10 Things Important to Me in a Job

10 Things Important in a Job

  • Remote, telecommute perhaps with a little travel
  • Challenging work that changes mysteries to solve
  • End of the day results that make a difference in the world or someone's life
  • Uses all of my skills not just a few and encourages personal and professional development through training
  • Medical dental vision insurance retirement plan optional would rather have higher pay rate and do my own investments
  • Some routine work quick simple items that gives a sense of accomplishment
  • Coworkers who are truly a team not just a functional work group
  • Fair pay for a days work and room to move upwards
  • Work family and life balance
  • Values my opinion and ideas for improvement in any area of the business functions

10 Things Important in an Employer

  • A company or organization that will be around for the long haul
  • Company with good documentation on policies and procedures that make sense to someone who is new
  • Proactive vs reactive in tech support and other operational needs
  • Technology and tech savvy team with a variety of specialty skills
  • One that cares about the people who do the work
  • Small team where the whole team has a say in who takes on what tasks
  • Manager who is not a micro manager
  • Management that understands what the workers actually do
  • Management that will pitch in with even the low level tasks
  • More than 3 yrs old and profitable

While this was originally developed several years ago, the list has not changed just which ones are most important to me. I’ve changed jobs and learned a few things.

XML Resume

I plan to edit and add to this XML resume in the coming days and weeks, for now this is a nice skeleton hand developed and coded.

<?xml version=”1.0 encoding=”UTF-8″ ? >
 
<name>Sue Darby</name>
<phone>907-707-5654</phone>
<email>[email protected]</email>
<website>www.sue-a-darby.com</website>
<linkedin>www.linkedin.com/in/suedarby</linkedin>
 
<titles>Technical Writer, software Documentation, Software Support</titles>
 
<summary>Sue is a master of software applications both old and new. She enjoys both learning new applications and teaching other how to use those applications via written and illustrated tutorials documentation and chat.</summary>
 
<skills>XML, JSON, HTML, CSS
Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Libre Office, Google Docs & Spreadsheets
DITA, Scapple, Scrivener, Scribus, Publisher
Corel Draw, Inkscape, Gimp
Present information to technical and non-technical users
Digital Verbal & Written Communication</skills>
 
<job>Technical Writer</job>
 
<company>Alaska Office Specialists</company>
 
<website>www.alaskaos.com</website>
 
<achievements>5+ Websites are demonstrations of website coding, writing and maintenance
Author, illustrate and diagram 10+ instructions & articles written with an end user in mind
Author XML documents</achievements>
 
 
<job>Technical Writer, Published Author</job>
 
<company>Sue’s Tiny Costumes</company>
 
<website>www.suestinycostumes.com</website>
 
<achievements>Published author of 2 books with articles in 4 magazines ~ “Pattern Drafting for Miniatures” & “Pattern Making for Dolls”, International Doll Magazine”, “Doll Castle News”, “Dolls, Bears & Anywears”, & “Dolls In Miniature “</achievements>
 
<job>Board Secretary</job>
 
<company>Alaska Coalition for Telehealth & TeleMedicine</company>
 
<website>www.akctt.org</website>
 
<achievements>Participate in discussions on regulations and effects of Telehealth and Telemedicine in Alaska</achievements>
 
<job>Senior Services Data Analyst Technician</job>
 
<company>State of Alaska</company>
 
<website>www.alaska.gov</website>
 
<achievements>66% increase in workflow via macro design, programming, development and implementation</achievements>
 
 
<college>Charter College</college>
 
<degree>Bachelors of Science Business Management & Information Technology</degree>
 
 

Reverse Job Description

Everyone has to read a job description to see if you meet the qualifications of the company but what if we, as job seekers were to publish our own job descriptions? Something that defines the job we’re looking for, the company culture, boss, tasks and location we’re after. It could be something that we can add to a resume or cover letter pointing out what our criteria is and how well the company matches us for a change. It could also be an “Other Document” that can highlight how well we’ve researched our target company finding tidbits and trivia that may just be public information but still require research that is attached to an application.

