Use social media to be 10x more hirable in GIS / Geoscience (Action Plan Inside!)

I am going to show you how you can become 5 to 10 times as hirable in GIS / Geoscience using social media.

What I am going to show you is easy because you already have the skills you need.

What I am going to teach you today I have used successfully to get thousands of followers, 10s of thousands of views, 100s of thousands of impressions, and 10s of thousands of clicks.

Knowing that you can do this too, is half the battle!

Know what to do to be 10x hirable will push  you faster towards your goal.
Know what to do to be 10x hirable will push you faster towards your goal.

Because of this, I love social media, especially when it comes to GIS and geoscience.

However, social media can be a “fake news”, celebrity hot-take, conspiracy theory, troll ridden, dumpster fire

The internet can be a dumpster fire or it can be the tool you use to your success... make it the latter.
The internet can be a dumpster fire or it can be the tool you use to your success… make it the latter.

You use social media, or you ignore it at your own peril.

You can become depressed using social media.

You can become permanently outraged using social media.

Social needs to come with warnings… just watch “The Social Dilemma”

But social media is here to stay… you have to navigate it property.

If you want to get ahead faster, you have no choice but to use social media.

Here are three reasons you HAVE to engage on social media.

1. 80% of jobs are filled through networking

Your network use to be people you talked to in person.

Now, social media extends your network… massively.

You want a job sooner… you need a big network.

Harnessing social media allows you to have a much larger network than you could possibly have in real life.

In an interconnected world, a virtual network will inevitably bring you success… if you do it right.

2. Employers are scanning your social media before they hire you.

Resume’s use to be pieces of paper… then digital documents…

Your social media presence is now your resume… whether you like it or not.

No matter how you feel about, they will do a search for you online... that is just the way it is.
No matter how you feel about, they will do a search for you online… that is just the way it is.

How you engage online will reflect on you.

How you DON’T engage online will reflect on you.

Engaging online PROPERLY will get you into work faster.

3. You have full control over how people see you on social media

Choosing the right foot to put forward is in your control.

Showing what skills you bring to the table is in your control.

You get to decide, in a positive way, what the world gets to see of you… make it count.

The whole process is in your control… if you choose it.

Now that I told you why, I am going to give you an action plan so you can start engaging online and become 5 to 10 times more hirable.

Your plan is to engage online by showing what you know.

Show what you know allows you to control how people see you on social media.

Your post ARE valuable to some people (not everyone… and this is ok), which will expand your network as people like your content.

Recruiters and companies, when they start scanning your social media, will see you are adding value to the world.

Let’s get started ACTION PLAN NOW!

1. Start with an “easy” topic you know well.

Easy can be starting from first principles like hydrocarbon traps, basic python programming, cooking, or  map projections.

Start with a complete simple topic that you know indie and out.
Start with a complete simple topic that you know indie and out.

I say “easy” because your knowledge is advanced for many people.

Your “easy” knowledge, is valuable to beginners (who are most people out there)

2. Break this “easy” topic in multiple small steps

These small steps help you focus your attention and your audiences attention.

Your ability to distill a topic is valuable.
Break up your easy topic

You didn’t learn everything all at once, you don’t have to post it all at once.

Small steps spoon feeds your knowledge to the world.

3. Distill the first step into an easy to understand “Chunk” of information

This “chunk” can be the following:

  • 280 Characters
  • A single Instagram size image (1080×1080) or series of images
  • A 60 second to 5 minute long video.
  • A short presentation
Make it easy to understand quickly with easy everyday language.

Don’t use jargon. Don’t use overly technical language.

User conversational language, like you were talking to a friend

4. Post the step online

Post to LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TickToc, or whatever social media platform exists into the future

Posting you ideas online is where the rubber meets the road

This is where you can see your impressions, likes (clicks), and network grow.

You can also adjust your posts depending on how your network reacts.

5. Repeat for all the steps

Repeat!

If you do this properly, you have endless amount of content.

Posting on social media is not for the lazy, repeating is the way to stay ahead of the pack.

Your social media is your resume, you social media is your reputation. Again… you use it or ignore it at your own peril.

Have fun!

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Unemployed in GIS? Become 5x as Hirable in the Next 30 Days By Doing This…

I love geographic information systems! The creativity in map design, the science of spatial analysis, and the cross industry power is amazing.

But sometimes things don’t quite go the way we planned.

Sometimes we find ourselves unemployed…. And this SUCKS!

You feel lost, you feel out of place, you feel like you are missing out.

Not having a job is no fun, but you can change this with the right attitude.
Not having a job is no fun, but you can change this with the right attitude.

The truth of the matter is, your skills are slowly fading away.

According to research people will have forgotten 50% of what they learned within 24 hours, and forget 90% within a month.

This is true with skills you have learned over years… if you don’t use the skills, you will lose the skills!

If you are not using, you are losing.
If you are not using, you are losing.

BUT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!

You can become 2 to 5 times as hirable, learn new skills, AND increase your network in just 30 days!

Knowing that you are in control is half the battle which will keep you sharp and ready for work!

knowing that there is something you can do is worth the price of admission.
knowing that there is something you can do is worth the price of admission.

What can you do in 30 days to become 2 to 5 times as hirable?

