Sunday, July 27, 2014

Professional Career Opportunities Civil Service Exam

So awhile back in March I took the civil service exam called the Professional Career Opportunities exam.  In order to take this exam you had to have at least a Bachelor's degree. On the day that I took the exam the line stretched around the block. I was surprised that there were so many exam takers but certainly not shocked with the economy being the way.

I arrived earlier than scheduled, but the exam did not start on time. In fact, because there were so many people the exam actually started an hour after it was originally scheduled. It was unbelievable that there was this many candidates. The people there were probably employed like me and wanted a better, more secured job like a civil service position. However, I have a feeling that a large chunk of the people there were also unemployed. It's a shame really that there were so many college graduates with very little job prospects. I rarely place blame on anyone but on that day I felt that the higher education failed us.

Before the actual exam they told us to fill out a questionnaire. I filled it out and they told me that I was a good fit to become a Criminal Justice program analyst. The starting pay would be about $38,000, which is a decent starting salary for a new college grad, but not someone like me. However, since I will have my Master's in Criminal Justice soon, I believe this position would suit me best. I hope to get this Criminal Justice Program Analyst position, but they haven't released the scores yet. They had originally told us to wait three to four months for exam results.

So were going on four plus months of waiting to hear the results and I'm nearing my graduation date of August 9. That's when I will have officially earned my Master's of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. But due to the overwhelming number of exam takers in March for this Professional Career Opportunities exam, I will have to do some more waiting. I'm not alone in this, there are others who are waiting anxiously too. Let's hope they finish grading the exams soon. I'm a patient person, but I'm also a realist. I know there are so many over qualified applicants like myself and so little civil service positions. It all boils down to simple economics and supply and demand. Let's hope I'm wrong and there are plenty of positions available for everyone. That's just the optimist in me. Hey who says you can't be a realist and an optimist?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why I Think LinkedIn and Twitter are Underrated.

I am on LinkedIn and I browse through LinkedIn quite often. So often in fact that I have over 1000 connections on that social networking site.

Ok I will admit the reason why I have so many LinkedIn connections is because I once belonged to an open networking group. That doesn't take away the fact that I am very active on LinkedIn and the reason why I am always on LinkedIn is because I like to browse through people's profiles and see what credentials they have listed on their resume. I learned about Google Adwords certification from doing just that. I think LinkedIn and Twitter are priceless resources when it comes to learning from the very best.

I believe in the concept of modeling excellence. I once learned this concept when I was 19 years old studying NLP for the very first time. At that age I wanted to be a psychiatrist and I had no idea the amount of years and study it took to become one. Anyways, modeling excellence in my own words means repeating the steps someone successful does in order to become successful yourself. The concept is simple, you model excellent behavior, you achieve success.

LinkedIn and Twitter allows you access to these successful people whom you normally wouldn't be able to associate with just 10 years ago. It's an extraordinarily powerful tool and best of all it's free. Well, unless you have a LinkedIn Premium subscription like I do then you pay $99 per month. But I will tell you LinkedIn Premium is worth way more than that. Even the LinkedIn ads are sometimes useful and I find myself clicking on them because they read just like articles. Fortunately for me I've been offered a free month of LinkedIn Premium on three different occasions.

I encourage everyone reading this to follow some smart people or business leaders in your field on Twitter and LinkedIn. See what they are doing, how they are successful, and model their behaviors. Meaning do the things they do to become successful. It's a free resource! Use it and thank me later.


Friday, July 25, 2014

StockTwits

I am a huge fan of social media. I like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and I have an account on all three of those major social networking sites. I believe they do an excellent job of keeping me informed about my family, friends, colleagues, and my many businesses.

Recently, I came across a social media site in StockTwits. I honestly didn't think much of it at first. I thought it was a Twitter for Stock traders, which it is essentially. I did like the site and how smooth it was to use. From using it and browsing through the site I got that feeling that it was a very well designed site. Who knows I could be wrong about this as I am not a web designer. I just know there were no delays or warning signs while I was on the site.

Then I started going through the profiles on StockTwits. There are some very knowledgeable people on there that write for prominent financial sites and go on financial news programs. Once I encountered more than I few, I knew I immediately I would be checking back tomorrow. So I bookmarked and tonight I'm writing about it.

The reason why I'm writing about StockTwits tonight is that social media sites are a dime a dozen and I found this one to have captured my attention. (I have literally subscribed to over one hundred social media sites. It's probably closer to two hundred now from all my years of being on the internet.) For me StockTwits, like Twitter, is a source of valuable information and what makes it valuable are the people on there who use it to spread their ideas and knowledge. I would consider paying a membership fee to Twitter and if I was a stock trader I would also consider it for StockTwits.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Follow Your Effort

I am apart of Google Partners, a program for digital advertisers and marketers,  and one of the perks is that I get to enjoy a free domain from Google Domains. So I registered ThaiTranslation.net last night and will use that to generate new Thai to English and English to Thai translation business for me.

If you know me, you know that I work full time in sales and customer service for Time Warner Cable. So for 40 hours a week I spend a lot of time helping cable, internet, and digital phone customers with their account and services. You also know that I have a BA in Political Science and am set to graduate from a MS program in Criminal Justice. And finally you know that I have had a passive interest at online marketing, social media, and online blogging for many years now. 

At this point you're probably wondering why I wear so many hats and why I am taking on another business venture. The answer's simple really, it's because I'd rather be doing these things and learning than wasting time playing games and/or watching videos online. Not that there's anything wrong with that lifestyle.

I want to blog everyday as much as possible and write about the topics I enjoy writing about, but I know that having too many interests will leave me with a lot of sites and little time to work on each of them. Ideally, what I should do is focus on one topic and be really knowledgeable about it. While I do enjoy writing and blogging about my personal life, sports and technology, it's not what I think should be doing if I want to make money online long term. 

I think in order to have a passion for something you got to be really good at what you're doing. I think I once heard my business role model, Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, say something along the lines of "don't follow your passion, follow your effort." 

So where is my effort? I have worked at Time Warner Cable for close to four years, spending 40 hours a week at that job dealing with cable, internet, and phone. I have been a customer service representative for close to ten years. I've dabbled in online marketing, social media, and blogging and learned the ins and outs of it for close to 10 years. But I've been Thai my whole life, and spoken Thai ever since I could speak. 

For me, providing high quality Thai translation work at ThaiTranslation.net is one of the best business ideas for me. So that's what I will be focusing on going forward.