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Posted by | October 20, 2016 | Mosaic Blog

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The Willamette Valley Developers Officers Association is hosting a Fall forum on November 3.  Focus is fundraising with a morning on marketing/communication and the afternoon on individual asks/major gifts.

Guest speaker is Vu Le from Seattle and the blog Nonprofit with Balls.  Here’s a link to the information:  Always room for more people to attend!!!

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Stephanie D. Moon share about a motivating talk by Dr. Juliet Gopinath on how to find success in your STEM career.

Here is a few ingredients for success according to her:

-Find mentors (seek them out, don’ wait for them to find you) and inspiration from role models

-Work with others and seek collaborations

-Be strategic about what you spend your time on, and persevere

-Always seek professional growth opportunities (mentoring others, internships, taking positions of more responsibility, new research positions, new classes, workshops, meeting/networking other STEM professionals)

-Think outside the box and hone your creativity skills (this takes practice!) by reading work outside your field, having discussions with people outside your field, integrate art into your STEM and above all learn as much as you can.

-Market yourself by creating a great CV/resume, practicing an elevator speech, & making business cards

-Have a positive, ‘pay it forward’ attitude- mentor junior colleagues/students and set a good example for others even if you feel like you don’t have time (these things can be scheduled in!)

Read full article here

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Diversity and Inclusion affect not only the businesses’ people and operations internally but also their customers, suppliers, and other external stakeholders.

Sahar Andrade from  wrote that Leading companies know it’s essential to consistently maintain diversity as a top business imperative over a period of, at minimum, five years before diversity can gain traction and become part of the way those companies do business.

According to her some key advantages of diversity in the workplace are:

  1. Increased Productivity: Diversity and Inclusion brings in diverse different talents together working towards a common goal using different sets of skills that ignites their loyalty and increases their retention and productivity
  2. Increased creativity and Problem solving: With so many different and diverse minds coming together many more solutions will arise as every individual brings in their way of thinking, operating and solving problems and decision making
  3. Attract and Retain talent that add a competitive edge to any organization.  Feeling included and appreciated increases loyalty and feeling of belonging.  Language skills pool is increased and propels organization forward either to compete in the International global world or to increase its diverse customer base
  4. Help to build synergy in teams and enhances communication skills that brings in new attitudes and processes that profit the whole team
  5. Applying the proper diversity& inclusion management strategies does not only save money on litigation expenses generated by discrimination lawsuits but is the right thing to do for the business.
  6. It increases market share and create a satisfied diverse customer base by relating to people from different backgrounds.  It does propel the United States and its status to claim its place and success in the global business world of the 21st century

Read the full article from Sahar here

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Employee engagement has become such a hot topic that great swarms of consultants and authors are undoubtedly banging on your door as we speak, armed with enough action plans and PowerPoint presentations to make your head swim. Whom to trust? What to believe?

Paul Keegan writes about 5 rules of employee engagement:

Rule 1: Don’t Sweat Anonymous Reviews
If your employees are already disgruntled, throwing too many perks at them may only create a culture of entitlement. So don’t sweat the negative reviews too much–and don’t dress up your Glassdoor page with lots of expensive content. It will only make people wonder what you’re trying to hide.

Rule 2: Discover Your Company’s Purpose
An important turning point for employee engagement experts came with Daniel H. Pink’s Drive. The 2009 book argues that while it’s important to pay employees well, most carrot-and-stick motivators don’t work in the long term, because people get so fixated on the reward that they lose interest in the activity itself. What we really want in our jobs, Pink writes, is autonomy, the chance to get better at what we do, and a purpose that connects us to something larger.

Rule 3: Survey, But Keep It Short and Follow Up

One reason measuring employee engagement is so difficult is there is no consensus on what the term means, exactly. Gallup says it describes people who are “psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations.” But Gerst maintained that it is statistically impossible to accurately predict outcomes like productivity, profitability, sales, absenteeism, and accident rates on the basis of employee-engagement numbers, despite the claims of Gallup and others.

So what’s an entrepreneur to do? In short, follow the example of the Nerdery: Survey your employees if you need to get a handle on how they feel, but don’t spend a lot of money, make it short, and ask the right questions.

Rule 4: There Is Only So Much You Can Do
There’s a limit to how much “fun” is good for a company–and its employees. Studies show that while team-building events and public celebrations can decrease turnover, they can also harm productivity. And playing games in the workplace can have a positive effect, but only if the workers want to participate; perhaps not surprisingly, “mandatory fun” has been shown to reduce productivity and job satisfaction.
In other words, it’s OK to acknowledge that some problems are beyond a boss’s control. “One thing entrepreneurs should not worry about is trying to engage everyone,” says MacPherson. “It’s perfectly acceptable to write off the employees who will never buy in.”