Easy… a 30 day challenge!

But what is a 30 day challenge?

A 30 day challenge is proven strategy for implanting new habits, learn quickly, and show off your skills in a fun way. Learn more here.

I completed the #30DayMapChallenge and it was AMAZING.

I increased my network connections, increased my skill set, and created a useful GIS tool that I gave away for free (Here it is if you want it… Fast Feature Creator for ArcGIS).

HOWEVER, before you start any 30 day challenge you need to remember to always do two things.

First…

Show up and do the work… EVERY DAY.

Life belongs to those who show up.  If you want to be 2 to 5 times as as hirable, you have to commit to yourself to get the job done.

Show up and do the work every day... EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Show up and do the work every day… EVERY SINGLE DAY!

The great thing is, you don’t have to do a huge amount of work every day, maybe 2-4 hours… which is nothing if you stop watching Netflix.

Second…

Small steps every day compound to HUGE results.

Just like the beauty of compound interest, doing a little bit of work everyday turns into massive results.

Compounding work wonders... it also works wonders in both directions... be careful.
Compounding work wonders… it also works wonders in both directions… be careful.

You could spend 1 hour a day doing a 30 day challenge, or you could spend 2 hours watching Netflix.

This also works in reverse… bad habits compound as well!

You are wasting your life watching Netflix… especially if you are unemployed.

Why are 30 day challenges so great?

The point of the 30 day challenges is to “Work Out Loud”. This means posting to your social media.

Here are 5 important take away’s you will get out of 30 day challenges, then I will give you a bunch 30 day challenges you can start doing NOW!

Keep your skills sharp

You are slowly losing your skills if you are not using them, now you can use them as you see fit!

By doing the challenge, especially in area you know, you can keep your skills ready and up to date.
By doing the challenge, especially in area you know, you can keep your skills ready and up to date.

By doing the challenge, especially in area you know, you can keep your skills ready and up to date.

You also be more creative than you would have been at your job, or any job.

You can also get feed back from your network (talked about below)

Show off what you are capable of doing

Through a simple graphic, powerpoint, document, blog post, vlog, you can show off what you are capable of doing.

You can show off your creativity like you never have before. Employers want to see what you can do... show don't tell!
You can show off your creativity like you never have before. Employers want to see what you can do… show don’t tell!

You can show off your creativity like you never have before. Employers want to see what you can do… show don’t tell!

This public display of skills is worth 100 submitted resumes.

and you don’t have a boss to run your ideas by… just put them into the world.

You can also mix and match your skills together… Baking and GIS! Baking and Geoscience!

Networking

You network will see what you are doing. You network will cheer you on. Your network will grow.

We live in a connected world... you have to... HAVE TO  GET ONLINE. Work and play out loud.
We live in a connected world… you have to… HAVE TO GET ONLINE. Work and play out loud.

In a connected world, you have to put yourself out there.

Your social media is your resume.

Learning new skills

Whether the 30 day challenge is to do a new skill, or you posting on a social media is a new skill… YOU ARE LEARNING!

You will see a noticeable difference in how you think and what you do when you consistently do a challenge every day.
You will see a noticeable difference in how you think and what you do when you consistently do a challenge every day.

You will see a noticeable difference in how you think and what you do when you consistently do a challenge every day.

Again, 2 hours of Netflix, or 2 hours of a 30 day challenge every day?

Pad your resume (social media)

The more you do, the more you can show off, the more you can pad.

The more you do, the more you know. The more you have to post what you do.
The more you do, the more you know. The more you have to post what you do.

Your social media is your resume.

Online is the NOW of how jobs are found. You have to have more then just a paper resume.

Here are some ideas for a 30 day challenge

Have fun, you now have a ton of ideas to go out and make happen.

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The 3 Topics You HAVE to focus on to be successful in GIS and Geoscience… and 15 ideas to get you started!

I love geographic information systems! The creativity in map design, the science of spatial analysis, and the cross industry power is amazing.

I also love Geoscience. Geoscience makes the world go. We find minerals for your phone, computers and batteries.  We find cheap energy to power the world.

I am going to give you little insight into something you may not have considered.

Technology changes fast, people change slow.
We are essentially still cavemen with computers. But this is ok!
We are essentially still cavemen with computers. But this is ok!

Your education may be great… but there is something called Moore’s Law which will start erasing your education by the minutes.

Moore’s law says that computing power will double every two years (roughly speaking).

Consider the “Human Law”… it took 100,000 thousand years for us to think the digital watch are a pretty neat idea.

I took you 2-4 years to get your degree.

This means, keeping up is going to be a challenge… BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE!

And knowing that you have to keep up, and how to keep up is half the battle.

Knowing what is going on is always going to give you a leg up on the competition.
Knowing what is going on is always going to give you a leg up on the competition.

I talk about how to keep up in my post on “Learning how to learn, and Learning how to teach”.

I am also going to give you a couple more insights here.

You see when I first started doing geographic information systems in the geoscience, I was amazed.

…amazed just how backward GIS in geoscience was.

Still using paper for field maps. Limited field connectivity. No data analytics.

Things were changing while I was still doing field ops, but it made me realize there are three areas that every GIS and Geoscience person needs to focus on.

