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  1. I skimmed through it, I think that I am more surprised than anything about the application of Microsoft Sway. It is not an everyday thing for me, not sure if its just because of the industry but I do not see it often used like this.
  2. Hey this is great to hear, I'm glad you communicated it like that. As a "bridge" to connect the people divided in technologies to choose from. Excited to see what giveaways you might be doing here.
  3. Where/who do I go to for more assignments? My role and team its kind of mundane to make Field Reports and After Action Reports. 

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      Enda Goodwin

      Been a while Admiral, everything okay? 

  4. I realized that some of these articles taken from that site don't really have a purpose outside of their paid system @Shawn4Japan
  5. The way I see it, as a transhumanist, most people simply haven't being doing enough to accelerate the arrival of vital technologies such as true artificial intelligence and biological immortality. They may have fulfilling lives, but their goals are, from my point of view , pathetic have a family get some wealth and die of aging. They escape the reality of death through the delusions that arise from the promises found in ancient religious texts. Do I care? Well I want to gain all possible information, I want unlimited resources, absolute security, immortality, in essence godhood. I wouldn't want to interfere with others lives, but I do not want them to interfere with my life, my acquisition of information and resources nor my use of resources(nor my living creations). The problem is that others intend to have me submit to their laws, that is fine as it pertains to my interactions with their society, but once I'm fully self sufficient these laws have no justification to govern me over my own domain... and once I've enough resources they won't be able to apply to me, and any attempt to apply them to me could result in severe consequences for the would be enforcers.
  6. 140 something articles, I guess I really am a forum person. 

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    Good luck.

  8. If you already have a resume, why is it important to have a professional bio? While a resume is an absolute essential, a bio complements it by giving a clearer picture of your background, expertise, personal brand, and who you are as a professional. Bios are used for networking, promotional materials, personal websites, and more. LHH recommends C-suite candidates, entrepreneurs, and consultants have a well-crafted professional biography. Biographies can be used for networking with people, introducing your business idea or giving background about your experience and expertise. It helps craft your professional brand. The Biography can not replace the resume. Your biography should: Be succinct – no longer than one page. Tell the story of your work history and accomplishments. Be written in 3rd person. Read on to learn how to structure and develop your professional bio. Bio Structure Contact information Name, Phone number, Email and LinkedIn URL; oftentimes a picture is included Headline Two to three words that define who you are professionally: Your brand. Three summary paragraphs: Paragraph 1: Work history or experience most relevant to your next endeavor This paragraph should summarize the parts of your background that are most relevant to your intended audience. It may or may not be your most recent experience – think of it as an opportunity to cherry pick the accomplishments and work experience you’re most proud of and relate to what you want to do next. Example: J. Harrington Burns was most recently Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Genworth Financial, a position he held for eight years. At Genworth, he directed all internal and external communications activities for this $400 million provider of financial services, a global business unit of Sun Life of Canada. Earlier in his career, Burns gained extensive experience in sales, marketing, and corporate communications with Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and in advertising and public relations with BBDO, J. Walter Thompson, and DDB/Needham. Paragraph 2: Relevant education and training In the second paragraph, summarize your relevant education and training. Example: Burns holds a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, and an M. B. A., with distinction, from New York University. He has completed additional studies at the New School, and Columbia and Cornell universities. He has lectured on strategic planning and corporate communications as part of N.Y.U.’s Urban Business Coalition Program, a pro bono outreach program for minority business owners. Paragraph 3: Professional associations, community involvement, and volunteer interests. The third paragraph summarizes your professional association and volunteer interests. Example: Burns is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Marketing Association and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He is past president of the IABC’s North Jersey Chapter. Harry has also served on the boards of the Bergen County (NJ) Chapter of the American Heart Association, the Northern New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium, and the New Jersey Botanical Garden. He is active with the Fordham Club of Northern New Jersey, and serves as a volunteer for WBGO, the Newark-based jazz, blues, and rhythm & blues public radio station. The best part about developing your bio is that you can use your resume as a starting point. Draw from that content to create a compelling narrative that tells the story you want to tell. While your resume is a great snapshot of your career and accomplishments, a strong professional bio will help fill in the gaps for your reader.
