JOBSEARCH: Do You Have A “Slash Career”? No, “career” is a meme for the trash heap imho!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

MY RESPONSE TO A VERY BAD MEME (What’s a meme? Click here MEME)

>Do You Have A “Slash Career”?
>Posted by: “Vincent Wright”
>Mon Nov 26, 2007 9:13 am (PST)
>I was just introduced to what I’ve been doing for the past 20 years:
>indulging in a “slash career”
>If the term is new to you, the concept likely isn’t.

I’d probably assert that what was once my career, “Information Technology”, is no longer. It’s been destroyed by US government (aka gooferment) policy, the unintended consequences of those policies, Wall Street, and the globalization – outsourcing – offshoring – downsizing – rightsizing. [I can justify those indictments if any one doesn't think they stand prima facie on their own?] The marketplace is just throwing a little dirt of it now. At one time, IT was an excellent career choice. But, like the Auto Industry, and the village blacksmith, it’s been consigned to the trash heap. I no longer advise smart kids to enter the field as a “career”. Learn about IT as it enables you to accomplish YOUR goal, but as a career choice “No way, Jose”. (I push biotech, chemistry, and math as “non careers”.)

I’ll even go a step further! “Career” is a meme from the Fifties Generation. Worked well for my Mom who spent 42 years with AT&T and was well treated when they no longer needed her shoving her out the door. That type of “golden” treatment ended real quick! Now, one just gets shove out the door, voted off the island, or dumped out of the sinking lifeboat. Given the way that the politicians are piloting the American ship of state, we’ll all be lucky to live as well as Robinson Crusoe. One might have a “career” in things like medicine, law, sports, or the arts; not elsewhere.

Now that may sound glum. And, it is for those of us left stranded on “the island of career” or “the island of Information Technology” as we fight for the scraps of an ever diminishing carcass to feed off of. It ignores the inevitability of human progress. From where ever “we” started — exiting Garden of Eden or crawling up from the mire — the journey continues as the species evolves. Any one, who doesn’t think it continues, look around the labels “children – teenager – youthful offender” and see how much faster boys ‘n’ girls are really becoming men ‘n’ women! Our paradigms and memes continue also to evolve as we’ve gone from “Uggg clubs Ogg to steal his food” to “the collective Uggg’s IRS steals a big percentage of Ogg’s ‘income’ to feed all the Ugggs”. See? Progress. At least, Ogg gets to keep something! We’ve gone thru mob rule, tyrants, kings, oligarchies, dictators, and now “public servants in government” rule us. Two steps forward and one step back.

It’s our thinking (i.e., paradigms of perception and memes of concepts) that are our own worst enemy.

There’s no “career”!

With apologies fro quoting Star Wars Yoda to you, (I think movies have some really great lines of wisdom for us) “Do. Or do not. There is no ‘try’!” (The disgust at the word “try” really can’t come thru in text.)

So to, I’d say — with the same taste of vomit — “There is NO career.”

Advising youth, I have copyrighted patented super-secret keys to wisdom, wealth, and happiness. If you promise not to tell anyone Vincent, I’ll share it again with you. (Again! … I know we done this comedy bit before. But it seemed to bear repeating.) Shush now it’s a secret. It anyone looking?

*** begin secret ***
Success for your generation is: (1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt; (2) a life long interest in learning — education — a degree — they can’t take it away from you; (3) a white collar job in order to save big bux; (4) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber; (5) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open; (6) a free time hobby that generates income; and (7) a large will-maintained network of people who can “help” you.
*** end quote ***

Notice that no where in there is there any mention of the illusion of a “career”.

So, I have no career. Some say I am “helpless”. Or was that “hopeless”. Ahh, it’s only one letter difference anyway. I’m at the end of my useful career life anyway. (Although I do have the illusion of one last BIG job, making a big difference, and finally defeating the forces of evil, and restoring truth, justice, and the American … … oh wait that was Superman’s elevator speech. Well, one big job where I can make a contribution. Anyone in 08824 need a big bux cto? Not counting my last assignment as the WallMart greeter.) So one has to expect that progress will leave one on the roadside as it marches on.

So, I hope this isn’t too “Prince of Darkness” to your usually upbeat tone.

But, “career” is a meme for the trash heap imho.

