• Online Personal Branding Solutions

    Last year I introduced a functional model for personal branding  with three elements: skill set, aura, and identity. It is meant to capture a holistic picture of you. I want to provide you with solutions for each of these elements. As you work on your skill set, I suggest using the Skills-Based Approach methodology. It… Continue Reading

  • Thread A Skill Set Throughout Your Life

    As I learn more about the transition from secondary to higher education, I think about possible utility in introducing a Skills-Based Approach in primary and secondary education.  Previously I took for granted that it should be introduced in high school and used throughout a career. However, I think there are benefits with thinking in skill… Continue Reading

  • Universal Online Badges Themes

    I am a proponent for what Mozilla is trying to accomplish; online badges ensure that every skill in your skill set can be validated and shared in professional web services. In this blog, I summarize the key themes from the “white pages article” published by Mozilla about the technology and infrastructure for universally accepted online badges. Some… Continue Reading

  • Why Get Certified

    A certification is an excellent way to validate your skill set. Obtaining a certification has become more common in most professions, particularly in information technology where there are rapid changes in the adoption of applications and technologies.The advantage of a certification is bringing in a third-party to validate an expertise with a skill, and in… Continue Reading

  • Using A Reference

    Of course, the idea of providing a reference has been around for a long time. Usually when you apply to a traditional job posting, you will be asked to provide a list of references with their contact information and it is understood that the hiring organization will probably call them.  A professional website allows for… Continue Reading

  • Be An Expert By Writing A Blog

    Writing a blog is an excellent way to validate a skill set because it requires for you to share insights. To write an effective blog, you commit to researching and understanding what is currently being published regarding the subject matter – you become an expert. Moreover, to add value, you must think of ways to… Continue Reading

  • Providing a Work Sample

    In most professional experiences you create a work product and depending on the circumstances, it can be sampled to demonstrate a level of expertise with your skill set. According to a recent survey on skill sets, a sample of work is regarded as the most effective way to validate a skill. For many professions, providing… Continue Reading

  • Validating Your Skills

    The final stage in a skills based approach is the validation stage; this is where you find ways to establish credibility with the skills in your skill set. You are already telling an audience you have these skills, now you want to prove or demonstrate your expertise with them. Why do you need to validate… Continue Reading

  • Presenting Your Skill Set On Different Platforms

    There are ways to optimize the presentation of your skill set based on the platform you are utilizing.  I am going to discuss how to represent your skill set on three platforms: a professional website, LinkedIn, and MonsterJobs. Each platform has different ways of integrating a skill set into their interface. The current implementation of… Continue Reading