invoice them. Is this a great country, or what?

Anyway, I'm beat. Good night.

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