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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Monday, March 24, 2014
 

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JOBSEARCH: Your career may end at 40!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

http://www.alternet.org/economy/age-discrimination-workplace?akid=11314.1122391.O7NIr8&rd=1&src=newsletter940963&t=3

AlterNet / By Lynn Stuart Parramore 
50 Is the New 65: Older Americans Are Getting Booted from Their Jobs — and Denied New Opportunities
Age discrimination could be headed for you, sooner than you think.

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In every corner of America, millions of people are terrified of losing their jobs and falling into financial ruin. Men and women with impressive professional achievements and credentials are being let go, nudged out and pushed aside. They are pounding the pavement and scouring the job sites, but find themselves turned away even for the most basic retail jobs. Not because they aren’t competent. Not because they lack skills. But simply because they have a gray hair or two.

This is not just a story of people in their 60s or 70s. Workers as young as 50 are shocked to find themselves suddenly tossed onto the employment rubbish heap, just when they felt on top of their game. They’re feeling stressed, angry and betrayed by a society which has benefited greatly from their contributions.

As the global population grows older, age discrimination is on the rise. It could be headed for you, much sooner than you think.

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“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Captain Renault in Casablanca

Age-discrimination?

Stunning.

So what does society do about it?

Unfortunately, there is nothing to be “done”.

Folks have to:

* Realize that they must form their own businesses.

* Create “streams of earnings”. (Think 10 ½ day part time jobs!)

* Develop powerful personal networks. (Not just numbers people on Linkedin, Twitter, or Facebook!)

* Invest in themselves.

* Formulate their Plan B, Plan C, D, E, … Z.

* Refine their Unique Value Equations and the corresponding Unique Sales Propositions.

* And, about establish a ruthless financial discipline, that recognizes the expected delay in finding another paycheck, by increasing dramatically increasing “rainy day” savings. (Over 40, one must recognize that you may never find another job like the one you have at the money you are currently making.)

Now that last sentence is very scary. 

You MUST know your BURN rate. You MUST become a MISER (Unless you never need to work again.) You MUST invest wisely and avoid stupid money mistakes.

And, most of all, you MUST have COURAGE!

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JOBSEARCH: It’s about what you put into it … …

Sunday, September 22, 2013

FROM AN EMAIL

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I wanted advice from you on what the best paying business careers are. Im currently a Finance and Global Business major. I’ tried to speak to the dean as well as the handler for internships but they all told me to enjoy my classes and wait out to see how it goes and maybe i’ll find out what I like. I don’t have that luxury and I don’t want to end up in a typical dead end business job.

I wanted an established and successful business man like yourself to assist me since no one at this time is able too. Do you know of anyone who can help me achieve that goal. Im willing to give up everything and work like a dog for success.

I have a feeling you may say your own business in the only way since thats what you had said at the club meeting. If you can teach how to “play the game” I’d greatly appreciate it.

Much Respect,

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It’s not about the “best paying business careers”; it’s about what is “best” for you.

So, find your own internship. You didn’t say what year you’re in. If you’re a freshman, then why would a business spend time on you? There are many part-time sales jobs that you could try that would tell you if you like sales.

There are no “dead end business jobs”. Just people who accept that as an “end point”.

“I want …” Well, I want to be “thin, young, and handsome”. No one care what YOU want; they are interested in what you can do for them.

I think YOU can achieve YOUR goal. When you have one. Goals have to be “SMART”. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Most of the self-help books can help you set your goals. Sounds like what the Dean and the Internship Handler are telling you is that: “You don’t know enough to be good pick for any internship.” I’ll be more blunt — I’m a fat old white guy injineer — you have no clue as to what you can do, want to do, or would love to do.

No, I wouldn’t say “own biz” to you because you don’t have the spark. One of your peers in meeting HAS his own biz, a product, a marketing / manufacturing plan. He’s ready.

