Friday, April 28, 2017

Words of Affirmation 5 Love Languages

I worked on building relationships after I knew the power of appreciation.  Not only does our spoken praise and appreciation count but these 5 are highly valued.  One or all these help you build relationships.

Quality Time         Gifts          Acts of Service
Physical Touch            Words of Affirmation 

Scarcity Mindset vs Growth Mindset

It is always a good idea to add to a process, learning to develop people is often a challenge for technologists early on in their careers.

Professional development  If you are interested in taking time to update your soft skills, how will that improve you chances for getting a better life?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

30 Days to your Dream Job Day 5: Make Sure Employers Can Find You

Day 5:  Make Sure Employers Can Find You

Better yet, the keywords are important is true, but the experts suggest that updating your profiles on three career websites every day makes it easier for employers to find you!  The websites are LinkedIN, Monster Career Website, and Capital Area Help Wanted.  This is a time investment of  less than an hour a day.  An early morning habit that may bring you success in improving your network.

How to choose keywords that are tailored to the audience you want to attract?  What is your chosen field and what keywords are of value to your profession.  HR is more interested in fitting you in their  corporate culture so find those keywords on the company website.   That passes your profile through HR to the hiring manager.  Hiring managers are interested in finding keywords listed in the job description since your skills and achievements need to match what they need to satisfy the job requirements.

Setting up your resume, or online profile to fill achievement gaps.  Achievement gaps may reflect what skills you are updating, and give information about your most recent accomplishments.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Job Search 101: 30 Days to Your Dream Job Day 2

How to Create a Brand Statement that really works on Day 2 of how to find your dream job in 30 days.  The link to guide you on Day 2 Create a Branding Statement 

It feels like Day 2 happens one time / month so I expect to revise my brand statement every month for 12 months out of the year.  This month I used the 10 steps outlined in the article by Scott Ginsberg, 10 Good Ways to ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ to rewrite my brand statement.

The keywords used to target your resume are important since they represent your skills and achievements in words that are familiar to the company or group you want to connect.  The keywords should be similar to those used by the employer to describe the company culture, products, services and the actual job description.  When your keywords match the company's keywords you are more likely to connect to dream job.

Envision you own your own company and choose keywords that describe you.  The keywords are used in your brand statement, biography and your professional profile.

10 Questions that guide you to writing that brand statement.

1. Three Keywords About My Business: Smart - Enthusiastic - Focused  
2. This month's Quote:  "Believe you can and you're halfway there."

3. My Philosophy:  Important to Make Plans But be Flexible.

4. About Me: I am energetic, like to take charge.

5. Google Search:  My online presence is just very very real.

6. My passions - be active, find adventure and continue trying to reach your goals.

7. If you are always learning make sure you connect with An Expert.

8. Lead by Example - Discover what people want, Take action and Prove you are credible.

9. ! is Today's Compliment.

10. Brand Statement:   Smart enthusiastic, great career potential focused on connecting to the right people. Looking for brief online or phone interviews fixed on returning to work.

By making a list of the keywords you used you can begin to understand your brand.  I asked myself if my keywords where on target with professional image.

My Keywords:
      Smart                  Enthusiastic                     Focused
      Strategy              Flexible (agility)              Energetic
      Manage              Team Leader                     Presence
      Passion               Action Oriented                Adventure
      Goal Oriented     Lifelong Learning       
      Credible              Acheivement
      Potential             Focused

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

U.S. Government Moves to Close the Gender Wage Gap - IEEE - The Institute

Catch this statistic in the  IEEE Institute:

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Women in the United States are, on average, more educated, according to ave 2014 study by the White House Council of Economic Advisors: 40 percent of women earn at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with about 32 percent of men.

U.S. Government Moves to Close the Gender Wage Gap - IEEE - The Institute

Can Virtual Reality Help Eliminate Gender Bias? - IEEE - The Institute

Can Virtual Reality Help Eliminate Gender Bias? - IEEE - The Institute

Only 11% of the engineering workforce are women.

Gender Wage Gap: Women make only $0.79 to men $1.00.

Determining the Value of Your Time

Before you start wondering about the Melinda Gates Time Poverty campaign for 2016, Ponder this concept - TIME Poverty: The Wage Gap.

From Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Our 2016 ANNUAL LETTER

Getting Ahead in a just getting by world, is all a study on America's class structure though an economic viewpoint. The facilitator assigned a research project on time management and change.  It lead me to pick up the Dummies Guide on Successful time management this April 2016.  I read all the tips, pointers and highlighted text in the entire book, then decided that learning time management starts with determining the value of your time.

Time Management is a project in itself so to speed up the process, close the poverty time gap by convincing yourself that your time is worth MONEY!  Begin by determining how many hours you work for free every week?