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Question: What is the new image of a career?

January 7th, 2013 Comments off

Recently, I went searching for image ideas for a new Career Opportunities logo. A quick Google Image Search on Career turns up these images…

Career image

Is this really the image of a career today? Are we still in a world of suits, ties and briefcases?

What should the new image of career be? I’m not sure myself. I am been struggling to come up with a new graphic icon for careers and now I come to you for suggestions.

When you think of careers — your career, careers in general — what images come to mind?

I’d love to hear your ideas either here in the comments, on the Career Opportunities Facebook page, our Google+ page, Twitter or whatever social media site you use most often. Even better, post your answer on your own blog and share a link to that post here or elsewhere.

I look forward to your ideas!

Time to reconsider that Twitter bio…

December 18th, 2012 Comments off

!Today I received my report of new Twitter followers for the @CareerTips account. The first new follower — to a career-oriented column mind you — had a bio line consisting of nothing but…wait for it…

“Occasional Alcoholic”

Now, do I really need to tell anyone that his is probably not the most appropriate bio for any Twitter account, let alone one being used to follow an account offering career advice.

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Career Question: What is one book or article that has helped you build your career in the last year?

November 17th, 2012 Comments off

If you are like me, reading books, magazine and web sites is a daily ritual. Reading great ideas from others is a wonderful way to have great ideas yourself. You need to constantly be priming the idea pump. New ideas, of all sorts, bumping up against each other spin off entirely new ideas in their wake. These ideas are the building blocks for the career you deserve.

So, What is one book or article that has helped you build your career in the last year?

Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s see what we turn up.

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Question for you: Does anyone get fired anymore?

June 18th, 2012 Comments off

I just sent this question our to Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and I am looking for your input. 

Is it possible to fire someone for not performing in their job or otherwise impinging on the productivity of an office or a company as a whole? Is it only something truly egregious that gets someone fired today or is “being asked to resign” the new firing?

I know through family members that “getting fired” in manual labor jobs is pretty common, but I wonder specifically about those with white collar jobs.

Tell me your stories here in the comments, on Facebook or Google+

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Today’s #careerchat – What makes a good job candidate?

November 15th, 2011 Comments off

Here is what I had to say on today’s #careerchat. The topics was “What makes a good job candidate?” I got into a good discussion on how companies should be looking for candidates instead of waiting for them to submit their resumes.