  9. If you’ve never worked with a financial planner, here are some ideas to set your expectations and give you a sense of the process. Set up a meeting and run the numbers for several scenarios, including what your finances might look like if you accept Social Security at the youngest possible age or wait until you are old enough to collect the maximum. In addition to your financial information, go to that meeting with a plan for your life. Your first consideration should be to ensure that you have enough income for day-to-day expenses. Then, you must consider the effects of inflation. Next, the impact of possible long-term medical care needs to be considered, both for you and your spouse or partner. Once a budget is developed, there is no better test than to try living on it for a couple of months to determine how the budget feels and performs in reality. Here are 10 tips to think about as you look for a financial planner. Decide what services you need: Do you want someone to analyze your assets and liabilities, determine what your monthly income will be when you retire, and prepare a household budget for you to live within those means? Are tax and estate planning your primary concerns? Do you have enough— and the right kinds of—insurance? Or are you most interested in ongoing investment planning and advice? Get referrals: Be cautious about using advisors who charge no fee; they live on commissions earned by selling financial products. Both the Institute of Certified Planners and the National Association of Financial Advisers can help you find a fee-only planner in your area. Some employers offer access to investment advisors as part of their benefits package. Otherwise, ask your accountant, family members, friends and co-workers for recommendations. Attend financial planning seminars: Whether offered by local nonprofit organizations or financial firms overtly seeking new clients, these free seminars typically provide useful planning information and allow you to size up the presenters as potential financial advisors. Most presenters are hoping to sell you something later, so you should determine exactly what that is before deciding to meet privately with them. Gather basic information about recommended advisors and their firms: Find out how many years of experience the advisor has and ask about licenses and/or professional accreditations. Is the firm an independent agency with truly objective advisors, or is it allied in any way with a larger organization involved in selling investment instruments? Interview your top choices: Set up in-person meetings with one or more advisors to see how comfortable you would feel having them handle your financial planning, on the basis of both professional capabilities and personal chemistry. Some questions to ask: How many individual clients do you have and what do you typically do for them? How are you compensated? On a fee basis or with commissions on what you buy and sell for me? Exactly what services will I receive for those fees or commissions? In what investment areas do you specialize? Where do you direct your clients for services outside those areas of expertise? Check references: After you have selected an advisor, ask for the names and phone numbers of three or four clients who would be willing to provide references. Then follow up with calls to find out what they perceive to be the advisor's strengths and weaknesses, if any. Communicate your expectations: While you may have described your needs during the first interview with your advisor, it is important that you clearly convey your short- and long-term goals and your personal tolerance for financial risk-taking as you go along. Inform your advisor of any major changes: Changes in income or marital status, the sale or purchase of a home and newly acquired dependents—from aging parents to returning children or grandchildren—are among the events your advisor needs to know about to maintain the viability of your financial plan. Organize your statements, confirmations and correspondence: Keeping all these papers and communications in one place makes it easy for you to keep track of your investments and make changes as necessary. Stay actively involved in the planning: Meet with your advisor at least once a year to review your investment plan and make sure it is on track with your goals. And trust your instincts to avoid investment recommendations you do not understand or are uncomfortable about; it's your money at stake.
  10. At LHH, we know that to land a job faster, looking in a similar industry, field and function is easier. Your previous experience, reputation and network is what companies use to determine if you could be a good fit for them. Branding resources, such as your LinkedIn profile and your resume capture your previous experiences, and not so much your transferable skills. That is where your work needs to begin. Changing Careers is a big decision and one that requires more time. Conduct research on the Job market, functions, job & industry trends. Research: Industry & Market Research Resources OR Research Tools on CRN Use your Network to find out what your next career move. Preface your discussion with: “I am exploring options at this time.” And Listen. Engaging Your Network Identify roles you would like to do in this next chapter of your career. Look at the skills required to perform these roles. Highlight your transferable skills. Transferable Skills OR Research: Sector or Jobs Research Resources Upskill and reskill for your career change using LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly. Attend Career advice webinars and Events hosted by LHH’s Career Experts. Write a resume optimized to highlight your transferable