Overcoming Job Title Identity Theft

March 9, 2010

Do You Feel Erased?
By Janet Walgren

One of the challenges unemployed workers are facing in today’s job market is trying to find a new work identity after their old identity was erased. In my former position as Student Success Manager for EWI, I spent four years helping seasoned professionals and novices alike identify, utilize and monetize their transferable skills to create new careers as entrepreneurs.

In this capacity, I was able to help hundreds of people stay positive in the face of adversity, create new dreams and gain the courage to fulfill their dreams. I was also able to help entrepreneurs identify their needs and suggest resources to help them meet their business challenges.

I believe the current economy presents an unprecedented opportunity for both employers and prospective employees alike because of the incredible pool of talented candidates that was unavailable for employers to choose from in older more stable economies. Non-traditional crossover candidates bring with them a wealth of training and a diversity of experiences that can enrich and rejuvenate a stale corporate environment while fulfilling staffing needs.

A title isn’t who you are. A title doesn’t even necessarily tell what you did. You are a valuable person regardless of the titles others might bestow on you or take from you. If you have been downsized and feel like your identity has been erased, make a list of your skills, talents and experiences. Then, as you read job announcements, ask yourself, “How can my skill set fit in with [this] employer’s needs?”

You don’t have to be desperate and settle for a bad employer or a bad job. Remember, you were looking for a job when you found your last one so, don’t forget to make it a two way interview.

It’s not what you have been but what you are becoming that determines your future.


Earmarks – Who are the fools who elected these guys anyway?… Sadly, it is us!

March 20, 2009

Congressional earmarks are a way for congress to usurp the power of the states to self-direct. One of the most effective ways Americans have to restore some integrity to congress is to eliminate earmark spending.

Basically what is happening currently is:

  • Congress taxes Americans at a much higher rate than is necessary
  • Congress gives some of our tax dollars back to the states
  • Congress tells the states how to spend the money
  • Political action groups and lobbyist (pay, donate, gift…) congressional representatives then demand federal tax money is spent on their special projects

Don’t you think it would be better if we got to keep more of our hard earned money? And, if we need something at a state level, don’t you think you could better decide how to provide for it on a local level?

Earmarks provide a way for special groups to get the EAR of the (often corrupt) officials who write our government’s checks.

It is amazing to me that congress can be so specific in telling a state how to spend tax dollars, or a public school what to teach but, they can’t be specific in telling private corporations (especially Wall Street and international banks) how to spend hundreds of billions of our tax dollars.

Who are the fools who elected these guys anyway?… Sadly, it is us!


Teaching our children

February 8, 2009

Have you ever considered how we socialize our children? How do children learn values? What kind of influence are you having your children? Here is a father’s short story. It’s worth hearing.

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Violinist in the Metro

January 18, 2009

I often get fun emails of an unknown origin. This is one of them. I checked it out on snopes.com and it is true. You can go there for more details.

Violinist in the Metro— Wash, DC


joshua-bell-violinistA man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work

 

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. 

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context? 

 

I guess one of the reasons I liked this email was I LIKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. Beautiful music to me is any music that causes my spirit to celebrate the wonders of earth, heaven, life or the soul. It doesn’t matter if it is a child who can’t carry a tune or a father who can’t really sing, an orchestra or band full of children who are just learning to play, or the average middle aged person giving music their best efforts – I love music!

 

Interestingly I was actually evicted from an apartment for singing once upon a time…

 

An opera singer who lived beneath me used to wake me up very early every morning when she did her vocal warm-ups on the patio. One day I went out on my balcony and joined in her song. I gave it my best operatic effort. Unfortunately it wasn’t appreciated… No Money PLEASE

 

Anyway, I hope you take the time to appreciate the beauty of music and all the beauty around you.


Gay Parents – A Child’s Perspective

January 5, 2009

By Janet Walgren

I ran across a post written by a person who was raised by a gay man. She has written a book about her experiences as a child. Her father’s behaviors she described in the post are similar to the behaviors of a gay father who was in a custody battle with a woman my clergy asked me to help through the legal process.

In a society so engrossed in SELF RIGHTS, isn’t it about time we consider the rights of children who can not or are not allowed to speak? Here is the link: http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2009/01/04/homosexual-parenting-a-childs-voice-heard/


A Prophetic Voice for Our Day

November 22, 2008

By Janet Walgren
While reading Anne Bradshaw’s blog, Not Entirely British, I came across this YouTube clip of a speech given by Elder Neal A. Maxwell at Brigham Young University on October 10, 1978. What he said has proven to be a very accurate prophetic warning about the state of our nation today (some 30 years after the fact). This is just one of thousands of reasons that I believe in modern day living prophets.


The Election – What’s at Stake???

October 30, 2008

By Janet Walgren

I would like to share three short videos about important election issues. I hope that you will consider what is at stake before you vote. I believe that the consequences of this election are, or will become, alarming.

http://www.catholicvote.com/
Before You Vote, Consider the Issues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYRpIf2F9NA
Do Unto Others as You Would Have Others Do Unto You

Obama – Yes I Can Make Us Defenseless, Just Like Dec 7, 1941
(humorously titled by a Harvard Law grad)

See link below if above doesn’t work with your browser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRGru2CPC4E