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Danish Shaukat
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Joined: Nov 16, 1999
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Hi !
I have been working for a software company for the last one year and most of my work includes wirelesss application development. I work from my home as my company is in another city. We regularly communicate using messenger. I was unable to get work in any local company so I took up this offer. This is my first job. Now do you think potential employers will devalue me since I have been working from home ? Do you think it is better to work in an office that to have a remote job ?
[ August 05, 2003: Message edited by: Danish Shaukat ]
HS Thomas
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And I quote :
Sidebar: IBM: Manager Jam
With 319,000 employees scattered across six continents, IBM is one of the world's largest businesses. For the company's 32,000 managers, it can also be a confusing place. The shift to an increasingly mobile workforce means that many managers supervise employees they rarely see face-to-face. Some joke that IBM now stands for "I'm By Myself." To address these issues, Samuel Palmisano, IBM's new CEO, launched one of his first big initiatives: a two-year program exploring the role of the manager in the 21st century. The project's first event was "Manager Jam," a 48-hour real-time Web event in which managers from 50 different countries swapped ideas and strategies for dealing with problems shared by all of them, regardless of geography. Some 8,100 managers logged on to the company's intranet to participate in discussion forums. John Rooney, head of a development team in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says he got some great suggestions on fostering innovation from managers in India and the Asia Pacific region. "This was a really nice global watercooler," Rooney says.
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Matt Cao
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Joined: Apr 03, 2003
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Hi Danish,
I don't think it will make anything against you in term of next job search. If you could land a job that way, it indicates that you have something others do not have. Make sure you do the works on time as if in the office because the company do have someone get paid full time tracking and analyzing your logs. Do spend sometimes in person with the company events, let them know there is a person behind the logging number. If not, you may jeopardize your own career due to the fact out of side, out of mind mentality.
Greg Neef
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Joined: Jun 16, 2003
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i worked for IBM out of home for the last year and it has not even come up as any issue in my job searching. I think your fine as far as your next job goes.

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Shiang Wang
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Joined: Jun 20, 2003
Posts: 96
I have been working from home as a Java developer for the last three years, went through couple of layoffs and rehiring. Basically it is what you do counts, but that is assuming you are already in the door and have a chance to prove your ability. Most of jobs require you be in the office.


Manish Hatwalne
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Joined: Sep 22, 2001
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One advantage in this case would be, you'll be enhancing your written communication skills and interactions. You can highlight this.
Besides, you can manage your own schedules and if you deliver quality work as per the schedule, the client/contractor/employer will be more than satisfied with you.
- Manish
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