skills and to showcase your abilities and strengths in a convincing way for the new role. Essential Resumes OR Customizing Your Resumes Get your resume and LinkedIn profile reviewed by our Branding Specialists. They will make your resume ATS friendly. Essential Resumes OR LinkedIn Session 2 Post a Resume on LHH’s Digital talent exchange. LHH wants to connect you to roles that fit! Your data is private here. Upload Your Resume! Build a Marketing Plan. Have a list of 30-40 target employers. Validate that list in networking conversations. Ask for referrals. Marketing Plan and Productivity Research salary ranges and establish your salary range expected for your next role. Research: Salary Research Resources Follow your target companies on social media. Visit your target companies’ direct websites for open roles, apply directly, with an internal referral. Know the salary range (based on research). Social Networking Optimize your resume/LI profile with www.Jobscan.co to match the role you are applying for. The job search system is broken and great applicants are slipping through the cracks. Resume Essentials, LinkedIn Session 2 Attend Networking meetings, using your Positioning/Branding statement (30 second elevator speech) and be clear and confident in the skills and expertise you bring to the table. Communication Strategies OR Engaging Your Network Work with recruiters when you have a clear brand and marketing plan. Work with Search Firms Activate Ella; job search through Ella and JobScout to ensure your privacy. Understand how your data is monetized. If you’re not paying for an app or service, a company is likely monetizing your usage in some other way (job boards in particular) — likely through the data it’s collecting about you. You are a target now! (Consider adding Ella Onboarding Notes initiative) Practice your Interviewing skills. Interview Center OR Interview Essentials Negotiate an offer. Cultivate or Negotiate Offers Be successful as a new candidate in a new role. Assimilating OR First 100 Days
  11. Consider Your Skills, Workstyle and Lifestyle. Understand that becoming your own boss can be very appealing but make sure you have what it takes to be successful. Review each entrepreneurial path to determine which one is right for you. Becoming a Consultant – Buying a Business or Franchise – or Starting a Business. Identify your motivations and skills. Then examine how workstyle and lifestyle changes will affect you and your family. Becoming a Consultant -Step 1: Consider Your Skills, Workstyle and Lifestyle; Buying a Business or Franchise: Step 1: Consider Your Motivations and Skills; Starting a Business- Step 1: Explore Your Motivations and Skills Define your ideal business and begin testing it. Becoming a Consultant - Step 4: Define Your Business; Buying a Business or Franchise – Step 2: Explore Franchising and Define Your Ideal Business; and Starting a Business: Step 2: Define and Test Your Business Idea Generate a list of potential business advisors willing to share their expertise and experience to aid your business’s success. Becoming a Consultant - Step 3: Create your board of advisors; Buying a Business or Franchise – Step 3: Create Your Board of Advisors; and Starting a Business: Step 3: Creating Your Board of Advisors Research the marketplace to identify and analyze your competition. This will help you choose your market niche. Becoming a Consultant – Step 5: Research the Marketplace and/or Step 6: Search Out the Competition; Starting a Business – Step: 5: Choose Your Market Niche OR Starting a Business - Step 7: Analyze the Competition Once you select businesses to buy or franchises to pursue, secure and evaluate disclosure documents to assess the business’s current state and future potential. Buying a Business or Franchise – Step 6: Begin Due Diligence, Secure and Evaluate Disclosure Documents Take stock of your personal finances and estimate the capital needs and identify possible resources as needed. Buying a Business or Franchise - Step 4: Investigate Financing; Starting a Business – Step 4: Investigate Financing Set your fees or establish the price for the business. Becoming a Consultant – Step 7: Set the Fees; Buying a Business or Franchise – Step 9: Price the Business Draft a business plan that provides the needed level of detail. Becoming a Consultant – Step 9: Develop Your Business Plan; Buying a Business or Franchise – Step 11: Write a Business Plan; Starting a Business – Step 9: Complete Your Business Plan Once you complete your due diligence and you’re decided to buy, make an offer and close the deal. Buying a Business or Franchise – Step 15: Buy the Franchise Consultants determine and set-up the needed business systems and processes to ensure a well-run operation. Becoming a Consultant - Step 9: Establish Business Systems and Processes Before launching your business, consider the critical actions that needed to be taken to successfully launch and operate your business. Starting a Business – Step 10: Prepare a Detailed Implementation Schedule Consider the business image and brand that will help penetrate the marketplace. And always have a bio that showcases your capabilities and achievements. Becoming a Consultant – Step 10: Market and Sell Your Services Define employee roles before hiring and acquire needed equipment and resources that will optimize business performance. Starting a Business – Step 11: Commit Your Resources Map out your marketing strategy and plan to successfully promote your business venture. Starting a Business – Step 12: Launch a Business Upskill and reskill using LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly. Attend Career advice webinars and Events hosted by LHH’s Career Experts.
