Friday, October 31, 2014

Job Strengths Profile: Vampire Hunter

"A vampire hunter or vampire slayer is a character in folklore and fiction who specializes in finding and destroying vampires, and sometimes other supernatural creatures. A vampire hunter is usually described as having extensive knowledge of vampires and other monstrous creatures, including their powers and weaknesses, and uses this knowledge to effectively combat them." (Wikipedia)

You never know when you might need someone to take care of things that go bump in the night, especially around Halloween season. What are the talents involved in someone excelling at this kind of job? Here are five suggestions:

Activator: A strong drive needed for lots of late nights

Deliberative: The natural sense of caution needed to avoid the many dangers posed by creatures of the night

Input and Learner: The ability to obtain and absorb a lot of details about the habits of supernatural beings and how best to confront and defeat them

Self-Assurance: The inner nerve needed to not only confront but pursue the kind of monsters others instinctively run away from

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What’s the Difference Between a Manager and a Director?

In corporate life, titles are important. They indicate status and authority, and accomplishment. But some titles are fuzzier than others. A company can have dozens of Vice-Presidents who are really just yes-men for the one person who actually makes decisions for a business unit. Somewhat down the line is the Manager title, although the title Director has been becoming more popular with certain companies.

What’s the difference between the two titles? We can only speak in generalities about this, because it really does depend on the company. In general, though, a Manager is in charge of one part of a business unit or operation, which may or may not involve other employees, while a Director is in charge of an entire business segment or area and may have one or several Managers reporting to him or her. The areas overseen by a Director can be “vertical” (such as a specific client or geographic region) or “horizontal” (a specific part of the business like IT, Human Resources, or Accounting).

Both titles imply a certain level of authority and responsibility in making sure work gets done. In general, though, a Manager is responsible for day-to-day tasks, while a Director’s job is more strategic and supervisory, making sure processes and people reach pre-defined business goals within a certain timeframe. While Managers and regular employees such as Associates report to the Director, the Director in turn reports to the company Senior Director, Managing Director, Vice-President, or CEO.

It’s possible for a Manager at one company to being doing things that a Director is doing at another company, but it’s rarely the reverse case. Someone who calls themselves a Director while clearly doing non-Directorial things is pretty easy to identify. They may have a desire for the increased status that the Director title implies, but it doesn’t mean they do the work.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Career Profile: Hairdresser

”A hairdresser is a person whose occupation is to cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person's image. This is achieved using a combination of hair coloring, haircutting, and hair texturing techniques. Most hairdressers are professionally licensed as either a hairdresser, a barber or a cosmetologist.” (Wikipedia)

Cutting and styling men’s and women’s hair is a job that can never be outsourced and will always be in demand. The job can also be quite lucrative if working in a high-end salon or for famous people who can afford to pay top dollar to get their hair made up just right.

What are the talents involved in someone excelling at this position? Here are five suggestions:

Activator: The energy needed to spend a lot of time standing up and moving around from customer to customer

Deliberative: Because when dealing with razor-sharp instruments, heat-generating machines and caustic chemicals around people’s heads and faces, you need someone who is careful and understands the risks involved with what they are doing.

Individualization and Maximizer: A strong desire to help people look their best, along with the skill needed to craft an excellent hairdo for a specific person, not just “cookie-cutter” styles for whoever walks in the door

Input: Someone who can absorb and retain knowledge of current hair styling trends as well as “classic” looks that work best for different kinds of customers and occasions

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Career Profile: Astronaut

What They Do: “An astronaut or cosmonaut is a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft.

While generally reserved for professional space travelers, the terms are sometimes applied to anyone who travels into space, including scientists, politicians, journalists, and tourists.”

