Can anyone predict her or his future career path?
If you use people’s careers from an earlier generation,
there are few timely examples. Most are out of date.
Why? It is hard to predict who will be around doing
similar things in ten years. Much of the advice I have
read speaks about transferable skills. Nonetheless,
researching, deeper planning and practicing formal skills
successfully trumps the ‘wishful thinking’ in “transferable
skills” for a majority of cases. A link is provided hints
at “LinkedIn age” strategies.
Recently, I traveled with checked baggage in two
airports and lost a checked bag in one and a carry-on
bag in a second. Both were recovered without any losses
except time for recovery and ‘worry-greys.’ One was the
airline’s problem, for which we could have received
reimbursement of the checked baggage fee (Alaska Air,
but we needed to file the claim right then and there.)
How much attention do you pay to the the luggage you
buy and use and what you pack in checked and carry-on
luggage. Links offer very good suggestions that may
save you a bunch.
When recruiters and interviewers rate the biggest
interviewing mistake, they list a dozen with the most
revealing being not having good questions to ask about
the company, the job, the industry and priorities (without
being disrespectful or negative in any way). Find a link
to interview questions you might ask in your interview
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS FALLACY
SOURCE: J. Cummings, Aresumefortoday Blog
Jean opens up a ‘can of worms’ by suggesting in her blog
that in the current Internet-dominant-use age, the ‘beatified’
transferable skills is a tougher sell for people who wish
to change fields. In fact, she goes on to point out that
due to Linkedin, recruiters can demand their top choices
for positions meet all of the job description’s ‘must’
This spells out some career management planning
and proactive steps to take. Deeply study and determine
the professional industry and field that will be yours
for the next decade. It will, if not is, be more difficult to
switch, and be successful, when you are at senior levels.
“Play the field if you want in your twenties, but settle down
in your 30s”.
“Develop the core, desired skills and keep your eye on your
goal a couple of years down the road and manage your
BAGGAGE TIPS FOR TRAVELING
SOURCES: The middle seat, WSJ 8-14-14,
“To catch luggage thieves, high definition cameras and
“Six rules for luggage security,”
- valuables, breakables (chargers, meds, papers) in small bags
- roller bags - be prepared to check, by having a small bag
of perishable items inside ready to be removed for hand carry.
- consider your security vs. convenience in choosing bags.
- pack as if your bag will be ‘rifled’
- get to baggage claim early to watch for your bag [I did
in SeaTac and my bag was digitally followed all the way
to Seattle, only to find it was “hung up on the escalator track”
I knew it did not come out.]
- tell the police immediately and be a bit of a pest.
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS TO ASK
Fifteen rules of thumb for framing questions and Ten
great questions to ask are primo! Know the ‘dumb dozen’….