Wednesday, November 29, 2006

FeedRaider and Other Ways to Consume This Content

Four years ago when I started blogging, I had no clue about RSS feeds and syndication. I'd just go through my blogroll and manually check to see if someone posted something new.

Now there are so many ways to aggregate the "stuff" you want to consume on the internet, saving time from having to visit each website to see if new content is available. I used Amphetadesk for awhile, and I've been using Bloglines for the longest time. Over the past 16 months, I've used Juice as my primary podcast receiver.

While going through the visitor logs, I saw a referral from FeedRaider, so I decided to check out that service. I like you can show items from several feeds on one page and set up multiple pages as a way to categorize your content.

To that end, let me tell you about two feeds I've set up for this website:

The second item, via Feed2Podcast, uses text-to-speech to create an mp3 of the posts you read here. So, whether you want to read or listen to the content, it's up to you. And, of course, you can always come here directly to see all the Get That Job! goodness.

Speaking of the goodness, I'm always looking for job-searching success stories to share here, so if you have something you'd like to share, please contact me at danimal0416+gtj [at] gmail [dot] com

Update: I just realized that some of you might be interested in what I'm consuming, so here's the link to my FeedRaider web presence.

As you were.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Deaf Job Seekers

The deaf and hard of hearing hold a special place in my heart because our daughter is hard of hearing. I don't remember how I found out about the Bionic Ear Blog, but I'm glad I did. This morning I found a post in which she talks about Deaf Job Seekers.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Ohio SCOTI System and Indeed Salary Search

One of the requirements when you file an unemployment claim in Ohio is that you sign up for their Sharing Career Opportunities & Training Information (SCOTI) system. Essentially, you get put into the system with your basic background, and, as participating companies search for individuals, you get contacted by SCOTI to call in to see if there is a suitable match. Receiving unemployment benefits is contingent upon your participation; i.e., if you don't call, you may not get your unemployment compensation.

I recevied a letter over the weekend from the SCOTI system, and I just finished talking with the representative. The company is looking for an Application Developer with 3-5 years of experience with COBOL, CICS, JCL, and SQL. I don't have that specific type of experience, and so it was determined that I'm not a suitable match.

One thing that does bother me about that position is the annual salary that the job was offering: $18,335. That sounded really low, and I mentioned that during the phone conversation, but the rep said that's what it was.

After I hung up, I used the Indeed Salary Search to check whether I was right, and here are the results:

If the rate was really an hourly rate of $18.335/hour ($38,136/year), it would be a lot more reasonable, but still less than the average.

Hopefully the next opportunity will be a more suitable match. What are your thoughts?

P.S. Let me remind you that you can use this handy domain name to get here:

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Get That Job Domain Name!

I recently got a domain name for this blog:, so please start sharing that with your friends, coworkers, family, your dog... whomever.

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Greater Cincinnati's Best Places to Work

The Cincinnati Business Courier reports:

Four companies were named Thursday, from 16 finalists and more than 130 nominated companies, as Greater Cincinnati's best places to work.

Receiving their awards before a luncheon audience of nearly 500 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center were the Castleton Group, Cincinnati Airport Marriott, Cincinnati Marriott North and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.


Greater Cincinnati's Best Places to Work program, open to any company based in the 15-county Greater Cincinnati region with 10 or more employees and companies not based here but which have at least 75 local employees. The program has been conducted by the Courier each year since 2003.
I might need to tap into my network to see if I know anyone who works at these companies.

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Blog Carnival - Networking After Sudden Job Loss

Jason of the JibberJobber Blog, the current "host" of a blog carnival, asks:

Yikes! You just lost your job! You’ve been so busy at *work* that you don’t feel your network is as strong as you would like it to be! What are you going to do with (and to) your network in the next 6 weeks as you begin an aggresive job search campaign? And, outside of your network, what job search tactics will you employ? Or your best networking tips related to job searches.
I was placed in this situation at the end of August this year. I immediately went to my LinkedIn profile, updated it, and started sending emails to my contacts. Unfortunately, I have not been proactive in being my own career manager, and I haven't kept in touch that well with the contacts in my network. So I mostly sent out "touching base" types of emails, mentioning the recent change in my circumstances where I could, and depending on the relationship with the contact.

I've began looking for other people to add to my network, based on the new relationships I'd formed since I'd last updated my network. I think I'm having to continue to explore different ways to find jobs. I hate having to post a resume blindly online and apply for specific job postings blindly. I much rather enjoy the interactivity from social networking. At the same time, I'm finding that I shouldn't limit myself by not going about the traditional methods of networking.

The other thing I've found from recently finding myself back in the job market is that my skills are not as current as I'd like them to be. So I'm looking at ways to hone them.

I guess that's all I have to say right now.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006