The Downsized Diaries

My journey to my next career.

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

Posted in job opportunities

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 :: WRAL.com

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Posted: Today at 7:57 a.m.

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.

via Lenovo top management shares in ‘resource deployment’ pain :: WRAL.com.

Written by Krista Summitt

January 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm

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

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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.

via Lenovo to slash 11% of work force; net of 100 jobs leaving RTP :: WRAL.com.

Written by Krista Summitt

January 8, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Separation Meeting Scheduled

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(l-r) Skip Johnson, me, Kenny Wicks, 1993

(l-r) Skip Johnson, me, Kenny Wicks, 1993

First of all, no, I didn’t get a weave.

I call this the “My Two Dads” shot. This photo is from a dear friend,colleague,and mentor, Ken Wicks’, IBM 25th anniversary luncheon in Chicago, atop the Standard Oil building. Ah those were the days.  I had attended the other guy’s, my manger Skip Johnson’s, 25th anniversary luncheon a year or so prior.  (Skip passed away in 2005.)

What’s with the nostalgia, you ask?

I’m scheduled for my official separation meeting on January 12 now. Yep. Even though I knew it was coming, the fact I have a meeting scheduled on the calendar crystalizes it in my mind.They offered me the option to meet off-site, but I want to go in.

I’m not trying to be dramatic or wallow in self-pity. I’m just coming to real grips with this. I mean, I’ve never been a job-hopper, I’m intelligent, I have a well-honed midwestern work ethic, I’m creative,good looking(hey had to break the list up somehow).

Doesn’t matter now.

I’m not bragging when I say it will cost more to teach someone what I and so many others like me have achieved the last 20 years than it would to keep us. Brain trust is not valued, it seems.

I want to let you in on a little secret: Laying people off won’t solve these companies’ problems.  It won’t.  Oh it makes good press. ” Spacely Sprockets slashes X jobs! We took swift action! We are slashing costs.”  Skip used to use the expression “They’re not moving the car forward, they’re just backstage pulling the curtain making the scenery go faster.” (think old Hollywood road movies)

Doesn’t matter now.

I’d imagined having a 25 year dinner in the future too, IBM-style, with all my friends and family…stainless steel Rolex (Do they still do that?) 5 more years after that, retire and start the rest of my life.  Indeed the times they are a-changin’, Mr. Dylan. Indeed.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’. –Bob Dylan, 1963

Written by Krista Summitt

January 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

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Triangle unemployment rate increases – Business – News & Observer

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Triangle unemployment rate increases – Business – News & Observer.

The Triangle is home to a large concentration of traditionally stable industries: health care, education and government. But job cuts now are hurting workers in those sectors.

Wachovia economist Mark Vitner expects the state and local jobless rate to pass 9 percent before any type of recovery.

“This is a wicked recession,” Vitner said. “And it’s gotten whole lot worse.”

alan.wolf@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4572

Written by Krista Summitt

January 6, 2009 at 2:44 pm