Friday, February 28, 2003 Warns About ID Theft

The Internet's largest job listing site sent out an email to its registered users, warning them that, "regrettably, from time to time, false job postings are listed online and used to illegally collect personal information from unsuspecting job seekers." Check out the entire article from Wired News.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

MSN Careers - A Dozen Jobs with No Future

Avoid becoming obsolete. Here are a dozen jobs that are winding down.

Home Office Q&A: Torn Between Work and Family

"Working part-time from home seemed like a good idea, but now one reader finds herself caught in the work and family tug-of-war. Lisa Kanarek, author of Home Office Life: Making a Space to Work at Home offers a solution." Read more...

Yahoo! News - Even Unemployed People Can't Escape Taxes

"Amid high jobless rates, a growing number of individuals are dealing with a changing tax picture. Some may be surprised by a large tax bill even as their incomes fall. Others will have to make sure they're setting enough aside to pay Uncle Sam in April. In either case, planning can help you minimize surprises and take advantage of tax breaks." Read more... Consumer Action: Networking No-No's

Anne Kadet writes this article with valuable information on how to do a better job networking. You'll probably find something in this list that you can change. Read more...

Monday, February 24, 2003

Females Have Power!

Clark Howard reports that females are the key factor in keeping our economy moving these days, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more... > Mentors: The Key to Your Success

"You may ask yourself why you need a mentor, but any woman who has made her way to the top will agree that having not just one but a few mentors will help you move forward more quickly and easily." Read more... > Careers in Oil and Gas

"The oil and gas industry is enormous and complex. Its reach extends well beyond the normal scope of industry into geopolitics, national security, and environmental issues. And though it literally fuels the economy, the industry remains something of a mystery to many people outside of it. For those on the inside, the industry provides challenging and rewarding, if somewhat unheralded, careers. This guide offers a blue print of the oil and gas industry, as well as tips for landing a job."

Engineers Club of Dayton

Yet another networking group in the Dayton area. I've gotta check this out.

Society for Technical Communication - SouthWestern Ohio Chapter

I met a gentleman from this organization yesterday, and he gave me some information, most importantly of which was this URL. This appears to be a pretty good networking organization for technical writers. I'm sure that anyone visiting this weblog may either be themselves or know of technical writers who would be interested in learning more about this organization.

I know I am.

Career paths

Irene writes about a possible career change she may be making, based on some new convictions about spiritual gifts. Go Irene! And please keep us posted! That's what we're here for, to encourage one another and share things like this!

Does the Future Hold a Job Boom or Bust?

John Rossheim reports offers a bit of understanding on how two divergent persepectives -- the departure of well-off Baby Boomers from the workforce who still use the goods and services that are the fruits of our labor, and the lackluster present with the financially shaky job market -- mesh. Good read.

Effectiveness Tip of the Week via email from the folks at FranklinCovey:

And the winner is...

"I'd like to thank you, and you. Oh, and you." Effectively working with others really is an art. Being in the limelight appeals to almost everyone, but cooperation, not competition, is at the heart of win-win relationships. Win-win means agreements or solutions benefit and satisfy all parties-not your way or my way, but a better way. See if these tips can help you get a better angle on win-win:

  • Solid Performance. When the camera's not rolling, does your walk and talk reflect what matters most to you? If you know what is a win for you, others will as well. Integrity of character establishes trust.
  • Balance. A win-win requires maturity-a balance between courage and consideration. You express your feelings and ideas with courage, but also share the stage and allow others to do the same.
  • Plenty for All. With win-wins, you develop an Abundance Mentality® and realize that everyone can have a piece of the pie. Sharing prestige and recognition opens the doors for greater options, alternatives, and creativity.
Mutually beneficial solutions -- what could be more rewarding?

Thursday, February 20, 2003

DE Japan : Resources : Career Resources

This blog lists some links for job searching in Japan.

Just Learn - Glossary

I don't know exactly what this means, but someone got to this blog from the above link. If you have any idea, then let me know. It looks like a great reference, though.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

When Good Job Searches Go Bad

Mark Gisleson offers advice to someone who seems to be doing everything right while the results keep going the wrong way.

Unemployed test job karma with new group

From the Business Journal of Phoenix comes this fascinating article on networking groups in that local area. Anyone in Phoenix every been to one of these meetings? Let me know.

I Need a Job - Now What?

Some helpful information on conducting a job search. Found actually by 'Googling' for "Networking Groups Dayton." This article contains just a smidgeon of info on that.

Alumni Career Network Information - Career Services Center - University of Dayton

Although designed for alumni of the University of Dayton, this website offers some very useful tips and information about networking.

MSN Careers - Five Habits of Millionaires

"Michael LeBoeuf, author of Finding the Millionaire in You, points out that to increase wealth, it's essential to emulate millionaires who view money as something to save and invest, rather than income to spend." Read more...