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LINKEDIN: Results of my one month test on “liveliness” — 37%! I’m disappointed

Saturday, December 1, 2007

On November 1st, I hit upon the idea of “Liveliness” testing of my LinkedIn “network”.

(We can chat why my “LinkedIn network” is NOT my “network”. And, if what one does with LinkedIn is “networking”. It’s not Lucht’s version of face to face networking. But, it is doing “something”. Just don’t know if it should be called “networking” except in the loosest sense of the word.)

This test was aimed at all contacts older than one month. And, folk who LinkedIn with me — based on old invites — one was a year old — during the test are excluded from the results.

My LinkedIn network is a disappointing 37%!

My original focus was on “breakage”. That was 6%! I had, from LinkedIn, a bad email address, then that clearly that was not going to work very well!

While I was doing it, I became concerned that perhaps I was too heavy on:

* >1% SuperConnectors (little value in the traditional networking sense) ;

* 11% my Current Employer (little value if you get nuked); and

* 2% Hunters (little value in accessing the hidden job market).

During the test, I had the concept of “reaching around” the breaks. That’s how I describe sending an InMail directly to a contact of the “broken contact”. I was able to “repair” seven breaks.

Also, during the test, I was able to give some help: identifying in one case a inadvertent DUPLICATE; in several cases “unpersonalized” urls; a slew of typos; and some “broken” profiles (i.e., profiles with an obsolete email). So, it wasn’t just me bothering people; patheticly begging for a response.

Since my first formal try only got one third to respond, I’ll have to figure out a better approach. Clearly, if this is to be useful, it’s going to need MORE care and feeding.

Sigh. Always more to do!

I feel sorry for anyone, blithely sailing along, thinking that they are “networking” with LinkedIn, and then need that “network” for something, and get these type of results.

Note, that I am NOT an open networker, but have only added contacts that had a perceived value. Maybe, this is a very telling about the value of LinkedIn. AND, social networking in general.

Maybe Lucht is more right than I used to think?

Anyone else studying this?

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TECH SERVICE: KODAKGALLERY recommended for “instant image fix”

Saturday, December 1, 2007

http://www.kodakgallery.com

***Begin Quote***

The Kodak Gallery provides you with free online storage for an initial period of 12 months from the date that you first upload an image to your account. To maintain free storage, you need to make at least one purchase from the Gallery every 12 months (the 12 month period will restart with each purchase). If you do not purchase any product or service from us during a 12-month period, we may delete the images stored in your account. In addition, if your account becomes inactive for a period of 60 months, we may terminate access to your account altogether (including deletion of any account information held by the Gallery).

***End Quote***

I had some snaps from a party that were pretty good. And, as usual, I put them up here to order some prints. Just before I pressed the order button, I noticed a new (new? new to me) option by the edit button. (I was there to crop one pic.) So, hey, I tried it.

Wow.

It did a fantastic job. So I tried it on all the “roll”. It was a minor miracle. Shots that I had written off as too dark were magically transformed into better than the event in real life.

So, I’m punching this one with the RECOMMENDED button. Right after I blow the cobwebs off of it.

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JOBSEARCH: the label that you apply to yourself is delivered by your subconscious!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

IN RESPONSE TO SOME BAD “SELF-LABELING” BY A YOUNG JOBSEARCHER

***Begin Quote***

Well first I object to the self-characterization of “underachieving kid”. I don’t let people talk that way. It might be appropriate for some situations, (can’t think of one off the top of my head), but certainly not in the area of “career search”. Finding out what the best use of your talents is, at best, a game of “blind man discovers elephants”. No one can tell you what your particular elephant looks like or what the “best” use of your particular “elephant” is. Some are pretty easy to rule out: “NBA basketball star”, “Brain Surgeon”, “Concert Pianist”. Some are hard, because you don’t find out, until way down the road the you were meant to be a “greeter at walmart”. So, don’t even think of the word “under achieving”. It’s implies that some one knows that you are too lazy, too dumb, or too insensitive to come in out of the rain. Maybe the Intelligent Designer knows, but no one other that you knows that.

***End Quote***

Some one of the self-help gurus (Tony Robbins?) always warned about the label that you apply to yourself. Even if no one else is there, your subconscious takes that in and delivers it.

OK so here goes: “I am thin, young, and handsome”! (Said out loud with great confidence.)

Did it work?

;-)

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