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Video: Leadership: Don’t wait for someone else to lead from “A Year of Leadership”

April 30th, 2014 Comments off

Leadership someone else

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch)

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Transcript:

“You can’t wait for someone else to lead. In fact, that’s whats gotten us into a lot of the trouble we’ve been in the last few years. We’ve all depended on other people to pick up the reins and to make things right. This is how we end up with debacles like the Enron fallout, the mortgage crisis, the economy crisis we’re in right now. the Bernia Madoff Ponzi scheme. We’re all expecting someone else to stand up and say, “Oh, you know what, that’s not right. That’s wrong! You need to stop doing that or we need to do something else.” While we sit around, twiddling our thumbs, typing away on our computer screens, and doing nothing about it.

Again, I want to reiterate, there is no one else who can practice leadership for you. That’s a scary thought, because it puts all the onus back on us. It puts all the onus back in our laps to say, “Oh, guess what? I have to be the one to stand up and actually DO something.” Well, it is scary, but it is also very, very, very — I can’t say this enough — very important that you do it.”

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.

Photo: Fear… Remember that when people lash out at something, it is out of fear…

April 27th, 2014 Comments off

Fear… Remember that when people lash out at something, it is out of fear. Fear of change. Fear of the new. Fear of their place in the world. Help them to not be afraid.

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – April 27, 2014

April 27th, 2014 Comments off

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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. 

  • Part-time secretary
  • Part-time front desk assistant at Namaste Highland Park
  • Executive Assistant, Legendary Entertainment
  • Executive Assistant, Renegade 83
  • Executive Assistant, Metro Public Relations
  • Studio Concierge Assistant, Twistory Studios
  • Executive Assistant to Independent Film Producer
  • Executive Assistant to Composer/Music Supervisor/Producer
  • Assistant to the Senior VP of Scripted Development
  • Second Personal Assistant to Producer
  • Assistant to Producer/CEO
  • Director of Operations, Casting Company
  • Administrative Assistant, Clifton Post Production
  • Part-time Accounting Assistant, Resolution Entertainment
  • Development Assistant, Grey Matter Productions
 
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Archive: A Reputation for Helpfulness — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

April 25th, 2014 Comments off

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Everyone wants to be helpful, right? Surely, there can’t be people out there who don’t understand the need to be helpful and how it binds society together. Then you find yourself running for an elevator and someone refuses to hold the door. Perhaps you’re trying to accomplish something at your local bank or government agency and you are faced with someone who, it seems, does everything in their power to not be helpful. We see a breakdown in the sense of helpfulness everyday, which is why you need to focus on this reputation intensely, despite how commonsense it might first appear.

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The fact is, without the helpful actions of those around us – our friends, family and co-workers – it would be nearly impossible to get anything accomplished. Others can easily obstruct us in our endeavors if they wish and we must realize that we can also obstruct others. Instead, though, we need to be aware of those opportunities where we can be helpful, seek them out, and use them to cement our reputation as a helpful person.

Being helpful can take a myriad of forms. In your day-to-day life this might mean holding the door for someone or helping an older person load a case of something at the local CostCo Warehouse. In our work life, helpful actions might be something as simple as returning your phone calls or as complex as writing a function for a new program, even though you aren’t on the same project. Sharing your ideas is also important, as is simply listening to others, when they need a friendly ear. It is simple actions like these that establish your reputation for helpfulness and it is a lack of these actions that can brand you as unhelpful and unfriendly.

I know it can be difficult, with all the stress of work today, to be as helpful as you might. You have your own work to do and your own projects to complete. Still, who will you turn to when you need help? If you constantly deny help to those around you, you can’t, reasonably, expect them to come running to your aid when you need them. You have to fill the well of helpfulness before you can ever draw from it – and you will need to draw from it. We all need help on occasion, no matter how much we might consider ourselves the “lone wolf” of the company.

Of course, like everything in life, there can be a dark side to helpfulness. There are those around you who will want more than your help – they will want you do to their work for them. I have run into many people like this over the years and it is important you recognize them quickly, so that you don’t find yourself in a bad situation.

