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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – December 31, 2012

December 31st, 2012 Comments off

Job Openings from Tuesdays with Transitioners

Jennifer Oliver O’Connell, organizer of Tuesdays with Transitioners posted these job listings recently. Join Tuesdays with Transitioners Meetup group to receive these job listings directly via Meetup.com and email.

Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – December 31, 2012

  • SharePoint Architect, Orange County
  • Meditech PCM Consultant (Contract), Orange County
  • Kerr is hiring (Orange County and East Bay)

Link to Tuesdays with Transitioners for details on all these positions

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All About Douglas – Choose what you want to see and hear from me in 2013!

December 29th, 2012 Comments off

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I have a lot of interests, as most of you already know. Therefore, I have a lot of different blogs, events,  and groups in my portfolio of online engagements. I also try to make myself available wherever people want to converse. This means that each of my interests usually has multiple presences on the Internet.

Here is a list of almost all of the ways you can talk with me and learn about what is happening in my life and work. You don’t need to, nor should you, try to subscribe to all of them. That would only lead to you seeing multiple copies of the same information. Rather, pick and choose whatever ways you would like to consume my “content.” If you are a heavy Facbeook user, you might want to join my pages there. Is Google+ catching your fancy? I have a home over there, too. Maybe email is your thing? No problem, almost all of my content can be emailed directly to your Inbox.

My goal is to make my content available in whatever way makes the most sense to you. It also means you can contact me and converse with me on your favorite online services. This list is also broken down by interest. If you want to see everything I post and share, the first section is where you can find it. This will contain information from all my areas of interest including events, careers, gardening, technology and my organizations.

Maybe, though, you are only interested in my gardening information. You can narrow your reading to my gardening blog or Facebook page. The same applies for careers, technology and my organizations. Select whatever is most interesting, and valuable, to you.

Thank you for supporting me, my blogs and podcasts and my organization over the years! I look forward to talking with you — and sharing more with you — in 2013.  

 

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Archive: Time for you — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

December 28th, 2012 Comments off

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A crazy workday is familiar to all of us. We are busy from the moment we arrive to the moment we leave…and even after we leave, in some cases. Our lives are driven by one urgent project after another. While we may be busy in this environment, too often we are not very productive. Without some time for ourselves, to re-group, analyze and plan, all of our busyness can come to mean very little. To break free from the constant interruptions of your event driven work, you need to take time for yourself, morning, noon and night.

Now, of course, I am not suggesting you ignore work that needs to be done. Only that you carve out 5, 10, maybe 15 minutes a day to insure that you are working on something that is important and not just urgent.



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Morning

Everyone needs some time in the morning to think about work. Maybe some task wasn’t finished yesterday and needs to be completed today. Perhaps your schedule called for the start of a big project today. Whatever the case, taking a few minutes over breakfast, during your commute or alone in your office with the first cup of coffee for the day, can mean the difference between a productive day and one filled with craziness. What tasks will you complete today? Which will have to be postponed? Which have already been solved? What work will you be able to fit within your allotted hours and staff?

You don’t have to spend a lot of time on this, but you should do it every morning. Even better, I highly recommend holding a 5-minute, standing room only, team meeting at the start of each day. This recommendation comes from Patrick M. Lencioni’s book, Death by Meeting. Taking just 5 minutes, before everyone scatters for the day can help to keep everyone connected and working towards the same goals. It can also show you where your efforts might be better directed.

Noon

Mid-day is a time to re-cap and re-evaluate. Is it taking longer than planned to install that router? Are you missing software or hardware for a specific project? If you can’t complete the project today, what can you do instead? Before you head out for lunch, take a moment to review your morning and plan your afternoon. If your day is like mine, you will have emergencies crop up throughout the course of the morning that must be handled. Instead of bringing a project to a halt, though, maybe you could have another staffer take care of the emergency while others keep the project moving forward. Is the problem really an emergency or can it be added to the work queue and handled tomorrow? If you can give someone a temporary work-around, you can often gain enough time to complete your project instead of bringing it to a halt while you solve the problem.

Night

Before you go home each evening, make note of your 5 most pressing issues for the next day…then forget about them. Truth is, your subconscious mind will continue working on them while you have dinner, play with the kids and watch TV. You may find that new solutions will present themselves the next morning when you start the process all over again. It will also make your morning review that much quicker and more effective. Sure, you will have other issues that need to be fit into your schedule, but you will start each day with a clear idea of where to begin.