Rule 5: Actually, Don’t Worry About Engagement
After decades of rapid growth, the field of employee engagement is now suffering a well-deserved backlash. Though big consulting firms have been sounding the alarm about disengaged workers for more than 30 years, today 79 percent of businesses are seriously worried about engagement and retention, according to Deloitte. Globally, only 13 percent of employees are highly engaged, says Gallup. So if employee-engagement programs are so effective, why are so many workers still checked out?
So don’t worry about employee engagement. Instead, treat people well, listen to them, and give them room to grow. Don’t do that just to squeeze more productivity out of them–they’re smart enough to see that coming–but because it’s the right thing to do. And if your heart is in the right place, they’ll see that too.

Read the full article by Paul here.

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Everybody needs to work to earn their livelihood but how many of them do it passionately? Do you yourself do things because you love to do them or you are forced to do them? About eighty percent people will state that they are doing it as they have to! If you are among them then you must feel boredom in the work you are doing! Whereas if you are passionate about what you are doing then you will enjoy doing things, you will feel that time is flying away.

If you are not happy with what are doing presently then find it and follow it and you will land up in your dream job!

If you are not happy, quit the job fast!

Most people keep on working in the same job although they know that they are not satisfied! They work in one job and dream about another and do not do justice to either of the opportunities. Yes, your dream job may not be an opportunity yet, but it’s you who have to convert it into an opportunity!

When you know you are not satisfied with one job, quit it. If you are lucky enough you must have savings to let you pass through the time when you are jobless or else let God help you.

Follow your curiosity

You may not have clear idea about what to do and how to do, but at least you can chase your curiosity! Find out what are the things that snatch away your sleep, what makes you excited and what is that work that brings smile to your face. By pursuing these things you will be set of the pathway to know who you are and what do you really want!

Money should be secondary

While doing all these do not make money your primary consideration. Yes, you have to earn money but do not work to earn money only! If its money that you are chasing then after few years you will land up in the same position. Instead find and follow your passion. Ask yourself what is it that you are crazy about? What had been your dream since ages? Once you know all this and follow it someday will come when money will not matter at all.

Do not set any ceilings on yourself

While pursuing your dreams remember that sky is the limit. Do not set any ceilings on yourself. You never know where can you land at and thus follow your dreams and have faith in them. Remember that nothing is impossible when you are passionate about something.

Follow what your heart says and ask your brain to execute them. You will be there soon.

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While working, the most dreaded thing that you may face is getting terminated. There are crooks that are unable to perform and thus may get fired but in your case it’s not that! You may find it difficult to face the truth and cannot find the reason why you were fired. However, during such situation you need to stay cool and be positive so that you can overcome the situation calmly and fast.

After being fired be cool and set plans that will let you take further steps in planned way.

Control your emotions

The first things that you need to do after getting the news that you are fired you need to control your emotions. Just do not bang on things or let tears come out of your eyes. You will be broken from inside but do not let the fear reflect in your eyes. It will let others take advantage of the situation. Once you have controlled your emotions think about your future.

Do not share the news with everyone. They will not understand the cause and make stories that will break your morale. To control yourself and face the situation you can share the news with someone who is close to you and you trust you and you trust them.

Share your feeling and do not spend too much time in getting the reason of being fired

After you get the news to share the emotions, your fears and the uncertainty about future, you must share the news with your family. They will understand you and be beside you in such situation. However, in such situation remember that you must not spend time in getting the reason why you were will bring about a lot of things that are not soothing and may make you weak. Rather look for things that will motivate you for taking further steps in career.

Be positive, you may pursue your dream career

Once being fired, you do not have to rush to 10 to 7 office every day. You will get some time to think about your career. Were you actually satisfied with the job where you were working or it was just a work that you had to do for earning money? If the latter is the main reason, then try to think about what was your dream? Where did you want to see yourself and where are you now. This is the best time when think about them and pursue them.

Follow me on Twitter for the latest job posts @mosaicmetier

Deena Pierott is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and public speaker. She’s the “Idea Wizard” behind Mosaic Blueprint and the White House honored STEM+C+A youth program iUrban Teen.

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During your career a time will come when you will find that there are no changes, no challenges and thrill (the thrill is gone) your career has become stagnant! You are no more interested in the work you are doing and it feels that this is the wrong profession for you!

It may be scary for a moment, but then when you have realized it, then it is the right time to shift to another career, something that will grow your interest and you will be passionate about the work.

If you are in such a phase of your life, then follow these ways for safe transition to another career.

Prepare yourself for the change

While shifting careers, the first thing you need to do is prepare yourself. You will be going through a change that will bring in new experiences and challenges to you. Make yourself prepared for them. You should be willing to dedicate the time required while shifting to a new career.

