Reflection and Journaling: Seek, Sense, Share

Doris and I have blogged a lot about personal knowledge mastery, or PKM. This seek, sense, share process of seeking information, making sense of it, and sharing out what you learn is essential for “working out loud” online with others. Sometimes we get stuck on the seeking information part of the PKM process, and don’t make sense of our resource collection or share out what we learn and the resource gems we find. How do we take the time and create the ritual of reflection, which is key to understanding what we learn as well as what we need to learn?

This is our next blog project: reflection and journaling for work and personal learning. Just as we explored Job Boards in our previous blog project, we will be examining the various aspects of the sense part of the PKM process. Here is how Harold Jarche, the PKM guru, defines sensing:

Sensing is how we personalize information and use it. Sensing includes reflection and putting into practice what we have learned. Often it requires experimentation, as we learn best by doing.

What is reflective learning?

Reflective learning is not new, and most of us are familiar with the learn, do, review cycle often associated with it. Learn something new, put it into practice as Jarche says, and then review what happens to make adjustments for improvement or innovation. This type of cycle is referred to as a single loop learning cycle. For deeper reflection, there is the double loop and triple loop cycles as well. Read more

What We Have Learned About Job Boards: Our Learning Summary to Date

Doris and I wrote this blog post as guest bloggers for Encore Tampa Bay, and decided to post it here as well because it is a good summary of what we have learned about Job Boards so far.

Our alliance with Encore Tampa Bay has made us aware that many baby boomers wish to keep working in a new style of retirement that includes earning income. But many might not have looked for a job in many years.

Finding a job used to be classified, as in classified newspaper advertisements. Help wanted ads also existed on job boards physically located in employment or Human Resources offices. Now job postings, job searches, and job applications are overwhelmingly done online. Because of these changes, we decided to offer perspective on the “new” job boards for boomers, really for all job seekers, to assist their search for work as employees, freelancers, and flexible project specialists.

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Job boards are websites that match employers’ vacant jobs with job seekers. Most job boards use traditional job descriptions to entice prospective workers into fulltime employment opportunities. But we found a few that specialize in “alternate” work arrangements that boomers favor such as part-time, flexible hours, and contract work. The Bankers Life Center for a Secure Retirement’s research in 2015 documented that many boomers want “more flexible work arrangements and scheduling, and many try new career paths in different industries.” Read more

Getting your resume noticed by ATS and human screeners

For the last 2 weeks Doris and I have been exploring job boards – their use, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations. As part of the research I did on What are job boards, and do they work? I uncovered the fact that applicant tracking systems, or ATS, make the determination of which resumes to pass along to employers, and which to reject based on keywords and other searchable elements. Job board ATS reject 70 – 90% of applicant resumes. Large employers also now use ATS to sift through the piles of applications before a human takes over the hiring process. Up to 90% of Fortune 500 companies use ATS.

Doris pointed out last week in her blog Boomers looking online for work: some things to consider, the Jobvite index shows that employee referrals are the best way to get hired. I wondered, between most resumes being weeded out by ATS and most hires being from employee referrals, are job boards worth the effort? Read more

Boomers Looking Online for Work: Some Things to Consider


icons-842879_640I began looking for my first “real” job weeks before I graduated from college with a social work degree. This meant scanning the classified ads in the local newspaper. I found an ad for an entry level social worker position. I completed the lengthy job application on my typewriter and carried it back to the local state employment office. I turned it over to the personnel clerk who placed it in a manila folder on her desk. I waited for a phone call or letter requesting an interview with me.

It seems rather simple now, even quaint, doesn’t it? Read more

What are Job Boards, and Do They Work?

In last week’s blog, Making Sense of 2015 to Boost Success in 2016, Doris mentioned that our blog focus is changing. We are planning to immerse ourselves in several projects, and report here, work out loud, about what we are finding and learning.

