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Your Name, Pronunciation, and First Impression

What would you like to be called?

(Choose among the following choices)

  • Your name (for example, your name is Bob and you are called “Bob”)
  • A wrong name that not your name (for example, your name is Bob and you are called “Jones”, “Smith”, or “Todd”)
  • A number that not your name (for example your name is Bob and you are called “Hello Unit #42A36”)
  • Called by a piece of clothing you are wearing (for example, your name is Bob and you are called “Blue jeans guy”, or “Blue shirt dude” or “You in the Yellow shirt” or “You in the Red Shirt”)
  • A general verbal expression directed in your direction (for example, your name is Bob and you hear “Hay you!” or “Hi” or “Hello” or “How you doing” or other expressions without using your name)

The people I know would want to be called by their correct name (the first choice).

People like to be called by their name; a name is important in making a good first impression.  A person has a very short time period to make a good first impression.  Time frames can be about a few seconds.  Part of the making a good first impression is saying the pronunciation of a person name correctly; mispronunciation of the name can hurt a good first impression.

If you are a person who struggles with pronunciation, here are some ideas.

  • Ask the person you are meeting how to pronounce their name

Depending upon the situation by which you are meeting the person; you may be able to ask the person how to pronounce their name.  If the person has a last name that it is difficult to pronounce, the person may be use to being ask how to pronounce it.

When you give the pronunciation of a name, you may try to remember the pronunciation.

You may have different ways to help you remember the pronunciation of a name.

Here are some ideas:

  • If possible, try use the correct pronunciation when talking to the person two or three time in conversation.  You are trying to remember the name by using it.
  • You may try to internally talk to yourself on how to pronounce the name.
  • After the meeting, you may write a name in a way that might help you pronounce the name.
  • You may be able to record the pronunciation on your smart phone.  Recording a name can help you pronounce the name. You can do a search on Google search to find Apps that will record your voice.

You may find different Apps to record a voice in an article called “5 Best Audio Recording Apps for Android [Updated]

By Ashish Sebastian
Published on October 26th, 2020
On https://www.scriptosphere.com/5-best-audio-recording-apps-android/

 

Here an article to help remember the name of a person.
In an article called “6 Easy Ways to Remember Someone’s Name
By Jacquelyn Smith (Published April 5th, 2013 on Forbes.com).
Address is https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/04/05/6-easy-ways-to-remember-someones-name

Gives some suggestions on how to remember a name

  •  Talk to friends and family members to ask for their advice on how to pronounce a name

If you have the spelling of the name before you meet the person, you may be able to ask friends or family members on how the name would be pronounced.  You may be able to get the pronunciation of a name from someone else.

  • Understand Phonics

Phonics is a code that helps a person translates a word in print in how the word sounds.  Ideally, a person can see a word and know how the word sounds.  People not good at Phonics (like myself) will have difficulty understanding how to pronounce the word.  Understanding how the code works may help a person with pronunciation.

You may use the Internet to learn phonics.

With knowledge about myself

When I was growing up in school, I learned something called the whole word system.  I learned to recognize and memorize the pronunciation of different words.  My brain filled with a list of individual memorized words that I learned to pronounce.  My ability to use phonics is limited

I navigate life fine; I use the same common words over and over again.  I do have difficulty with new words pronunciation.  I can have pronunciation problems with names.

YouTube
YouTube has an advantage of being videos.
A person can hear how the sound relates to letters and words.
Here are some YouTube videos that may be helpful.

YouTube Series of Videos called “Adult Phonics Course” (series of 72 videos)
YouTube Channel: Listen and Learn English
The first video in the series called “Adult Phonics Level 1 lesson 1 ABC Alphabet Sounds and Words | Homeschool Phonics Curriculum” (Published July 9, 2019)

 

Web sites
We Can Read Program
A program that helps to teach people about phonics
Information about the We Can Read Program can be found at
https://weallcanread.com/courses-home/

 

YouTube Video about the We Can Read Program at:
YouTube Title “We All Can Read Program Overview
Published: February 13, 2011
YouTube Channel: We All Can Read Online Phonics Program for Third Grade to Adults

  • Web sites that sound out the name

You may find web sites that can sound out the name for you.
You can type in a name in a website and then hear how the name is pronounced.
Here are some websites that may be helpful.

https://www.voxifier.com/

Type in the name that you want to learn how to pronounce.

