Thursday, August 28, 2014

Career Profile: Archivist

What They Do: An archivist ("AR-kiv-ist" or "AR-kive-ist") is a professional who assesses, collects, organizes, preserves, maintains control over, and provides access to information determined to have long-term value. The information maintained by an archivist can be any form of media (photographs, video or sound recordings, letters, documents, electronic records, etc.). As Richard Pearce-Moses wrote, "Archivists keep records that have enduring value as reliable memories of the past, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records." (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Arranger: The ability to put pieces together accurately

Context and Ideation: A healthy respect for the past that allows one to get better context into the sources and purposes of various kinds of information

Restorative: A strong urge to repair and maintain the historical record of things

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Career Profile: Midwife

What They Do: Midwifery is a health care profession in which providers offer care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and during the postpartum period. They also help care for the newborn and assist the mother with breastfeeding. A practitioner of midwifery is known as a midwife, a term used in reference to both women and men, although the majority of midwives are female. In addition to providing care to women during pregnancy and birth, many midwives also provide primary care to women, well-woman care related to reproductive health, annual gynecological exams, family planning, and menopausal care.
(Wikipedia)

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Analytical: A keen eye for knowing what's happening and the ability to be at the ready at a moment's notice to take control of a situation

Deliberative: The ability to provide the utmost care and attention to a client

Empathy and Relator: The ability to get close to and provide emotional as well as physical support to someone is going through one of the most intimate human processes

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Career Profile: Butler

What They Do: A butler is a domestic worker in a large household. In great houses, the household is sometimes divided into departments with the butler in charge of the dining room, wine cellar, and pantry. Some also have charge of the entire parlour floor, and housekeepers caring for the entire house and its appearance. A butler is usually male, and in charge of male servants, while a housekeeper is usually a woman, and in charge of female servants. Traditionally, male servants (such as footmen) were rarer and therefore better paid and of higher status than female servants. The butler, as the senior male servant, has the highest servant status. (Wikipedia)

While the job title may be somewhat of an anachronism, there are still jobs that serve the same function, especially with wealthy households that need someone to manage the day-to-day activities of large estates.

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Arranger: To tirelessly be at the ready to provide the best service whenever it's needed

Command and Harmony: To take the lead in making sure everything is in its right place and the household's affairs are in proper order at all times, by providing direction and instruction to the other staff

Relator: An intimate understanding of the empoyer's household and what's going on in it, as well as the ability to be discreet when it comes to personal matters

Monday, August 25, 2014

Career Profile: Lobbyist

What They Do: Lobbying (also lobby) is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies. Lobbying is done by many different types of people and organized groups, including individuals in the private sector, corporations, fellow legislators or government officials, or advocacy groups (interest groups). Lobbyists may be among a legislator's constituencies, meaning a voter or bloc of voters within his or her electoral district, or not; they may engage in lobbying as a business, or not. Professional lobbyists are people whose business is trying to influence legislation on behalf of a group or individual who hires them. (Wikipedia)

While they may not enjoy a sterling reputation in the general public, lobbyists of all kinds serve an important function in government, providing information and awareness of various issues to government officials that is often crucial in decision-making.

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever: To do the necessary ground- and leg-work needed to meet the right people and knock on the right doors

Analytical and Communication: To understand what can sometimes be complex issues and explain their position on those issues to those who may not be as knowledgeable on the subject(s)

Relator and Woo: A knack for gaining others' trust and confidence, and persuading others to buy what you are selling

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Career Profile: Talent Agent

What They Do: A talent agent, or booking agent, is a person who finds jobs for actors, authors, film directors, musicians, models, producers, professional athletes, writers and other people in various entertainment businesses. An agent also defends, supports and promotes the interest of his/her clients. Agents cannot produce their own shows due to conflict of interest...An agent has to know what kind of work the client can and cannot do in order to match them with various jobs. (Wikipedia)

Seeing as that entertainment is one of the biggest industries in America, and most big-time entertainers need the business savvy and representation of a good agent, it stands to reason there are always good jobs available in the field for talented people who have an interest in making money (sometimes lots of money) in the worlds of film, TV, or theatre.

