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Help Wanted

December 27th, 2010

Do you feel like you are having trouble keeping a clear chart of your job search – where you applied and when.  If you’ve followed up or not?  Do you try to keep track of thing in an Excel spreadsheet or maybe in file folders in your email?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool that you could use that would help you in your search – where you could make notes, plan events, meetings?

A local software developer has created an online Job Tracking and Organizing tool for job seekers – JobKatch.com.

JobKatch.com is in its early Beta stage.  The developer is looking for folks who would provide feedback on their experience using the tool to help him understand how this tool would best benefit job seekers.

It is very straight forward to use, and you may use it immediately – for current job prospects and new leads you may find.

If you are interested, all you need to do is follow these 5 short steps:

1)    Go to JobKatch.com

2)    Watch the short video about how JobKatch works. This step is really important – the video is key to understanding how JobKatch works, and it will get you up and running faster.

3)    Sign up for an account – FREE!

4)    Add the Bookmark-let to your toolbar on your browser of choice.

5)    Start adding job leads.

You may add contacts AFTER you have started adding job leads.

You may add contacts from your email address books, and from your LinkedIn account.

Please note: There is a known bug with the bulk loading LinkedIn contacts – the contacts do load, but the screen is not updated.  This is currently being addressed.  In the meanwhile, you may still add individual LinkedIn contacts to your JobKatch job leads, however, you will need to open a separate tab or browser window to get back to JobKatch.com and the job lead window.

Please use the contact form on the Contact Us page (http://jobkatch.com/contact_us) to ask questions, report any issues or make suggestions for improvement on workflow for this tool.  There is a “contact” link on the bottom of each page that will link you to the form.

Thank you for your help in advance.  Hopefully, you will find JobKatch a valuable tool in organizing your search.

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5 You May Have Missed – 2010 Year in Review – Web & Social Media

December 15th, 2010

Wrapping up 2010 everyone is putting out their lists of top 10 this and that.  This past week has revealed what the dominating forces in the Web and Social Media offer regarding the past year.  What does all this have to do with your Job Search?  Well, the Web and Social Media reflect what is going on in our world and we have to pay attention to it.  You don’t have to be an expert, but you need to be conversant in these technologies so you are able to speak intelligently where these technology intersect with the company or organization you have targeted in your search.

Google – What We Searched

Penn-Olson.com discusses what Google offers in their look back.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn offers what are the Top 10 (and Overused) Buzzwords on LinkedIn Profiles.

YouTube

YouTube dedicated a channel to look back on the past year in video – Rewind.

Twitter

Mashable offered up what they saw as the Most Powerful Tweets of 2010.

Facebook

Facebook Reveals Top Global Status Trends in 2010 via AllFacebook.com

When these types of lists come out, I’m always curious as to where happenings of the month of December end up.  They can’t put December 2010 in 2011, so officially, I guess nothing happens in December.  And while we’re on this topic, since there are 12 months in a year, why don’t we look back at the top 12 for the year?

Regardless, what are some of your top 10 or 12 for the past year?

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish

October 29th, 2010

Do you see your unemployment as an opportunity?

For most of us who are unemployed, one of the most difficult parts of our journey is what got us here.

We are unemployed, laid off, displaced, in transition (and who thought that one up anyway?) — we are unwanted.

It may have come in a phone call, an email, an interoffice memo, or a face to face meeting.  We were informed that we were no longer needed to perform the job that paid our bills, help put our kids through college, funded our family vacations, covered our medical expenses, made possible our planned retirement, and in many ways fulfilled our lives, nourished our minds, satisfied our souls.

So much of our identity is wrapped up in what now is our past job title or set of responsibilities — and in many ways I think that this is even more so for men who head families and may be the primary breadwinner.

Now that when we find ourselves out of a job we may not feel that we have an identity any longer.  We seem to float around in some odd state of limbo.

We spend a lot of time worrying — and rightly so — about finding the next job and returning to work.  Unfortunately, we don’t take the opportunity to celebrate the fact that not having a job is an opportunity to explore avenues previously closed off due to the obligations of a job.

Did you know that Steve Jobs was fired from Apple? In this video, Steve Jobs speaks about several things, but in particular, how his being fired from Apple offered him an opportunity to reinvent, change and grow.