Astronauts are considered one of the most specialized and high-profile jobs someone can obtain in the realm of science, technology, and aviation. It's definitely not a job for everyone, and it takes years of training to even qualify for a position. But what is "The Right Stuff" needed to attain this goal and be one of the chosen few to explore the outer reaches? Here are five suggestions:

Achiever and Activator: The drive and determination needed to undergo the months and years of training necessary to qualify for the position and be a reliable member of a mission crew

Intellection: The ability to understand the dozens (hundreds?) of individual tasks and sequences that make up a manned space flight

Focus and Deliberative: In an environment where one mistake could spell disaster, it's important to have crew members who naturally know how to follow directions and procedures, making on-the-fly changes only when absolutely necessary

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Career Profile: Judge

What They Do: A judge is an official who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as part of a panel of judges. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. The judge is supposed to conduct the trial impartially and in an open court. The judge hears all the witnesses and any other evidence presented by the parties of the case, assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties, and then issues a ruling on the matter at hand based on his or her interpretation of the law and his or her own personal judgment. In some jurisdictions, the judge's powers may be shared with a jury. In inquisitorial systems of criminal investigation, a judge might also be an examining magistrate. (Wikipedia)

Judges are essential to the functioning of a democracy. A nation of laws needs individuals who can interpret and apply those laws fairly. Who knows, you might even get your own weekday TV show! What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical: A deep understanding of laws and how they work

Arranger and Command: The ability to run a courtroom efficiently and effectively

Consistency and Harmony: An innate sense of fairness in dealing with all matters related to law (such as sentencing), and a desire to tamp down the “drama” that arises when parties are in dispute

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Career Profile: Arbitrator

What They Do: An arbitral tribunal (or arbitration tribunal) is a panel of one or more adjudicators which is convened and sits to resolve a dispute by way of arbitration. The tribunal may consist of a sole arbitrator, or there may be two or more arbitrators, which might include either a chairman or an umpire. The parties to a dispute are usually free to agree the number and composition of the arbitral tribunal. In some legal systems, an arbitration clause which provides for two (or any other even number) of arbitrators is understood to imply that the appointed arbitrators will select an additional arbitrator as a chairman of the tribunal, to avoid deadlock arising. (Wikipedia)

In societies where taking legal action is a much preferred way to respond to conflicts, arbitrators serve a key role in helping individuals or groups that are at odds to come to resolutions that are fair, or at least fair enough to end a fight. What are the talents that may be involved in making someone great at this job? Here are five suggestions:

Analytical and Intellection: To examine and understand issues being discussed and help get to root causes and effective outcomes

Consistency and Deliberative: A natural sense of fair play that allows someone to rise above partisanship and carefully examine issues at hand and possible solutions

Ideation: A native creativity in thinking about dispute resolution that in some cases may lead to novel solutions or applications of law that may not have been considered 

[Work Is Life.]

Monday, September 22, 2014

Career Profile: Animal Breeder

What They Do: Animal breeding is a branch of animal science that addresses the evaluation (using best linear unbiased prediction and other methods) of the genetic value (estimated breeding value, EBV) of domestic livestock. Selecting animals for breeding with superior EBV in growth rate, egg, meat, milk, or wool production, or have other desirable traits has revolutionized agricultural livestock production throughout the world. (Wikipedia)

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

Analytical and Learner: To understand the biology, anatomy and physiology of various animal species to ensure maximum results from a breeding program

Deliberative: The kind of natural caution that comes with dealing with life forms that need to be selected and combined in various ways

Input and Learner: The ability to absorb and understand many factors that go in to an effective bioligicl operation, natural and otherwise

Maximizer: A desire to get things right the first time and always improve processes for later use

[Work Is Life.]

Friday, August 29, 2014

Career Profile: Auditor

What They Do: The general definition of an audit is an evaluation of a person, organization, system, process, enterprise, project or product. The term most commonly refers to audits in accounting, internal auditing, and government auditing, but similar concepts also exist in project management, quality management, water management, and energy conservation. (Wikipedia)

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

Achiever: To always be on the lookout for mistakes and discrepancies in financial reporting

Input and Analytical: To understand the many pieces of accounting statements and how they all fit togethwer

Intellection and Deliberative: The brains needed to understand a financial picture and also carefully evaluate it to make sure it adheres to legal standards

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.

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