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My First Day Working at DotNetNuke

If you haven’t heard before now, I was recently asked to join the DotNetNuke Corporation as an employee.  This was somewhere around a month ago.  After settling my affairs, I finally was able to make plans to fly into San Francisco for my first day of work, that is, today.  Originally, I was slated to start later in the month of July, but the DNN moons aligned, and I was able to make it out to California much earlier than expected.

Travel Woes

My trip out to San Francisco was not without excitement though.  I flew out using my favorite airline.  This is the “fun” airline that prides itself on customer service and cheap everything.  Anyhow, I have never had any issue with them in the past.  This time however, I had unexpected delays that appeared to be preventable, rude flight attendants, and my baggage was lost.  Ugh.  This left me at my hotel very late at night with just the clothes on my back and my carry on luggage.  Luckily, the airline found and delivered my luggage the next morning – though, not soon enough, as I met everyone on my first day of work in a t-shirt, shorts, and sandals!  Thankfully, the DNN Corp is full of understanding people with great senses of humor.

My Day

My day began with me acquainting myself with my new laptop and the network at DNN Corp, as well as several internal e-mails that were waiting for me.  The sales staff and others began to arrive, and Chris Hammond generously brought bagels in with him.  Yummy!  I began talking to and helping the sales staff almost immediately, and in between getting the typical new hire paperwork filled out. 

Lunch was great!  There’s a delicious deli within a short walk, but that’s not why I am telling you about lunch.  I am moving from Florida.  If you’re not already aware, Florida is quite balmy this time or year – more so now than ever.  I like to tell people that you can look outside from an air conditioned window and begin to sweat!  Keeping that in mind, eating outside, even in the shade, is not an option.  However, I ate lunch with Chris outside on the deli’s patio and never even beaded a single droplet of sweat.  The weather here is simply beautiful!

The rest of the workday was fun.  I watched and enjoyed watching the sales people close out there month with great joy and excitement.  Towards the end of the day, I participated in my first ever team meeting as a DNN employee.  But the fun had to come to an end eventually.  The day ended, and I returned to my temporary home, as a guest at a local hotel.  What a great time to blog!  :)

What Do I Do for DotNetNuke?

I gave a few hints in a past blog post, and laid another down earlier in this one.  My official title with DNN is Sales Engineer.  If you are not familiar with this title, it describes a person in a software company who assists the sales people with any technical questions that their potential customers need answers to.  While this pretty much describes my job, the scope of this job also involves webinars, internal training, and whatever else comes my way.  Basically, my job is to remove technology as an obstacle from the sales team as best as I can.

That doesn’t mean I won’t be active in the community.  Since I won’t be consulting anymore, I expect to be more active than before.

My day was full of greetings, thanks, and plenty of warm welcomes.  I have never before been met with such a reception at any company.  It is clear that the team here is just that – a team.  Everyone is working together for the common goal, the company.  While we all feel that we can relate to that, I have never seen everyone so full of energy, excitement, friendliness, and just overall “team spirit.”  Everyone clearly appears to enjoy themselves, and want the same thing for me.  I only hope that I surpass everyone’s expectations!

Thank you to everyone at DNN Corp for a wonderful day at my “Disneyland!”  :D  I can only imagine the fun rides and surprises that are to come!

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