This, our first project, grew out of our partnership with Encore Tampa Bay. Doris is working with a subcommittee of ETB, and the discussion of matching boomers and employers or volunteer opportunities, both for profit and nonprofit, arose from feedback from ETB participants. Job boards can do just that. Doris set to work using her masterful search skills, and uncovered 54 job boards in no time at all. Read more

Making Sense of 2015 to Boost Success in 2016

How did 2015 go for you? Was it a good year, bad year, somewhere in between?

As you think about what you did last year, what learning gems will enrich your work-life this year? I ask because the seek-sense-share learning cycle Lisa and I follow includes reflecting on our experiences and applying our learning to our future decisions and performance.

books-677897_640Lisa’s blog post with its observations on 2015 and learning goals for this year intrigued me. I, too, am looking back at 2015 to decide what to keep, adapt, or discard. My insights are offered below. If you wish to enlighten or even rescue me, please comment on this post below or email us here. Read more

Reflection on this year’s learning gifts

This time of year always lends itself to reflection for me. We are rapidly approaching the end of the year, this week I had my birthday (that always puts me in a reflective mood), and people are already voicing their New Year’s resolutions. Before I can join in on making resolutions, I have a need to review what I learned this past year.

Doris and I just concluded our online series of 3 ECO Bytes, offered through Encore Tampa Bay. The 3 Bytes highlighted why developing online learning/working skills is necessary for today’s job seeker, what those skills include, and how to be a Do-It-Yourself online knowledge worker to keep up. We concluded the series with an overview of personal knowledge mastery, the seek, sense, and share process refined and defined by Harold Jarche. Read more

How Networking to Find Your Tribe(s) Online Can Help

To get a job in your 50s, maintain friendships in your 40s

This headline from Phyllis Korkki’s article in the NYT in September 2015 grabbed, then annoyed me, for two reasons. One, it assumes that only 50 year olds are looking for work.  What about people in their sixties or seventies? Aren’t some of them seeking encore careers? The second reason the headline bothered me is the non-solution it offered.

Korkki redeemed herself by reviewing research on why it takes older job seekers (50+) longer on average—almost up to 11 weeks longer—than it does for any other age group to find new work.  Although some might legitimately claim age discrimination, more often, it’s that older people do not create and maintain the breadth of relationships that younger people do.  Read more

Disagreeing Out Loud

Doris and I have written a lot about “working out loud” – how learning is morphing in workplaces from individuals hoarding information to everyone sharing resources, processes, ideas, and expertise online and in the open in various blog posts (See this post on the benefits of working this way). One of the early proponents of working this way, that working and learning are one and the same, is Jane Hart. We have mentioned Jane Hart many times before in this blog (see our posts on her top 100 tool list for 2014 and 2015 for example) – she is a major influencer for us.

Jane Hart

Recently, she practiced what she preaches by “working out loud” and publishing her thoughts on the L&D (Learning and Development) field. In her blog, Learning in the Modern Workplace, she often talks about how the most relevant and satisfying learning happens informally and continuously, not in organized training. Her blog is widely regarded and followed, but usually does not create controversy. However, her post of November 12, 2015 entitled “The L&D World is Splitting in Two” created a firestorm of online activity in the L&D world of corporate trainers or purveyors of professional development opportunities, both from those who agreed with her points, and those who did not.

The comments on her blog range from “thank you for saying this” to those who vehemently oppose what she wrote. The beauty of the disagreement is the open, varied, and public discussion about her observations on the L&D field. Her post generated other blogs, twitter posts with hashtags, and even another blog by Jane to clarify the points she was trying to make. Read more

Our connected world in these modern times of terror, human connections, and social media

I was, like most people I know, shattered by the terrorist attacks in Paris. The city of light became the city of horror, with innocent people killed, injured, and/or frightened. In our connected world, Facebook and Twitter lit up with information, and misinformation. Those on Facebook draped their profile pictures in the colors of the French flag with an easy to use app. Mashable, the digital media website, created a twitter account “En mémoire” as a moving memorial to those killed with people posting a picture and a sentence or two about a victim. During the attacks, instagram and twitter photos flooded cyberspace. Read more