How are you using your time away from the paid job? Friday, Oct 9 2009 

83304769 -0 I had envisioned more sharing of information on employment on this site by multitudes of people vs. me posting whatever I know–which often isn’t much. The multitude of contributors (or just sources of info) have not materialized, and I have found that when people are hit by furlough, pay cut, temporary lay off, or just plain let go by their employer, they are very self-protective about their situation, preferring to keep a low profile.

I guess because I’ve been through this before (two or three times, now), I get spooked by an economic downturn, but I know that if I keep my paddle in the water, I will get to another good spot, eventually.

I have heard from lots of people who have found new jobs. It’s actually very encouraging that so many have done so. They often ask me not to post about it, though. Rats!

I have another idea; always have another idea. This is something to which any reader can contribute, from anywhere in the world (are you listening, “world“?) and you don’t even have to give info about your paid work, or lack thereof to do it. Let us know what kinds of community service things you’re doing.

How are you giving/giving back? Lots of people do this even when they are working a 60 hr. week, but many of us have upped the amount of community service work we’re doing, if we’ve had our work week reduced or are between gigs, due to the economy.

200482268-001_muttI have been doing a lot of things. For example, I have been working with Alex, a colleague here at Lawrence Group, and Rebecca, the manager at the St. Louis Animal Care & Control Center, aka “the city pound,” on a pro bono project.

seal-border-white-shadowAlex created a logo, which they’d never had, and designed a Web site around the content that Rebecca and her staff and Alex and I suggested and developed. The new site is not up yet, and the current page is part of the St. Louis Health Department’s Web page. The Health Department is over the Animal Care & Control Center, and the ACC has been “hidden” in all the Health Department info.

The address for the new Web site will be announced soon and, meanwhile, you can get some info from the current site linked just above, or stop by or call them at

The City of St. Louis Animal Care & Control
2120 Gasconade Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 353-5838

88977946_left facing catHaving a beautifully branded and designed Web site will help get animals adopted at this out-of-the-way facility, as well as recruit volunteers and staff, when needed. There are photographers who are getting good pics of the adoptable animals now in anticipation of the new site going live.

I don’t have the photographer’s names at hand, but if you see this and have that info, please give them a shout-out, and a thank you from the animals! Also, thank Candice & Noreen for putting me onto this idea and keeping me energized with their own passionate support of animal welfare.

So, tell us: What are YOU doing … ?

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Social Media Revolution YouTube Video Sunday, Sep 13 2009 

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In four minutes and 22 seconds, you can see what all the fuss is about—if you haven’t gotten on-board yet.

Very informative. Click on link. Couldn’t make it any easier for you.

Social Media Revolution

These are social media sites: What are you waiting for?

These are social media sites: What are you waiting for?

So, how is everyone doing these days? Tuesday, Aug 11 2009 

Has anyone’s work circumstances changed for the better? I haven’t heard from anyone for a while, so I don’t know if things are worse, better, or status quo. I’m still on a reduced work-week, myself. Let us hear from you.

Now HiringAs a thank-you-in-advance, I’m posting this > link < to a Monster.com job fair that’s coming to St. Louis.

8-25-09 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sheraton St. Louis City Center — Hotel and Suites | 400 South 14th Street

So if you are still looking for work, spruce up your resume, upload it and pre-register for this event.

PS — Follow Monster.com on Twitter and Facebook. Uh, you do you have your accounts set on those by now, right?

The Jobs Report | Searchable by Key Word & Zip Code Saturday, Jul 4 2009 

blogging_job_search_toolI found a new resource today (via Twitter) that I will post here for those LAGGERS who are not yet using Twitter, themselves. (Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!)

job_searchHere is a link to >The Jobs Report<. What I especially like about this resource is that you don’t have to guess the job title that your perfect job might have; like on Monster.com, you can spend valuable days, maybe weeks, if your job doesn’t fit a standard description like “accountant,” or “Web designer,” etc.

