hittingthesweetspot by Bob Skelley

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Tag: Employment

Experienced workers like Pentium 4’s still get job done

Don’t be aghast. That was just a headline. Overreact much? Get offended easily? Don’t. Relax and read the story…

Sure, I’m one of those guys. I like to tinker with old computers. Who doesn’t? Well, mostly people who don’t have the time to.

In this case, I had an HP rp5000 POS system (not piece of sh*%#t, but point of sale) that a good friend installed Linux Mint on and bequeathed to me.

I haven’t had much occasion to use it, but since my Windows 10 and Mac boxes have not been behaving well lately, I decided to expand my Linux arsenal.

My daily driver is an external IDE hard drive running Ubuntu Mate attached to an HP Compaq desktop with Core 2 Duo Intel processor. The desktop computer has 4 GB of RAM. The IDE drive is enclosed in a Rosewill case.

One of the cool things about this setup is that it wakes from sleep instantly.

Yes, I mean instantly.

I either shake the mouse or press the space bar on the keyboard and it immediately prompts me for the password to transport me to the desktop for instant access to my applications. I’m on the web in seconds–just like my Chromebook.

This is a system–Ubuntu Mate, running off a USB external hard drive hooked up to a desktop computer. It’s faster than both the Core 2 Duo Windows 10 desktop with 4 GB of ram as well as the 21.5″ iMac Intel Core i5 with 8GB of ram running macOS High Sierra that we have under our roof.

But, while Ubuntu Mate can do no wrong on my unconventional setup in my eyes, I wanted to try writing a post on my newly updated Linux Mint rig.

It features 1 GB of ram and a 120 GB IDE hard drive.

You have to be a certain age to remember IDE drives. These were standard back in the day. Now, SSD are all the rage and rightfully so. But, people are either discarding their old computers or they are collecting dust in closets or store rooms–and unnecessarily so.

Linux is the answer to the question that is, “What do I do with something like a Pentium 4?”

Well, you can either put Ubuntu Mate on it of course, or you can try and run Linux Mint.

Mint is awesome as is Mate. The Pentium 4 processor combined with only 1 GB of ram was my concern.

Sure, in theory and in base system requirements, Mint will run on the Pentium 4. I suspect Mate would run better, though.

With vintage computers, you have to consider the time for installs of this kind to begin with, too.

If you are rushed for time, then projects such as this are really not best initiated.

In the case of my Pentium 4, I already had Linux Mint running. It just hadn’t been updated or even used for quite some time. I wanted to try it to see if it was practical for even something as rudimentary as blogging.

Well, Pentium 4’s can run hot. They always were capable of higher temperatures. But this is a 2 GHz processor. The machine originally ran Windows XP which is nothing but a security liability these days (although it was a rapid performer on a box of these specifications back in the day).

The short answer is that I’m typing fine. I’m navigating fine. And performance is on a par with both Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra for these tasks.

It is not as fast as Ubuntu Mate on the Core 2 Duo, 1.86 GHz Intel processor with 4 GB ram. The hardware is not as capable with only the Pentium 4 2 GHz processor and 1 GB of ram.

That said, it’s getting the job done as I round the turn on the final 1/4 mile of this post.

I get hot running on days when it’s hot outside. I wear less so I don’t get as hot. I cleared off the text book on the top of the side vents of the P4 so it could breathe easier and it’s not letting me down.

I think seniors tend to be discounted like old computers but they shouldn’t. Seniors just need to figure out a way to repurpose themselves in order to remain viable and productive.

They also need a helping hand from hiring chiefs.

Machines are not human beings. Machines are usurped by more powerful machines. Human beings do not similarly scale; they evolve, adapt and realize different missions as they age.

The experience factor plays into how large a role humans assume as they age. Unlike vintage computers that require human intervention for the opportunity to be utilized, human beings can chart their own course–provided the powers that be give them half a chance.

Additionally, while being exponentially less expensive, it also turns the negative that is traditional aging out of the work force, into the positive that is experienced workers confidently completing job assignments well into later life.

