Acquiring blog readers is hard. Simple as that. At times, the vast technological universe that many of us partake in can make it difficult to attract those that are the target audience you are searching for. However, that involves you actively trying to attract an audience. When I started this blog back in January of 2011 it was for me to share experiences that were taking place at work, at home and within my day-to-day structure. I’ve blogged about my divorce, my job changes, working with other managers, fashion, sewing, dating, dancing, running and living with Fibromyalgia just to name a few of the most popular topics.
I started the blog as a way for me to get things off my chest that I wasn’t able to openly talk about until people started mentioning my blog. Placing links to my blog on my personal Facebook was a way for me to share with my friends and family what I was going though. During my marriage I lost touch with many people and have been trying to rebuild those relationships ever since. I thought that maybe if people had an opportunity to see all the pandemonium that was going on in my brain they would understand what had been going on when we lost touch.
Outside of my circle of friends it never occurred to me that there might be others out there that are interested in hearing about my sewing projects or management techniques. Who knew that my stories of being a 21st Century Gal would be that interesting to others? Oh yes, that’s right…my mother! Even at 29 it is still hard to admit that my mother is almost always right. See what I did there with the “almost” part? I’m sure there is something out there she might not be right about; such as biomechanical engineering or space travel.
It was my mother who started blogging before me and has shared her tips and tricks, so I guess I haven’t acquired these readers all on my own. I might make management sound amusing, but you should see what my mom can do with the topic of cancer. Never thought I could be laughing about cancer, but that’s how things work under her roof. Anything and everything has the potential of being funny. I’ll tell you what, it is rough knowing that as a teenager but quite amusing when you finally grow up and realize your parents aren’t as uncool as you once thought.
Thanks mom for sharing yet another life lesson with me. Check out her blog, The World According to Alexandra, if you’re looking for a good laugh. She even makes bodily functions funny instead of shamefully disgusting. Thank you to my readers who stop back regularly. For those of you who are just lurkers I invite you to subscribe to my blog and stick around for a bit. There are some big changes on the horizon and I can be you won’t want to miss out on them.
SkillCloud? No, I didn’t just slam my head on my keyboard and have auto-correct decide my opening line. I meant to write exactly that. I thought iCloud was awesome until I heard about SkillCloud. For those of us who wish there was a platform for companies to appreciate us beyond our resumes, our ramblings have been heard by a team who competed in a two-day “hackathon.” I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but thank goodness there is as it has produced this awesome creation.
SkillCloud is similar to a social network platform, but it’s reason for existence is so that employees can broadcast their talents to their employer. I’ll use my last job in the theme park world as an example. I was hired as a Stage Manager. Three months after I began with the theme park a perfect storm occurred and we were without a performer for the show that I had been managing each day. The problem in this situation was that the show could not be performed without someone in this role. Immediately I stepped up and said I would do it as I could be replaced as the manager, but no one else who was available knew the role that was empty that day. My suggestion was faced by three of my senior managers staring at me like I had three heads.
When I was hired my dance ability was never really discussed and my performance background wasn’t elaborated upon. As someone who had been present at every rehearsal since the show was created and then watched it every day for a living, I knew the show like the back of my hand. It was true I had never been on that stage and or even done the show, but I was confident that with a run through I could make it happen as that is what needed to happen so we didn’t have to cancel a whole day of shows. Three minutes into the on-stage run through my management realized I had more than just a loose knowledge of dance.
It was only three months after this that my Supervisor realized that we were going to have to re-mount the first show I worked on for a temporary two-week run. However, since the show was new we never had anyone else stage it except for the choreographer who created it. As I sat in a meeting watching people scratch their heads about how to pull things together so quickly I stepped up and said I would do it. You would have thought I grew those extra heads again as it hadn’t even been a consideration of the team that I would be able to do it. My background in choreography and show staging didn’t exactly come up in my interview, so I’m not surprised they didn’t know about it.
Once my secrets were out in the open my choreography and staging talents were put to use for our shows on a regular basis. It was the best way to combine my management and performance experience into one fun-filled position that I so passionately enjoyed day in and day out. However, my hidden talents were only put to use because I was bold enough to step forward and offer up my services. I know I tend to be more daring to do things like this than most are and that is where SkillCloud comes in handy. If your company utilized SkillCloud would you admit your hidden skills and talents? There is always the chance that you’re opening a door which makes you more valuable to your company.