What I will say is that you should talk to the folks over in “placement” about taking some of the aptitude tests to figure out where your skills and interests are. I’d urge you visit Ms. Duchone over at the library and have her aim you at some of the clasic “self-help” books — Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill should be and early one. Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. And anything by Wayne Dyer and / or Covey.

Then, you’ll be able to focus on how to craft a great career.

Hope this helps

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JOBSEARCH: “The Coffee, Meal or Beer Rule”

Friday, May 17, 2013

http://thomsinger.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-coffee-meal-or-beer-rule-of-social.html?utm_source=feedly

Saturday, May 11, 2013
“The Coffee, Meal or Beer Rule” of Social Media
thom singer 

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Not every one of my contacts originally met this criteria, but a majority of those in my LinkedIn and Facebook lists are those with whom I have had a substantial initial conversation. A few got in before I established the policy, and I often make exceptions for meeting professionals and recruiters whose industries practices are to utilize LinkedIn as a way to reach out to people they may wish to do business with in the future.

There are those who disagree with my policy and believe one gains more from linking to everyone, but this has served me well. When I get a request, I will often ask for a personal meeting or a call. If the person reaching out cannot make the time for a chat, I am not sure why they want the connection at all.

My advice to others is to have a policy (even if it is different from mine), and then to be respectful of others who use these tools in different ways! (Lack of respect for those with differing opinions is an epidemic online, and we must get beyond that!).

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I agree one needs rules.

In the early days of LinkedIn, I loaded my address book.

Now I regret that.

Not enough to go back and clean it up, but enough to have printed copy of my connection and disconnection criteria.

I also dislike this new trend on LinkedIn of people saying you have a skill. (Dumb!)

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JOBSEARCH: DOD’s TA is just the first of many benefits to go

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-death-of-tuition-assistance-redux.html

SATURDAY, MARCH 09, 2013

The Death of Tuition Assistance, Redux

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We called it almost eighteen months ago, and it looks like our prediction is coming true. This week, both the Marine Corps and the Army announced an immediate halt to the tuition assistance (TA) program for active duty personnel, members of the Army National Guard and reservists. The cessation of benefits–which was blamed on sequestration–eliminates tuition payments for off-duty education programs.

Under the now-halted program, Marines and soldiers received up to $4,500 a year for voluntary education programs. Tuition assistance paid 100% of tuition costs, up to $750 a course, with benefits being capped at the annual limit. As of this writing, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Air Force are still receiving $4,500 annually in tuition assistance, while sailors receive $4,000 a year. There has been wide speculation that the other services will also halt their TA programs in the coming days, in an effort to save money.

Sadly, the demise of TA was all-but-inevitable.

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The interesting part is so much “education” is available free on the net.

Everyone will have to rethink the value of “papers”.

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JOBSEARCH: More explanation of UVP and USP

Thursday, September 20, 2012

baby turkey> What do you think of a career in information security it seems like that’s were all the money is these days

fat old white guy injineer> depends upon what you want to be when you grow up

baby turkey> U lost me there?

fat old white guy injineer> …

<<< snip of my response>>>

Strategically, I believe the model of “employment” for your generation is to have (a) multiple streams of income — we can discuss at that length what that means; (b) one or more web based businesses <your ‘store’ is always open>; and (c) ruthless financial management <no short term “bad” debt, a manageable amount of “good” long term debt, holding such financial assets as is consistent with your age and sufficient with your plans; and (d) a WRITTEN set of plans that map out your “needs, wants, and desires”.

Tactically, imho, your plans should capitalize on your excellent english language skills and your XXXXXX heritage. Unfortunately, I think you have a broad streak of what I’ll call “gold watch” thinking. You value yourself in terms of your salaried employment. That’s what I call the “gold watch” trap. People, especially ALL the fat old white guy turkeys I have counseled, share that delusion. Rarely do the goals of employer and employee align. Employees are fooled into thinking the employment relationships are more than they are (i.e., a value exchange). Specifically, an employee created value for the employer and retains some of that value as compensation. Continued creation; continued employment. What the employees are deluded into thinking is that the motivations of employee and employer are tightly coupled. The employee believes that as long as a “good job” is done that paycheck will keep coming in. When, in fact, the “good job done” is almost irrelevant. External forces, internal forces, changing marketplaces, changing priorities, results, and sometimes whims mean more to the “value exchange” than a “good job”. Even a “well done” one.

