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Career Videos on the Douglas E. Welch YouTube Channel

July 31st, 2012 Comments off

Each of my blogs has a section on my YouTube Channel where you can check out and share the various videos you see here. You can find all the career-related videos in this YouTube Playlist for the Career Opportunities column and podcast.

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Go where you are most needed – Podcast

July 30th, 2012 Comments off

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I was talking to one of our cousins in Sicily recently and he was bemoaning a very common problem. He recently graduated with a Masters in Science (Laurea Specialistica) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Like many, he is looking for his first “real” job in his field and he has run headlong into the old conundrum of “connections.” Simply put, he doesn’t have any and it seems that getting any good job requires them. While the problem might be especially acute in Italy, it exists everywhere. For a job seeker, it can seem like all doors are closed just when you need an open door the most.


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Look elsewhere

I won’t deny that many jobs are filled using “connections” no matter where you might live. People have obligations to others and one way they can fulfill those obligations is providing jobs for family members and friends who need them. That said, I believe that there are many more jobs available that don’t require “connections”, but you need to look deeper for them. In some cases, you may find that these jobs, free to be filled from qualified candidates and not “obligations” can be better places to begin your career than those with fancier titles and higher salaries at well known companies.

If you consider yourself without connections, you need to start your job search with those companies that need you most — not those with the most recognizable name, the biggest headquarters or the most prestige. You need to start your search right in your own backyard. In some cases, there might be small or mid-sized companies in your city that are desperate for someone with your skills. Because of their size, they might not be able to attract the highest quality of candidates. You could find yourself in the very best position of being in the right place at the right time.

Even better, finding a great position in a small company could mean you have a much better job. In smaller companies you are given much more responsibility much more quickly. Due to lack of competition, and the fact that you work closely with the principals of your company, you can better demonstrate your skills and move up quickly. In larger companies, most entry level employees are given less important, routine tasks and are often hidden from the sight of the most important people in the company. For me, it is far better to have a big job at a small company than a small job at a big company.

This is not to say you ignore the larger companies entirely, only that you don’t put all your eggs into that basket. If opportunities present themselves, take advantage of them, of course. Just don’t depend on them or put other efforts on hold while you wait out the usually long hiring process.

Build your own connections

The next step is to make your own connections. In fact, this is a lifelong process and something you have hopefully started while in school. Stay in touch with classmates that you like and respect. Stay connected in person and via social media. Even better, connect them to each other. Be the hub that connects them all and you will be at the center of a very important career web. Help others find work and, in most cases, they will gladly help you. Those people with connections gained them in many ways and there is no reason you can’t develop your own connections over time. Even better, these connections you build yourself will be more meaningful, stronger and more reliable than those connections based on “obligations.” These connections will be the backbone of your career for the rest of your life and you should never stop developing them.

Tell people what you do and how well you do it

One important part of this job market is to bypass the typical hiring practices of companies by making companies and recruiters come to you. You need to tell all your connections, what you you do and how well you do it. You need to write blog posts, engage in online discussions, develop your own projects, write your own whitepapers and more. Anything you can do to make your work visible to others will be of great benefit to your job search. I believe that in today’s job market, there is no way that a single page resume could ever represent your skills. Reach out to the new tools at your disposal and make the case why someone should hire you. Do everything you can to attract work to you instead of constantly going out looking for work.

Don’t let the seemingly required connections stall your job search, even if you are just starting out. Look for work where others do not. Think small to build a bigger career. Build your own connections and, most importantly, demonstrate your skills at every opportunity. These are very important ways to build the career you deserve in the 21st Century.

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Archive: Career Tip: Translating Tech Speak

July 25th, 2012 Comments off

From the YouTube Archives, a Career Tip…

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12 career “reputations” that form your overall “Reputation”

July 25th, 2012 Comments off

The Reputations Here are the reputations I find most important in “building the career you deserve.”

  • A Reputation for Fairness 
    • Do you deal fairly with those around you? Are your choices self-serving ones, driven by politics, fear and greed? Do you expect more from those around you than you yourself are willing to give? Do you seek advantage over others instead of cooperation and shared success?
  • A Reputation for Honesty
    • Do you tell the truth…all the time? Do you hide problems until it is too late? Do you face up to mistakes and are you prepared to correct them? Do you simply tell others what you think they want to hear? Do you say one thing and then do another?
  • A Reputation for Decision-making
    • Do you make decisions quickly or are you mired in the depths of “analysis paralysis?” Are you prepared to make mistakes, as everyone does, knowing it is a natural part of success? Are you prepared to decide, even when it means you might fail? Do you let others make decisions for you?
  • A Reputation for Empathy
    • Do you truly feel for those around you? Can you place yourself in their shoes when it is time to make tough decisions? Are you isolated, Marie Antoinette-style, from those around you, making decisions in a vacuum, where your only thought is how it effects you? Can you remember what it is like to not know something?
  • A Reputation for Clear Thinking
    • Is your thinking muddled and confused? Can you find your way through the confusing fog of conflicting goals, data and thinking? Do you allow others to tell you what to think instead of thinking yourself? Can you keep your head when all about you are losing theirs? Can you help others think more clearly?
  • A Reputation for Trustworthiness
    • Can people trust you…all day…every day…no matter what temptations you might face? Do you abuse people’s trust while exhibiting little of your own? Are you a hard-bitten cynic who expects the worse from those around you? Do you only do your best when you know others are watching?
  • A Reputation for Helpfulness
    • Are you ready to chip in and help someone, even if it isn’t “your job?” Do you look for opportunities to help others, even when they might not realize they need help? Do you accept help from others easily? Do you seek to make the world a better place or leave others to their own devices and fates?
  • A Reputation for Compromise
    • Do you seek to win at everyone else’s expense? Are you constantly taking advantage of other people for your own benefit? Is life and work truly win-win or is there always a loser? Do you compromise to solve problems or do they reappear time and time again?
  • A Reputation for Clarity
    • Do your co-workers understand your projects, your goals, your directions or is your work a constant litany of misunderstandings, recriminations and a struggle to make things clear? Do you use 10 words when 3 might do? Do you blame others for their lack of understanding when you are the one being unclear?
  • A Reputation for the Big Picture…and the small
    • Are you able to see the Big Picture of a project and all the individual pieces that make up that project? Does your focus always fall on your area of strength, allowing other segments to falter and fail? Can you see how your actions deeply effect others?
  • A Reputation for Balancing Work and Self
    • Is your work your life? Do you understand when it is important to make decisions for your own benefit, even when it might conflict with your work? Is your work life as fulfilling as your home life? Does your family support you and do you support your family?
  • A Reputation for Creativity and Innovation
    • Are you regularly generating new ideas? Are you capturing these new ideas in some way? Are you ready to create new ideas when needed by your company, your manager or your clients? Do people come looking for you when they need the “next big idea?” 

