Pro Résumé Tip: Don’t Lie

You would think a lesson as simple as "always tell the truth", something that parents teach their children from an early age, wouldn't be such an issue in adulthood. But of course it is for some. I've wanted to write this post for a while, and with the recent media reports about US Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte lying about being robbed in Rio de Janeiro, the timing seemed incredibly appropriate. It's Pretty Simple When applying or interviewing for employment, don't lie. If you do, and you aren't caught right away, chances are pretty good that sooner or later someone will find…
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Apply for the PASS Summit 2014 Program Committee!

With over 40 weeks to go, PASS Summit 2014 may seem like the distant future, however the planning phase is already well underway. An event like the Summit is only possible because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, and opportunities to help this year are already starting to pop up. One such opportunity is the Program Committee. It's a wonderful way to help out, even if you can't attend PASS Summit. That's right, you can be part of the Program Committee without ever leaving the comfort of your home office, balcony, back porch, or wherever else you can get an…
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Break Stuff Like an Expert

This post is part of the DBA JumpStart series being written by myself and 19 other professionals from the SQL Server community and coordinated by John Sansom (@SQLBrit). It has been compiled into a free eBook, which can be found here. Be sure to download a copy! If you could give an aspiring DBA just one piece of advice what would it be? My favorite thought on this topic is don't be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are one of the ways that we learn. Make a lot of them, and you'll have many opportunities to learn. Really. I hear the term "expert" thrown…
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Everything I Can Tell About My MCM Exam Experience

I was recently extremely honored to find out that I earned the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification for SQL Server 2008. For me, this is a major milestone in a long, difficult, and costly journey. I have received several questions about it already, and while I can't answer everything, I am happy share as much of my experience as possible. Why do I want to be a Microsoft Certified Master? If you're considering pursuing the MCM, you really need to sit down and ask yourself why you want to do it beforehand. If you believe that becoming an MCM will…
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