Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Career Profile: File Clerk

What They Do: Like the name implies, this is a person who is responsible for filing a company or organization's documents. In the modern workplace, there's a good chance this person is responsible for handling electronic file documents as well as the paper kind. Although in many workplaces this is considered to be an entry-level job, if it's not done correctly, chaos soon follows. A competent person in a complex, record-intensive organization can make a good living providing quality service in this role.

What are the talents involved in this profession? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever: The energy needed to accomplish the kinds of operational tasks involved in record-keeping

Deliberative and Discipline: A natural organizer; A personality that lends someone to want to put things in their proper place

Input and Maximizer: The ability to keep track of information so it is correctly organized and categorized, as well as a propensity to make sure a certain level of quality is achieved in one's work on a constant basis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Career Profile: Editor

What They Do: Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible, and film media used to convey information through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work. The editing process often begins with the author's idea for the work itself, continuing as a collaboration between the author and the editor as the work is created. As such, editing is a practice that includes creative skills, human relations, and a precise set of methods. (Wikipedia)

Even in the Internet age, editors are essential to the production of published work. If everyone who wrote for the Internet had one, the Web would be a much better place.

What would it take to excel in this profession? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Intellection: The brainpower needed to understand concepts, interpret writing, and organize thoughts on a page

Communication and Deliberative: The ability to construct coherent information from others' work in a way that is factually correct (if it needs to be), well put-together, and understandable to a larger group of readers

Maximizer: A knack for making good projects great, and of taking mediocrity and making it shine

Monday, July 21, 2014

Career Profile: Dance Therapist

What They Do: Dance therapy, or dance movement therapy, is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance for emotional, cognitive, social, behavioral and physical conditions. As a form of expressive therapy, DMT is founded on the basis that movement and emotion are directly related. The ultimate purpose of DMT is to find a healthy balance and sense of wholeness. (Wikipedia)

In a world where more and more people turn to drugs to cope and heal, there are still some professions that specialize in more natural cures - in this case, the movements of the human body. What talents may be involved in excelling at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Restorative: An inner drive to heal, combined with a willingness to put the work in

Communication: The ability to describe various movements, their meaning, their correct execution and their benefits. Failure to do so could increase the chance of injury

Connectedness: The intuitive understanding of how different parts of the body work together, and how moving the body influences mental and emotional states

Indvidualization: The ability to understand what's wrong with a specific individual and customize movements and routines that will help them

Friday, July 18, 2014

Career Profile: Baker

What They Do: A baker is someone who produces, bakes and sells breads, rolls, biscuits or cookies, and/or crackers using an oven or other concentrated heat source. Cakes and similar foods may also be produced, as the traditional boundaries between what is produced by a baker as opposed to a pastry chef have blurred in recent decades. (Wikipedia)

Bakers don't just work in the local bakery. They supply baked goods to coffee shops, restaurants, catered events, schools, and many other places where people gather and need food. A quality baker can make a good living providing this service.

What are the talents needed to excel in this position? Here are three suggestions:

Activator and Discipline: Specifically, the "get up and go" nature and discipline needed to get up very early in the morning every day to prepare ingredients, prep materials, and cook the fresh baked items that will be eaten in a few hours.

Developer: A desire to make sure something is the best quality it can be, even after creating hundreds of batches of the same item

Input and Learner: Encyclopedic knowledge of the many ingredients and techniques that go into even the simplest recipes, as well as a propensity to learn new things about the craft.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Career Profile: Recruiter

What They Do: Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, and selecting a qualified person for a job. At the strategic level it may involve the development of an employer brand which includes an 'employee offering'.

The stages of the recruitment process include: job analysis and developing a person specification; the sourcing of candidates by networking, advertising, or other search methods; matching candidates to job requirements and screening individuals using testing (skills or personality assessment); assessment of candidates' motivations and their fit with organizational requirements by interviewing and other assessment techniques. The recruitment process also includes the making and finalizing of job offers and the induction and onboarding of new employees.

Recruiters can be a valuable resource in helping people find and get jobs. What are the talents needed to excel in this field? Here are five suggestions:

Activator: and Achiever: The inner drive needed to constantly deal with a never-ending stream of hiring goals and targets, while always being on the lookout for the right candidates

Analytical: The ability to understand various job requirements and the many factors that would make someone a good fit for a position.

