Notes On What I’m Doing

Hi, readers. How are you? I hope you’ve been enjoying life.

I just want to update you on what I’ve been enjoying and some of my plans.

First, Health Is Social has turned out to be a pleasure – it’s created a new niche to discuss the intersection of technology and health.

I’m having a great time with the project – and it was through it that I got my first chapter published in a book. That book was my friend Bob Fine’s The Best of Social.

If you subscribe to HealthIsSocial Newsletter, you”ll get a nice flow of good stuffs and find out what more about what’s going on over there.

Second, I’ll continue to serve on the Advisory Board for Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. It’s an exciting opportunity which I hope will tug healthcare farther into the 21st Century.

Third, I’m looking to build small groups of passionate people who want to really get into the vibe of things in the 21st Century. More on that as developments proceed.

Fourth, I have a confession. Well, not so much a confession, but an opening-up.

I never felt like I belonged in the 20th Century. I was never good at following rules; there was never much sense that the little guy and lady could truly voice themselves; and I felt like my career was doomed to be a series of paid enslavements – in spite of the successes I enjoyed as a younger man.

Things feel differently now. There’s definitely something in the air.

I’m not sure it’s all good – but I do think we have been gifted with a dangerous opportunity.

Technology is now deeply embedded in us. There nothing we can do about that now.

Social Media isn’t social. People are (hopefully). Let’s not think otherwise.

But these media can be glorious opportunities to enrich the way we live.

Anyhoo, that’s what I’m up to these days.

Thank you for being a part of my life.

Your readership has changed my life forever.

Love and well wishes,

Phil

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Are You Using RSS for Your Job Search?

If you’re not using RSS by now, then you need to find a time machine and press FWD. But even if you are, few people realize that you can use RSS to improve the efficiency of your job search. If you don’t know anything about RSS read RSS Explained.

All you need to do to get the most up-to-date job search results is to find the career sites that you use most often and subscribe to their feeds. If the site doesn’t have a feed, you can have Google Reader do the subscribing for you as you surf the web with its subscribe bookmark:

  1. Go to Manage Subscriptions on the bottom left side of the reader
  2. Click the Goodies tab
  3. Drag the Subscribe bookmark to your browser’s toolbar.

You can find everything you need to do to set up your career feed at at One Day One Job

And while you’re at it, subscribe to my feed to learn more tips on using the web to life better.

 

iGoogle Job Search Keeps a Tab on Your Career

It’s always a wise strategy to keep up-to-date with the opportunities in the marketplace of your career. The problem with the major career search sites such as CareerBuilder or Monster is that it can be hard to keep up with all the alerts or to always search each site looking for a prospect
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that’s worth pursuing. Indeed helps aggregate these search engines of course. But even that can be time-consuming. Having a single radar screen to view the searches that are relevant to your interests not only makes your life easier but it also helps you to keep a focus on the management of your career. A simple solution: use your iGoogle account to display lenses of real-time searches from your choice of services.

Steps to set up a tab on your job search:

  1. Set up an iGoogle account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Click Add a Tab and enter a name for your tab (Career, Job Search, etc.)
  3. Click “Add Stuff”
  4. In the search bar, you can do either enter “job search” or the specific sites you use
  5. Review and select the widgets that are displayed
  6. Take advantage of the “You might also like” option offered
  7. In each of your widgets, edit the profile (job description, location, number of posts to display in the lens, etc)
  8. Click “Back to iGoogle Home” and review your new job search lens
When you’re done, you should have a page that looks like this:
iGoogle Job Search

That’s it. Play around with the lens and customize it however you wish.

I recommend including a lens for your LinkedIn profile and even your FaceBook or Myspace profiles to round out your entire lens page. You could even set up your own Google Custom Search with your job search specs and include that in your career tab in iGoogle. If that’s too complicated then you can just grab “Job Search Universe” in iGoogle’s gadget seach page and add it to your lens (in the screenshot above, it’s in the lower right hand). Happy job searching!

 

Have You Considered a Career in Farming?

There’s a great picture I found that offers up 10 reasons for you to consider a career in farming.

Here’s the text-friendly version of what’s listed on the photo:

  1. Minimal competition from your peer age group.
  2. The opportunity to implement some of the latest technology breakthroughs in biotechnology and computers into your business model.
  3. Desirable work envrionment including somewhat flexible schedule, working outdoors and no traffic jams.
  4. Agriculture businesses can provide a nice envrionment for raising children to be responsible citizens.
  5. The future of farming involves dealing in finance and marketing and executing business plans and strategies.
  6. Chance to network with other successful farmers around the world through conferences and the Internet.
  7. Seeing your accomplishments and being able to measure your success from field to feed yard to the financial bottom line.
  8. To carry on the family legacy and tradition.
  9. Being involved with an industry that will change as much in the next decade as it has in the last century.
  10. Providing products that are invaluable to society and the economy: food, fiber, and lifestyle.

Now even if you don’t really consider a career in farming, that list is a solid guide for any career. You could apply it to engineering, marketing, web design, blogging, leadership, biomedical products or any enterprise really.

But I’m posting this list here not only as a career suggestion, but also as a list to remind us of what we might be giving up in our drive toward a high-tech world. Do we really know what we’re doing or where we’re heading? I don’t know a thing about farming. But I know that I eat and most of what I eat comes from farms (I hope). And I’m not the only one who knows nothing about farming.

Maybe it’s too late for me, but I don’t think the market for food will vanish anytime soon. Do you?