Taking time for you is an important aspect of every single day. Without it, you will struggle to balance all the competing demands for your time and energy and flit from one job to the next. As you move though your day, if you notice that you haven’t had time to think or plan, stop immediately and take that time. Go have a coffee. Step outside for a few minutes. Shut your office door, if you have one. The productivity and effectiveness you gain will far outweigh the time spent. You will begin driving your work, from moment to moment and day to day, instead of letting it drive you. This is just one way in which you can build a more effective and more satisfying career.

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Career Opportunities 2012 – Listen to all the shows from this year!

December 27th, 2012 Comments off

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Here is a linked list of all the shows from 2012, just in case you missed some along the way. If you aren’t subscribed to the podcast, please consider it. When you subscribe you receive each new show automatically in iTunes or via your RSS reader.

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Halfway out of the dark — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

December 26th, 2012 Comments off

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“…wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs. As if to say, “Well done. Well done, everyone! We’re halfway out of the dark.” — Doctor Who, A Christmas Carol



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As in the quote above, we are very close to our own moment of the year where we are “halfway out of the dark.” The Winter Solstice has passed and the days get longer – second by second, minute by minute – with each passing day. In our careers, it is important to remember this endless cycles that has gone on for millions of years. The darkness comes, the darkness abates and then it all starts over again.

Of course the same cycle can be said to occur in our lives and in our careers. There are boom times, there are bust times and there is everything in between. No one knows exactly what life will bring, but I find myself more and more assured each day, that the cycles will continue to oscillate back and forth for as long as we – and the planet – exist. Cycles are a fundamental part of our world. Look to any science – physics, chemistry, biology – and you will see them represented. It only makes sense that cycles occur over and over in our lives as well.

So what does this mean to you as a careerist? It means that you will have boom times and bust times and everything in between, so – if you don’t give up completely in a bust time – the opposite portion of the cycle will come around again. If times are hard, they will get better. If times are good, they will get worse. Knowing this, we can take actions to smooth out our journey through life and work. We can work with the cycles to develop plans for the inevitable change that will occur. With enough preparation – and enough time – we might even be able to live outside the cycle. In today’s world it is possible for some to make so much money and develop so much financial security that they can live outside the cycle – at least in some ways. Even money can’t forestall health problems, family issues or accidents. Even then you aren’t removing the cycles, only leveling the mountains that occur into manageable molehills.

How can you smooth your journey through your career and life? First, recognize that cycles exist. Recognize that cycles naturally turn (even if they take a long time to do so) and recognize that cycles can be smoothed out through judicious planning. When times are good, you don’t necessarily want to be thinking of the time when the cycle will change. Yet, that is exactly when you need to do so. You need to take the good times to prepare, to save, to plan so that the bad times will effect you less. Consider this thought and planning to be the tax you pay on the good times. By investing a bit of time in yourself and your thinking, you can prepare for the future without panicking and over worrying.

Things can be more difficult if you feel you are in the depths of a bad cycle. When we are on the downside – and without a plan developed earlier – we can feel lost, frightened, angry – or any combination of the above. We don’t always do our best thinking when confronted with these emotions and, even worse, we can allow these emotions to carry us to a dark place which only compounds their effect.

Instead, we need to look for the cycle, look for the coming change, that will show that the world is turning. We must always keep in our mind that it can get better – it will get better –– eventually. No matter that we might feel the entire world is against us or that our lives are on a downward spiral, we must look for the cycle that is coming. We must follow any sign that it is occurring and work to make it occur on our own, personal, necessary, timescale. It is when we give up hope, when we stop looking for the cycle (even if we are having a hard time believing it even exists) that we truly fail. We cannot give up on ourselves or the world will very likely give up on us. We must maintain some core hope/belief/wish/dream that a change is coming or we may miss it when it arrives.

No matter where you are – halfway out of the dark or halfway into it – understanding and believing that a change is coming is fundamental to your life and career. Don’t give up on yourself. Don’t give up on the cycle. Don’t forget that science has shown us that the world turns, the seasons change, the sun rises and sets and every life has an ebb and flow that is simply too large a part of us to be denied.

I can see the change coming.

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Books by Douglas E. Welch – Gift Them Directly to Your Friends and Family via Kindle

December 23rd, 2012 Comments off


From A Gardener’s Notebook: A collection of essays

What is there about a garden?

Gardens can be beautiful or productive and are often both at the same time. Every gardener brings their own energies, their own attitudes, their own wants, needs and desires to their garden, making each one a unique statement on their creators. Whether you are growing vegetables, flowers for cutting or the world’s largest pumpkin, gardens can hold a special place in your heart.

Gardens can tell us a lot about ourselves, but we also end up communicating who we are to others through our gardens. One visit to my garden and you will see that I like things a little wild and not too tidy. You’ll notice that I garden with benign neglect — reveling in those things that survive and not worrying too much about those that don’t. My garden is a window into the very core of who I am. Sure there will be more to learn, but sometimes I think my garden is the best introduction anyone can have of me.

