Five Dollar Bill

9 Aug 2022: Found out that “technical.e.retired.wordpress.com” is already owned and been in use since 2006. ‘Gonna have to look for another title!

25 May 2022: “Five Dollar Bill” is now being called “TECHNically Retired” and the contents are being posted on You Tube under this channel name. Check it out.

What can you get for $5 these days?

A gallon of gas – at some places. A pack of cigarettes – nope. How about a pair of socks – maybe. One good cigar – possibly.

How about some technical user training on products that act like / are similar to Microsoft’s Office software: WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT, OUTLOOK, ACCESS?

Some of the topics I can deliver in Five Dollar Bill increments are already available in old version Podcasts and I am about to upgrade them to a new delivery format (ZOOM pre-recorded video segments). The topics I am thinking about include the following:

  • EXCEL
    • Pivot Tables
    • Lookup functions: H, V, X
    • Data Validation
    • Conditional Formatting
    • Sorting
    • Filtering
    • etc.
  • WORD
    • Table Set up / Formatting
    • Inserting Drawings and PowerPoint Slides
    • Header / Footer Setup
    • Letterhead Formatting
    • Mail Merge
    • Envelopes and Labels
    • Style setup and Usage
    • Track / Accept Changes
    • Table of Contents
    • Index Tables
  • POWERPOINT
    • Master Slide Formatting
    • Notes Pages
    • Animation(s)
    • Recording Presentations
    • Designs and Page Sizing
    • Inserting Pictures, Shapes, Icons

My plan is to add OUTLOOK and ACCESS to this list but I will be focusing first on these three software products and using equivalents from LibreOffice and / or Google depending on where I find the features most similar to a recent version of MicroSoft Office (locally installed or Office 360).

My questions to you readers are these:

  • Which of these feature topics should I produce for you?
  • Which of the topics listed above are you NOT interested in?
  • What other topics would you like me to prepare for you?

At $n.nn (Price yet to be decided, especially now that I have changed the offering name from “Five Dollar Bill” to TECHnically Retired) each to download to your PC (would you be willing to pay that amount for any of these topics?), it appears to me that this could be a very valuable resource for most people who are interested in using these products but believe they could use more training in their use.

What do you think?

Damn the Republicans, Full Speed Ahead

The current roster of elected Republicans have lost their moorings. Lost their connections to those who elected them, those who trusted them, those who still hope that they will adhere to the history of the Republican party, its programs, its philosophies, and its published platform.

However, the current elected Republicans are NOT adhering to their published beliefs. They have become outliers and outlaws making decisions from their positions of power to take care of themselves first, last, and foremost.

If only Democrats could be as ruthless. But they have not shown any tendency to be that focused and so I can only hope that some of the remaining TRUE Republicans will switch to the RetroPublican party and begin, anew, where the real Republicans left off so many years ago.

Please Bring Back The Truth of the Republican Party! Don’t wait until another election passes us by where we make meager gains – if any.

Recent Engagement List

As of April 2022, I have been providing these services:

  • Building Spreadsheet / Powerpoint Dashboards for company performance
    • Sales Proposals to Win and Deliver
    • Expense Tracking by Business Function
  • Processing Client Requests through stages for:
    • Tech equipment Requests
    • Shopping / Pricing Items
    • Invoicing per Client Requests
    • Ordering items and Shippingf
    • Delivery / Set up (optional)
    • Coordinating Client Acceptance / Service Requests / Invoice Payment
  • FORMS Apps to collect detailed data per event: upload to xlsx “Data Base”
    • Warehouse Sales Appointments and Marketing Info Capture
    • College Classroom Inventory Capture (pics, dimensions, condition, …)
  • Receive Annual (3 years running) list of Job Searching employees from Economic Development Council:
    • The EDC Pays me
    • I help refine individual job search plans, web presence (SEO), resumes, profiles, interview prep
  • Wrote and Published: “IT’s Lost Art of Software Engineering” – Royalties trickling in
  • Wrote and ‘In Editing’: “A Cowboy’s Reflections”
  • Writing materials for at least two more books
  • Creating Podcasts on several of my wordpress blogs
    • Accounts on VOQUENT and VOICES 
    • trying to get Voice Acting work
  • Contributing to blogs (looking to build enough of a following to sell Ad Space on the “wordpress.com” sites):
  • Offering “The Path To Inkc” and other services on:
    • Task Rabbit
    • Fiverr

Recognize and Recommend

I had a thought (yes, another one!) today and decided it would be a good idea to record it for my Podcast list.

Please let me know what you think about this one:

Thank you, bgbg

Do You Have any Questions?

Many times at the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask the candidate if they have any questions.

This is the time that you should be very prepared for with your list of questions.

It is certainly appropriate to ask about recent news that you have found in your research as long as it doesn’t lead to any type of embarrassing position for the interviewer or the company you are interviewing for.

And, it is also a good idea to ask about how you can be successful when they decide to hire you. Here are a couple of questions I suggest you consider asking at these types of opportunities:

  • What are the most important things you would like me to do in the first three months if I am hired for this position?
    • It could also be very valuable for you to have an answer to each of these questions from your point of view: i.e.: “At this point, my most important things to do would be: …”
  • Is there anything at all you would like me to clarify for you about my experience?
  • How do you see my skills and experience fitting with the needs of your company?
  • What are the prospects for growth in this position and company?
  • What do you enjoy most about working here?
  • How is performance typically measured and reviewed?
  • When do you expect to be making a hiring decision?
  • May I follow up with you to find out your decision (can I have a business card, please?))

Also remember that when you do get the interviewer’s contact information, it is a very good idea to send a follow up / Thank You note for their time and efforts.

Resume Power Words

There are so many people offering to rewrite your resume to improve your chances of being found on the internet. So, my question is: Who is the right one? Or the best one?

Could it be YOU?

Here are some words that many people have found to have an advantage in Search Engines over time:

AdvancedImplemented
AdvisedImproved
AppliedInitiated
AssessedManaged
BalancedNegotiated
CollaboratedOperated
ComposedPrepared
ConnectedProduced
CreatedSolved
DevelopedStrengthened
EnhancedSupervised
ExceededTrained
GeneratedUpdated
Utilized
Resume Power Words

So, try putting some of these in your Resume and Social Media Profiles like LinkedIn and see what happens!

Suburban Cowboy Chapter One

This is my first attempt at recording a chapter from the StoryWorth book that Kevin gave me as a gift subscription over one year ago.

Every week (on Monday) I would get an email from StoryWorth with a topic that I could write about and send back my stories. As it turned out, I wrote about 48 stories of the 52 weeks they sent me and the book that StoryWorth printed is called: “The Life & Times of A Suburban Cowboy”. Kevin thought of the title and the cover pic.

The Cover and End Stripe

Since I finished this book, I have begun to re-write its contents so that I can publish on my own version rather than have to pay StoryWorth for any more copies at their prices.

This attachment, then, is a recording of the first chapter in this book: “I wasn’t always writing”. I hope you enjoy.

I Wasn’t Always Writing

If you have any opinions or feedback on this first chapter, please let me know at my email address: whendoyoustoplooking@gmail.com—

Thank you, in advance, for your consideration and feedback, bgbg

Interview Question Prep V001

Once you have an Interview scheduled, perhaps, even before you have one scheduled, it is beneficial that each of us prepare for answering all questions that might come up during the interview. Going in “cold” is not a good approach so here are some suggestions about how to begin preparation.

How to start your Prep

PS: The list of all Podcast LINKS can be found here:

Brian and Bill’s Podcast LINK List as of Jan 2022

The Previous Post in this series is here:

Just Briefly…:

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