Coronavirus, COVID-19, whatever you choose to call this pandemic, it is wreaking havoc on our economy and causing many of us to consider a career change. If you are experiencing a lockdown or the possibility of a future quarantine, career development planning and management might not be at the forefront of your mind. Yet, it should be. But what if you don’t know how to make a career change? And even if you do, how do you make money in the meantime?
In this presentation, Jim Stroud presents, “How To Make a Career Pivot and Find a Job During a Pandemic.” Come prepared to learn strategies and tactics that you can immediately use if you are unemployed, under-employed or unhappily-employed during these interesting times.
Big thanks to Roswell United Methodist Church for inviting me to hang out with them for awhile.
I stumbled across a gem today! While searching for something else, I discovered the video resume of Lamia Gouda. Curiosity took the better of me and I watched a VERY funny and engaging pitch of a very talented woman: Actress, Translator, Video Editor, Voice Over Talent and Stylist. She speaks multiple languages (Arabic, French and English) and not only that, she is also quite the entrepreneur. Check out her iPhone game where she has fight and outwit other actresses for a coveted Hollywood movie role.
What I really like about Lamia Gouda is the impression she left with me. Sure, I could look at her resume and get a feel for what she can deliver, but what has me the most interested is all the intangibles that are not on her resume. Judging by her website and how it scrolls from left to right, instead of the usual vertical scroll tells me that she looks at things differently. The way she plasters her very expressive face next to each website section lets me know that she understands that she is ultimately selling her self to employers and not just a bunch of keywords. Having new media embedded in her site helps a lot as well.
This is a Nokia commercial she was in.
I have to admit that when I first saw her video resume, I thought it was a promo for an online web-series. Plus, since it was in a language foreign to me, I doubted that I would watch it all the way through. That being said, the production was first rate, Lamia’s performance was hilarious and captivating and I (literally) stood up and applauded her efforts. Anyone can see that she has gone the extra mile to get the attention of a potential employer. I will keep my fingers crossed that she gets all that she is pursuing because she is definitely working hard for it.
Check out the video resume that got me excited enough (and laughing enough) to want to write this blog post about her.
Lamia Gouda’s Video CV
Good job Lamia Gouda! If I could, I would hire you today.
P.S. Lamia, please consider adding English subtitles to your video resume. For that matter, French subtitles as well. Please do yourself a favor and check out this website: DotSub
Over the weekend, I had the good fortune of being a guest on Tyrone Griffin’s “Bunny Slippers are Evil” podcast. I think I ran my mouth too much, but my information seemed to be well-received (and I had a good time to boot).
Tune in to hear how I survived a layoff in the 2008 recession and a second one in 2011. In both cases I found work pretty fast using the principals I discuss on the show. Tune in to see what I mean and please, do share this blog post with someone that could use the advice. Thanks!