Job Basics: Roundup

And here’s the roundup of the Job Basics series.  For those of you that are new here (or came to see it), the goal was to list out job search basics, focusing on the geek audience here, as a reference.

  • Why I did this in the first place.  Seriously, you may want to know.
  • The Goal.  Setting your goal is the start.
  • The Path.  Once you know where you want to go, you have to figure out how to get there.
  • Growth.  Your path is going to require you to grow and develop to get to your goal.
  • Awareness.  Things are happening all the time that can affect your career – being aware is vital.
  • Tools.  The things you need on your job search and for your career.
  • The Search.  How to do a good job search – and adapt it.
  • The Social.  Hw to make your career part of your life.

Thanks for everyone who inspired it – and I hope it helps you.

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at, publishes books on career and culture at, and does a site of creative tools at He can be reached at

Skill Portability Roundup

(9/17/2016 – These posts have been expanded in a book, Skill Portability: A Guide To Moving Skills Between Jobs)

Looking at those huge amounts of skills you’ve gained over the years and wonder how they apply to a new job or a new career?  Here’s a quick and handy guide for you!

Exploring Skill Portability – Why you want to do it, and the DARE system.

Direct Skills – Those directly applicable.

Advantageous Skills – Those that give you advantages.

Representative Skills – Those that tell a story.

Enhancing Skills – Those that enhance other skills.

– Steven Savage

Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach.  He blogs on careers at, nerd and geek culture at, and does a site of creative tools at He can be reached



Steve’s Kill Your Cable Adventure

In late 2011/early 2012 Steve decided to see if he and his household could go without cable, and documented his experiences.  The roundup is below!

Kill Your Cable and Habit – The post that started it all, as Steve speculates if he really needs cable.

  1. The Device Experience And Discussion – Steve’s initial plans to try Killing Your Cable lead him to think over the technology and issues of the post-cable world.
  2. In-Depth Psychology and Stuff – Steve looks at the psychology of planning to – and trying to – Kill Your Cable.
  3. Oh, Wait – Steve finds Killing Your Cable requires you to rethink and evaluate a few things.
  4. Into The Abyss – With his roommate out, Steve tries going without cable and shares his findings.
  5. Finding The Off Switch – Steve and his roommate make the decision to kill their cable, and he reviews his findings.
  6. Not With A Bang, But A Spare $90 – Steve finally cuts the cord and finds there’s no revolution to be had.

Steven Savage