This resource allows you to do searches with key words that would be in your job description, and it returns with not only job descriptions, but job titles, companies, etc. you narrow it by zip code.

Hint: I always use 63105, which is Clayton, Missouri, which is central to our St. Louis region. It’s about 10 minutes to Clayton from St. Ann, and I’m willing to drive a reasonable distance from the Clayton-Olivette-St. Ann area for my work.

Try out this resource and let us know with a COMMENT (please!) how if you liked it, how it worked for you, etc.

Hey: I loooooove comments!

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Project Architect | Construction Company [new] Friday, Jun 26 2009 

Just saw this on Twitter this morning from StLouis_Jobs. I posted this source some weeks ago, so I hope everyone made note, and if you are in the job market that you are signed up for Twitter and at least monitoring StLJobs Tweet stream.

StLouis_Jobs searches multiple sites and posts job openings to Twitter. Saves a lot of time by letting interested persons look in one place. Here’s the link to the >job listing< (which St_Louis_Jobs found on “Simply Hired) and a link to >StLouis_Jobs on Twitter< (Set up an account—what are you waiting for? It’s free! If you’re already on Facebook, you can monitor Twitter with a Facebook app right from your Facebook home page!)

Spotlight on Dory Hollander: workplace psychologist, executive and career coach, consultant and facilitator Sunday, Jun 21 2009 

My favorite part of having this blog is being able to introduce people who are great resources for the readers here. I want to tell you about one such resource right in St. Louis, Missouri: Dory Hollander, Ph.D.

Dory Hollander

Dory Hollander

My knowledge of Dory is first-hand: Dory is a workplace psychologist, executive and career coach, consultant and facilitator with whom I’ve worked extensively for the past six or seven years. She helped me identify the things about which I’m passionate, incorporate those into my career plan, find my voice and modes of expression, bring meaning and purpose to my work.

None of this is in her official bio, but it comes from my heart. She is a good listener and an accurate diagnostician. Her experience with individuals and organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe has given her a depth of insight and a wide range of strategies and tactics for anyone’s situation. I signed on for her guidance as a new client after one 15-minute phone conversation.

CommunicationMany of us right now are looking for new options, and one of Dory’s specialties is working with people who are at what she calls “choice points” in their work-lives. If you are one of those people, I can recommend without reservation a call to Dory with a few of your bullet point issues to see what she has to say. If there is a fit, you will know it, just like I did.

iStock_000001552122XSmallBesides the personal, one-on-one coaching that she’s done with me, Dory also has an extensive resume that includes working with companies. This combination of her ability to work with individuals plus  her experience and knowledge from working with many different types of organizations gives her an important differentiator over other career and executive coaches. She understands the individual’s need to find meaningful work and excel at it, and she understands the environments in which they are often challenged to do that successfully. So, if you’re fairly happy with your situation but think the company you work for (or own) could use an outside perspective and expert guidance to get to the next level, a meeting and presentation by Dory is an appropriate starting point.

iStock_000007459290XSmallDory is a nationally recognized expert who has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, USA Today Online, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Boston Globe, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Business 2.0, Money Magazine, CNN/Money, Prevention, Conde Nast Portfolio, Men’s Health, Working Mother, and Forbes. She’s appeared on local and national radio and television programs including CCN’s American Morning, CNN/FN, Good Morning, America, 20/20 and NPR’s Market Place, plus the Today Show.

In her “spare time,” she’s also authored two books and raised two children to be successful, high-achieving, happy adults.

Your career clock is ticking!

Your career clock is ticking!

She’s easy to reach and very responsive, if you’re thinking about your own “choice points” (and if not now, when?)

WiseWorkplaces and New Options, Inc

314.862.2979 (St. Louis office)
703.627.3718 (cell)
703.465.5208 (voicemail)
emails

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Bad Pitch Blog Wednesday, Jun 17 2009 

I realize not everyone out there wants to be a public relations person, but we all handle our own individual brands, whether we like to think that or not. So, being able to pitch a story well and successfully is crucial.

