People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Monthly Archives: March 2011

Maximize LinkedIn

linkedinHave you ever noticed that LinkedIn seems to have new tools and features popping up everyday?

On a related note, LinkedIn announced last week that they now have 100 million members. Imagine the possibilities and opportunities for connecting, creating and collaborating.

Here are some tips and tools we’ve discovered:

  • Get recommendations on LinkedIn. It enhances your profile and serves as a good litmus test for when you need references for job applications. Don’t forget to give recommendations as well.
  • Be the first to see job postings and updates by following companies & organizations of interest.
  • Connect with contacts on LinkedIn after meeting them at conferences.
  • Add language, technology and other skills to your profile.
  • Join and participate in groups of interest. You can create groups as well.
  • Add upcoming events to your profile.
  • Make use of the headline in your profile by branding yourself, don’t just put your job title.
  • Use applications such as Slideshare to share your presentations.

How do you use LinkedIn?

We Got Stood Up :(

We were looking forward to facilitating Power Hour for Your Professional Development at NYPL Mulberry yesterday, but no one showed. But rather than mope at our unpopularity, we went across the street to Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe and asked ourselves, “where did we go wrong and what can we do better next time?”

We want to hear from you. Vote. Comment.

I’m Not Job Hopping, I’m Job Shopping

shopping cartA US News article was published this month with a section about job hopping. The idea is that “job-shopping is different from job-hopping…[Job shoppers] might be in a job, have learned everything they can, and now it’s time to leave.”

Sounds disloyal, doesn’t it? But is it? Is it better to have an employee who’s stagnant and does the bare minimum or one that is learning and contributing? And as an individual, how do you explain this job (s)hopping on your resume or in a job interview?

Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist, writes in her blog post: “The trick with job hopping is to make sure your resume always shows that you make a huge contribution wherever you go. That can be independent of job duration. You can show that you are loyal to a company by exceeding their expectations with your outstanding performance.”

That is a very good point — it’s about your contributions, not time duration. For example, we noticed that many people are surprised to find out that we’ve accomplished so much — named LJ Movers & Shakers and ALA Emerging Leaders, organized programs at national conferences,  initiated and/or managed various special projects and programs (see About Us page), etc. — having graduated from library school only 2-3 years ago. Mainly it’s because we’re go-getters, we work hard, we believe it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission, but we also job shop in many aspects of our careers such as —

  • joining associations because they have something to offer or leaving them because they no longer do (after all, what are you paying your membership fees for?)
  • participating in committees and groups because we get to learn new things and/or have something to contribute
  • bouncing from one conference session to another because we’re not getting anything out from it

If you’re not learning new things, developing new skills or contributing in some way, why bother with your time or energy? Move on.

Job hopping or job shopping — the difference isn’t just one letter, it’s the way you approach your career.

So are you a hopper or a shopper?

It’s PI Day!


It’s pi day.

There’s a growing number of pi-related posts, so we’re going to focus on a different PI — us — People Interact.

Here are 3.14 (rounded down to 3) things about PI:

1. What’s the story with PI?

Since developing and completing our people-centered design project in 2008, we learned that there are two crucial aspects in usability: 1) people and 2) interactions. When brainstorming for names for our consulting gig, we came up with People Interact (PI). Read more about our project.

2. Who’s behind PI?

There are two of us behind PI. “Partners in crime”, we’re sometimes called.  Other times, “peas in a pod”.  We’re always scheming and coming up with all sorts of ideas. Find out more about us.

3. What’s the purpose of PI?

Using a people-centered holistic, systems-thinking approach, we assist with individual and organizational performance. Contact us for more info.

Power Hour: BYOR

Bring your own resume (BYOR) to Power Hour for Your Professional Development on Wednesday, March 23 @ 5:30pm at NYPL Mulberry Library.

Includes resume swaps, speed networking and elevator speech tips.

No registration needed. Just show up.

More info