If you’ve spent much time in the blogging realm (or are just an information junkie), you’ve more than likely stumbled upon StumbleUpon. But outside of that virtual haze, it might not be as familiar. And, honestly, its usefulness to a job seeker is somewhat unchartered territory. But we like to hang out in unchartered waters around here, so we thought we would examine how StumbleUpon could help you in your job search. As the amount of return on investment in social media (for everybody) is still up for debate, it is our goal to examine the many different options that are out there and figure out what can (and cannot) work for the job seeker.
Preparing a strong IT resume for executive roles is still important. No matter what anybody tells you — at least for now, at 4pm on Monday, April 9th 2012 — decision makers (HR managers, IT executives, and technical recruiters) are going to want to see, touch, and feel your resume to determine if you are a good fit for a potential opening. However, how your resume got into their inbox or on their desk can depend largely on your personal brand strategy. In addition, how an employer or recruiter views your capabilities and the perception they have of you as they go through the post-resume review process also depends on your personal brand strategy.
if traditional publishers — of all kinds, not just the book industry — want to maintain some of the value they have had in the past, they will have to stop thinking about controlling the process of distribution or the delivery platform, and think more about the services they can add for authors and readers.
This is really the only way to manage disruptive changes within a field or industry: 1) Assess the potential value you as a company can provide in the new situation 2) Identify those who are willing to pay for that value 3) Transform your company and business model to providing that value (1) to those identified in step (2)
Everything you do that will not fit in that new model is basically worthless and should be cut off as fast as possible.
Seen on Mashable: “Do you daydream about the future? We thought so. But rather than bore you with our frivolous wish lists (which are mostly comprised of hoverboards and self-lacing shoes), we have asked nine leading futurists to share their visions of the digital world of 2020. Click through the slideshow to see…read on.”
Job Search Tip of the Day: There is the concept of multiple job offers, which I have seen happen on a quite a few occasions. This comes about when you stay at your job hunt day after day, never waiting for the dust to settle. The only problem with this could be a severe case of bad timing, but, generally, I would rather too many people want me, and timing aside, this is a pleasant problem to have.
This series of posts is meant to be the first in what I hope is a diary of sorts, capturing some of the many twists and turns that our small company has experienced along the bumpy social media/SEO ride, all in an effort to tell the world that we are here, that we offer personal branding services to technical professionals, and that we are determined to do it better than anyone else.
LG, that South Korean conglomerate that has mostly spent the last few years fading into Samsung’s shadow, has just announced that it has begun mass production of the world’s first flexible, plastic e-ink display. This is opposed to the hard, heavy, prone-to-cracking glass-laminate e-ink displays found in devices such as the Kindle and Nook.
The new plastic display has a resolution of 1024×768 and is six inches across the diagonal, which is comparable to the Kindle and Nook. Because it’s made of plastic and not glass, though, the LG display is half the weight (14g) and 30% thinner (0.7mm) than a comparable, glass e-ink panel. Existing e-book readers need to be thick (and heavy) to protect the glass display, but LG is promising that its display is a lot more rugged. The press release says that the plastic display survives repeated 1.5-meter drop tests and break/scratch tests with a small hammer, and that it’s flexible up to 40 degrees from the mid point.
Across the social sphere this week, the topic of women in IT/engineering/science arenas has come up in several places. Between blogs on the lack of minority women in STEM who continue to be the most underrepresented individuals in science, engineering, medicine, and dentistry and the sharing of infographics on sites like Pinterest, this topic has obviously been gaining traction.
It can be a tremendous challenge for someone whose technical background has been predominately as an independent contractor or consultant. Their technical positions tend to be short-term in nature. When they go for an IT executive or technical executive role, it usually results in their resume being excluded from consideration during the HR screening process.
Job Search Tip of the Day: Strange, but sometimes, interviewers are not listening to you in job interviews, they are too preoccupied thinking up the next question to ask. If they aren’t listening to you, you really are not getting a full opportunity. To counteract this, make sure you repeat your best selling points several times, if you must. Maybe repetition is the key to learning.
“Moments, as soon as they are of finite magnitude, cease to be moments. To be given finite bounds is in some measure contrary to their continuous increase or decrease. We are to conceive them as the just nascent principles of finite magnitudes.”—Isaac Newton. Principia, p. 654. (via kfell)
While scouring Twitter today, I came across a tweet from @pcalento regarding the CIO title and whether it was becoming obsolete or evolving. He was asking what alternative title there might be to the CIO title. A few suggestions were Chief Technology Officer, Chief Digital Officer, Chief Transformation Officer, and Chief Infrastructure Architect. At the end of the day, is the title change really necessary or just fun with words? We’d love to get your feedback on this. Do you think the CIO title is on its way out? And if so, what do you think will replace it, and why.
So much is made today about the fact (or myth) that there aren’t any technical jobs out there. What I have heard from employers (and found to be true) is that they simply cannot find quality candidates to fill technical openings they have been trying to fill for quite some time. A current sampling of the technical jobs site Dice.com finds more than 83,000 job openings as of February 7, 2012.