Join me in my garden!


The High-Tech Career Handbook: The Best of Career Opportunities 1998-2003

30,000 Words

Navigating the special difficulties of a high-tech career can be troublesome for workers, young and old. Career Opportunities, a weekly column for ComputorEdge Magazine in San Diego, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado, has addressed these issues for almost 13 years. While simultaneously developing his own high-tech career, author Douglas E. Welch has shared his insights, trials, setbacks and successes with his readers. The High-Tech Career Handbook collects the best columns from 1997-2003 into a book for all high-tech careerists, whether they are just starting out, building their career or looking for a new career in the high-tech world. Topics covered in the columns include getting your career started, ethics, fairness and the benefits of doing honest business, personal development, professional development, and the tips and tricks for transitioning into a mature career. 


Cultivating Your Career Reputations

11,000 Words

While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R — I believe that there are a series of reputations that make up the whole. This book will focus on the combination of reputations that make up your one, overarching, Reputation. By examining each of these reputations in detail, I hope you will find specific areas where you can improve your work, your actions and your thoughts so that your overall professional reputation grows. Why break your Reputation down into its constituent parts? It is often said that you can’t “do” projects, you can only do the individual tasks that make up the project and achieve the desired result. The same can be said for reputation. You don’t build your reputation as a whole, you cultivate the smaller reputations that create it. Each individual action builds your reputation in unique ways and each requires some thought as to how they relate to the whole. Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Reputations
  • A Reputation for Fairness
  • A Reputation for Honesty
  • A Reputation for Trustworthiness
  • A Reputation for Decision-making
  • A Reputation for Empathy
  • A Reputation for Helpfulness
  • A Reputation for Compromise
  • A Reputation for Clarity
  • A Reputation for the Big Picture…and the small
  • A Reputation for Balancing Work and Self
  • A Reputation for Creativity and Innovation
  • Conclusion
  • About the Author

 

Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

5,100 Words

Imagine if when you were born you were given a magical compass to lead you through your life. It would always show you the way. It would show you the right answers on tests, lead you to the right college and to the right course of study at that college. It would lead to your first job, your first (and maybe last) love and always show the path ahead. This isn’t some idle fantasy. We each have a compass to show us the way, if only we would take it out of our pocket and use it. This compass, of course, is our desire. Instead of a needle, it is a feeling, a pull, a tension — in some cases, an overwhelming flood of feeling that says “Yes, this is the way — this is the one — this is where you need to go!”

 


 

“I am deeply convinced of the importance and effectiveness of social media. Like the Internet itself, which made social media possible, social media allows you to expose your talents, your products, your creativity to a huge number of people all over the world. The “loose contacts” we make online are the beginning of what I call our own global family. This isn’t one unwieldy global online community, but rather our own personalized family made up of those that bring value into our lives. Our communities might overlap in some ways, but they will never be the same. They can’t be. We are all unique individuals so therefore our communities will reflect this uniqueness In fact, when our communities are too alike, we might be just following the crowd instead of building our own community.”

Social Media Self Preservation is now available in the Amazon Kindle Bookstore.

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – December 23, 2012

December 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Job Openings from Tuesdays with Transitioners

Jennifer Oliver O’Connell, organizer of Tuesdays with Transitioners posted these job listings recently. Join Tuesdays with Transitioners Meetup group to receive these job listings directly via Meetup.com and email.

Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – December 23, 2012

  1. Entertainment Assistant, Gulfstream Pictures
  2. Video Photographer
  3. Color Factory is hiring!
  4. Marketing Coordinator, Joni & Friends
  5. Sr. Benefits Analyst
  6. Business Opportunity: North Star
  7. Part-Time Leadership Education

Link to Tuesdays with Transitioners for details on all these positions

Archive: The Iconoclast – from the Career Opportunities Podcast

December 21st, 2012 Comments off

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“An iconoclast originally referred to a person who destroyed icons, that is, sacred paintings or sculpture.”

from the Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iconoclast

High-tech workers tend to be on the cutting edge of both work and society, so it isn’t surprising that you will find an iconoclast or two among our ranks. These are the people who purposely seek out the sacred cows, the ironclad beliefs of our business and unassailable facts and delight in mocking, attacking and disproving them. Often, though, these iconoclasts can forget that not everyone needs such a fervent attack. Not everyone is part of the great unwashed, and uneducated, masses. There are plenty of folks out there that are already on their side. When this is forgotten, these free-thinkers can actually harm their goals by “preaching to the choir” with a bit too much fervor.



