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Archive: Getting the job — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

June 27th, 2014 Comments off

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Finding a job can be difficult, no matter if it is your first job or your twentieth. That said, finding that first “real” job can leave you wondering just how you’re supposed to get started if no one will give you a chance. As with most things in life, there is no secret to success, but there are a few ways to increase the chances of finding a good first job and making a great start on the career you deserve.

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Find something you are passionate about, whether in your area of study or not, and pursue jobs in that area. Passion is of incalculable value in an interview. If you are talking about something you are passionate about, it will be clear to the interviewer. There is no way to hide it. Conversely, there is no way to fake it if it isn’t there to begin with. Focus on interviewing for jobs you are passionate about and not any job that presents itself.

Too often, especially early in a career, we are desperate and grasp at any opportunity that presents itself. It’s understandable, of course. We need to make money and we want to get started on a career, not just another placeholder job. Sure, you may need to take a job out of necessity, but you can’t let that cloud your thinking and make a large commitment to a job that means little to you. You need to constantly be looking for a job that meets your needs.

Once you believe you have found a career you can be passionate about, focus on companies that will allow you to pursue that passion. Again, you will be focusing your job search and not wasting time pursuing jobs that you don’t really want. This focus will help you to ignore jobs that are entirely out of your area of interest and help develop targets where you can invest the majority of your time. Expend your efforts in those area which can yield the most, or biggest, rewards.

When you are just starting your career, your biggest weakness can be the lack of connections. Some of you will be able to find out about job openings or even get interviews due to family and friends , but I find that these might not generate as many opportunities as you hope. The fact is, these contacts are interviewing you out a sense of obligation, not because they have any interest in you or because you have any real interest in the job. There are better ways to build your connections and you do many of them every day.

If you aren’t doing it already, start attending Meetups, networking meetings, and any other opportunity to meet other people involved in your area of interest. Check out http://meetup.com and see if there is a meeting in your area on your favorite topic. If not, consider starting one of your own. After all, the best way to be known by everyone is to be the founder of the group. Take every opportunity to talk to as may people as possible. You can never be sure who might be in the position to offer you your first, or next, great job.

Finally, while it might sound crazy, you should try to develop your own job or company around your passion. This doesn’t mean you stop looking for a job, only that you open a parallel path. Thomas Alva Edison supposedly said, “Everything comes to he who hustles while he waits” and I think that is great advice. This means that every hour you are not involved in your current, stop-gap job,, you are thinking about, or actively working on, getting a job or developing your own opportunities. I usually describe it in this way, “When you are unemployed, getting a job becomes your job.” You need to apply as much care and attention to your job search as you would to a job you love.

I know that sometimes it can feel like you will never get a job, let alone a job you love, but if you focus on your true career desires, build your relationships with others and maybe even create your own job, let me assure you that you can and will find a job. People find jobs every day, many with fewer opportunities than you enjoy. Those who succeed share one thing in common, they all “hustle while they wait” and focus on getting a great job and starting to build the career they truly deserve.

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Video: Lead By Solving Big Problems from “A Year of Leadership”

June 25th, 2014 Comments off

Lead to solve big problems from A Year of Leadership

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

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Solve an intractable problem in the company. Take the customer support complaints you’re getting — and take the biggest question you get every day. Say you’re working on a help desk. Take the biggest question you get every day and solve it! Make it go away! Make it so the number of of calls you receive on that particular problem drop to as close to zero as you can get. That’s leadership and that’s an important thing to do for your company. Because it is going to free up all sorts of energy. It’s going to free up all sorts of money and people are going to look at it and say, “Wow! He solved — she solved — that problem?!?! Oh my god, this person must be really on the ball!” Because they’ve been starting at that same problem for months, years, whatever and never, either never identified the problem or never figured out a way to solve it. So, step up again. If you see a solution to an intractable problem like that, take advantage of it. Step in!

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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While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R… from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

June 24th, 2014 Comments off

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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 — a combination of all that make up your one, overarching, Reputation.