Does that make sense to you?

So how do you action that?

Focus on your value equation. Focus on your plans. Focus on YOUR results.

The XXXXX slant is part of your Unique Value Propositions (value created and value retained). And, your Unique Sales Propositions (how do I communicate that to others).

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JOBSEARCH: Branding versus UVP / USP

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

8 Tips for Managing Your Personal Brand
via Change This Manifesto Issues by Rodger Dean Duncan on 9/12/12

“Face it. For good or ill, you have a personal brand. In fact, in the eyes of others, you are your personal brand. Just like some retailers are known for great customer service and some airlines are known for lost luggage and surly gate agents, you are known for the your own combination of personality, behavior, and presence. It’s your brand.

If you come across as empathic and approachable, that’s part of your brand. If you sometimes miss deadlines and let other commitments slide, that’s part of your brand.

Your reputation is your brand. Your brand is your reputation. And it makes a world of difference in every relationship you have.”

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FROM A MARKETING TYPE

I like it. I told the students just the other day that they get a chance to create their own definition of themselves every day. It followed on a discussion of Esso picking the name Exxon because it meant nothing in any language so the firm could make its own definition of that combination of letters.

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MY RESPONSE

While you can brand sand, I still don’t think you can brand people. As a matter of fact, I tell anyone who listens that if folks who spend all this time on “branding” spent as much time on their Unique Value Equations and Unique Sales Propositions, they’d be better served.

It’s all about — as far as human beings are concerned — about communicating “value”. UVP what do you give buyer and what do you retain for yourself and USP how do you communicate it.

Coke and Pepsi need branding; people can’t. Other than “burger flippers”, they are not interchangable.

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JOBSEARCH: Your intellectual capital walks out the door every night!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

http://nicholasnigro.blogspot.com/2012/08/anatomy-of-boss.html

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Anatomy of a Boss…

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It was, nonetheless, an era when men were evidently men. Recently, I watched an episode where a haplessly green eighteen-year-old joined Mr. Favor’s outfit. Ordered to rein in some misbehaving cattle, the youngster was no match for the bovine ensemble’s frenzied antics. Rowdy desperately wanted to intervene on the boy’s behalf, but Mr. Favor, who had assigned him another vital task, refused to allow it. When the poor kid was trampled to death, Rowdy was disgusted with his remarkably callous boss, who had told him point-blank that “men are replaceable; cattle aren’t.” By the end of the episode, though, Rowdy somehow understood where Mr. Favor was coming from in their cow-eat-cow world.

Favor’s cool hard line, which was probably closer to the reality of the times and job, wouldn’t wash today on the small screen. He was, after all, the show’s leading man, authority figure, and hero. But then when you get right down to it, I suspect there are more than a few boss figures who believe men (and women) are replaceable. In fact, I more than suspect this…. Head ‘em up; move ‘em out!

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A couple of people at work are calling me “boss”. 

I find this humorous because I do very little “boss-ing”. It’s more about setting the objective and letting them loose.

One fellow said to me: “I don’t have to get permission to do this …”. I gave him my pat: “Does it violate any ‘standing orders’? If not, then let’s get it done and beg forgiveness if we need to. You can always blame me.”

LOL!

After a recent bad storm, the first thing I did, dropping back to my old AT&T training, was check that all our people were safe and didn’t need anything. Then, once that was done, I started to figure out what had to get done and not done with the resources we had available.

Others were more worried about “the work”; rather than “the people”.

Guess they never heard the old Wall Street adage that: “Your intellectual capital walks out the door every night!”

Most Wall Streeters worried about it coming back the next morning. Like AT&T!

Argh!

