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Re-Invent Your Career with Transferable Skills   Leave a comment

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Here’s an example of a re-purposed item. An ordinary Phillips head screwdriver became something new by adding a few bends in its shaft. The bends were transferred from some other screwdriver ideas . . . .

Everyone has a set of skills and expertise, no matter who they are or what they do. Think of your skill set as a collection of things you learned from your earliest memories to present day. This is especially important when contemplating your next career move: All of us can jump from one career or position to another, but the jump must be realistic and make sense to anyone looking at your profile and work history. I call this our inventory of transferable skills.

Take a close look at everything you do and everything you know, including any personal, time-off activities such as sports and hobbies. Make a list of your skills and knowledge, then think about how these elements can transfer into your next career. You may discover more possibilities as you examine your list.

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While helping my friend Peter decorate his boat for a Christmas parade, we talked a little bit about work and career events over the last year. Of course, I had to mention LinkedIn and how it helped me. Peter is not on LinkedIn (yet) but I hope he decides to give it a try.

Peter’s extreme Christmas decor aboard his boat includes thousands of individual lights, four microcomputers two generators and hundreds of feet of wires.

Connecting all of these elements together and making them work on a short schedule is a demonstration of Peter’s knowledge and skills. Many, if not all, of these skills are transferable to several career paths.

Here are just some of the skills and expertise needed to create an award-winning Christmas boat entry:

Project planning/project management
Advertising and marketing
Public information/public relations
Computer/microprocessor programming
AC circuitry
Ocean navigation
Electronics
Programmable logic controllers PLC
Electrical safety
Computer software and hardware

The list is impressive, and it is even more impressive when you remember this is just a short list of things based on one hobby-type of activity.

So as this year comes to a close, I encourage everyone to make a list of transferable skills and expertise, and remember to include both work and non-work activities.

Learn more about leveraging LinkedIn as a career management tool at the LinkedIn workshops at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. If you are out of the area, watch for postings about our live, online sessions. Check the “Calendar & Events” page for dates and times.

Connect with me on LinkedIn and see my other LinkedIn Publish posts.

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My Mentors Rock!   2 comments

As 2014 comes to a close, I’d like to thank the special people who have either supported me in some way, or taught me new skills or life lessons. These are folks that really rock, and deserve some recognition.

My You Rock Awards for 2014

Wayne Yoshida tech writer YOSH ROCKS

I report to Yosh Coy at Agility Fuel Systems. I always learn something new from him each time we have a conversation. Yosh has an incredible depth of knowledge on LNG and CNG technology. Yosh rocks!

David Crowley You Rock 2014

Dave Crowley is a technical instructor at the Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi). His session on CNG inspections were informative and included plenty of hands-on demonstrations during the class.

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Sabrina Dodd and Jamie Johnson, both from the NGVi, deserve special recognition for their support and customer care before, during and after the NGVi classes in Long Beach, CA.

wayne yoshida tech writer Paul Pate You Rock 2014

Paul Pate (then training manager at NGVi), lead an excellent class on natural gas vehicle technology – from the fuel storage cylinders to the exhaust tailpipe, his session was interesting and informative.

Here is an update on Paul: Paul now has two careers, first joining a family business called CNG Elite Inspection Services, an inspection and compliance company for CNG vehicles and is also the Technical Training Director at Automotive Research and Design (AR&D) and Panoptic Training.

Here’s a Look at Past Winners of the You Rock Awards

2013

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A special award goes to Colleen Jones, then a counselor at the Orange County, CA One Stop Center. Colleen presented her views and explained how the applicant tracking systems (ATS) in widespread use work. Learning about these systems proved to be a huge asset in my job search toolbox. Colleen is now the Human Resource & Talent Acquisition Leader at Go Rentals, Inc. Click here to see the original special award post.

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Debra Faris is a career coach and LinkedIn expert. She is known as “Ms. LinkedIn.”

Greg Johnson is a career coach, his company is called Above the Rim Executive Coaching.

Sven Johnston is Partner Sr VP Business Development at GigaSavvy, an advertising agency with a core focus on search engine optimization (SEO).

Ted Robison is now retired and enjoying life. But he is still leading workshops on LinkedIn, and is known as “Mr. Link-Me-In.”

These four talented experts taught me how to optimize my LinkedIn profile for maximum effectiveness. It must have worked, since LinkedIn said I am among the Top One Percent most viewed profiles in 2012.

Take a look at my other LinkedIn Publish posts for more information on careers, technology and other things.