"electric storyteller"

"electric storyteller"

Pitching a story is the art of crafting a story idea that is well suited to the medium and its target audience.  Good pitches take a lot of thought. Simply having a topic or an announcement does not a story idea (or pitch) make.

It’s the task of the public relations person to come up with a story idea, expert spokespersons, ancillary information plus ideas for images and graphics and pitch that package to the appropriate media.

strytlr imagesPR people need to be good storytellers, as well as good resource people.

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The ideas of “pitch” and “story” can be generalized to cover letter + resume, e-mail inquiry, interview, portfolio presentation, and client proposal meeting. Sky’s the limit: Your only constraint is your imagination.

That said, there are right ways and wrong ways to pitch. If you learn best by instruction on what not to do—or want a good laugh at some wrong-headed efforts—check out the newest addition to my blogroll, the Bad Pitch Blog.

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Can you describe your own professional “brand”? Wednesday, Jun 3 2009 

company inc_slogan starts herepepsi2We’re not products, we’re people. But brand is image, and both products and people have images. An image can just happen, haphazardly, or it can be carefully created, developed and managed. In terms of our careers, we would be wise to carefully create, develop and manage our professional brand.

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2008 Lexus roadster concept car

Branding is reputation and the creation of perception about a product, or a service, or a company—or a person’s career—is based on that reputation. Think about your own professional brand. What perception are you working to create? What reputation are you developing? What “tags” or “adjectives” would someone likely attach to your professional brand to describe those things?

1980 Toyota Corolla

1980 Toyota Corolla

The most successful brands are visually distinctive from other brands in their class. What is visually distinctive about you and about the appearance of your marketing materials, i.e., your resume and samples of work you show in an interview?

company-brand-imageThe most successful brands are consistent in their presentation and delivery. How would you evaluate yourself on these aspects of your professional brand? These are the things that create first impressions, leave lasting impressions and make you competitive—or not.

The higher marks you can give yourself on these important elements of your brand, the stronger you will come across in an interview (for a job or for business development, if you’re a company “rainmaker.”)

Most aspects of a product brand can be generalized to a personal/ professional brand. I found an interesting Web site today called >The BrandBuilder<. Check it out, and see if you can come up with some other ideas from the author to create, develop and manage your own brand.

Share your ideas here, and if you know of another site that would be helpful in building a stronger brand, let us know!

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Careers column reporter for online Wall Street Journal asks, Should Over-50 Job Hunters Join Facebook? Friday, May 29 2009 

Read the whole story > here < and join in the conversation with your comment at the http://online.WSJ.com site, or leave a comment here for your colleagues.

online_mom-300x199I wonder how many people reading this of any age have a Facebook page that they use for professional networking (including job hunting.)  I have an account, but I have not completed any of the information yet.

man_mobile_phoneI plan on doing it soon, and to get the most out of it, I need to tie it in to the other accounts I have, i.e., Twitter, LinkedIn, and these two blogs. So far the blogs, Twitter, and LinkedIn keep me pretty busy.

Share your questions, successful practices, comments, etc., here!

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St. Louis publisher, Tom Finan, reports on Newsweek makeover Monday, May 25 2009 

Tom Finan

Tom Finan

Tom Finan is a successful local publisher, as well as an artist, writer, and business person. He can look at things from so many perspectives, and he does that in a post he just sent me from his own blog.

newsweekHis analysis of Newsweek‘s recent makeover, content of its current issue, why it matters, and where it “fits” even in a world of Web-based publishing is great material. I want to see them succeed with their newly revamped model, and I will pick up a copy today (or as my sweet and unsuspecting husband to do it:  “Hon, are you going out anywhere today … ?”)

Here’s a > link < to Tom’s post/blog, and don’t forget it’s also linked in my blogroll.

Editor’s note: The Newsweek makeover is a great conversation piece at a networking event.

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