Archive for April, 2009

Name-Dropping: the online advantage

April 25, 2009

Who’s talking about you now?  In today’s challenging job market, you might hope that lots of people are.  And you can make that happen.  

No, I’m not referring to gossip  I’m talking about how to position yourself as someone who does interesting things, who pursues new interests, who is a fascinating person.

Yesterday, I found mention of a good friend and colleague in the week-end section of the local newspaper.  Alice is a professional in the field of web analysis, so I might expect to read about her attending a conference or presenting at it, joining an advisory board that moves federal technology into more effective directions (all of which she has done), but no: this time she was written about for attending a hula-hoop class.

Why is this a career move? Well, of course it didn’t start out that way.  She read about it, took a chance, and went.  And loved it. She couldn’t have known that a reporter would show up and interview participants.  

The career part comes in that she has shown herself to be adventurous, fun, and possessing a playful side.  When employers check her out online (and they will), they will find a new balance in the hits.  Who doesn’t want to meet someone who already sounds like a friend?  And how unique! Not many applicants for a job will find such a delightful reputation that precedes them!

What are they saying about you?  

Strive for a balance of professional activities and fun, in that order of course.  You might find employers eager to meet you.  You’re breaking the ice in advance of your meeting.

If you would like to improve your online reputation, or if you have other career concerns, I’d love to meet with you. You can visit my website at www.anneheadley.com for contact information.

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Part-time work: still a golden opportunity

April 10, 2009

How do you feel about part-time jobs?

  • it doesn’t pay enough to live on,
  • what would I do with the rest of my time?
  • too much responsibility for the time I’m putting in,
  • I’m not included in workplace decisions.

Or consider these points:

  • It’s a foot in the door,
  • I have to start somewhere,
  • I can make myself so essential that they will offer me more work,
  • It’s easier to get this job,
  • I have more time to job-hunt,
  • I have time with my family,
  • The hours may be more flexible,
  • I can keep going to school.

There is wisdom in both lists, because part-time work has its advantages and disadvantages. Maybe your feelings about it are tied in with your life and its components, such as the age of your children, your financial situation, and your educational reality.

There is something else to consider that is much more driven by our critical economy. As unemployment numbers continue to rise, it is important to remember three things:

  1. those numbers from the Labor Department do not include part-time employment.
  2. employers, uncertain about their own futures, lack the confidence to offer full-time jobs, but are willing to offer part-time,
  3. excellent part-time workers will be in a position to be offered full-time slots when economic growth is more established, probably next year.

So yes, if the position is offered to you, if it provides a chance to earn money and gain some worthwhile experience, take it. Take a chance on your future and say yes to part-time work. You may look back and be glad that you did.