Trust me, cloning yourself will NOT make you more productive (pt 2)

This story is one of technological advancements far beyond the capabilities I once thought possible. It involves computer science experiments gone terribly wrong. This is part two in a series. You can read part one here but fear not. You can enjoy my failures, and triumphant success, by joining us here and now.

We have established the job hunt is a difficult one to bear for most. Many within my generation feel the pangs of a nontraditional application process in a fairly traditional career progression. If that observation has your head spinning, let me explain.

Hiring processes generally consist of a resume, cover letter, and possibly recommendations or a portfolio of your work. You submit your documents to a hiring manager who combs through your application to determine if you will fit their needs. If so, you are called into an interview, possibly a subsequent interview with the supervisor of your potential department, and you then determine if you both felt the flutter of a blissful employment match.

With the addition of the wonderful world of online applications, hiring entities are inundate with more submissions than anyone could possible comb through. The piles of submissions include applicants with internship experience with federal agencies, national volunteer experience, community leadership roles, and awards (you can find out more about this awesome applicant here).

Critics say online job applications encourage job seekers to submit numerous applications because the process is too simple. The same critics say many job seekers submit excessive applications without thoroughly reading the job announcement, thereby flooding hiring offices with irrelevant applicants.

I venture to say job descriptions are loosing their legitimacy, making the process impractical and unproductive for both sides.

Job announcements ask for “go-getters” who can work in a “fast-paced environment.” For the job seeker, “go-getter” and “fast-paced” are about as cliche as the applicant’s use of “hard-working” and “detail-oriented.”

These are merely buzz words that all of us would use to describe ourselves.

Companies want applicants who can go far beyond the job description but point to the “it factor” when looking for this mystery person. I dare say, companies need applicants who can do more than a singular job descriptions. Nearly every single career field requires some form of technology usage and at least a basic understanding of database systems. Hiring processes haven’t caught up with demand for human capital and often water down the job description.

On the other hand, my generation is expected to provide better service, stay better connected, continue to advance their technology skills, and continue to evolve at the speed of technology advancements. All the while, we continue to be labeled too dependent on technology. It’s all a catch-22.

My virtual internship serves as my creative approach to overcoming this hiring hurdle by spending my free time learning new, marketable skills.

This week in part two of my self-designed internship, I tackled a new editing technique in iMovie. After many failed filming attempts, I worried I would not make my Wednesday deadline.

blurredAfter fifteen minutes of filming, I realized this shot was way too blurry.

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My second attempt produced a much better frame and lighting, especially considering the low quality equipment.

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 9.06.31 PMMy third attempt seemed to work until I tried to split them together to create the illusion of a conversation between two intern characters.

I learned a lot about camera placement, lighting, and working fast if you have a window in the frame (day light changes). After a last ditch attempt to film some new scenes and 8 hours spent editing, the result finally came together in a rather believable split.

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 4.38.49 PMWhile you can still see a color variation on the black table, I think the shadow of the plant really sells the image. The editing of the conversation proved extremely difficult, but I am proud of this first attempt at a self-designed project.

Times of unemployment can be used productively. Not only am I learning new film making skills, I am also working on building a network of creators and learning from their content and suggestions.

I am also developing and executing social media marketing plans to build an audience, a marketable skill I also hope to use in the future.

The goal of this self assigned project is to broaden my skills, experience, and stay connected with the changing market. Its uncertain if my project will produce anything more than a bunch of videos posted online, but I don’t believe in passive job hunting. While I continue to look for the perfect career with an amazing organization, I will continue to improve my value in hopes it will pay off in the end.

Please feel free to check out my tongue-in-cheek video on the pains of the application process.

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Feelings Transcend Time: Virtual Internship Series (pt 1)

Welcome to my self-assigned and designed internship project: part serious self discovery, part ridiculous proof of failure. In any case, I am glad your here to witness history unfold. Side note: I didn’t promise you’d learn important historical facts to wow your friends at the pub’s trivia night, just that history is happening. And it is happening now.

Unemployment affects people in a multitude of ways. To prevent cycles of internalized self-pity, I am choosing to think outwardly by mastering new skills through creative and productive new endeavors.