That’s why I tell any fat old white guy turkeys, or anyone who will listen, that you have to be “the captain of your own ship”, the CEO of “You, Inc.”, or just understand what YOUR objectives are. If they happen to overlap with your employer’s, great. If not, first things first.

I’ve told more than one “employee”, who was putting the employer first, that their job is to FIRST find your next job. Good performance at your current job is an important component of doing that. BUT, it’s not the FIRST priority. Third at best!

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JOBSEARCH: An oldie but a goodie

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Surf over to my “turkey farm” and review some of the key points. Regardless of why you have been out of the workforce, you have a “unique value proposition” to express. You can unlock same value for some one. If you can’t, what are you selling? You have to find out what that value is. Then, you craft a “unique sales proposition” (i.e., how do I get someone to hire me). Then, you build a resume and cover letter to that purpose.

I counsel “turkeys” (i.e., people who have gotten the axe from their employer). I’ve been axed several times. After the first time, it should NOT hurt. And, it certainly shouldn’t be a surprise. Happens to everyone. If it doesn’t then you’re playing your cards to tight to the vest.

Your letter and resume have to tell a story. They have to initiate a conversation. You want them to make the reader pick up the phone and say “how did you do that? can you do it for me?”.

It’s hard work. The hardest you’ll ever do. But, you’ll be motivated because you’re working for yourself.

I’ll close with one story. An “old” turkey (i.e., one who has been out of work for a “long” time) was sent to me for “help”. So, I looked at his resume with a three year hole in it. I naturally inquired, in my blunt cavalier injineer way, “been in jail?”. Mind you this was the resume he was sending out and didn’t understand why no response. He said “no, i was caring for my dying wife”. My jaw dropped to the floor.

He wasn’t telling his story. We fashioned a “job entry” that said something like “Care Giver, Medical Treatment Assistant, and Medical Billing Expert” with three bullet points. Recruiters hate holes in time lines; they suspect you’ve been in jail or worse off having the fun that they are not having. Any way, this turkey had a senior level IT job in an HR department working on their benefits billing systems in less than five weeks.

All I did was get him to tell his story. All you have to do is to tell yours. AND, express what you are going to do for the reader.

Good luck,
fjohn
just a big old fat turkey hisself


JOBSEARCH: Insource and outsource seem to be an unfair labor practice

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

http://it.slashdot.org/story/12/07/09/212217/general-motors-to-slash-outsourcing-in-it-overhaul

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gManZboy writes “GM’s new CIO Randy Mott plans to bring nearly all IT work in-house as one piece of a sweeping IT overhaul. It’s a high-risk strategy that’s similar to what Mott drove at Hewlett-Packard. Today, about 90% of GM’s IT services, from running data centers to writing applications, are provided by outsourcing companies such as HP/EDS, IBM, Capgemini, and Wipro, and only 10% are done by GM employees. Mott plans to flip those percentages in about three years–to 90% GM staff, 10% outsourcers. This will require a hiring binge. Mott’s larger IT transformation plan doesn’t emphasize budget cuts but centers on delivering more value from IT, much faster–at a time when the world’s No. 2 automaker (Toyota is now No. 1) is still climbing out of bankruptcy protection and a $50 billion government bailout.”

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So, let’s understand this. The Gooferment bailed out GM and all the people who work in the outsourcing companies will now be disrupted. Argh! These disruptions — both when companies “outsource” and when they “insource” — just whipsaw the people. 

Time for a complete rethink.

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JOBSEARCH: Unionized IT or something else?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/career/should-it-be-unionized/4348?tag=nl.e101

Home / Blogs / Career Management
Career Management

Should IT be unionized?
By Patrick Gray
May 30, 2012, 4:48 AM PDT

Takeaway: Patrick Gray thinks unionization is exactly the wrong answer for IT, and the dynamic career IT he has been given would not be possible in a unionized environment.

Today we have a guest post from TechRepublic contributing writer Patrick Gray.