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Noted: Sometimes it’s not about profit or convenience… via Gapidvoid Cartoons

June 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Sometimes it’s not about profit or convenience… via Gapidvoid Cartoons

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There are only ever three good reasons to take a job: it pays well, it’s a great career opportunity or it drives you toward becoming the person you were born to be.

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June 21st, 2014 Comments off

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Noted: Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs via Business Insider

June 21st, 2014 Comments off

Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs via Business Insider

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You probably don’t know Renee Raudman by name — but there’s a good chance you’ve heard her voice.
Raudman is one of the most requested narrators in the multibillion dollar audiobook industry, having recorded well over 300 books since 2006.

In less than a decade, the actress-turned-voice-over star has won several awards, critical acclaim, and changed the landscape of the genre.

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Noted: Introducing the New LinkedIn Job Search App for iPhone via Linkedin

June 21st, 2014 Comments off

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Did you know that applicants who apply to job opportunities on the first day they’re posted are 10% more likely to land the job? That means that if you are an active job seeker, your job search can’t stop just because you’ve stepped away from your desk.

Launching today, the new LinkedIn Job Search app for iPhone provides a one-stop shop for your job seeking needs. Whether you are actively on the hunt for a new gig or just keeping an eye out, the new app comes packed with the core LinkedIn features you’ve come to rely on to help manage your job search, including:

A streamlined end-to-end experience: Landing your dream job can feel like a full-time job. So we wanted to make it easier to find, research, and apply for your next opportunity by maximizing your “in between” moments. The next time you’re in a line for coffee or stuck waiting for a delayed flight, why not jump start your job search from your phone.

Customizable search: Job searching is not a one-size-fits all process and we want to make sure you have the tools to find just the right fit. To take a more tailored approach, you can use Advanced Search to filter jobs by fields such as title, location, company, industry, or seniority level.

Recommended jobs tailored for you: You have a lot on your plate, so let us do some of the heavy lifting for you. Based on your saved searches, jobs you’ve viewed, and your LinkedIn profile, we’ll surface new and relevant opportunities for you.

Be in the know: Finding a job that interests you is just the first step. Use the app to learn more about the company and check out who you know that already works at the company to get the competitive intel you need to stand out. We’ll also make sure we’re keeping tabs on the jobs that interest you with important notifications when jobs you’ve saved are about to expire or when a recruiter has viewed your application, or when there are new jobs that meet your search criteria.

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Doing the (Career) Laundry — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

June 20th, 2014 Comments off

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If there is one thing my wife detests, it is doing laundry. It is one of those tasks that never comes to an end. As soon as you complete one load, another is ready to go. Then there is the folding, ironing and more. My version of laundry is the monthly bill pay and financial reconciles. It has some direct corollaries in that it, too, is never done. I only make progress for another 30 days and then it starts all over again. As you might imagine, there are certain tasks in your career that closely resemble doing the laundry. Nevertheless, they still need to be done, regularly and well, if you want to keep your job, life and career on track.

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Reevaluation of your current job

You might think you are reevaluating your current job on a day-to-day basis, but in reality, you spend so much time “doing” your job, you often have very little time, or inclination to think about the job itself. This can be a dangerous trap if you allow it to go on too long. Just like ignoring the laundry, you will eventually pay for your inattention with more work.
I am sure you have seen the results of inattention. You wake up one morning dreading your return to work. Tasks have piled up. Managers have changed. Morale is low. Why didn’t you notice this before? More than likely, it is because you didn’t take the time to reevaluate your feelings about your job. I have seen workers spend years in a bad job, simply because they didn’t take the time to look around them and realize that either they, the job, or both had changed.

Knowledge

One of the easiest aspects of your career to ignore is the need for on-going education. Trapped in your own little world, filled with the same methods and systems year after year, you can forget that the world continues changing around you. How many books are you reading each month? On what topics? Are you still using the same methods you used 5 years ago? Are they still serving you well? Chances are, your job has been stuck in a time warp while competitors and, perhaps even co-workers, have advanced beyond you. Remember, if you are not learning something new, every single day, you are falling behind. Those around you are building their knowledge every day and you should be, too. Otherwise you will find yourself left behind, maintaining legacy systems while others chart the newest business territory.

