Archive for the 'creativity' Category

Dec 01 2014

Employers Recognizing Abilities

It was with great admiration and respect that I recently witnessed a number of instances of employers recognizing the abilities of their employees with disabilities.  In my lengthy experience, I have too frequently seen workers with disabilities placed in positions far away from public view.  But on this excursion through the Northeastern US, I witnessed [...]

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Nov 17 2014

Hope For Tomorrow

Recently I attended a number of events populated mostly with people substantially younger than myself.  Among the many things I gleaned from these experiences is that there is hope for tomorrow.  The energy, exuberance and enthusiasm of today’s young people is intoxicating and I always find being around them a great learning experience.  They are [...]

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Sep 15 2014

Tech Chasm

One of the topics I think needs more coverage and more solutions, is the shortage of women and minorities in tech jobs.  If you look at a graph of people who hold tech jobs, women and minorities are represented in the valleys and white males represent the highest peaks, hence we have a tech chasm. [...]

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Jun 03 2013

Hold On To Your Dreams

Did you hold on to your dreams?  Do you recall when you were young and all the adults around you would ask what you wanted to be when you grew up?  Did you chase those dreams into a real vocation?  Did those dreams change over time?  Did youthful exuberance borne of naiveté give way to [...]

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Feb 11 2013

Resumes: Used And Abused!

Published byHank under Communication, creativity, resumes

Ah, the resume.  The most used and abused document in one’s job search arsenal.  I’ve seen great resumes, and I’ve seen really poor ones.  You can have the best skills, and the most extensive work experience, regardless of your industry, but if the written content of your resume is not organized and presented properly it [...]

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Oct 29 2012

The Artists Way

Published byHank under art, creativity

Making a living from an artistic endeavor these days is a tough road, and it takes – among other things – a good deal of fortitude to make it a sustainable endeavor.  I’ve had the opportunity to attend a number of art fairs and shows in several different cities over the past few months.  Speaking [...]

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Jul 09 2012

Sacrifice And Compassion

There are times in your life that necessitate that sacrifices are made. The small act may not seem like a big deal at the time, especially if the right sacrifices is made, and is done with our hearts so we can demonstrate our compassion, our understanding and patience.  Things like giving up your seat on [...]

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May 28 2012

Being An ENABLER Can Be A Good Thing

These days, when we hear the word “enabler” there is a negative connotation implied because too frequently it is used as a psychology term. Unfortunately, Enabler isn’t generally associated with all the positive traits exhibited by those who try to bring out the best in others. Too bad!  Because among us are those rare, special [...]

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Feb 06 2012

The More Things Change …

You’ve probably heard the expression, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”  Well, when it comes to job search, and the self-promotion required to successfully obtain work, we’ve seen a tremendous evolution in the ways we apply for employment.  Newspaper classifieds have given way to the online job boards, industry-specific sites and [...]

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Nov 28 2011

A Little Goes A Long Way

Now that you’ve made it through the Thanksgiving Weekend with or without a tryptophan induced hangover, and with or without bruises from the Black Friday melee, maybe you’re at work not quite feeling the gratitude the holiday name suggests. Understandable!  Due to our sustained economic doldrums, many employers are cutting down on office celebrations, bonuses, [...]

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Oct 31 2011

Deliberately Insecure

In the previous blog entry I tried to illustrate the diversity of unseen and unsung talent required to put on a live production.  Many of the people who work in these positions are freelancers and independent contractors, as opposed to regular employees, who know a thing or two about looking for work and self promotion.  [...]

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Oct 17 2011

Unsung – Unseen!

Published byHank under collaboration, creativity, teamwork

Like many people, I enjoy going to theater performances, concerts, festivals, and other live-entertainment events, and I’m lucky enough to attend a variety of shows throughout the year.  There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into the production and presentation of every performance, from some very talented behind-the-scenes, unsung and unseen heroes, who rarely [...]

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Sep 05 2011

A New Look at OJT

Happy Labor Day to all!  Here it is September again, the year is ¾’s over and students are returning to their classrooms.  While colleges and universities struggle to maintain standards because of their rising costs, curricula continue to evolve.  Instruction of business and entrepreneurial coursework is on the rise, and many programs are focusing on [...]

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Jan 24 2011

Art For Jobs Sake!

In the world of job search and career development, we tend to focus mostly on those who are actively looking for full or part time employment, or regular, preferably long term contract or freelance work. Jobs with regular hours, in offices, in the sciences, in technology, in public media, in public and social services, etc.   [...]

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Nov 29 2010

Transitions

Statistics from the US Department of Labor indicate that those entering the workforce now will likely change careers at least five times in the course of their working lives.  Not just change jobs, but change careers. Some will discover that they are not cut out for the careers they planned, or they have burned out [...]

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Oct 18 2010

Inspiration

Published byHank under Clarity, creativity

Searching for a job isn’t easy! Whether you are looking to work for someone else, or trying to generate work for yourself, frequently it can be downright boring! What happens to your motivation, focus and inspiration when you’ve been out of work for a while, feeling a little defeated and even a bit depressed?  Your [...]

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Mar 08 2010

Risk VS Reward

Published byHank under attitude, creativity, teamwork

You’ve been on the job for a while, and from your current position you don’t see much promise for the future. You like the company you work for, and the work you do, but aren’t feeling confident about your prospects for the career growth and advancement you thought were possible when you first applied for [...]

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Dec 14 2009

The Smart Season

With the Winter Holiday Season upon us, occupying our thoughts, hearts and lives, I wanted to take a moment or two to encourage those who are out of work to keep looking and keep trying!
“But who the heck is hiring, this time of year,” you ask?
Maybe not as many employers are hiring right now as [...]

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Apr 06 2009

Resume Customization

One of the questions I get asked most often is: “Do I need to customize my resume for each job that I apply for?”
Unless you are applying for only one specific kind of job with little variance to the functions you want to perform (and even then so), the answer is Yes, you do need [...]

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Feb 23 2009

Go Your Own Way

In school, were you the one who always had a better/different way of doing things?  When the teacher was explaining that 2 + 2 = 4, were you the one who said the same result could be achieved by adding 3 +1?  Or by subtracting 1 from 5?
If you’re still looking at things a bit [...]

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