Well, Ms. Butler, although I respect your right to post on this public board, Iâ€™m dismayed that you took my posts out of context and went so far as to suggest that I have been less than professional on this site. Iâ€™m a big girl, and clearly understand that not everyone is going to love my no-nonsense approach, but if you want a sugar-coated answer, youâ€™d better head for the bakery. I did go back to the threads that you referenced, read through them all in regards to their full content, and I wouldnâ€™t retract a single one. I stand by my comments, my opinions and the manner in which they were intended. If you choose to take it personally, thatâ€™s your prerogative.
I think that if you dig deeper into the origin of my posts, you will find that my responses are warranted. Although Iâ€™ve noted recent improvements, there was a period of time over a year ago where every third post was a litany of complaints, finger-pointing, and yes, whining about the inability to get coding jobs. As a hiring manager, I know what gets people hired, and have tried to share that on this board, with encouragement, suggestions and the occasional plea to stop the pointless pity parties. Iâ€™m not the only hiring manager who was fed up with the entitlement felt by some of the new coders when jobs didnâ€™t just come raining down like manna from the sky. The posts were so negative and frustrating to read; they detracted from the purpose of the board, and because I am a writer as well as a coder, I felt obligated to respond. This is a tough fieldâ€¦.if youâ€™re offended by any of this-- heaven help you if you have to ever go toe-to-toe with a thoracic surgeon. Those docs will eat you alive!
Be shocked if you must, but frankly your attempt to discredit the advice and comments of the many, many successful experienced senior coders on this board who have taken time out of their day to offer a reality check, was probably not a very well-thought out career move.
In case youâ€™re wonderingâ€¦I will continue to contribute to this board.
Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
Dover, NH 03820
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