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Despite all this high-minded talk of knowledge and merit-driven success, are IT workers “exploited”? That might be a loaded and overly dramatic word when considering the plight of far more difficult circumstances, but there are certainly people in IT who put in more effort than the corresponding reward they receive.

While a union might offer some protection, an alternative solution is to manage your career as if you were a tiny corporation. Many workers complain about a lack of employer loyalty, but this is a two-way street. You’re always free to say “no” to yet another working weekend, turn off the mobile device during dinner, or ultimately take your skills elsewhere. It may strike some as selfish and perhaps conniving, but your employer will likely consider replacing you when the need arises, so there’s no harm in considering replacing them on similar terms.

After long hours and over a frosty beverage, a worker’s revolt of sorts in the IT industry may sound like a good idea. Defined hours and benefits, and an overarching organization designed to keep your employer in line, certainly has its positive aspects. However, that stability comes with a trade-off, one that I find too heavy a price to bear. At its best, IT offers young and old a dynamic career where merit and skill trump seniority, pricey academic credentials, and even deep pockets.

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Perhaps there is a middle ground?

Contracts?

Employment at will worked in the IT workers’ favor in the old days.

Not so much any more.

H1B, off-shoring, out-sourcing, downsizing, rightsizing, layoffs, firings, nit picking, bankruptcy, political shenanigans (i.e., GM union got paid off; GM’s non-union workers, suppliers, bondholder, and stockholders got the shaft), “crazy” management, “do more with less”, fad de jour, “human resource management”, … just to name a few.

 

 

 

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JOBSEARCH: Keep a consulting firm open

Sunday, March 11, 2012

http://jobsbl.com/about/report/report.php?issue_num=145

Berman Larson Kane
Career Report
March, 2012 — Issue 145

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What can you do to minimize the impact of unemployment on your professional stature?

A. Keep your professional certifications, credentials and licenses up to date and involve yourself in activities that use your professional skills. Take temporary or part-time work in your industry if possible, or do unpaid volunteer work for nonprofits or charitable organizations that allow you to flex your professional muscles, Margolin added.

Also, you could consider starting your own consulting firm, suggested Julie Redfield, a talent management expert in the New York office of the PA Consulting Group. “Setting up a company — the Web site, the business license — can cost very little,” she said. “Use your network and get at least one or two small jobs that you can talk about on interviews and put on your résumé.”

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Over the years, I’ve opened and closed 4 “one man shows”. Shoulda, coulda, and woulda! Just keep it open eternally. Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee charges 500 per year. Argh! Website, call it 10 for the domain name and whatever you pay the web site service provider. Legal & accounting fees, call it under a grand. Business cards, 50$. SO for well under 2k$, you can have an LLC standing around. (Your accountant will tell you why you want an LLC. I’m not a lawyer, CPA, or MD. Nor do I play one on TV. I’m just your average everyday obnoxious know-it-all.)

(Your lawyer can explain why you might want to create several LLCs for holding assets. Ditto above. Wish I done that. If you do several at once, the unit cost per LLC goes down.)

Like your eternal domain name, keeping your email from making you captive of the ISP or WSP, you can always have coverage.

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JOBSEARCH: Sue Simmons – poster girl of age discrimination

Friday, March 9, 2012

WNBC Cutting Longtime Anchor Sue Simmons – TVSpy

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/wnbc-cutting-longtime-anchor-sue-simmons_b41276

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Age discrimination?

This morning Imus was very positive about Sue. I like her. There was some question as to how much money she makes. But that was dismissed as not the real reason. “They want some blonde young girl.”

Us old job seekers know the ugly truth: Age DOES make a difference.

Too bad! We, as a society, better figure the old age problem. “We” have to align the Social Security Retirement Age and Life Expectancy Tables. To do that, folks will have to work later into life. If employers discriminate, this will be impossible.

So Sue Simmons is the poster girl for future age discrimination.

