What is the most rewarding aspect of what I do?

The most rewarding aspect of what I do is the giving/sharing of my knowledge, skills and abilities in pursuit of doing a set of tasks more efficiently. I love knowing that my team is doing simple things efficiently and has more time to move on to more advanced tasks. Or is doing a very complex task well with high accuracy and excellent results.

Designing and building the tools the team uses with only the basic tools on hand and currently installed on our systems is a great challenge. I learn about writing macros from scratch versus recording a macro. I learn how to share those macros across the network and write the scripts that automate tasks. Yes, my skill set is homegrown but as I’ve needed to learn something I’ve read more and more about programming which has inspired my taking 30+ courses across LinkedIn Learning, Udemy and EdX to expand that knowledge.

I am now looking for a job where I can continue to innovate, create, solve and build as well as apply all that I’ve learned and am yet to learn.

I'm a Geek and I know it…

So as a job hunter you should keep record of the jobs you apply for and all the demographics that go with it. I started hunting November 1, 2019 and have been keeping a log of all my contacts so here’s a peek at the types of jobs I’ve applied for and still have pending.

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What Do I Do Exactly?

What is it I do, exactly? I write instructions anyone can follow for how to use software or follow an in house procedure. I can make software do things it might not have been originally intended to do as well via macros or other programming scripts.

And more specifically, what can I do to make or save money for a client? I save you time on training and wasted time not knowing exactly how to do something. 

What is it that’s special or unique about me?

In other words, what combination of skills and experience do I have that would make you as an employer want to work with me?

SUPER POWERS

Writing

Short writing pieces like this article or very long items that give detailed, illustrated instructions like my book on Pattern Making for Dolls. I've done several dozen sewing patterns, I've also written many times on using software. My passion is in writing instructions and procedures. Clear, precise instructions that everyone can understand.

Spreadsheets

Excel & Google Sheets are two of my best applications. I can enter the data and setup the formulas to display it in many ways. I can create entire systems to track data and report on the status of a project. I can integrate the systems with Access and SharePoint, Word and even Adobe Acrobat.

Coordination & Organization

I keep entire teams humming with information and systems to track that information. I track who has what, where an item is in the process and how that process can be streamlined. If there is a way to make someone's life easier I suggest and implement it.

What’s My Industry?

Question

I’m trying to build a list of target companies, how do I figure out what industry I’m after? I know my locations, I know my roles. I’m seriously not picky on industry except for government, oil & gas or health care are a big NO! Gov & health care is a been there, done that, have the scars. Oil & gas I see as killing the planet and don’t want to go there.

So what industry am I looking at?

I’m very interested in technical writing help documents for software… is that startups, information technology, or what would I look for?

I’m interested in using my Excel skills for data analysis but again what industry?

I could even use my website development skills in this somehow. What industry do I target there?

Could I combine the target jobs?

What would I look for? How would I find it?

Things I love:

  • Computer software
  • Writing
  • Writing Procedures
  • Teaching computer skills
  • Photography (landscapes and animals, I'm amateur at best!)
  • Cars (but I'm picky... Mustangs, Teslas and classics from before I was born!)
  • Rockets (but I have NO knowledge of what makes them really tick I love watching them take off and especially land... it's my football!)

These last few believe it or not I’ve already tried to make a living from and would dearly love to do so again but know that the market is too small and too specialized to make a good business for me.

  • Pattern Drafting
  • Sewing
  • Dolls
  • Crafts

For years I’ve tried to find ways to combine my skills I love with my hobbies and other things I love. At this point I can live with just using the skills I love most daily and keep the hobbies as hobbies! That said I still need ideas for industries… without that I’ll still have problems finding “Top 10 Companies in XYZ Industry to work for” even if they are in my location or offer remote jobs or relocation to Seattle I still have to find a way to build a list. I have two local, a remote and a Seattle company… I need more on my list!

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What do I love to do? What’s my niche?

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Writing

I love to write instructions for software applications. I love to write tutorials that go through a process that makes a task easier or automates it. I also love learning new things in the process of writing about them!

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Sewing & Pattern Drafting

I know this is technically a hobby but for a while I did make a little bit of money drafting patterns and writing books on the topic. It is a very technical subject surprisingly and especially when you try to explain how to do something step by step. Teaching it is even more of a challenge when you do it over a chat room and the only way to share images is via email. Ahhh teaching online in the days before YouTube or live streaming or teleconferencing... when it was all still the Jetsons and not real yet! Given the chance I'd still love to teach pattern drafting online only this time with more modern tools!

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Programming

I have been dabbling with programming languages since the days of BASIC A. I am self taught except for Perl and JavaScript which I actually had formal classes in. I hand code sites and learn as I go. I have a wide variety of knowledge and would love to apply it to more projects.

Project Planner

Events

I enjoy setting up to do an event. A class to teach something, a gathering of friends or family or even as part of my job. Years ago I was an Events Coordinator and had a lot of fun setting up the advertising and marketing for various demonstrations of crafts, many of which I had never done. I coordinated week long summer camps for kid crafting as well. Event coordination is just like project management and I enjoy that as well. Keeping track of tasks and details is a big part of what keeps me motivated and happy.

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