Clarify your Choices – Featured on Bublish

The following excerpt from Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows MA, MS is now featured on Bublish at: https://bublish.com/bubble/stream/15086?share=email.

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Author Insight

Although there is no simple solution to finding the right career path for you, there are simple steps you can take utilizing all of your resources to make a good decision.

Book Excerpt

Now is the time to begin a self-assessment process that will give you more choices, broaden your options, and give you the confidence to know you are on the right career path.  A self-assessment will clarify your characteristics, interests, values and skills.  It will define your strengths and your weaknesses.  Looking for a match between these and the work you are considering is the most important step you can take before you write a resume or begin a search for a job.  In fact, when the time comes to write a resume and prepare for a job interview, you will find the task easier if you have completed the self-assessment process first.

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5 Simple LinkedIn Hacks to Optimize Your Job Search

From Thunderbird School of Global Management: Knowledge Network, November 22, 2017

Did you know 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to fill up a job position?

If you’re looking for a job in 2017, having a great profile on LinkedIn is crucial. Moreover, once you get hired, having a strong presence on LinkedIn will help you connect with other professionals and enhance your career.

So how do you make the most of LinkedIn when looking for a job?

I asked content strategist Pratik Dalvi for his advice. Here are the top five actions he recommends you take.

 

Send Connection Requests To Recruiters From Your Domain.

A common mistake many people make on LinkedIn is not connecting with people they don’t know.

Since LinkedIn is a professional network targeting working professionals, lots of recruiters tend to post job listings through their personal account. You could be missing out on a lot of employment opportunities if you’re not connected with the recruiter.

Waiting to know when you can apply for that dream job of yours? Start by connecting with the recruiter-in-charge!

 

Not Sure How Much Salary You Should Negotiate? Use LinkedIn Salary.

This is a unique tool which enables you to find out what others in your field are getting paid. You can filter the information based on location, years of experience, educational qualifications etc.

In order to get this information, you need to tell LinkedIn how much are you getting paid. Quid pro quo… Don’t worry; LinkedIn promises not to share it with anyone and keeps the data encrypted.

 

The Power Of BOOLEAN Search

As of April 2017, LinkedIn has 467 million registered users. With such a huge database how do you find the exact information you’re looking for?

That’s where BOOLEAN operators such as AND, OR, NOT, Parentheses, and Quotes come to your rescue. Use these operators creatively to narrow down your search and find the desired results.

However, you can’t just enter anything and expect Linkedin to give you the desired results. Linkedin currently supports the following search operators:

  • title
  • company:
  • school:
  • firstname:
  • lastname:

 

Be A Part Of The Right LinkedIn Groups.

LinkedIn Groups provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.

It’s absolutely essential to be in the right LinkedIn groups. Add yourself to Alumni groups to get access to referral jobs and to Industry-specific and special interest groups to interact with like-minded people from your domain.

 

Add the Keywords You Want to be Ranked for to Your Profile.

Want to make sure your profile gets to more recruiters during LinkedIn search?

Optimize your profile for search! Identify the common keywords recruiters use in job postings you are interested in. Those are the words they use in their profile searches. Use these keywords in your profile so you’ll make the cut.

 

Join Dana Manciagli’s Job Search Master Class right now and immediately access the most comprehensive job search system currently available!

 

Thunderbird School of Global Management Alumna Dana Manciagli ’84 is the author of “Cut the crap, Get a job”. With her ‘Career Mojo’ column, Dana is the sole syndicated career columnist for the Business Journal nationwide. Her remarkable profile includes a career in global sales and marketing for Fortune 500 corporations like Microsoft, IBM, and Kodak. She has coached, interviewed and hired thousands of job seekers. This article was originally published on her website.

 

10 Jobs That Could Lure You Out of Retirement

by Kerry Hannon, AARP Bulletin, January/February 2017|

http://www.aarp.org/work/working-after-retirement/info-2016/10-interesting-jobs-for-retirees.html?intcmp=Outbrain&obref=obnetwork

These gigs offer unique rewards — do any match your interests?

