Filling in the holes: Haiti’s gifts

Photo description: Work designed and created by an unknown Haitan artist who gifted our family with the piece. It is the single art on my table.

Remembering and honoring the strength of Haiti and this country’s resolve to save the United States in her time of need.

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Discouraged job seekers: Start here

https://goo.gl/images/CvV9Hd. Are you sitting at home in front of your computer searching for jobs to fit your current career goals? Are you like one of my mentees who just told me that she cannot find a job where she is located? Or are you like another mentee who is networking and has lined up potentially two jobs while finishing his graduate degree?

I ask my mentees to remain strategic in their job searches. I offer a bunch of other job hunting tips that are rapidly forgotten. Layely, I am sensing a collective, heightened anxiety haze coming over some folk who are going around in circles to locate job possibilities, fix their resumes, start or improve personal websites and prep for the first round of interviews. Today, I am focusing on helping the almost discouraged job seeker in my career fields.

Here’s my top FREE and proven effective job sites for communications (digital media, PR, education) folk:

First pick is Careers.journalists.org, the free job site of the Online News Association. This free offering is my favorite source for entry-level to career professional quality jobs in digital media, public relations and affairs, higher education and other related communications areas. I recommend joining this association. It is best to join if you are still a student because your $25 annual fee is “Open to high school, college and university students, including undergraduate, graduate and associate degree students, with an interest in journalism produced for digital distribution. (Graduate students who are employed full time and students in certificate programs are not eligible to be Student Members.)”- ONA.

Next pick: careers.poynter.org. It is the free site of the journalism industry’s career prep and training. When I taught a course for senior students in college, I listed several free or low cost poynter.org courses for them to utilize to sharpen their skills. What’s also great about this site are the categories of jobs to aid the career seekers:
Marketing
PR & Advertising
Graphic Design
Journalism
Online Marketing
Sales – General
Media & Broadcasting
Web, Graphics & UI
Application Development
Hospitality
Media Technology

Final pick: Your college or university’s career website that pertains to your major. For instance, as a graduate of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, I have a free career source for life. I have never used the career site because my graduate 🎓 degree from Medill has been more than enough to open doors and opportunities during my blessed career journey. If your school does not have a current and relevant job site for you, then seek help from other universities and colleges. Some are open to getting every graduate or career professional gainfully employed.

Also, there are many professional association conferences that boast of on-site job fairs. You usually have to 💰 to attend the conferences, this the free search is not in play. Ceck those associations’ sites for potential hints at which employers are attending the conference and then check those websites.

The point is to find free job sites that are also linked to your current career choice(s). There is no excuse for anyone to remain at home and grumble or express panic because you cannot find your best job. You may have to relocate to the new job. Yet, first things first: Locate your top 10 job possibilities. My next post will provide you with tips on how to effectively read job postings so that your resume and experience lines up with to get you noticed by your future employer.

Ann L. Wead Kimbrough is an accomplished educator, award-winning financial journalist, author, special events leader, mentor and prolific contributor to select global and domestic non-profit causes. Her blog topics include travel, history, humor, education, career, family, journalism and ‘thought you should know’ subjects. https://www.linkedin.com/in/annlineve/

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Hobknob for jobs

Looking for a job is a job.

I often share that well-known fact with my mentees who are college students and recent grads.

You have to be strategic, focused and prepared.

I am pivoting my blog’s primary topics to career advice, scholarship sources, academic success tips and career postings. Expect regular insights on the ‘latest and greatest’ in career development.

Today’s tip is to try the free, 30-day offer to search for jobs from http://www.daybook.com/jobs. If you are interested in its extensive job offerings — including many entry-level ones — invest $5 per month into your future and receive job leads and listings that are targeted to your interests. Here’s a sample of this weekend’s daybook listings:

1.
The Video Editor works with the creative team to create engaging motion graphics and video that drive people to action. This position is a part-time, independent contracted position that works remotely on an as-needed basis.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

Manage all aspects of the video production process
Independently develop creative concepts and make design decisions based on guidance from the Creative Team (text design, motion graphics, visual and audio effects)
Create and edit digital videos from start to finish – this includes a variety of motion projects ranging from composited text, graphics, and effects over footage to completely animated videos
Quality assurance of video projects
Find and manage stock video and B-roll, voiceover artists and background sound
Ensure deadlines are met in a fast-paced work environment, and communicate necessary timeline adjustments to the team when needed
Communicate and collaborate with a team to come up with creative strategy and direction
Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills Required:

Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and understanding of the most up-to-date video software, tactics, and trends
Knowledge of media asset management platforms and solutions
Top-notch project management skills — excellent organization, communication, flexibility and attention to detail
Quick editing skills with an eye for type and design fundamentals
Strong sensibility for compelling pacing, music, graphics and type
Strong storytelling skills
Professional demeanor; ability to work well with people at all levels and ability to navigate relationships with other creatives
Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects when assigned
Superior project and time management capabilities within a fast paced, high productivity environment
Highly motivated, action oriented, and client focused
Interest or experience in progressive politics is preferred
Required Education and Experience:

2 years+ of video editing experience
2 years+ of motion graphics experience
Bachelor’s degree in design-related discipline is preferred

How to apply:

Please send your resume, a cover letter, and a link to your demo reel to jobs@risingtideinteractive.com with the subject line VIDEO EDITOR REMOTE. No calls please.
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2.
The Creative Project Coordinator works with the creative team and contractors to manage video production projects and day-to-day video requests, ensuring the creative flow of content, design, production, and revisions stay on schedule and edits are clearly communicated.

This position is based in our office in Washington DC and is temporary through Election Day, with the potential to become permanent based on mutual interest and business needs.

As a member of our team, you will:

Work as a liaison between video editors and account managers
Oversee and actively track timelines, project communications and deliverables on video production projects
Manage all aspects of the video production process, including workflow and timelines for video editors
Identify conflicts, risks, delays and work to resolve them in order to ensure deadlines are met in a fast-paced work environment and/or obtain deadline extensions when necessary to manage expectations and keep the project on track
Serve as the primary point of quality assurance ensuring that creative assets are delivered to the client without visual errors, typos, or other mistakes and that the creative asset includes all that was requested
Creative concept development – ensure there is adequate visual conceptualization and direction in scripts provided to video editing and production contractors
Find and manage stock video and B-roll, voiceover artists and background sound when necessary
We’re looking for someone who has:

Basic knowledge of the Adobe Creative suite
Strong sensibility for compelling pacing, music, design and type
Superior organizational skills and an extreme attention to detail
Professional demeanor; ability to work well with people at all levels and ability to navigate relationships with other creatives
A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with minimal supervision
Understanding of creative production processes
A cool, calm and collaborative approach to problem solving
Flexible availability including nights and weekends
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, frequently under tight deadlines
Interest in progressive politics
Required Education and Experience:

1-3 years experience with project management in a professional capacity
1-3 years experience working in video production in some capacity
A background in video production; Bachelor’s degree in creative-related discipline is preferred
About Rising Tide:

Rising Tide Interactive works with Democratic and progressive campaigns, committees, PACs and nonprofits to develop and implement the digital strategies that win races and create change. Since 2011, we’ve worked with clients like Sen. Tim Kaine, Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee, FWD.us, DCCC, DGA, DLCC and the LGBTQ Victory Fund, and we’re ready for our best year yet in 2018.

We prioritize creating a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone is empowered to do their best work. Candidates from all backgrounds, including people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter to jobs@risingtideinteractive.com with the subject line CREATIVE PROJECT COORDINATOR. No calls please.
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3.
(from @DaybookJobs on fb)
Daybook
13 hrs ·
Job Opportunity!

Google seeks a Public Policy Analyst based in San Francisco.

https://www.daybook.com/jobs/7Kxm6YLjPfB2nK5pz

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Happy hunting!

Ann L. Wead Kimbrough is an accomplished educator, award-winning financial journalist, author, special events leader, mentor and prolific contributor to select global and domestic non-profit causes. Her blog topics include travel, history, humor, education, career, family, journalism and ‘thought you should know’ subjects. https://www.linkedin.com/in/annlineve/

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My Memorial Day memories: Former slaves honoring the dead

I was among the few chosen ones.

I don’t recall ‘sleeping in’ on Memorial Day as a child growing up in Omaha, Nebraska. I do not know how it happened that I was awakened early each Memorial Day Monday to accompany my maternal great-grandmother, Edna Robinson, and at least two other family members to the cemeteries. We arrived early to greet the morning dew upon the grassy knolls. Our task was to place fresh plants near the grave markers of our loved ones.

I vividly recall Grandma Robinson’s words to me and others as she used her tender hands to dig out spaces to place each new plant in the ground. Even though my mother or cousin would bring along tools to help Grandma Robinson with her mini excavations, (the worms would always greet us and seek to find new, cool hiding spaces)she would turn them down.