Some of these you might say “I knew that” to.

But are you really doing them? Are you REALLY doing them with your data?

Web Connectivity

If your data is stuck on a land computer… you are doing EVERYTHING wrong.

Get your data and results to the web... as soon as possible, if not yesterday.
Get your data and results to the web… as soon as possible, if not yesterday.

The internet is not a novelty. It is here to stay.

You can refuse to order your books from Amazon, but you can’t refuse to connect your geoscience / GIS to the internet.

You need to always think how you can put your data online to ensure you stay competitive.

Mobile Technology

Mobile technology follows us into the toilet… if you are not harnessing this opportunity for GIS or Geoscience, you are already behind.

You use your phone everywhere, you might as well use if for your job.
You use your phone everywhere, you might as well use if for your job.

Perhaps a few years ago you could complain that mobile tech was not that useful.

This is not the case. There are apps for everything.

Luckily more companies are doing what ESRI is doing and lets you harness their apps for your mobile operations.

All you have to do is use your imagination (I have given you some ideas below)

Cloud Technology

Cloud tech is the super child of mobile and web connectivity… the future is all in the Cloud.

Cloud technology will be where all our computing will be done in the future.
Cloud technology will be where all our computing will be done in the future.

There could well be a future where we no longer have home computers, only terminals and online cloud computers.

You could light up a super computer for 10 minutes to process you GIS data, and spin it down to go back to a normal computer for everyday use.

Cloud storage is no longer a novelty, it is a necessity.

I remember a time when losing a hard drive to a random crash was scary. Dead drive means lost data.

Just think how useful Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive area. The future is Cloud… get there sooner.

Stumped about ideas for GIS and Geoscience… here is a quick ideas I came up with ON THE FLY (I will show you how this is done in a future blog post).

Some of these might already be created… I don’t know, but I do know you can come up with your own.

  1. Cloud computing for seismic processing (already started!)
  2. Mobile technology for field safety
  3. Web connectivity for office/field communication
  4. Cloud computing for automated core log analysis
  5. Mobile technology for geological mapping
  6. Web connectivity for operation monitoring
  7. Cloud computing for automatic survey design
  8. Mobile real time operation updates
  9. Web connectivity for up to the minute operational analytics
  10. Cloud computing for massive seismic data storage (already started!)
  11. Mobile equipment analytics
  12. Web connectivity for client interactions
  13. Cloud computing to save on computer purchase
  14. Mobile permit documentation
  15. Web… to connect all of this

Have fun, you now have a ton of ideas to go out and make happen.

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5 steps to stay hire-able into the future… what I learned from being fired from a job I loved.

I love geographic information systems! The creativity of map making, the science of spatial analysis, and the cross industry value is amazing!

But… being fired sucks.

Being fired from a job you love sucks even more.

Being fired from a job you love AND you are good at really sucks.

I was fired from a job I loved and was GREAT at… and it sucked

Turn the suck up to 11 when you get fired from a job you love and are good at.
Turn the suck up to 11 when you get fired from a job you love and are good at.

I was mad, sad, frustrated, angry, furious, scared. All those emotions over a very short period of time.

I blamed my former boss, I blamed the economy, I blamed my career choices, and I blamed myself.

And then I found out they kept a lower paid co-worker who was nowhere near as good as I was.

And I was really mad… for a short time.

Most people go through the stages of grief when something like this happens.

This is normal, this is ok… BUT DON’T STAY MAD FOR LONG

I wasn’t completely delusional, I didn’t think my job was completely secure. But I also thought what I was doing was enough to keep me there.

I know now that this was a great learning experience… and as I like to say:

Knowing the possibilities, risks, and rewards ahead of time will help  you make better decisions .
Knowing the possibilities, risks, and rewards ahead of time will help you make better decisions .

Before I go any further, the person they kept was perfectly capable of doing what the company needed. I don’t hold a grudge and wish them well.

Luckily for me I was doing these steps I am going to share with you below.

These steps will help you stay hire-able if you are let go, and will even ensure you are kept employed at your current position.

The reason… you are investing in yourself.

1. Get Cross Industry Skills NOW.

The old saying goes, never put all your eggs in one basket. The new saying is… GET CROSS INDUSTRY SKILLS NOW.

Cross industry skills are easy to acquire. Online courses, on the job learning. Make sure to be purposeful in your skills.
Cross industry skills are easy to acquire. Online courses, on the job learning. Make sure to be purposeful in your skills.

It is very important to have high value industry specific unique skills. These skills can make your career… but… they are most likely useless in other industries.

I come from a geoscience background. These skills can be very niche… and this means useless outside of geoscience.

You need to think in cross industries skills, you need to think how things interconnect.

Here is a short list of cross industry skills you can start learning right now:

Marketing / Management / Agile / Coding / Video production/ copy writing / Graphic Design / GIS / Coaching / Excel / Access

Cross industry skills will help you the most when the going gets tough.

2. Always put in more value than you get paid for.

Note I said value… not time. Value may be time, but value will help you 10x more.

Adding value doesn't necessarily mean more time, but it means being purposeful in what you add to your job.
Adding value doesn’t necessarily mean more time, but it means being purposeful in what you add to your job.