Creative-Resume

I built a reverse job description several months ago based on what I dislike most about my current job and what I wanted to avoid and wanted to be doing soon. Interestingly enough, I was able to define what I want in a boss, company and job tasks that would make me happy etc. Even better a potential job is in the process of opening up that just about meets everything including location and compensation requirements, the only thing I have to do is be patient.

Here’s part of my list and even if you build a list and never publish it, it can be a very useful tool for identifying if an opportunity and company meet your criteria!

The company

  • Forward thinking
  • Profitable or high benefit to helping society or the environment with enough in funding to function well
  • Has an active future plan that includes revenue growth
  • Functions within budget
  • Includes staff in plans while forming not after choices are made
  • Actively seeks ideas and feedback from staff
  • Seeks to build not just small teams for certain functions but to bring whole group of teams into one large team demonstrating that each team has a purpose in the big picture
  • Explains the big picture and how everyone from the clerk and janitor contribute

The Boss

  • Fair but firm
  • Timely decision making - "later" is not an option nor is crossing the bridge when we get there… PROACTIVE PLANNING
  • Clear expectations and goal setting
  • Proactive work projects
  • Open door policy
  • Gets to know individuals on team including moods, likes and dislikes
  • Knows enough to do anyone's job for a few days

The Job

  • Short, medium and long term project based
  • Variety of assignments
  • Set goals for each project with clear expectations of deliverables and timelines
  • Variety of new software to learn
  • Opportunity to teach and learn
  • Primarily computer based in software or programming or writing

Compensation

  • $35+/hr ($60k+/yr)
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Team getaways specifically to get to know other teams
  • Continuing education or conferences

Location

  • Remote
  • If remote then flexible work hours based on timezones
  • Mat-Su Valley of Alaska

What I want

  • Computer based tracking systems that are up to date
  • Research and learning are highly encouraged
  • Support with projects when needed
  • Any down time can be used for classes and learning
  • Freedom to prioritize work within reason
  • Variety of tasks that make a difference
  • Ability to see where my work fits in
  • Short productive meetings
  • Tools to keep in touch such as chat and message boards in addition to email
  • Cross training in other teams and other jobs with or without the background for the job
  • Mobile tools for use when needed
  • Helps others mutually supportive
  • Power to do experiment and mess up within reason
  • Computer that has the power to keep up with multitasking

What do you think?

Archiving Categories

At the start of my time with the State of Alaska I was a Administrative Clerk. As a clerk I was placed in charge of archiving old files to make space for current files. This was a monumental task that had not been tackled in several years so there were 20+ boxes to start with. Based on the Archive Guidelines I developed a simplified chart to help me sort the files.

Over the course of 9.5 years I and the teams of MASST (Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training) and DVR (Department of Vocational Rehabilitation) participants along with a non-perm Office Assistant archived over 3,500 files. I was involved in all the aspects of hiring, training and day to day leadership of these individuals.

archives guide

One of the training tools I used to assist everyone who was helping with the massive project included the following guide.

In the process of doing this it became known that no matter how many closed files I archived and sent off site there would never be enough space for the ever expanding files that were open. It was then determined that we also needed to categorize the open files for archiving as well. There was no guidelines to do this at the time and so in talking to the head of the archives we determined that we needed to collaborate with my management to setup the mechanisms to archive open files.

There were many types of both open and closed providers as detailed below. The categories assisted in retrieving files for quality assurance and compliance investigations over the years. Our oldest files were so old that the early volumes dated back into the 1990’s when Senior Services was founded! It was fantastic to get so many old files offsite and out of our over full file cabinets. It also reduced injuries (I was injured by the drawers being too full) and reduced fire risks. Once older files were offsite archives was able to either store the files or add them to micro film or scan them for DVD backup media.

Archive Categories

Where Hobbies & Career Meet

Just a few things that excite me, light me up, that I truly enjoy and where they cross the boundaries from Hobby to potential Career. There’s a lot more than this but charts and graphs can only handle so much information!

 

Please Perform the Following Miracle

I am generally known as a “Miracle Worker” who can get insane amounts of tasks completed. As a joke I was left with a hand drawn version of this on my desk one day and so decided to turn it into a sheet of 4 that I could print. I left them on the corner of my desk and would find notes from co-workers, supervisors and other managers from time to time which would always make me smile!

miracle notes
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