 

Here are some articles that can give you additional web sites that may be able to pronounce a name for you.

6 Websites To Help You Know How To Pronounce Names Correctly
By Random, Published on March 9, 2017
From https://www.techjunkie.com/pronounce-names-correctly/

 

5 Websites to Pronounce Names Correctly in English Audio Online
By Dinesh, Published on January 6, 2019
From https://www.sysprobs.com/pronounce-names-correctly-online

You may be able to use a website to learn how to pronounce a name.
Correct pronunciations of a name can help create a good first impression.

Direct Approach A way to contact potential employers

Sometime people can have different routes to go to the same goal.  For example, people may have different routes people can take to arrive to the same travel destination when traveling.

In the same way, People can have different ways to job search.  People can have different methods to search for a job position.

In the book called What Color Is Your Parachute in a 2013 edition by Richard N. Bolles described 16 different ways to search for a job position in chapter 3 “The Best and Worst Ways to Look for Jobs”.  Different job search methods had different measures of success.

Direct Contact of contacting a potential employer

While there can be different job search methods, different job search methods will vary in their success rate.  The direct method of contacting a potential employer directly can be highly effective method for some people.  Direct method may give people job opportunities not available through other job methods.

Different content media sources have described the direct method has a highly successful method.
Some of the different content media sources that described the direct method were:

  • What Color Is Your Parachute?  A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (2013 edition) by Richard N. Bolles

Richard Bolles describes the Direct Contact method in
Chapter 3 “The Best and Worst Ways to Look for Jobs”.
Richard Bolles described the method has

            “By yourself, using the index to your phone book’s Yellow Pages to identify subject or fields of interest to you in the town or city where you want to work, and then calling up or visiting the employers listed in that field, to ask if they are hiring for the type of position you can do, and do well.” (Listed as a 65% success rate) (p. 33)
(This is from a 2013 book, so the source of the potential employers may have changed; you can find Yellow pages on the Internet – one web address called The Real Yellow Pages at https://www.yellowpages.com/ or look for information about your industry.  You may be able to find directories of potential employers in your industry).

Richard Bolles described contacting potential employers directly in a job club having a high success rate. (70% of success rate). (p. 33).  A person doing the same activity that they could do alone but would have a higher success rate in a job club.  A job club gave social support and people in the job club could let a person know about job positions they found. “Well, let’s say you’re in a job-club that has 48 other members.  Once you tell them what you’re looking for, you get an extra 48 pair of eyes looking on your behalf, and an extra 48 pair of ears listening on your behalf – all the time they are out there looking for job-leads themselves.” (p. 34) (Richard Bolles described this occurring in a Azrin job-club.

  • Get Hired Fast: Tap the Hidden Job Market in 15 days (By Brain Graham) (Copyrighted in 2005).

Research places that you wish to work for and contact those places.  Details found in Part Two: The Fifteen Day Direct Calling Campaign: Your Game Plan for Success.  Part Two consists of two chapters
Chapter 4: Identify Your Target and Know What They Want
Chapter gives the idea on research places you plan to contact; find out their needs and explain how you can meet their needs
Chapter 5: Making Contact: You Fifteen Day Action Plan
You contact by phone different potential employers.  The Fifteen Day Action plan was a way for the book to organize your contacting potential employers.  Chapter described calling potential employers by the telephone.

  • The Ultimate Job Search Guide: Knock Dead by Martin Yate (copyrighted 2017)
    Chapter describes making contact with potential employers.  Contact people over the phone.  Descried as a method that recruiters will use.