 

The myth of work-life balance

English: The noncombatant—

English: The noncombatant— (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


My body screams for sleep.
But then there’s the part of my brain that dictates I write this before doing so.
What got me to thinking as I did the dishes and then put the freshly laundered clothes into the dryer is how absurd the quest for work-life balance is.
There really is no such thing.
The fact of the matter is that circumstances, more than anything, dictate exactly what it is we actually end up doing.
When I was young I worked three jobs. This was done in order to take care of my responsibilities.
I was not in search of work-life balance so much as that I needed to have extra income. And because I’ve never seriously considered robbing a bank, I took on two part-time jobs (in addition to my day job) in order to make ends meet. One of them was industrial janitorial work. I was not above it.
I didn’t eat right during this period. I subsisted on fast food—which wasn’t as advanced in terms of health benefits, as today’s version is.
My first hemorrhoid also arrived just in time during this era of my life.
I remember going to the doctor, bending over, incredulous and anxious at the same time as to what this malady could be.
“You’ve got the smallest hemorrhoid I’ve ever seen.”
“Really? A hemorrhoid?”
“I wouldn’t even rate it a hemorrhoid, more like a fraction of one.”
While the relief washed over me, it also made me determined to change my bad eating habits.
Yes, I was rushing from job to job in the non-digital age of the time, and relying solely on my self-perceived 20-something invincibility.
The problem that was my first ‘roid never came close to having me invoke the term “work-life balance.”
I was struggling to provide the very basics in life. Work-life balance had not been invented by Tony Robbins or whatever self-help guru invented it.
Work-life balance is marketing bullshit propaganda. There is no basis for it even today.
When psychologists try to explain the difference between millennials and boomers, what is one of the first things they make a point to differentiate between the generations?
You’ve got it.
Work-life balance is more important to millennials than boomers.
Seems like if anyone could have work-life balance it’d be pretty stressful. In fact, I freakin’ guarantee you there are people somewhere in HR, Training or some other sector of publicly-owned companies (that are not actually directly involved in anything related to the production of goods or services that contribute to the company’s bottom line), who are coming up with PowerPoints to show their bosses that work-life balance is key to attracting and retaining millennials.
Some boomers are accused of being workaholics, but the term workaholic is a relic of the dawn of the New Age cottage industry that is self-help.
Workaholics’ lives are not in balance with respect to work or leisure.
And psychologists will have you believe that this is why boomers keep working during the years their parents would have been retired.
We have things like 401ks to thank for this, largely in part.
Since a 401k’s value is predicated on Wall Street’s performance, we are at the mercy of our retirement stock portfolio selections.
Boomers are not looking to remain vital in their sunset years. Circumstance dictates boomers keep working. Make no mistake about it. Characterizing it any other way is just feeding the marketing machine that is Fidelity, Charles Schwab and Vanguard commercials during nightly news commercials.
No, we’re not looking for work-life balance. Maybe millennials are, but I don’t believe they are choosing work-life balance, either. Instead, they’ve remained at home longer than boomers did. They’ve chosen to not marry as early as boomers did. And they’ve also decided to postpone house purchases so as to not add to their already consuming student loan debt.
This is smart, but, if you think about it for just a minute, what millennials have chosen to do is not really based in intellect so much as observation.
They’ve witnessed the failed marriages of their parents.
They’ve seen how hard into the ground their parents have worked to keep a roof over their head.
And they’ve made some assumptions with these observations that conveniently embrace the whole work-life balance catchphrase lifestyle.
They take 90-minute wellness walks during the day while boomers opt to stay with the job until it grinds them down into a pulp.
Work-life balance?
Perhaps. But I’m pretty sure it’s no more than a gimmicky phrase waste product of Madison Avenue.
In fact, I have no doubt that the terminology “work-life balance” will go away (and be replaced) as soon as BMW sales decline for at least four consecutive quarters. May I suggest we adopt “leisure tangibles” as something to consider moving forward with respect to kicking back as much as possible (on the job or otherwise)?
Buying that shiny object—whether car, diamond ring or 10th Anniversary iPhone (when it comes out), is just prolonging the inevitable.
And that is, if you want to keep going, and no matter if you’re a millennial or a boomer, you’re going to end up doing whatever it is you have to do.
Work-life balance does not factor into decisions of this seismic magnitude. Ever.