I attended the CED‘s Start Something celebration last night at the American Tobacco Campus and toured the new American Underground.  The whole purpose of what is being done at American Underground is to create an environment that nurtures new ideas and innovation.

Jobs’ advice to the graduating class at Stanford doesn’t have to be only for the young eager students graduating from college. Each of us on our journey to the next point in our career can take his advice and move forward.

Perhaps your unemployment will allow you to be like Steve Jobs.

Perhaps we all should Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

What is this time in your life going to allow you to create, innovate, explore? What have you done foolish lately?

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Shameless Plug – Find a Job in 140 Characters or Less

October 10th, 2010

After more than a year out of work Amy M. of St. Louis, MO is back 2 work thanks 2 #Twitter.  Alison S. of Green Bay, WI is back 2 work 2. (138 characters)

Find out their stories & how #Twitter can help #jobseekers thru #jobhuntchat & #hirefriday, as well as other #Twitter job search tools. (135 characters)

Join @joannawolfe @ ProNet Raleigh’s monthly meeting @UOPX in #Raleigh 10/12 9-11am to learn more about #Twitter RSVP http://bit.ly/9KaUbq (138 characters)

Find out how 2 set up a #Twitter account, get 2 know useful #Twitter Tools, & ways #jobseekers are using Twitter 2 find their next job. (135 characters)

If U can decipher the sentences above, U may B able 2 land UR next job in 140 characters or less! (if not, we’ll help you figure it out) (136 characters)

And for those of you who don’t tweet…

I’ll be talking about the how Twitter can be a powerful tool for your job search at the next ProNet Raleigh.  You don’t have to have a smart phone to use Twitter.  All you need is a computer and a few minutes a day.

What: ProNet Raleigh

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where: University of Phoenix offices

5511 Capital Center Drive
Raleigh, NC, 27606-3380
Phone: 919.854.2121

Take Jones Franklin Road exit from the Beltline (440), just north/west of 1-40 interchange.

Who: ProNet Raleigh is sponsored by EDSI (www.edsitriangle.com) who helps mid-level professionals attain jobs, training, and more.

RSVP: http://events.linkedin.com/ProNet-Raleigh-Free-Professional/pub/440211

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Seeing Green – Green Economy, Green Careers, Green Jobs

August 24th, 2010

It seems the world is going green these days.

In the span of the next 8 weeks there are green events everywhere you look.

Want to understand the new Green Economy?  Michael Gaudet of Green Peak Research is presenting a class Transitioning to the New Green Economy at Wake Tech’s Cary Campus this week on Wednesday and Thursday this week  — August 25 – 26, 2010.  You can still attend the class, email Pat Taylor (pstaylor@waketech.edu) at Wake Tech and/or Michael Gaudet (mgaudet1@waketech.edu) directly to enroll.  It’s free to folks who are unemployed, underemployed or pending a layoff.

Green Drinks is going to be on the Greens – the Lonnie Poole Golf Course greens at NCSU that is, on Thursday, August 26, 2010.  For more information: http://www.triangleusgbc.org/events/event/150-green-drinks-drinks-on-the-green

A follow up to Transitioning to the New Green Economy, a one day course — Targeting Green Jobs in NC will be held on September 1, 2010 at Wake Tech’s Cary Campus, as with the previous course, it is free to folks who are unemployed, underemployed or pending a layoff.  Email Pat Taylor (pstaylor@waketech.edu) at Wake Tech and/or Michael Gaudet (mgaudet1@waketech.edu) directly to enroll.

Green NC (Career Day, Education Sessions, Trade Show, and Awards) will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the NCSU McKimmon Center.  This event focuses on the Green Building, and is sponsored by the US Green Building Council NC Chapter.

The SJF 2010 Summit on the New Green Economy on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 14 – 15, 2010 will be held at the Downtown Durham Convention Center.

And the State Fair October 14 – 24, 2010 is getting into the action with an exhibit called Green NC.  Between the Deep Fried Twinkies and Pig Races, check out the exhibit.

And as if you haven’t seen enough Green yet, Triangle Business Journal is holding their Green Awards and Expo at the Embassy Suites in Cary on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

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