Technology First, Dayton - A fresh look on IT!

This is the inaugural publication of the Greater Dayton IT Alliance's Magazine, "Technology First." You'll need Acrobat Reader to view it.

File for Unemployment Compensation in Ohio by Telephone

Call the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services toll free at 1-877-644-6562. Hearing Impaired can use TTY Service: Dial toll free at 1-888-642-8203.

When calling, please have the following information available:

  • Social Security Number, Driver's License, or State ID
  • Name, address and telephone numbers of all employers within the last 18 months

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Journey Inside My Mind | Update On Me

Organize Your Workspace Based on Your Bad Habits

Let's face it. Looking for a job is a full-time job in itself. And when you are doing work at home, it's a good idea to have your workspace set up in a way that you can be productive. Some good stuff for myself, indeed.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Effectiveness Tip of the Week via email from the folks at FranklinCovey:

Adept at Adapting

"If anything can go wrong, it will." Mr. Murphy! Just where is your silver lining? We're not into peddling pessimism, but a hearty does of reality comes in handy now and again. The proverbial "wrench in the system" can strike anywhere, anytime. Unexpected change -- it's the law.

  • Expect it. Change happens. It's one of the few constants in society. Commonly associated with negative circumstances and outcomes, unexpected change often gets a bad rap. Yet, unexpected change can be exhilarating and extremely positive. I feel a Paradigm Shift™ coming on!
  • Plan on it. Rule of thumb: "Plan weekly, adapt daily." When reviewing your daily activities, factor in time for unexpected changes -- things that throw your schedule off track. You'll feel less frustrated and more in control. Be prepared.
  • Go with it. Kicking and screaming will only get you so far. Change is good. Adapting, adjusting, and making modifications to changing circumstances will yield new opportunities, new ideas, and new perspectives.
Unexpected change -- your friend indeed! What else did you expect?

Friday, February 14, 2003

Career advice: Getting your resume to the CIO

This article offers some good networking advice on how to get your qualifications before the person who has the power to hire you. | Career Advice

InfoWorld CTO Network | Hire or hold steady?

"Almost 50 percent of CTOs expect to increase their IT staffing levels in 2003, according to the survey. Still, new hires will have to wait. Many CTOs do not anticipate hitting full hiring mode until the second and third quarters of 2003."

"'With a greater number of qualified applicants in the job market, employers are placing a premium on experience,' says Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Robert Half Technology."

Read more of the article...

The key, in my opinion, is to continue to tap the Hidden Job Market. Go Get That Job!

Career advice: Acquiring techie skills

"At this stage in my career I seek to acquire some "techie" skills through online or short-term courses. What do you think about this and what is the best way to acquire this knowledge?" Read the answer...

UCLA Study Looks at Cohabitation, Marriage Among Young Men During Career Development Process


This one may wind up on the blogroll.

Thursday, February 13, 2003 For Love Or Money

The folks at Forbes comment on the relationship between people and their employers. For most people, it's not an issue, given the present set of circumstances the world and they find themselves in. The article explores the "psychic dilemma" of how to reconcile job dissatisfaction when so many folks are jobless.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Clark Howard: Tips on Economy Notes

Please check this out.

More unrest seen among tech workers

In a study of employees at several large tech companies, researchers found that workers view their employers in an increasingly negative light--mainly because managers don't understand the reasons employees are upset. Read on...

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

It Depends On How You Look At It

You gotta love Dave Barry. Or, hate him if you want. Anyhow, in his recent economic update, he points out that "bold new enterprises are springing up all over." I think Chris may be on to something. I wonder if he'd let me franchise...

Monday, February 10, 2003

Et Cetera

Victor plugs this blog. Also from reading the comments to that post, Michelle plugs "Where The Hell Did My Job Go?", a British job blog. So there you have it. I haven't been by to check that blog out yet, by the way.

Unlaid off

Jen reports on being "unlaid off."

I have learned one big thing... one shouldn't wait for something like this to happen to get you working on things you have always thought about doing.
Good point.

Leggo My Ego!

"The job market has shrunk; your ego needs to as well." -- Stephen Viscusi

Susan Bryant offers some well-needed advice for job seekers in today's job market, in this article on MSN Careers, entitled "Forget Your Ego in Today's Job Market." Read it, learn it, become it, apply it.