Relationships

Are you out there, every day, meeting new people and being introduced to new ideas? This might be the number one danger to someone in a stable job. If you like your co-workers and your job, you don’t have the incentive to reach out to new people and new worlds. You get comfortably cocooned in your job and might never want to leave.

Of course, as I mentioned above, this doesn’t stop the world from changing around you. Changes in Business can quickly bring a company to its knees and disturb the happy little home you have established. Don’t be blindsided by change just because it hasn’t happened to you yet. Reach out to people outside your organization, outside your company, even outside your area of expertise. You must keep one eye on what is happening outside your door or your next visitor just might be the big bad wolf. Reach out to new people and new horizons. Develop connections with people all over the world and learn the lessons that everyone has to teach — no matter how comfortable your current job might be.

Everything else

Along with these larger issues, you also need to “do the laundry” in many other ways. You need to update your resume, update your web site, develop new skills, work towards a raise or promotion, prepare for your annual review, plan your retirement, your own business, your new life. It never really ends, even if you ignore it.

Regardless of the state of your current job and career, you have to take the time to do the hard, recurring work to insure that you are building the best career possible. Don’t let complacency stop you from doing what needs to be done. Life is about growth and change over time and you have to embrace this fact in order to build the career you deserve.

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Book: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

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I picked up this book during my usual perusal of the sorting shelves at my local library. Each time I visit the library, I let serendipity take a hand and see what other patrons have been reading and returned lately. It is typical for me to walk away with anything from 1 to 10 books depending on my mood. These books range from Fiction to Non-Fiction, cookbooks to poetry, manga to literature.

I was quite delighted with this book and its message. The title uses the word “Steal” to great effect but then clearly lays out that they really mean taking the influence of your favorites and heroes. It is true that nothing new really exist under the sun. Everything new and innovative is a mashup of something that has come before with something else. The “stealing” from the title could easily be “mashup” — a more contemporary term that means taking 2 disparate elements and making something new with them.

This is a small book, but it is filled with interesting and useful tidbits. It is a great book to make you stop and think about what you are doing and what you are creating. Here are a few quotes that made me stop for moment and think.

“Don’t steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heros.”

” A wonderful flaw about human beings is that we’re incapable of making perfect copies. Our failure to copy our heroes is where we discover where our own thing lives.”

This is a great book to keep around for when you have a few idle moments and are looking for a bit of a recharge. You might even want to keep it on your desk, so you can refer to it when you are struggling with your creating. We all need a little readjustment at times and this book is full of enlightening thoughts to do just that.

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You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

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Video: Take leadership when others abdicate from “A Year of Leadership”

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

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

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You have more power than you know, if you decide to reach out and take it. Oftentimes I have said before there are people simply abdicating their leadership role. They don’t want to lead. They don’t the responsibility. They don’t want the blame. They…they want to hide in their little office, close the door, and let the world kind of go on around them. Well, that’s fine — and it actually provides and opportunity for you, because when people abdicate their need to lead, you have the ability to step into that vacuum and take much more power than you might typically have.

So how can you do that? Well, one of the first things you can do is take on a faltering project. If you see a project that is failing, for whatever reason, especially if it is failing due to lack of leadership, stand up — take it on. Go to your boss. Go to your boss’ boss. Say, “You know what? I think I can take this project on and make it a success.” And do it. Scary? Of course! You bet! You’re putting your butt on the line, but you know what? You have so much to gain from that opportunity and relatively little to lose. Because, the fact is, oftentimes, large projects that are “off the tracks” have the ability to suck down the entire company. So, what does it matter if you might lose your job if the company itself might disappear?

So look for those opportunities. Look for those projects and opportunities where things are going very badly and step up and take control of them and see what you can do!

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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