Tuesday, March 7, 2017

LinkedIn's Changing Interface

If your LinkedIn's interface has not yet changed, it will shortly. As with any change, there is good and not so good as a result. Some items are easier to maneuver and some are not. What has not changed, and will not change are the following:

Your profile is very important. Spend your time on that first and foremost.

Your Linked In effort is worthless unless you use it.  Your LinkedIn connections are your Board of Directors. It is to them that you reach out for guidance and advise. Be careful with your connections.  Your best ones are former co -workers and supervisors, who know you, have worked with you, and will give you their best effort. Having 500 connections consisting of strangers who are not interested in anything about you except the rest of your connections is nothing to be proud of.

Take your time, pay attention to your profile and to your connections and you will find that Linked In is really the powerful tool that you think it can be.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

So Much Confusion!

Confusion reigns in the workplace. Distraction centered on everyday life as well as the national scene continue. How to cope? Remember that you are number one! Think like an entrepreneur. Take  inventory of your skills/abilities/and successes and how you can continue to grow in your area. How can you sell these skills? How can you improve them?

Consider setting up a small side business. That business may come in very useful someday; it may serve to tide you over during a layoff, or an early, unexpected retirement. Better yet, you may someday build it into your main professional thrust.
Be aware and be ready.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Stephen S. Fuller Institute

The Washington Post of Monday, January 20, 2017 highlighted The Stephen S. Fuller Institute and its predictions for the DC area for 2017 and beyond. Stephen S. Fuller is the former head of George Mason University's Center for Regional Analysis. He semi-retired in 2015 and now runs his own shop, so to speak.

 I recommend, for any DC area followers, subscribing to his monthly analysis called "Washington Economic Watch". His predictions are most interesting especially in light of our current "business-friendly" new presidential administration. The analysis is free.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Where do we go in 2017?

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A new president was inaugurated late last week. Many of my clients are asking me what will happen to the American job market. I can make generalizations but really...no one knows.

Mr. Trump is known to be friendly to business. He is a businessperson himself and has employed a lot of people. He has make many statements  about how his administration will help American business.

The facts, however, are these. Our economy is changing. Automation, globalization, artificial intelligence and technology have all been bearing down. Industries are disappearing and new ones are born every day. The pace is rapid. Skills are of maximum important. The ability to learn and to continue learning is paramount for each individual, and much of this learning must be self initiated. One cannot wait for the employer to direct.

The economy of future is now. Be ready.

Keeping up with trends.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Falling Unemployment Rate

It has been quite a bit of time since my last post. I am happy to say that I now have more time to devote to my blog and much more to say about career development and all its joys and pitfalls.

Perhaps a good place to start is the present job market. Once again the media is touting the falling unemployment rate...and once again I ask "and what kinds of jobs are they talking about?"

The bottom line is ....follow the money. If you are searching for a position where you can stay and grow, look at the industries where there is need, consider the tradeoffs, and then go for it. Bite the bullet;, seek out further training (which does not have to be graduate school, depending on the field) realize that you may have to work evenings and weekends, depending on the industry, and do it. There is a huge need for healthcare professionals in the country, and not just nurses.....cybersecurity continues to grow. These are just a few.  Evaluate yourself, your resources and skills, prepare to work hard and you  find your way. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Following Your Passion

I recently read an article from "Brazen Careerist" about following one's career passion. In the past, career coaches and counselors always advised their clients to follow their passions. The article pointed out, and justifiably so, that today, that is not enough. It is not about you...it is about your customers. Can you convince your customers that your passion should become theirs? If you can, go for it...but you still need to realize that 1) it is not about you and 2) you need to differentiate yourself from everyone else in order for that "customer" or interviewer or hiring manager to go with you rather than someone else. That means getting a firm handle on your personal brand that is...just what you have to sell, and then being able to communicate it. If you found this post useful and interesting, please consider sharing via the buttons below.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

Have you taken a MOOC? MOOC's are offered by accredited universities at little to no money and are open to anyone. Most are credit-less; however, some offer professional recognition. Such courses can grow or solidify your skills set and for that reason alone they are something to consider. Here are a few of the many online options available: www.coursera.org; mooc-list.com; online-Stanford.edu. If you found this post useful and interesting, please consider sharing via the buttons below.