All three above sources described the advantages of direct contact potential employers.  Direct method can be a way to access opportunities.

Websites

Minnesota Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota Workforce Development office has a good article about direct contact potential employers.
Article called “Making Contact with Employers
Article web site:
https://mn.gov/deed/job-seekers/job-guide/find-work/contacting-employers.jsp

Martin Yate has written about direct contact with employers in
Article called “Your Career Q&A: Make the Most of Cold Calls” (January 12, 2021)
Article web site:
https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/organizational-and-employee-development/career-advice/pages/your-career-qa-make-the-most-of-cold-calls.aspx

(From SHRM can access up to three articles a month; then need to join association to access articles)

YouTube Videos
YouTube videos have information on the direct approach to contacting potential employers.
You can search for phrases like on YouTube web site:
“Cold calling potential employers” or
Access the hidden job market

Here are some videos that may be helpful

  • How to Cold Call and Email for Opportunities! Tips for Cold Calling + Tricks for Cold Emailing
    Published: July 21, 2020
    YouTube Channel: Iris Fu
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbb1y7ayzAA&t=12s
  • “What to Say to Hiring Managers | To Get a Job in the Hidden Job Market | The Direct Approach”
    Published: September 1, 2020
    YouTube Channel: The Companies Expert
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbVNnTDzmbc&t=5s
    (This video part of the series called “How to Tap the Hidden Job Market”)

You may be able to achieve job success with the direct method; contacting a potential employer directly.

Community Colleges Opportunities in Life

Community Colleges are educational institutions of opportunities.  Community College are two-year educational institutions where many of these programs will offer an associate degree.

Some of the opportunities a Community College can be:

(a)        Place of training for a GED – People may not have a high school diploma.  Community College may offer programs that help a person obtain their GED.  GED stand for General Educational Development Test.  The GED may be able to serve as an equivalent credential for a person who does not have a high school diploma

(b)        Continuing Education – Community Colleges may offer Continuing Education courses that can help a person gain knowledge for themselves and their careers.  Course can be non-credit hour courses.  Courses could be in areas like business, computers, cooking, dance, history, finance, sports, photography, and other areas.

(c)        Academic Courses – Academic programs can offer education in particular profession.  Programs could range from certificates to associate degrees.  Academic areas could include areas like business, culinary, management, marketing, human resources, media, fine arts, music, theater, nursing, dental, engineering, construction, Automotive Maintenance, early childhood, education, criminal justice, information computer technology and others.

(d)       Transfer to a 4 – year college institution – Community Colleges may be an option to obtain a 2 – year college education at a Community College and then transfer to a 4 – year college institution to obtain a bachelor degree.  Community Colleges may be able to provide a cheaper option to the costs of an education in obtaining a bachelor degree.  Cost may be cheaper beginning a college career at a Community College and the transfer to a 4-year college bachelor institution.  The Community College may have transfer fairs that can provide information on 4-year college bachelor institutions that college students can transfer to.

People who explore Community Colleges may want to explore

(a)        Catalog – the catalog is a publication from the Community College that gives detailed information about the Community College.  A person thinking about enrolling at a Community College can find useful information from the catalog.  The catalog may have information on academic programs, departments in the college, and financial aid options and other areas.

(b)        Financial Aid – Financial Aid may help people with paying for their education.  Financial Aid office at the Community College can be a resource to learn about Financial Aid options.

Community Colleges may be an option for opportunities for your life and career.  Consider exploring the Community Colleges in your local areas for opportunities.

Social Success Secret Sauce

People may feel stress during a job search; people may feel they are in a job search alone.  Social groups can be a way to reduce the stress of the job search and feel that you are with a group doing the same activity.

Digital and In-person

A person may have choices of doing a social group either in person or digitally.  The digital social groups have one advantage that distance is not a barrier in allowing a person to experience the group.  Please evaluate in person situations for safety regarding COVID-19 pandemic.

