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

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Best Online Guide I know for Google

The Google Guide.

For newcomers to experts. Found on makeusof.com news feed.

Friday, June 26, 2009

My Open Weekend Is Open Now

This time we're focusing on how assessments fit—or don’t fit, or partially fit—within a employment and career development process. All of the material about assessments is still available.

Come on over and participate in our discussions!

Ethics: Googling Clients

My colleagues and friends, Patti Stirling and Ken Walker, have spoken to numerous audiences about the risks of leaving “digital dirt” lying around on the net. Simply put, employers eliminate job seekers and fire employees when they find their digital dirt, and doing a Google search for your own name won't find all your dirt.

Now DeeAnna Merz Nagel of the American Counseling Association asks, “Is it okay to ‘Google’ your client?” Patti and Ken have told us that Google won’t dredge up all the information about a client but, should you be looking at all? What do you think?

PS: Thanks to @KateAnthony

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Deals" for Non-Profit Groups

I just had an email from Carole Cotton in which she wrote, "Not sure if you receive these notices from Techsoup, an organization that provides 'deals' for not-for-profit groups. Certainly a plus for many not-for-profit agencies. Might be worth a mention in your blog."

To save time, I'm reproducing the message from Techsoup here. If your agency wants to take advantage of any of these offers you have until 30 June to do so.

Thank you, Carole!


One Week Left to Request Donations Before the June 30 Fiscal Year End!

In just a few short days, a variety of valuable donated and discounted hardware, software and online service programs will reset with the June 30 fiscal year end. To help your organization get the most bang for your limited bucks, we've highlighted some of the donors whose products are affected by the fiscal year end. If you really want to maximize your benefits, place a request before June 30 and then you can request again starting July 1.

Please be sure to view all affected programs.

Keep in mind your organization is likely eligible to request from not just one but multiple donation programs.

Important: Microsoft product requests are not affected by the
June 30 deadline.

Fundraising

GiftWorks: Make Your Fundraising Easier

The new GiftWorks Standard will help a small to medium-sized nonprofit get organized and take fundraising to the next level.

Network for Good: Boost Your Online Fundraising

Drive contributions by accepting credit cards on your Web site with a service bundle from Network for Good.

Telosa: Organize Critical Donor Information

Is managing your donors and contacts in spreadsheets overwhelming? Streamline and automate many time-consuming tasks with Telosa Exceed! Basic.

Hardware

Refurbished Computer Initiative: Quality, Low-Cost Computers

Request refurbished desktop and notebook computers through TechSoup's RCI program, now with better specs and lower admin fees.

Business Applications

Turn Data into Action with Crystal Reports and Xcelsious Engage from SAP Business Objects

Create highly formatted and useful reports from your data using Crystal Reports 2008, make them visually stimulating using Xcelcius Engage 2008, and share them online with your colleagues using Crystalreports.com Professional Edition.

Atlas Business Solutions: Solutions for Human Resources

Organize your human resource recordkeeping with Staff Manager and easily schedule volunteers or employees with ScheduleAnywhere.

Security

Symantec: Protect What Matters to You

Protect all the computers in your organization with Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security, and the new version of Norton 360 3.0. Also, enterprise security software is available for larger organizations as well as Policy Patrol Enterprise from Red Earth.

MYOB: Manage Your Finances Better

Perfect for your small nonprofit, MYOB offersBusinessBasics
and PremierAccounting software (Mac software also available) to help manage your financial resources.

Community

Flickr: Tell Your Story

Request a package of Pro accounts to showcase your organization's work through your own photography.

Financial Management

Intuit: Better Accounting, Better Decisions

Request QuickenPremier 2008, QuickBooks Customer Manager, or QuickBooks Premier Edition 2009 to track your financial and customer information.

MYOB: Manage Your Finances Better

Perfect for the smaller nonprofit, MYOB offers BusinessBasics Version 2 and PremiereAccounting 2009 software (Mac software also available) to help manage your financialresources.

SAGE: Financial Strength for the Nonprofits

Peachtree Premium Accounting for Nonprofits 2009 provides accounting and analysis tools to help nonprofit organizations improve their financial management.

Browse all donation programs on a fiscal year end schedule or review eligibility details for each program.

How to Check Your Order History

Not sure what products your organization has already received through TechSoup during the current fiscal year? Check your order history and click an order number to view details. To see all requests since 7/1/2008 (the beginning of our current fiscal year), type that date in the "From Date" field and click Go. Now place your orders before the June 30 deadline!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Keeping Up with the Careers Literature Is Hard To Do

An alternative is to read some of the abstracts from selected journals. Getting them as RSS or 'news' feeds makes this pretty painless. And if you get overwhelmed? Right-click on the feed and select 'Mark feed read' to get a nice clean start.

I found this little beauty today in a recent issue of The Journal of Career Assessment (more precise information below).

