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Elsewhere: 4 Ways Current Labor Trends Will Impact Your Career

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

Great advice on all levels — especially the part about tech knowledge being increasingly important. I have been saying that for years and it is great to see someone else who feels the same way. — Douglas

4 Ways Current Labor Trends Will Impact Your Career

Seen on Alexandra Levit’s Water Cooler Wisdom by Alexandra Levit

Here are the main points.

  • Education Pays
  • Tech Knowledge is Increasingly Important
  • Ongoing Training is Essential
  • Career Planning is the Name of the Game

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eBook: Social Media Self Preservation (Kindle) by Douglas E. Welch

September 28th, 2011 Comments off

My first Kindle-format eBook is now available on Amazon.

The great thing is that is doesn’t require a Kindle to read. You can get free Kindle software for nearly any device (Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Blackberry) and read the book there.

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Social Media Self Preservation: Taking advantage of social media without losing your mind

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Price: $4.99

Using social media as part or business or personal life can seem overwhelming and fraught with pitfalls. There is a way, though, to make the best use of social media without falling into the traps of lost privacy and social media burnout.

This guide explains what you need to know as you start your journey into social media and how to make social media productive for you.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Why Social Media?
  • Chapter 1: Which social networks should you join?
    • Be Found!
    • Reserving your name
    • A few social networks to get you started
  • Chapter 2: How to decide who to include in your online community
    • It is all about value
    • Where to begin building your online community?
  • Chapter 3: Maintaining your online community
    • Re-evaluation
    • No longer needed
    • People Change
    • Too much information
    • Information you can find elsewhere
  • Chapter 4: What to share online
    • Share your knowledge and expertise
    • Share your work
    • …but my work is secret!
    • Share your life
    • Balance in your social media sharing
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Tidbits from today’s #careerchat

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

#CareerChat is a Twitter-based chat that happens every Tuesday at 1pm EDT/10am PDT. I try to make it whenever I can. Here are some of my thoughts that came out in today’s chat.

You can follow me on Twitter at @careertips

We were discussing how to deal with gaps in your resume due to layoffs and downsizing.

  • A1: It does help to have other, perhaps volunteer work to fill in the gap. Maybe even self-developed projects
  • Consulting is another great idea
  • That said, it seems odd we still worry about such things in today’s job market. Everyone has gaps, or so it would seem
    • We need to finds ways to make gaps less of a red flag.
    • Yet another one of those archaic issues that revolve around job search. Some people still living in the 60’s
  • You can’t/shouldn’t have gaps. You need to be doing something all the time. Put projects in place before layoff
  • I always have my CareerCamp work as on-going so there is always something happening. Develop your own projects and show them off
  • Social media is very important way of showing people “What you do and how well you do it!”
  • Common sense is always the most important and often least acknowledged. 🙂
  • I push self-directed” education with everyone I talk with/speak to. Very important for overall life/career health
  • RT : If you have a gap in your career, be prepared to answer, “What did you do?” from recruiter. Dont say “Nothing
    • Know your “story” before you walk in the door…and then tell it well. Always good advice.
  • Sharing your knowledge and expertise using social media is a necessary and imp. part of your career. Can lead directly to work.
    • You always have something to share/say..or you need to. Capture ideas and thoughts, post to blog, etc
  • Most people “throw away” great content and ideas because they don’t capture them immediately. Write it down.
    • You have more to say than you might think. Really! I believe that is true to everyone.
    • I carry a paper journal everywhere I go, even though I am a tech head with an iPhone. It facilitates easy idea capture anywhere
    • I find the conspicuous nature can help sometimes. People like to see that you are capturing info and ideas
    • My clients always notice when I am taking notes during a consulting call..always. Easy way to estab. credibility
    • Oh yes, ALWAYS take notes during and interview, even if you are only noting how ugly their tie is. (LAUGH)
    • Taking notes during an interview can give you an oppty to slow down and think about your answers before speaking.
    • I can’t imagine that it would (annoy the interviewer). It shows your interest and your attention to the interview, I think
      • You are being interviewed, not interrogated. At least, that is the way it should be
    • (Dealing with interview nerves) Well, note taking can help with that too. Gives you something to do with your hands.
  • Self-directed education, outside/personal projects, anything that reminds you are good and builds/maintains confidence
    • People attending and organizing CareerCamp always tell me how much of a confidence builder it was. Taking active action helps
    • They are in control of everything for one day or week when everything else might feel out of their control. Gives them energy
  • For me, action itself, any action, is always the most positive mode of operation. Do something, anything to get you moving
  • We always underestimate the importance of our own knowledge and skills. We have much to share with others, every day. Do it!
  • (Interview as performance) I always have believed my degree and experience in the theater has served me greatly in my career.
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I Like This – September 26, 2011

September 25th, 2011 Comments off
    A collection of career items I found interesting this week.

  • Forward or back? – September 22, 2011 – I wish more people realized that you can’t turn back the clock. Time only progresses forward and the past is rarely a rosy as we think it was.
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Photos: Social Media and Your Career Panel Discussion

September 21st, 2011 Comments off

I was part of this panel discussion tonight, Social Media and Your Career, as part of Social Media Week. There was lots of great discussion and people said they got a lot out of it. Audio and Video will be coming soon. I will post them here sometime early next week. For now, here are some photos from the pre-panel “meet and greet”.