Putting in more value means you have to do extra work. This is OK, because you will be learning from the extra work / extra value you are putting in.

What does value look like?

Adding more statistical analysis to a project, presenting using animations rather than just images, making decisions ahead of time rather than asking permission.

You put in more VALUE, you get more EXPERIENCE.

(Note: Beware of pointless work… limit the useless, maximize the useful)

This experience is yours… not the companies which leads to the next one.

3. You OWN your experience.

Your experience is your own. You get let go… You can go to a competitor. You can make your own business.

Your former company does not own your mind. They do not own what you have learned. They do not own your experience... YOU DO!
Your former company does not own your mind. They do not own what you have learned. They do not own your experience… YOU DO!

Unlike your work computer, all the code your wrote, all the documents you created (those are property of the company you worked for) YOUR EXPERIENCE IS YOURS!

Once you are no longer employed, any IDEAS you had are yours and you are free to pursue.

You cannot take any documents, code, proprietary material, trade secrets

You can use your experience, no one can stop you from using: your knowledge of software, databases, writing, leadership… THIS IS YOURS.

Note… I am not a lawyer, so don’t take this as legal advice. There is a lot of nuance about what can and can’t be done after you are let go… but you are allowed to use your experience.

4. Making money for someone else works… but won’t solve the problem… hire yourself.

If you think like an employee, that is all you will ever be.

You can build your own business, be a free lancer, consult, you can work for yourself!
You can build your own business, be a free lancer, consult, you can work for yourself!
If you want to be unfireable, hire yourself.

This is not for the timid or faint of heart. It takes time and patient.

Make social media your jump off point!

If you have built the skills, you can market yourself on social media.

It takes time and effort, but you can do this while you are working for someone else.

5. Always move forward

Spend as little time worrying about being fired, and more time planning your next move.

Starting is better than nothing. Finishing is better than starting.  Keep moving forward.
Starting is better than nothing. Finishing is better than starting. Keep moving forward.

Yes it sucks getting fired. But what sucks more is not having a plan for getting hired.

If you wait, you will wake up one day and 6 months will have gone by with you have done nothing.

While you wait, other people are planning and moving on.

While you wait, students are passing courses and getting ahead.

Don’t wait… START NOW.

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Staying employed in GIS depends on 2 POWERFUL SKILLS… your ability to use them depends on these 4 steps… DO THEM NOW.

I love geographic information systems! The artistic nature of mapping and symbology, the science and statistics of geospatial analysis, and the cross industry value is amazing.

Here is something you need to consider.

You are going to go absolute from GIS VERY QUICKLY… if you aren’t careful.

Technology changes fast… faster than humans can possibly change.

Humans are slow… it took us 10’s of thousands of years to figure out the wheel, and now we have new technology updates monthly.

Now say this with me… THIS IS OK! I CAN HANDLE THIS.

You can handle this because knowing what is happening is half the battle!

Knowing that you can

First I am going to tell you the two skills YOU NEED TO LEARN NOW.

And then I am going to tell you the only four steps you need to get this done.

The two powerful skills you need are:

Learning how to Learn and Learning How to Teach

These two skills are the currency of the future.

These skills are essential to make it just about any industry. Learn how to Learn and learn how to teach.
These skills are essential to make it just about any industry. Learn how to Learn and learn how to teach.

Your ability to use these skills for yourself, for your group, or your organization will determine your success.

Learning how to Learn

You have to learn how to learn because the world changes fast, technology changes fast, and the work environment changes fast.

I have an e-book coming out on how to learn how to learn. Will be good.
I have an e-book coming out on how to learn how to learn. Will be good.

Part of it is counter intuitive. You have to learn what to forget what you don’t need, so you ONLY learn what is IMPORTANT.

You have to be selective in your learning, and you have to be FAST.

This type of learning happens on the edges. This will put you out of your comfort zone.

You have to have remove the phrases “I knew that” and “I disagree” from your vocabulary.

You THINK you have the skills, but chances are you DON’T have them. This is because of your PERSPECTIVE.

You think you have the answers, you think you have know what is going on, but you miss out on learning if you already KNOW and DISAGREE.

Learning how to Teach

Your ability to explain a topic reveals just how much you have learned about it.

Teaching does something to our minds... it makes us stronger, it makes us better. You have to learn how to teach if you want to get ahead.
Teaching does something to our minds… it makes us stronger, it makes us better. You have to learn how to teach if you want to get ahead.

Something magical happens in our minds when we teach. A responsibility switch is clicked on and we start to understand what we are teaching better.

Teaching takes guts. Teaching takes time. Teaching takes skill. All of which you can learn over time.

Now… the fours steps to being able to Learn how to learn and learn how to teach.

Step 1 – Know your Purpose

Your first step is to know your purpose in life. It can also be as simple as know your purpose in learning how to learn.

The more  you can define what you want to accomplish, the  better chance you have of getting it.
The more you can define what you want to accomplish, the better chance you have of getting it.

Your purpose will drive you forward and be as easy to understand as “Get a great job I love”.

This is the “WHY” of your life or current ideas. There is nothing more powerful than your massive “WHY” and purpose.

With purpose, you have a starting point to focus and push yourself forward.

Step 2 – Focus Focus Focus

Your ability to focus your attention over time will determine your level of success in your purpose.