  12. As an independent worker, your product is your brand. You need to market yourself and your work to find that next gig. Create a Communication Strategy including a Positioning/Branding Statement: a headline, a 30 second elevator speech & a 2 minute branding statement, an Exit Statement and 20-30 Accomplishment stories. Communications Strategies Write a Resume that includes all your experience. You will tailor that resume to the roles you are applying to later. Make sure to include all your technical skills. Resume Essentials Post a Resume on LHH’s Digital talent exchange. LHH wants to connect you to roles that fit! Your data is private here. Upload Your Resume! Get your resume and LinkedIn profile reviewed by our Branding Specialists. They will make your resume ATS friendly. Resume Essentials or LinkedIn Session 2 Work with recruiters when you have a clear brand. Yoss is an LHH Partner that helps you land your next gig opportunity. Working with Search Firms Upskill and reskill using LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly. Attend Career advice webinars and Events hosted by LHH’s Career Experts. Attend Networking events using your brand and marketing your skills and expertise. Engage Your Network OR Effective Networking Research salary ranges and establish your salary range expected for your next role. Research: Salary Research Resources Activate Ella; job search through Ella and JobScout to ensure your privacy. Understand how your data is monetized. If you’re not paying for an app or service, a company is likely monetizing your usage in some other way (job boards in particular) — likely through the data it’s collecting about you. You are a target now! (Consider adding Ella Onboarding Notes) Optimize your resume/LI profile with www.Jobscan.co to match the roles you are applying for. The job search system is broken and great applicants are slipping through the cracks. LinkedIn Session 2 OR Resume Essentials Practice your Interviewing skills. Interview Center Be successful as a new candidate in a new role. Networking within the organization you are working for and with external clients, vendors, distributors, anyone who can see your work and the value you bring to the table. The more people notice you and your brand, the better your chances are of being asked for more work, getting an extension of your contract or even being offered a full-time opportunity if you’d like one. Maintaining Your Career Momentum
  13. You’ve decided that retirement is right for you, so what’s next? Use the road map provided to explore what retirement means to you, explore the possibilities, then create and execute a plan to ensure your success. Think about all the possibilities for this phase of life. Consider the relationship you want with work. Possibilities: Explore Your Possibilities Explore the non-financial rewards and motivators that have been important to you throughout your career and life. These may have implications during retirement. Priorities: Explore Life's Personal Rewards Create a vision of your ideal life using the Six Domains of Life. Set aside practical constraints to define what you really want for yourself and others close to you in this next phase. Priorities: Envision the Next Phase Reflect on your interests, values, capabilities, priorities, obligations and desires to create a couple tentative plans. Include practical considerations and the interests of those important to you. How much of your vision you can make real - and how soon? Priorities: Consider Your Options Take a quick look at the resources you will need to bring your vision to reality. Consider money, health, relationships, friendships and other resources that you might need to succeed. What resources do you have? What’s needed and how will you obtain them? Priorities: Examine Your Resources Set short and long-term goals with specific steps you can take to achieve them. Remember to anticipate possible barriers and brainstorm possible solutions to ensure your progress in achieving your plan. Plan: Create and Implement Your Plan Learn using LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly. Attend Career advice webinars and Events hosted by LHH’s Career Experts.
  14. Plan your time. Be proactive and spend 30-35 hours per week on transitional activities: Research, Reskill and Upskill, Professional branding, Communication strategy. Make 3-5 new contacts per week: Networking. Be confident in your interactions and look forward; don’t dwell on what just happened. Focus on what will happen next. Post a Resume on LHH’s Digital talent exchange. LHH wants to connect you to roles that fit! Your data is private here. Upload your resume today. Create a Communication Strategy including a Positioning/Branding Statement: a headline, a 30 second elevator speech & a 2 minute branding statement, an Exit Statement and 20-30 Accomplishment stories. Communications Strategies Get your resume and LinkedIn profile reviewed by our Branding Specialists. They will make your resume ATS friendly. Resume Essentials Build a Marketing Plan. Generate a list of 30-40 target employers for your preferred industries. Validate that list in networking conversations. Ask for referrals. Research: Industry & Market Research Resources OR Marketing Plan and Productivity Research salary ranges and establish your salary range expected for your next role. Research: Salary Research Resources Follow your target companies on social media. Visit your target companies’ direct websites for open roles, apply directly, with an internal referral. Know the salary range (based on research). Social Networking Optimize your resume/LI profile with www.Jobscan.co to match the role you are applying for. The job search system is broken and great applicants are slipping through the cracks. Resume Essentials and/or LinkedIn Session 2 Attend Networking meetings, using your Positioning/Branding statement (30 second elevator speech) and be clear and confident in the skills and expertise you bring to the table. Personal Branding Reskill and Upskill with online education through LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly. Attend Career advice webinars and Events hosted by LHH’s Career Experts. Work with recruiters when you have a clear brand and marketing plan. Working with Search Firms Activate Ella; job search through Ella and JobScout to ensure your privacy. Understand how your data is monetized on other job boards. If you’re not paying for an app or service, a company is likely monetizing your usage in some other way (job boards in particular) — likely through the data it’s collecting about you. You are a target now! Ella OR Safe Job Searching OR Job Boards Practice your Interviewing skills. Interview Center Negotiate an offer. Cultivate & Negotiate Offers Be successful as a new candidate in a new role. Assimilating OR First 100 Days