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Activator: Someone who knows how to get things done and stay on the move, making deals while finding new opportunities and and looking out for the interest of clients

Individualization and Relator: A person who understands the unique positions of their clients and how their strengths and weaknesses will shape their career path. This is a kinds of job where it's necessary to get close to people and gain more than just a superficial understanding of them

Woo: The ability to meet and network with a lot of people, making good impressions and establishing long-term relationships that may not pay off immediately but may benefit a client (and their agent) with opportunities in the future

Monday, August 18, 2014

Auctioneer / Auction House Manager

What They Do: An auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking bids, and then selling the item to the highest bidder. In economic theory, an auction may refer to any mechanism or set of trading rules for exchange. (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Arranger: To ensure the smooth and efficient operation of an exchange, where lost of items and money can change hands quickly

Analytical: The know-how to correctly appraise a given thing (whether it's a piece of art, a commodity, or a financial instrument) in preparation for it to be auctioned...

Individualization and Input: ...as well as an intuitive understanding of how to calculate value and apply it to specific things in a way that ensures a fair exchange for parties involved and/or profit for the house

Friday, August 15, 2014

Career Profile: Artists and Repertoire (A&R) Manager

What They Do: Artists and repertoire (A&R) is the division of a record label or music publishing company that is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording artists and/or songwriters. It also acts as a liaison between artists and the record label or publishing company; every activity involving artists to the point of album release is generally considered under the purview of, and responsibility of, A&R. (Wikipedia)

Some people think they would love this job, others think it represents everything wrong with music, but not a lot of people outside of the music industry understand it because it encompasses a lot of different tasks and responsibilities and it lends itself to easy villainy.

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Arranger: Someone who knows how to get things done. The ability to multitask and keep a lot of balls in the air, music- and business-wise, are a must

Belief: The ability to see the potential in artistic work that may not yet exist, and champion and shepherd the work through the laborious production process, keeping faith that the final result will be great

Developer and Maximizer: A strong desire to make mediocre music good and good music great by working with talent and crew to do what it takes to improve and perfect a project until it reaches its potential

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Career Profile: Crime Scene Cleaner

What They Do: Crime scene cleanup is a term applied to any situation involving biological cleaning and or health concerning issues...Crime scene cleanup may involve a single blood loss event following a burglary, battery, or homicide. Companies also clean suicides, unattended deaths, tear gas damaged environments, and other crime and trauma scenes. Larger crime scenes involve terrorist attacks, mass murder scenes, and the cleanup of anthrax and other biochemicals. (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Deliberative: To thoroughly and completely do every job right the first time, which prevents complications and possible health hazards later

Input: An understanding of the different factors and techniques that accompany an unusual and gruesome but necessary line of work. How does one get blood out of a wood floor? What's the best way to move a body that's been decaying for a week? What chemicals are safe to use to clean up a crime scene? Etc. Etc.

Responsibility and Restorative: The inner drive to make things whole, to put things back the way they should be, and take ownership of making sure things are handled in a way that others don't have to go back and fix things that haven't been taken care of

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Career Profile: Biographer

What They Do: Biographers are authors who write an account of another person's life, while autobiographers are authors who write their own biography. (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever: To make it through the long hours needed to research, write, rewrite, edit, and polish a lengthy work of non-fiction

Communication: To describe, through writing, historical events and ideas in ways that readers can understand and appreciate

Context: The ability to look backward in time and understand what was going on, with (hopefully) as little bias and favoritism as possible such that biography doesn't turn into hagiography

Individualization and Relator: To get past the surface of a person's life and appreciate the underlying motivations, actions, and thoughts of a specific person. Rather than trying to shoehorn someone into a generic mold, appreciating what makes a subject not only important but different and worth paying attention to

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Career Profile: Bellhop/Porter

What They Do: A bellhop, also bellboy or bellman, is a hotel porter, who helps patrons with their luggage while checking in or out...The job's name is derived from the fact that the hotel's front desk clerk rang a bell to summon an employee, who would "hop" (jump) to attention at the desk to receive instructions. The term "porter" is used in the United Kingdom and much of the English-speaking world. "Bellboy" or "bellhop" is an American English term. (Wikipedia)

What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator: The energy needed to always be "on" during the job, ready and willing to help the next customer

Deliberative and Responsibility: Carefulness and mindfulness when it comes to dealing with customers' possessions, always making sure not to lose or damage valuables and other property

Discipline: The sense of routine needed to do an excellent job every time

Positivity: A cheerful, friendly manner which is an essential part of any service operation, and which comes from within and is not dependent on mood or the amount of tips received