The joy you felt at your retirement party is a fading memory; you’ve begun to feel restless. Or perhaps you could use some extra money for health insurance or a cruise. You’ve got company. Forty percent of boomers plan to work part time after leaving their main jobs, according to a recent survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. Many will use the skills of their former work lives. Others will find an entirely new field.

The trick is to find something that feels more like fun than a workaday grind. To get you started, here are 10 jobs worth going back to work for.

Where The Jobs Are

The percentage of positions occupied by workers age 55+ in these growing fields:

Curators: 35 percent

Clinical, Counseling and School Psychologists: 32 percent

Instructional Coordinators: 34 percent

Library Technicians: 31 percent

Postsecondary Teachers: 34 percent

Museum Technicians and Conservators: 35 percent

Morticians, Undertakers and Funeral Directors: 42 percent

Source: EMSI, a labor-market data firm

 

  1. Interpreter/translator

Do you speak Spanish? Vietnamese? Turkish? In our multiethnic society, all sorts of institutions need help with languages: courts, social service agencies and customer service centers, to name a few. Typically you’ll need to get certified. But with that done, you’ll have the freedom of freelancing, taking jobs or turning them down. And a translator’s job can be the gateway to meeting fascinating new people and learning about new cultures.

Getting started: Check in with the website of the American Translators Association. Websites such as Upwork and Freelancer.com can also help you find clients.

  1. Tax-return preparer

If you have a mind for numbers and computers, consider joining the small armies of tax preparers that firms such as H&R Block and Jackson Hewitt muster for the January-April peak tax season. Typically you’ll be doing the straightforward returns.

Getting started: You can build up experience with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, which trains volunteers to help older people with their taxes. Check the big firms’ websites for details of their programs. Many companies will require you to take classes that they offer in the fall.

  1. Ride-hailing driver

Like meeting new people and making random explorations of the area where you live? Smartphones have spawned ride services such as Uber and Lyft. The basic requirements are a clean, well-operating car and a good driving record. When you want to work, you turn on an app and pick up nearby ride requests.

Getting started: Check the big companies’ websites for details. Note that many areas have local start-ups as well.

  1. Park ranger

Maybe your idea of a well-spent day is experiencing the great outdoors. Each year the National Park Service and state park agencies take on rangers for the summer surge. You can also seek employment in the parks’ hotels and restaurants. If you’re lucky, you’ll work in a historic lodge.

Getting started: To find seasonal openings for park rangers, go to usajobs.gov and search “National Park Service.” For other jobs, look at the website of Aramark, a firm that the NPS uses for many of its facilities and concessions. Or check the website of your state’s parks department.

  1. Direct Salesperson

The thought of working from home after years of commuting and office politics may be your idea of joy. If you’ve got what it takes to make a pitch, consider direct-sales firms like Mary Kay, Avon and Cutco. You need only a computer, internet access, a phone and a comfort level with calling strangers. You may have to pay for a start-up kit, but legitimate firms will buy back products you haven’t been able to sell.

Getting started: Get tips at the website of the Direct Selling Association. Do some due diligence—not all firms out there are straight shooters. Check out individual companies at the website of the Better Business Bureau.

  1. Dog Walker or Pet Sitter

If you are one of those people for whom being with animals is never a chore, make a few bucks at it. Summer, spring break and holidays are the peak times, but there’s also demand year-round from working people who want Rusty to get some midday exercise. You get some, too!

Getting started: This is usually a word-of-mouth business. Get the talk started by posting notices at the local pet store and on local Listservs. The website TaskRabbit, which connects people who need help performing certain jobs with those willing to do them, can also find you clients.

  1. Retail Cashier

If you like to stay busy, work a check-out lane and watch the hours fly by. Demand spikes at certain times of the year, but stores always have a need for cashiers. Be prepared for hours of standing and loads of personal contact. Also available: jobs in shelf stocking, security and customer greeting.