The more you can keep on one topic at a time, the more you can get done... it works.
The more you can keep on one topic at a time, the more you can get done… it works.

To focus better can be as simple as turning off your social media.

It can also mean you isolating yourself socially for long periods of time to get jobs done.

Focus compounds over time allowing you to create something amazing.

Step 3 – Stay Aware

Your purpose will change over time, the world will change over time, and your life will change over time… YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF AND MAKE NEW DECISSIONS BASED ON THESE CHANGES.

Pay attention, make corrections constantly, you will get there, even if there always changes.
Pay attention, make corrections constantly, you will get there, even if there always changes.

It is ok to change and adjust your direction and purpose.

Your purpose doesn’t have to stay static for years on end. You can alter it constantly to better fit new information.

“I want to be an astronaut” can rapidly turn into “I want to be an engineer” to “I want to invent a better car” to “I want to program safety into drones”.

Step 4 – Create Bulletproof Mindsets

The way you think about the world and how you fit in it matter. Your ability to harness your mind matters.

Mindsets will make you unstoppable (or the opposite if you are not careful)
Mindsets will make you unstoppable (or the opposite if you are not careful)

Great mindsets will add to your purpose, make your focus 10 times better, and keep you aware of changes you have to adjust to.

Here are several great mindsets:

Plan ahead

Success loves speed

No one cares, they want their problems fixed

I will write about more soon!

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In GIS … What you KNOW vs. What you DO vs. What you are KNOWN for… MATTERS… starting doing these things NOW!

I love geographic information systems (GIS)! The creativity and artistic nature of mapping, the science of spatial analytics, and the cross industry value is amazing.

I hope you feel the same way, but here are a few things you might not have considered.

You go to school, or learn on the job. You have mad GIS skills.

You actually have a lot of GIS skills that you will never use.

You also have a subset of GIS skills that you use all the time, and are probably awesome at.

What you know, and what you actually do are not the same.
What you know, and what you actually do are not the same.

You will be building your education and the skills you use over the years.

Consider your education raw gold, and your skills the jewelry you make from that gold.

Your always, always, ALWAYS need a strong education in GIS. As I have said in another post, your GIS education is essential.

Your skills, you need to pick carefully. I cover this in another blog post.

But how does anyone know you have a GIS education? How does anyone know you have GIS skills?

If no one knows about either your educations or current skill set, you might as well be shouting into the void.

You may have the skills, but if you don't have a good network, no one will know.
You may have the skills, but if you don’t have a good network, no one will know.

There is another component in this education and skill equation that you need to start thinking about.

This addition component is your network.

This is the people who know you. This could be interpersonal relationships, personal knowledge of, reputation, perhaps even fame.

You can think of your network in relational database terms… One-to-One, One-to-Many, and Many-to-Many.

This is about what you are known for… good or bad.

One-to-one relationship is for people like you spouse, children, close family. Very important, but not great for your career in this sense.

Very basic, important for life, but no useful for managing your career.

Then you have one-to-many networking, where you maintain several dozen professional relationships in your career.

The traditional why people would know your education and skills.
The traditional why people would know your education and skills.

This type of one to many is useful, old-school, and limited. This is your old-school network.

These people knew your education and skills. They know you in person. This is the way humans have networked for eons.

Enter the digital age of the internet where one-to-many changes meaning and many-to-many take over.

The New One-to-Many

Your digital network is now the most powerful tools you have at your disposal.

Even a slight upgrade in your social media will boost how many people see your education and skills.
Even a slight upgrade in your social media will boost how many people see your education and skills.

Every post, every LinkedIn addition, and every email that you create builds you up.

Your education and your skill sets are amplified in this one-to-many network.

Your education and skills increase by a factor of 10t 100 if you get this right.

(You can also get this wrong… but that is for another blog post)

YOU HAVE THIS ABILITY RIGHT NOW

Add a professional LinkedIn Pic

Add all your education details

Add all your work details

Post your current school work, post your achievements, and update your LinkedIn.

The next is for advanced users.

The New Many-to-Many.

This is not just for advanced GIS people. This is for GIS people willing to take a risk. This is is not for the lazy or the fearful.

You can shout to the world your education, skills, food likes, dislikes... EVERYTHING
You can shout to the world your education, skills, food likes, dislikes… EVERYTHING

The risk is to seriously put your skills out there.

This is where you combine your none-GIS skills and shout them to the world.

Videos, Graphics, Animations, Baking, Crafting, Lifting Heavy, All of these can open up HUGE possibilities for you.

The risk is getting on the internet and doing it.

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Your Skills are Amazing… Guess what… so are everyone else’s. Start doing these things NOW to get ahead.

I love geographic information systems! The artistic creativity in map making, the science of spatial analysis, and the cross industry value is amazing.

But there is a HUGE problem… GIS is easy. It is easy like Word Processing and spread sheets are easy (If you are not careful that is)

Anyone can do Word or Excel… but they usually do it poorly. The same goes with GIS. A lot of people can do it… poorly.

But… how will anyone know?

Same destination, you did it better, they were all over the place.... but... (See next illustration below)
Same destination, you did it better, they were all over the place…. but… (See next illustration below)

Here is an example from my past with respect to Word processing.