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JOBSEARCH: The “work till you drop” meme in employment

Monday, February 27, 2012

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/boomers-era-til-drop-160032353.html

For boomers, it’s a new era of ‘work til you drop’
By JOHN ROGERS | Associated Press

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Forty years into that run, the 60-year-old communications specialist for a Wisconsin-based insurance company has worked more than a half-dozen jobs. She’s been laid off, downsized and seen the pension disappear with only a few thousand dollars accrued when it was frozen.

So, five years from the age when people once retired, she laughs when she describes her future plans.

“I’ll probably just work until I drop,” she says, a sentiment expressed, with varying degrees of humor, by numerous members of her age group.

Like 78 million other U.S. Baby Boomers, Symons and her husband had the misfortune of approaching retirement age at a time when stock market crashes diminished their 401(k) nest eggs, companies began eliminating defined benefit pensions in record numbers and previously unimagined technical advances all but eliminated entire job descriptions from travel agent to telephone operator.

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“My advice is above all don’t retire,” he says. “If you like your job at all, hold onto it. Because getting back in in this era is essentially impossible.”

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“Jobs” is not a zero sum game. But it is an obsolete meme.

The “gold watch” meme was obsoleted in the early Eighties.

The first torpedo a midship was the ERISA rule that did 5 year pension vesting. We then became a nation of five year employees. “Pension harvesters”. I got two.

The second was the entrepreneurial meme that came into place big time in the late Eighties with the updated Sub S corporation rules.

When job requiring obsolete skills go unfilled because business can’t find anyone qualified at a price they could afford to pay, how is an old person taking it depriving someone younger person?

If anything, it’s “good” that boomers are clogging those old “jobs”. Like making buggie whips. This may induce youngsters to recognize the new meme and open their own biz. Growing the pool of “jobs”.

The pie isn’t a fixed size. We should want the yutes out creating new wealth; not laboring in dead end corporations.

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JOBSEARCH: Top tech companies investigated for employee-poaching ban | TechRepublic

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Top tech companies investigated for employee-poaching ban | TechRepublic:

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Top tech companies investigated for employee-poaching banBy Toni BowersJanuary 30, 2012, 5:17 AM PST

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A couple of years ago I wrote about U.S. Justice Department turning up the heat on allegations that some Silicon Valley companies were acting monopolistically in their hiring practices. This week, a federal judge ordered Google, Apple and five other high-tech companies to court over accusations they violated anti-trust laws by conspiring not to poach each other’s employees.

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Big news! Like this is a unique way to screw the employees.

SO what’s the remedy?

When they get finished on Silicon Valley, then they should look at Wall Street.

I wasn’t allowed to even suggest to one of my peers that we had an opening. There was a “gentlemen’s agreement” back in the late 80′s and 90′s. When I was recruited by hunter to go from Shearson to (CS)FB, the hunter told me to go check with my boss because he approved it. About a month after I went there, a DB2 ace went from (CS)FB to Shearson. Trading players.

And, if you were laid off from one place, don’t waste your time applying to the competition. They wouldn’t even bring you in for an interview. You had to be out for “years” to get back “in”. Argh!

SO, now that our enlightened Gooferment masters have found that there is this evil goin on and about int he land, who’s going to get compensated for the lost opportunities.

Fines to the Gooferment. And, the people who got <synonym for the past tense of the procreation act.>? They get a “tough <synonym for excrement>”!

Argh!

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JOBSEARCH: More confirmation that the concept of a “job” has changed forever

Saturday, December 3, 2011

http://www.chrismartenson.com/martensonreport/future-work

Executive Summary

* Many of today’s current job positions will vanish as the debt that has made them possible retraces

* Future demand for work will come from non-financial sectors

* Cost management will re-assert it’s importance on par with income growth

* Non-market and hybrid work models will grow to employ many more people than they do now

* Participation in social and capital networks (both physical and virtual) will become increasingly valuable

