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The Mythical Shortage of fill-in-the-blank-persons

April 6th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Shortage of qualified applicants? A myth. Here is one of the explanations. Sorry if this exposes what you wear under your kilt. There is a shortage of… qualified programmers qualified analysts qualified engineers qualified qualifiers that is why we want more fill-in-the-blank-with-magical-government-magic. Listen to what companies say: “We can’t find qualified fill-in-the-blank-persons.” […]

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Tags: Employment · People

In the Mirror

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have seen this in people often, especially when looking in the mirror. Not off to a good start, but let’s try to pull something useful from this. We all tend to do what we like and avoid what we don’t like. Not surprising. I like ice cream. I hate paper cuts. […]

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Tags: Adults · Change · Choose · Employment

Fire the Cashiers or Allow Them to Add Value

December 29th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips About to be replaced by a machine? We must add value. In some cases, employers must allow us to add value. Amazon recently made news with a grocery store that has no cashiers. Wow. How convenient for the shoppers. Wow. There go a bunch of jobs as all the cashiers who weren’t […]

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Tags: Employment · Work

Not a Good Fit – Part 1

September 8th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips The first explanation of what “not a good fit means.” I apply for a job. I interview face-t0-face with a team of persons. Several days later I receive the form email stating, “sorry, you are not a good fit.” What does that mean? I have two main explanations. This post will give […]

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Tags: Culture · Employment

Show Some Respect

August 18th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Okay, I’m an old man. Nevertheless, can persons in the workplace show some respect to one another? As I write this, I remain unemployed. There is always hope for a 50-something with a few job skills (advanced degrees, certifications, books published, etc.), but it is tough. One request for those interviewing the […]

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Tags: Competence · Employment · Respect

The New Architect and the Old Designer

July 18th, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I am again disappointed in job titles, but at least I learn some new lingo. Architecture = Design (noun) Architect (noun, person) = Designer (noun, person) Solutions Architect = Solutions Designer (well, that else would you design but a solution?) Then we have the verb form… to architect =¬† to design (verb) […]

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Tags: Clarity · Communication · Design · Employment

Is This a Job Interview or a Consulting Session?

March 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I have been interviewed for jobs several dozen times in the last three years. Most “interviews” became free consulting sessions. The past three years have not been good for me and working at paying jobs. I am over age and over qualified. At least I soothe my feelings by telling myself these […]

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Tags: Communication · Competence · Consulting · Employment · Expectations · Greed

The New Take-Home Pay

December 21st, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Thanks to recent legislation concerning health insurance, we have a new way to calculate take-home pay. In the old days, whenever that was, take-home pay was calculated as: income minus taxes Now, however, take-home pay is calculated as: income minus taxes minus what you pay for health insurance in your job based […]

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Tags: Employment · Government

ITIL Foundation Certification

October 29th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips I earn a ITIL Foundation-level certification. For the past six or eight years I have heard of ITIL¬† certification. I didn’t pay much attention to it as I wasn’t an Enterprise IT person and did see a way that I could qualify for it. A recent look at it changed my mind. […]

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Tags: Change · Computing · Education · Employment · Knowledge · Learning

Citizens and Citizenry

September 24th, 2015 · No Comments

by Dwayne Phillips Sometimes citizens of the U.S. working for the U.S. become separated from the rest of the citizenry at everyone’s loss. Recently, heads of agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community met to discuss the types of things they discuss in public. Several of them lamented the protests of many citizens against their efforts […]

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Tags: Culture · Employment · Government