Thank you to everyone for your kind words and encouragement after learning I lost my job. It means a lot to know that I have so much support.
And for those of you who shared with me your own personal stories of job loss, hang in there. Even though I’m searching, whatever I can do to help you I certainly will.
How you can help.
Some of the best positions I have ever held have been the result of referrals from friends and colleagues. So just in case you know of anything, here is a little information on what I’m looking to find.
If you hear some of these words connected to a position, it’s possible that company is looking for someone like me.
- Tableau Developer
- User Experience Designer
- User Experience Researcher
- Senior Data Analyst
- Senior Business Analyst
- Senior Communications Manager
- Chief Analytics Officer
- Chief Information Officer
- Chief Digital Marketing Officer
- Digital Transformation Strategist
- Digital Business Development Strategist
Skills I bring to a position
Here are some of the things I love to do and will provide to any organization.
- Junior staff mentoring. I am really good at helping junior and mid-level staff grow as professionals. This is an activator trait, it is a gift that I use to improve not just for self-improvement but to activate the strengths of my colleagues.
- Senior management advising. I have a knack for understanding how to communicate the “need-to-knows” in a way that is accessible to senior leadership. Even in my early days I always ended up advising senior staff that were well above my pay grade.
- An ability to assess context and build strategy. My top two skills in strengths finder are strategy and ideation, these are also combined with context and connectedness. I am a natural at developing strategy, even when there is an overall lack of clarity.
- Quick learning and adaptation. I am a life long learner who picks up new skills quickly. This is especially true in technology.
- Wide knowledge. I have worked in positions on IT teams, research teams, evaluation teams, business teams, and management teams. I have wide knowledge that allows me to connect and communicate with people in many different positions.
Positions I usually stay away from.
So that’s what I try to push. But here is what I tend to avoid.
- Illustrator or cartoonist. Yes, I love cartooning, as a hobby. Even when incredibly effective as a dissemination tool, it’s not the kind of skill that can support my family. For illustration projects that may require weeks of time, the pay is minimal.
- Graphic designer. I can lead a design team, but if someone is looking to find an everyday graphic designer, they are likely to find someone just as graphically talented for less money.
- Social media contributor. Management, strategic, and analytic positions can be worthwhile. But on the whole social media work is undervalued in the market.
- WordPress developer. If designing and developing a website is one part of a position, that can work. But if someone only needs a WordPress developer, like the graphic design position, they can get it cheaper elsewhere.
- Anything that requires a move. So I have worked several positions that have been 100% remote. I am also willing to work onsite in a position located within the broader research triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, etc.). But I am not in a position to make a move to a different location.
How you can refer me for a position.
One of the easiest ways to make a referral these days is through a LinkedIn Message.
- First off, if you are not already, connect with me on LinkedIn.
- Next step, click on “Messaging.”
- Where it says, “Type a name or multiple names…,” put in my name along with the person you would like to refer. If you are connected with both, the names should auto fill.
- Add a note on why you’re connecting (something where you say nice things about me would be great).
Or you can always send an email along with my resume. Here is the link that you can share with your colleagues.
Finally, what about stopgap contract projects?
To make ends meet while searching for a full-time position I am also available for short-term contract work. Here are some examples of what I have done from a consulting point of view.
- Tableau Dashboard Developer
- Exploratory Data Analyst
- Digital Dissemination Expert
- Report Design/Chart Design
- Web Development
- eLearning Strategy and Development
- Digital Revenue Strategy
- Digital Marketing Strategy
- Startup and Small Business Digital Strategy
- Daily Rate: $1,000 (<4 days)
- Weekly Rate: $4,000 (5 days+)
And at last.
If you don’t have any other way to help me, just share this blog post in your networks or on LinkedIn.
I really appreciate it!!!!