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LinkedIn introduces “University Pages” for potential students, students and alumni

August 19th, 2013 Comments off

I discovered this new addition to LinkedIn via this Mashable article, “LinkedIn’s New University Pages Help Teens Network Before College“.

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Complete pages aren’t available for every school, yet, but even the basic pages provide some insight into the makeup of each university. As Universitys complete their pages, you will be able to interact with students and alumni to learn more about a school you might be interested in attending.

I’ll be using this, along with my son, to check out potential colleges. He is only 3 years away from college life, and I believe in doing everything you can to learn about the various opportunities available.

Visit LinkedIn University Pages and start your college prep today!

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Archive: Expectations can, and should, rise with promotions and raises — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

August 16th, 2013 Comments off

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Despite the fact that I often talk about attaining raises and promotions in your career, I don’t often discuss their ramifications to both your work and your personal life. The fact is, when you move into an expanded role, especially a managerial role, the expectations of those around you are going to rise. Each new position brings about a new level of control and commitment. If you ignore this, your transition into the new role can be more difficult than it should be.


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New Expectations

It is important to remember that when you receive a promotion or a raise in pay, you are accepting new roles and new commitments. You might not think it at first, but your manager is going to expect something more in response to your new status. Promotions and raises aren’t so much a reward for past service, but more an incentive for future services. Managers are going to expect you to “step up to the plate” and take a more active role in projects and day-to-day issues. Unfortunately, though, they often don’t take the time to explain exactly what their new expectations are. Too often, they simply assume that you will know how to take on the new role, even though it hasn’t been well defined or, perhaps, even described to you.

In order to keep your career on track, you need to take the initiative to clearly define any increased expectations. This can range from the simple realities of new meetings you should be attending to the specifics of who you should be supervising and mentoring within your group. Have this important conversation with your manager as soon as possible after your new promotion is announced. Otherwise, you will find yourself in a sort of limbo between positions.

I am sure you have seen newly minted supervisors who spend their first few weeks wandering around in a daze, trying to figure out their new place in the organization and the expectations of those around them. You want to insure that your transition is as smooth as possible, though, so you can start being effective in your new role from the very first day.

Subtleties

Beyond your official work role, there are more subtle expectations that can effect your work life. These can be even more troublesome than the issues above, as there are fewer guidelines available to you and they can have an insidious effect on your work life if they are ignored.

First, there are expectations about who you will associate with in your new role. I am sure you have heard stories about rank-and-file workers suddenly elevated to a supervisor or manager role. Suddenly you are no longer one of “us”, you are now one of “them”. This can be a crushing blow for some people, as it removes the work support structure carefully built over the years. Worse still, this happens before you have built any sort of support structure in your new role. You can feel adrift as you try to navigate the passage between the two. That said, you need to understand the unique culture of your company. In some cases, there won’t be a problem with you continuing to lunch with your former peers. In other companies, this will be seen as a social faux pas of the highest degree.

Second, the subtle cues of work attire are almost sure to be an issue. Jeans and polo shirts might have been appropriate in your past position, but now, suddenly you are elevated into the world of suits and ties. Again, it depends on your individual company, but you are well advised to be aware of these expectations, as well. While I personally detest the affectations of business dress codes (perhaps this is one reason I work for myself), you ignore them at your peril.

Finally, not only will expectations rise in your new role, but you should also expect them to rise. It only makes sense that new positions will bring more and different responsibilities. Any attempt to ignore this fact will hamper your transition into your new role and could derail your career entirely. While your work performance is certainly the most important part of your career, you must also deal with the more subtle world of the expectations of those around you.

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – August 11, 2013

August 11th, 2013 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.

Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – August 11, 2013

  • UTA Listings for 08-07-2013
  • Part-time Administrative Assistant
  • Accounting/Audit Business Consultant
  • Part-time Office Manager/Event Coordinator

Link to Tuesdays with Transitioners for details on all these positions and past listings

** Find more jobs on the Career Opportunities Job Board from SimplyHired.com

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My Favorite Career Things for June/July 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

August 1st, 2013 Comments off

My Favorite Things

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

Links to all of these items, and more, are on my Pinterest Feed.

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – July 21, 2013

July 21st, 2013 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.

Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – June 23, 2013

  • Accounting Supervisor, Tierra del Sol Foundation
  • Senior Analyst, Premier Financial Institution (Orange County)
  • Staff Development Coordinator, Tierra del Sol
  • AFAR Media is hiring
  • Program Manager for Adult with Disabilities, Tierra del Sol
  • Internal Auditor, Operational Risk Manager, Experis Finance (Greater Los Angeles area)
  • Sr. Financial Accounting/Financial Reporting, Energy Company (Orange County)
  • State Farm has openings across California
  • Risk Manager, City of Los Angeles
  • Freelance Attorney Needed, Encino
  • Part-time Bookkeeper–Immediate Need
  • App Developer

Link to Tuesdays with Transitioners for details on all these positions and past listings

** Find more jobs on the Career Opportunities Job Board from SimplyHired.com

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

July 21st, 2013 Comments off

Looking for a job? There are a host of job listings available on Jobs.WelchWrite.com every day.

Enter the keywords you are searching for and your location to get fresh and focused listings.

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How to attract work to you — from the Career Opportunities Podcast

June 28th, 2013 Comments off

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The current form of career development/management is flawed.  First, you discover what work you might like to do and are qualified to do and then you go in search of someone offering a job/needing someone with your skills. Once you settle on a particular line of work, you make the rounds, resume (if not hat) in hand, begging someone to give you a job. It has been this way for centuries, but I think that is exactly the argument for why it shouldn’t be done that way anymore.


