Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Friday, February 27, 2009

Achieving Well-Being

The March issue of The Psychologist magazine is free and available online. I probably wouldn't mention this fact except that the Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman has turned his attention to questions of well-being and offers the following advice in the magazine:

"I can think of three things. First, change the way you use your time. Time is the ultimate finite resource - we should use it as if it is. Second, try to pay attention to the things that make your life better rather than concentrating on the things that make your life worse. And the third I think is to invest your time on activities that you will continue to pay attention to. For example, when people buy a car they imagine themselves driving the car and enjoying it. But most of the time when you actually own the car and are driving it you're not attending to it. However, when you are socialising with friends you are attending to that activity. So there are activities that are attention-rich intrinsically. If there are good activities are attention rich you should work on them - you should try to have a lot of them in your life. I think people don't do that enough."

If you would like to read more of Kahneman's stuff online then look for his stuff on Google Scholar—and consider using my Firefox Greasemonkey script for finding free, online articles easily.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Employment & Job Finding How-To's

A few days ago Cameron Chapman published a good, healthy list of sites offering tutorials and how-to's on Now while a list like this is useful, it will usually take quite a bit of work to dig out what one wants from the sites it offers on any particular occasion. So I've take the obvious step of embedding most of Chapman's links, with a few more, in a Google "Custom Search" available here.

You might agree with me that, almost everyone on the planet has had something to say about resum├ęs. Nonetheless, I have encountered two or three sites with other kinds of great information and advice for job seekers and career developers that are not in the list covered by this search. If you know of some I would be very grateful to hear of them so that they can be included for the benefit of all.

I will also be including this custom search in the sidebar of this blog and on the indexed job search page. Comments and your notes about experience definitely would be welcome.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Howcast video: How to Dress for an Interview


  • Lose all scents, including aftershaves and perfumes, altogether. (Some people are allergic.)
  • If you are essentially fashion unconscious (like me) then plan to spend more time studying the way that people in your target place of work dress. As the video says, try to do a little better but be sure that you know what the standard is first.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Getting Enough Stuff to Read (Updated script)

Greasemonkey script described in a previous post updated/corrected.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Brainstorming Is (Might Be) Dead

Long Live Brainwriting!

Don't take my word for it: Forget brainstorming - try brainwriting!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Rokeach Values Sort

I've placed a computer- ised version of Milton Rokeach's values sort on-line which you might find useful for exploratory work with clients. It was more or less finished several weeks ago but I was concerned about the presence of the value labelled "salvation" in one of the lists. I suspect that this term may not be as meaningful in some cultures as it is to, say, Christians. However, with the substitution of some more appropriate value term from a client's own system perhaps the sort will still be of some value.

I would appreciate knowing what you think. Clearly the entire set of values taken together, as well as the way that they are phrased, could be discordant with values systems for some cultures.