Communication: The ability to clearly describe the requirements of a job and the steps someone needs to take to get it, as well as the ability to "sell" a position to high-value candidates who may have other offers

Individualization: A knack for finding the unique qualities that would make someone a good fit for a job

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Career Profile: Serial Entrepreneur

Career Profile: Serial Entrepreneur What they do: "An entrepreneur is an owner or manager of a business enterprise who makes money through risk and initiative…Entrepreneur in English is a term applied to a person who is willing to help launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome. Jean-Baptiste Say, a French economist, is believed to have coined the word "entrepreneur" in the 19th century - he defined an entrepreneur as "one who undertakes an enterprise, especially a contractor, acting as intermediary between capital and labour." A broader definition by Say: "The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of lower and into higher productivity and greater yield." (Wikipedia)

Lots of jobs require entrepreneurial spirit. A Serial Entrepreneur is a different breed, though. Some people consider this to be a derisive term, but it accurately describes someone who makes a living seeking out business opportunities, jumping on ideas and finding a ways to turn them into business enterprises that can quickly be sold off for profit. Generally, the serial entrepreneur doesn't care about long-term viability or establishing a legacy. Immediate gains are the goal.

What kind of person might excel at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator and Achiever: The drive needed to get things going

Arranger: The ability to put pieces in place so an idea can be successful

Futuristic: A knack for seeing something that don't yet exist, such as small-seeming ideas that can be built into profitable business ventures.

Woo: Getting start-up capital is a major part of entrepreneurship. Someone who is able to convince people with money that they should invest in new businesses would go far in this profession.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Career Profile: Assistant Coach

What They Do: Working under a Head Coach, they are responsible for managing a specific part of a sports team, whether it’s the offense or defense, or a specific position. Generally, they spend more time than the head coach teaching specific skills to players and game-planning for one particular part of the team.

A talented Assistant Coach (like Chicago Bulls Assistant Tex Winter, Chicago Bears Defensive Coordiantor Buddy Ryan, New England Patriots Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weiss, St, Louis Rams Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz) can be instrumental to a team’s overall success. What can make someone ideal for this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator: The drive needed to spend hours on end studying game film and planning detailed new strategies, as well as the ability to motivate players to perform day in and day out.

Arranger: The ability to put the right pieces in place at the right time, and make adjustments to plans at the last minute when something isn’t working.

Communication: The ability to articulate (through playbooks, one-on-one coaching, and group meetings) how to execute strategies and tactics to players and other coaches.

Ideation and Maximizer: The ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual players on the roster and tailor game plans to get the most out of the team that is one the field, as opposed to the ideal team you wish you had.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Career Profile: Golf Caddy

What They Do: In golf, a caddy (or caddie) is the person who carries a player's bag and clubs, and gives insightful advice and moral support. A good caddy is aware of the challenges and obstacles of the golf course being played, along with the best strategy in playing it. This includes knowing overall yardage, pin placements and club selection. (Wikipedia)

Top-level caddies can make a great living providing support and advice to world champion golfers. Many of those golfers wouldn't be champions without their caddy's support. What are the talents needed for someone to excel at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Maximizer: A desire to be part of a winning team and to do what it takes to help someone success

Empathy and Relator: The ability to get close to a golfer and learn their idiosyncrasies, tendencies, and characteristics in a way that will enable them to help the athlete do their best on the course

Strategic: A knack for looking ahead and around corners so a golfer knows what to expect on a given course on a given day, taking into account all the factors that can influence a competitor's play

Friday, July 11, 2014

Career Profile: Flight Attendant

What They Do: Flight attendants, or cabin crew (also known as stewards/stewardesses, air hosts/hostesses), are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard commercial flights, on select business jet aircraft, and on some military aircraft.

The role of a flight attendant derives from that of similar positions on passenger ships or passenger trains, but it has more direct involvement with passengers because of the confined quarters on aircraft. Additionally, the job of a flight attendant revolves around safety to a much greater extent than those of similar staff on other forms of transportation. (Wikipedia)

Suggested talents involved with this job:

Activator: The energy needed to be up and about all day long taking care of other people

Arranger and Consistency: A knack for routines needed to put things in their proper place over and over again, maintaining a high level of quality while doing it

Empathy and Positivity: An innate awareness of passengers' general and specific moods, which will allow one to anticipate needs and provide a high level of customer service. Also, a disposition that does not allow others' sourness to rub off on oneself

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Job Search Tip #7: There's a Reason You Can't Talk to the Manager

If you ever find yourself in the position where you call and call and call but can't reach the hiring manager or the person in charge, put the phone down and recite these words out loud to yourself: "This person is not calling me back because they don’t want to talk to me. If and when they want to talk to me, they will call me." Then immediately go and do something productive with your time.

Senior-level managers are very careful setting themselves up so that they don't have to spend their time talking to any random person who calls. The sooner you realize that, and the sooner you accept that at this point in time you are just a random person to them, the sooner you can put a plan in place that maximizes your schedule and allows for an acceptable number of follow-up calls (usually no more than two) followed by moving on to the next opportunity.