I am thankful that I have a job. Really I am. I am watching people I love trying to find a job and seeing the struggle of participating in the process without having current employment. However, I still find myself frustrated with the fact that my one year anniversary with my current company is 2 days away and that will also mark my ten month anniversary of looking for a job that gets me back to where my passion remains. After about two months in my current position I realized that the gripes of the last employee here were less based on his bitterness for being fired, but more accurately based upon the lacking structure coming from our superior. If only I realized that before I accepted the job. C’est la vie. I can’t turn back the clock so I’ve been trying to keep looking towards the future.
After ten months of in-depth searching, I’m starting to realize that it’s less of whether I am actually equipped to do the jobs that I’m applying for and more about beating the computer that scans my resume before it makes it to an actual human. If you background is in something clear-cut such as accounting then I would think it would be easier to guess the key words you need within your resume to get past the scan. However, if your pursuing job in entertainment with a vast and varied background then guessing which are the most important key words is like flipping through the dictionary and randomly stopping on any given word.
I’m exhausted from trying to play the word game and beat the scanning systems. What happened to the days when you could talk to actual people and put your resume in their hand? I’m applying for jobs in the arts and entertainment which most will agree is an outgoing industry based upon talent and creativity. With that being said, it just boggles my mind how in such a creative industry I’m given one opportunity to submit a very structured and rigid resume of my background and ruled out based upon that before I’m given the chance to demonstrate my actual talents. Just for fun I decided to submit a resume that was more creative than my normal one and yet included all the same information. I formatted it slightly different, changed the font and reorganized the order of items listed. By no shock of my own it was returned to me with a denial email faster than my traditional resume.
Here I sit, frustrated and creatively stifled awaiting a company to take a chance on me so that I can once again surpass their expectations. Since most places won’t let you even drop things off in person any more I’ve given up on the idea of sneaking into a decision maker’s office and performing a grand performance of my qualifications. Therefore, I’m going to attempt what my loved one did on her blog since it caused a small stir within her job search…
Good afternoon internet visitors! I’m well educated in two very different, and yet very similar, industries in a standard higher educated sense as well as with many years of hands on experience. The flexibility and adaptability skills I possess are only surpassed by my dedication to creatively inspire others to action to get to common goals with a little style along the way. Give me the chance to bring my talents to your company and I promise to exceed any projections you set for me while keeping a smile on my face all the while. My creativity is screaming to be let loose from its current cubicle and I would like to put it to work for you instead of the HR computer scanner that won’t let me get through to you. Therefore, for your viewing pleasure and random perusal you’ll find my complete resume below.
The music of the holiday season always puts me in such a cheerful mood with so many of the songs bringing back joyous memories of my life as a performer. Listening to Pandora while at my desk generally strikes an urge to want to jump up and dance, but I’ve done my best this holiday season to not let myself jump up and bust a move. Those at my current job know me as a dedicated professional and not one who used to wear ball gowns or pointe shoes. However, all it takes are a few notes of The Nutcracker to make me want to waltz and leap down the aisle of cubicles with all I can muster up from inside.
I’ve only had the pleasure of performing in the Nutcracker twice in my life. Once as a dancer who was just starting her journey and then later as one who was lucky enough to be featured. Both occasions left such a lasting impact and deeply etched memories into my mind. As other dancers know, each year you often have a yearly performance or recital and there are many of those that I have no memories of so it is a good thing my mom purchased the VHS. However, I’m sure that both Nutcracker experiences will remain with me for many years to come.
I was hoping to be able to see a staging of The Nutcracker this year while I was traveling in Washington D.C. for work, but there just wasn’t enough time around my conference schedule. Being in Florida has limited the Christmas shows that are on my “must see” list. When I lived in New York during my younger years my mom would take me to see the New York City Ballet’s staging of The Nutcracker or The Radio City Christmas Spectacular so that I could see my favorite high kicking ladies. It’s funny how even as a child I greatly appreciated clean choreography and precision. I guess in the back of my mind my future calling was there all along.
During one of my first holiday season’s back in Florida my mom and step-dad took me all the way to Miami so that I could see the Miami City Ballet present their version of The Nutcracker. Compared to the NYCB staging that I treasured as a child, Miami sure knows how to infuse the production with color and flair! I think this is a tradition I might need to put back on my calendar during the 2012 holiday season as I have slowly spent the last 2 years returning to the things that mean the most to me.
It’s almost time to write those New Year’s resolutions, so start brainstorming now. I’ve done quite well with my resolutions from 2011, so I think I’ll continue my trend of attainable and motivating resolutions for 2012. Time to strap on my running shoes and get in a few last half marathon training sessions before the holiday festivities take over. I’ve got a mere two weeks left until our 5K run and then the half marathon will be hot on my heels a handful of weeks later. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season filled with glorious music, sumptuous sweets, and those that they love the most!