Monday, October 11, 2010

The BDPA Insider – October 10, 2010

The BDPA Insider – October 10, 2010

The BDPA Insider – October 10, 2010

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By Vera Holman
In case you didn’t know, there are over 300 twitter clients. Some for the desktop; but most, service the mobile user. When our need to communicate 24/7 became paramount, the Internet came to the rescue with what we call, “Twitter” and the information junkies of the world rejoiced. Most of the clients provide timelines, direct messaging, replies, retweets, search, trends, favorite’s listing, embedded photos, character count, hyperlink shortening, geo location and draft messaging across platforms (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc.) and some just allow status updates…yep NO timeline! Since iPhone was the first, it appears iPhone has more offerings than the BlackBerry or Android Smartphone. I was really surprised when the original Twitter application released its latest version of the client and it looked like the “other guys”. I guess the other guys built a better mouse trap! So who has the best performance, price and “bells and whistles” that add value. I decided to load fourteen clients on my iPhone and conduct a post User Acceptance Testing (UAT). Hence, real-time testing on my personal phone; bear in mind several clients where patched during the 100-day testing period. Typing vertical and on other days typing horizontal … then there are days when I have no idea what the word was … a dysfunction of iPhone’s autocorrect … LOL!!!

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Soulclap to BDPA Chicago chapter member Bruce Montgomery for pointing us to Google Code-in.  Google created this contest, starting on November 22, 2010, to introduce pre-university students to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible.
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Author: Alan Norton

Career prospects have changed dramatically from previous generations. Alan Norton offers this wake-up call for IT pros who may still cling to certain expectations — like salary increases, job advancements, benefits, and a nice retirement package.
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Microsoft recently announced the availability of a request for proposals (RFP) for the Microsoft Elevate America community initiative. Microsoft will contribute $4 million in cash and up to $6 million in software, plus technology skills training curriculum, over the next two years to support nonprofit organizations providing IT skills training in their communities to help people improve their skills and find employment. 
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from Leadership Solutions by Deborah Chambers Chima
‘Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
Do you realize one of the best strategies to ensure you reach your career goals is to first collaborate with others to help them reach their goals ?  I know. It probably seems counter-intuitive to expect that in this age of fast pace, ever changing work dynamics,  you need to consider how you can help other people be successful.  Why? Because it is only when you reach out to help someone solve a challenge do they really began to understand all that you have to offer. The more others know about your skills due to a personal interaction, the more they will want to collaborate with you. However, let me be clear. The act of being collaborative must be sincere and authentic if you desire to achieve cooperation and reciprocation. Over the years as I have worked to hone my ability to be an effective leader,  I have discovered a profound truth. I have discovered that the benefits of being collaborative far outweigh the travails of going it alone, 99 percent of the time.

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It takes more than a resume and good cover letter to land a job these days. Employers are now looking beyond the resume and into other examples such as verifiable work experience, websites, blogs, contests won and even viral videos that separate a job seeker from the pack.

One of the biggest differentiator of job seekers is verifiable industry experience. For programmers involved in open source - a very hot job market at the moment - employers look for programmers who have submitted code, which not only proves technical experience but their ability to collaborate with other developers.

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by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
It's one of those sticky questions that divides career counselors. If you got 100 of them in a room, 50 would likely say yes, you should list a career objective on your resume; the other half would probably say no.

Those arguing against objectives say they are too limiting and usually poorly constructed. Those in favor say that employers want to be able to determine in just a few seconds what you want to do for the organization, and what you're good at. An objective can help meet that employer need. To some employers, the lack of an objective translates into a jobseeker who doesn't know what he or she wants. On the other hand, numerous employers say they rarely see a well-written objective.

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With so many people competing for so few jobs, savvy job seekers are looking for any way they can differentiate themselves from their competition and stand out to prospective employers in their job searches. This need to stand out has driven some job seekers to promote their experience in some wacky ways, jazz up their resumes or develop unique personal brands.

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