I’m after a job!

By Steve Biddle, in , posted: 16-Mar-2010 10:14

If you've followed my forum posts and blog here on Geekzone over the last few months you're probably aware of the fact I've been unemployed since November after being made redundant. I decided to have a few months off over Summer relaxing (partially ruined by the fact Summer never seemed to make it to Wellington this year!) and working on a few other projects. Spending my days at the gym, socialising and catching up for coffee and lunch is a great lifestyle, but unfortunately isn't so great from a financial point of view!

To cut a long story short I'm on the lookout for another job or some more casual work in the Wellington region. Right now I have some part time projects I'm working on but I need some more challenges in life and am open to offers. . . .If you've followed me over the years you'll probably have a good idea of what interests me and where my skills lie!

I like to think I'm a bit of a guru when it comes to VoIP stuff - I've been playing with VoIP for over 5 years now have a fantastic knowledge of design and installation of IP PBX's and associated hardware. I've spent a huge amount of time playing with Asterisk and am a fan of both trixbox and Elastix. I've also worked on Epygi Quadro and 3CX PBX's and have a good knowledge of handsets and adapters from Polycom, Linksys, Snom, Aastra, Grandstream and Patton. I have a basic knowledge of Microsoft OCS and have successfully integrated my OCS setup with trixbox for external connectivity. I've also spent a lot of time playing with traditional analogue phones and PBX's and have a good knowledge of these.

I'm pretty handy when it comes to cabling work and have done numerous structured network cabling installations for phones and data in both homes and businesses. I've also installed a fair few TV aerials over the years and have a good knowledge of cabling requirements and setup of home theatre systems. I've  installed numerous CCTV and alarm systems and love electronics. Having spent time in retail I'm also pretty handy when it comes to the installation, support and best practice guidelines for EAS tagging systems.

I've been building PC's for many years and have a good knowledge of PC hardware and both Microsoft desktop and server operating systems. I'm no Linux expert but know the basics.

I'm an engineer who likes to build things, fix things, or develop innovative ideas into solutions that work. I'm not big on selling stuff but am more than capable of doing this. Cold calling is out - there is nothing that annoys me more.

I like to think I've got a pretty good understanding of the telecommunications industry in New Zealand and have a good knowledge of the various fixed line and mobile technologies used in New Zealand. I have a good understanding of both GSM and WCDMA networks and also enjoy writing about telecommunications, something you would have noticed if you've followed my blog.

I would really love to find more work in the telecommunications sector, particularly in the VoIP space as it's something I'm very passionate about. The realities however are that the market in NZ is still very much in the growing stage with plenty of cowboys who think they know their stuff trying to sell inferior solutions to gullible customers which is hurting the market. This isn't good.

If you've read my posts over the years and think I could be a good match for your company then feel free to get in touch. My contact details are listed on the right.



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Comment by Paul Brislen, on 17-Mar-2010 10:48

won't someone PLEASE give him a job... he's got too much time on his hands. OH the humanity.

Comment by Charles000, on 17-Mar-2010 18:15

To be honest, I feel kind of guilty that I have a job and you don't, even though you seem to know 100x as much as me. Good luck man!

Comment by riahon, on 18-Mar-2010 09:56

Self employed / home business maybe?

Sounds like you have a ton of skills and just as many contacts so why not set up your own home business and advertise yourself out incorporating all those skills outlined above.

Comment by webwat, on 18-Mar-2010 20:24

Good luck mate...

Comment by dman, on 20-Jul-2010 19:13

I was just reading through your posts and wondering about an update, have you got a job yet?

Comment by Marc, on 21-Aug-2010 14:41

I have a few ideas. If interested we could come to a agreement. Contact me via my email address.

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Steve Biddle
New Zealand

I'm an engineer who loves building solutions to solve problems.

I also love sharing my views and analysis of the tech world on this blog, along with the odd story about aviation and the travel industry.

My interests and skillset include:

*VoIP (Voice over IP). I work with various brands of hardware and PBX's on a daily basis
  -Asterisk (incl PiaF, FreePBX, Elastix)

  -xDSL deployments

*Structured cabling
  -Home/office cabling
  -Phone & Data

*Computer networking
  -Mikrotik hardware
  -WAN/LAN solutions

*Wireless solutions
  -Motel/Hotel hotspot deployments
  -Outdoor wireless deployments, both small and large scale
  -Temporary wireless deployments
*CCTV solutions
  -Analogue and IP

I'm an #avgeek who loves to travel the world (preferably in seat 1A) and stay in nice hotels.

+My views do no represent my employer. I'm sure they'll be happy to give their own if you ask them.

You can contact me here or by email at stevenbiddle@gmail.com