  15. At LHH, we know that to land a job faster, looking in a similar industry, field and function is easier. Your previous experience, reputation and network is what companies use to determine if you could be a good fit for them. Branding resources, such as your LinkedIn profile and your resume capture your previous experiences, and not so much your transferable skills. That is where your work needs to begin. Reskilling and Upskilling for changing careers is a big decision and one that requires more time. Conduct research on the Job market, functions, job & industry trends. Research: Industry & Market Research Resources OR Research Tools on CRN Upskill and reskill for your career change using LinkedIn Learning and General Assembly. Attend Career advice webinars and Events hosted by LHH’s Career Experts. Use your Network to share information about your new skills, the education you are pursuing. Preface your discussion with: “I have always wanted to get more familiar with…and I am now taking the time to do that for my professional growth.” Listen. Engaging Your Network Identify roles you would like to do in this next chapter of your career. Look at the skills required to perform these roles. Highlight your transferable skills. Transferable Skills OR Research: Sector or Jobs Research Resources In classes, make sure to connect with educators or people in the field to learn more. Effective Networking Write a resume optimized to highlight your transferable skills and to showcase your abilities and strengths in a convincing way for the new role. Essential Resumes OR Customizing Your Resumes Get your resume and LinkedIn profile reviewed by our Branding Specialists. They will make your resume ATS friendly. Essential Resumes OR LinkedIn 2 Post a Resume on LHH’s Digital talent exchange. LHH wants to connect you to roles that fit! Your data is private here. Upload Your Resume! Build a Marketing Plan. Have a list of 30-40 target employers. Validate that list in networking conversations. Ask for referrals. Marketing Plan and Productivity Research salary ranges and establish your salary range expected for your next role. Research: Salary Research Resources Follow your target companies on social media. Visit your target companies’ direct websites for open roles, apply directly, with an internal referral. Know the salary range (based on research). Social Networking Optimize your resume/LI profile with www.Jobscan.co to match the role you are applying for. The job search system is broken and great applicants are slipping through the cracks. Resume Essentials, LinkedIn Session 2 Attend Networking meetings, using your Positioning/Branding statement (30 second elevator speech) and be clear and confident in the skills and expertise you bring to the table. Communication Strategies OR Engaging Your Network Work with recruiters when you have a clear brand and marketing plan. Work with Search Firms Activate Ella; job search through Ella and JobScout to ensure your privacy. Understand how your data is monetized. If you’re not paying for an app or service, a company is likely monetizing your usage in some other way (job boards in particular) — likely through the data it’s collecting about you. You are a target now! (Consider adding Ella Onboarding Notes initiative) Practice your Interviewing skills. Interview Center OR Interview Essentials Negotiate an offer. Cultivate or Negotiate Offers Be successful as a new candidate in a new role. Assimilating OR First 100 Days
  16. Employment visas may be required by an employer if you are not a citizen of the Country you want to work in. You need to apply the same rigor to your research about work visas and immigration law in the Country you want to work in. Check out MyVisaJobs.com for their Searchable Visa Sponsor Database. H1B Visa Information On an H1-B visa, U.S. employers can hire foreign professional employees who have at least a four-year college degree (or the equivalent), and will work in a position requiring a college degree. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) is authorized to issue 85,000 H1-B work visas each year, and each year U.S. employers use all available H1-Bs. The USCIS has a H1-B Employer Data Hub. An H1-B visa is valid initially for up to three years and can be extended an additional three years for a total of six years, regardless of the number of employers during that time. Extensions beyond six years are available in limited circumstances. Wikipedia H-1B visa Page - this free Internet resource gives a great overview of the H-1B visa process and many useful links to information and resources. U.S. Visa and Immigration Information United States Visas Information - this site from the US Government gives details on the process for visa application for visitors, students or immigrants. FindLaw.org - an overview of US immigration and visa law from this reputable legal information site. General International Visa Information CanadaWorkPermit.com - information for those wishing to obtain work permits for Canada. Register to participate in their free forums or apply for a free assessment of your eligibility to obtain a temporary work visa. Working in the UK as an International Student- information for international students wanting to work while studying in the UK. Provided by The British Council. Law and Governmental Resources Directory - from Hieros Gamos. Find governmental immigration and consulate websites for hundreds of countries. Also check out their Immigration Law page which has more detailed information on supra-national organizations like the EEU and also direct links for several countries. International Labour Standards - provided by the International Labour Organization (ILO), this site contains two searchable databases, ILOLEX and NATLEX, with information on international labor standards and national labor laws. Available in English, Spanish, and French.