All of these smaller reputations, and more, make up your “Reputation” with a capital “R”. Each can raise or lower people’s opinion of you and directly effect your ability to succeed in your career. They also point the way when building a career or finding the next job.

For a more in-depth discussion. check out my Kindle eBook, Cultivating Your Career Reputations, from Amazon.com

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Audio: What is success….and why you might have it already! from CareerCampSCV 2012

July 24th, 2012 Comments off

Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com/career) presents “What is success….and why you might have it already!” at CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2012 (http://careercampscv.wordpress.com)

There has been a “perversion” of the meaning of success these days with only the extremely famous or rich being labelled as successful. Douglas’ definition of success is “if you can support yourself and and your family doing something you love.” Success is not black or white, it has many shades of grey and we are wise to remember it.

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Video: What is success…and why you might have it already! from CareerCampSCV 2012

July 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com/career) presents “What is success….and why you might have it already!” at CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2012 (http://careercampscv.wordpress.com)

There has been a “perversion” of the meaning of success these days with only the extremely famous or rich being labelled as successful. Douglas’ definition of success is “if you can support yourself and and your family doing something you love.” Success is not black or white, it has many shades of grey and we are wise to remember it.

Please like this video if you found it useful. Your likes help to suggest it to more YouTube viewers.

What is success..and why you might have it already

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Check out Douglas’ Career and Social Media Books on Amazon.com

* Kindle books are readable on all platforms and even using your web browser

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See more of Douglas’ content at DouglasEWelch.com
See more career-related content on the Career Opportunities column and podcast
See more information on CareerCampSCV
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Audio: Career Compass: Finding Your Career North from CareerCampSCV 2012

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

Douglas E. Welch presents “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North” at CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2012 (http://careercampscv.wordpress.com)

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Video: Career Compass: Finding Your Career North from CareerCampSCV 2012

July 16th, 2012 Comments off

Douglas E. Welch presents “Career Compass: Finding Your Career North” at CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2012 (http://careercampscv.wordpress.com)

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* See more of Douglas’ content at DouglasEWelch.com
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Jobs Available – Listings of all types at Jobs.WelchWrite.com

July 15th, 2012 Comments off

Looking for a job? There are a host of job listings available on Jobs.WelchWrite.com every day.

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Photos: CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2012 and Session List

July 15th, 2012 Comments off

Yesterday we held our 3rd CareerCampSCV (our 7th CareerCamp overall) and it was another great day. I am always so pleasantly surprised with how well these events work. I think we provide a lot of value and everyone seems to go away very happy and ready to take on the next step in their career. Here are some photos I took during the event yesterday.

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Here is a list of the sessions that were presented at CareerCampSCV 2012. I recorded all of my sessions (3) and will be releasing them over the next week or so.

 

CareerCampSCV 2012 - 2

  • Who are you today? Interview with a new attitude with Karen Hudson
  • Career Branding and You with Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • Marketing yourself in social media
  • Learn what employers expect
  • Social Media and your career: A Discussion
  • Conducting an effective job search
  • 21st Century Blogging
  • Business Etiquette “Stand Out”
  • Living and working abroad
  • What is working in your job search?
  • Managing your online presence while seeking a job
  • Rethink. Refocus. Reinvent. with Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • Staying motivated while looking for work
  • Guerilla LinkedIn: Steps to do tonight and benefit tomorrow
  • Career Compass: Finding your Career “North” – How to find the work you truly ‘want’ to do with Douglas E. Welch
  • Who am I now: What my clothes say about me
  • Resume Review with Mitch Krayton
  • Marketing yourself during a job search
  • Ask HR – Q&A with a Director of HR
  • The power of your transferable skills
  • 1o Things to do while you are still looking
  • Interviewing and preparing
  • What is a resume for? with Mitch Krayton
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Job Seekers
  • Interview with Confidence, Competence and Value with Mitch Krayton
  • What is success…and why you might have it already? with Douglas E. Welch
  • Maximizing your LinkedIn Profile
  • Paint your career “green” without starting over
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