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Working Less = Being Productive (Unless You’re Just Being Lazy)
posted on Jun 19 2012

I want to take this article… print copies with big text on large, durable sheets… turn those sheets into a hot air balloon… and drift around the office building of my old company in Seattle because there are 4 manager in-particular who need to read it, again and again.

“…when managers judge their employees’ work by the time they spend at the office, they impede the development of productive habits. By focusing on hours worked instead of results produced, they let professionals avoid answering the most critical question: “Am I currently using my time in the best possible way?” As a result, professionals often use their time inefficiently.”

I feel sorry for people who have to put up with stuff like that. (I used to be one of those people.)

The 5 hardest jobs to fill in 2012, and why you need to call me if you fit #1
posted on Dec 27 2011

The new year is upon us, you guys and gals. For many folks, new jobs are in the near future, especially for those in the arena of software development.

FastCompany posted an article surrounding the 5 hardest jobs to fill in 2012… and #1 is undeniably true.

Software Engineers and Web Developers
The demand for top-tier engineering talent sharply outweighs the supply in almost every market especially in San Francisco, New York, and Boston. This is a major, major pain point and problem that almost every company is facing, regardless of the technology “stack” their engineers are working on.

We (by “we” I mean Doozer) are hiring. A lot. Here’s the list. The overwhelming majority of jobs posted are for our customers throughout Birmingham and Alabama.

If you’re interested please reach out via the website and/or myself: lhowell at doozer dot com.

Learning to travel better
posted on Mar 14 2011

I’ll be traveling more than normal in 2011, therefore I’m doing my darndest to travel better.

“Better” is defined as:
– lighter suitcase
– smaller suitcase
– faster through security
– faster at packing
– faster at repacking
– activity learning and practicing airport security tips/tricks

Sound cheesy? I agree… until one has to get from DFW’s Terminal A to Terminal E in 16 minutes.

To assist in my efforts I’ve been reading up on what others have to say about the ins and outs of business and personal travel.

One of my particular favorites was this blog post, and the following snippets.

I am very minimal when I travel.
I never check luggage. I refuse to check luggage. I look down at people who check luggage. When I get on the plane I have a backpack with my laptop and a carry-on—that’s it.

If you’re going to check luggage…
you basically should just get back in your car, go home and not fly anywhere.


When you fly: don’t wear sweatpants.
Wearing sweatpants on a plane is like wearing a fanny-pack walking around Paris. It’s pretty much the same thing.


I was on a plane once that lost all cabin pressure.
We had to make an emergency landing in Buffalo. My nose started bleeding because there was no air-pressure…and then we realized that the only thing worse than crashing and dying was landing in Buffalo.


One time I sat on a plane next to Britney Spears’ mom.
That was hilarious. We talked about Britney for two and a half hours.

And you thought you had a bad day at the office
posted on Apr 20 2010

By now you’ve heard about the Apple iPhone leak. Now, hear how it happened.

Apple would like it’s phone back, please.

Hear Me Now?
posted on Jul 8 2008

Deadliest job in America: Working on cell phone towers

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener
posted on Jul 7 2008

Even the almighty workplace at Google isn’t perfect.

One dude has left the 1,000-resumes-a-day office of Google Seattle to go back to Microsoft, and he’s telling everyone about it on his blog.

Obama Hates Women
posted on Jul 1 2008
    On average, women working in Obama’s Senate office were paid at least $6,000 below the average man working for the Illinois senator.

5 Jobs with Surprisingly High Salaries
posted on May 30 2008

Very interesting…

Flight Attendants
Top 10% earn $102,660 a year
Average annual salary: $62,880

Farm, Ranch and Other Agricultural Managers
Top 10% earn $103,660 a year
Average annual salary: $61,030

Gaming Managers
Top 10% earn $106,220 a year
Average annual salary: $69,600

Air Traffic Controllers
Top 10% earn $141,860
Average annual salary: $107,780

Database Administrator
Top 10% earn $106,860 a year
Average annual salary: $70,260

Gundy… This Job Is For You
posted on Nov 29 2007

This challenge is for one of our favorite blog commenters, Justin Gundy. Please apply for the head coaching position at Michigan: Here is the official job posting.

Apply for the job. Await a response. Report the result.

Am I The Only Person…
posted on Nov 20 2007

…who feels like the only person at work this week?

You Gotta Be S***ing Me
posted on Oct 25 2007

In one of the more classless posts on lh.com we reference the study released ealier this week which ties office profanity to office production.

Reminds me of this video…

Question of the Day: 9 to 5
posted on Oct 10 2007


    If you could have any job in the world for 1 day… what would it be?

Question of the Day: Take This Job And Shove It
posted on Jan 25 2007

I love my job, as well as the company I work for. Can’t complain… I’m one of the lucky ones. In honor of tonight’s airing of The Office… which is a re-run.


    “What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?”

Heads Up
posted on Dec 7 2006

For those who have been asking, I started my new job this past Monday. I had been interviewing with the company for a while now and they gave me the call two days before Thanksgiving offering a position. It’s an incredible opportunity with one of the fastest growing companies in Seattle. The people within my team are incredibly smart (let’s hope they rub off on me) and nice as can be.

This will be the one and only time I will specifically discuss work on the blog. It’s one of the rules I set forth before starting the blog. I won’t blog about any business or position unless I have complete or significant ownership of the business or position.

