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My journey to my next career.

Archive for January 2009

Jobs in a Recession Survey Results 2: Most Recent Hires Got Jobs in Less Than Three Months

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Jobs in a Recession Survey Results 2: Most Recent Hires Got Jobs in Less Than Three Months.

If there were such a thing as a blogger Congressional Medal of Freedom, .Jeremiah Owyang deserves one.  Jeremiah has been dedicated and selfless in helping people find jobs in social media. Using his wide influence in the blogosphere network, he’s been dedicated to posting openings, promotions, and hirings.This post shows results of  a “time to landing” (a job) survey he conducted recently.  Standing O, Jeremiah.

PS. My dream is to one day make your “On the Move in Social Media” post series.

Written by Krista Summitt

January 30, 2009 at 10:54 pm

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What’s REALLY Bugging You About Getting Laid Off? | Career Renegade | Career Change Revolution

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What’s REALLY Bugging You About Getting Laid Off? | Career Renegade | Career Change Revolution.

Jonathan Fields is a godsend for anyone who’s been downsized or is making a career change.  If you haven’t yet, get thee over to his Career Renegade site and immerse yourself in it. This particular post was on time for me today, with a bout of the layoff blues hitting me this afternoon unprompted.

Mr. Fields’ book of the same name launchde earlier this month. If you purchase the book, (about $12-13 on you can participate in Career Renegade Flight School, which is 16 free hours of online education about how to truly “make a living doing what you love.” as the subtitle says.

Thank you Jonathan!

Written by Krista Summitt

January 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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Buy Your Own Rolex

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I posted earlier about not making it to my 25th anniversary with my company, and not getting a lavish lunch and stainless steel Rolex such as they used to do back in the day. Not sure if they still do this even.

As I was driving in for my exit interview, the thought came to me:

You can buy your own Rolex.

I took this celestial news flash as a metaphor, not a literal command. (My family reads this blog, they’d have had me on speed dial by the time you read this.) It’s just that, more and more in life, I learn I cannot look outside myself for: validation, recognition, approval, rewards, et al.

Years ago one of my wonderful IBM mentors, Ms. Cheryl Buckner, shared this mantra with me (based on the infamous Bartles & James wine coolers commercial) :

“Sometimes,I have to go buy my own Bartles & James and thank me for my support.”

So if I can share this one thing with those out there who are smarting from the sting of a layoff: Go find a way to thank you for your support. Of your team, company, agency, plant, whatever.

Buy your own Rolex.

EDITOR’s NOTE: Mine will be white gold with diamonds and the Havana jubiliee face, thank you very much. One day…one day.

Written by Krista Summitt

January 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm

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Tag cloud of obama’s speech – red, white, blue

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January 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm

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Networking Thru Social Media, Steal This strategy | Brazen Careerist

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January 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm

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HOW TO: Build the Ultimate Social Media Resume

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EDITOR’s NOTE: Dan Schwabel of Mashable offers some streamlined,pratical advice for stepping your job search game up with a few free low-cost steps. –K

With a social media resume, you’re able to paint a completely different portrait of yourself for hiring managers and customize it to reflect your personal brand. With the inclusion of various multimedia elements, sharing options, integrated social networking feeds and the same elements you’d find in a traditional resume, you are better equipped for success.

Read Dan’s entire post here.

Written by Krista Summitt

January 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm

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Britney Spears Is Hiring An Online Media Manager

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EDITOR’S NOTE:There is not enough money in this world to make me apply for this.  I envision teaching Sean Preston how to use the Little Einsteins site as a requirement. Sheesh, good luck with that. –Krista

Want to manage Britney Spears’ online persona? She’s on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other sites, and somebody (not her of course) has to do all the hard work of posting and responding to content.

That’s where you come in. If you went to Harvard, that is. Brandcasting Unlimited, Britney’s online manager, posted the job listing below for “Britney Spears 2.0 Media Manager” yesterday on a Harvard-only private job board. Among the not-so-tough job requirements: you must be “addicted to social networks such as MySpace and Facebook.”

via Britney Spears Is Hiring An Online Media Manager.

Written by Krista Summitt

January 12, 2009 at 10:17 am

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NPR’s Planet Money to Interview Me Again Today

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NPR’s Planet Money podcast show called again for another podcast check in. Stay tuned. First one is here.

Written by Krista Summitt

January 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm

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Lenovo top management shares in ‘resource deployment’ pain ::

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Lenovo’s “resource deployment plan” sounds just like “resource action” at IBM – restructuring and layoffs. However, there’s one thing Lenovo didn’t inherit something from Big Blue when it acquired IBM’s PC division for more than $1 billion back in 2005. The Chinese founders and U.S. investors who control the company are making sure management pays the price for lack of performance.

While 11 percent of Lenovo’s global work force – including a couple hundred among the 1,700 at the global headquarters campus in Morrisville – hit the street, they aren’t the only ones who will be feeling the pain. Lenovo said top managers’ compensation will be cut from 30-50 percent.

That slash in pay is a stunning rebuke for Chief Executive Officer William Amelio and the other top managers he hand-picked to lead Lenovo after he bolted Dell for the top spot at the world’s No. 4 PC-maker in December 2005.

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January 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Lenovo to slash 11% of work force; net of 100 jobs leaving RTP ::

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Morrisville, N.C. — Lenovo Group said Wednesday it will lay off 2,500 workers, or about 11 percent of its work force, as part of a plan aimed at helping the computer maker remain competitive amid the global economic downturn.

The company, which is the world’s fourth-largest PC maker, also warned that it expects to report a loss for its fiscal third quarter, which ended Dec. 31. Lenovo’s headquarters is in Morrisville. Most of its operations are in China.

The restructuring will mean a net loss of 100 jobs for the Triangle, according to company spokesperson Ray Gorman. Lenovo said it would close a call center in Toronto, Canada, and move those jobs to Morrisville.

However, some 250 jobs will be cut in the Triangle, Gorman said. The hires for the call center work will be made locally, he added.

The 250 cuts in the Triangle will be made in “all functions,” Gorman said. “It’s across the board.”

The layoffs are expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter, Gorman said.

Lenovo now employs around 1,700 people locally. Recently, 50 positions were eliminated as part of cross-company, cost-cutting moves. Hundreds of former IBM employees have left or been laid off since Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC division in 2005 for more than $1 billion. IBM’s PC group was based primarily in the Triangle.

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Written by Krista Summitt

January 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm