Archive for May, 2009
As the old joke goes “Minimum Wage means that if they could pay you less, they would”. Ba-Da-Bing!
It’s graduation season once again. Almost everyone has either sat in a graduation audience or has earned the privilege to be a graduate of some institution somewhere be it high school or college, frequently both. Every ceremony has the requisite program that everyone picks up, so they have something to read while waiting, containing the names of those who will receive honorary degrees, what students will be giving speeches and which students have earned honors.
For high school kids in honors classes typing isn’t usually on the syllabus, but my mom insisted I know how to type. This is why I found myself in a room with 25 manual typewriters, 21 girls, 3 other guys and one very cranky teacher whom I’ll call Mrs X.
A recent Blog entry by Steven DiMaio struck home for me personally because I have a wide variety of skill sets and a large number of work experiences. This is usually a very good thing because I can usually make connections between disparate tasks and industries striking to the heart of issue quickly providing resolution to an issue and it also shortens ramp up time when learning new things. But it can be a bad thing when you are trying to concisely present yourself to a prospective employer or client or even take advantage of a networking opportunity.
Large companies have been outsourcing business and IT functions for quite some time but small and medium sized companies have been much slower to embrace the opportunities and benefits that outsourcing can bring. It’s not just the classic business or IT functions like payroll or call-centers that have been ripe for quite some time but the newer software as a service (SaaS) functions for things like expense reporting, CRM and ERP functionality in addition to things like network management, HR and even virtual assistants.