When I was taking GIS at college I was require to do group work with two other students. We created a 100 page document together.

Everyone one in the group insisted they knew how to use Word… but they didn’t have the experience I had.

I had already written a 200 page thesis and 4 research papers by this point and used all the “Referencing” tools in Word.

“Insert Caption” – Check

“Cross-reference” – Check

“Insert Citations” – Check

“Table of Contents” – Check

You use these functions because they update each other when pages are moved, figures are deleted, or sections altered. Plus, hyperlinks are made within the document.

One of my partners, an Engineer by training… insisted on removing all my formatting and hand editing all figure captions, all cross references, all citations, all table of contents.

Hand editing… 30 images, 60 references, and three tables…

What a mess.

Here is the kicker… at the end with a printed copy… how would have known the difference my skillful use of Word and their hand hammered editing?

No one.

At the end, no one really cares how much work you put in, or how well you did... they just want it done.
At the end, no one really cares how much work you put in, or how well you did… they just want it done.

How is anyone going to know that you do GIS better than anyone else?

As I wrote about here, people don’t care that you have the skills, they care if you can solve their problem.

So how can you show them you can solve their problem?

It is actually simpler than solving their problem completely, but it does take showing a track record of solving problems.

This is where degrees and certificates matter. This is where trainings courses and endorsements matter.

This is where SHOWING WHAT YOU CAN DO MATTERS.

Here is something you need to know, because knowing is half the battle.

I like saying this, because it's true... if you know what is happening,  you can fix it.
I like saying this, because it’s true… if you know what is happening, you can fix it.

You will never be perfect for every role… EVER… so don’t try to be.

There is an old saying that says “He who chases two rabbits catches None”. Well same goes for GIS roles.

Focus on a single problem that you can solve, and define it completely.

In marketing terms this is called “Narrowing your Niche”, in career terms I will call this (for now)

Specialize.

You specialize in problems everyone can solve, or one that is not already thoroughly solved.

Google Maps works, don’t do that… unless you have a revolutionary idea… which is unlikely. Google pays thousands of people a lot of money for this specialization.

You find your idea and then….

Define your Problem

Remember people only want their problems solved. Find a problem, and make it yours.

Find a problem the you can fully identify, layout, and explain.
Find a problem the you can fully identify, layout, and explain.

Not all problems are created equal. No all problems require you to focus your energy on.

Some problems are too easy and everyone will already know it.

If you are just starting out, research what industry needs. Ask industry insiders. Focus on that problem and go.

Define Your Solution

There is an old saying that “A question well asked is half solved”. Try this one, a problem fully solved is owned BY YOU.

Solve the problem completely (or at least most of it), and the solution is yours.
Solve the problem completely (or at least most of it), and the solution is yours.

You own the problem, you have researched the problem, and now own the solution. If you know the problem inside and out, you can solve the problem inside out.

Even better, people have the problem you KNOW inside and out, and that means they will trust you with the solution.

Promote Yourself

If no one knows you have the solution to a problem… then you might as well go home. SHOW OFF NOW.

Show off you problem and it's solution. You will soon find out what "sought after" means.
Show off you problem and it’s solution. You will soon find out what “sought after” means.

We live in a world where self-promotion is free. You have at your fingertips the advertising power never dreamed of by marketers in the past.

For zero dollars, you can shout to the world that you have the solution to a problem.

By promoting yourself, you own the problem, you own the solution.

You don’t have to be the best… but you may have to be the loudest.

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They don’t care about your GIS, Your Education, Your Skills, or You… They care about having their problems solved…. STEP 1: Build the Skills

I love geographic information systems. The visual creativity feeds my artistic side. The spatial analysis and complexity feeds my science side. And all of this has massive cross industry value.

But here is something you probably don’t want to hear.

No one cares how much you care about GIS, or how willing you are to learn… they care how much you can help them RIGHT NOW.

This is a case of “Knowing is the half the battle” Because if you don’t know this, you will be stuck spinning your wheels.

Knowing what the real problem is put you half way to solving it.
Knowing what the real problem is put you half way to solving it.

Don’t believe me? How about I give you a quick example.

Your car dies in the middle of the freeway. As you are pulled over to the side, a guy wearing a lion tamer outfit comes up with a spoon in hand and opens the hood.

He starts randomly poking around. You ask him “Are you a mechanic?”

“No, but I am really interested in being one” he replies.

Pipes get punctured (very sharp spoon), he hits the battery and ground a few times… sparks fly.

What the heck is this person doing? You stop him and say “You don’t look like a mechanic, you don’t act like a mechanic, and you certainly don’t have the skills of a mechanic… now get out of here”.

The guy may have been keen, the guy may even be nice, but you don’t need him.

This is the world. You have the skills to fix the problem, or you don’t.

To get there faster you have to start with step one.

Build the skills.

There are three components to building the skills. The first is through formal, online or on the job education.

Get the skills, this takes "responding" to peoples needs first. This is where you start to learn
Get the skills, this takes “responding” to peoples needs first. This is where you start to learn

I would suggest formal education at a University or College. They SHOULD have up to date education standards and SHOULD have good instructors.

Online also works, and helps you learn self-discipline at the same time.

