Monday, April 27, 2009
When I return, I'm sure to blog about what I've learned. But if you want to follow along on Twitter, be sure to follow @CMA09, or search for the #careers09 hashtag. Barbara Safani and Deb Dib, two of the most respected careers professionals, will be tweeting "highlights, insights, and a-ha moments."
See you next week!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Well, guess what? Lots of people are contesting his post. Most were just skeptical (with comments such as "huh?" and "I would like to think this is true, but I doubt it"). The most interesting response I've found yet was this one by Patricio Robles on the Econsultancy blog. He points out that this is an illustration of how quickly misinformation can spread if we trust the source (in this case, the Wall Street Journal, for crying out loud). Mark Twain is enjoying a good laugh at our expense.
Even our favorite train-wreck blogger, Penelope Trunk, found a constructive way to blast the report (see here). Her message is good: Don't blog for the money. Blog for the career opportunities it might produce. (I might add, also blog to help people and keep your writing skills sharp.)
Penn had to post a response to explain hs numbers further, but it reads like a lot of blah-blah to me.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
To this day, people still use it on their resumes, and I can't imagine what they must be thinking:
- Hire me, I'm friendly!
- I laugh at you and your company.
- It was either this or Times New Roman.
- My emotional development stopped at age 9.
- I am a clown-college graduate.
- Working with me is like spending every day at Disney World!
I'm sure you can add to this list.
I hate to be elitist, but that font just doesn't send the right message in professional correspondence. I feel for the guy who invented it because he has to watch it be used in so many ways he never intended. Don't let your resume be one of them.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
But this year I am not going. Last year I started to get the feeling that I have been going to London too often (not that one could ever tire of London--just ask Samuel Johnson). I just think it would be more special if I spaced out my visits more.
Meanwhile, my in-laws are going with him--their first trip overseas and a dream come true for them both. I can't wait to hear how they like it.
I have also decided not to go to Book Expo this year. Last year we took a big contingent and sank a lot of money into it. And I don't think we got a thing in return. So I decided to save us some money and volunteered to stay home. A lot of other publishers are also scaling back, and some are not going at all. There is talk that this show is dying out. I don't know what it will take to save it, but I do hope someone figures it out. Book Expo is an amazing experience for those who have never been: what could be more wonderful than an entire exposition hall devoted to books and the people who make them?
Meanwhile, I am instead gearing up for the Career Management Alliance conference at the end of this month in San Antonio. Seven of my authors will be presenters, and many more friends and potential authors will be there.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Last week they had independent authors in an uproar over their policy to arbitrarily start deleting any book reviews in which the writer also mentioned their own book title. Book marketing expert John Kremer called Amazon "incredibly stupid, stupid, stupid." I had to agree. How else do you establish a reviewer's credentials than to name them as the author of a related book?
And before that, Joe Wikert told CEO Jeff Bezos to turn off the Dirty Dancing VHS and open up the Kindle to content from other providers.
I don't like where this is all headed. Amazon needs some image triage--stat!
Commenters added another good point that I have mentioned before: Work in a bookstore. We're suckers for people who can profess to bring us knowledge of how booksellers think.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Freelance writer, proofreader, and blogger Steph Auteri calls herself a greedy consumer of how-to career books. She took a minute out from reading to share her list of the most influential books she's read on starting and optimizing a freelance career.
I'm ashamed to say that although I am aware of many of these books, I haven't read a single one of them. From this well-rounded list, I see at least a couple that I need to get my hands on (not the money-advice ones, though; nobody pinches a penny harder than I do).
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A quick skim reveals that all the major job boards and aggregators will let you put a jobs feed on your page--helpful, I guess, if you use Facebook like a home page. I'll have to study all of these further; for now, the idea of adding a link to my LinkedIn profile, which I've worked much harder on, sounds like the biggest winner of the bunch.
Lest you pooh-pooh the idea of the professional value of networking on Facebook, I have to brag that yesterday I was able to connect a friend in need of legal services with a relative who is a lawyer--all because of Facebook. There is wheat among the chaff!
Thanks to @lindseypollak for her timely tweet on the subject just minutes ago!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
What compelled me to finally share him with you was this post that somehow bubbled to the top today, in which he talks about the ways he learns about new books to buy for the library. Yes, he still thumbs through Library Journal and publisher catalogs, just like Miss Judy used to do at EVCPL 22 years ago. But he also has some more creative and high-tech ways of discovering new titles, including those that don't ever get reviewed in LJ (which is most of them).
Three cheers for Brian, who shows that technology plus old-fashioned information passion equals one handy person to know.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Heather is controversial--no doubt about it. She's got a legion of haters who have polluted her book's Amazon page with tags like "read blog for free," "people exploiting their children for money," and "get over yourself." But I love Heather because she is honest, hilarious, and brave. I am going to buy this book because I, too, had a less-than-blissful post-partum emotional experience. I never threw a milk jug at my husband's head, but don't think I didn't think about it.
As to the comments that the book is nothing more than a rehash of the blog, that's okay with me because I have only recently discovered her. I have some catching up to do, and I don't want to sit in front of my computer to do it. Besides, whatever happened to supporting artists who entertain and enlighten us? If we continue to expect to get all our content for free, eventually it won't be there.
Also, look for Heather on Oprah today. She wasn't in the studio, but she did join the conversation via Skype. The book already made the NYT best-seller list. Today's appearance won't hurt its ranking a bit.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Ah, yes, the world at large thinks what we do is so exciting. Nevermind that most of us never work with "celebrities" (and those who do often find them to be insufferable). Nevermind that the bulk of the jobs in publishing are repetitive and constrained by so many "rules" as to kill all semblance of creativity. Thanks to Jackie O, a career in publishing is deemed to be the ultimate party, and just the right place for a lady with brains and style.
Well, you know, there's still a lot to love about working with books and words and ideas and smart people, so don't get me wrong. Just know that, as with most other careers, the reality is a lot more down-to-earth than the fantasy.
But oh--what's better than a bookish movie with Hugh Grant in it?
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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- Federal Resume Guidebook