Getting started: In the Older & Bolder section of the website CoolWorks.com, older workers can get help finding placements.

  1. Craft Worker

Some people have looked forward to retirement to indulge their love of craft work. You may be able to turn this hobby into a business, selling at local craft fairs or online. Promoting will be as important as making gotta-have-it products, but that’s part of the challenge and satisfaction.

Getting started: ArtFire, Etsy and Bonanza are among the many online markets where crafters sell their creations. Check community websites for craft fairs near you.

9. Package Courier

If a bit of heavy lifting to stay in shape appeals to you, delivery companies such as UPS and FedEx face a constant need for mail sorters, truck drivers and floor managers. Some positions are more physically taxing than others; you may need to lift heavy boxes or be on your feet for hours at a time.

Getting started: Check the websites of the big package companies for applications.

10. Your old job, part time

You may be able to negotiate a deal to stick with your work, but maybe do it three days a week. That means endless long weekends and time for other pursuits.

Getting started: Has someone in your workplace gone part time? Find out how the deal was struck. Then be your own advocate. Approach your boss with a specific proposal: how many days, what responsibilities you’d keep and so on. If you want to go back into your field but with a different employer, FlexProfessionals, a staffing firm based in Washington and Boston, can help you find work in those cities.

Kerry Hannon is AARP’s job expert. Her latest book is Getting the Job You Want After 50 for Dummies. She has also written Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness and Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … and Pays the Bills. Find more from her at Kerryhannon.com.

 

“CHAMPION YOUR CAREER” NAMED 2017 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALIST

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, October 5, 2017 – “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” by Halimah Bellows, MA, MS has been named a finalist in the category of Careers in the 2017 competition sponsored by Book Excellence Awards of Brampton, Ontario.  A complete list of finalists can be found at  http://bookexcellenceaward.com/honorees/2017-finalists/ .

“Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” also won the Summer 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Self-Help Books and was named a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the Thirteenth Annual Best Book Awards sponsored by i310 Media Group, Inc. and a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the Eighth Annual International Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

“Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, “Champion Your Career” provides self-assessment tools to enable individuals to explore their personal passions, values, strengths and skills, along with sound strategies and resources for decision making, goal setting and networking to begin a fulfilling new career. “Champion Your Career” is available in print and as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and Powell’s online bookstores. It is also available directly from the author’s website, http://www.championyourcareer.com. Additionally, it is also now being carried in bookstores around the country as well as in some local college bookstores and college and public libraries in the Pacific Northwest.

Halimah Bellows is also the creator of a unique self-coaching tool called CAREER QUEST CARDS TM ©, a set of 24 cards providing a distillation of 30 key career-coaching exercises. A Career Quest App is available through Amazon as well as at the google and iBooks stores.

Bellows is a sought after and respected resource for career advice and coaching. She teaches her clients to re-frame their lives and career choices by choosing positive and life affirming goals that have realistic time frames so that discouragement doesn’t set in. She stresses, “What I focus on and teach others through my book and the CAREER QUEST CARDS TM ©, and app is that, in order to meet a goal, you need to turn to those things that you want to make happen, things that will give you a sense of accomplishment, skill building and joy. Those goals will be much more sustainable.”

Halimah Bellows is available for radio, television and media interviews as well as readings and discussions in bookstores and other venues. For a review copy of “Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work” or an interview with the author, contact her at hbellows@championyourcareeer.com or 206.595.7927.

Part Two – Values Mining: The Jewels of Finding Fulfilling Work as featured on Bublish

Author’s Insight:

By answering the second question you can help uncover the real or underlying value for you. So for you, perhaps money is not the real value; perhaps the real value is “security” or “being successful” or “being independent” or “being able to provide for my family.” It’s always helpful to anchor or relate the values you express to real world situations. If you say you value “honesty” or “teamwork,” write down what “honesty” or “teamwork” would mean in terms of your behavior and how it would impact others.