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The power dynamics of the job search need to find a more level playing field. Instead of playing the same old game, workers need to take control and start developing ways of attracting work to them instead of searching for work only when thrown off by unexpected layoffs. By attracting work, you develop the career you want and deserve and help to smooth out the sometimes rocky road of career development. Instead of bouncing from job to job, it can help to ensure that you have a selection of opportunities to choose from and are not forced to take a job simply because it’s the only one you quickly find. You should never feel forced into a job, but that is exactly what happens if you are not developing your own options on a regular basis.

Attracting work to you is a lifelong process and begins the minute you start thinking of a career. For most of us, I would say that probably begins in high school. If we start then, and keep at the process throughout your career, you can have a very successful career no matter where your expertise lies. Attracting work should become an integral part of your life, and not something you only do when forced. While this constant focus on your career may seem more difficult at the start, once established, it makes your life infinitely easier. It will simply become one of those innate actions, like brushing your teeth or paying the bills, that, when done correctly, make life a bit better and easier.

The most important aspect of attracting work to you is this — share your work, your products, your ideas, and your opinions with your friends family online and in person. Your goal for the foreseeable future is to “tell people what you do and how well you do it.” It is a simple fact that you miss out on many opportunities, every day, because those around you have no, clear, idea what knowledge and skills you hold. This isn’t about arrogance or “tooting your own horn” either. It is about informing, in the most basic way, those around you so that when they have a need, it is known that you might be able to help them.

Attracting work to you is possible, no matter where you are in your career. As you work, you will build things, learn things and have feelings about your work and how it might be made better. It is only natural. The next step, though, is sharing that information. Work is an large part of your life so it shouldn’t be a black hole that your friends and family know nothing about. Share what you are doing at work, what you’re accomplishing and what might make it better.

You share this for a number of reasons. First, people can’t know what you don’t tell them. Sometimes, we like to think that the sheer brilliance of our work will speak for itself. It doesn’t always happen that way. Unless we take an active role in promoting our work, most will never hear of us, even if we accomplish important things. By sharing your work, regularly, you place a “bookmark” in people’s minds that they can recall in the future. Perhaps they don’t need an accountant right now, but when they need one in the future, you want your name and your skills, to jump to mind. If you have shared your skills and knowledge, you are improving the odds that that will happen. Place enough of these bookmarks in the minds of enough people and you’re developing a huge resource to call upon in the future. You have prepared that ground so that when you’re ready for that next step in your career, you have already planted the seeds for your next great job.

Placing these bookmarks in people’s minds should become part of your life and daily activities. For me, one of the best ways to accomplish this is through my blogging and associated social media sharing. If you solve a problem in your work, don’t keep it to yourself. Make this knowledge work for you and share it with others. When you share something useful and help someone else, they’re going to remember that. You’ve now made an impression on them, even at a distance. Of course, this also works with in-person relationships. Help out a friend, a family member, or a friend of a friend and you’re making connections that can help you in the future.

Of course, you never know how these connections might help you in the future, but that is what makes these connections even more important. The next big leap in your career could just as easily come from a stranger at your local coffee bar as from a close personal friend. You have no idea who might be helpful so you must develop the most connections you can, both face-to-face and online. In doing so, you are moving the odds in your favor. The more people you know and help, the more likely you will find opportunities with them.

Finally, another great reason for making these connections/placing these bookmarks in people’s minds is because many others are not doing it. They are still stuck in the traditional methods of career building — searching for work instead of attracting it to them. When you spend your time “telling people what you do and how well you do it,“ you are raising yourself above a large amount of the competition. You are going above and beyond their typical methods and, in the best cases, while they are frantically looking for a new job, you will, hopefully, be deciding among many opportunities.

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Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – June 23, 2013

June 23rd, 2013 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.

Job Listings from Tuesdays with Transitioners – June 23, 2013

  • UTAF Non-Profit Listings for 06-13-2013
  • UTA Listings for 06-17-2013
  • Inside Wholesale Mortgage Account Executive, Clear Vision Funding (Orange County)
  • Clinical Data Manager- Long term contract (San Fransisco Bay Area)
  • Assistant to Talent Manager
  • Assistant to Managing Director–ICM Partner’s Digital Strategy Division
  • Assistant to Co-President of Dreamworks TV
  • Bookkeeper (Brentwood/LA)

Link to Tuesdays with Transitioners for details on all these positions and past listings

** Find more jobs on the Career Opportunities Job Board from SimplyHired.com

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Panel: Social Media and Your Career – Registration now open! – Part of Social Media Week 2011

September 6th, 2011 Comments off

Registration is now open for this panel discussion, which is part of Social Media Week 2011 – taking place throughout the world! — Douglas


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LOS ANGELES

Social Media and Your Career

Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Congregational Church of Northridge

Building the career you deserve means becoming both director and promoter of it–No one cares as much about your career as you do. This means taking the lead in ‘Telling people what you do and how you do it!” Social media provides the tools needed to develop the jobs and projects that make one’s career unique and fulfilling.This panel will give practical information about how to use social media to build the career you desire. We’ll talk not only about the “why” of social media, but also about “how” it can, and should, be used, so that you are in control of all aspects of your career.

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Congregational Church of Northridge, 9659 Balboa BoulevardNorthridge, 91325

Register for Free Today!

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CareerCampSFV (San Fernando Valley) – Saturday, September 24, 2011

August 18th, 2011 Comments off

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CAREERCAMP SFV!

Join us for CareerCampSFV this September. Get your free tickets here!

A full day of great discussions, speakers and career building information to “Help you Build the Career You Deserve!”

The Congregational Church of Northridge

9659 Balboa Boulevard

Northridge, CA 91325

 

Stay tuned to this blog for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at CareerCampSFV!

 

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