The focus this month is on you if your profession is in technology, if you're a freelancer, or if you're a writer.
Get the scoop on tools to help, places to be, names to know, issues you should care about.
This month, our freelance writers are among the featured groups. The inspiration came from making my first visit to Vroman's
Bookstore last week, reputedly, the oldest in Pasadena. After finding one title in particular that just did not want
to stay in the store, I decided other writers should know about these treasures.
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Worth a Read
Keeping skills honed, connections open and thriving, and learning more about the craft and business are as critical as eating
and paying bills. In that vein, here are several titles that I feel are worth your attention.
writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career, revised edition
Revised edition by Moira Anderson Allen. Now revised, updated, and expanded, this new edition includes a password to 2,000
online resources for writers! This indispensable resource tells writers how to take full advantage of Internet technologies
and resources to improve skills, increase sales, and build recognition. Both experienced and novice writers will learn how
to use cutting-edge tactics to uncover new domestic and international markets; to communicate and conduct writing business
successfully over the Internet; to find and use writers' groups effectively; to use a Web site to promote books and articles
and attract readers; to start an e-zine; and much more. 6 X 9, 288 pages; Paperback, ISBN 1-58115-270-1.
Business & Legal Forms for Authors and Self-Publishers
Twenty ready-to-use forms with detailed instructions include: estimate, confirmation, permission, and nondisclosure forms;
contracts with agents, publishers, designers, printers, sales reps, and distributors; and a licensing form for electronic
rights. Revised edition with forms included in popular MAC and PC word-processing formats for easy customizing.
Marketing Strategies for Writers
A wizard at promoting his own work reveals the aggressive tactics needed for winning in today's highly competitive marketplace.
He details the skills and strategies writers must master to promote themselves and their work, from researching the marketplace,
to becoming lecturers, teachers, and experts in a particular field, to networking with editors and publishers, pitching to
radio and TV producers, and marketing on the Internet. This invaluable guide goes beyond selling and marketing books and articles
to take writing careers to new levels with these top-of-the-line resources.
The Writer's Guide to Corporate Communications
This reference contains everything the freelance writer needs to succeed in the lucrative field of corporate communications.
This book is a complete guide to the techniques and creative skills needed for success. Coverage includes: how to write for
videos, speeches, sales meetings, brochures, Web sites, and more; how to think creatively and strategically; how to find clients,
market skills and develop a portfolio; and how to negotiate and set fees. Included are treatments and scripts, as well as
exercises which provide the writer with a sample portfolio to help land assignments.
Getting the exact job you want with the company you want is either highly improbable or a cinch. It's highly improbable if
you play by the old rules, a cinch if you play by the new rules and go about your task in the ways suggested by David Perry
in Career Guide for the High-Tech Professional. If you're willing to look upon finding a job as a job unto itself, you're
going to reap exceptional rewards from this book. It does not contain shortcuts, tricks, or anything unethical. But it does
feature ultra-solid advice along with the rich details of landing the job of a lifetime. Career Guide for the High-Tech Professional
is filled with job-finding wisdom and the actual things you must say in your cover letter, on your resume, and during your
interviews. Nothing is left to chance. Every detail is covered.
We've had two career development chats that focused on answering questions about career search and promotion issues.
More are on the way and will be a regular feature.
Also in the near future there will be online networking and an online jobs fair.
L.A. Metro Recruiters and HR managers online networking meeting: June 3, 10 a.m. in the Entrances Chat Room. Featured topic: Search Efficiencies for Better Management. Speaker: Sean Gately
There's been a recruiters roundtable to discuss industry ethics and issues related to maintaining a unified standard
in the industry. The next roundtable meeting will be announced to the discussion lists.
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More articles are available to help you with a successful job search and promotion are now available.
Sometimes you need to have the [knowledge] tools to do the job. You've been in the trenches for a good amount of time and
you think you've learned there is to know in order to be qualified for that management slot that's been just at your fingertips
for oh so long. Now that you have a shot at it -- proving yourself, that is -- you don't understand how the project could
have gone so wrong and so far off schedule. (Ahem. We won't talk about budget.)
It appears there were a few more things to know; a little more preparation to be the best fit for the job. It's okay. There
are many options for getting that fine tuned information to make the edge. One method is to identify and get a mentor. Another
is learning what information you may be missing so you can hone up on it.
The other thing you can do is check a course listing from a Project Management curriculum to see what skills are emphasized.
For example, look at the Online Courses offered in the Project Management curriculum for Training Online. Are you aware it's important to know how to schedule and
estimate resources? If you knew that supply chain has a lot of milestones for activity tracking but didn't have a complete
understanding (or appreciation) of them, perhaps you should investigate some of the related courses that touch on those skills
and integrate the knowledge into your reservoir of resources.
It takes a talented, knowledgeable leader to know what to do, whether they know it, how to find the ones who do to support
the project, and how to garner all of those resources into their own armory. Be one!
Even though we're talking about the more creative, risk takers this month, those interested in earning the extra edge with
an MBA want to know more about how to get in. For additional advice, see
Looking for Value-Added Résumés where you'll be told why Robert H. Smith B-school applicants need to not only list their achievements but also explain how
they fortified their own leadership skills.
Recruiting Online Recruiting Courses
Are you looking for new ways to sharpen your online recruiting skills? Glenn Gutmacher offers online courses to do just that.
He offers a daily job listing and newsfeed, samples of his courses, career counseling (for the recruiter), and outsourcing
services. Stop by. Have a look around. Make your choices. Let Glenn know Viva sent you that way.
You HR pros will want to stay up to date on the buzz in your industry specialty by tuning in to the free online courses and
webcasts offered by HR.com. See some of the courses offered by visiting the "Classes & Trainings" folder of the Bulletins.
