Reading Time: 3 minutes One summer while I was walking around Gray’s Lake, I eaves dropped over a conversation two young women were having about tap water throughout the city. I was right behind them, ready to make a fast pass around…and interested in their subject! I’m not like Gladys Kravitz all the time! One thought Urbandale water was… Continue reading Being Nosey, Opinions and I Make My Point Clear! Job Placement is Hard Work!
Reading Time: 5 minutes In the context of careers and employment, “skills” are broadly defined to include a broad range of abilities and talents, as well as technological expertise. One could focus on skills related to communication skills (writing, presentation, etc.), computer skills, analytical skills, and any number of other attributes – some easily measurable and some more a… Continue reading Transferable Skills! Where to Apply Them Today?
Reading Time: 2 minutes I just got off the phone after a gentleman named Randy called my business inquiring on my needs regarding this website. I responded after listening to the purpose for his call… I’m it as far as who’s in charge of this site! He had good verbal communication skills, so our discussion continued. It was unusual… Continue reading Nice Talking to You Randy! Never Stop Using Your Soft Skills!
Reading Time: 4 minutes [Original Post Date: Oct 8, 2012] Randy and I got back from Kansas City last night, after spending the weekend in Missouri. Once again, in comparison to the people we encountered in Chicago a few weeks ago, I found locals clad in red to be quite friendly! We went to yesterday’s Chiefs game. It was… Continue reading The Skills of a Football Player and a Fantasy!
Reading Time: 4 minutes I pay close attention to transferable skills when assessing employability, especially those skills we have come to call “soft”. Soft skills refer to interpersonal abilities that enhance an individual’s interactions with others, career prospects and performance on the job. Soft skills are comprised of personality attributes or habits (no not rabbits >-=], social graces, communication,… Continue reading Don’t Be a Dumb Bunny, Use Your Soft Skills to Your Advantage
Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve blogged about Soft Skills in my writing about Don’t Be a Dumb Bunny; and just wanted to add this soft skills matrix to help. Soft Skill Other words that mean the same Examples when soft skill is used Manners Politeness, consideration, courtesy Saying thank you, holding doors open for others, asking permission to do things… Continue reading Soft Skills Matrix, Take A Look!
Reading Time: 4 minutes Been on the links yet? If not, hopefully very soon! I enjoy golfing and teeing off is my favorite part (not that the ball goes much more than 100 yards or so). I just really like it when my ball flies high and straight! It makes it much easier to smack the ball into the… Continue reading Golfing and Communication, Using Tee Ups Effectively!
Reading Time: 3 minutes I decided from my last blog (so many choices!) to write about me looking for temporary work…. Last year, I applied for a temporary part-time academic counselor position at DMACC. The position was focused on young “at-risk” students. I share my cover letter (which wanted the applicant to address certain characteristics or skills in the cover… Continue reading Creative Cover Letters Entice Your Reader
Reading Time: 4 minutes Studying personalities is important to me. I’ve reviewed the results of many personality assessments and am a proponent of using assessment results if it helps you or who you are working with move forward in positive ways. One of the main personality dispositions is whether you are optimistic or pessimistic. (Which are you?) You can go to The… Continue reading Is Your Glass 1/2 Full or 1/2 Empty Today? Personality Assessments Help Find Out!
Reading Time: 3 minutes As I mentioned in last week’s post, Arin was in interviewing mode. She found success! Today she starts her training at the Des Moines Public Library. My daughter, a librarian aide! I love it. She is so excited! It’s a part-time position, which the library does for all aides, that pays pretty good! She will… Continue reading Congratulations to my Beautiful Daughter….She Starts a New Job Today!