Joining UpSearch

After what may be the longest interview process ever, I have joined the professionals at UpSearch. This marks a few interesting turns in my career. A few firsts:

  • Working from home, full-time. I’ve worked from home before for short periods; perhaps a week or two at the most. So this will be an interesting challenge for me. I do like my home office though, and find that I am quite productive in it. Often more so than I am in a traditional office environment. I’m confident that this will work out well.
  • Consulting. I’ve done contract work, and many of my previous engagements have been contract-to-hire. I know what it takes to keep clients happy. (Candy. Clients like candy.) However, my most recent previous positions have been as a full-time employee. I’m looking forward to the challenge of working for multiple clients. I feel like I have a decent handle on my time management and documentation skills, so again, I’m confident that I am up to the challenge.
  • Community Involvement. I like to think I’ve been doing this already, blogging, speaking at SQL Saturdays and participating in the local user group. Now, however, this is considered a focus of my job. Maybe a minor focus, but a focus none the less. I plan to expand my community involvement because of this.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the two best parts of joining UpSearch are the people I’ll be getting to work with. I have great deal of respect for the professionalism and skills of both Colleen Morrow ( b | t ) and Kendal Van Dyke ( b | t ). I’m looking forward to working with, and learning from, both of them.

Let’s do good work.

Thanks for reading.


6 thoughts on “Joining UpSearch

  1. Shawn Upchurch November 16, 2015 / 10:37 am

    David – let’s do this! Welcome to UpSearch.


    • dmmaxwell November 16, 2015 / 11:36 am

      Thank you for the opportunity, Shawn. I’m looking forward to working together.


  2. wendypastrick November 16, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Congratulations on your new adventure! I’m sure you will be amazing!


    • dmmaxwell November 16, 2015 / 11:37 am

      Thank you, Wendy. :-) I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.


  3. Justin Dearing (@zippy1981) November 16, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Good luck. As far as full time working from home, sometimes you need to get out of the house. Definitely have libraries and coffee shops you can go to, or try to schedule a regular lunch date or two.


    • dmmaxwell November 16, 2015 / 11:38 am

      Thanks, Justin. Luckily for me, there’s both a Tim Horton’s and a Dunkin Donuts within walking distance, as well as our local library. Though hopefully that doesn’t feed my doughnut addiction…


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