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Yaya aiki,  friends. We’ve been away, busy, of course believe me. Our post here is a slight distraction from work – to keep you from wondering what your Aiki!blogger does when he’s not working.

A while back, I was invited to perform at a gathering for poets and artists. I’ve decided to share the poem I recited. OK, feel free to laugh AT me or WITH me. Enjoy…

A BEGINNER’S LIVE GUIDE BAD ARSE SLAM 

Dear reader, further to our previous chapter

We shall now proceed to our subject matter;

Though not guaranteed to make your rhymes smarter

It will break your fall if you should shudder, stutter and falter

Don’t chew, don’t sag – God, please don’t sag

Unless your poetry can afford you a Bentley or a Jag

Pick up modest verbs where your painted tears once fell

And please use adjectives that your mother can actually spell

As thumb rule, dear reader, KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON

Audience, as their sanity, are in habit of going off with your button

So while good if you, like IKECHUKWU, have a six-pack that can stun

God help us, if it’s a one-pack that smacks of bad porn

A black shirt, has been the best bet yet

Anything you say afterwards is politically correct

But PINK – oh no! is as weak as you can get

It says, “I’m too sissy for my shirt”

Having said this, disabuse the psyche

That you are only a rockstar if you lick the mic

Or jump into the crowd or ride a power bike

The truth is the audience will not catch even a poet they like

And when you walk up to that mic, go in hard

Say, “ME BAD! ME THE BADDEST DUB YOU EVER HAD!”

So, in case you mess up real bad, we like to add

Your audience, hopefully, won’t remember you like a bad TV ad.

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10 Top Reasons You Need a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

Yaya Aiki!

Been a while, yeah, I know. It’s also been quite an experience blogging on Aiki! Meeting professionals passionate about what they do and inspiring others in turn. Muchos passienda.

Our guest blogger is Gayle Howard. Multi-award winning resume writer and published author, Gayle Howard, is founder of the Top Margin Career Marketing Group. For 21 years, Gayle has been transforming the careers of thousands, setting resume writing trends that have influenced employer decision-making. The first professional in Australia to achieve the Certified Professional Resume Writer credential, Gayle set the pace for her peers, cementing her level of proficiency to become Australia’s first Master Resume Writer, Certified Expert Resume Writer, Master Career Director, Credentialed Career Manager, Career Web Portfolio Practitioner, and Certified Job Loss Recovery Coach. Phew!… And this is just an abridged version of her resume.

I didn’t even know there was such a job profile as Resume Writer (feel free to share in my awe). So to get to our post…Take it away, Gayle.

10 Top Reasons You Need a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

1. Certified Professional Resume Writers see the big picture. They are the objective third party when dealing with information with which the jobseeker has an emotional tie. Most people are too close to their own subject matter and can’t make the right choices about what information to keep in the resume, or take out.
 
2. Certified Professional Resume Writers possess current knowledge of employment trends. A job seeker is only likely to update one resume every few years. A professional resume writer will have composed 5-10 resumes this week.

3. Certified Professional Resume Writers apply well-considered strategies to document creation. Resumes written by certified professionals are meticulously crafted to align with the person’s targeted role through the careful composition and placement of narrative success stories, skills and experience. Most jobseekers are unaware that strategic and targeted writing is even an option.
 
4. Certified Professional Resume Writers demonstrate superior knowledge of the English language, grammar and punctuation and possess the talent to write concisely and powerfully. “Fluffy” wording, clichés and run-on sentences so common in most do-it-yourself resumes, have no place in a certified professional’s writing repertoire.
 
5. Certified Professional Resume Writers use strong and powerful words and phrases when communicating jobseekers’ achievements. Most people list duties, failing to understand that it is not what they do everyday, but how they stamp their mark on a company that helps them stand out in a sea of equally qualified candidates.

6. Certified Professional Resume Writers know how to question people to extract the right information so that individual success stories can be crafted. Most jobseekers don’t know the right questions to ask themselves.