  • FYI @careertips is Douglas E. Welch from the Career Opportunities podcast – http://t.co/XMtas25U
  • A1: There are so many traits to call out. Action driven, forward thinking, passionate about their work, self-confident…
  • A2: On a resume, I prefer to see a “story” or their accomplishments, not just a list. I think stories have more impact.
  • Question: Wouldn’t it be better to go out and find your perfect candidates instead of waiting for them to come to you?
  • I would love to see people switch over to that method. Look for those people already presenting themselves well on the ‘Net.
  • I find it a bit odd that we are still so focused on paper resumes (or online equivs) and such. Look for people, not paper.
  • @DavidGaspin I think a lot of people/companies are relying on a method that is 100+ years old and not embracing new tools.
  • Constantly be looking for people who meet your needs everywhere — online forums, chats, G+, Facebook etc.
  • People present “what they do and how well they do it” every day. We need to pay more attention.
  • For me, resumes might as well be stone tablets, as the “technology” is so archaic. Surely we can come up with a better method.
  • For a careerist, I recommend using social media to show people “what you do and how well you do it” every day in every way.
  • Get jobs to come to them instead of going out and begging for a job
  • @DavidGaspin Not a recruiter. I think that people can/do show more of themselves in their interactions than you evr see on paper
  • @DavidGaspin You get a much more rounded idea of their skills and who they are as a person if/when you interact with them.
  • @LearnDevelopLLC The trouble is, you want it to be easy for you. You want to use resume as a rubric to cull.
  • An example, if you are looking for programmers, do you frequent prog. forums, newsgroups, mailing lists? Why not? That is where
  • …your best candidates are already
  • …and the best people will be demonstrating their skills at programming, communication and interaction there for you to see
  • @DavidGaspin I think that we will see that relying on resumes doesn’t scale. Hence the number of tech jobs going open today
  • People are starting to realize the a company has to offer something to them and their career, too. They will go where wanted
  • @DavidGaspin You can find the candidates you want to bring in for further discussion and present mgrs with small pool
  • @DavidGaspin Just as before, you are just finding your candidates, hopefully better ones, in a different way.
  • @DavidGaspin You are going looking for people instead of waiting for them to find you.
  • I believe that for certain jobs, recruitment is the only way to go. Candidates simply have too many good options/alternatives
  • They aren’t reading the want ads looking for a job. People are already coming to them i.e. recruiting them.
  • @benwmaddox Nah, I think recruiters are best lurking in forums and such. Places where people demonstrate their skills and such
  • Phone calls are yet another archaic tech I would like to kill off. (LAUGH)
  • @SalarySchool ..and I think they should. Find your candidates where they live and work.
  • @bizMebizgal To me it seems a no brainer. People are willingly showing you who they are, what they do, why not use it.
  • @bizMebizgal Here in LA I am constantly referring people to the Web405 mailing list to find progs/designers/etc
  • BTW, before it gets to late – Book Giveaway on blog – The Adversity Paradox – http://t.co/XMtas25U
  • @DavidGaspin I see more jobs trending the same way as tech, though. People have more options now and will start to see that.
  • @DavidGaspin It is a general movement towards everyone seeing themselves as freelancer even if currently an employee.
  • @DavidGaspin Email is the new gold standard for contacts or contacting them using whatever service they use. FB, Twitter, etc.
  • @SalarySchool I think we are starting to see the non-competes are nearly unenforceable. Too close to indentured servitude.
  • @SalarySchool You can’t take my livelihood from me just because you have competitors.
  • @DavidGaspin No, since online interaction is immediate and clearly demonstrates who they are and what they do.
  • @DavidGaspin I don’t agree. Online interaction is much more free flowing, open and enlightening than any paper (or LI) resume
  • @gg3nyc (Re: One Page Resume) That is one reason I consider the resume archaic. Artificial limitation on content. It is one page as that is…
  • …less work for person looking at resumes, not because it has any actual bearing on the information.

 

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Question: Do you plan on changing jobs in 2011?

March 31st, 2011 Comments off

Click to answer this question over on the Career Opportunities Facebook Page

Career op question

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My Quora Answer to : How social network can help me to get a job ?

January 21st, 2011 Comments off

How social network can help me to get a job ?

My answer…

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Social networking can provide something very important.

I believe that the most important message you need to deliver in your job search is “What you do and how well you do it?” This can take the for of interacting and (hopefully) helping people via social networking, creating audio and videos to share with others and generally engaging in the wider, social networking world.

You never know where your next job is coming from. You never know who might be important in finding or offering that next job. Therefore, your goal is to put your content, your skills, your values and your work out there, so that as many people as possible may “stumble upon” it.

Reach out to others. Help them when you can. Converse with them about topics that interest you both. Make yourself available. All will increase your chances of finding your next, great job.

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Quora Answer: How do you cope with daily fear of unemployment?

January 15th, 2011 Comments off

How do you cope with daily fear of unemployment?

When working as an “at will” employee with no contract, there is a constant level of uncertainty and stress that any day could be your last day.

My answer…

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One method is to do everything you can, every day, to prepare for the eventuality of being unemployed. Then, forget about it.

Worrying about being unemployed can be as bad as actually being unemployed. Making preparations can go a long way towards easing your worries and providing “peace of mind” regardless of what might happen in your career.

It happens to everyone on occasion so you won’t be wasting time or money to prepare today. Put money aside. Reduce your debt or keep it as low as possible. Learn how to live frugally, yet happily.

Many of the things we “want” in life aren’t really needs. Confusing the two can lead to much trouble. Find what makes you happiest and you will be focusing more on the “needs” side of that equation.

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