Brian and Bill

Several years ago, my good friend Brian suggested we create a PodCast for the Job Seeker ideas that we shared.

I had been running a Mentoring group for a technical networking group and had a fairly strong following from within that group. As a result of that first mentoring group, I started a Job Seekers group at our church and asked Brian if he would be willing to help me with it.

What came out of these efforts was a Podcast called: “Brian and Bill’s Job Seeker Podcast”

This is the beginning of the list of those podcasts which I am preserving on this blog:

Brian and Bill’s Job Seeker Podcast – Episode 001

I hope you enjoy listening as much as you get some value out of our thoughts.

And, once again, if you have any comments or questions, please REPLY to each Podcast OR send me an email at whendoyoustoplooking@bgbgbgbg

Thanx, bgbg

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

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

And the Next Post in this series is here:

Just Briefly

Podcast List 2022

This is a list of audio files I have loaded to this blog for the purpose of retaining the original recordings of “Brian and Bill’s Job Seeker Podcasts”.

Podcast NameLink to Podcast
Got a Minute Intro
MP3 Recording “How To”
E001: Resume Formats
Interview Question Preparation
E001: Job Seekers

As I post these Audio files to my Blog(s), I will update this list with the Links you can use to listen to them as you prefer.

Space: The Old – New Frontier

Are you working for a company that still has leased or owned space that is underutilized?

Are you concerned for the financial viability of your company while they continue to pay for / maintain their unused office space?

What do you think you and your company could do with this space that would relieve some of the existing costs?

When I think about all the people in our workforce who are seriously considering Quitting their jobs to start their own ventures, I also think about how much help or support they might need in their dreamed new businesses.

And, also, I think about their need for work spaces to prepare their plans, service or product offerings, and be able to, first, identify and then communicate with their potential customers.

Try to imagine a Hoteling service for these new businesses so that they can use your already configured and unused office spaces to prepare and conduct their new businesses.

For example, let’s say you have a section of your available space that is already set up with 5 or 10 cubicles with walls, desks, chairs, phones, internet connections, printers, faxes, and a reception area. You could offer some of these start up businesses the use of one of these spaces for one or two days per week for a month or quarter at a time. Your plan would include an initial set up for a User Id and Password (they can bring their own PC or use yours); an answered land line phone (either a live receptionist or an automated answering service); access to the network (data, printers, the internet, etc.), all of which you can configure once and give them access based on their committed schedule.

If you are fortunate to fill each of your cubicles with part time tenants, you could always schedule reconfigurations for the other available days each week to increase your rentals and, thereby, expand your capacity until you are fully occupied.

Of course, you would need a “Hoteling” application that would capture Reservation Requests, Schedule the “Rooms” and “Configurations”, create and send Hoteling Invoices, receive payments (pre paid in most cases); schedule housekeeping services including restocking of supplies, maintenance of a Help Desk, etc.

Oh, and by the way, my company: The Path To Inkc, is building a Hoteling Business Practice to help you implement just this sort of business venture for you. If you are interested, please reach out to me at 484-925-1535 / 610-662-5658 or You can also use the Contact Page on this web site.

Where Do You Work?

Or, where are you able to work from lately?

In many cases, recently, we no longer need to work from an office. Any infrastructure (support) we might need has become very portable: cell phones, wifi, hot spots, cloud storage, etc.

My Latest Work Space (Basement Office 2022)

With so many companies removing the centralized office as a requirement for their work force, there are now increasing opportunities to get work done from almost anywhere as long as their is a cable or cellular signal available.

This technology also relieves us from having to work on a fixed schedule: no more necessity to work from “9 AM to 5 PM”; however, this also means that we can work at almost any time around the clock: 8 PM, 2:30 AM, and anytime in between. Whatever happened to that 40 hour work week? Whatever happened to week ends or holidays? Whatever happened to vacations?

So I guess, the “WHEN Do You Work?” question is also applicable to this discussion.

If you are interested in continuing this conversation, please tell me WHERE and WHEN do you find yourself working these days?

You can either REPLY to this post, or you the Contact form on this website to reach me.

Thanx, in advance, bgbg

Before You Quit, Have a Plan

It’s been noted in the news and on social media, that many people have quit their full time jobs in order to “go out on their own” in some fashion. And, I certainly don’t / can’t disagree with this interest.

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However, my strong suggestion is that before any one quits their primary source of income that they do some planning and preparation before hand.

Some of the things many of us can do these days are:

  • Search the Internet for good ideas:
    • Copies and templates of successful and failed business plans
    • Information about “How To and When To …”:
      • Incorporate
      • Gather Funding
      • Hire Laywers and Accountants
        • Contracts
        • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA)
        • Patent / Copyright laws and requirements
        • Payroll and Accounting procedures and software(s)
      • Build Web Sites and On Line Marketing
      • Advertise
      • Web Analytics: SEO, SEM
      • Use Search Engines
      • etc.
    • Find on line and in-person Business Networking groups
  • Take preliminary action to prepare for:
    • The right business plan
    • An achievable set of businesss goals
      • Short Term, and
      • Longer Term
    • Conduct a Test Market Campaign
    • Discuss these (and most of your ideas) with those networking people who you believe you can trust

Although I am sure many of you could add or revise this list of suggestions, the basic idea is the Think, Plan and, THEN DO IT!

Networking Sep 29 2021

“The Science of Networking” presented by RICK TASHMAN!