Variety of Social Groups

There can be a variety of different social groups that you can join.
Some of the different social groups can be:

  • History
  • Sports
  • Food
  • Writing
  • Book Club
  • Travel
  • Games

Two specific types of social groups that may interest the job-seeker

Job Hunting Groups – (may have other names like Job Search Clubs or Job Clubs). Social group of other job seekers.  Job Hunting Groups can have the following advantages:

  • People can learn from each other on how to improve their job search
  • The job-hunting group may have job experts who can give job search advice
  • The job-hunting group may be a effective way to network with other people; the job-hunting group may make a person aware of opportunities that the person alone would not be able to find.
  • Job-Hunting group can give a social element to the job-hunting process; gives the person the feeling they are not job searching alone.

People can find job hunting groups be doing a Google search using terminology like “Job-Hunting Groups” or “Job Search Clubs” or “Job Clubs”.  A person interested in digital job-hunting groups could add the word “virtual” to the job search.

Career Groups – (may have other names like “associations”) career groups are groups of people in that career profession.  A person may attend meetings from career groups without being in the profession.  Career Groups can help job hunters by:

  • Make people aware of career professional opportunities in that career profession
  • Learn about the profession
  • Network with other people in the profession

You may learn more about that career profession by volunteering with that career group.

How to learn about Career Groups

You can learn the names of different career groups by searching on Google and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Google Search
You may be able to find career groups by doing a Google search.  Type in the career that interests you and the word “Groups” (may have other names like “associations”)

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a government publication that published every two years. Occupational Outlook Handbook gives information on the major career fields in the United States. Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Occupational Outlook Handbook on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/. One way to access career group is by category search.

Let’s say you are interested in looking for career groups in the training profession.

Go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/ooh.
• Look for career categories on the left side of the screen.
• Click Business and Financial Occupations
• You are presented with a list of more specific professions
• You can click Training and Development Specialists
• You get into a particular job career description for Training and Development Specialist
• You can click a box on the top that says “More Info”
• You may get information on career groups from that career profession

Adds Structure to your schedule

A social group that meets on a routine schedule can provide structure to a job seeker.
Person may have structure in their lives related to a job position.
When a person loses their job, they lose a large part of the structure of their day.
The job position loss can mean a loss of structure for a person.
Social groups that meet on a regular schedule (likely meet at the same time weekly or monthly) can provide structure to the job seeker.
The structure from a social group may benefit the job seeker.

 

Social Groups can give you another source of success besides the job search

Social groups can be a different source of success for a person besides the job search.  A person may have no success in the job search.  Person may feel frustrated by the lack of success in a job search.  A social group can give a person another area of life that they can feel success.

 

Ways to search for Social Groups

You may be able to search for social groups by:

  • Google search – Search the social group you are interested in and type in words like “Group”, “Association”, or “Club” (or another similar name). For example, “Book Groups”.  If you want a social group in your local area, you can add the place that you live.  For example, “Book Groups Omaha”.
  • Meetup – www.meetup.com. Meetup a web site that will list different social groups that one can meet
  • Facebook – Facebook may have social group information that may interest a person

A person may be able to use social groups to help reduce the stress of the job search.  Social groups can be a useful tool.

Career Exploration and Career Stuff: Current Career Information

Been a busy week so hope you enjoy a previous post.

Series of Blog posts on career stuff. Focus will be on career exploration and Internet job resources. My hope is that you will find the information helpful in your career journey. As with anything you read on the internet, please evaluate the information you read and use the specific information that helpful to you.

Careers can change with time

Careers can change with time.  Job positions can fade away, new job positions appear, and some jobs may do different job tasks.   As jobs can change with time, you will want to make sure you have current career information.

