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Sometimes you just do the best that you can from the Career Opportunities Podcast

November 20th, 2017 No comments

Sometimes you just do the best that you can from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Sometimes you just do the best that you can. Most of us want to do more with our life, our work, heck, even our day, but sometimes you just can’t get it done. I am having one of those times right now. Everyone in the family seems busier than usual and it is leading to days where our only thought is sinking in to a comfy chair at night and turning off our minds. My wife has an amazingly busy scheduled teaching at 4 different colleges, my 7th Grade son is deep in his studies as well as flag football, chess and a host of other programs and I am taking on more of my “Stay at home Dad” role again as well as balancing that with my consulting and writing work. We all seem to be running in a hundred different directions at once.

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Little Boxes – and they all look just the same from the Career Opportunities Podcast [Audio]

November 13th, 2017 No comments

Little Boxes – and they all look just the same from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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When you are writing your resume or interviewing for a job, do you fall into a common trap? Despite all your unique insight and experience, do you end up looking and sounding like everyone else? Do you we end up looking like the “little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same?” For decades we have been taught to sit down, shut up, and act like everyone else. We have been taught to wear the same clothes, watch the same television shows, read the same books and have the same opinions. Even a cursory look at the world today will show you that this is no longer true. The world is an amazingly diverse place. Yet, when we go job hunting, we revert to methods from the 1950’s and beyond. We endeavour to be the “company man” who keeps his head down and makes it through our career relatively unscathed. 

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Pursuing your work as art, but also making money from the Career Opportunities Podcast

November 6th, 2017 Comments off

Pursuing your work as art, but also making money from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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I just finished reading Seth Godin’s latest books, Linchpin, and there is much to recommend there. He clearly describes and analyzes the dramatic shifts in the work world where being “good enough” simply isn’t enough anymore, especially when such work can easily be outsourced to thousands of others all over the world. If you want to have a successful career, you need to treat your work as art, and yourself as an artist, regardless of what you do.

While the book rings true to my own experience in almost every way, it also fails to address one of the deepest burning issues I live with every day — how to make money pursuing your art. There are the typical assurances that doing your best work will attract money, which I believe, but it doesn’t address the day-to-day realities of putting cash into our pockets so we can buy groceries and pay the rent. I can’t fault Godin with being unable to answer this question. It is indeed one of those problems that seems to defy solution. That said, reading the book got me thinking (which I believe is the clearest sign of a good book) and I have developed a few ideas of my own.

 

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What are you saying, and thinking, about your work and career? from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 31st, 2017 Comments off

What are you saying, and thinking, about your work and career? from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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Want to know what people all over the world think about their work and career? Visit http://search.twitter.com and enter work, career, job, or any other phrase you want. Then hit enter and watch the world zeitgeist pour into your browser. Never before have you been able to put your finger on the pulse of the world in such a detailed way.

Of course, you can use this same method to divine what you think about your work and career, too. Much like an old-fashioned paper journal (which I still carry around, by the way) your social media stream captures your feelings, your thoughts, your disappointments every time you post a note to your friends or the world. This information can be a goldmine when it comes time to for the “hard thinking” I often mention in columns. Reviewing your social media streams can give you a clear indication of how you are doing in your career and whether you might need to make some major changes.

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Social Media, Introverts and Conclusion from Using the Career Compass To Find Your Work and Career [Audio] (1:32)

October 25th, 2017 Comments off

Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career with Douglas E. Welch 

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Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”

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 I know it can seem — just to close — it can seem a little daunting because I walk the line between introverted and extroverted. Depending on the time of day, the day of the week, the day of the month, I go either way and I often get questions from people, “Well, What about the introverts amongst us?” and what I tell them is this, “It doesn’t cut you out. In fact, it can, you can still utilize these tools often if you are still a relatively introverted person because these give you that distance. You can say something in a blog post or in a Facebook that you might not say face-to-face to someone because the conflict is too close to you, but by giving yourself some distance, you can actually bring out some of those ideas. This comes from the fact, my wife and I taught an online course on podcasting and writing and one of the things she noticed immediately form her face-to-face classes to this online class was the amount of discussion that took place. People are verbose online. They will talk and talk and talk and talk. They may be the quietest person sitting in corner of a classroom, but put them online, where they’ve got that distance, conversation flows and so that sort of brought this home to me that you can use these tools even if you are little bit introverted, because you will have some distance between you and that physical person there that might intimidate you.

But that’s pretty much all I have today. I hope that you guys a can face these two challenges of both figuring out what you to do and also then using the tools that we have to tell people what you do and how well you do it so that you can bring that opportunity to you.

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Don’t let your ethics be a casualty of a bad economy from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 23rd, 2017 Comments off

Don’t let your ethics be a casualty of a bad economy from the Career Opportunities Podcast

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A lousy economy can be tough on everyone. We all are looking for ways to get by until things improve. Unfortunately, one of the first items to suffer is often our own, personal ethics, No one will see if we take something that isn’t ours. No one will notice that kickback on a sale. No one will notice when I lie about my products. No one will notice that my farmer’s market produce wasn’t grown by me, but purchased at a wholesaler. Oh, and by the way, it isn’t organic or even pesticide free. It is easy to cut corners when life is tough, but, in most cases, we risk damaging our careers and our lives beyond repair.

Laws don’t change when the economy is slow. Slow times don’t bring any special dispensations. Your local prosecutor isn’t going to look the other way just because you are unemployed. If you start to slack on your ethics, you could end up turning a bad situation into something much, much worse. You might be struggling, but I can guarantee you that a prison sentence, probation or house arrest is worse than any economic downturn you might be experiencing.

