Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Last week LinkedIn announced the ten most overused words on resumes. Words that you use in your LinkedIn profile are likely to appear on resumes, which means the list outlines the buzzwords you should be avoiding when formatting and writing your own resume. There is sometimes a lack of creativity in being creative when doing your resume and profile. With that in mind here are the ten words and using football as a reference, words and phrases to replace them with. Creative............................Playmaker Organizational...................Good clock management Effective...........................Great inside the red zone Motivated.........................Touchdown maker Extensive experience.........Pro bowler Track Record...................Hall of fame career Innovative.........................Game changer Responsible......................Low turnover rate Analytical..........................Audibles at line of scrimmage Problem solving.................Runs a two minute drill well Of course a lot of words need to be relevant to the position you are seeking. Sometimes you must be creative in showing creativity.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Black Friday is the name given to the day following Thanksgiving, which is traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, often at 4 am, or midnight or nowadays on Thanksgiving night. To work that turkey off they have promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but judging from commute time and crowds in stores you might think so. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005 although news reports, which at that time were inaccurate, have described it as the busiest shopping day of the year for a much longer period of time. The news media has long described the day after Thanksgiving as the busiest shopping day of the year. In earlier years, this was not actually the case. According to wikipedia in the period from 1993 through 2001, for example, Black Friday ranked from fifth to tenth on the list of busiest shopping days, with the last Saturday before Christmas usually taking first place. In 2003, Black Friday actually was the busiest shopping day of the year, and it has retained that position every year since, with the exception of 2004, when it ranked second. The day's name originated in Philadelohia, perhaps back to around 1961 where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the period at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black". So why do we call it Black Friday ? By the early 1980s, an alternative theory began to be circulated: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss for most of the year and made their profit during the holiday season, beginning on the day after Thanksgiving When this would be recorded in the financial records, the once common accounting practices would use red ink to show negative amounts and black ink to show positive amounts. So here are some suggestions to rename it. Super Friday. After all we have a Super Bowl. Shopping Friday. Isn't that what everyone does ? Holiday Friday. With a nod to Madonna's song. Spend Friday. What else. Turkey Friday. It is the day after Thanksgiving. Mega Friday. For mega deals. Green Friday. Keeps in step with energy and is still the color of money. Fiscal Cliff Friday. Shoppers probably approach that. Any other names ?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Imagine having a job interview with your number one competitor. Wouldn't that be a game changer. The interviewer could ask questions you could both answer and reply to and you could have a copy of their resume to boot. While watching last night's Presidential Debate at the Dublin Library with thirty other interested guests my thoughts drifted to if I was sitting in the cozy lounge asking questions of Obama and Romney. Several comments stood out, with the moderator opening the "interview" with the comment it was 50 years ago that the Cuban Missile Crisis was happening. With such limited media access then, I wondered what Wolf Blitzer's role would have been. President Obama had two comments that he repeated three times. One was the "all over the map" and the second was "giving money to the military that they are not asking for. Hey, if someone wants to hand you a couple of zillion dollars who is going to say no. Mitt Romney for his part had to throw in a line about Solyndra and also echoed Clint's comment about 23 million people struggling to find a job. He also talked about "going after the bad guys".Was he talking about......Dirty Harry ? Obama did make a reference to John Kennedy, a former Democratic President and took some shots at W. Bush. Surprisingly Romney never mentioned Reagan or Lincoln, two former Republican Presidents, especially since a major movie about Lincoln is due out soon. There were the usual interruptions as the other was speaking. I guess courtesy matters little if the interview is for the most powerful position in the world. The eyes rolling around lines go to Romney for saying once again he was going to get rid of Obamacare and to Obama for bringing in bayonets and horses into the military reductions and explaining that an aircraft carrier is a landing zone for planes. Other comments including thoughts on the cold war which was over 20 years ago, cyber security, squabbling on the number of troops in Iraq, attacking me or attacking you, biggest whopper, (either a lie or a hamburger), moving heaven and earth to get Bin Laden and air brushing history. Well, the moderator did come up with a closing line that they BOTH agreed on. We all love teachers. Anyway if I was the hiring manager I may have to review my notes with a couple more managers before making a decision who gets the job. The hosts for the evening were former Dublin Mayor Janet Goodhart and Library Manger Lee Jouthas. A thirty minute discussion followed the debate and special thanks to Dublin High School's Gourmet Gaels Catering Program who provided refreshments with funding from the City of Dublin and Dublin Partners in Education.