Posts from the “Career” Category

Notes on a Job Search

Posted on January 21, 2018

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Study the Market Understand what is available in your market. What is the business and competitive landscape? Who is hiring? What type of roles and skills are in demand? How are job descriptions worded? Sign up for job posting alerts (e.g., LinkedIn, The Ladders, company websites, etc.) to monitor market activity over time. There is a wealth of information available online that can help you get a sense of the market, and just seeing what is available will help you align and target better. Determine the Ideal Develop a perspective of your optimal job profile. What are the ideal job characteristics? What does an average day look like? What personal differentiators or constraints do you have to consider? Think about job basics as well as cosmetics (e.g., work environment, travel requirements, ways of working,…

It’s All Interim

Posted on November 12, 2017

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I switched jobs this month, and alongside a few gracious comments as I transitioned, I experienced a sort of bewilderment that such a dramatic change could occur. It was almost as if leaving a decent role was unfathomable. The I could never leave mindset dominates. But you will leave as well, either by choice or by circumstance. Eventually for an advancement, through a termination, to a retirement, or on a stretcher, you’ll be out the door, and others, in some way, will pick up what you’ve left behind. We should all be mindful of temporality and inevitability in a role, with what we own, and in life. It’s all interim. “You can die tomorrow…who is going to take care of all this crap!” –Margareta Magnusson *

Permission

Posted on September 23, 2017

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There’s usually a gap between expressly permitted and expressly forbidden. And there’s an art to finding an appropriate balance between 1) pushing forward into desired space and 2) overstepping reasonable boundaries. Take a lesson from permission marketing concepts, and perhaps Bait Car: Officer: “Did anybody give you permission to drive or take this car?” Entrapped Criminal: “I gave myself permission.” Officer: “So you gave yourself permission to drive?” [Laughing.] Entrapped Criminal: “Basically” [Smiling.] *

Compensation Required

Posted on April 21, 2017

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I found myself in a moment of reflection relating to the dichotomy in the quote below. I get paid to do paperwork, I’d help clients for free. The administrative activities are the grind, the distraction, and the de-motivator. Solving an interesting problem, satisfying an intellectual curiosity, crafting a clear message, learning and teaching useful things…those are fun. Throw in a good team dinner, and some days I would do it for free. Don’t tell my boss. “They pay me to practice. Sundays I play for free.” –Greg Buttle *