Magic!

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HP Magic Giveaway

The Random Number Generator spoke, and Tony Eversole of Richmond, KY is the winner of our HP Magic Giveaway Contest. I spoke with Tony on the phone today, and he sounded beyond excited. He’s keeping his plans for what he’s going to do with the prize package quiet until after Christmas (he likes surprising people), but he is all about paying it forward. He promised me that we’ll get the whole story in a few weeks. I can’t wait!

Oh, and before you click away with your head hanging in shame, we want to give you all a special offer for participating in the contest. Since the entries were so good, and so many of you are working hard to help friends find jobs, we want to help you both out. If you or your friend is struggling with the job search, you can sign up to get a special discount on our soon to be released job search training course. It may not be a $6,000+ package from HP, but it will be worth a lot more than that in the long run.

Here’s what Tony won:

Hardware

  • HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
  • HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC
  • HP MediaSmart Connect
  • HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)
  • HP Mini 1000 (with XP)

Accessories

  • HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
  • HP 564 Photo Value Pak

Software

  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre-installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP)
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
  • Microsoft Windows Live
  • Corel VideoStudio X2

Entertainment

  • Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)

I have to admit that I’m going to be sad to see the TouchSmart go. I’m still amazed that HP gave me all of these items to give away. Hopefully they’ll want to do it again soon!

The Winning Entry

Although the winner was selected randomly, I’m happy to see that Tony won. His entry was fantastic, and it offered clear proof that he is all about paying it forward. Here’s Tony’s entry about how he is helping his friend Robin with her job search.

It is ironic that these are the conditions for entry into the giveaway. I have a friend (Robin) who recently lost her job due to cutbacks as many people have. She worked at Amazon.com here in Lexington doing item picking and returns. She wanted to transition from management and manual labor type jobs into the IT field. Being a network consultant, she asked me to assist her with her resume to find an entry level IT job that she would be qualified for and have the ability to potentially work her way up in the IT field. I agreed to help her with her resume. Her resume consisted of all the jobs she has had and highlighted her job duties pretty well but none of the experience she had listed really related to IT. I suggested we go through each job and focus on her duties which involved computers or were more IT related so that we could target the resume for an IT job. We also focused on aspects of her job that were team related, management related, and project related as these are more applicable to the IT field. We made a list of all the software and operating systems she used at each job, as well as the software she uses at home, focusing on newer versions of the software such as Office 2007, Vista, etc. We rated her experience and expertise with the software and kept the top 5 and listed those on her resume. Being a network consultant I had the opportunity to allow Robin to assist me on a small business engagement that involved setting up new computers and peripherals, installing software, and networking the new computers to a small business server and printers. Together we reloaded all the computers, installed the needed software, migrated user documents and settings from the old computers, and set up business applications on the new computers. The engagement lasted 1 week and she was paid for her assistance. We also included the engagment on her resume highlighting the ways she contributed and she listed me as a reference. I took Robins resume and posted it on tech-related job sites such as Dice.com and Monster.com and showed her how to look for and apply for entrly level IT jobs in the area. I went over some of the questions I felt would be asked of her during an interview and explained to her that although she doesnt have vast experience in IT, she should emphasise how quickly she can learn and show how her prior work experience allowed her to work with and lead teams which are crucial in IT. I believe her resume is now tailored for the job she is seeking and is more appealing to companies seeking IT staff. The placement of the resume on job search sites targeting IT will also benefit her search. Finally, having worked with her on an engagement gives me something to discuss when Im called for a reference and makes me feel better about being listed on her resume.

Congrats Tony! Now, let’s hope that Robin lands a job soon.

Didn’t Win?

Go check out the other blogs in the promotion. Many of them are just launching their contests.

Happy Holidays!

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2 responses to “Magic!”

  1. jigcau89 says:

    Felicidades a Tony!

    Saludos

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