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Getting somewhere with a job search

Getting somewhere with a job search

I know, I know, all those people who keep saying “It’ll all work out fine, just do what I did and you’ll land a job no problems” annoy the hell out of me too. It’s not easy, it’s never been easy, I doubt it’ll ever be easy. And I’ll admit I’ve not exactly had it all...

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The computer uprising is gaining attention!

The computer uprising is gaining attention!

The three most satisfying words in the English language are “I was right”. And that’s what I thought as a read an article in Vox recently, “Why everybody’s hiring but nobody’s getting hired”. It backs up something I said in an earlier blog post critical of the role...

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Filling in the gap in your resume

Filling in the gap in your resume

One of the things I’ve learned while job hunting is that employers aren’t fans of gaps in your employment record. Recruitment and resume writing companies say it’s a bad look, as if you’ve been lying on a beach in Rarotonga eating pineapple and pretending to write the...

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Coping with all this…um…”stuff”

Coping with all this…um…”stuff”

I don’t know about you, but I’m well and truly over this pandemic. Actually, I suspect I DO know about you - as the irritating slogan goes, “we’re all in this together” and that goes for the side effects from constant lockdowns. I imagine my habit of taking naps in...

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Scapegoating – understandable maybe, but unhelpful

Scapegoating – understandable maybe, but unhelpful

We’re all getting pretty ratty with this pandemic and lockdown, and in our human need for a target for our feelings we seem to occasionally lash out in the wrong directions. Look, I get it, I really do. I’m in Melbourne where we’ve had 200 days of hard lockdown since...

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Computer says no

Computer says no

I always thought battling sinister, impersonal artificial intelligences would involve dodging laser fire and going back in time to foil plans by robots to assassinate James Cameron’s wife.. But here I am trying to apply for jobs, only to find myself attempting to...

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What is Truth?

What is Truth?

I believe this somewhat cynical question was first asked by a former Italian administrator in what is now Israel some time ago. But it’s still as relevant as ever. Most professional communicators these days realise that telling the truth is not just the ethically...

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Taking a tour in someone else’s life

Taking a tour in someone else’s life

“Writers take tours in other people’s lives” said American science fiction writer Harlan Ellison. It’s probably a good thing he made the comment years ago, before accusations of cultural appropriation were a thing, because nowadays you can have your career destroyed...

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Video editing – Here’s one I prepared earlier

Video editing – Here’s one I prepared earlier

My first proper cooking video has been completed and let’s be honest, Jamie Oliver’s job is probably safe. Which isn’t to say it wasn’t a success – I’m quite happy with the way I managed to learn and apply new skills and it’s pretty good for a first time. This...

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A picture is worth a thousand words

A picture is worth a thousand words

I know I’m basically a wordsmith. I am quite capable of getting into a fight over the placement of a comma versus a semi colon and have been known to channel Stannis Baratheon from Game of Thrones by murmuring “Fewer!” at the television news when someone says, “The...

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Old dogs and new tricks

Old dogs and new tricks

One of the attitudes I find myself coming up against as an older worker is the idea that only Gen Z “gets” technology. Several times I’ve been asked if I know what Microsoft Office is, or have I ever seen how to use Adobe Premiere Pro to make a video? It makes me feel...

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Speak it like you mean it

Speak it like you mean it

How often have you sat down to hear someone give a speech at a conference or business meeting with a sense of dread in the pit of your stomach? It’s going to be boring, right? So many of these things are. You’re going to have to pretend to be awake and interested and...

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