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Be…different, go OLD SCHOOL

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Sometimes technology is advancing at such a quick pace, I find myself constantly racing.

A sweetness of fresh air came over me when I purchased a manual typewriter.  The clickity clackity of the keys are so refreshing to hear.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Gramery Typewriter in Manhattan to have one manual typewriter completely overhauled.    The owner is a celebrity in his own right as he shared that there are various youtube videos highlighting him and his business which was created by  his father.

If you are looking to slow down a bit, enjoy writing but are not quite ready for a vacation, see if a manual typewriter could do the trick for you.

Happy typing!

Secrets 4 Job Success

The French author, Francois de la Rochefoucauld coined the phrase, “The only thing constant in life is change.”  I use this quote often.  It is applicable to many aspects of life, especially as you strive for job success.

If you are a job seeker, the climate is very different from what it was years ago.  Debbi Honorof, Senior Director of Marketing at Hofstra University, raised this key fact today.  She delivered a presentation entitled “21st Century Skills: How to thrive in a rapidly-changing global, knowledge economy.”  The presentation was for the IABC Long Island Chapter held at Launch Pad, Huntington, NY.  She explained how more people are working in teams and across department lines.  I compare this style to how universities design their MBA programs.

Debbi discussed an initiative called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  This initiative exists to teach “21st century readiness in US K-12 education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders.”   This initiative is designed to help “U.S. schools align classroom environments with real world environments by fusing the 3R’s and 4C’s:

  • The 3R’s include: English, reading or language arts; mathematics; science; foreign languages; civics; government; economics; arts; history; and geography.
  • The 4C’s include: critical thinking and problem solving; communication, collaboration; and creativity and innovation.

As the 3R’s serve as an umbrella for other subjects and core content, the 4C’s are a shorthand for all the skills needed for success in college, career, and life.”*

It’s refreshing to learn that the Partnership for 21st Century Skills exists and that 4C’s are beginning to be taught to ensure future job success for younger generations.

4C's Partnership for 21st Century Skills
4C’s for success


Gerry Laytin also participated in the presentation today.  He spoke on the topic of storytelling.  He emphasized the importance of being able to tell your story to others.  He is a Career Coach & Possibilitarian and an Instructor at Hofstra University.   As soon as I heard the word storytelling, I immediate thought of Glenn Zimmerman from Mad Bear Productions.  He is passionate about storytelling.  He can capture your story on film.  He also remarked that he wants to start a “storytelling movement”.

Thank you again to Debbi and Gerry today for your wonderful presentation.

For job success, consider highlighting your 4C abilities on your resume and reinforce how you will fit into the fabric of the company you are looking to join.  Also remember to tell your story so the REAL you comes through.  Good luck.

*Our Mission – The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (n.d.). Retrieved March 11, 2015, from http://www.p21.org/about-us/our-mission

Blog entry by Laney Liner, Blue Thunder Creative Group, Inc.