These types of learning are responding to a very specific demand. They want X, you do X. They need Y, you do Y.

This is an important step when it comes to GIS. Learning this way is a necessity. This is building the basic market skills GIS needs.

You need to know what a buffer is, what a datum is, what a projection is. There are a thousand concepts (roughly speaking… could be more… could be less) that you need to learn.

This learning process can take months or years. This is also the time where you focus your skill set and begin to engineer your success.

Find out what specific skills will be needed in the future, and what industries need them the most, and focus in.

Do this and the skills you have at the end will be unique and valuable.

You can take a college education and make it 100 times as valuable by actively focusing ahead of time.

Next.

Fail Win Fail Win or the Path of Iteration

Failure is good. Failure is normal. It is after failure that we find some of the best learning.

Failure is good, failure makes you stronger, failure is the only way forward.
Failure is good, failure makes you stronger, failure is the only way forward.

It is through this “Fail Win” iteration that you find out what works.

This is where you find gold that people really need for their GIS.

At this stage, find mentors in person, online or in literature.

This stage could be years in making.

Next

Teach What You Know

Something magical happens when you teach someone something you know.

Teaching is the best way to learn the skills... WAAAAAAY better than just doing them.
Teaching is the best way to learn the skills… WAAAAAAY better than just doing them.

A switch in your mind gets’ turned on and says “Holy crap… I need to know this before I tell someone else about it”. It is a responsibility switch. It is a switch that says “Don’t look like an idiot… do it right”.

Finally the last stage of Build the Skills.

Build

Purposely advance what you do, without permission, on your own, with your own ideas.

Many people don't do this step. They are content with not taking this level or risk. RISK TO BE THE BEST.
Many people don’t do this step. They are content with not taking this level or risk. RISK TO BE THE BEST.

You have built your skills and understanding to the point where creativity take over.

You no longer have to asker permission because you know what works and what doesn’t.

Not many people go to this point. It is the most risky of all the skill steps.

But I will help you… se e how easy it is! (well… at brain storm phase anyway)

GIS for arborists.

GIS for Automotive Experts

GIS for Entrepreneurs.

GIS for shoe repair.

You figure it out.

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Get hired in GIS NOW or Engineer your GIS Success or Make GIS work for you! or {Place Flashy Title Here}

I love Geographic information systems. It is so versatile and applicable across many industries.

So why do so many people find it so hard to find a GIS Job?

I see people every day on LinkedIn or Twitter, who are frustrated with the job prospects in GIS. Many times the jobs are either basic, or seem out of reach.

Today I am going to teach you about a system I am developing I like to call “Engineering your Success”. This system will increase your hire-ability in GIS by a factor of 10.

Engineer your success. Skills, mindsets, and reputation
Engineer your success. I am developing a method that will make you 10 to 100 times more hire-able.
I am going to show you what you need to start doing today to set up your life so that you can win in GIS.

GIS can be found in everyday activities that we take for granted. For instance, Google Maps!

Every time I get in the car to go somewhere I let Google Maps shows me the way. I can trust that it will route me around traffic, and more recently, show me locations of user identified speed cameras.

Perhaps there is moral dilemma (helping people avoid tickets!) but I think the Google Maps system brings more awareness and safety to commutes.

GIS is also used in urban planning, agriculture, geoscience, disaster management, environmental analysis, space exploration and the list goes on.

However, there is a HUGE problem with GIS:

GIS can be very easy and a TON of people are doing it.

GIS is drawing lines on a screen. GIS is “click-here-do-that”. GIS is making maps.

There is a low entry price to GIS (free in the case of QGIS), this means, it is not necessarily a career for most people.

A partial solution I like to talk about is “Code Everything”. I will leave this to a future post because I am going to give you a full solution here… “Engineer your Success”.

NOTE! I am working on this, so consider this 1.0, I will have more information to come!

Step 1 – Build the Skills

No matter how you look at it, you will need the “Click-here-do-that” knowledge of geographic information systems.

No matter how you look at it, you need the geographic information system skills.

You need to understand the software, you need to understand what datum’s, projections, data types, tables, features, etc. are.

You can do this through formal education at university or college, but if you are really keen, you can learn on line.

Protip: You will be doing this skill building… forever, you must learn to love it.

Step 2 – Build the Mindsets (version 1.0)

Mindsets will dictate your success. People who have irrational belief in themselves, somehow come out on top. Guess what… you have to do this.

Mindsets are the second of the three for your GIS success.

The following are my top 3 mindsets for success in GIS.

Learning and Growth mindset.

Technology changes, algorithms change, you must learn and grow as fast as you possibly can. If you do not learn and grow, you will be left behind.

There is no failure.

People get wrapped up in worrying about making mistakes. Most mistakes aren’t catastrophic, sometimes they are just funny. The sooner you recover from “failure”, the sooner you win.

Find the Need, Fill the Need.

People get generalized skill sets because they don’t know exactly what other people need. Generalized skills are good… to start. If you want to win at GIS, you ASK what people need.

You can start by asking your Boss exactly what they want… and then giving them exactly what they want. Because you are learning and growing, you will be able to take they requests to the next level, and because you do not believe in failure, you keep pushing forward with new technology and new ways of thinking. Once you fill a need, move on to the next… as fast as possible.

