Taking advantage of the resources

Holy frijoles! Friday I went to another WorkSource training. The instructor wasn’t nearly as good as the LinkedIn lady, but the material was sound.

O*Net – I had forgotten about O*Net. I was first introduced to O*Net when Avaya imploded. I can’t say its visuals have improved immensely over the last fifteen years, but at least you don’t have to telnet into the site anymore.

Career Coach – this one was new to me. Essentially, it is a really cool tool that is buried on the WorkSource site. During the class, we did a quick walkthrough of the information, but for this tool to be really helpful, the job-seeker needs to spend a little of their own time walking through the activities. I really like the tool and it will be interesting to compare my ‘thoughtful’ responses to my ‘quick-hit’ results.

The last link we reviewed was the WorkSource homepage. It was interesting to hear how many folks in the room hadn’t spent much time there.

Haven’t been the same…

Today’s post is about preparing for a phone interview I have this morning. (I have a love/hate relationship with phone interviews.)
The situation is: I need a job.

  • This one is something I could do.
  • The pay is reasonable.

Now do I want to do it?
I view this initial interview as a conversation. This is a two-way street.
The interviewer is attempting to ascertain if I will be able to do what it is he envisions needs to be done to help his organization succeed.
Got it.
In my opinion, we have already completed this checkbox item, or else we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
I have asked for the Job Description – I really believe that anyone doing any kind of a search for someone should have taken the time to define what they really need and not just a gut level awareness that they need something. The response was so generic, that it gives me cause to pause, but reading the list provided me a little insight into the hiring manager’s style and gave me a hint about what has annoyed him in previous interviews.
I need to communicate with him that I am flexible and comfortable with change.
I need to get him to define his terms. What does he consider a ‘scrum meeting’?
I need to know how they treat contractors.

Ultimately, I decided to do the interview. It is scheduled. It will be a good opportunity for me to exercise my skills. This means, I was able to get beyond the gate-keeper in the process. My biggest challenge has been getting the youngsters to understand me as my non-traditional experience doesn’t fit well into the new millenia checklists that have been developed over the last few years. I don’t think it is ageism as much as it is inexperience.

since you had your little crash…’ The first lyrics I heard from the album that quickly became my favorite. It is one of those songs that I still remember where I was and exactly what I was doing when I heard it for the very, first time.
Note to self: write a post on the entire album, it might be a fun little trip down memory lane.


Blame it all on my roots

This little march down memory lane has been refreshing. I have remembered a few things I had forgotten.

  1. I like using song lyrics as section headers – this started with my grad school papers eons ago.
  2. I have been in iterative design and development for a long, long time – kind of nice to find more legacy artifacts.
  3. Pictures, pictures, pictures! Oh my goodness these are spread throughout my hard drive.
  4. A lot of things changed during my tenure at my latest gig. It is more than a little unsettling to put it all together.
  5. I think in dates. Give me a date and possibly an experience or question and I can tell you everything I was doing that day. This is scary!


Job search prep – personal

It is no secret that I am soon out of work and truly cannot afford to be, so I have been traipsing across all of the information in front of me, while trying to maintain a level of professionalism in the job I am exiting. I believe in doing my best until the end, no matter how tempting it would be to drop to petty whining and sabotaging. Not this gal! But that is another post, for another day after the immediate challenges are abated.

While reviewing my work history for files and documents that are my own and can become some of my broader portfolio, I started looking at some of the quotes I have collected while evaluating my current situation. It is interesting to see what I have been thinking over all of these years. Below is a quote from an article I saved when I realized this job that is ending was headed this direction.

The trick to advancing your career and getting paid more is to add value by making certain your contributions are worth more than you’re paid.

Two years ago was a very emotional time for me, professionally. The manager I had been working with since I walked in the front door was being promoted. A well-deserved promotion and essentially one of my personal goals for measuring my success in this role. I was thrilled.

I wasn’t as thrilled when the next shoe dropped and I found out he was moving on and I was being left behind with a new manager. A green wannabe manager. Tough role to fill. Things haven’t been great, either way.

The toughest part for me was changing my style. We never really found a good cadence of mutual respect and appreciation. We would go months without having a conversation. Never a good sign.

Even tougher day

This is getting serious. I really need to focus on my needs, for a change.

This whole ‘explain who you have been’ in a soundclip size is ridiculous!

It is hard to concisely describe what you have done for your entire life, in such a way that you are positive yet realistic. It’s hard! Add insult to injury, although my experience has been consistent, I have jumped up and down the stack so many times, it confuses anyone who has only been in technology since the advent of Windows 95! or the internet.

I miss my Note7!

Oh Samsung you trickster you!  You had me at ‘hello’ as soon as you started teasing me with all the whiz-bang options available on the Note7.  I was in love!  I do not fall in love with technology, but this one got me.

I watched all of the videos.  I read all of the specifications.  Then I used my son’s Note5 and I was done for!  With great anticipation, I pre-ordered this masterful piece of technology and waited for it to be delivered to my home.

I remember the day it arrived.  I couldn’t wait to unwrap that package and put in my new sim.  Yes, it was going to be an effort to move from that lame old LG piece of junk I have been using for the last year, but I was ready!  I had everything backed up.  Samsung includes a migration utility that makes switching my information from one device to another a piece of cake, as long as you are ready to do it.  I was ready to roll.

I spent my evening preparing to use this new marvel of technology and I was thrilled beyond belief at how easy the whole onboarding process was for me.  I had a job interview the very next day, so I was going all in on this little effort.

For the next couple of weeks, I spent my evenings exploring every nook and cranny of my amazing new telecommunications device.  This puppy was FAST!  I love responsive interfaces and configurable spaces.  It didn’t take long before I was thrilled with my new toy and we had become inseparable.

Then it happened!  The first ripples of the recall that would tear me away from my new best friend.   Ultimately, I found myself the owner of a Samsung S7.  Not a bad phone.  Much better than the aforementioned LG, and a whole bunch faster than the Samsung S4 I had reverted to when I had to surrender my beloved Note7.  I guess all is well that ends well and the bright side is I will be allowed on a plane again.



Indexing my thoughts…..

Something happened today that took me back to one of my earliest memories of social conditions.  A random connection was made to the Kent State Incident.  I was insulted.   In this day and age, of political correctness for everyone else, that no one was ‘sensitive’ enough to respect my generation’s experiences just galled me!

While working through my emotional response, I evaluated why this event was so alive in my memory.  For me, memories store deeper if I can attach a song or some musical reference.  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Ohio is perfect.  It is so easy to review the reports in my minds’ eye.  Instantly, I am transported back to that space and time.

Years later when I heard Joe Walsh, one of the things that caught my attention was the fact he attended Kent State.  This is my favorite Joe Walsh biography.

These 2 rather disparate factoids reflect the indices that live in my brain.