Wednesday, February 14, 2007

My Resumé

Yehuda Berlinger

(traditional resume available upon request)

What I Really Want to Do
  • I want to blog and to teach people how blogging works (blogger, speaker).
    You want to present a good company image, gain new customers, and connect with your existing customers.
  • I want an outlet for my creativity and passion (product design).
    You want to open new markets with new designs and applications for your products or services.
  • I want to design and write (documentation specialist, technical writer).
    You want happier customers with better designed and written documents, sites, or web programs.
  • I want to research and organize information (information specialist).
    You want to save time by having someone who can find, organize, and summarize important information.
  • I want to teach customer service skills, ethics, and manners (social networking).
    You want a likable company with service skills, company ethics, and good manners.
  • I want to teach and organize games and fun activities (group activity coordinator).
    You want passionate and productive employees.
Technical Skills

I can suggest fifty new features for a product ... in one hour.

I have written and published thousands of articles on such diverse topics as Web 3.0, understanding IP laws, and ethics in gaming. Some of these articles have been published in various technical, legal, and gaming journals around the world.

I designed several board and card games, one of which was published in two editions and sold 2,500 copies. My designs are used by game players around the world.

I created and wrote for a daily blog that reached between 60,000 to 80,000 unique readers per month.

I created the first Internet multi-currency/multi-portfolio system for stocks for a company now absorbed into CBS MarketWatch. I integrated shopping.com's back-end shopping databases with their website in a three-month project.

I have written thousands of pages of technical documentation. I write from the point of view of the reader. As a result, my documents serve as excellent QA for the programmers. I often write the documentation by directly reading the code. I can reduce many 200 page documents to 60 pages or less.

In my first job out of Cornell, I threw out four old UNIX systems in favor of a single new system which was four times as powerful as the old ones combined. It cost next to nothing, and saved over $30,000 in support fees per year for the first several years alone.

I founded, inspired, and continue to organize game groups which have been successfully meeting and playing for over ten years.

Personal Skills

I think like a user/customer, not like a designer, programmer, manager, or marketer.

I will look at your company and products in ways that you may never have anticipated.

I make lots of mistakes ... because I'm willing to challenge assumptions and try new things. For the record, when I succeed, I kick ass.

I neither know, nor care, what my title is called, nor what my position is in the company hierarchy.

If you work for me, you're my equal. If I work for you, you're my equal. But I will defer to my boss when a pressing need requires our company to get out any workable solution rather than the best one.

I approach every conversation open to the possibility that I am wrong and not seeing it. I expect the same of anyone I talk to.

I do not try to make myself indispensable.

Whether designing, programming, or writing, I write for extensibility and componentization, rewrite for elegance and clarity, and add clarifying comments, visuals, and highlights whenever required.

I make frequent backups and use revision control.

Contact Information

shadejon@gmail.com

Education

Cornell University
B. Eng. in Computer Science with a math minor

Relevant Work Experience

Internet and Computer Consultation and Training (20+ years)
Raising Self-Aware Children (20+ years)
Organizing Game Groups (15+ years)
Technical Writing (10+ years)
Blogging (10+ years)
Unix System Administration (7 years)
Web Programming (7 years)