Raising funds is one of the biggest challenges you'll face as you start up a new business or expand an existing one. Get the
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Okay, it's great to go to school, but which one should you choose and how do you finance this high fallutin' extra education?
Last time we talked about scholarships. But let's get serious about the education regimen.
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So you're ready to have your skills or knowledge tested in order to earn a new certification and continue moving up the ladder
-- or into a new department. Are you ready? Have you taken the practice exams in order to feel comfortable as you go through
For those in the IT or MIS Department, one of your preparation first steps should be making certain you've taken as many practice
tests as possible. Enter Transcender. The list of vendors is long. That means you've got a lot of options when it comes to
the variety of exam prep materials.
You didn't get the job offer. You knew you were the perfect match but it just didn't happen. According to
Prime Candidate contributing writer Gurney, there are at least 15 reasons for not getting the job.
It is said that the Korean and Hispanic segments of our population are the fastest growing in the nation. Thus, much
attention is given to those segments by federal govementment agencies. Women are still pushing their way forward and up. To
assist them in their drive, the Department of Labor launched a program called Las Mujeres y el Dinero (Women and Money) to help Hispanic women learn more about insuring their economic security. Contact the Department to learn
when the lectures will return and whether other minority groups will be included.
You'd think some things are obvious when it comes to best practices. Still, it's good to talk about them so that we're listening,
being persuaded, moved to do what others have in order to achieve success:
Winning can look different, depending on your perspective. However, with now 95 seats on Fortune 500 corporations (one
less than last year), there are catalysts for change that make minorities Ready for Progress
Bureau analysts have considered employment health benefits, particularly Trends in employer-provided mental health and substance abuse benefits. The article presents and compares data from the Bureau's 1997 Employee Benefits Survey and the 2000 and 2002 NCS5 and provides
brief background, historical, and economic perspectives on the topics of mental health and substance abuse care -- things
you may want to take into consideration with your own programs.
Consider the issues facing a frequently forgotten minority group -- Asians. This month, Secretary Chao's department held
its annual Summit, seeking to increase diversity in senior positions for the federal workforce. To support this initiative,
the Department also has available a new APA Federal Career Guide.
~~~ Recruiting ~~~
Many of you already know of Eliyon, the company that helps supply the extra twist on getting inside information on people and companies. Are you aware they
have merged with and become ZoomInfo?
The Advantage covers some critical considerations about employment posters, their content, and considerations in choosing a supplier.
Of equal importance, Bill Truesdell also discusses a new cottage industry, those who aid in fooling the drug test.
Not long ago, someone asked me where they might find SAP pros (as in IT professionals well versed and experienced with
the software known by the acronym SAP). What I discovered is this a very narrow specialty; the folks are hard to find. But
I found a place that specializes in just that niche. SAP Pros has job posting and database searching for very reasonable rates. Looks like a place to bookmark after you've explored.
05/21 IL Programmer Analyst , Levy Home Entertainment - Responsible for business/problem analysis and solving, software
development and maintenance, unit and system testing, impact analysis and technical documentation. 5+ years software development
(RPG) and analysis, RPG IV and ILE skills.
05/21 IL Senior Security Analyst , Morningstar - to support its award-winning Morningstar.com Web site. Morningstar.com
is consistently rated as one of the top investment sites by publications such as Barrons and Forbes.
05/20 IL Web Designer , Shaker Recruitment Adv. & Comm. - As an experienced Web Designer, youll step right into a variety
of projects including Web site design and development, tile/banner creation and a range of interactive product offerings.
Seek a diligent team player with strong graphic design
05/14 NJ Graphic/Packaging Designer , Shelcore Toys - Shelcore Toys is seeking a creative and energetic full-time Packaging
Artist for their in-house art department. Competitive wages and full benefits provided. Job requires 2+ years of packaging
experience. Proficiency in Mac, Photoshop and Illus - Industry: Arts / Media / Graphics
05/18 NJ Production Editor for Major Publishing Company , SmartStaff Personnel - Production Editor for Major Publishing
05/16 NJ Print Production Dept. Manager , APP Consulting - Manage the production and pre-press department of this Company
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Certain business trends are happening in the technology sector. These are impacting not just the jobs that people are doing
but the way people are doing business.
Moving IT Forward - Peter Coffee covers the gamut of trends from RFID and Wi-Fi to M&As and SarbOx.
It seems as though MS is courting, and Aruba and Cisco are willing to be courted, into the WLAN replacement territory.
Learn more about the New gear from Wi-Fi duo
The word on spyware is getting confusing. Learn how the criteria is now so hazy that PC security issues make 'Spyware' label slippery.
Names in the News
What's happening with these folks? You'll want to read and be in the know about:
Direct Marketing Association (DMA) recently announced the absorption of its former subsidiary organization, Association
for Interactive Marketing. For more details, see the press release in the "Who's News - On the Move" folder of the Bulletins.
There are just some things that you need to know about doing business online.
CareerXroads evaluates hundreds of sites and then reports their useability for job seekers. See what two studies
said were important when it comes to banking and financial sites when they talk about Studies show what it takes to be a top site
You may want to test your business crystal ball or at least compare it to Hispanic Business's as they look at The Year Ahead for 2005 generally, and
Last month, we talked about how workers have had an across-the-board salary cut compared with the cost of living / consumer
price index. As if you needed further confirmation, see Consumer price index, 2004: Consumer inflation was higher in 2004, reflecting higher prices for energy, new and used motor vehicles, and shelter.
In light of the fact that there are over 40 million small and home-based businesses in the United States compared with
8,000 that employ more than 1,000 workers, we need to pay close attention to the importance of thinking small. Let's Get Small
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