Grandma Robinson believed in honoring our ancestors by using her hands or a nearby stick, if available, to tend to the soil. While busy in her planting, Grandma Robinson often recalled how former slaves started the tradition of Memorial Day as a way to pay tribute to the black soldiers returning home from the war.

“They forgot about the colored soldiers,” Grandma Robinson always said without specifying the “who” in her recollections.

But I figured out who she was speaking of as I read more and more about Memorial Day, yet did not see the historical references that I first heard from my grandmother.

Grandma Robinson told me a lot more about the importance of remembering those who many forget upon their deaths. Through her example, Grandma Robinson taught me how to kneel upon the earth and dig into its richness. While in a kneeling position, we ALWAYS prayed in a quiet manner. She said prayers should be spoken in soft tones as we walk and work throughout the day. That was my first hint at how Grandma Robinson withstood the likely poor treatment while caring for other folks’ houses and children.

Each year as we returned to the graves of our loved ones, I would look for the plants we plotted in the previous years. Some were completely wiped out by the winter’s snow or other seasonal heat. Some plants were either trampled on or somehow pushed into the dirt where only a tiny flower bud peeped from the ground. Once Grandma Robinson saw a glimmer of life in one of our previously planted vines, she would carefully dig around it and gird it up to continue its growth.

We also did not leave a gravesite area without helping to pull back the grass overgrowth on graves with numbers engraved in cement to mark burial locations. That taught me to look out for my neighbors and honor them with the blessings that we had. Often, if we had a plant or two left over, Grandma Robinson would lead us to a burial site where someone she knew was placed beneath the earth. We always left the cemeteries with empty containers that once carried in the plants.

Learning is loving and respecting and doing. I got it all in my annual visit to the Omaha cemeteries to honor our dead and the legacy of the holiday.

Although I will not be in our maternal family’s home cemetery site in Springfield, Missouri to place a plant in the ground in honor of Grandma Robinson, I know that my family members will do so and thereby honor my grandmother and our ancestors.

Photo: Dr. Rex-wordpress.com

For more information about Memorial Day’s founding and its alternative observances by Confederate-loyal folk, see http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1900454,00.html
And
https://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/untold-story-memorial-day-former-slaves-honoring-and-mourning-dead
And more. Check out remembrances from your eldest family members.

Ann L. Wead Kimbrough is an accomplished educator, award-winning financial journalist, author, special events leader, mentor and prolific contributor to select global and domestic non-profit causes. Her blog topics include travel, history, humor, education, career, family, journalism and ‘thought you should know’ subjects. https://www.linkedin.com/in/annlineve/

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Pooling resources during Atlanta flight delays

“Stuck” in Atlanta at busy Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport? Not to worry.

My last lengthy flight delay occurred the Monday after Mother’s Day weekend. Thankfully, my airline notified me hours in advance of the postponement. I debated whether to extend my hotel reservation or swim my way through the delay. I chose the latter.

Reduce the stress

Jump in airport pools in Atlanta, Ga; Bangkok, Thailand; Detroit, Mich; Fort Worth. Texas; Munich, Germany; Orlando, Fla; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Qatar (western Asia); Singapore (southeast Asia); and Vancouver, Canada. Soon, JFK Airport will debut its rooftop pool in the TWA Flight Center.

My tips:

1. Always travel with your swimsuit or fork over $$$s for hotel-bought swimwear.

2. Check whether hotel day rates are available at onsite or nearby airports if you rather nap instead of completing pool laps.

3. Confirm the pool rules. My hotel at the Atlanta airport did not have a pool. Yet, my airport folio accompanied by a note by the front desk staff to the across-the-street hotel, yielded me a cool pool afternoon before boarding a flight that evening to chilly Chicago.

Not a swimmer or want other entertainment or relaxation? Check with airports on your next destination just in case your flight is delayed. Up for shopping, videos, gyms and elaborate play areas? Get stuck in Chicago’s airports.

Ann L. Wead Kimbrough is an accomplished educator, award-winning financial journalist, author, special events leader, mentor and prolific contributor to select global and domestic non-profit causes. Her blog topics include travel, history, humor, education, career, family, journalism and ‘thought you should know’ subjects. https://www.linkedin.com/in/annlineve/

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The Power of a Mother’s Prayers: Answered via elephant’s trunk

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