You can typically recognize these “do it for me” folks, by their subtle (or not so subtle) pressure to offload tasks or entire projects onto you, instead of just a simple question or two. In one particular case, during my time as a corporate IS worker, a request to stop by and “help me format a spreadsheet” turned into a request to enter pages of data. You have to be quick to react when faced with a situation like this. In most cases, you simply have to refuse to do the work for the other person. Being helpful does not mean being used by others. The sad fact is, though, that there will be people who attempt to do just that. You can be helpful without taking on other’s responsibilities. They may accuse you of being unhelpful, but you should easily see the difference, even if they can’t.

Building a reputation for helpfulness can do much to enhance your career and little to harm it, unless you error on the side of being too helpful and too free with your time. Like the other reputations I have described, helpfulness is a direct indicator of your overall desire to do the best work possible. It also shows a deep understanding that helping others is often the best way of enhancing your own work, whenever you need a little helping hand.

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Tip: Don’t lost yourself in the pursuit of money…

April 25th, 2014 Comments off

Pursuit of money

Don’t lost yourself in the pursuit of money. I see it happen in ways large and small everyday. Money is important, but not All.

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Video: Leadership: The Most Important Skill from “A Year of Leadership”

April 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Leadership most important skill

From “A Year of Leadership” – Career Opportunities Podcast with Douglas E. Welch

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 Transcript:

“Leadership could be the most important skill you cultivate this year and you need to exercise it in large and small ways — especially the small ones, which I’ll talk about in a little bit. Leadership is what makes you different from those around you. It’s what makes you different from the person down the hall, in the next cube, in the next company, in the next world. Frankly, over the years, we have seemingly forgotten how to lead. We begin to think that leadership is only something that you do, gets done at the highest levels of government or in the highest levels of your company — only up there in the executive suites. It’s something done by other people. The fact is, though, leadership is done, by you, every day, right where you are. 

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.

Jobs Available – Listings of all types at Jobs.WelchWrite.com – Search by keyword and location

April 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – April 21, 2014

April 21st, 2014 Comments off

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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. 

  • Administrative Assistant, Whalerock Industries
  • NBC taking applications for Paid Internships
  • Assistant at the Gersh Agency
  • Virtual Bookkeeper
  • Contract Graphic Design Position
  • UTA Listings for April 4, 2014
 
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Link Focus: 25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer from LifeHack.org

April 21st, 2014 Comments off

25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

As an auto-didact (or self-learner), any time I can find web sites and resources that help me to learn, I jump at the opportunity, This article from LifeHack.org gives you 25 possible resources to expand your own self-learning. There are sites for learning languages (both foreign and programming), musical instruments, cooking and ways of building the career you deserve. I am almost sure that at least one site here will find its way into your self-leaning toolkit for the long run. I know I am a regular user of several of the sites on the list.

If you are looking for away to invigorate your own education, these sites are a great place to start!

25 killer web sites

From LifeHack.org…

It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world.

As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before.


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Book: Don’t sent a resume …and other contrarian rules to help you land a great job

April 21st, 2014 Comments off

Don’t sent a resume …and other contrarian rules to help you land a great job

This is the book about job hunting that I would have written myself, had not Fox beaten me to it. I highly recommend this book and have written about similar tactics in my Career Opportunities columns over the last 16 years.

The world of work has changed drastically over the last decade and this calls for new tactics in getting your first job or your next job.

According to Fox, it all comes down to selling yourself to your future employer. It matters little what you want out of job or a career. What matters most is how you fulfill the needs of the hiring company. Of course, you should be trying to fulfill your work need, but the person interviewing cares little or nothing about your needs and only about their own. A hard fact to face, perhaps, but an extremely important one.

Fox goes on to give hard examples of how to use letters, not a resume to gain an interview, how to prepare for that interview and how to do everything possible to get the job you want.

While I am sure that some human resource people and corporate management will take issue with some of Fox’s advice, as they have with my columns about resumes. This is because Fox’s tactics seem to make their job more difficult. HR staff can no longer winnow large amounts of resumes down to a select few quickly and easily. What they don’t realize is that if all candidates used these tactics, hiring would be easier and the company would be hiring better people.

Highly Recommended

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