 Zoom Mtg. Weds. 9/29/21 @10 a.m. EST

Job-Seeker Network est. 1986 at the Catholic Church of St. Ann †
LinkedIn Group: (10) CAREER QUEST at St. Ann’s Church | Groups | LinkedIn

Hosted by Career Quest & Life Lessons Over Lunch Networking!


Rick Tashman …his clients describe him as The MacGyver of IT, serving Computer Sales and Operations since 1982, with over 198 testimonial letters from clients. First APC Certified Gold Partner in Eastern PA.

He is also a creative Community Leader, sales, trainer, coach, and mentor to corporate and non-profits. Helping these organizations raise their revenues and profits, increase their customer and membership base, and improve the skills of their employees and volunteers.

The Science of Networking

In this fun and interactive workshop, you will experience and learn:

  1. Relationship building questions to use when networking
  2. The skills to help you create meaningful relationships
  3. Respectful “staying in touch” strategies
  4. How to find the magic to create relationships that really matter
  5. How to become the “best you” as an amazing, genuine networker
  6. Learn how to use your networking skills in any situation

By Computer – Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 857 3525 8396

Password: 392727

By cell phone – Find your local number:

SCRUM / Sprint Sequencing

Data and application processing evolve. Each of these application components starts at a certain stage in their life cycle and change as the rest of the application’s capabilities mature.

Putting order to the Sequence of Sprints in an Application Development project could take advantage of these evolutionary cycles in order to implement a scope of control over each SPRINT.

For example:

When Data is first discovered to be useful to an organization a Data Collection process becomes necessary so that the organization can collect these data. So, a Sprint could be conducted for the single purpose of allowing a User to enter new data related to each instance of the Data’s topic: Person, Place, Thing, etc.

Depending on the nature of these new Data, this SPRINT might be focused on an automated Integration instead of or in addition to New Data manual entry.

This SPRINT need not spend its energies on validating the collected data beyond the point where Alphabetic or Numeric content is assured and some Data can be null or left blank. Therefore initial Collection need not be comprehensive Editing or Validation.

If we follow this type of thinking, we can prepare a SPRINT Schedule for new Data to use the following logic:

  • Data Collection and Minimal Editing Rules
    • Alpha, Numeric, or Blank
    • Each New Data Row would be marked with a “State” indication showing that these records have Not Been Data and Relationship Validated (DNValid, RNValid)
  • Data Validation
    • For all Collected Data AND
    • For newly entered Data
    • Building tables of Valid Values for each Data Attribute
    • The Processing could then be arranged so that on a regular schedule:
      • One pass of the “Collected” Data would be reviewed for compliance to the current Data Validation rules (marked as “DNValid”)
      • Each new Data Collection process would apply the current Data Validation rules and either mark each new record as “DValid” or “DNValid”
  • Row Validation
    • Verifying that each Relationship Field(s) has the appropriate existence of Related Rows
      • According to the Business Rules found in the Entity Relationships included in the Data Model (Entity Relationship Diagram – ERD)
      • The potential Processing cycle could be similar to the Data Validation application sequence looking for Rows marked as “RValid” or RNValid”
  • Validation Reporting
    • Another SPRINT can then be conducted to regularly report all “xNValid” Data rows to their appropriate Business Owners (Users) to allow them to:
      • Be aware of the extent of Non Validated Rows
      • Conduct research to make appropriate updates to these “xNV” rows so that they join the ranks of Validated data rows

With a SPRINT Schedule focused on these capabilities, and a readiness to Re-Factor between each of the above SPRINTs, a team can deliver rapid and growing capabilities for a new collection of data in a relatively brief time span.

So, following this pattern, our Business Sponsors / Business Analysts could put their Story Boards in sequence to match this evolution of Data Captured, Data Valid Value Confirmation, Data Relationship Confirmation, Data Row State Review to highlight those rows that are NOT YET in their usable, validated states.

Need More Dialog

For the time I have had this web site up and available (, there have been a fair amount of visits or impressions but I would also really like to have more dialog from those who visit.

What can I do to get more visitors to comment on my content?

All those countries (above) that are not greyed out, are where someone (or a few people) have looked at this web site but very few have engaged in any kind of discussion or offered a comment.

Please help me out here. What can I do to get you / them to engage some more. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thank you in advance. bgbg

Work in the Future

I can imagine a time when I can have a drone tethered to my cell phone and following me around. The drone can provide WIFI, security, and information about what might be happening around me: good and bad.

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And, if I happen to be driving / driven at the time, my car can be connected to the drone and the local traffic apps so that I can pay as much attention to my “work” as I might have previously attended to my driving.

I can be wearing a pair of iGlasses with a microphone, heads-up display and a twiddler as my keyboard. WIth these devices connected to the internet through the WIFI Drone, I can do almost anything from almost anywhere.

Work, then, will no longer be a “place” but a response to opportunities and situations and can be delivered from anywhere.

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If you think working “remotely” now is different than your previous office settings, how do you think you will adapt to this new “moving” party called Work in the Future?

My Youngest Reader

Just a few days ago, I was FINALLY able to publish my first book and now I have a picture of my youngest reader:

I am very excited that I have been able to sell a few of these volumes and very impressed with this young man. Thank you very much to ALL my readers!


For September 2021, I have reduced the price of the hardback edition of my book to $6.99 so if you are interested please use the following link to ORDER NOW!:

The current Promotion price on the Kindle edition is still set at $2.99 if you are interestedin that format instead; however, that price will be adjusted in just a few days.

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