I was getting my “information fix” from iGoogle today and ran across a couple of great articles in the “How to of the Day” gadget (WikiHow’s gadget):
“How to Make a Home Brewery a Commercial Nanobrewery” is not only an in-depth look at doing just what the title suggests, but also reminds you of what I’ve been encouraging my readers to think about — how you can convert a hobby or interest into a business. And, if you become a micro-brewer or nano-brewer, I’d be pleased to sample and review your product. 😉
“How to Use Social Media to Spur Political Change” is a helpfully detailed look at using Facebook, Twitter, etc. to lead people down the path of your political ideals. Additionally, it is a fine blueprint for developing any other ideas through that media, including career and business promotion. It covers the basics, the big picture and a number of little details. I highly recommend that you at least give it a quick scan, unless you’re already quite adept at social media.
While I was at it, I added some gadgets to my iGoogle page. A couple were science magazines. I tend to be a bit of a “science news junkie.” And as I followed some of the headlines, I ended up eventually on a page about employment and career development in the sciences. There I found an excellent resource for general employment and career development advice.
In “Science” magazine, which is a publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, there’s a section called “Science Careers” and within that section there is a feature called “Tooling Up.” It’s a career advice column written by an executive recruiter, David Jensen. The articles are very, very good. Jensen has a wealth of experience and insight to share and he shares it in a way that makes it easily accessible. His advice applies to a general audience, not merely to employment in the sciences.
All of his articles are well worth the reading, but the first one I ran across was “Playing the Name Game.” It tells you how to search and find the names of and information on the important players and the probable hiring managers in the companies you are hoping will hire you. It is a real “insider’s knowledge” article. It’s one of those pieces of advice that can give you a real edge in getting hired.