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We Won $50,000 for The Sharing Foundation, Thanks to You!

The final results are in and I'm so thrilled to report that we won America's Giving Challenge, raising a combined total of over $90,000 to support The Sharing Foundation! This was an incredible weeks-long effort and I want to thank all of you who donated to the cause and boosted us to the top. The person who deserves the most credit and thanks in all of this is Beth Kanter,... Read more →

Which of Your Skills Are Obsolete?

I ran across this great wiki the other day--Obsolete Skills--a collection of abilities that used to be essential for many of us, but that we no longer need in our daily lives. We're talking skills like "dialing a rotary phone" and "cursive handwriting." The full list is amusing, but also a little sobering because I think that many of us aren't aware of of how the skills we rely on... Read more →

How Do You Prepare for "Other Duties as Assigned" and Slash Jobs?

It's hard enough to prepare for a career that's fairly defined. It's even more difficult when you find that you're spending a lot of time in that "Other Duties as Assigned" section of your job description or when you're the Marketing and Fundraising Manager. Particularly when you work either for yourself or for small to medium-sized organizations, odds are that you'll be called on to perform a lot of duties... Read more →

Create On-the-Fly Micro Job Aides to Support Staff

Job aides are tools, checklists, scripts etc. that help people perform specific on-the-job tasks.They've been around for years, usually created by training staff or managers, but also by workers themselves as "cheat sheets" or other tools to help them get the job done. The other day I realized that as it has with most things, technology is transforming the idea of the job aide, at least for me. Last week,... Read more →

Web 2.0 for Job Search from Shari's Perspective

Note--All last week I ran a case study series discussing how Shari and I were using Web 2.0 tools to help her manage her job search. I asked Shari to write a guest post on the experience from her perspective as someone who's new to the tools. Yes, it's me...I'm the test case (wow, that is VERY close to "basket case") who has been lucky to be working with... Read more →

How Jott Blew Learning Wide Open for Bud Deihl

Britt Watwood and his colleagues in the Center for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University have been on an intense learning journey recently to explore how Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, etc. can transform learning in higher education. This morning I heard from one of Britt's "partners in crime," Bud Deihl, who saw my recent post on Jott and thought he'd try it out himself. According to Bud, he... Read more →

Job Searching the Web 2.0 Way: Tools for Personal Branding

This is the last post for now in my ongoing case study of my work with Shari, a mid-career training professional who's currently looking for a new job. On Monday, Shari will be weighing in with a guest post on the process from her perspective. So far I've discussed how Shari is using Web 2.0 tools to organize and support various job search activities. We've also looked at setting up... Read more →

Job Searching the Web 2.0 Way: Developing Your Personal Brand

If you've been following along this week, you know that I've been sharing a case study of my work with Shari, a mid-career training professional who's currently looking for a new job. In previous posts I've looked at some Web 2.0 tools and strategies that Shari's using to keep her job search organized and yesterday I discussed the online portfolio that Shari is creating. Today I'm going to talk about... Read more →

Job Searching the Web 2.0 Way: Setting up an Online Portfolio

In our ongoing case study of Shari, a mid-career training professional who's integrating Web 2.0 tools into her job search process, we've been looking at how Shari could use various technology tools to help her get organized. First we set up a job search dashboard and then we integrated Google Calendar, Google Alerts and Jott into her job search. Today we're going to delve into another of Shari's key job... Read more →

Job Searching the Web 2.0 Way: Organizing with Google Calendar, Google Alerts and Jott

Over the past few days I've been sharing with you the story of how I'm working with Shari, a mid-career training professional who's currently looking for a new job. Yesterday I talked about how Shari and I set up a customized job search dashboard using i-Google. Today I'm going to share some of the other tools that Shari's using to organize her job search. Google Calendar Calendars are critical for... Read more →