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Infographic: LinkedIn Profile Must-Haves

17 LinkedIn Profile Must-Haves [infographic]

Linkedin is an online network that allows you to manage your professional identity by networking with potential employers online. All you have to do is make a profile, from there you’ll get to discover new, professional opportunities, all while learning about the latest news, opportunities, and business ventures.  It’s pretty much the young professional’s version of Facebook.

However, because it’s an online profile, some people can get a little sloppy with building their professional identity on this site. Thankfully, Maximize Social Business, created this savvy infographic listing 17 Linkedin profile must haves. Small details such as adding a professional photo (no bathroom mirror pics please), and using your full, professional name can bring a lot more game to your professional career. Check out today’s infographic for more tips to make your Linkedin profile a competitive one! [via]

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Dress Codes for Engineers

What to wear, when? Where? How? These are the kinds of questions dress codes address; and many more like this one: The invitation states the dress code is smart casual. What’s the difference between business casual and smart casual? Are they the same? Any ideas?

This infographic outlines Dress Codes for Engineers

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Without a Clock, I Might Not Be Living

I was reading The Ticktock of the Death Clock on the NYTimes and I found the piece compelling.

Luciano Lozano

 

With every new silver hair sprouting from my scalp, I can’t help but think of the shortening arc ahead of me. Now in my mid-50s, for the first time I’m no longer looking up, over and beyond. Rather, my trajectory points downward at the approaching horizon. In this frame of mind, I recently found myself at DeathClock.com, the “Internet’s friendly” — if not scientific — “reminder that life is slipping away … second by second.” After I completed the short questionnaire, the Death Clock’s algorithm quickly did the math, concluding: “Your personal day of death is Wednesday, April 23, 2031.”

That’s a scant 18 years — although the clock gave it to me “in seconds left to live.” At the time, it was 563,037,386 … and counting down.

Old enough not to believe everything I read on the Web, I queried my doctor about my expected longevity. He quickly e-mailed back: “All things being equal, I believe your estimated survival time would be around 72 to 75. Good luck.”

Good luck? I spent a few moments processing the possible meanings behind “good luck” (none of them particularly appealing), realizing my good doctor had pretty much corroborated the Death Clock’s calculation, then sat there feeling sorry for myself, imagining the hourglass emptying. Then, not allowing myself to wallow one grain of sand longer, I decided to quit my day job.

Yes, just like that. Call me crazy. I worked as an editor and, ironically, my soon-to-be-former boss had once given me a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s“Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,” suggesting I needed to act more on impulse than rationality. I had previously underlined this particular section: “Decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately.”

I’d long been toying with — even planning for — the day I’d quit. But so many fears had stood in my way, starting with the most basic: dollars and cents. Yes, my partner and I had downsized. Yes, I’d been squirreling away a rainy-day fund. And yes — and most significantly — I’d been talking regularly with my therapist not just about quitting, but about how to live a truly meaningful life. I knew it wasn’t sleeping my way through the workdays to get to the weekend.

Now a new fear – the ticktock of the clock — squashed the pecuniary one, and the decision to leave my job seemed like a Gladwell no-brainer.

Anyway, my plan wasn’t to spend the rest of my life traveling the world. First of all, that rainy-day fund isn’t that big. And as short as 18 years sounds, that’s a heck of a lot of days and weeks (and yes, seconds) not to fritter away. Rather, my plan was to do what I’d been doing in bits and pieces, in between jobs, on vacations, before the work day and after hours: Be a full-time writer.

Fortunately, I had some role models in making this leap. My friend Peter, 53, a documentarian, had left his full-time job 18 months earlier to take what he then called a sabbatical to write a play. He explained to me: “I realized it was a myth to think there would be a time when I don’t have any financial worries. If not now, when?” He then added that his 52-year-old best friend who died of a malignant brain tumor “was a very real accelerator of my decision.”

Similarly, my friend Tom, 56, told me over coffee he’d come to the realization, “I only have so many years left.” A photographer and writer, he’d recently stepped down from a university directorship after watching two of his closest friends die, “guys that I thought were bulletproof,” he explained. “I want to quit talking about doing my own work – and do my own work.”

The week after getting my doctor’s “good luck” e-mail, I gave notice. I told a good story but what I didn’t say was this: “I’ve got only one life to live, and if I don’t do it now, when?”

I couldn’t sleep the next few nights, the loud echoes of my naysayers circling through my head. But over the weeks that followed, things began to shift. I started to get new assignments and finished up a book proposal. I’d get up at 5 a.m. as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. I felt a new sense of ownership, joy and meaning to my days. This wasn’t my work, it was my life. And I didn’t just like it – I loved it.

Of course, I know I won’t spend the rest of my days in this state of euphoria. I will struggle with blank pages and intermittent paychecks. But I will appreciate each day more. I understand now what my friend Tom was telling me when he sent me a short passage from Wendell Berry’s novel “Jayber Crow,” in which the namesake main character reflects on the passage of time. “Back at the beginning, as I see now, my life was all time and almost no memory … And now, nearing the end, I see that my life is almost entirely memory and very little time.”

I know too well the feeling that my life is now more memory than future. As I finish these pages, I see that my clock is down two million seconds from when I started. Call me crazy, but I have to say I love the ticktock of the Death Clock. Without it, I might not be living.

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Job Interviewing 101

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Coffee Shop or Coworking Center?

I admit my bias against those working in coffee shops freely.  I can no longer go anywhere in the afternoon and have coffee and hang out, talk with people, treat myself, or simply people watch.  Albina Coffee, Stumptown, even Crema.  Every table is taken with a single person, a laptop, and a pile of papers as they work.  On the rare occasion where I do grab an empty table, I can see others coming in, spotting a shop full and leaving.  It simply seems to me that the business model for coffee shops is broken, that they are losing business and cache and becoming trivial, soon to be replaced by carts or somewhere this function can be done.  One can’t make money with one cup being purchased per table per large block of time.

Enough on that, I spoted this recent study showing that it is actually cheaper for folks to rent a “flexible desk” during regular business hours.  Now which coffee if going to open a space and charge for this?  Winning idea folks, send your percentages here.

According to the Deskwanted study, the average cost of renting a “flexible desk” during regular business hours is $152 a month. As Deskwanted’s analyst Sophie Bonnet points out, that’s probably less than what it would cost to work out of a coffee shop, assuming that a reasonable amount of drinks and snacks were bought throughout each day. A flexible desk membership that allows for 24/7 access to the space costs an average of $209 per month. As you might expect, the study found that renting a permanent desk at a coworking center is more expensive: A permanent desk that’s available for use during regular business hours costs an average of $308 per month, while one with 24/7 access costs an average of $387 per month.

Deskwanted also carried out a similar study six months ago, which found that the average price of renting a flexible desk to be $150, so prices have increased slightly, despite increased competition in the market as more spaces open.