Consider your passion or prepare for disappointment

Hope

Hope (Photo credit: true2source)


Many young people who decide to not go into one of the medical professions or learn a trade have already realized they will not likely ever find a job for life where they work for someone else. It just is not the way it is.
As someone who considers regrets a waste of precious time, I personally would not do anything over again. I believe you have to stumble, sometimes many, many times before you can realize something really great. Sometimes the thing that is great is newfound knowledge, sometimes it is believing you can always have hope. But when it is all said and done, those that are hoping for something good to happen in their lives are taking a back seat to those who take a risk first and hope (secondarily) they have chosen the right path.
That is one of the cool things about living—you never know if the path you are on is right until you have gone more than halfway down the road.
I used to say, “I’ve been around the block a few times” when I was a younger man. Now I can say I have been around the block several times, and while the block changes, we find ourselves unwilling to change ourselves. This brings about many of the challenges we never quite see coming; kind of like economists trying to predict what is going to happen with employment, the housing sector and the stock market.
What happens when we are going endlessly in circles is we are just holding on to something we consider safe. We do not lead a life where we are passionate about the things we do. Our jobs are a means to an end. We put up with all the unsavory stuff about them for a paycheck and when we are really fortunate, employer-provided health insurance.
While I do not waste time with regrets, by living, making mistakes, falling down and getting back up again, I have had the benefit of all this experience. When I was in my twenties, the world was so much different than it is now. It was not as digital for one. And there were abundant, good jobs—almost in any type of business you could imagine. Yes, there were smallish, entrepreneurial-type businesses that could whet your enthusiasm for possibly starting your own business one day. But my peers and I had too many choices when it came to working for somebody else. You got wind of good jobs by mouth, and if you wanted a job, all you had to do was look in the Sunday help wanted ads in your local newspapers—there were jobs everywhere in those listings; today, not so much.
English: Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

English: Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I do not like dispensing advice other than saying to try not to get too emotionally up or down—try to stay on as even of an emotional keel as possible. This will serve you best as you go through life.
These days, if you are a young person, you need an even emotional keel more than ever. It is tempting to blame baby boomers for the state of things and yes, we had an opportunity to really impart some greatness on the world, but we have come to disappoint ourselves and everyone before and after us. For whatever reason, we just lost momentum after the 60’s. The 70’s and beyond were just all about excess and making as much coin as possible.
It is probably overly simplistic, but we lost it because we stopped doing what we liked to do, and focused instead on what it would be that could earn us the most money in the shortest amount of time. And in the process of forming that mindset and living it out, we ruined so much of what the world would be to those who came after us.
Today there are no abundant, good jobs. We used to be able to get good jobs with benefits with just a high school education. Now even a college education is not enough. We must perpetually be in school to gain competitive advantages. It is a global economy that we have unleashed like a genie out of a bottle, and it is all too bad. Everyone is trying to be more book smart than the next person. In our quest to gain theory-based knowledge, we lose our way regarding what it is like to really live.
If you are a young person starting out, wondering what you can do, getting disappointed at your reduced, diminished prospects for making a living—the kind of living that is just a means to an end, I would counsel you to take the time to think about not what can make you the most money, but what it is you like to do and enjoy doing most.
found photo: business leaders

found photo: business leaders (Photo credit: squareintheteeth)


You see the key to being happy, or at least content, is to enjoy your life. What you do on your job will be how you spend a good deal of your waking hours. If I were young and starting out again, that is how I would approach the job market, how I would approach just everyday living. For it is when we are engaged, excited and enthralled with what we do for a living that we can say life is truly worth living. Perhaps you can find that working for someone else. But the way the economy is and job prospects are, now is probably a pretty good time to see if working for yourself, perhaps starting your own business, is where you can carve out not only a living, but a niche for your own self-worth, happiness and future well-being.
Hope can be disappointing as in waiting for something good to happen to you just because you believe you are a good person, and you deserve good things. You may be waiting for a long time. Life is short and waiting around for something good to happen may be wasting precious time you could have spent better taking some action, figuring out what it is you really like to do. If you do that, you are well on your way to a lot more than hope will ever deliver.