Effectiveness Tip of the Week via email from FranklinCovey

Gone Fishing

Back and forth, searching for the right spot, you throw out your line time and time again. "This is the place," you think, as you wait for a bite. Another snag! You begin to reel as the tension increases. Snap! Tired of fishing for information? According to one study, you may spend up to 28 minutes a day looking for lost information. What a drag on your time and energy! Cast aside your old habits and try some new techniques:

  • What, When, Where. When you capture information for future access, remember the basics:"What" information you'll need to access, "When" will you need it (day and time), and "Where" will you store it in your planning device.
  • Consistency. No matter whether you use a calendar, planner, or handheld, record needed information the same way each time.
  • Floaters. Eliminate floating information -- any piece of information you have written down that you cannot have at your fingertips within 10 seconds. Give it a try. You'll be hooked!

Friday, February 07, 2003

The Skinny on Online Job Posting Sites

Wired News reports that Traffic and revenue are up at the Web's major job hunting/job listing sites. While this is good news for the companies that run them, this does not necessarily mean good news for job seekers. As John A. Challenger, of Challenger, Gray, and Christmas, puts it:

The company wants a haystack and the candidate is the needle. When you apply for a job online, your resume just goes into the void. You feel like you're accomplishing something, but you're probably just spinning your wheels.
Last month I quoted an article from Reuter's that states that the ease of posting one's resume on the internet now appears to be a job-seeker's greatest obstacle. I also provided some links to some helpful advice from Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is My Parachute? Go back and check it out now to get the real skinny. And let me know what you think.

Slashdot | Dealing with Employers Who Perform Credit Checks?

This post about mandatory employee credit checks has generated a lot of buzz over at Slashdot. Well worth reading, especially the feedback from others. What do you think?

"People are happy and good who have found their vocation: what vocations there are will depend upon the society within which they are practiced." -- W.H. Auden, crossposted at QuotesBlog

Could Depression Cost You Your Job? crossposted at Journey Inside My Mind

According to this WebMD article, it could if you don't seek help for it. People with depression are more likely to call in sick and be otherwise unproductive at work. In a study that tracked 5000 people over five years, the researchers found that "42% of those who showed symptoms of depression in the study's first year eventually lost their jobs."

Lead researcher Mary A. Wooley, MD, writes:

There's a huge stigma associated with depression. People need to realize that depression is a disease just like diabetes and that there are plenty of treatments that offer relief from suffering and can also help you keep your job. People need to overcome the stigma and not be so embarrassed about saying: 'I need help.'

Thursday, February 06, 2003

The 'Joy' of Not Working

From Kathryn Lively I found out that Victor recently lost his job in the fallout after the WorldCom fiasco. Many thoughts and encouragement are headed your way, Victor. I, too, appreciate that you're taking a healthy outlook to the situation.

Let me know how I might be able to help. That's one of the reasons why I have this blog.

Somehow You Got Here, the GTJ! Version

I have perused the referrer logs for this blog, and I am intrigued and pleased that in the search results many people have conducted, this blog showed up among the group. Consider the following list of searches for which this blog was among the results:

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So, in some way you arrived here, and I hope that your visit was worthwhile.

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

E-mail Can Be Key to Employment: Keep Your Contact Information Handy

Don't assume that someone will take the time to look for your contact information in their files. Instead, include it in the body of your email. You can create an e-mail signature that will automatically appear in each message, or you can type your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address at the bottom of every e-mail you send.

In either case, it will make it much easier for recruiters, hiring managers, and other important contacts to get in touch with you.

HotJobs has some additional helpful information in their article entitled "E-mail Your Way to Work."

Go Get That Job!

Get a Job at Your Dream Company

Peter Vogt reports, "Chances are ... you'll need to get a little more creative if you want to land a job at your dream company. Here are five ways to do just that.." Show me

Monday, February 03, 2003

Contract Employee's Newsletter

The Online Version of Vol. 3, No. 2 of The Contract Employee's Newsletter is available.

Also, you can read past issues of The Contract Employee' Newsletter at

Senate: No More Unemployment Benefits Extensions

President Bush recently extended unemployment benefits by 13 weeks. Now Democrats want another 13-week extension, but the Senate voted "no." Read more from the HotJobs article...

Effectiveness Tip of the Week from the folks at FranklinCovey:

Take it to the bank. KA-CHING!

How are your EBAs these days? You know, your Emotional Bank Accounts -- the trust you have built up in your different relationships. Still waiting for a "statement" to arrive? Here's one: If you don't know, you're probably overdrawn! Maintaining a reserve of trust in relationships requires constant investing. Consider this advice:

  • Bad checks. What you consider to be a deposit (like going to the movies when your date wants to talk) may actually be a withdrawal for others. They can't collect on your efforts because it does not meet their actual needs. Really understanding others is key to building trust.
  • Pocket change. Showing respect, kindness, and courtesy may seem like small deposits, but over time they compound and increase your reserve. Neglecting the little things will soon have you in the red.
  • Count on me. Breaking commitments or promises often can bankrupt you. Keeping them is the best way to save for a rainy day in any relationship.
Rich relationships -- what a great payoff!