Recently, someone commented on an email I had sent that was a poor bit of communication. Not wrong, not inaccurate, but simply inappropriate – overly wordy, not addressing the point, too much detail, etc. They were frustrated.
As this person put it, to paraphrase, “You write, how did you get this wrong?”
Of course I write. I’ve written fiction and science papers, technical documents and chatty career columns, books and guides. I mean I can write all sorts of things . . .
And then, in that conversation, I realized that was the problem. My mouth literally hung open as it came to me – I had chosen the wrong mode of writing as I had so many modes at my disposal.
That experience stuck with me, and it’s something I wanted to explore for the sake of our careers – and as sometimes we geeks can be very talented and people wonder how we screw stuff up.
It’s not about being bad. Many of us can be so good at something we screw it up. Continue reading
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 http://www.musehack.com/, publishes books on career and culture at http://www.informotron.com/, and does a site of creative tools at http://www.seventhsanctum.com/. He can be reached at https://www.stevensavage.com/.