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Archive: Interview: Al Isago Parvez of Advance, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan from the Career Opportunities Podcast

August 29th, 2014 No comments

A re-release of this Career Opportunities podcast from 2008.

Listen: An interview with Al Isago Parvez, a recruiter with Advance, Inc, in Tokyo, Japan

An interview with Al Isago Parvez, a recruiter with Advance, Inc, in Tokyo, Japan

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Video: Don’t let your career happen to you from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch

August 28th, 2014 No comments

Don’t let your career happen to you from Career Compass with Douglas E. Welch 

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There are those that manage their career at every step. Every time they evaluate a job or opportunity or an interview they look at that and say, “How does that fit with what I want to achieve in my life?” There’s the other side, which many of us I am sure know and in some cases I have been this person, who have simply let their career happen to them. They take the first job that offered. Whether it has any interest to them at all. When it has any direction to where they want to go in their lives or their career. It’s simply they take one job, then the next, and the next, and the next, and they wake up 20 years later and go, “How did i get here?” Because they had no plan. Because they weren’t watching where they were going. They weren’t setting their course. Someone else set their course for them and I will tell you, that if you don’t manage your own career, there are more than enough people who will gladly manage it for you. They will say, “You need to go work over there and you need to work over here” and you’re going to wake up in 20 years and wonder, “How did I get here? How did I get from there to here?” You’ll have no idea, because it has simply been a case of taking whatever presented itself along the way.

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Video: Share your knowledge to help others discover you from Career Prescriptions with Douglas E. Welch

August 27th, 2014 No comments

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In the past we have sort of had a very, very scarcity-based idea about our lives, our work, our jobs, our knowledge. I keep it. If I know this little piece of knowledge. If I know how to get that purchase order through the system, I’ve got a little piece of power. It’s mine. It doesn’t work anymore, because the fact is there are a thousand other places that people can got to get that information. By sharing what you know — and I want to reinforce this a lot — what you’re passionate about, you expose your ideas and yourself to a huge number of people out there. Again, what did I say at the beginning? We don’t know where out next job is coming from? So, our goal is to share our knowledge and to expose what we do and how well we do it to as many people as possible out there. And the way you can do that very easily is with a blog. Yes? (inaudible) Ah, yes, a friend of ours is a woman who suffers from dissociative disorder. Yes. It used to be called multiple personalities, but dissociative disorder and she had a blog in which she wrote about that and a number of other things. She’s also an amazing photographer. She’s an amazing writer and she shared this information especially about the dissociative disorder so that people who also suffered from that had somewhere to turn and someone who knew what they were talking about. There is a show on Showtime called The United States of Tara, which is about a woman with dissociative disorder. Well, the fact is, Diablo Cody, who wrote Juno (young kid), she went looking on the Internet for information about dissociative disorder and guess what? She stumbled across our friends blog. They started conversing via email. Diablo said, “You know what? You are so in tune with what is going on right now — the current research, what people are dealing with — I want you to become the technical advisor on my show.” And our friend came to us and said, “Should I do that?” And our response back was, “Well, what are they going to pay you?” And she went, “They’re going to pay me?” (Laughter) And we said, “They should!” And that is exactly what happened. This turned into a side job for her, if you will. Basically, reading the scripts, discussing story ideas with the writers and saying — the writers would come to her and say, “Well, would they do this or would they do this? What’s your experience when” — that show deals a lot with how it effects her family — “what does your family deal with when you change into a different personality? — when you become, I forget the different character names — but when you become one of the other characters?” And she would be able to go through — she wasn’t really writing the scripts, but she was providing technical advising, much like you would hire a police officer to advise about a police show or doctor about a doctor show. Ok? That is, obviously not a story that is going to happen to all of us, but I will say in many, many, smaller ways, that will happen to you, if you start a blog. If you start a blog and you start putting stuff out there, people are going to find you. People are going to be searching Google about rose gardening and you’re going to pop up. And they are going to “Ooo, that’s cool! What’s that? Ooo.” and they are going to send you a question or they are going to refer you to someone else. They’re going to spread the word about you. I’m mot saying you have to go out and do blogging as a living. There are people that do that. Frankly, I blog a lot, but I don’t blog as a living. I blog to share stuff. Much like I am advising you to do. My wife is a television writer and I am often fond of telling her, “scripts don’t sell themselves in a drawer. Books don’t sell themselves in a drawer.” If no one see it, it has zero chance of selling. They same thing applies to your skills, your passions, your knowledge. If you no one sees them, what good is it doing you? 