The Happenstance Learning Theory

John D. Krumboltz

Stanford University, jdk@stanford.edu

What-you-should-be-when-you-grow-up need not and should not be planned in advance. Instead career counselors should teach their clients the importance of engaging in a variety of interesting and beneficial activities, ascertaining their reactions, remaining alert to alternative opportunities, and learning skills for succeeding in each new activity. Four propositions: (1) The goal of career counseling is to help clients learn to take actions to achieve more satisfying career and personal lives—not to make a single career decision. (2) Assessments are used to stimulate learning, not to match personal characteristics with occupational characteristics. (3) Clients learn to engage in exploratory actions as a way of generating beneficial unplanned events. (4) The success of counseling is assessed by what the client accomplishes in the real world outside the counseling session.

Journal of Career Assessment, Vol. 17, No. 2, 135-154 (2009)
DOI: 10.1177/1069072708328861

The news feed is http://jca.sagepub.com/rss/current.xml. A closely related journal is The Journal of Career Development whose news feed is http://jcd.sagepub.com/rss/recent.xml.

To get news items like these delivered automatically to your desktop I suggest that you use FeedDemon which you can obtain at no cost (for Windows) here. Install FeedDemon then click on the news feed links above to subscribe to them. Once you have got your feet wet with news feeds I think you will be amazed at what is available and that it turns up without your having to go after it.

By the way, the above journals, and many other useful and/or entertaining items, can be found easily by doing a search of feedmil.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Others Know You Better Than You Know Yourself

That's what eminent psychologist John Barge says anyway. Watch the video, then read the notes right to the end. Fascinating!

(We've mentioned Bargh here on this blog before at Wash your hands first.)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Carole Cotton: Virtual Collaboration Seminar ON NOW

As Carole says in her introduction, “Now we can learn from the best topic experts at an international level.”

Take advantage of this great free online learning opportunity. Available all this weekend.

Carole is exactly right incidentally.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Get Your Tweet Wet

Here’s an introduction to some of the benefits Twitter for the many who have yet to Tweet.





My thanks are due to Jane Knight.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Excellent Way to Display "An Artist's Portfolio"

Truth to tell, there really is nothing like showing prospective employers the results that you have produced for previous employers. And it's a big boost to your own morale to be able to review your own triumphs.

I am speaking of the benefits of portfolios. More and more people are now putting them on the net where they are easy to access and don't have to be carried around.

A new product has emerged called jQuery that makes creating galleries of images startlingly easy for anyone with even limited skills in creating web pages. The image in this blog posting is not "live". However, if it were you could:
  • click on either of the arrows at the ends of the display to expose different image thumbnails
  • click on one of the thumbnail images to open a larger version of the image
  • hover over the larger version of the image to expose text describing the image.
The images can be just about anything: graphs, photographs, scans, screen images, and so on. To get the code and see the product in action go here.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Upward Trending Job: Data Scientist

You can find riffs on the net about this one in a few places: “Rise of the Data Scientist” is one that forms a pretty good introduction to this topic.

Basic ideas?

We are now being inundated with data. Much of it might be useful. Lots of it is not. Much of it is like the iron in iron ore. It needs extracting. Much of this data is buried in web pages or other places which were never intended to be "mined" for information.

To be a data scientist you need to be part statistician to be able to make sense of data in the traditional ways based on probabilistic models. You need to be good at extracting data from a host of different kinds of sources, including databases, web pages, maps and other graphical entities and natural language, both recorded, and visual or spoken. You need to be able to present the meaning of what you have extracted visually for best comprehension by other members of your species.

Of course, no-one can master all of these techniques, even now. Data scientists will specialise in some of these and be able to communicate with other specialists as well as with people who need the visual information that they are creating.

For a sample of one visualisation technique here is what Jeff Clarke of Neoinformix in Toronto is doing with StreamGraph. Modern browsers (which leaves out Internet Explorer) also make it possible to produce graphs directly in the browser window; see the InfoVis Toolkit, for example.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"Graduate school for unemployed college students"

This is advice from Seth Godin, one of many people’s favourite bloggers (and one of mine too). Although it’s intended for college graduates who are still unemployed the basic idea applies to anyone who is unemployed. Use some of your available time and talents to learn or do something that will be valuable to you—and to employers—in future. Remember to document what you’ve done!

"Working on the Edge"

This is the title of a webinar by ‘Deena Ladd, coordinator of the Workers’ Action Centre [in Toronto], in which she discusses employment standards in part-time, contract, and other precarious work. She also presents ideas from a 2007 report titled “Working on the Edge,” highlighted in the Maytree Foundation’s Policy in Focus newsletter.’

You can hear Ms Ladd and watch her PowerPoint slides as if you were in a conference room with her. In addition you can read comments and questions from the individuals who were attending this webinar when it was recorded. (Darn nice software.)

My thanks are due to Shane Bennett of Toronto (@shanebe) for mentioning this on Twitter.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sale Price on Kuder Test Survey

Dr Mary Askew informs me that the US$10 sale price is also available to Canadians. See Kuder sale.

