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Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Careers on Monday 12th March

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  • Tech Cooperatives: A Better Way to Make a Living

    by Raeanne Young, Andi Shively, Drew Stephan, Poonam Whabi and Jack Aponte

    Most experienced IT folks have faced the choice of freelancing versus working for an established business. Freelancing offers creative autonomy but not necessarily steady income. A job with a larger company provides a steady paycheck but often comes with creative and personal constraints.

    We are part of a growing movement among creative professionals who want an alternative to traditional business structures. The worker-cooperative business model enables IT professionals to maintain control of their work and life, produce excellent work, and retain the benefits of the value that they create, without sacrificing security. Our tech cooperatives offer the support and team approach of a firm but are entirely owned and democratically governed by the folks who work in them - us.

    This is a moderated panel with a focused, first-person discussion of different experiences of working in tech cooperatives. We will explain why a growing number of IT professionals prefer working in a co-op setting, the advantages and drawbacks of a democratic workplace, and the processes of starting and maintaining a worker cooperative.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Monday 12th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

  • Job Hopping: Turn a High Number to Your Advantage

    by Gi-Gi Downs and Erin Bush

    Do you share your number?

    You know the classic assumption: they all want to be the first. They might understand if one or two didn't work out, but they're scared if you've had a lot of those. But some people know the secret-–that a variety of experiences makes you a better…

    Employee.

    No, we're not talking about the closely-guarded number of your past lovers; but how many jobs you’ve had.

    The brutal reality is that if you’ve spent any time in the tech industry, it’s likely you’ve hopped around companies in your local tech corridor. Had multiple titles. Multiple bosses. And, the old theory says, this doesn't look good on your resume.

    Unless, that is, you learn to carry it well.

    Shifting priorities and re-org roulette may have left you with an embarrassingly high number, but is your reputation really shot? Armed with a little knowledge, you can beat the stereotype. And it might even keep you off the unemployment line.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Online Personality Disorder: Resumes & Profiles

    by Jennifer Jongsma, Kevin Lawver, Kristy Duncan and Carla Borsoi

    An editor, researcher, and program manager walk into a bar. They are looking to help talented people who have personality and technical chops. As they down a Shiner, they look for a coherent story that tells who you are, what you’ve done, and where you can go. In this session we'll share our tips then jump into live reviews of resumes and a variety of online profiles. Beyond the action verbs and a Google search, these three will help you synchronize what you show on paper and online. They'll show how your online presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, About.me) can help an employer picture you in their organization. How can you show yourself to be unique? How do your other digital selves support your claims? Hear how these three, with years of hiring experience, approach evaluating job candidates. Bring us your resumes, your profiles and your questions.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Brazos, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

    Coverage audio clip

  • Smart Home Meet Up

    by John Dial

    Get together with other smart home experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a smart home expert for your company.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 615AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Cloud Entrepreneurs Meet Up

    by Gary Thompson

    Get together with other cloud-related entrepreneurs for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a cloud-related expert for your company.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 615AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • EFF Meet Up

    by Jon Lebkowsky

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has been defending your rights in the digital world for 22 years! Meet up with EFF and others who are dedicated to cyber liberties advocacy for an hour of networking, brainstorming, and sharing. Hosted by Jon Lebkowsky of EFF-Austin, an independent cyber liberites organization inspired by national EFF

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Big Bend, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Fashion Meet Up

    by Kelly Krause

    Get together with other fashion experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Meet Up Tent, Palm Park

  • Big Data Meet Up

    by Silona Bonewald

    Get together with other Big Data professionals for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a Big Data expert for your company.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 615AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Meme Meet Up

    by Clay Crenshaw

    Get together with other meme experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Meet Up Tent, Palm Park

  • Predictive Technology and Marketing Meet Up

    by Michael Crider

    Get together with other predictive technology and marketing experts for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement. Or, attend this Meet Up to learn more about this segment of the industry -- or if you are looking to hire a predictive technology and marketing expert for your company.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Boardroom, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

  • F1 Meet Up

    by Kerri Olsen

    Get together with other F1 professionals (and enthusiasts) for an hour of brainstorming, idea-buidling, networking, friend-making and career-enhancement.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 615AB, Hilton Austin Downtown