7. Certified Professional Resume Writers are highly competent in the use of word processing software. Consequently documents will look, as well as sound, superior to their do-it-yourself counterparts. Professional Resume Writers never resort to standard word processing templates, but instead, personally tailor an eye-catching format designed to showcase the jobseeker’s talents and value proposition.

8. Certified Professional Resume Writers tell you the truth. Recruiters will not tell a jobseeker of resume mistakes, friends will be unable to advise the folly of applying for unsuitable roles. A professional resume writer is a caring, knowledgeable professional without a personal agenda, unconstrained by the rules of hiring, and one who has the most up-to-date knowledge of the employment market…. all at your disposal.
 
9. Certified Professional Resume Writers possess a wealth of knowledge about the careers sector including recruiter preferences, successful job search strategies, and social media and networking plans. Professionals have access to the full gamut of careers professionals including interview coaches.

10. Certified Professional Resume Writers place a mirror to the face of the jobseeker and in doing so, provide an unfettered view of his or her worth in the marketplace. The mirror that shows such a value proposition provides an undeniable boost to confidence and self esteem.

The following major resume writing associations provide certifications for professional resume writers worldwide.

Career Directors International
http://www.careerdirectors.com.

Writing Certification: Certified Advanced Resume Writer (CARW),

Certified Expert Resume Writer (CERW)

Master Resume Writer Lifetime Achievement Award (MRWLAA)

Career Management Alliance
http://www.careermanagementalliance.com

Writing Certification: Master Resume Writer (MRW)

Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches
Writing Certification: Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

National Resume Writer’s Association 
http://www.thenrwa.com – Writing Certification: Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)

Thanks, Gayle.

Learn more about Gayle on http://www.gaylehoward.com

I hope that this leads some of us to heightened curiosity about and research into recruitment and career trends.

Lafia! (Well wishes!)

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Office Romance: A Val’s Guide to a Focused Career

Yaya Aiki!

From 12 midnight, Cupid will be on duty and – heck! – might be putting in overtime still after 12 midnight this 14th of February. It’s Valentine and Love is in the air. Speaking of which … it seems to be a salient subject in the workplace. Nothing sizzles more than romantic frictions in the workshop. Or even news of it. What to do with Workplace Romance.

It is not our view that office romance is outright detrimental to workplace efficiency/effectiveness. On the contrary, we recognize that in some setups, office romance can encourage efficiency.

Our advice goes thus:

If you are presently dating a co-worker (almost tempted to type “if you must date a co-worker” – but we’ll get to that later), you must bear in mind that a harassment suit could easily materialize over your head if the relationship goes awry. Just saying.

Secondly, do not give your other co-workers the impression that your decision or judgements in the office is clouded by sentiments either where discipline or reward is meted or required. Let your relationship encircle a code of fairness in all things official. If you can’t bear to punish your sweetheart, then perhaps you should either resign or call off the date.

Thirdly, if you are dating a subordinate in your report line, it is deemed to be inappropriate. Many company CEOs and chairmen have lost their jobs or hauled into a waterloo of scandal because of an “inappropriate relationship with a subordinate co-worker.”

If you are contemplating a relationship with the hot new exec, we suggest you set up a date with someone outside your office setting first. You want to be sure that convenience isn’t nudging you into an office romance that screams CAREER SUICIDE. If you still feel the same way about the co-worker, well…we pray Cupid’s arrow gets you in the heart and not the head.

Lafia! (We wish you well!)

We pray Cupid’s arrow gets you in the heart and not the head.

My Cubicle – James Blunt Parody

Yaya aiki?!

I decided we need a break and what better way than a lunch-break laugh. I stumbled on this funny video and … well, here it is, for your lunch break amusement. This version has the lyrics on screen so you can sing along.

DISCLAIMER: This video is not a reflection of my attitude at work. In fact, I love my job. LOL. Like I needed to say that, you would say.

I welcome links to more funny work-related videos.

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