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Take a break

Anyone who seeks to change opinions and actions needs to understand that not every occasion needs to be a teachable moment. You can often find iconoclasts in online mailing lists, where every message that is not their own, is fair game for proselytizing their message. This is not to say their message is unimportant, only that repetition is not necessarily the best method for spreading your message, especially among friends. You need to know when you are among friends so that your message does not turn into a harangue. No one likes to be told what they are doing wrong every single day. Sometimes you just need to take a break, let a message slide, build up your invective for a truly worthy response.

Those who see their life as a never-ending battle against ignorance can easily come to believe that no one, other than themselves, truly understands. They begin to feel isolated and angry, which drives them to increase the pitch of their remarks and attacks. All this does, though, is drive support further and further away. No one wants to be around someone who can only talk about one topic. They quickly exhaust any attempts at conversation and, in many cases, it becomes a monologue. A monologue that the other person has already heard many times before. This has exactly the opposite of the intended effect, isolating the iconoclast even more.

Pick your battles

The secret to being a productive iconoclast is to know your audience. When you are around liked-minded individuals, you can reduce the tenor of your rhetoric, You can provide support for your ideas instead of bludgeoning people with them. You can tell others about the strides that are being made. You can point out those people, companies or governments that most need to change their behaviors.
You cannot, though, treat everyone like your most strident critic. You can’t assume that they haven’t heard the message just because they might not live the message with the same vigor that you do. You should never assume that they disagree with all your positions when they disagree with a portion of them and you should never assume that they are lesser people than you simply because your opinions differ. Once an iconoclast steps over this line, they move into the realm of harassment, not persuasion.

We need iconoclasts in the world. Wrong-headed ideas are deeply embedded in our cultures and it is only by calling them out that we can hope to change them. In America we once thought slavery, male-only suffrage and McCarthyism were pretty good ideas. It was the iconoclasts (abolitinists, feminists and Edward R. Murrow) that lead the charge to newer, better ideas. That said, unchecked fervor and a lack of understanding the audience can lead many iconoclasts down the road to ineffectual harpy, if they allow it. If they allow themselves to see the world only as black and white, they are doomed to a downward spiral that will leave them feeling even more isolated and cynical about the state of man and society. Cynicism brings efforts to force others to believe your message rather than persuade.

Stand up for those things you believe in. Get your message out, but beware of allowing your fervor to run away with you. Seeing every conversation as a battle, every meeting as a debate, every non-believer as a threat will stunt the importance of your message beneath overbearing personal behaviors…making it that much harder to accomplish your goals.

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – December 20, 2012

December 20th, 2012 Comments off

Job Openings from Tuesdays with Transitioners

Jennifer Oliver O’Connell, organizer of Tuesdays with Transitioners posted these job listings recently. Join Tuesdays with Transitioners Meetup group to receive these job listings directly via Meetup.com and email.

Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – December 2012

  1. Part-time Opportunities
  2. Help Desk Technician-Long Beach, Veteran’s Administration
  3. Temporary Production Assistants
  4. Cost Estimator/Proposal Analyst
  5. Part-time Credentialed Instructor
  6. Vice President of Human Resources
  7. Temporary Production Assistants
  8. HR Manager (Consultant), San Diego
  9. Extraordinary Chief Diversity Officer, University of South Florida
  10. Customer Care Associate, Irvine
  11. Compensation Analyst, USC
  12. Receptionist, Joni & Friends
  13. Payroll Specialist
  14. Programmer/System Analyst, Contract-Walnut Creek, CA
  15. Product Manager, Glendora, CA
  16. Sr. Human Resources Manager
  17. Sr. HR Specialist
  18. HIPAA Security Lead/ SOX Compliance Lead needed in Denver, CO and Pasadena, CA 
  19. Project Manager, Santa Maria
  20. Personal Assistant, New York
  21. HR Opening
  22. Family Shelter Weekend Staff
  23. SOS Program Staff
  24.  John’s Market is hiring (Various Positions/Opportunities)
  25. Human Resource Specialist
  26. Multiple Positions/Opportunities
  27. Recruiter, Transamerica
  28. HR Generalist, Santa Ana, CA
  29. UTA Listings for 11-30-2012
  30. Director of Total Compensation
  31. Recruiting Manager, RAND Corporation
  32. (Warner Bros.) Administrative Support, Various Departments
  33. United Talent Agency Entertainment Industry Jobs

Link to Tuesdays with Transitioners for details on all these positions

“In order to fit in we might be denying our unique skills…”

December 19th, 2012 Comments off

From Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

“In order to fit in we might be denying our unique skills and the knowledge that could lead us to exceptional careers — not just an average one.”

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