Make sure you have Career Information Current

Here some ideas to make sure you have current career information you are looking at:
Book – when reading a book about a career field look at the publication date of the book
Content created on the Internet – Check the date when content (video, audio or print) created on the Internet (if the content has a date next to it)
People – you can talk to people about their profession – information likely current unless the person left a career field many years ago; as you talk to people, check to see if the person is still in the field or when did the person leave the profession
Personal experience – if you left a career field many years ago, you may want to use other career exploration methods to see what changes (if any) have occurred in that career field.

Careers can change with time.  A person will want to have current career information to evaluate a career. Current career information needed to evaluate different careers.

Job Hunting Scam

Imagine you are traveling the Career Highway of life next to Career City.  You decide to search for a job position.  The vehicle you drive you decide to take the “Explore Job Hunting Resources” exit.  You plan to use the job-hunting resources in Career City, here are some resources that you can use….

Job Ads Scams

Sometimes when you are job searching; you may encounter a job like this

Job Advertisement

“Very little experience needed! Hire right now
Call the number below and we will hire you immediately
$3,000,0000 dollar salary, great benefits and work only when you want
Call today and you will be rewarded with the loss of your money
Call us today so we can steal from you.”
(Well, maybe the last two lines would not be in an advertisement)

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

If an ad sounds too good to be true, it probably is – if you find a job position that says earn a million dollars working at home in a short period of time while working only part-time hours – you may want to evaluate it before applying.

Some details about job scams can be found at

The Federal Trade Commission
(https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/job-scams)
 In a web site page called “Job Scams”:
The Federal Trade Commission has some good information on their web page to give ideas about Job Scams

Some jobs may be scams that can have you lose your money.  Be careful with the job positions that you read; evaluate the job positions so you can reduce the odds of being scammed by a job position.

Certifications: Way to learn a career field and master content

Imagine you are traveling the Career Highway of life next to Career City.  You decide to explore a career. The vehicle you drive you decide to take the “Explore Careers” exit.  You plan to use the explore career resources in Career City, here are some resources that you may find useful.

Certifications: Ways to learn a career field and master content

Certifications can be a way to learn about a particular field.  Certifications can be a way to show that you can mastered a particular content area.  Certifications can come from a variety of places like career associations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Example the Association of Talent Development (ATD)

Let’s look at an example of certifications from a career association called the Association of Talent Development (ATD).  The Association of Talent Development (ATD) is a training association designed to help people learn. Details about the association is found at www.td.org.

Certifications can be a way to show the world that you have mastered a level of expertise in the Learning & Development Profession.

Association of Talent Development provides the following certifications for people.

(1)        Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD)

Experience needed in field before can take exam: 5 years

What certification based upon:
Certification based upon the Talent Development Capability Model.
The model gives information on what a person needs to know in the Learning & Development field.
The model has 7 capabilities.
Each capacity will vary between 4 to 10 knowledge and skill statements.
Details at https://tdcapability.org/#/personal/lifelong-learning.

Cost: $900 for members of ATD; $1,250 for non-members

Specific information can be found at:
You can find information on the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) on the following web site page https://www.td.org/certification/cptd/introduction

Handbook can be downloaded:
A person can download a handbook that explains the Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) as “2021 CPTD Certification Handbook” located at https://www.td.org/certification/cptd/eligibility

 

(2)        The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD)

Experience needed in field before can take exam: 3 years

What certification based upon:
Certification based upon the Talent Development Capability Model.
The model gives information that can help a person understand what required in the Learning & Development field.
The model has 7 capabilities.
Each capacity will vary between 4 to 10 knowledge and skill statements.
Details at https://tdcapability.org/#/personal/lifelong-learning.

Cost: $499 for members of ATD; $699 for non-members

Specific information can be found at:
Specific information on The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) can be found at https://www.td.org/certification/aptd/introduction

Handbook can be downloaded:
A person can download a handbook that explains The Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) as “2021 Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) Certification Handbook” located at https://www.td.org/certification/aptd/eligibility

These are some of the examples that you can obtain from certifications from a career association.

