JOBSEARCH: Aggressive networking example

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Fake Plane Ticket
http://thomsinger.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-fake-plane-ticket.html

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Our hero in this story decided he needed to take a chance to get more time with the speaker than just a handshake and a business card exchange.  The speaker had mentioned heading home later in the day and my friend began to wonder how to capitalize on this knowledge.  He thought about this person getting to the airport and having nearly an hour of waiting for their plane.  It would be an ideal opportunity to have a meaningful conversation, however Dallas is a big city with two airports, so he needed to think about the possibilities.

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I’m not sure if I’d have even thought of this. Let alone had the chutzpah to do it. I’m categorizing this as “being bold” and “unafraid to spend a few bucks”. FWIW!

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JOBSEARCH: “What do you do?” UVP & USP

Monday, September 8, 2014

http://lifehacker.com/answer-what-do-you-do-by-explaining-how-you-solve-pr-1629208879

Answer “What Do You Do?” by Explaining How You Solve Problems

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When you are meeting someone new, at some point, they’ll probably ask, “So what do you do?” If you want to make a good first impression, answer by discussing how you solve problems.

The Art of Manliness style expert Antonio Centeno says you need to force the person to think by asking a question about a problem they can relate to, and present yourself as the answer:

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I usually relate it to my Unique Value Equation and my Unique Sales Equation.

So if you ask me that question, then I answer: “I help Business and IT agree on solutions. Know anyone with that type of problem?”

I like any answer I get back as opposed to the blank stare from my old job description: “I unkink large scale IT infrastructures.” 

Laugh!

Of course, you should have many UVPs and USPs. I have only five now, because I’m “sunsetting”.

fat VERY old white guy injineer!

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JOBSEARCH: Axioms of an “employee”

Thursday, July 31, 2014

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-reasons-working-from-home-is-better-for-you-your-boss.html

FROM AN EMAIL

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Subject: 10 Reasons Working From Home is Better for You (& Your Boss) | Care2 Healthy Living

Should I send this to {REDACTED}?

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I forwarded this link to {REDACTED}

and received these responses: 

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Yes please!

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I don’t think it would do any good.  It might even be counterproductive as it expresses benefits from a perspective she does not apparently share.

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MY RESPONSE

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Laugh! I agree.

{REDACTED} otoh didn’t see the “joke”.

{REDACTED} thought I was really going to forward it to {REDACTED}.

Whatanoob!

Interesting points though.

An “enlightened organization” would attempt to create shared value between the BORG (Business Organization) and “their” “Human Resources”.

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Attention: K-Mart shoppers be advise the “gold watch” era of employment is over. (Graduate college, get a good job with big corporation, stay with them for 40+ years, retire with savings and nice pension to a great “retirement”.) Folks who still believe in that will be working their golden years at WalMart as a “greeter”. Argh!  

This goes to my personal articles of faith; some of which are:

  •  Today’s “corporation” is a heartless, soulless, dishonest beast.
  • An employee is like a consultant; their ONLY job is find their next job.
  • IN dealing the workplace, one must always remember the JoHari window Johari window http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johari_window 
  • Always remember “Human Resources” sends the signal that you’re a “paper clip”. 

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JOBSEARCH: “EMPLOYEE” is fodder for the “burn pile”

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

http://arstechnica.com/staff/2014/07/op-ed-microsoft-layoff-e-mail-typifies-inhuman-corporate-insensitivity/

Op-Ed: Microsoft layoff e-mail typifies inhuman corporate insensitivity
Robotic letter is an unfortunately normal example of how companies talk to employees.
by Lee Hutchinson – July 17 2014, 4:01pm EDT

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Put another way, the offensive part here is not that Microsoft has to lay off 18,000 people—that kind of thing happens in business, and sometimes companies have to cut employees. That’s not the problem. The problem is that this is an inhumane, inhuman way to let those 18,000 people go.

This kind of insultingly indirect messaging plagues most large businesses—and it’s horrible no matter where it shows up. Companies should “align their synergies” with the humans they’re firing and do them the courtesy of not pissing on them and telling them it’s raining. There’s a decent way to let people go, and this ain’t it.

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I often say that your ONLY job as an employee is to find your next job.

An employee is a consultant with no choice where to work tomorrow. And, has even less job security!

Argh!

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JOBSEARCH: The risk inherent in the status quo of employment

Monday, June 30, 2014

http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/entrepreneurs/2014/06/27/women-are-becoming-entrepreneurs-at-faster-rate-than-ever-but-are-still-less/?intcmp=HPBucket 

SOME ADVICE I SHARED WITH SOME LADIES AT WORK

Seems like this is a trend to jump on or tap into. Always thought that “women” made great “entry-pre-newers”, if an only if, they can over come “risk”. Over my career, I’ve seen several women make the leap of faith to their own business. What I try and point out to everyone (men and women) is that the “status quo is not risk free”. I counsel job seekers and potential job seekers that they must rigorously and honestly evaluate just how much is at risk in their current state. One tool is my “how much money do I need to have to get another job”. Age, level of education, hotness of field, hotness of your geography, level of position you’d accept, what’s your burn rate, how do you look, and unfortunately sex all combine in strange complex calculus to determine the risk of the status quo. In more than one instance, I have seen that calculation result in both gals and guys taking a different view of being your own boss. At least then, your fate is in your own hands. It’s a decision I’ve made three times with mixed results. Your mileage may and will vary. 

Anyway, have good week, which ends with “Independence Day”, isn’t that a coincidence? 

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JOBSEARCH: How Can Women Advance? Let Them Fail – BankInfoSecurity

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/interviews/how-women-advance-let-them-fail-i-2344

How Can Women Advance? Let Them Fail – BankInfoSecurity

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How Can ANYONE Advance? Let Them Fail – BankInfoSecurity

Counter intuitive?

When I manage folks, my theory has always been: (1) allow them to set their own goals and objectives [I’m always surprised how aggressive folks can be!]; (2) if it’s a “below the waterline” failure, be supportive and don’t allow it to fail; (3) if it’s an “above the waterline” failure, permit it to fail. There’s a theory that says “we learn more from our failures than our successes”. Some of us never learn. Argh!

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JOBSEARCH: IT’s finding your niche

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/11/surviving-post-employment-economy-201311373243740811.html

Surviving the post-employment economy
The author argues that in the new economy, it’s people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Last updated: 03 Nov 2013 08:50
Sarah Kendzior is a St Louis-based writer who studies politics and media.

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Individuals internalise the economy’s failure, as a media chorus excoriates them over what they should have done differently. They jump to meet shifting goalposts; they express gratitude for their own mistreatment: their unpaid labour, their debt-backed devotion, their investment in a future that never arrives.

And when it does not arrive, and they wonder why, they are told they were stupid to expect it. They stop talking, because humiliation is not a bargaining chip. Humiliation is a price you pay in silence – and with silence.

People can always make choices. But the choices of today’s workers are increasingly limited. Survival is not only a matter of money, it is a matter of mentality – of not mistaking bad luck for bad character, of not mistaking lost opportunities for opportunities that were never really there.

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I agree that the “job market” has shifted as it has many times in my career.

It’s a game.

The seeker has to find the place for them to find their bliss.

Unfortunately what was true for me in the 60’s (i.e., get a job a big company and work your way up) is no longer true.

Ditto: get a Gooferment job.

Ditto: get a PhD.

Ditto: go to Wall Street in some manner.

I THINK (and it’s just my opinion) the model for today’s jobseeker is be in your own business.

Can’t tell you what business that is, but you have to be your own boss.

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