Friday, October 8, 2010

Medical Volunteer work

Having a great time, and learning a lot about the healthcare industry in my volunteer position.

Currently, I am helping with spreadsheet work for the critical care unit of a hospital.

Hoping it helps me with my Healthcare IT job search!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Job Turnover Activity

I'm seeing a lot of people leaving jobs and/or being promoted within, based on LinkedIn company activity...

I think companies are starting to hire more, and people with jobs are starting to look externally, and internally, for new jobs...

...maybe a good sign for me to pick up a position from without a company??!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Jobs Jobs Jobs

Many being posted, and a lot for me to apply for...

I have a lot to offer an employer. Just have to get that employer/employee match!

Time for another Resume review :-)

Well, School has started!

And I'd like to start working now :-)

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Going to be at the Auburn library today in the Genealogy section...helping researchers with their research...part of my volunteer portfolio.
I help once a month at the library - 1st Saturday from 1 - 3.

Next week I do interview and orientation for volunteering at the hospital...looking forward to see where I will be needed!

Cub Scouts is "off" this week...Labor day holiday break :-)

Kids are going back to school next week is ready...there was lots of cleaning and repainting going on!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Excused from Jury Duty - back to Job Search

Thank You!

I've been excused from Jury Duty, and now I can resume my Job Search...

Don't have to work around JD for interviews, etc and clear :-)

I will do my Jury Duty at some later time...but for now, I need to find employment!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Short Break - Cub Scout Camp

I'm taking a short break the next 4 days for Cub Scout Camp!

I will check my Cell phone messages periodically for any interviews! :-)

and I'll get back to anyone else on Monday.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SQL Queries

I just learned, in an embarrassing way, that I need to brush up on my advanced SQL querying skills!

I kind of blew it on an interview test - writing advanced SQL queries. I couldn't remember some of the syntax, nor how to do some functions with join queries...

Oh well, yet another avenue for self-training :-) It's just a matter of refreshing my memory!

At least I can do basic SQL!!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Interviews, Interviews, Interviews...

Liking! all the interviews I've been getting lately!

I have a feeling at least one of them is going to gel into an offer :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More iSeries jobs!

I have notice many more iSeries (AS/400) jobs being posted...
...Good news!

Should be no-time that some company can use my iSeries value!

(but I'm still open to other positions as well :) ).

Saturday, July 3, 2010

High Job Posting Activity

I've had lots of opportunities to apply for this week, both direct hire and contract.

I broke my record on jobs applied for...over 30 so far this week.

And each one of them relevant to me!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Contract or Temporary work?

I am open to Contract or Temporary work in Information Services, to tide me over, or to convert to permanent employment!

Do you need help with your computer systems or applications? Need a database set up?

See my website for details, or shoot me an email! has skills detail, and recommendations...

I have direct experience with Direct Marketing/Direct Mail/email, or with Real Estate Information.

If you have system/application issues, I am an excellent troubleshooter!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More on Personality Type INTJ

All Rationals are good at planning operations, but Masterminds are head and shoulders above all the rest in contingency planning. Complex operations involve many steps or stages, one following another in a necessary progression, and Masterminds are naturally able to grasp how each one leads to the next, and to prepare alternatives for difficulties that are likely to arise any step of the way. Trying to anticipate every contingency, Masterminds never set off on their current project without a Plan A firmly in mind, but they are always prepared to switch to Plan B or C or D if need be.

Masterminds are rare, comprising no more than, say, one percent of the population, and they are rarely encountered outside their office, factory, school, or laboratory. Although they are highly capable leaders, Masterminds are not at all eager to take command, preferring to stay in the background until others demonstrate their inability to lead. Once they take charge, however, they are thoroughgoing pragmatists. Masterminds are certain that efficiency is indispensable in a well-run organization, and if they encounter inefficiency-any waste of human and material resources-they are quick to realign operations and reassign personnel. Masterminds do not feel bound by established rules and procedures, and traditional authority does not impress them, nor do slogans or catchwords. Only ideas that make sense to them are adopted; those that don't, aren't, no matter who thought of them. Remember, their aim is always maximum efficiency.