Interview Practice

Imagine you are traveling the Career Highway of life next to Career City.  You decide to search for a job position.  The vehicle you drive you decide to take the “Explore Job Hunting Resources” exit.  You plan to use the job-hunting resources in Career City, here are some resources that you can use….

Practice Interview Skills

People can take part in interviewing as part of the job process.  Interviewing a important process where the potential job seeker is evaluating a potential employer and a potential employer is evaluating a potential job seeker.  Interviewing is an important process in the job search.

https://www.interviewworkout.com/.

A career Internet resource that may help people in interviewing can be the web site called https://www.interviewworkout.com/.

I looked at two web pages, the two web pages were:

https://partner.interviewworkout.com/
https://www.interviewworkout.com/

The www.interviewworkout.com web site uses AI (Artificial Intelligence) to have people be able to practice their interviewing skills.  The web sites uses Google Assistant to have people practice their interview skills.  Computer system will ask questions, people can then give responses, and then the computer system can provide feedback.  People may be able to improve their interviewing skills with this tool.

A person can access the interview feature by using a computer device that uses Google Assistant.  A person can go to the www.interviewworkout.com/ web site, and then go to the “Try It Out!” section of the web site and then click the “Click to Try” Red Button.

I access the interview feature using my tablet. I used my Chrome App on my tablet.  I went to the web site on the Chrome App.  I went to the “Try It Out!” section of the www.interviewworkout.com web site.  I clicked the “Try It Out” red button.  I could use the interview practice feature.

A person does need to pay for this service.

A career service provider can buy a subscription service that will allow their clients to use the system.  The details are found on https://partner.interviewworkout.com web site in the “Plans” section.  The “Plans” sections list three subscription plans to choose from; they are “Single”, “Team”, and “Enterprise”.

An individual person can pay for a Customized interview. A Customize interview adjusted to meet the needs of the specific individual doing the interview.  The details are found on the www.interviewworkout.com in the “Customize” section.

Interviewing can be important skill to develop as people search for job positions; a resource that may help people interviewing skills can be the www.interviewworkout.com web site.

I learned about this career resource from people giving me feedback on helpfulfeedback@yahoo.com e-mail.  If people want me to explore a particular career resource on the Internet, just let me know.  You can offer a idea or suggestion at helpfulfeedback@yahoo.com e-mail.

Thanks for your suggestions and ideas.

I created a video that looks at the https://www.interviewworkout.com/ on the Live Your Life Learning YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4laf2-7KoPFoQh2rRg4NNQ

Feeling Stress from the Job Search

Imagine you are traveling the Career Highway of life next to Career City.  You decide to search for a job position.  The vehicle you drive you decide to take the “Explore Job Hunting Resources” exit.  You plan to use the job-hunting resources in Career City, here are some resources that you can use….

Take a break from the job search

A person searching for a job position may be under stress.
The stress of the job search may be managed by doing another activity besides the job search.
You can take a break from the job search.
You can be re-charged when you approach the job search.

Activities you can do

You can take a break from the job search and feel energized when you start job searching again.
Each person will have their own activities they like to do, here a list of possible activities to consider.

(a)       Watch your favorite movie – give yourself time to watch your favorite movie
(b)       Read one of your favorite books
(c)       Take a walk
(d)       See a favorite low-cost or free destination in the place that you live in; Places could vary based upon where you are at and what you interests in; Could be a park, museum, library or some other type of place
(e)       See a play at a low-cost theater in school or community theater.  School theater could be colleges/universities or in the public school system
(f)        Get into a new hobby
(g)       Have conversation with friends and family
(h)       Travel to a new place – explore something new
(i)        Do a new activity – explore something new
(j)        Exercise

You could do a Google search of “free things to do” and the place you live in.  The Google search may give you ideas.

Spend some time in doing something besides the job search.  Do something that you can enjoy and take your mind away from the job search.  You may be able to reduce the stress of the job search and be able to get re-charged when you get back into the job search.