Who is Alex?
I'll admit it -- I've been around the block more than a few times.  My career spans mulitple industries over many years.  While the companies and organizations I've given chunks of my life to are varied, and the skills I've gained through them have provided fodder for a respectable resume, one lesson I've learned over the years is that regardless of industry or job responsibility, people skills matter more than hard/technical expertise.   

I've managed to be a success and have enjoyed working in a variety of sectors which on the surface don't seem to be related.  Each of these areas have one thing in common -- they rely on knowledge/technology and need people who can serve as a bridge between the technical and non-technical.  It also doesn't hurt to have a great attitude.

You can be a generalist and a specialist at the same time.   The  key is to be creative, passionate and flexible.  Your qualifications may be important, but it's your qualties that will make you a success.  I strive to be a person of quality and believe my passion and creative mindset have given me the opportunity to use my "hard" skills in ways that make me  unique and valuable.  I'm passionate about helping others see that their worth is based as much on who they are, as what they know how to do.
Industries & Volunteerism
  • Don't box your self in to a specific industry or be afraid to branch out into new professional territory
  • Lessons learned in one occupation often translate well into others
  • Build on the principles from one position to the next to grow your "wealth of wisdom"

Working in each of the sectors listed here have provided me with a valuable reserve of professional currency.
  1. Health/Fitness
    Training Philosophy - repetition > familiarity > skill mastery = success - empathy > adaptability > self esteem = success - dedication > hard work > pride = success - team building > enjoy participation = success
  1. Retail
    Learn the Basics - the more sales you can process, the more money you can make - payroll percent: the time you spend on a task directly affects your profitability... efficiency matters - how the customer feels is important... give them a reason to come back
  1. Government
    Jurisdictions = Different but Similar - create a standard product: allow room for customization - develop it once: adapt it as needed, sell it many times - accountability: trust & reputation = public confidence - client knowledge: leverage public servant longevity - sell, build & support well: sector will retain a reliable product that is economical to maintain
  1. Banking
    One Industry - Many Opportunities - technology: systems are important: web development, data storage, system upgrades, etc. ...technology makes or breaks the bank - projects: regulatory requirements lead to new processes that must be managed with accountability - it's more than just money: a bank requires talent from just about every career sector; almost any "type" of professional can find a home in this industry
Animal Welfare
  1. Animal Welfare
    Animal Welfare
    Working with Animals = Good People Skills - positive motivation works: reward what you like, ignore what you don't - punishment creates fear and uncertainty - make negative/bad behavior impossible and the impulse to act on it will disappear - set the environment for success and you will get it - inconsistency leads to confusion - always respond compassionately; living beings offer their best when they don't fear recrimination - you don't train the dog, you train the owner to train the dog - train early and often, in short increments
  2. Community
    Their Needs - Your Skills - it's not just about resume building: altruism builds character - no shortage of opportunity: you are needed - intrinsically rewarding: it's a privilege to be able to give yourself to others - networking opportunities: life is more than just work, a support/social circle is important too - generosity demonstrates confidence: you have a gift or talent worth giving - can be an path to a new field: you don't have to be hired to do the job
  1. Legal
    Legal Principles = Professional Common Sense - if you didn't hear it first hand, don't rely on it - if you can't say something nice, don't say it - truth is important; identify and confirm your source - email lasts forever - work email is for professional use only - defend your position with solid research and a well crafted response - don't argue every possible point, stick to the most important one - be respectful and cordial at all times - ethical professionals do their best work regardless of compensation
A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future.  You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unkown.

- Denis Waitley