It should also be noted that I do not blog at work. It’s unethical and wrong, and I’ve seen too many people lose their jobs to blogging-at-work over the past couple of years to show me just how seriously it is taken in today’s work world. Only in rare… rare circumstances will such a thing ever happen. My posts are set to automatically post during work hours – sorry… I’m kinda breaking the 4th wall of blogging by telling you that – so don’t think that I’m sneaking-in posts on company time.

If it seem like I’m a little vacant around here over the next couple of days… that’s because I am. I tried to put enough posts together over Thanksgiving holidays to keep you kids busy over the next couple of weeks. I’ve got a lot to learn with this new position and coming early, staying late, and devoting 200% are what the next few weeks will require seeing as I’m trying to learn as much as possible before flying home in 2 weeks.

However, I’m still here… same old Landon… same old blog. I’m just not in my pj’s during the day anymore… or am I?

Would You Hire This Man?
posted on Oct 16 2006

In the latest video that’s running wild on the Internet, a man by the name of Aleksey Vayner has become an In ternet celebrity overnight after the following video (which he used as his video resume) was released onto the web a few days ago.

Poor guy… he’s so cocky… from the looks of it he’s had this coming for a while.

Questions & Answers Over the Last 10 Months
posted on Aug 25 2006

I’ve been all over during the last few weeks – hugging your necks and kissing your babies – and there have been a lot of questions asked.

Since they’ve almost all been the same ones, I thought I’d post the most frequent ones below.

So, here you go.

Question: Now that you’re moving, are you still gonna do the blog?

    Answer: Are you kidding me? I’m starting a new life in the furthest, most beautiful, most polar opposite of Jasper in America. I have no plans of ditching this blog anytime soon.

Question: What have you done for money over the last 10 months?

    Answer: There literaly hasn’t been one day (even Saturday & Sunday) since 1999 where I haven’t made money. I’m not even close to being rich… but I’ve always got a steady cash flow.

    Plan ahead, suckas.

Q: Why did you leave your job at MC in the first place?

    Answer: I had other job offers, and it was time to move on.

Q: What happened to the “other job?”

    Answer: I was in the midst of changing jobs when Hurricane Katrina hit. When Katrina came through it took away a lot of things… including the position(s) I was supposed to roll into. So, I was left jobless.

Q: Why didn’t you just get another job in Mississippi?

    Answer: While that’s what I would have loved to do… I just didn’t feel like it was what I needed to do. I love the Hospitality State more than you’ll ever know. However, life is about making decisions that are correct, not comfortable.

    I love Mississippi. I miss Mississippi.

Question: But you left Mississippi 10 months ago. Why did you wait so long to move on to something else, you lazy bum?

    Answer: I was offered an interview for a PR firm in Birmingham while changing planes in Chicago on the way back from Europe. The offer for an interview was pretty much an on-the-spot offer to take the job. As much as I love the ‘Ham, now just isn’t the right time to move there.

    I was asked to move to Boston 3 months ago but didn’t feel right about it even though it still is one of my favorite parts of the country.

    I was asked to come to Seattle 3 months ago, but I would have had to fly back 4 times before September for weddings and meetings. Say… $5000 a flight… $50 each time for airport parking… taking off at least 5 vacation days within my first 3 months of work. So… yeah… not the smartest move to make at the moment.

Q: Do you get mad when we make fun of the fact that you’ve been living at home for the past 10 months?

    Answer: No. Because I know that 99.999% of you mean it lovingly. Almost all of you have expressed interest in coming out ot Seattle over the next year and I know you’re excited for my big, risky move.

Question: What about the 0.001% of those who aren’t joking?

    Answer: I peed in your cereal.

Question: If you had the last 10 months to do over again, would you do it the same way?

    Answer: Yes, and no.

    Yes in the sense that I’ve been able to do a lot of things I’ve been wanting to do for years. I’ve also had quality time with the parents, and quality tiem with friends in the Birmingham area.

    No in the sense that I wish I would have relaxed a bit more. I’ve literally spent day and night reading, writing and researching for business ventures… that’s just me, always thinking about tomorrow, rarely stopping to enjoy today.

Hindsight is always 20/20, and you can never anticipate a hurricane taking away your next job.

However, if things hadn’t gone wrong I would have never been able to go to Europe, or spend time with my parents, or have time to really reevaluate what direction I wanted my life to take.

Being 25-years-old, single, having another source of income, and being willing to subject yourself to lesser than normal conditions are neccesities to even think about pulling the stunt I have pulled over the last 10 months.

But I could do it… because I started working myself into this position years ago.

Setting-up Juicee News while people questioned sitting at a computer for 6 hours a day. Juicee News (along with other minor endavours) has been paying my bills, as well as my trip to Europe, for the past 10 months.

So… do I regret it? No. Because I planned ahead. I planned for the unexpected. I was flexible. And I never freaked out about “what will people think?”

I’m ready to move onto a new job — that’s for sure. Those of you who know me well know that I love business. Love it. We’ve got some things on the docket that we’ll beannouncing soon. Also, when I move and get everything set into place, I’ll be working on a couple of smaller projects that have a small chance of making it. It’ll be fun, whether or not big things happen from these small items.

Through it all you must remember and repeat two very simple but very important words: delayed gratification

You keep repeating that… everything else takes care of itself.

Let’s go to Seattle.