Author’s Excerpt: from CHAMPION YOUR CAREER: Winning in the World of Work

Step 3: Now you have two lists. Go back and compare your two sets of answers to the question. Is there anything there that surprises you or concerns you? For example, if you are concerned because the word money is on your list, you might ask, “What does money mean for me?” Your answer might be “Money means security” or “Money means success” or “Money means freedom” or “Money means being able to provide for my family.”

The Jewels of Finding Fulfilling Work – as featured on Bublish

Author Insight:

Many people cannot express what their five to ten core values are and thus are living lives unconnected to them. This ambivalence can lead to a life of unhappiness, discontent, conflict and unease. Some may feel conflicted because they are trying to live a life according to the values of a certain company, religious or political organization, or the values of their friends and colleagues or their partner rather, than living a life according to their own core values.

If you feel your life is unfulfilled and unhappy or has too much conflict in it, then it may be that you are leading a life that is not in accord with your own core values. The question is: Do you know your own personal core values? Do you know whether or not you are expressing them in your daily life?

Author’s Excerpt: from CHAMPION YOUR CAREER: Winning in the World of Work

Let’s go jewel hunting for core values by considering the following question:

What in your life is important to you?

Step 1: Don’t think about your answers at first. Just write down whatever comes into your head no matter how strange, amusing or worrisome it may seem. These first answers are probably your intuitive answers; sometimes those are closer to the truth than answers that you “think” about.

 

Step 2: Now think carefully about what is important in life for you. Take some time to consider your answers before writing them down in a word or short phrase. Don’t worry if some of the same answers appear in your first list. Just write them down again.

Stay tuned for part two on What these two lists reveal.

RETIRE WITH FIRE – Featured on Bublish

The following excerpt from Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows MA, MS is now featured on Bublish at: https://bublish.com/bubble/stream/13316

 

Bublish (www.bublish.com) is a publishing technology company that offers cloud-based tools, metrics and resources.

 

Author Insight

We have this gift of time, combined with our skills and talents, to create the best stage of life for ourselves. The greatest mistake, however, is thinking that our retirement years will be happy and perfect without any planning or preparation. It’s magical thinking that will lead to depression, disappointment, and even declining health.

This chapter is about how, when you’re approaching your retirement years, you can reinvent yourself and allow or effect a transformation into a fulfilling new life.

Book Excerpt

A Rewarding Retirement–This stage, with intentional forethought and design, will yield a healthy and balanced life. The retiree who achieves this is open to new sources of learning and exploration and carries a deepening sense of life’s purpose while nurturing rich, rewarding relationships. It’s never too late to be who you might have been. It’s never too late for a second childhood where you can explore without interruption yearnings and passions in the arts, in service work, in new areas of interest. Retirement can then be experienced as an adventure, a process of experimentation in bringing out the best in ourselves and our interaction with others.

“Champion Your Career” Named Finalist in 2017 International Book Awards

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, May 31, 2017 – Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work by Halimah Bellows, MA, MS has been named a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the Eighth Annual International Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest announced that this year’s contest yielded over 1,500 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to 300 winners and finalists. For a complete list of winners and finalists, go to: http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2017awardannouncement.html.
Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work also won the Summer 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Self-Help Books and was named a finalist in the category of Business-Careers in the Thirteenth Annual Best Book Awards sponsored by i310 Media Group, Inc.

Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work addresses the needs of a new generation of career seekers in a rapidly changing economy and job marketplace. Designed as self-paced career development workshop in book format, Champion Your Career provides self-assessment tools to enable individuals to explore their personal passions, values, strengths and skills, along with sound strategies and resources for decision making, goal setting and networking to begin a fulfilling new career. Champion Your Career is available in print and as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books a Million and Powell’s online bookstores. It is also available directly from the author’s website, http://www.championyourcareer.com. Additionally, it is also now being carried in bookstores around the country as well as in some local college bookstores and college and public libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
Halimah Bellows is also the creator of a unique self-coaching tool called CAREER QUEST CARDS TM ©, a set of 24 cards providing a distillation of 30 key career-coaching exercises. A Career Quest App is available through Amazon as well as at the google and iBooks stores.
Bellows is a sought after and respected resource for career advice and coaching. She teaches her clients to re-frame their lives and career choices by choosing positive and life affirming goals that have realistic time frames so that discouragement doesn’t set in. She stresses, “What I focus on and teach others through my book and the CAREER QUEST CARDS TM ©, and app is that, in order to meet a goal, you need to turn to those things that you want to make happen, things that will give you a sense of accomplishment, skill building and joy. Those goals will be much more sustainable.”
Halimah Bellows is available for radio, television and media interviews as well as readings and discussions in bookstores and other venues. For a review copy of Champion Your Career: Winning in the World of Work or an interview with the author, contact her at hbellows@championyourcareeer.com or 206.595.7927.