Going Places, Doing Things

Never, ever, think outside the box

Never, ever, think outside the box (Photo credit: Mrs eNil)

I think deep down in all of us we long to experience new locales. If we can combine trips, even with ones lasting only parts of a day, with activities that are fun and interesting, smiles and laughter indubitably ensue.

People that are getting promoted on their jobs are not necessarily going places, though. Too often promotions are empty titles without any additional pay. Workers take on more responsibilities, become overworked and are incorrectly referred to as “going places.”

Good jobs for the good majority of us remain hard to find in this tepid, recovering economy. It is difficult to gauge the quality of the recovery when so many worker bees are struggling. Yes, they are going places, but if they continue on their present journeys their destinations may very well be early graves.

Fun needs to be part of, and in, our lives. Going places should be like the answer a kid has for what they are doing on their summer vacation:

I am taking trips and doing stuff.

Translation: “My family and I are going to some new places and we will be doing (fun) things.”

The kid will be spending time with people they love and who love them back.

There is loyalty between them and their family.

Love tree

Love tree (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Love and fun beget loyalty.

When we work more than we should, although we may be passionate about our jobs, whatever fun we may be having is literally drained from our bodies–we are really not having any fun at all. Go back and read that phrase again: “We are really not having any fun at all.”

Yet we keep on performing the job and its increasing duties.

Do we have any love on the job? Does the job and/or any of the people we work with love us at all? Sometimes they do. You can find out a lot about that if you leave a job on a good basis. You may receive a farewell lunch of some kind. Or you may be taken out for appetizers and a couple of libations–all in the name of wishing you well and thanking you for the time you were on the job with that employer.

This is an expression of appreciation more so than love. There may be co-workers that love you and I would look for the sincerity in their actions. If certain of your co-workers pull together an informal gathering to celebrate, that is more a display of affection and yes, love. Too often it becomes a ceremonial gesture when the company orders sandwiches one last time for you and them. They wish you well, you get a few hugs and then you are escorted from the building (if you work in a security-sensitive environment)–knowing the locks to the office entrances and exits will be changed in less than 24 hours–denying you any access ever again once and for all.

The finality of a job ending is moving emotionally. While you are being moved on an emotional level, you physically find yourself putting distance between yourself and your old job. Your body and mind are taking action for you. It is a version of astral traveling in that you can see, hear and feel what is going on, but you really are not in control of what is going on.

English: Cyndi Lauper in concert, Australia, 2011.

English: Cyndi Lauper in concert, Australia, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We wrench our bodies and minds from what they really want to do each day we do not, or are not, able to go places and do fun things. If we are not able to pursue this on our jobs, then we most definitely should be able to do so away from them. Two weeks of vacation a year are hardly enough time to go places and do fun things.

Cyndi Lauper sang “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” I used to make fun of that song. I now realize we ALL want to have fun–NEED to have fun, in fact.

Kids have fun. I went to Forecastle on Saturday and EVERYONE was having fun–young and old kids alike. Was there love there? I would say resoundingly that yes, there was. To me, you cannot have 25,000 people occupy a relatively small section of real estate, good live music to please all tastes, food, drink, sunshine, grass with blankets on it and all this in a non-violent setting, without love being present. If this does not speak to love, I do not know what does.

Step out of your job box for a brief moment, be honest and answer (or think about the answers) to these questions:

Are you going places on a regular enough basis to satisfy your body and mind’s needs for frequent, positive environmental change?

Are you having fun on not only your summer vacation but throughout the year?

If so, you are being like girls, kids and anyone else who has fun and is truly going places.

The Underrated Old Dude as Worker

English: A homemade dumpster designed to be tr...

