kaizen in the job search process

For my portfolio class this week I was asked to apply Kaizen to the job search process - my instructor asked permission to share what I wrote with another section of the class that meets on Thursdays. I figure that this might be useful for somebody else as well, so why not place it on here?

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Kaizen in the Job Search Process

The concept behind Kaizen is to examine a currently working technology or process and improve upon it by altering method or tools used. It is used in major companies such as Toyota Automotive in an effort to constantly improve performance. This document is to examine how Kaizen can work when looking for a job.

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typewriter

For a long time I have sort of idolized the typewriter in what it did. It was always ready (ink ribbons notwithstanding), did not attempt to correct you in any way, shape, or form, and was very satisfying to type on. I still have a typewriter at my parent’s house, but it is a hefty piece of machinery, so I never took it with me when I moved to Arizona.

Anyway. I want to make the modern-age typewriter.
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blog updated

Still getting the hang of this thing. I realize that thus far many of my entries have been quite long, so I discovered how to chop them up and place those useful ‘after the jump’ breaks to them. Now people won’t have to scroll for thirty seconds trying to find a blog entry they want to read!

I have been using both w.bloggar and the built-in WordPress editor to format my blog entries. I plan in the future on tossing in images to the blog as well to better illustrate some points - one of my teachers at my school said that adding relevant images to documents tends to make them much easier to understand and has the ability to engage a reader further, something I am starting to take for gospel, after paying more attention to how popular blogs are laid out. Even if the picture does not demonstrate anything, it will still help the user stay focused on the intended topic.

I wouldn’t expect pictures of cats or anything of that sort to be on here; such things are reserved for a different blog! This one is about me detailing my academic and professional interests.

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capstone, week 2

Week 2 of my capstone project has rolled around, and things are looking pretty good. In terms of what we have done, we are approximately a week and a half of schedule in terms of deliverables. I feel that I need to explain a little more in-depth as to what the capstone project entails… [Read the rest of this entry...]

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resume update 2

Another few days have gone by and I have received some more constructive criticism (thank you!) on my resume. I have made some suggested changes, and I have uploaded the new resume onto my webspace.

For comparison purposes, I have left the old resume here on the server and this current resume in a seperate file. I don’t really care for hiding information or fabricating tall tales about my abilities - the majority of changes are mostly concerned with formatting and layout.

Here is the current resume.

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resume update

I have been working with my school’s Career Services and my Portfolio instructor to make some revisions to my resume. The most recent version is now available for view on the right bar, or, you can jump directly to it below:

9/16/2008 version of my personal resume.

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webspace

It occurs to me that many people do not have a place on the world wide web where they can store their ideas, pictures, and so on. That is something of a shame; there are a wide variety of things that one can do with a regular web server. Read on after this jump!

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menu

Today I will talk about a particular tea bar that I go to and how I am redesigning their menu. I have been going to this tea bar for a few months now, and I rather like the place; the selection is great, and it has a lot of character. However, their menu has some things which would make some people who are visiting the place for the first time take pause and reconsider giving business to the place. Read more about it after the jump!

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education

As mentioned elsewhere, I currently attending ITT Technical Institute, graduating at the end of 2008. I am attempting to finish all of my classes in one fell swoop, so rather than two or three classes this 11-week quarter, I am taking four classes - something others would balk at. In addition to trying to find a part time (or possibly full time) job and preparing to move, I have a busy quarter ahead of me.

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capstone

I am currently in my last quarter at ITT Technical Institute. In the last quarter of every degree program there is an end-of-degree synthesis course called a Capstone Project. In my degree, Computer Network Systems, we are supposed to design a solution for a theoretical company. It requires you to use certain tools and to have created certain deliverables by the end of the 11 week class, culminating in a presentation in front of a group of professionals, the Program Chair of the degree, in addition to several people from the school’s Career Services department. I have heard that, in the past, students invite their parents to come and watch the presentations as well.

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