Douglas is writer and host of Career Opportunities, a long running column and podcast dedicated to “Helping to Build the Career You Deserve!” Career Opportunities began in 1997 as a magazine column and expanded to a podcast in 2004. Douglas is also a New Media Consultant, Technology and Career Consultant with over 30 years experience in high-tech. You can find all of Douglas’ work at DouglasEWelch.com.

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Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

August 26th, 2014 No comments

Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

For much of the past century, the Era of Big Work — the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits — were the foundation of our economy. That was then. Now, independent work is the new normal.

Freelancers, independent contractors and temp workers are on their way to making up the majority of the U.S. labor force. They number 42 million, or one-third of all workers in the nation. That figure is expected to rise to 40% — some 60 million people — by the end of the decade.

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Video: The Bell Curve of Success from “What is success…and why you might have it already?”

August 26th, 2014 No comments

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The reason I call for these levels of success is, there is a mathematical property that we have know about for — gosh, I’m going to say almost a hundred years probably – -and you’ve all seen it — anyone who has been to school has seen it. And that is The Bell Curve. Right? The funny is about math is we can come across mathematical constructs that actually mimc the world in very effective ways. In the case of success, if you’re looking at this, you have very few people, relatively few people who are unable to support themselves at all — the true poor, the true poverty-ridden who are trapped in poverty. At the other end of the spectrum, you have the — (laughs) I almost said, excessively rich — the exceedingly rich. You can use whichever term you prefer — you have the exceedingly rich celebrities — Donald Trumps, Moadonnas, P Diddy, name your favorite. Pardon? (inaudible) But the bulk of us, the bulk of people in the world fall in the the curve. That’s the way it works. It’s not because someone declared that the Bell Curve is the way you figure this out. It’s if you do studies and you track statistics this curve appears again and again and again. In everything from bird populations to human genetics — anything. We know that this gives us a way of looking at the world and yet we ignore it. We ignore the fact that, these are the outliers, these are the outliers. Ok, guys, we are the “normal” people here. What we do, what we see, what we earn on a daily basis is the norm. It falls probably somewhere in that range. But we’ve been told — only these people are successful.  

Empathy…

August 26th, 2014 No comments

Empathy...

“Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings or situation of another person. As you might imagine, empathy is a very important trait for those people who want to successfully collaborate with others, whether as co-workers, manager and staff or client and consultant. If you are unable to connect with others or truly understand what they might be feeling, you set yourself apart like a modern day Marie Antoinette, giving advice without any real understanding of the world around you. Other people are quick to catch on when you lack empathy or any real understanding of how they are feeling. This diminishes your effectiveness with others and can put your career at risk.”

A Reputation for Empathy
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Audio: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

August 25th, 2014 No comments

Audio: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

An hour-long talk on how careerists (and anyone) can better use the technology they carry with them every day for OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California.

I talk about apps, using voice control, navigation, productivity and more in this wide ranging talk.

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Noted: How to Be a Highly Productive Night Owl via Lifehacker

August 24th, 2014 No comments

How to Be a Highly Productive Night Owl via Lifehacker

How to Be a Highly Productive Night Owl via Lifehacker

Being an early riser has its benefits, but it isn’t for everyone. Some of humanity’s greatest minds (Voltaire for example) were renowned for sleeping in. Depending on personality, environment, and work schedule, being an early riser may not be practical.

