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survey: how much of a goof off?

I just realized that I can't remember the last time I did any real work. I know I spend at least 5 hrs a day messing around on the internet, and the other 3 are surely spent politicking, gossiping and setting the groundwork for claims of nebulous and unverifiable accomplishments should I be asked. I know this is the same for many of you, but how is it exactly? Out of 40 hrs, how many do you spend working vs goofing around? For me it's the whole 40 hrs.
Permalink Regular Poster 
April 15th, 2007 1:41am
I do very little actual work these days at work. The biggest challenge for me at work is to look busy.

I really would like to do some real development but my resume says Java, Java, Java since 2000. And people looking for Java developers tend to want an alphabet soup of API acronyms that we just don't use.

So it appears I'm stuck for the time being.

Unless I get off my butt and try to learn something new.
Permalink Full name 
April 15th, 2007 2:00am
You guys should quit your jobs, that kind of shit is unhealthy.
Permalink Send private email Сергей РахманиноB 
April 15th, 2007 3:31am
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Permalink dd 
April 15th, 2007 6:53am
There are several ways to approach a job:
1) People who read the requirements and think either "I can't do that" or "my resume won't get past HR"
2) People who read the requirements and think "that job looks interesting and I think I could do it; let's see if I can convince them to hire me"
3) [various combinations of sociopathy and incompetence that leads people to apply for jobs they couldn't possibly perform]

I've got a friend who's type 1 - I'm always sending him job listings I think he'd do well at, and he looks for reasons that he wouldn't be hired. On the other hand, I see every job opening as a sales opportunity - if I think it's something I could do (even if it means some weekend studying at first) then it's "how to I couch my experience to get them interested in me?"

If you get into the interview, it's up to them to decide if you're where they want you to be to do the job.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
April 15th, 2007 8:56am
Good post Philo.
Permalink bogger 
April 15th, 2007 9:06am
You need a wrapper API for your activity ... GOJA (goof off Java API). Put that on your resume and let them smoke it.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
April 15th, 2007 11:21am
At my old job I was lucky if I did 2 hours of actual work out of the 8 or so I was there.  After a while I started to go nuts.

It's not healthy to pretend to work all day.  Get a real job or change professions.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
April 15th, 2007 5:29pm
>You need a wrapper API for your activity ... GOJA (goof off Java API). Put that on your resume and let them smoke it.

LOL. Good one, snowflake.

Thanks to all who responded.
Permalink Full name 
April 15th, 2007 5:36pm
If you don't work for long enough, you'll start to feel you are losing your mind at the job anyhow and start to think of inexplicable leaving.

Get your rest the night before, that seems to at least help a lot.
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
April 15th, 2007 10:13pm

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