Branding Yourself for a Dream Job – Houston SQL Server User Group

I delivered a presentation for the Houston SQL Server User Group tonight, virtually from Colorado. I’d love to go down, but couldn’t do it today.

The slides for the talk are here: BrandingDreamJob.pptx

I had fun and thanks to the Houston group and Paresh for having me.

A few interesting questions:

Should you use your real name on Slack (or Twitter/etc.)

There is no right or wrong answer here. For me, I want to tie together my efforts, so if I help people on Twitter, I want to link my resume/profile to my Twitter account. It’s why I keep way0utwest and try to get that on new platforms. My profile says “Steve Jones”.

You can do what you want.

What about using ChatGPT to write blogs?

A great comment here from Paresh. I think this is a good way to get started and maybe sketch out a post. I would recommend this, though I think this needs to grow and improve.


You don’t know if ChatGPT synthesized sentences and paragraphs from other information, which is what we all do. You also don’t know if it copied paragraphs verbatim from somewhere.

My advice if you use this is plan on editing the result and making it your own.

How do we network virtually?

I’ve networked and built friendships online for years. In the SQL Server Central forums and similar places. Sometimes real time chat, sometimes asynchronous posts. However it works.

If you can get to know people with messaging or posts on a platform, that’s great. If you come to a virtual group meeting, or even a company meeting, early, you can spend a few minutes in chat or live chatting with them. Ask a question, share something, solicit an opinion, or comment on something.

In busy chats, or even aloud, you might @ someone or address them. In chat, @Steve, that was an interesting comment. Aloud, “Steve, have you ever used automatic seeing in an AG?”


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3 Responses to Branding Yourself for a Dream Job – Houston SQL Server User Group

  1. Many thanks for the awesome presentation and making the slides available!


  2. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to TX but if not you should and I don’t mean as a lay over at DFW but an actual multi day stay that is not work. 16 years ago when my current employer whom I was doing contract work for made me an offer I couldn’t refuse the first home teh wife and I had built//bought was put on teh market and we relocated to TX with a 1 year old a nd a new born and now I can say i wish I had been a native born Texan. I love the place. We got here during the 2088 banking crisis so houses weren’t that pricey at least not her and we traded our 1800 SqFt home for one more than double that size in a small town 20 minutes outside of Dallas and it costs only %20 more than the old house. That’s how much better the per Sqft price was. There is soo much rich history and just fun things in teh Dall-FT Worth area. If you ever visit Dallas be sure to check out a local restaurant called Twisted Root Burgers. They have a location in Deep Ellum (the historic and night life area of Downtown Dallas). It’s an amazing burger and great atmosphere.


    • way0utwest says:

      Haven’t been to Texas a lot, but actually Austin last week and 2 visits to Dallas early this year. Don’t love Dallas, but did enjoy a mean at Hard 8. That was neat. I’ll keep Twisted Root in mind. Likely will be in Austin a few more times this year, and if I could get the Dallas group to run a SQL Saturday, I’d come down for that.

      It’s a little too flat for me to live there 😉


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