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01/11/14
Watch-outs. 51. ‘Bar-raisers,’ Luck vs. Skill, Why drugs are expensive, Google translate
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 7:43 pm

If it weren’t for prescription medical coverage who could
afford prescribed medications?  Have you rationalized, too,
whether it is better to be skilled or to be lucky?  Some
seem to have all the luck.  What is their unique skill so
that they can be lucky?

Some of the “name” firms are using a special breed of
interviewer called “bar raisers”.  It might be nice to know
about them if you are job seeking.  Have you recently found
a journal article in a language you do not know?  Ever use
google translate?  Pretty nifty.

BAR RAISERS IN INTERVIEWS
SOURCE:  G. Bensinger, WSJ 1-8-14, P. B1, Amazon
recruits face bar raisers
.”  Bar raisers are skilled
personnel evaluators who evaluate talented candidates
especially for cultural mismatches and growth dynamics
in many areas.  While it has been called different terms
over the years, it provides a challenge to our preparation
and performance during job interviews.

LUCK VS. SKILL
SOURCE  Cal Newport, BLOG 1-2-13, LUCK VS. SKILL
So many in business claim when things don’t work– great
idea, just at the wrong time.  Maybe that is true!  According
to Cal Newport and many of the commentators they agree
that it is good to be lucky, but you have to “do the reps”
referring to body building and a connection to Arnold
Schwarzenegger and his career.  For activities with clear,
fixed rules, skill and practice surely makes a difference.
For activities with evolving rules, success happens when
the rules or situations change that were not anticipated.
It is as if luck is significant.

success = potential * serendipity

The more rare and valuable your skills, the more potential
you have.  It is within your control.
You cannot predict or control serendipitous factors, thus
luck plays a role.

HIGH COST OF MEDICATIONS
SOURCE  A. Jogalekar, Scientific American Curious
Wavefunction BLOG 1-6-14, “Why drugs are expensive
Authoritative description of drug discovery.  Since drugs
work by modulating the function of proteins.  It is hard
to sort out which proteins and which small molecules
can affect their activity in complicated cellular systems.

TRANSLATE
I recently wanted to translate a job description which
appeared in German.  My German is “rusty,” so I went
to Google translate and got a terrific on the spot sense
of what the musts and wants were for the position.

Is it in your arsenal of tools?

SURPRISE FINDING
Top 10 “Overused” Profile buzzwords– Linkedin
responsible, strategic, effective, creative, effective,
motivated, multinational, experimental, specialized.
Do you have these in your linkedin profile?

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