English: A homemade dumpster designed to be transported by a custom 3/4 ton garbage truck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The old dude stepped up to the young kid and asked him what he needed.
“My back is still messed up. Can you help me with taking the trash out?”
“Sure.”
“Wait! I can help you; I just can’t do it myself. My back’s still hurting from what I did a few days ago.”
“No problem. I got it.”
The old dude pulls the industrial-sized, cylindrical waste container on its caster wheels towards the back of the kitchen and out into the dense, swamp-like summer air, footing it towards the dumpster.
He finally arrives to the massive waste Goliath almost as tall as he is. With an effortless lifting motion, he wields the considerable weight up, over and past the rim of the dumpster lip, ejecting the garbage can’s contents in one fluid motion. The wheels release from the plastic bucket and crash to the ground before he pulls the bucket back down and on top of the caster wheels. He fits the container snugly on the caster ring attachment and drags the empty garbage receptacle back inside to the kitchen.
“Thanks man!” says the kid.
“No problem,” says the old dude.
All the Young Dudes (song)

All the Young Dudes (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Old dudes are not to be underestimated. They are reliable, consistent and know that at the first instance of being unable to keep up with youngsters, they will have to endure a reference to their age; it’s sometimes heard, more often it’s not.
So old dudes trudge on, continuing to do things that even youngsters sometimes are not able to do.
Age discrimination is a subtle thing but it’s very real.
The economy has made it so there are more old dudes competing for jobs with young people—jobs they thought they’d never have to be doing in the first place. It’s a rough world out there and old dudes know it. They feel pain and have aches but know it’s best not to show them. It is ironic that young dudes who injure themselves on jobs and defer to the physical prowess of old dudes, many times do not see doctors either—even if it’s an injury that occurred on the job.
Young and old are concerned for their jobs and although not looked down upon as much as older workers, young dudes realize they could lose a job for filing a worker’s compensation claim (even if they know they are legally entitled to do so). Filing a worker’s compensation claim is often done as a last resort if at all. For better or worse, workers know filing them is not very conducive to job security.
Berry Wall, King of the Dudes

Berry Wall, King of the Dudes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Old dudes who have to work physical jobs don’t feel they’ve been given a rough shake. They perform as good as or better than their younger counterparts. If the old dude was someone who had a good work ethic to begin with and hasn’t been beaten down too badly by life, he is still able to bring the wood as an older dude.
Old dudes have nothing left to prove but they perform as if they do. That is where the real value of the older worker lies. They know they are being watched, waiting for just the least little bit of an indication they are no longer able to perform like their younger counterparts.
That is the ultimate motivation for older workers. They have to stave off age discrimination daily no matter the job—physical, mental or a combination of both.
The saying goes that nothing beats experience. Old dudes have buckets of experience. That experience is written all over their faces, their movements, their actions and their words. Old dudes in the workforce are a symbol of strength, value, durability and confidence.
“Hey Bob! You need some help finishing this post?”
“Nope. I got it.”

Snow problem, I’m taking the day off

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I’m sure a lot of Yahoo employees are upset about their chief Marissa Mayer taking away their work from home privileges.
Some would say they should be happy to have a job and just get in to the dang office like everyone else.
It will be interesting to see if this policy sticks long-term.
I remember discussing the work from home option with some of my co-workers. There were a lot in the “for” camp and also some on the against side.
I thought it might be cool to do it a day or two a week at the most, if for no other reason than providing a little variety to our work lives.
Work is oftentimes about how stimulated and engaged we can be while doing it.
Some would say the office environment is best for productivity purposes.
Others say working from home gives them the freedom and ability to be themselves more and thus become more productive overall, by doing so.
I still did not know whether working from home would be something I would like full-time, all the time. I don’t like doing much of anything all the time. If you work a full-time job, having some variety environment-wise while on the job, would probably make you more productive overall, if you think along these lines, as you would possibly remain interested longer.
Keeping oneself interested can be challenging, and speaking of becoming disinterested…
One day when we were rehashing the pros and cons of all this, someone mentioned, “I don’t want to work at home. If I work at home I won’t get snow days.”
Bingo.
Snow days.
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Description unavailable (Photo credit: pennstatenews)


