One Step

We live in a world that’s temporarily in chaos. No matter where we look, we seem to find vulnerabilities, uncertainties, and complex ambiguities.

We find ourselves bombarded with so many thoughts and ideas. It becomes tough to know which ones are real and which ones hold no credibility.

Our doubts and worries often overwhelm us and cause us moments of loss, either losing what we think we know or losing our way.

If we stagnate, we will never get anywhere. Therefore, I recommend you take this journey like any other, one step at a time.

Hidden factories

In your life, you make things, do things, or maybe design things. When you do a good job, your work counts for something. When your efforts have errors or problems, you have just developed a hidden factory.

When you have worked on something that now has an error within it, you must fix the problem. Repairing any item costs time, parts, money, and people. It is a hidden factory because it does not show up in the books.

It is often too costly to take something with an error in it and throw it away. You need to fix whatever is wrong.  Included in the repair should be a new process step to remove the possible duplication of that error. If you do not remove the possibility for that error, it will repeat.

What hidden factories do you have within your life and work?

What will you do to remove them?

Changing Scenery Motivates Minds

Every so often, it’s great to trade venues. This change often inspires new thoughts and ideas.

If you don’t believe me, try it and see. If you are creative, spend one day somewhere new. Enjoy the unique scenery, fresh aromas, and activities. Let your creative juices start to flow.

No matter how great our daily workplace is, there is something worthwhile about an occasional change in scenery.

What Am I Worth

It’s a great question and one that’s prevalent in finding new jobs. The overall answer is two words.  ‘It depends.’

An employer’s offer depends on how much talent a person has. Also, how many people with that amount of skill are in the local area. And how well the new candidate will fit with the rest of the team. For the employer, it boils down to what the new person will be able to do for the company as they grow within it.

 There are many other considerations, such as how well the new individual gets along with the core team. Also, what second and third skillsets the person has and are valuable to the company.

Value to the individual applying should include the pay and the power of the benefits they will receive and how working with the company may help their stature within their professional community.

The topic is too large for one blog. So what I will do is come back regularly with ideas and tips on how to verify the local rate for someone with a particular set of skills. Also, to show how higher education can both help you and hurt you in negotiations. And how to know what an employer does not want to tell you and how you can find out.

Finding the Right Company

If you have completed what I gave you yesterday, you now know what you want to do. The next step is to find who’s hiring for that type of position. Now, I want to warn you that many job requests get written to hire a specific person the company wants to hire for that job.

To get past that, you have to apply for many jobs. Also, each job posting will attract on average 250 job applications. To beat the odds, you want to read the company’s website and write your resume and correspondence using the company language. If they call customers ‘clients’, you do the same. If they call their employees ‘the team’, you ask to be part of the team. The more you work this, the easier it gets.

Even if you pay somebody to do your resume, you may end up with only a generic form. Take your time to do your work. Employers do notice and pay attention when you put the extra effort into it. Taking the extra step rarely goes unnoticed.

Make sure friends, family, and everyone you know understands that you are looking for a job. Anything they do to help you is greatly appreciated. You want to be on everyone’s good side and every set of eyes counts.

Earning a job is not an easy gimmie. Many consider getting employed as the most challenging thing to do.

Tomorrow – phone interviews.

Thinking Critically

I am presently working on my next course. And, I hope to have it completed within the month.

The course is on using critical thinking in finding employment.

Do you like working with critical thinking? And would you like to work with it to strengthen those brain cells?

I am asking because I am considering using my blog to train on the fundamentals of critical thinking. These blogs are free; I do not want to bore you, though.

I will take one idea day and give it to you to consider. The next day I will discuss some of the possibilities of that idea in that blog.

If you like the idea of playing with some critical thinking exercises, please let me know. If you hate this idea, you want to let me know soon.

For today I have one question for you to ponder. Why is critical thinking talked about and desired amongst people who are hiring?

How do you like to learn

There are times that I really like to sit and read. If I am more hurried, I will either dictate what I am writing or grab information off YouTube faster. I can’t do it for everything because not everything is found in fast-to-find places.

I mention this because I am starting to write a series of courses that will begin to come out in a month or two. It doesn’t matter how I would write them for me, I’ve already researched and found the information. I am writing them for you.

Today I am deviating from my one question at the end of my blog to three questions. I am very interested in your responses because you are the people for whom I am building the courses.

Do you prefer to read one or two-page fact sheets or watch a video? Do you like to have an interactive training session where you make choices and then move forward based on the option you have made? If there is a course with both reading and video watching, what percentage of each would you prefer?

Thank you for your time in considering this, and please let me know.

Fix or Buy New

I now face the ‘time that tries men’s souls.’ With a laptop this slow, is it more cost-effective to replace it or keep spending the time and aggravation to nurse it along. When Shakespeare wrote our first sentence, I think he was thinking the same thing about his writing nib that probably kept breaking or running out of ink.

It is a dilemma that has plagued us all for millennia. What is our hourly rate? How much do we drain from our schedule, trying on an endless quest to drag another six months out of something that continuously frustrates us?

There is a tipping point. I must consider my aggravation and what it does to my body. I have to consider my delay of work, And what’s that costs me. I have to consider the cost of my time and whether there is a fair price to charge for my time or if it is just something that I am wishing.

What I believe is we should think wisely and sanely. A new machine would last longer. My old laptop, then donated to a charity, would clean it up, fix it and give it to a school kid who does not have a computer.

I may shock those who read my blogs, presenting the articles in a timely and sane manner. It would help me focus on other problems without frustration.

Have you ever faced a dilemma over whether to repair or replace something?

Taste Change

Every so often, I tend to run out of something. The most irritating part is this usually happens after going to the grocery store or the market. I know that I should go through the cupboards before I go to the store, yet inevitably something gets missed.

Today the missing ingredient is Splenda for the coffee. I like my coffee. I like coffee with Splenda and lactose-free milk with unique added ingredients for brain health. Like many others, I find myself a creature of habit and enjoy things the way I like them.  And yet, over the years, especially in military service, I have learned that you can start to tolerate anything given time.

I can endure most things for two weeks.  In most cases, I will get accustomed to the different taste. Suppose I go a month or more with the different flavors. In that case, my usual preferences will taste odd when I first return to them.

Have you ever had to change things you like because of a new location or a shortage?