A few months ago I gave early rising a try. I was able to wake up 1-1.5 hours earlier, but I couldn’t adjust to the early bed time. Each night around 10:00, no matter how tired I’d felt that day, my mind became active and I was unable to shut down until after 12:00. After a few weeks, sleep deprivation set in and I went back to my normal sleep pattern.

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Video: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

August 24th, 2014 No comments

Video: Smartphones, technology and your career with Douglas E. Welch at OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California

An hour-long talk on how careerists (and anyone) can better use the technology they carry with them every day for OPEN (Outstanding Professionals Employment Network) in Simi Valley, California.

I talk about apps, using voice control, navigation, productivity and more in this wide ranging talk.

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Archive: Moving into Management — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

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Whether you work in a corporate environment, or for yourself, there comes a time in every career when you need to stop crawling under desks, both literally and figuratively. While I often bemoan the practice of removing professionals from active duty, where they often have the most expertise, as we age, we need to move into roles more suited to our abilities and temperaments. Every career will eventually move into “management” although it can be management in a form quite different from what you might expect.

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday I was talking with my sister, Denise, about our businesses. We are both independent computer consultants and both well into our 40′s. We are also both looking for the next step in our careers, the one that removes us from the grunt work of consulting…installing DSL and cable modems, routers and otherwise crawling beneath the desks of our clients. As we talked I struck upon the idea for this column.

There comes a time in everyone’s career when “management” becomes necessary. Of course, as is typical for Career Opportunities, I have a slightly different view of management than you might encounter elsewhere. Management can take many forms. In a corporate environment, it might be becoming a department head, director, vice-president or any of the above.

As an independent consultant, it might mean taking on employees to do the physical work, while you provide higher-level support and customer relations. It could also mean mentoring younger careerists and helping them develop their skills, connections and career. Finally, I even see a column like this one as a form of “management.” I am offering the benefit of my experience and knowledge to anyone who listens or reads on a regular basis. In fact, after our discussion, I see this as the next step in my career — my move into management.

As you can see, moving into management usually means distancing yourself from the hands-on work you have been doing for years. This can be a struggle for some people, especially if they define themselves mainly from the work they do. It can feel like you are stripping away a part of yourself when you stop putting “hands-on”, but you have a new role to play now. Instead of doing the job yourself, you need to develop ways to communicate your knowledge and skills to others. While it may seem strange and a bit intimidating, it is all part of growing your career.

If you are starting to approach a career change like this, I highly recommend you prepare yourself before you make the jump. I know that among the high-tech workers I know, communication is not necessarily one of their strongest skills. This is only natural, having spent years immersed in the arcane language of computers, routers and networks. Start investigating the wide variety of books and web sites that touch on communication and management. I am an inveterate reader and regularly have 4 or 5 books out of the library at any one time. They range from hard business books, to creativity, to management to gardening and beyond. This is my form of an MBA or Ph.D, I may never return to school for these higher degrees, but I work on my own personal education every single day…and you should, too. This is one way to prepare for your eventual advancement to management in all its forms.

Next, you have to actively seek out opportunities to expand into these new roles. When the boss comes looking for someone to take over a project, even a small one, take it! Don’t second guess yourself. Hopefully, you have been preparing for this role over time, but if not, this will be a perfect time to start. Sure you will make mistakes, we all do, but you will be taking your first steps on the road to the next stage in your career. Too often, I have avoided opportunities like this, but now I know just how important they are. Sure, if you are in your 20′s you might not be thinking about career transitions yet, but you should be. Just like saving money, the sooner you start preparing, the bigger results you will see down the road.

Prepare yourself for your eventual transition into some sort of managerial role. Despite what you might think, this a natural progression for every worker, especially as they grow older. Start thinking today about getting out from under the desk, because when you are my age, you will be looking for a little relief and some big changes in your career.

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