Thus, the seed was planted.
I like blogging from home and do so all the time. Frankly, blogging is like a job only I love doing it. We don’t have to love our jobs, not many of us do, and if we can put things more on the “like” side of the ledger by working or blogging from home, than not, then by all means let us be able to do so.
But no snow days?
That would not be snow nice. In fact it would be more like the word that rhymes with truck except it has an “s” in place of the “tr” in front of it.
So, since I blog from home exclusively (except when I’m on the road), I have to blog through snowstorms if I begin a post and then it starts snowing.
I can’t call in.
I can’t say, “I can’t get my car out of the driveway.”
Well, I can say that, but it wouldn’t make sense (for many reasons).
I’m my own boss, so I’d be calling and telling myself this. It’s a total quandary, not to mention, just not something normal people do.
Plus, it doesn’t matter a bat’s pass that I can’t get the car out of the driveway—just keep typing, fool.
People that work from home that do things other than blogging, are typically using a computer.
I’ve seen Facebook postings during blizzards from people working at home that go something like this:
“I’m so thankful I can work from home and don’t have to be driving in this.”
I thought about all the times I risked life and limb driving in lousy conditions just to get in to the office so I could work.
I guess I feel if you are able to work from home, you should watch what you say on Facebook, especially when what you’re saying has the potential to make a co-worker that is commuting in the very inclement weather you’re referencing, pretty resentful.
I’m thinking Marissa might have seen, or gotten wind of, a Facebook status update along these lines.
As Facebook prompts, “What’s on your mind, Marissa?”
“Well, effectively immediately, all dumb Facebook status updates must now be done in the office.”
And there you have it.
Man, that snow’s comin’ down…and it’s sticking, too!

Failing your way to happiness and health

Fallen blue sky tree
Want real success? Let yourself fail…often…and stop worrying how bad that might sound on the surface and look on your resume.
Some of us feel disappointed by 2012 and are ready for it to be drawing to a close. Others created some positive change during this past year by choosing what is best for them.
I was told I would miss my paycheck before I moved.
I do.
But that is all I can really miss about a situation that was overall less positive for me to be in.

Failure_Freeway

Failure_Freeway (Photo credit: StormKatt)


As the end of the year comes steaming to completion we are hit over the head with motivational musings such as “new beginnings” and how being positive can help jump-start your career as you head into the new year.
Being positive is generally-speaking the way to go.
Your attitude sets the tone for each day as early as when you rise out of bed.
Do you wake up loathing your lot in life and what awaits you at the office?
If so, change your attitude.
That is one thing you can control. You cannot necessarily control all that will occur on the job on any given day.
Changing your attitude to one of positivity takes practice.
You cannot be positive part of the time; it is a way of life. If you are only positive when it is convenient or when things are going well for you, you will not be able to weather life’s personal and professional challenges well.
English: Think positive

English: Think positive (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


You have to train your mind to expect good things.
Instead of giving way to negative feelings on the less than savory things going on in your life as you start your day, why not ask yourself what good thing could or might happen for you on this day?
If you can train yourself to be receptive to goodness, you will more likely deal better with negative things that crop up on some days.
I have come into this knowledge the hard way.
I had to be willing to fail professionally before I could enjoy some success personally.
If you are not of the risk-taking variety of folks out there you are limiting the goodness that can come to you.
For many years I justified a job that was grinding me up, by the paycheck I received. I watched as my co-workers’ health deteriorated and suffered through the stresses the job placed on all of us. We were all relatively well-compensated but something was always missing, eluding all of us as we grumbled about less time with our families and friends as one of the main reasons we disliked the job.
Money kept me and my old co-workers doing what we were doing.
It, along with our fears, keeps a lot of us in jobs we might not be passionate or entirely happy about.
We end up living the life of a consumer—buying stuff we see on television. Even if we do not buy something, we buy into the lifestyle that our money that comes from the jobs we grumble about provides. On weekends we find ourselves catching up on television programs that have already aired and then discussing them many days later with people who do the same thing.
We stopped living in the moment.
We gave up on taking any risks that might create positive change in our lives.
We did it for the paycheck.
We had enough money and yet we were miserable.
I often wondered why people with more money than they need were not as happy as I thought they should be.
They were successful by business and professional standards perhaps.
Personally, they were suffering a bitter existence.
They were unhappy on the inside as they enjoyed the outward success that they were taught all their lives would make them happy.
Their fears kept them from taking chances that might help improve how they feel about themselves and their lives.
Adaptation of above image illustrating an Inte...