4th Annual Bi-Regional Networking Day (yesterday)

Patti Stirling, Karen Schmidt and Sandra Summerhayes did it again. It was an amazing conference. I just wanted to thank you myself!

Let me also thank Patti Stirling (again) and Ken Walker for the opportunity to speak about this blog to about half of the group at the conference.

To those who were present for Patti and Ken's presentation, here's a sample of what I found waiting for me on Twitter this morning that might be of some value to you:

Embracing new media in your job search
Getting Started with Social Networking

The trick is to choose (and dump) other twitterers mindfully so you don't get overwhelmed.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Continuous Supply of Career Development Resources

I have developed a way of receiving lots more notifications about really useless junk about jobs, careers and employment.

Fortunately this has been much more than offset by the number of gems that I have also learned about. In a second or two—depending on how quickly you read—I will mention how I have got them. First a couple of the items that I regard as genuine sparklers:
  • Here's a page from the blog that Tracy Bussoli publishes. This particular blog item describes a set of volumes of advice for certain university graduates. There is also a big collection of sources for PhDs and post-docs looking for jobs. Other stuff too.
  • The page by Lawrence Wilson is, to me, a very useful way of looking at the marketing materials that job seekers should prepare, for what Wilson calls their “campaigns”. I would like to come back to this topic on this blog later.
So, how can you reap this veritable cornucopia? Use Google alert, log in and provide:
  • for search terms
    "career development" OR "career counselling" OR "employment counselling"
  • for type
    Comprehensive, or you might prefer Blog
  • how often
    Daily, or whatever you prefer
  • an email address
Google will create your alert and then display it (all by itself at first) in a list of alerts. At this point you can change it from an email to a feed (RSS) alert, if you prefer. Soon you will start receiving notifications, either by email or in your news reader, about blogs and web sites matching the search terms.

Good hunting!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

How Do Ya Spell Rezoomay?

I suppose we could all just use the plain vanilla

resume

spelling, right? The problem with this, though, at least amongst us Canadian English-speakers, is that we have been trying to read the French sides of cereal boxes from early childhood and that word just looks kinda naked spelled like this.

So for years I wrote rezoomay as résumé and felt a lot better about it.

Then for some reason I became a little self-conscious about this. It might have been because I was seeing both résumé and resumé in other people's stuff. I decided that two accented characters in a single word must be overkill.

So I started spelling rezoomay as resumé. But my old confidence was now gone.

Isn't it extremely annoying to get advice about your own language presented in another language? Well, that's how I feel anyway. Here's what Wiktionnaire says: "Mots de la langue anglaise comportant des diacritiques, ce qui est inhabituel." (English words don't usually have accented characters.) Or, in our case, rezoomay needs no accents!

Fine, but what should we tell all of the eccentrics in English Canada who insist on using them?

The answer is ... if you really must put French accents in words then the spelling is résumé! (Don't believe me? Just follow the link to check the French Wiktionary.)

PS: What about the other spelling variations? Wiktionnaire wonders aloud about where they came from: "Si vous connaissez l’étymologie manquante de ce mot, merci de l’ajouter conformément aux instructions décrites ici." (If you know the missing etymology for this word please add it, according to the instructions provided here.)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio - The Rapid eLearning Blog

This is a collection of tips for recording audio, especially if your funds are short.

4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio - The Rapid eLearning Blog

Posted using ShareThis

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lovely Way of Studying Wikipedia

I learned about the Wiki Mind Map on 50 Great Examples of Data Visualization this morning. (Of course, I was looking for something else which I have yet to find: that would be my life in one of a set of nutshells.)

This is what you get from Wiki Mind Map when you ask it to map 'career development' from the English version of Wikipedia. The article is pretty limited. Many significant individuals in the field are unmentioned. Almost nothing is said about approaches, theories, training, and so on. Overall, there are few connections with sources which relate to occupational classifications or other areas of wikipedia itself. In fact the article seems to be slanted towards one particular sense of meaning of the title term.

Undiscouraged, however, and with a new toy to play with, I decided to poke around. The double green arrows represent topics that can be made the foci, or centres, of new mind maps. I picked on the double arrow for 'career'. This time the Wiki Mind Map provided me with links that included those labelled 'Career Assessments', 'Career Counseling' and 'Career Counselors'.

At this point in time, when you follow the link for Career Counselor you are re-directed to the article entitled Employment Counselor, whose first sentence in the article states, "An employment counsellor, also known as a career development professional, advises, coaches, provides information to, and supports people who are planning, seeking and managing their life/work direction." In other words, although many of us in this occupational category would consider career counselling and employment counselling to be somewhat different occupations wikipedia lumps them together. Considering that I have yet to explore the treatment of the term "job developer" in wikipedia, assuming that it is mentioned at all, it appears to me that this collection of related articles is due for careful restructuring and improvement.

But the Wiki Mind Map itself is great, right?