Do research

When you have set your mind for the change start researching on the new industry where you want to shift your career. Yes, research on the industry and not industries. Think about any one profession where you want to reestablish yourself and gather maximum information about that profession.

Learn new skills

For switching career you may have to develop new skills. If required pursue further education and get those skills that are required in the new profession you are planning to switch to. It’s not necessary that you have to go back to school for further education, you can sign up at different distance education or certification courses and develop new skills.

Gather volunteer experience

For learning new skills working voluntarily will give you enough experience. By this you can learn new skills and also know the secrets of the trade. It can prepare you in the best way for career change.

Rebrand yourself and reach people

When you are ready for the career switch, you should start informing people about the transition you are about to go through. Update your professional accounts with your newly acquired skills and experience and start looking for jobs in the new industry. You can even reach to your friends or family members who are in the current industry. They may provide you information about vacancies at different concerns.

Thus, you are ready for the transition. Be confident and know that if you try hard you can achieve anything in life. Work hard and be passionate about what you are doing. If you had done your homework properly earlier you can surely land your dream job.

Follow me on Twitter @deenapierott



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We’re excited to announce that for our fourth straight year, we will be managing a program designed specifically to boost attendance at PuppetConf by underrepresented members of the tech community.

We’re offering some free PuppetConf tickets, and in addition, we will offer hotel and travel sponsorship for some speakers and attendees whose organizations can’t (or won’t) pay their travel expenses.

It’s important to us to not just invite diverse members of our community to PuppetConf, but also to welcome and engage everyone in the community conversation. We hope we’ve sparked your interest, and that you’ll consider joining us.

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When you are at your 50s or 60s it’s high time that you start planning for your pension. Even this is the time when you are actually earning the most but still it’s time to make it more. so, what can be done in order to give your career a boost, especially when you have already spend about half of the years of your career working. It’s time that you look for the next gig that will give you and boost in career.

Look for side gigs that will increase your income

Apart from looking for better job opportunities, you can start looking for side income. it will ensure that you are getting something extra along with your present income. You can get what you need and from the extra income you can save something for your future.

This is true that at 50 it is not easy to start, but if you are motivated enough you can easily try out new avenues, create network and make them work for you. However, while looking for side income sources you must ensure that they will not create any problem with your present workplace and you can earn from both the sources.

Look for better job opportunities

This is truth that the more you get up the career ladder, you get fewer opportunities. This is because every organization runs its management on the basis of pyramid, where there are more people at the base of pyramid and less people at the top. So, when you are upon the pyramid it is natural that the openings are less and the competition is more or less same that you had faced at the start of career.

Thus, when you are looking for better opportunity after 50, it is essential that you start looking at your own network. You can get reliable information about opening in different places and according to that.

Moreover, there are sector where demand for experienced workforce is high and that is a good place where you can start looking for the next gig. Many developing concerns and organizations require expertise to counsel a specific part of their job. If you can get such opportunities, you can easily start the work and by sharing your expertise you will not only be able to earn something extra but get satisfaction of sharing those things that you have acquired over the years.

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It may be a nightmare for you and many others to go to an interview without preparation. When you get the call for an interview, the first thing that you do is select the outfit that you will wear during the interview. You must as it is said that first impression is last impression. Then you may go through the online sites for reading the general questions that are asked during the interview. You may even visit the site of the concern so that you know about them before appearing in front of them.

Even after all this on the day of interview you find that your heart is racing as if it has participated in Need for Speed and your palms are sweating! But should things be like that? No, if you remember the following regarding preparing and facing an interview.

Tips during the preparation stage

Before discussing the tips, lets divide the interview into stages, like before the interview, during the interview and of course after the interview.

During your preparation stage do complete research and make sure that you have taken care of things so that you do not look unprofessional there. Remember that preparation is the key to success.

Tips for the interview itself

While you enter the interview room, be confident. Have faith on what you have learned and make sure that your confidence reflects in your eyes. You should try to tighten all the loose ends. Even when you find that you are not getting something be frank and let them know with a smile on your face. A smile can change a lot of things. Listen to the questions properly before answering them and be sure of what you are asking.

 Tips about possible questions during the interview

It is not possible for you or anyone else to guess what the interviewer will ask. However, once started they will proceed with questions as per the answers given by, prepare your answers in such way that you can expect that the next question will be something like this. If you are asked about your weaknesses make point that you share your weakness in such way that it reflects like your strength.

Tips of things to-do after an interview

Oh! The interview is over! Although your mind may be thinking this do not let this appear on your face. Say thanks to the interviewer and let them believe that you are really interested in the position. Be optimistic and you may get a call that “you are hired”

Follow me on Twitter for jobs @mosaicmetier

And at @deenapierott

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