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.

job hunting 2020 table and doughnut chart

Care Coordination & Personal Care Assistance Agency Lists

While the State of Alaska now has a fancy new dynamic tool to find providers it wasn’t always like that. In fact the Non-Certified Providers, Care Coordination and PCA lists were generated for posting to the website monthly by me. Below are how I built the lists:

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″ ? >

 

Sue Darby<\name>

907-707-5654

[email protected]<\email>

www.sue-a-darby.com

www.linkedin.com/in/suedarby

Technical Writer, software Documentation, Software Support

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.

 

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>

 

Technical Writer

Alaska Office Specialists<\company>

Alaska

www.alaskaos.com

Current

 

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

 

 

Technical Writer, Published Author

Sue’s Tiny Costumes<\company>

Alaska

www.suestinycostumes.com

20+

 

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 “

 

Board Secretary

Alaska Coalition for Telehealth & TeleMedicine<\company>

Alaska

www.akctt.org

1

 

Participate in discussions on regulations and effects of Telehealth and Telemedicine in Alaska

 

Senior Services Technician

State of Alaska<\company>

Anchorage

www.alaska.gov

9.5

 

66% increase in workflow via macro design, programming, development and implementation

 

Computer Instructor & Career Development Mentor

Nine Star Education & Employment<\company>

Anchorage

www.ninestar.org

2

 

50% improved time management; reduce management’s information systems data entry

 

 

 

Charter College

Anchorage

Bachelors of Science Business Management & Information Technology

 

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?

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!

 

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