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Don’t Be Afraid. Just Do It! from Using the Career Compass To Find Your Work and Career [Audio] (1:03)

October 18th, 2017 Comments off

Using the Career Compass to Find Your Work and Career with Douglas E. Welch 

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Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”

Transcript:

Yes. it can be scary. I do want to address that. It can be frightening. It can be a little off-putting. “What do I have to write? How do I…? Oh, I’m not that good of a writer.” You know what? You get better. I started off writing the column when I had never written anything but college papers and everything I had ran through my wife who’s an English teacher and it would come back all redlined at the time and every column I got a little bit better and those chronic problems that she corrected every single column, every single week, started to disappear. My commas got better. My possessive’s got better. Anybody can get there and I will say even if the quality of what you’re sharing — how it’s presented — how it’s shot on video — how it’s written — is a little bit less than perfect — and we’ll all think our stuff is less than perfect — it’s just human nature — if it’s good information, people will forgive a lot. People will forgive crappy video if the message inside that video is good and important to them.

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Do you remember how unique you once were? from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 16th, 2017 Comments off

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Take a moment to look around you while you read this column or listen to the podcast. Take in all your surroundings. Notice the clothes you wear, the furniture in your office, the books on your bookshelves. Look at the art on your walls, the DVDs near your player. Now, consider what all this says about you. Do all these things represent a unique individual or could this be the home or office of the mythical “Everyman”? Do these items present you as someone special or yet another cog in the world’s machinery?

The fact is, the nature of the modern advertising world and the nature of our corporate work within that world is to make us all like those around us. Where we once started out with all sorts of unique points and edges and curves, the world slowly grinds these off, often leaving us as round and smooth as everyone around us. There was a time, though, when we truly saw ourselves as unique individuals in the world. Long before kindergarten, peer pressure, high school, job interviews, and years of work, we once reveled in our individuality, our uniqueness. There was no other Doug, Rosanne, Jenny, Tracy or Jennifer quite like us.

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Harvey Weinstein and Where Do We Go From Here? from the Career Opportunities Podcast

October 12th, 2017 Comments off

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I dearly hope that the current, explosive story around Harvey Weinstein and his behavior will show that we have finally developed the courage to address the issue of sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. These sort of attacks exist in all industries and in far too many companies throughout the world and continue to occur each day due to our inaction.

It is truly sad that it has taken this long for the issue to finally reach a crescendo, but the attacks themselves, along with the threats of retaliation used to hide them are a frightening scenario for anyone. Current culture seeks to deny or dismiss sexual assault charges instead of taking the simplest steps to investigate every attack and accusation. We simply want the problem to go away and will demean, deny and damage anyone who dares raise the issue.


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This must change. We must begin to start with the belief that sexual assault and harassment does happen and investigate immediately when such behavior is brought to the attention of co-workers, company management, and/or the human resources departments.

I particularly have been dismayed at the actions of various HR departments and their staff as accounts continue to filter out. They have uniquely abandoned their co-workers to abuse and harassment when they should have been protecting them. For me, any HR personnel who dismissed or denied abuse reports should be summarily fired. They should be acting as ombudsmen for company workers and not as enforcers and apologists for their company. Those HR personnel who behave in that way have failed in their role to the highest degree.

Tomorrow I want each HR department to review every sexual harassment report they have received in the last 5 years or more. Look at each of those reports with the knowledge of what has been reported this week. It is my guess that you will find at least some of these people were treated very badly and you now have a lot of explaining — and action — to do.

What next?

Starting Today…

First, Believe them enough to listen.

Then Verify.

Then Take Action.

Do not dismiss.

Do not deny.

Do not seek to damage.

Start with belief!

In business, as a principal figure in any company, if you ignore reports of sexual abuse or harassment, you are culpable. And, you can and should be held to account along with the person performing the harassment or assault.

Additionally, we must also understand that any others who knew of these attacks — outside of the victims themselves — are also culpable in the coverup and continuation of these assaults. Through our inaction they have allowed countless others to suffer attacks and harassment that we could have been prevented. That may be a hard message for us to hear, but it is a true and it is an important message to take to heart. We lacked the will. We lacked courage. We lacked action. We looked at ourselves and found ourselves wanting. We must do better!

We also need to see the Weinstein affair as a call, an opportunity, a mission to seek out others like him and finally investigate what has been seen as an “open secret” in many industries, businesses and corporations. Let us no longer hide behind these “secrets” but rather investigate and prosecute at every possible level. We can use this current situation as a fulcrum for our courage to raise us all up.

Our denial and fear have overridden our courage for far too long. Perhaps, with these latest events as a guide, our courage has found a rallying point from where it can grow. Let us all work to make it true and once again engage “the better angels of our nature.”

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Don’t Be Foolish. Use The Tools You Are Given. from Using the Career Compass To Find Your Work and Career [Audio] (0:52)

October 11th, 2017 Comments off

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Douglas E. Welch (http://douglasewelch.com) presents to the class Career Development – Theories and Techniques at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology taught by fellow CareerCamp Co-Chair, Danielle Gruen

The two biggest challenges are deciding what you want to do as a career and then building the career you deserve once you decide.

I discuss the Career Compass method of discovering your career wants, needs and desires and then using various social media tools to show people “What you do and how well you do it”

Transcript:

In my own career…the struggles I’ve had in my career and the struggles I have heard because I write about careers, it has really driven home to me how important it is to talk about these things, to think about these things to utilize tools like we have today that have never existed before in our history. To get out the word about what we know — what we do and how well we do it. To me, I’ll even say it this way — and it sounds a little rough, but — you’re foolish if you are not using these free tools that you are given. It is like not using the telephone back in the day. Ok? These are tools that are free — cheap or free — for you that you can use to make your life and your career better. If you’re not using them, you’re foolish. Don’t do that.

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