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Noted: Many workers put off retirement, take ‘encore’ jobs via The Los Angeles Times

July 9th, 2014 Comments off

Many workers put off retirement, take ‘encore’ jobs via The Los Angeles Times

Many workers put off retirement, take 'encore' jobs via The Los Angeles Times

After Fred Wallace was laid off from a high-paying job in 2011, the 56-year-old knew the odds of landing a comparable position were slim.

He polished his LinkedIn profile and networked like crazy. But his yearlong job search yielded only a handful of interviews and no offers.

So he shifted gears, embarking on an “encore” career by working part time at a child and family services organization in San Bernardino.

Wallace is among millions of older Americans launching professional second acts revolving around some form of public service. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, encore careers have caught on among baby boomers, some of whom recoil at the notion of conventional retirement — or aren’t financially prepared.

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Noted: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself Daily To Feel More Satisfied At Work via Fast Company

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Daily To Feel More Satisfied At Work via Fast Company

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Daily To Feel More Satisfied At Work via Fast Company

Caroline Ghosn has trouble acknowledging her successes. The Levo League founder and CEO certainly has a lot to be proud of, but like so many hard-working, forward-thinking startup leaders, she focuses on the future, rather than her past accomplishments.

About two months ago, she realized that she wasn’t very happy, even though she had every reason to feel fulfilled by her career. “I don’t know why I’m not sleeping well,” she said to career coach MJ Ryan. “I don’t know why I’m not feeling 100% happy with every moment of this experience.” Ghosn, who runs a mentorship and networking organization, isn’t alone in her feelings. A Levo League survey found that 47% of the service’s users are not satisfied with their careers on a day-to-day basis.

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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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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

Introducing the New LinkedIn Job Search App for iPhone via Linkedin

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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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Noted: It’s not about you from Seth Godin

June 10th, 2014 Comments off

It’s not about you from Seth Godin

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Right in the front row, not four feet from Christian McBride, was every performer’s bête noire. I don’t know why she came to the Blue Note, maybe it was to make her date happy. But she was yawning, checking her watch, looking around the room, fiddling with this and that, doing everything except being engaged in the music.

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Noted: Now Even LinkedIn Is Embracing The Visual Web via ReadWrite

June 5th, 2014 Comments off

Now Even LinkedIn Is Embracing The Visual Web via ReadWrite

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LinkedIn, the most staid of the major social networks, is about to get a little more lively. But only in that buttoned-down kind of LinkedIn way, in which the height of excitement is the fact that you’ll soon be able to add a header image to your profile.

The company announced a handful of new features for premium subscribers today, but the biggest—and most obvious—change will be available to everyone in the coming months. LinkedIn is taking visual cues from other social networks, and will soon allow users to choose from a gallery of profile background images, or create their own.

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Not ready to retire…in any way! – End of the Day for May 16, 2014

May 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Originally published as part of End of the Day from My Word with Douglas E. Welch

A new phrase has entered my vocabulary this year as I turned 50. Despite the deluge of AARP applications, high fiber cereal coupons and other old age mailings — and the fact that I can joke about being old on occasion — I am not ready to retire in any way, shape or form. Whether professionally, personally, musically, socially, and dare I say it, sexually, I have no plans on “retiring” any time soon — and neither should you.

In the past, 50 might have indeed seemed like midlife, with everything downhill from there. Life spans were shorter and attitudes were quite different. Retirement at 65 was an almost universal trait in companies and corporations and many people — usually men — stated seeing a gold watch and a rocking chair on the horizon. Today, though, barring major diseases or injuries we can live, and live well, far into our 90’s and beyond. I feel I still have many, many years ahead of me and much, much to accomplish.

Sure, you might retire from your “work”, if it wasn’t something you really were passionate about. Leaving the drudgery of a 9-5 job, worked only to provide money for survival, but I hope that most of us have better work than that in our lives. Leaving a job like that would be a relief and open up time for more interesting and productive “work” of your own choosing.

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While I certainly am changing focus in my life, I don’t really feel as if I am slowing down. Rather I am concentrating my attention on those things that really matter to me — educating others in all of my specialties, enjoying my family life (Joseph will be off to college in just 2 years, and those years will pass in the blink of an eye, and ridding myself of clutter in my life, my work, and my mind. In same ways, I am even busier than I was before, just in different ways and on different projects. I will say this, too. I am enjoying myself a lot more than I have in years. It can be tough to make money and earn a living, but the challenge is making me think and grow like never before.

Sure, I can foresee a time when Ma and Pa Welch sit side-by-side in their rocking chairs wondering how the grandchildren are doing in college, but it seems a long way off. When that time comes, I will accept it wholeheartedly, as I have with every other stage in my life. By then I will probably be ready for a little quiet time and relaxation, but who knows. I could also see myself dropping dead while teaching someone something,  surrounded by “students” of all ages. I think that would be a great way to go — sharing my knowledge, my thoughts, my ideas until the very last. I know my thoughts would turn to a job well done and a life well-lived.

Until then, though, it is time to keep moving forward to bigger, better and perhaps, more fun projects!

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Top 20 Blog Posts for 2013 from the Career Opportunities Podcast

January 1st, 2014 Comments off

 

Looking back over my stats, like a lot of folks today, I see that these were the Top 20 blog posts from Career Opportunities for 2013

  1. The difference between your job, your work and your career
  2. The Right Way to Resign
  3. Take responsibility for your own education
  4. What You Need: Decent technology and the skills to use it
  5. Job Openings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – January 27, 2013
  6. A Year of Self Preservation
  7. Question: What is the new image of a career?
  8. Slow and Steady: Monitor the trend line to make your progress visible
  9. High school is the time to think about your career, but not to decide it
  10. Our own actions matter more than President, Pope or Prime Minister
  11. Invites: Want more happiness in your life? Join Happify!
  12. Looking back to move forward
  13. Breaking the negativity cycle
  14. In Praise of Praise
  15. Video: A Year of Self Preservation with Douglas E. Welch – A presentation to Tuesdays with Transitioners
  16. Douglas talks Careers and New Media with Bigg Success – March 10, 2010
  17. Do it Now!
  18. A slap in the face
  19. Longevity
  20. How to attract work to you
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CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2013 Presentations and Discussion Groups

July 14th, 2013 Comments off

Here is the complete list of presentations and discussion groups from CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) 2013.

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  • How to get focus and get results, Networking to your job with Jeffery Tyler
  • Transferable skills. Empowering yourself
  • No Linkedin = No job with Jeffery Tyler
  • Rethink. Refocus, Reinvent with Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • Taxes and you
  • How to get the job you want now! with Keri Aaver
  • 10 things to do while you’re looking wtih Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • How can a hobby expand your career path? with Lynn O’connell
  • Google-Fu search Engine Skills
  • Resumes – Tips and suggestions
  • Is academia for you? with Dr. Rosanne Welch
  • Catching them with your cover letter with Dr. Rosanne Welch
  • Mourning your last career in order to celebrate your new one with Dr. Rosanne Welch
  • Smartphones and your career with Douglas E. Welch
  • How to speed up your job search! with Keri Aaver
  • Re-entering job market after long time not working
  • Networking long distance planning to relocate?
  • Interviewing techniques Discussion
  • Social media and you career: a discussion with Douglas E. Welch
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