The word choosing is very important to the former sentence because it empowers all of us to remember – what we do with our time is our choice.

My focus for this project includes filming, video, and audio editing projects while each week mastering a new skillset within this realm.

This is quite a huge undertaking because I hold no previous experience in any of these areas. I am learning only through trail-and-error and free tutorials found online.

Sunday, May 1oth marked the first day I executed a creative plan. I wrote a script, filmed a project, and edited the piece- and subsequently posted the project to YouTube.

Many of those close to me are quite confused. They don’t understand why I’m working on these projects. Many believe I am trying to become famous on YouTube.

This pursuit is more of a personal story of triumph than a goal to become famous.

I was held back from these interests only by the fear of judgement. So, no excuses. I’m doing it and you will care, or at least be mildly amused.

In my first week, I created and posted three projects: a tongue-in-cheek piece on the Life of an Intern, the first installment of an on-going series providing my perspective and tips on improving your professional life, and a deleted scenes reel.

In all three pieces, I aimed to master basic editing such as timing and audio. I learned a lot about the importance of writing the script and sticking to it but also the value of just spitting out comments on camera.

Speaking unabashedly provides your content great little nuggets to create depth and personality, most importantly, your personality.

Next, I am incorporating split screen and/or green screen editing into my project. Expect new videos on Wednesdays and consider subscribing to my channel for new content.

This week’s biggest success was posting my content publicly. Its a struggle I have grappled with for years, but its a personal victory I am so proud of.

Creating content in which you are the subject puts you in an extremely vulnerable place.

But, its quite an empowering feeling to overcome your self-created barriers. So many other parts of your life seem more attainable and manageable when you can overcome one thing, even if its small or seemingly unimportant. That’s the thing though, what gives life value?

We have a tendency to focus our attention to titles and measurable accomplishments, but when life ends our loved ones left behind aren’t focused on those things. We forget the details. We remember how we felt in a moment and how others made us feel. I wholeheartedly believe that feelings are our consciousness trying to imprint the moment on our mind, to hold onto this moment.

Feelings transcend time because they take us back to the moments that were the most pivotal.

This is why its important to focus on the moments that enrich our lives: helping others, pursuing real interests, and staying focused on the things that truly matter in life. This is why my internship project is important to me. It gives me the opportunity to be proud of something I created, something I overcame, and to share that with my friends even if they are a little confused.

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Um, Public Speaking?

A powerful speech can inspire people to change their minds or change their actions. On the other hand, a poor speech can cause symptoms of boredom and involuntary public sleeping. In both cases, the responsibility can be too much to bare. Unless, I suppose, you are speaking to a room full of insomniacs.

I was scheduled to speak to my Leadership Pulaski County class. I was elected Class President of the 2014-2015 class, a program hosted by the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce to develop, cultivate, and engage community leaders. As the Class President, I was expected to present a few words to the class, their guests, and many other successful community leaders at the graduation banquet. I was also voted the Queen of Questions! Wonder how that happened?

I was immensely excited and proud to have the opportunity to speak to a room full of attentive adults. I spent the last year working in youth programs so it was a nice change.

Like most events of personal growth requiring extensive preparation, this event came at the busiest time of my life. I was ending a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA and transferring my projects to a new team, preparing for a big vacation to Ireland, and putting my house up for sale.

Needless to say, I was in a mental state of disarray. I reached out on twitter for some advice from the beautifully poised, Marie Forleo.

Marie sent me a link to How to Overcome Fear of Public Speaking w/Josh Pais. The tweet of support was more than enough to feel like I had someone in my corner, but I recommend you watch the amazing interview with Josh for tips on pushing through public speaking anxiety.

I prepared my speech on note cards, rehearsed it to the mirror multiple times, and got up extra early to enjoy some coffee and a sunrise on the big day.

Although, I still have a ways to go before becoming the world’s most inspirational speaker, I am happy my main points were delivered…and, I didn’t puke 😉

But, you will find an abundance of um’s

Applications for the 2015-2016 class of Leadership Pulaski County are due June 5, 2015. You can find out more about this amazing program at Leadership Pulaski County website.

Interested in this program but live out the Pulaski County area? Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to see if they participate in a similar leadership program and get involved in your community today!