This tip is showing how big data can be presented in a purposeful way and can become a tool. In this case, the tool is datastudio by Google.
DataStudio is requested to create a database of all entries currently live in Linkedin that have in there posted “We’re hiring”
The “We’re hiring” sheet lays out all the global post, showing categories, such as the job sector, geographical location, their person creating the post in Linkedin and other information on salary if it’s available.
This is the one question, you need to answer through out your CV?
I was once coached on creating a boastful, SMART CV/Resume; this was one tip that has remained from that session.
For each paragraph or sentence. They asked me? So what?
This is a brutal way of clarifying by yourself. If what you’ve written conveys a lesson learnt? Does it show you added a skill or technique? Or materially did you improve the buisness due to your efforts?
Such a statement as this.
“I managed twenty staff, producing widgets for the aerospace industry.”
Would turn into
“As a new manager in XYZ Aerospace Ltd. I took an underperforming team of twenty staff, through Lean production training. In parrallel I helped the senior mangement team restructuring the incentive scheme. Through these changes I was able to increase the department’s widget production by 30% in six months.”
“As a carpenter, I build Welsh Dressers, Using only hand tools.”
Would turn into
“I’ve passed my City and Guilds exams to level 5 in Carpentry. Under the guidance of a master crafts man, I’m now a expert cabinetmaker. I’ve spent the past five years building full Welsh Dressers, using traditional handtool techniques.
How many times are you leading a project, where you are setting the agenda, and somehow you need to keep track of meeting minutes.
While we want to believe we can multitask, known as quick-shifting, it has been proven that we have reduced attention and focus when multitasking.
My first experience of office life was from around 1983 where my mum was in the typing pool, typing up either her shorthand notes or transcribing the very modern small dictation cassettes.
Thankfully the world has moved on. Today as long as the appropriate notice is given to the attendees of a meeting. It is simple to make a recording of a meeting.
The issue does go back to what I saw my mum doing, which was making sense of the meeting flow, creating issue and decisions logs, as well as assigning time-based actions to the relevant participants.
This is where today’s tech tip comes in handy.
Descript is an audio transcription software, that will detect differences in the people speaking and create a detailed transcript.
If it only did this it would be cleaver; it does a lot more besides.
It works as a transcript and in parallel a high-end audio editor. With the click of a button, it can remove all the long pauses in the recording. Take out hums and ahs, balance the sound level of different speakers and lots more.
One of the most ingenious features is to recognise the tone of different speakers and create an automated prompt to label each speaker in the text file. As a result, the program identifies each speakers words and audio waveform with individual colour coding for easy tracking.
Once you’ve got a transcript with the participants highlighted, text tightened up, using common word-finding functions, you can edit the text; for example, you can remove the start and end of meeting preambles.
It is super quick to export a transcript in MS Word document style. You can select how much mark up detail of speakers, and the timing you require. This could either be the master record of the meeting or used for editing into a more concise record of events.
Other uses of this product are to create subtitles for video applications (a legal requirement for all online content in the US) as well as producing transcripts for Podcasts, which create an excellent searchable source of information, driving web search traffic to an information-rich podcast.
This is one of my longer tech tips, while Descript is such a powerful tool, I’m sure lots of you will be using this or something similar in the years to come.
Start a trial today and let me know how you get on.