Step 3 – Build the reputation.

Two words. Social media.

Social media is… a double edged sword… FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE IT PROPERLY

Get on LinkedIn, Twitter, FB, or whatever new platform may arise.

Learn out loud. Show your journey. Celebrate your successes, help people with their failures.

Work out loud (if you can). Show results, celebrate victories.

Help out loud. Have a GIS solution you know people will love… SHARE it.

Become social media savy.

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Unemployed in #GIS? … Do these 5 simple tasks to make yourself 10x more hire-able in 30 days.

Being unemployed sucks, especially if you have a family to support.

I know this well. When oil went into the toilet in 2014 I lost my job.

Granted I hated that job (which is for another blog post) but jobs mean money.

I retrained in #GIS over the next year and acquired skills outside of oil and gas.

Geographic information systems is an amazing skill set to have. It can be used in all sorts of industries and can allow you to be self-employed.

But what happens if you just finish school and are unable to get a job? What happens if you lose your job and can’t find something?

There is some bad news, and two sets of good news.

The first good news is that knowing what the the issue is is half the battle.

Knowing what is in store will help you win the battle.
Knowing what is in store will help you win the battle.

And there there is the… THE BAD NEWS!

Most people when they are unable to find a job do nothing. They wait. They send out resumes (which is a good). They search the internet. Then… they start doing unproductive things.

Watch TV, use social media for outrage, eat too much, and get depressed. You may even start questioning your choice of career.

Here is something more depressing.

According to research people will have forgotten 50% of what they learned within 24 hours, and forget 90% within a month.

You will slowly forget that which you are not doing. SO START DOING IT
You will slowly forget that which you are not doing. SO START DOING IT

This means you if you are not actively using your education, you are going be forgetting what you have learned.

You are not keeping up with new technologies. You are not making new connections. You are falling behind.

But as promised, there is some good news!

I am going to give you a few very basic steps to not only keep your skills ready, but also make your 10 times more hire-able in the next 30 days.

These steps will only take you 1 to 2 hours a day. That means only watching one less TV show (best not to watch any till you are employed).

You can make the steps fun, or just check the off a list.

The list looks like this:

Read a single blog (Day 1)

This seemingly small activity will keep you informed about what is currently happening the world of GIS. The great thing about blogs is that many people are writing on some really great topics.

Blogs give you distilled information that you can ingest quickly
Blogs give you distilled information that you can ingest quickly

They are doing the hard work for you by researching topics and bring the distilled information right to you.

Even better you can listen to pod casts as they do the same thing, and you can listen while you work out (which you should be doing).

Here is all list of blogs to start:

https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/

https://blog.attentive.ai/

Bigger list here: http://wiki.gis.com/wiki/index.php/List_of_GIS-related_Blogs

Here are some great podcasts:

https://mapscaping.com/blogs/the-mapscaping-podcast

https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/podcast/

Bigger list here: https://www.gislounge.com/geospatial-podcasts-roundup/

Gather Open Data (Day 2)

Finding free data is both easy and a pain. I have searched for sites that have links to open GIS data, but I find more likely than not, the links are long since broken.

Collect some data. Plenty of stuff is out there,, admittedly it sucks gathering it all.
Collect some data. Plenty of stuff is out there,, admittedly it sucks gathering it all.

Pick your country and search.

Imagery however, I use the following.

USGS – https://earthexplorer.usgs.gov/

Free imagery. Not the best quality, but great for keeping your imagery analysis skills up.

Sentinels Scientific Data Hub – https://scihub.copernicus.eu/

This is a recent find for me, check out GisGeogrpahy’s link on how to access it.

You can easily find more, the data is out there.

Do some analysis (Day 3)

You did this before for money, you might as well do it now for your future. You can really show off you skills if you are good!

You have done this for money or grades, you might as well do this for your future, like it matters.
You have done this for money or grades, you might as well do this for your future, like it matters.

You can use QGIS for free or ArcGIS Pro for cheap. With Arc You get access to all the apps, all the training, and even ArcGIS online.

This is a ridiculously good purchase which I would suggest you do.

Here are some example analysis you can do:

Analyze the spatial statistics of roads in a region which are under threat of flooding.

Analyze the location of factories and population centers.

Look at population density statistics.

Create a Graphic (Day 4)

Geographic Information Systems is at its heart a visual medium. The beautiful thing about creating graphics for your GIS is that they can be simple.

Even more skills you were getting paid for, or marks for. Do it for your future enow.
Even more skills you were getting paid for, or marks for. Do it for your future enow.

In fact, the more simple and easy to understand your graphic, the better.

You want people to look at your analysis and say “I see! Those are the roads that are going to be most affected by flooding”.

Here is another free hint. In case you get stuck trying to figure out how to represent your analysis… copy what already works.

Did I say copy? I mean be inspired by.

Show your work (Day 5)

No one is going to know you just did the above steps if you don’t actually show your work.

Social media is your new resume... HARNESS IT NOW
Social media is your new resume… HARNESS IT NOW

Show your work is risky.

What you have done might suck.

What you have done might change the world.

You will never know if you don’t show your work.

Social media is free. Post now. Post often.

DO IT.

Become social media savy.

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