  17. Working from home may seem like a dream come true – while it does require a lot of discipline, it also eliminates a commute, offers flexibility, and could be a great option for some candidates. Remote jobs or work-from-home opportunities do exist, but use caution when looking for them. Unfortunately, scams in this area are rampant, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Finding roles that are opening advertised as remote or virtual can be difficult. Many companies may not be forthcoming with this information because the role may involve travel, location changes based on the needs of the organization, or changes to the role when leadership changes. Many job postings will list remote positions by including the words "remote" or "virtual" in the title of the job listing. Use 'remote or virtual' in front of the job title you are seeking. Also, add it as a key word in the job searches you set up. A company's Applicant Tracking System, ATS, is not 'set up' to recognize a position as completely remote or virtual. The ATS forces the posting to include a geography as a set location, so many times, the posting will include a geography, but the words 'Virtual or Remote' will be embedded in the language of the posting. When you find a remote or virtual role, apply to it directly on the company’s website and attempt to find a networking contact within the organization to confirm that the position truly is a virtual role. For advice on working from home, take a look at the following: How to Land a Remote Job This Weekend, by Ryan Robinson 40+ Companies Share Their Secrets to Remote Work Success, by Sean Falconer 7 Companies That Let Your Work from Home, The Muse Remote Companies Q&A For remote opportunity job postings, see: Flexjobs Angel List HubStaffTalent Pangian Remote.com Remote.co We Work Remotely UpWork Nexxt Virtual Vocations Article from FlexJobs Blog
  18. Your positioning/branding statement is the response to: “Tell me about yourself.” You’ll use it in conversations throughout your search – including networking meetings, emails, phone calls, and of course, interviews. Your positioning statement contains four basic elements: Profession: State your professional identity in the present tense. “I am a marketing executive.” Expertise: State the competencies and skills that qualify you for that kind of work. Types of organizations: Summarize the environments or organizations in which you have worked, such as a Fortune 100 company, small consulting firm, not-for-profit organization. You might also mention other types of activities, such as teaching, participation on boards, or other leadership roles. Unique strengths: Articulate the qualities that help you stand out from others in your field, such as exceptional problem-solving skills, unique technical knowledge, or specialties. An example of a good positioning statement is: "I am an information systems specialist focusing on the application of technology to business functions in the area of marketing, sales, manufacturing, logistics, and accounting. I have worked with a Fortune 500 firm as well as a small entrepreneurial business. I am now serving as an adjunct professor at Oxbridge College. My strengths include data administration, strategic planning, data warehousing, and relational database design, development and implementation." Now you can craft a brief statement that conveys your professional objective, key qualifications, and uniqueness for use in conversations. Practice it aloud, so you’re ready to use it whenever you want to.