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This goes along with, or at least concurs, that the meme of a “job” has forever changed. Not necessarily for the good. No memo has been issued — “Attention Kmart shoppers; the metaphor is changing. Please adjust your paradigms and meme. Failure to do so will cause unnecessary pain.” Argh! I know, in at least one case, where imho the parents are steering their child into the old meme (i.e., seek lifetime employment with steady salary, benefits, and pension). OTOH I know another parent that is raising “entrepreneurial” children. Who’s to say who’s right and who’s wrong. But it certainly seems that fmpov one can. YMMV, fjohn

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JOBSEARCH: Advice to a baby turkey

Friday, October 14, 2011

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I will look into. Just found out yesterday that I need to start a job search and need to figure out the social networking piece besides LinkedIn. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

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I’m sorry to hear that. Not so much that you’re changing but that you’re not fully ready.

For techies, I think you should have a professional blog. Where you display your dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) for all to see.

You need a professional sounding domain name. You can even use WordPress for just the cost of the domain. (I think it’s 15 or 20 bucks a year.)

I have http://www.reinkefaceslife.com/ on the free WordPress offering and http://www.technologylegacies.com on a hosted site (60$ per year, but I have complete control of it).

You hook that INTO your linkedin account and you then have a stream of professional content flowing to your linkedin network.

Get a twitter account with the same or similar “professional sounding” name and hook the blog to that. Voila, you have a good stream of tweets that reflect well on you. (http://www.technologylegacies.com has the twitter account @technologyleg)

DO the same thing on FACEBOOK.

Cross post the blog post’s url to GOOGLEPLUS (haven’t figure how to do that automagically yet).

And you’ve got all the major social media.

Then you’re a social media guru.

But, don’t emulate me. My personal blog is very opinionated. Probably hurts me to be so out there. But, I’, just a fat old white guy injineer at the end of his career and life.

Hope this helps,

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JOBSEARCH: “first, help; then, be helped”

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

http://thedegree360.onlinedegrees.com/features/how-to-network-tailgate-party.html

How to network the tailgate party
By Kirstin Swagman
Sep 30, 2011

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5. Focus on what you share, not what you want

A tailgate is a social event not a business one, and students should approach it as such.

“Networking doesn’t have to begin with a business discussion at all,” Machado said. “It could very much be a casual conversation. What they want to do is get to know this person and get to know about this person. Ask the alum about themselves. ‘When did you graduate?’ ‘What did you study?’ ‘What do you do now?’ “

Turner suggests students use the shared college experience as a point of entry into their interests and experiences.

In Turner’s case, “These are individuals that have the University of Michigan as a common connection.” She said, “These are possible points of conversation–talking about what their experiences on campus have been and through that highlighting their skill set.”

Extra points: “Be a good listener,” Machado advises. Networking is a two-way street.

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Everyone seems to, in the panic to find a “job”, that dictum: “first, help; then, be helped”.

How may I help you?

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JOBSEARCH: What is the break even point on investing in yourself?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2011/09/27/10-career-lessons-from-julia-child/

10 Career Lessons from Julia Child
Tuesday, 27th September 2011 (by April Dykman)

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3. You’re never to old to learn something new. Julia was 36 years old when she started learning a new language. She didn’t enroll in culinary school until age 37. Julia had a constant thirst for knowledge and didn’t rest until she’d mastered or learned whatever it was that piqued her curiosity.

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I’m not so sure that this is true.

In my case, at age 64 with a “career” of 5 to 7 years at best, what’s the ROI on learning a new language or studying for a new skill?

I heard some one at a job search networking group tell the table that she was so busy working on getting 4 different paper certifications. She had enough skills to get a job; so one has to question the ROI.

imho

Like the kids going to college, for something other than law, medicine, or engineering, taking four years out and spending enough for two houses, ignores the ROI.

What the break even point is I have no idea, but folks are NOT even asking the question.

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JOBSEARCH: Fired by phone

Thursday, September 8, 2011

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/07/us-yahoo-ceo-idUSTRE7857R320110907

Yahoo CEO Bartz fired over the phone, rocky run ends
By Alexei Oreskovic and Edwin Chan
SAN FRANCISCO | Wed Sep 7, 2011 10:44am EDT

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(Reuters) – Yahoo Inc Chairman Roy Bostock fired CEO Carol Bartz over the phone on Tuesday, ending a tumultuous tenure marked by stagnation and a rift with Chinese partner Alibaba.

Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse will step in as interim CEO, and the company will search for a permanent leader to spearhead a battle in online advertising and content with rivals Google Inc and Facebook.

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By phone!

That’s low class.

But this should be a lesson to EVERY employee, it could be you.

You have be the CEO of your own biz and have multiple income streams.

It brings back on of my favorite lessons:

“You’re only assured of the last paycheck that you cashed.”

Forget that at your peril.

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JOBSEARCH: LinkedIn “rot”

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What do you do when folks drift away? Their LinkedIn account is attached to a bouncing email. None of the mutual contacts know what happened. Strange? And, it’s happened more than once but less than a dozen. Social Networking version of PTSD?

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Add to the “rules”: Don’t accept a LinkedIn connection when someone is not using their own domain email account. Not an employer. Not yahoo, hotmail, or gmail.

Argh!

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JOBSEARCH: Official notice that the employment model has changed

Monday, July 4, 2011

http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?blog_id=2&entry_id=4342

GE, Coal Operators Latest to Eliminate Pensions
POSTED AT: SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011 03:26:14 PM
AUTHOR: CLAYTON SINYAI

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The pension was a good fit for the dominant business model of the postwar era. Blue-chip firms like GM and IBM assumed long-term employment relationships. They competed less by downsizing than by drawing more value out of their existing workforce – by upgrading their skills and improving productivity. Corporations could afford to invest more in worker training and development only if they knew the worker would be around long enough for that investment to pay off. Hence the pension, a benefit that was more valuable the longer one stayed with the company.

Today’s firms don’t want a long relationship with their workers; they want to show stockholders that they are cutting payrolls NOW, not developing human capital for some future decade. Holdouts who tried to preserve the old model became goats in the market, panned as stagnant and inflexible. High labor costs put them at a disadvantage against competitors who declined to offer an expensive pension benefit. IBM began a controversial pullout from the defined benefit pension in 1999; GM shifted new hires into a 401k beginning in 2007.

The disappearance of the pension is a catastrophe for working families whose full effects won’t be felt for years; many of the boomers are retiring with a pension benefit, but few of their successors will. But the past few decades have already shown that personal retirement accounts are no substitute for pensions. Hard-pressed workers are seldom able to put enough into a retirement account for reasonable security in old age. And while a properly funded defined-benefit pension plan can spread risks across decades, an individual retiree needs to cash in when he retires – whether the market is up or down.

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For the “clueless”, that need a memo to tell them that the “gold watch” era is over, then let this serve the purpose.

An AT&T actuary in the mid Seventies disabused me of the value of the pension and the purposes of it. Wow, was that I an eye opener! I was stunned at how little the Biz put aside for “my” pension. Pennies! I was ever stunned further when the rationale for pensions was explained; the concept “involuntary servitude” came to mind! In my MBA Accounting classes, I learned about diversification and “sinking funds”.

And, have you ever wondered why folks get “fired” before the five-year vesting period?

Social Security is the mandatory Ponzi scheme. Pensions are cut from the same bolt of cloth.

One thing that “workers” need to learn quickly is that “There’s no one to depend upon but oneself”.

Pensions are history.

The Social Security fraud pays off at the pleasure of the Congress. Not something I’d recommend to depend upon.

401Ks and IRAs are systematically “looted” by Wall Street and their accomplices in Congress. Either blatantly by outright theft or surreptitiously by “fees”, commissions, or compromised fiduciaries.

So what does this translate to for today’s workers?

(1) ruthless financial discipline — no bad debt;

(2) save big bux; it’s your version of a pension or Social Security;

(3) a blue collar skill for hard times — never saw a poor plumber;

(4) one or more internet based businesses — your store is always open; and

(5) a free time hobby that generates income.

Fore warned is fore armed!

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