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:
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>
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.
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!
- 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
- 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
- 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
- $35+/hr ($60k+/yr)
- Team getaways specifically to get to know other teams
- Continuing education or conferences
- 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?
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!
CMS: WordPress, Drupal, Dreamweaver, Joomla
Prior to using WordPress for all of the sites I used Joomla or Drupal as well as hand coding in HTML CSS and using Dreamweaver for development. I currently use VS Code for all my hand coded sites and work.
Databases: Azure, SharePoint, MMIS, DS3, Citrix, Access, Enterprise, COGNOS, MYSQL, PHPMyAdmin, CPanel
The robust Azure & SharePoint system used by Microsoft in combination with Excel and Power BI was a great system to work with for modifying accounts and tracking data.
Citrix was a database that was used to track various types of data for the clients that Nine Star served.
DS3 is the main database currently in use with Senior and Disability Services but it is in the process of being replaced. DS3 originally was a Cold Fusion based system but has migrated to a .NET framework. The replacement system is named Harmony and went live in the winter of 2018.
MMIS or Medicaid Medical Information System has been replaced by Enterprise and is a good system that Harmony will eventually interface with. This system’s report manager, COGNOS provides a robust system to track data.
Graphic Art Suites: Corel Draw, Inscape, Gimp, Paint Shop Pro, Visio, Star UML, Dia, Freemind
The Corel Draw Suite is a main tool for my drafting and design work for sewing patterns and technical writing. Inkscape is the Open Source version of it and is used to do various drawings in .svg formats.
Umls are used to diagram processes in Visio and Star Uml.
One of my main tools is Freemind, Freeplane and now Scapple for mind mapping ideas and outlining books.
Office Suites: Office 365, Master Certified Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 95-2016, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft SharePoint 2007-2016, OneNote, Open Office, Adobe Pro, Adobe DC
I use or have used all of these office suites heavily. They are the main stay of my workflows.
I am certified in MS Office and have continued my education using State of Alaska Trainings for SharePoint eventually earning the respect of the IT administration team and
granted my own sandbox to work in as well as full control over the Provider Certification Unit site and the Division’s Archiving site.
I used OneNote to compile a reference manual of all of the procedures for the Certification unit.
Word and Excel were used heavily to do mail merges as well as many other tasks including checklists and data tracking as well as graphs and charts for reports up to the Federal level.
Adobe Pro was used to “jailbreak” documents into Word and Excel, date stamp incoming certification applications and many other tasks including as a pivotal tool in a massive mail merge. I also used it to create the Certification Application and add fill in fields to ensure that applications were legible and data entry was accurate.
This is but a small portion of the variety of software and tools I use or have used on a daily basis. The list could go on and on!