  19. There are a number of methods available for obtaining the career information you need to make good career choices. Libraries and the Internet are usually a good starting point. But it's important to move beyond them to real-time conversations with knowledgeable people. Networking is an essential intelligence-gathering activity: Talk to personal contacts. Identify friends and colleagues who might have knowledge of your skills and of the kind of work you've been doing. Ask about other professions in which they see you working in the future. Talk to contacts in your industry. Select two or three professional contacts inside your industry. Ask them what they believe the market is like for people who do what you do. Ask them to help you assess how up-to-date you are in your own skills. Talk with them about their views on the long-term viability of your profession. Ask them to help you understand what opportunities might exist for people with your skills at both larger and smaller organizations than the one you've just come from. Ask about other professions in which they see you working in the future. Talk to contacts in other industries. Locate two or three professional contacts outside your industry. Ask how the work you've been doing is performed in their industry. Ask about the skills and backgrounds of people who perform that kind of work in their industry. Ask them to help you assess the impact that technology has had (or will have) on your profession. Ask about other professions in which they see you working in the future. Explore possible new professions. Ask your personal and professional contacts to introduce you to people who are currently in a new profession that you might be considering. Ask those people about the state of their profession, how it is changing, how technology is impacting it. Talk to them about the "barriers to entry" and what would be required for you to "get from here to there." Talk to them about the everyday experience of their work. Ask them to help you assess what roadblocks you might face in making the transition and what you might be surprised to learn once you got there. Use professional associations. Contact the association that focuses on your profession or the profession you're considering. Ask them what kinds of materials they publish. Many do annual "state-of-the-profession" surveys, which can be extremely valuable to job seekers who are trying to get conversant in the challenges facing their own profession, or to learn about a new profession. Networking to obtain salary information Using your network is a good way to obtain salary information. Here are four thought-starters. Identify friends and colleagues who might have knowledge of the kind of job you're targeting. Ask them what they believe the market can bear for a particular job. People may be uncomfortable talking about you personally. Instead, describe the job you're considering and the skills it requires. Ask them if they've ever used an online salary calculator that they thought was fairly accurate - if so, which one? Ask your professional contacts what they believe the market can bear for a particular job. Ask them what sources of salary information or benchmarks they use to determine fair range when they have a need to fill a position. Ask your professional contacts how salaries in a particular industry or at a specific company compare to the norm. Gather intelligence from your contacts about overall compensation-not just salary patterns-in your target industry or company. This kind of information will help you formulate your negotiation strategy later on. Contact the professional or industry association whose members have the kind of job you are targeting (it may not be the one to which you currently belong). Ask them if they publish a salary survey. If they don't, ask them who does. This technique yields results almost every time!
  20. Completing a Career Alternatives Chart helps you explore options and possibilities. It also helps you see how to transfer skills into other functions or industries. By identifying what you want and do not want in the way of functions or tasks (your professional objective), field or industries (your target market) and other factors (work environments and logistics related to work), you can define short-term and long-term career goals. The job responsibilities and tasks you have performed in the past are not necessarily the best ones for you in the future. A job should make use of your best skills, but you should also consider other important factors, including your values, interests and preferences. The following example illustrates how one person explored his options. The job Howard ended up taking is not one he would have considered initially. By exploring his options he became more aware of the opportunities available to him. Read the following case study and then look at his Career Alternatives Chart. Case Study: Howard For the last 20 years of his career at a leading computer hardware company, Howard steadily worked his way up the corporate ladder, earning an MBA in marketing along the way. In his last position as a Regional Vice President, he was responsible for one of the largest and most profitable units. Running his unit as a small company, Howard enjoyed the autonomy and the diversity of his responsibilities. He considered himself a hands-on manager, capable of wearing many hats, and prided himself on his ability to motivate and challenge employees to achieve and excel. When it was announced that the company had been acquired by another firm in a different location, Howard was faced with the decision of whether to move his family or stay in his current location. A community leader, active in many civic and charitable groups, Howard decided not to relocate, accepted the separation package and turned to the task of finding another position. He had enjoyed a successful career, but was uncertain about which direction to take. Combining his management and marketing experience and expertise with his desire to stay involved in community activities, Howard accepted a position as chairman of a large charitable organization headquartered in his hometown. Howard's Career Alternatives Chart Professional Objective Do not want Might want Want Job functions or tasks What kind of work do I want to do? Heavy sales Financial responsibilities Consulting Managing Supervising people Marketing To run the show Target Market Do not want Might want Want Field or industries Where do I want to work? Automotive industry Insurance company Mega Company Computer industry Non profit Own business Small-to-medium-sized company Other Requirements Do not want Might want Want Work environment Logistics relating to work? Relocating Excessive travel Moderate travel Make a difference Remain in current location Challenge Time for outside activities Explore your options and possibilities by mapping out your career alternatives using our Career Alternatives Chart template.