See the entire Social Media and Your Career slide show on Flickr

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I Like This – September 19, 2011

September 18th, 2011 Comments off
    A collection of career items I found interesting this week.

  • Learn the Career Path of a Lawyer – September 16, 2011 – This is a great ‘Real World Example” for a law career. I love interviews like this as I think it helps explain to new careerists just what a particular might be like.
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Look deeper to find hidden jobs – Podcast

September 16th, 2011 Comments off

Career Opportunities podcast logoIt is conventional wisdom that bigger is always better, but when it comes to your job search, returning to the same old well might not serve your best interests. If you are looking where everyone else is looking, you shouldn’t be surprised when you find yourself facing hundreds, if not thousands, of other candidates for the same job. I think it is safe to say that in today’s environment you need to look beyond the largest job search sites if you want to build the career you deserve.

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Monsters

When people go looking for a job they almost always start with the large job search sites that everyone knows. Monster.com. Careerpath.com. SimplyHired.com. I am not suggesting you ignore these “monsters” entirely, but that rather you rely on them less. The search for a great job doesn’t end with them it only begins there.

The main problem with these large job sites is that millions of other job seekers are looking at the same job listings you are. You might apply for a job with a large national or multinational company and be competing against thousands of other candidates. If your resume is exceptional, you might stand out against that crowd, but even that is not guaranteed. When your resume is set adrift among a “slush pile” this large, even the best candidates can be lost. Instead of defining yourself as a person, you become a number, a name, a series of ones and zeros to be compared to other ones and zeros. I am sure that doesn’t sound too pleasant, but it is the reality of the large job search sites today.

Niches

So, how do you go about finding those hidden jobs that few people know about? How do reduce the competition to 10-20 other candidates instead of thousands? It all comes down to the concept of niches. Just as the Internet has allowed us to find and engage in niche communities for our interests – knitting, football, music, hiking – it has also provided us with a wealth of niches to find new, and hopefully better, job openings.

Hidden jobs are those jobs that never make it to the monsters. The job openings are often nothing more than a thought in someone’s mind. “Hey, I need a coder on this project now, “ or “We need to get a project manger in here before things start flying apart.” Instead of going the traditional, and somewhat expense, route of placing the job listing on a large job search site, these people contact their friends, both face-to-face and online. These job openings get passed from hand to hand and usually end up in some sort of repository like a mailing list, discussion forum or email newsletter.

Get digging

Your first job, if you’ll excuse the pun, is to locate the most popular web sites and mailing lists dedicated to your particular niche. Look for both formal and ad hoc associations of like-minded people. Look both internationally and locally. Find where people are discussing the hidden jobs of most interest to you. I believe this is dramatically more effective than fighting the monsters of the job search world.

Of course, social media is going to play a large part in your search. Look to your Facebook friends, your LinkedIn connections and perhaps, your own, informal gang of up and coming careerists. You might be surprised, but I can guarantee there are multiple sites dedicated to your particular niche, no matter how small. Are you a left-handed ventriloquist? Check out ventriloquistcentralblog.com. No, I am NOT joking!

Above all, the lesson to be learned is that you need to be talking to as many people as possible who might have knowledge of a job in your area of expertise. Many jobs, I would say even most jobs, never make it to the point of being listed on the larger job sites. They are filled long before, with friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, or members of a particular niche site, mailing list, or discussion forum, that is dedicated to that area of work. You want to place yourself in the position where these jobs are no longer hidden to you.

Don’t ignore the monsters, but today’s job market requires you to look beyond the “easy pickings” of the larger job sites and target your actions where they can have the most impact. Find your niche and find the places where like-minded people come together for discussions and learning. It is there where you will find the job that helps you build the career you deserve.


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I Like This – September 12, 2011

September 12th, 2011 Comments off
    A collection of career items I found interesting this week.

  • Resumes When You Don’t Have a Degree – September 12, 2011 – People without college degrees must become increasingly creative when it comes to approaching companies. This article provides a few, small methods to use on your resume.
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Panel: Social Media and Your Career – Registration now open! – Part of Social Media Week 2011

September 6th, 2011 Comments off

Registration is now open for this panel discussion, which is part of Social Media Week 2011 – taking place throughout the world! — Douglas


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LOS ANGELES

Social Media and Your Career

Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Congregational Church of Northridge

Building the career you deserve means becoming both director and promoter of it–No one cares as much about your career as you do. This means taking the lead in ‘Telling people what you do and how you do it!” Social media provides the tools needed to develop the jobs and projects that make one’s career unique and fulfilling.This panel will give practical information about how to use social media to build the career you desire. We’ll talk not only about the “why” of social media, but also about “how” it can, and should, be used, so that you are in control of all aspects of your career.

LOCATION
Congregational Church of Northridge, 9659 Balboa BoulevardNorthridge, 91325

Register for Free Today!

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Real World Example: A talk with George Starcher, fellow Friends in Tech member

September 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Career Opportunities podcast logoThis week I sat down with fellow Friends in Tech member, George Starcher, so he could relate his recent experience of having his current company close, forcing him to find a new job very quickly.

George talks about how his preparations before the closing made the job search all the easier and how you can use some of the same techniques. (30 min)

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