In their careers, Masterminds usually rise to positions of responsibility, for they work long and hard and are dedicated in their pursuit of goals, sparing neither their own time and effort nor that of their colleagues and employees. Problem-solving is highly stimulating to Masterminds, who love responding to tangled systems that require careful sorting out. Ordinarily, they verbalize the positive and avoid comments of a negative nature; they are more interested in moving an organization forward than dwelling on mistakes of the past.

Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality.

Alan Greenspan, Ben Bernanke, Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Ulysses S. Grant, Frideriche Nietzsche, Niels Bohr, Peter the Great, Stephen Hawking, John Maynard Keynes, Lise Meitner, Ayn Rand and Sir Isaac Newton are examples of Rational Masterminds.

Keirsey website

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers Day! Dads...

A Happy Fathers day to all dads!

If you are unemployed as I am...hope you have a job soon!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Jung Personality Type

I had to take a Personality Test for a job application.

My result was INTJ - Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking(Thoughtful), Judging.

Defined as a Mastermind.

INTJ's make up only 1% - 4% of the population.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sudden drop in job postings?

I've noticed a big drop in postings this week...hopefully it is just the Memorial day weekend anomaly...

Still have had some jobs to apply for this week though.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Trying to keep up on learning

Trying to keep abreast of my Java and German tutorials, while looking for a job...

Not as easy as it sounds!

Should brush up on my RPG too, I guess!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Job Fairs - hit or miss

Job Fairs are kind of hit or miss...

...I've got interviews out of one...nothing out of another...

Let's see what the Job Fair in Tacoma on Tuesday brings??

Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Record for Applied For Jobs

19 jobs applied for this past week!

SOMETHING has to come from one of these, you would think?

They are all relevant...

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Statewide Job Search

Searching the whole state for IT/IS jobs!

Seattle and beyond! :)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Keeping my mind alert!


** Crossword puzzles

** Learning German

** Learning Java

** Memorizing gas prices at various gas stations, then posting them to Gas Buddies

got to keep the grey matter working :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Seattle Job Fair

Attended the Seattle Job Fair today put on my

Saw a few likely company candidates...passed out a few Resumes...

Now on to check some of their websites!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Learning Java

I am using online tutorials to teach myself Java.

I am hoping this can supplement my portfolio of development languages and tools, especially HTML.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

New and Improved Resume

I've always been tweaking my Resume...but I've revamped it a bit, and I like it better!

Also improved the online version at

Job Postings Increasing!

Good for job applications...and they are relevant for me too! Over 10 this week!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New York Calling

Having many interviews for positions in NY State...Am I supposed to go there??

But I am also seeing iSeries COBOL jobs to apply for here...

We will see where the job wheel stops...around and around it goes...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Another Busy Week!

Job postings are really picking up this week...especially ones relevant to me!

I'm also starting working on my next version of my Value Proposition letter...keep a lookout for it!

Kids are out of school this it is a busy week! :)

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Value Proposition Letters sent

I've sent out some Value Proposition letters to prospective employers.

Did you get yours? If you would like one, contact me, or view my website @

If you have an iSeries(AS/400), I can help you leverage your systems and applications!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Whoops! Where did the jobs go?

All of a sudden, a drop off in viable job postings...

Maybe an end-of-month anomaly? :)

Should be a better week this week!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Jobs Applied to last week - 10

... a new record...and they were all relevant jobs...I don't apply for jobs I cannot do.(or to just receive unemployment).

And my website is seeing more traffic.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Nice selection of jobs this week.

There has been a nice selection of jobs to apply for this week (for me anyway).

7 so far (at the time of this post).

Including some iSeries(AS/400) jobs that don't require RPG...I have exposure to RPG, but not programming experience...

Things a looking up! :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pacific Midrange Systems Association meeting

Tomorrow is the PMSA meeting for iSeries/AS/400 developers.

I will be there handing out Resumes and Business Cards.

This months meeting is about encryption.

See the PMSA website @

See you there!

My Business Card

Daniel Volkmann
AS/400 Programmer/Systems Analyst
Leverages iSeries Systems & Applications
SeaTac, Washington 98168

See my Website for my Resume/Biography

Job Postings increasing

I am encouraged by the uptick in job posting activity.