Building Career Bridges

By Joseph P. Liu

Adrian Granzella Larssen explains how she opened new doors in her career, shifting from her editorial role at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC to eventually becoming the Editor at Large at The Muse in New York City. During the episode, she shares some useful tips on taking charge of your career trajectory, networking for introverts, and making manageable steps toward landing the job of your dreams. In the Mental Fuel® segment, I’ll talk about the concept of creating professional bridges between your current role and target role.

Key Career Insights

  1. Don’t limit your network to only those who seem to directly linked to your target role. You never know where your next lead could come from.
  2. If you want to build the case for tweaking your role, consider not only what you want, but also how you can add more value to the organization so the idea can be more compelling to your managers.
  3. Small steps can add up to the big changes you desire for your career. You don’t need to do everything in one fell swoop. Taking the first step is often the hardest.
  4. Networking doesn’t have to involve showing up at a big event, slapping on a name tag, and working the room. You can instead focus on 1-on-1 meetings, which can work especially well for introverts.

Adrian Granzella Larssen was the first employee and founding editor of The Muse, the career platform that’s helped more than 50 million people find and succeed at their dream jobs. Now, she serves as The Muse’s editor-at-large, is a nationally recognized career expert, and helps other early-stage startups create content that readers truly love. Be sure to connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

You can hear Adrian’s interview at:

https://josephpliu.com/podcast/episode19/?utm_source=Career+%26+Personal+Branding+Insights&utm_campaign=aeafbc1d19-Adrian+GL-CR019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f3040989d-aeafbc1d19-259178693

http://content.blubrry.com/career_relaunch/CR019_2017_05-18_Building-Bridges.mp3

 

 Joseph P. Liu is a Career Consultant, Podcast Host and Speaker.  Contact him at:

https://josephpliu.com/blog/

DEFINE WHAT MATTERS BEFORE YOUR NEXT CAREER MOVE

by Joseph P; Liu

Sometimes, knowing what you don’t want in your career is easier than figuring out what you DO want.

After you’ve decided your current job is no longer right for you, how do you even begin to tackle the question of what should come next?

Maybe you’re in a situation where you’re actually good at what you do, but have gotten a little bored with it all. Or a reorg at work has made you question where you really belong? Or you just have this sinking feeling that something better out there awaits you, but you just can’t quite put your finger on it.

THE PARADOX OF CHOICE

Choice is a funny thing. On the one hand, choice is incredibly liberating. Having choices is a privilege. You can have the freedom to choose what you want for your career, for your life.

But on the other hand, too much choice can leave you feeling paralyzed.

Should you continue down the same career path you’ve been on but just make a tweak? Should you pivot toward something else that’s always interested you?

There’s a great book out there called The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz, where Schwartz talks about how having lots of choice actually leads to anxiety.

I’ve definitely been there. When I was trying to decide what to do after I walked away from my planned career in medicine, I felt so overwhelmed by exactly what I could and should do next. I thought about becoming a dentist, pursuing a career in technology, heading to business school, going into medical research, even heading back to a different medical school. There’re so many directions I could take my life, and need process of narrowing it down to one single choice let me feeling fairly paralysed.

After walking away from a phase in m career that didn’t exactly go as I had hoped, I was feeling especially nervous about what to do next for a few reasons.

