View Full Version : graaa! don't you hate it when you lie...
06-18-2001, 11:48 AM
and then you are called on it???
well, of course, on your resume you write things like "extensive knowledge of so and so program" and you figure if you really need to know, you'll have time to do a crash course or something. well, it is crash course time for me!
and i have tonight to learn how to use access. which i said i knew how to use, knowing to me = opening the program up and clicking on some menu buttons, then closing it. hehehe
so i finally get a decent paying temp job, cause NOBODY WILL FREAKIN CALL ME BACK WHEN I SEND OUT MY RESUME FOR A REAL JOB!! which, i'm sure you can see, isn't bothing me in the least :banghead: and it is one that i need to use my extensive knowledge of Access in. wonderful.
then, i figure, no big whoop, i'll use the tutorial on it, but it isn't installed, and i don't have the disk... so i am in the process of downloading it right now.
anyway, if anyone knows of any good tutorial sites, i would be thankful if you share them with me!
06-18-2001, 11:56 AM
I "know" how to use Access as much as you do ;)
This (http://www.cs.uregina.ca/~pvh/edu/software/access/intro.html) has screenshots and looks semi-friendly.
If that doesn't help, throw yourself on the mercy of google.com and search for Access tutorials.
06-18-2001, 12:03 PM
i've been searching on microsoft's page, and all i was finding was tips... which will be good once i figure out how to use it!
06-18-2001, 12:06 PM
Access is pretty easy, and if it is a temp job, I doubt they need tooo much knowledge of Access...
Do you know SQL and basic Database theory? I am actually going to take a training class on advance Access this week =P
I would suggest going through and look at the samples they have and stuff and just play around with it. If you have questions on it you are welcome to ask.
06-18-2001, 12:35 PM
That's your key phrase. Learn how to use them and youre good as gold. If they ask to do something you dont know how to do, look for a wizard. If there is not a wizard, say 'we used a custom wizard for that at my old job, let me work on it a bit.' If all else fails, break the program and while waiting for the IT department to fix it, you can buy yourself more time.
In the future, I would advise you to lie better. As with all other things, practice makes perfect. Try to think of a better phrase than extensive experience. Above all, know what you are going to do if someone calls you on it.
It could be worse, you could be one of those people that thinks knowing how to upgrade your video drivers in Win ME qualifies to work in a corporate IT environment. Then you'd really get your comeuppance.
Good luck. Remember, hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off NOW.
06-18-2001, 01:49 PM
Originally posted by fakesurfers
Remember, hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off NOW.
thanks for the help... and thanks again jujubees, that thing is actually really helpful!
and i'm smart enough to only lie about things that i can figure out in a realtivly short period of time!
06-18-2001, 02:35 PM
yeah, you should be fine... even i can use access with moderate success, so it can't be that hard, cuz i'm about as non-techie as it gets around here...
06-18-2001, 03:14 PM
If you have specific questions, just post em (or e-mail em to me at [email protected]
). I get sick of writing servlets while sitting here at work, and I've worked with Access for, hmm, far too long. Good luck!
06-19-2001, 02:53 PM
ok, so i go in, and i know what i'm doing, amazing enough... but...
the freakin computer i'm on i swear is like, a 133 or something really old like that. the only "it" person in the joint said that they bought it at Nationwide Warehouse about 8 freakin years ago!!
so i'm working with a data base with 24,000 entries, and it keeps locking up. i got about 1 hours worth of work done in 8. yeeahaaa!
so the only question i have is about making labels. i used the wizard, and formatted them correctly and everything, but it takes me six tries everytime to get it correct. and is there a way to make a template and then import the data form different queries? i have to make all the files really small, cause the computer doesn't have enough memory to deal with anything big, so i'm like, reformatting way toooo much!
thank you much!
06-19-2001, 03:05 PM
It has been a while since I've used access, but we used to have a template set up in Word and then import the Access data using mail merge in word. (If you want to select cases, you would query first and then merge the queried records into the Word doc). I found the word labels to be easier to format etc. As for minimizing files size, Word is not the direction you want to go.
06-19-2001, 06:35 PM
use perl. much easier for that.
06-19-2001, 06:42 PM
Originally posted by coleslaw
use perl. much easier for that.
Yeah, but if you can option out of Microsoft, then you should be using a real database program like SAS or Stata.
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