It helps to have more options in jobs to apply for.

I'm also getting more hits and my website! (

Monday, February 22, 2010

My latest Value Proposition...

Would you like to further leverage your midrange computer system(s)?

As a Programmer/Analyst I enhanced processes, made them more efficient and further leveraged the iSeries (AS/400) system by adding utility through analysis and programming. Following are just a few examples:
* Increased efficiency 50% of a heavily used process, to just 4 hours versus overnight, by reprogramming the logic.
* Saved over 500 reams of paper annually and streamlined delivery of reports by converting hardcopy to email.
* Freed up 100 plus programmer hours annually for billable work by developing a custom ETL utility.

Your organization can achieve these kinds of results for their technology with me on your staff. My salary expectations of $75k plus annually would be offset by the benefit I bring to your organization.

If you are interested in these kinds of results, contact me to discuss our mutual opportunities.


Daniel Volkmann

PS. My website contains a portfolio with further details and more examples.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Liking all the relevant jobs!

There have been a lot more relevent jobs to apply for lately! :)

It should not be long now for some organization to retain me to help with their systems!

Thank God for blessing me with patience thus far!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Job Posting Activity

I think the economic recovery has started! :)

I have noticed a lot more job postings in the past couple of weeks, especially this week.

Good luck, and God bless to all you fellow job searchers out there!


Back Online!

I've been offline for a couple of days. :(

Windows on my computer had a major crash and would not restart, nor reinstall/recover without many attempts. I finally got it to restore, and with many, many, many windows updates, we are back! :)

Now...back to my jobsearch!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thank You to Mark Hovind and

He puts on great workshops every Thursday to help people market themselves and find work.
You create a Value Proposition Letter to send to prospective employers. It is an interative will go through many versions until you have something to use...just like a Résumé, it keeps changing too...


Website is "Basically Done"

All my content is now on the new website, but of course, I will always be adding more :)

Please check it out, and feel free to comment!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Website About Finished

I am about done with major renovations to my new website. now has 3 pages, Portfolio(home page), Résumé and Explication.

The Résumé is greatly expanded from the old version, and includes some HTML elements, and more content.

Google has found the original version a couple of weeks ago, but has not revisted content and keywords should help in search optimization!

Visit soon

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Value Statements

I am working on my Value Statements...These are what make me unique, and valuable to an employer.

Is any of this of value to your organization?

Would you like help leveraging your midrange system(s)? Do you need help making your applications and processes more efficient?
I can help your organization save time and money in doing these as well as maintaining your existing systems and developing new ones.

This is just the start...

Anyone who knows me, please comment with suggestions for addtions!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Posted Résumé's getting some hits!

It's nice to see I am getting some hits on my posted Résumé's. Hopefully an interview will be generated soon! :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Employers...look for my Résumé !

I've started posting my Résumé on more job board sites...

...look for my Résumé on Career Builder, Monster, Dice and CraigsList!

Job search is a two-way street...Employers can look for Résumé's...Seekers can look for jobs...

Successful Job Search Week

Found seven(7) jobs to apply for this week!

3 out of state, 4 in Washington.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Website -

I've created a new website for my career portfolio.

I purchased my name as a domain with hosting. was taken (by godaddy), so I requested, with a dash in the name. Still looks good with dash...even better I think than without the dash.

At this point it is still under construction, but basic info is there, and a link to my Résumé website.


Job Hunting Workshop

Attending a Job Hunting Workshop today. I hope to get some good job hunting tips and techniques.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jobs Today

I've found 2 jobs to apply for today...Yeah!

And I received 1 reply from posting my Résumé on Monster!


Monday, January 11, 2010


Signed up on Monster today. We'll see if the email job alerts and the profile help me find a job. :)

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Blogging now

I'm starting to blog about my career...which now consists of a job search.

I've even been enhancing my skills from time to time...I'll may blog what I've learned.

Job Applications this week.

Having a good job search week this week.
There have been a lot more relevant jobs to apply for.

I've even applied to a couple out of state. Can we say - relocation :)