First, because I wondered if my professional judgment itself just wasn’t that sound. After all, if I had been astute at what my career should be in the first place, I wouldn’t have ended up in a situation where I was unhappy, right?

Second, I was very nervous about making another mistake. Leaving my medical career behind was incredibly disruptive, and I didn’t know if I could stomach making another wrong move that might result in another disappointing disruption.

Finally, and most of all, I was struggling to figure out what I DID want to do instead. I knew what DIDN’T feel right, but I didn’t know how I could tell what would actually make me happy.

START BY FIGURING OUT WHAT MATTERS

When I was feeling confused, first re-grounding myself in what really mattered to me was very super useful. I decided I needed to talk with someone completely objective who did not know me. So I started seeing a career counselor, and during our biweekly sessions, I eventually came to a point where I got very clear on what really mattered to me—my values, my principles, my priorities.

Amongst other things, I decided that entrepreneurship, having a healthy lifestyle, and making a positive contribution to people were key values of mine. Knowing what mattered to me help me figure out what would be right for my career. My values gave me criteria against which I could evaluate the various options I was considering. So instead of haphazardly looking at every option out there, I only considered those options that aligned with my values, those that would allow me to serve my values. When you force yourself to prioritize what matters most, it can help narrow the options.

Throughout my career, I’ve always made my best decisions when I first clarified what mattered most to me.

Taking one example from my own life, after business school, my priority was to establish some corporate credibility and experience, which I knew would serve me well in my career and also provide me with some concrete knowledge I would leverage when eventually coaching others in the corporate world. So I went and worked for one of the largest consumer packaged goods companies in the US. Now, I didn’t exactly grow up aspiring to market trash bags or drain opener for a living, but during this chapter in my career, I was able to learn the dynamics of what it’s like to work in a larger organization and also develop some functional marketing expertise along the way.

THE QUESTION YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF

If you’re about to make a career change, before you do anything, you really owe it to yourself to start your journey by first asking yourself a very important question:

What’s the most important thing for me to have during the next chapter of my career?

Let’s break that down into two parts.

The first part is getting clear on what’s most important to you is all about prioritizing. We all want careers that make us happy. That could be driven by many factors. For example, working on projects you care about. In function you find stimulating. At a reputable company. With a great culture. And a good salary. In a role that makes the most of your skills. In a city with a nice climate. That’s affordable. And close to family. Oh, and . . . You get the point.

Every career decision you make will involve trade-offs. It’s hard to have everything. They have to find a way of prioritizing what single factor matters most to you.

In talking with many people who have navigated a career change, I’ve noticed what people find most important is often a reaction to some aspect of their last job they found especially dissatisfying. In our most recent job, if you felt like you were working excessive hours, maybe finding a job that offers you better worklife balance is the most important factor. If you felt underpaid or undervalued, earning a fair salary might be what matters most.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

Putting this all together, deciding what matters most for the next chapter of your career is the first step toward finding work that leaves you feeling truly satisfied.

If you decide that work-life balance is the most important thing for you to have in this particular chapter of your life and career, maybe you need to be okay with taking a role with a lower salary but a better lifestyle. If you decide that beefing up your credibility is most important right now, maybe you take that role at the blue-chip Fortune 500 Corporation that may not allow you to live your life passion, but certainly allows you to build up your reputation within your industry.

At some point, you have to be willing to make some tradeoffs. And you also have to be willing to invest the time in clarifying what unmet need you now want to fill in your career. This way, even if you don’t manage to get everything you want during the next stage of your career, you can at least know you took a step in the right direction to address what matters most.

DEFINE WHAT MATTERS MOST TO INFORM YOUR NEXT CAREER MOVE

If you’re struggling to figure out where to take your career, start by defining what matters most to you. Download your free “Define My Professional Priorities” worksheet to clarify which professional components matter the most to you during the next chapter of your career.

Joseph P. Liu is a Career Consultant, Podcast Host and Speaker.   Contact him at

https://josephpliu.com/blog/