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  22. Missed Step 6 Sorry* Consulting (Step 6): Search out the Competition Goal: Identify at least three competitors, know how they compete, and know how you can compete against them. Knowing your competition is just as important for successful consultants as it is for large global corporations or for local mom-and-pop retail establishments. You need to find out about your competitors and what they are selling, particularly to the target market and prospect organizations you have identified. Who are your competitors? Are you in competition with large consulting firms, sole practitioners or both? Are they local, regional, national, or global? Are they specialized in single areas of expertise, or do they offer multiple lines of service? What implications does this knowledge have for you? Study competitive information, such as their publications, promotional brochures and websites. Some of the same sources you used to research companies and people in Milestone 5 may be useful here. Search out information from your competitors’ current and past clients, and your own personal contacts. Your board of advisors and networking contacts may be helpful — use them. Identify and analyze at least three competitors in your areas of expertise. Evaluate the services they offer and their marketing strategies and tactics. Try to find out how much market share they have, especially with the target organizations you have identified. From your clients’ perspective, consider how you compare to your competition. Do you stack up favorably or unfavorably? Why? What is the reputation of the three competitors you’ve identified? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How does this suggest you should position your practice? How do you differentiate your services? How do you propose to win market share? What can you do for your clients that’s different or better than what your competitors are doing? If necessary, refine your business definition and unique selling proposition based on the information you have acquired from this research. Don’t be afraid to return to Milestone 4 if you need to. Questions to ask What is my competition offering? How are they positioning their services? What is their sales proposition? How do they price their services? How well established are they with their clients? What are my strengths and weaknesses in comparison? What is my USP in relation to competition? How do I differentiate my capabilities versus theirs? Is my USP an effective competitive tool? If I were the buyer, from whom would I buy? Is there room in the marketplace for additional competition? Additional resources Books Competitive Intelligence: How to Gather, Analyze, and Use Information to Move Your Business to the Top, Larry Kahaner, 1998
  23. What is the gig economy? Side hustle, freelance, contract work … there are lots of names for it. Gig work is usually short term in nature and allows flexibility, independence, and the possibility of working on a variety of different projects. The term “gig economy” became mainstream during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. As many workers found themselves out of a job, they were forced to be creative or find supplemental work that offered them an income and flexibility – to either work a fulltime job, multiple freelance jobs, go back to school, etc. Today, gig workers make up a significant percentage of the workforce and run the gamut of the career spectrum – from truck drivers to executive consultants to advertising executives, to artists – you name it, and there’s likely a freelance opportunity. Employers continue to turn to this model to keep their costs lower while maintaining a scalable workforce. Is the gig economy right for you? There are a number of benefits to being a member of the gig economy. You serve as your own boss, pick and choose your projects, and may not have to leave home to earn an income. You might be thinking: sign me up! Before you decide to go freelance, there is a lot to consider. As a freelancer, you’re creating your own company with a purpose, a vision, a mission, and goals. It’s up to you – and only you – to get results. You’ll need to: Be disciplined. While not having a boss may be a plus, you’re the one on the hook to manage your time, meet your deadlines, and be productive. Establishing a routine and holding yourself accountable is key. Carve out some space. You may not have to commute to the office, but you still need someplace to get work done. Whether it’s an office with a door or an area of a room dedicated to your work, set up space where you can be productive and get into a work mindset. Manage your money. Freelance gigs offer inconsistent income and rarely come with benefits of a full-time position. You’ll have to plan for slow months, health insurance, supplemental insurance, and tax season. And don’t forget to account for vacations and sick time – in the freelance world, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid! Prepare for uncertainty. Being an independent contractor can be a roller coaster. At times you might find yourself so busy that you’re turning away work, and other times there may be lulls that have you wondering if you’ll ever get another project. You’ll have to be able to stomach the downtimes, and always be looking for the next gig. Keep your skills sharp. As with any profession, staying on top of industry trends, continuing to educate yourself and building your skills is paramount to differentiating yourself in the marketplace. Market yourself. Make it known what you do and what type of work you’re looking for. Join professional sites, update social media profiles, consider creating a personal website that includes an About Me page and samples of your work, if applicable. Consistently maintaining your online presence and adding project details as you complete them will show you’re actively working and staying relevant in the professional space. Network, network, network. Did someone say network? Building and maintaining a network is important in any career development scenario, but in the freelance world, who you know really matters. Not only will you be able to get leads on potential opportunities, but as you build relationships with various hiring managers and they have a good experience working with you, it’s likely you’ll be top-of-mind when the next opportunity comes up. And beyond that, they may send other hiring managers your way, helping you build your client base. It takes a lot to succeed as an independent contractor, and to many, the independence and flexibility are worth the tradeoff. To learn more about your options: The Gig Life: a great resource for helpful tips, inspiration, and community. How to Get a Remote Job This Weekend, by Ryan Robinson. 40+ Companies Share Their Secrets to Remote Work Success by Sean Falconer Thriving in the Gig Economy by Gianpiero Petriglieri, Susan J. Ashford, and Amy Wresniewski Freelance work – check out the resources on remote work. Contract work – Check out Adecco Connections resources and the Working with Search Firms webinar. YOSS (“Your Own Boss”) is a trusted premier online freelance marketplace that connects highly-skilled tech talent with rewarding projects from top-tier employers in the US (from Fortune 50 companies to fast-growing startups. Becoming a Consultant: To explore action items related to this career path, change your roadmap to Entrepreneurship.
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