The External Talent Market – 2014

by Megan on 04/16/2014

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I’m excited to announce my first published article in Information Outlook: Adding Value to Recruitment Services. This is a highly respected publication by the Special Libraries Association and I am honored that they asked me to contribute to the publication. Constructive criticism is welcome in the comments!

Adding Value to Recruitment Services

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What Motivates YOU to Switch Jobs?

by Megan on 03/10/2014

We all have our reasons for changing jobs. Compensation, location, commute, brand, title, etc. One or many factors may push us over that edge we thought we weren’t ready for or the right combination might come into play at the right time. Regardless, taking on a new job with new responsibilities can be exciting and uplifting; on the other hand, it can be scary to venture into the unknown (Will I like it? Will they like me? Did I make the right decision?)

This is a great infograph that shows stats from more than 1800 professional in 26 countries and was conducted by LinkedIn and Lou Adler – both widely respected in the recruiting world. I would love to hear what your motivations are to switch jobs in the comments!

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I love this article on ways to make your first 100 days in a new position impactful.  Here are the highlights:

- Deeply understand how the business creates value
- Learn how to serve all your constituents
- Stay focused on what you do best
- Show what you will do differently

Do you have any other tips for “wowing” in a new position/job?

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Social Media Addictions

by Megan on 02/23/2013

Allison Morris recently contacted me about a post she wrote on social media addictions.  I do believe they are real – but exactly how much harm are we doing to ourselves?  Many jobs require social media strategy (my, how times have changed!) and many family and friends keep in touch, find each other, and have relationships based in part on their interactions online.

Can something that feels so right be so wrong?  Like other addictions, it turns out it can be harmful…but when our jobs and family/friendships depend on it, how (or DO) we manage our “addiction”?

Please Include Attribution to OnlineCollegeCourses.com With This Graphic Your Brain on Social Media Infographic

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My CV Video!

by Megan on 02/23/2013

This awesome tool connects your LinkedIn profile with a video creator – genius!!  You will need to translate it when prompted at the top of the page.

Megan Buttita’s Video CV

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Infographics

by Megan on 02/22/2013

Infographics are KEY to winning over your audience.  I love Piktochart, but there are others.  What do you use?

Inkscape

Infogr.am

Easel.ly

Prezi

Visual.ly

Tableau

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Is an MLS Still Relevant?

by Megan on 12/13/2012

Mary Ellen Bates’ blog post on “Is an MLS Still Relevant” isn’t surprising, but should be noted by anyone with an MLS or anyone planning on pursuing a career in Library and Information Science.  The big takeaways from this post are that candidates with a MLS must have the following skills to make them relevant in today’s job market:

- Ability to strategize
- Build deliverables
- Provide data visualization
- Understand what data is saying and tell the story
- Summarize information
- Communicate value
- Market yourself and the information center
- Utilize traditional online sources and new social media for a variety of research needs

So, how relevant is your MLS?  Do you feel your degree has prepared you for the points above?

 

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Hackerspaces in Libraries

by Megan on 03/16/2012

Libraries of all kinds bring up mixed emotions in people.  They are wonderful sources of information, but can’t I get everything on the internet?  They are changing and adapting to the digital age, but aren’t they going the way of the dinosaur?  I keep reading and hearing about 3D Printers, and to my surprise, there are some public libraries that are incorporating them, as well!  More and more, libraries are becoming spaces for innovation and discovery – not that they haven’t always been – just that this is how they are more obviously branding themselves.  This is a move in the right direction!  How is your library – public, special, school – ahead of the curve when it comes to technology? 

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SharePoint!

by Megan on 03/14/2012

If you haven’t heard, I heart SharePoint.  I’ve been working with SharePoint since 2004 and never really understood its full potential until around 2011.  Technically, I am a “Power User” or “Business User”, but my interest expands in all different directions – training, development, administration, design, etc.  I love how it enables people to communicate and share and organize – all things that as an info pro I strive to help facilitate.  From a change management perspective, I’m fully aware of how important it is to get users to embrace new technology or methods of communication.  I was happy to see this article on Forbes.com about how Microsoft itself is embracing social as part of the enterprise software.

Just saying “SharePoint” makes some people cringe – which is really unfortunate.  They either didn’t receive good/any training, don’t see the usefulness of it, or aren’t drawn to it for any reason.  I think having social technology (whatever flavor that might be) as a large part of the platform is the key to winning over the masses.

What are your thoughts on making SharePoint more social?  What are your favorite Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s)?  Yammer, Newsgator, AgreeYA, others?

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