Adaptation of above image illustrating an Internet meme (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Failure stings.
It hurts.
It can make us feel inadequate.
But you may never come to know what is really important and meaningful in life if you do not fail often.
Everyone is going to make mistakes on a new job.
I have made plenty of them, try to learn from them and certainly try not to make the same ones more than once.
I am old(er) than a lot of you reading this, do not necessarily believe that age and wisdom go together (since I’m allowing myself to fail almost daily for the first time in a long time!), and while I am afraid some days that I do not, or won’t have, enough money, I know those feelings are only temporary.
The courage to endure repeated professional failures has liberated me to change my attitude and enjoy my personal life more than ever.
Something really good is going to happen today.
 

Polish LinkedIn profile before resume for best professional results

If you are given an opportunity do you take advantage of it? Are you committed to succeeding when someone stakes their reputation by giving you a chance you might not have otherwise been given? How about going above and beyond in all you do on a daily basis?
If you can answer yes to all three questions you are taking responsibility and living your professional life with integrity in mind at all times. By not making excuses, by admitting mistakes and more importantly learning from them so as not to make the same ones twice, you are upholding the faith of those who have believed in you.
LinkedIn has quickly become THE professional networking site. It is quite simply the best place to be seen, to see and to network for business opportunities. Your profile, skills and experience summary, combined with recommendations of your work abilities can lead you to the company and people behind the scenes that just may be willing to give you the break you have been looking for.
Much like a resume used to be, LinkedIn draws the eye and attention of those in positions to hire and offer opportunities. Well-composed resumes that are bereft of typos can still articulate part of your case in terms of finding new work. But, it is just not as big a part as it used to be. Your LinkedIn presence and profile content is now more clearly a difference maker when it comes to landing that wonderful new job or business prospect.
If you are only going to go half-heartedly on LinkedIn, you would be best served to forego it entirely. A weak or poorly crafted presence will at the least compromise your ability to compete and at its worst, sabotage your professional aspirations entirely. In addition, if you are a business owner, your credibility, not to mention, your image, is at stake. It is imperative to get your LinkedIn profile right in every way possible.
Once you get the right kind of attention on LinkedIn (I have received notice from both potential business networking folks as well as potential employers), it is critical that you keep networking beyond initial contact messages on LinkedIn. Oftentimes people who send out communication blasts on LinkedIn do not hear back from many of their blast recipients. If the communications are on behalf of event or service promotions, this is normal.
But if you draw the attention of the right people in companies you are looking to get a foot in the door to, your follow-up contact will either kill or help seal the deal for you. Do not respond to companies and/or persons you are not serious about forming some kind of professional relationship with. Even if you are not looking for a job, it is important to cultivate new professional networking contacts.
So you have a great new polished profile presence on LinkedIn and you have been making new professional contacts, adding to your network. The fact you are able to do so, that you are able to bring constructive, positive, attention-grabbing change to your profile, is professional self-advertisement at its finest.
It will put you in a position to succeed once you are approached for an interview. Just like the resume of days of old, the effective LinkedIn profile will get you these precious interviews. What you do once you hit it out of the park at the interview and are offered the job or business, is up to you.
Now go back and read the first two paragraphs of this post. You should take pride in your work and a job well done. You should also remember you owe it to not only yourself, but to those who helped you secure it, to do the best job you possibly can.
 

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