Though I've been at my current library position for almost nine years now and don't have much need to keep an eye/ear on current trends in job hunting, I find those trends fascinating and something to keep atop. Penelope Trunk offers interesting, oftentimes controversial, career advice that sometimes I like and other times I don't. Like when she advised college students to get out of the library but use the career center. It's my experience that librarians offer more up to date information than anyone in a career center could.
Her most recent post was about generational generalizations and it included a link to NameVoyager, a baby name wizard, a program that ask you to type in your name to see when it was most popular. And somehow that can clue you in to which generation you belong to, as if you had any doubts.
Rebecca was most popular in the 1980s, which means that my parents were a decade ahead of the curve, those bellwethers! Naturally I typed in the first names we chose for T. Rex. The girl name was most popular in the 1890s. And the boy name has never been in the top 1,000 in any decade.
Shoot, was a little quick on the publishing there... wanted to mention one more "generational" thing. Yesterday I worked with my boss/Dean in her office on a project. She did a screen print paste into an email and I asked "How'd you do that?" Her response: "Can I teach you something?" She's my mom's age/generation and she usually has one of her Gen X peeps, including me, help her figure out all things techie.
I tried the print screen + ALT ( I think, or was it +CTRL?) into Typepad, but that didn't work. So yeah, I learned a new trick from an old dog, but couldn't apply it in the manner I wished. Ended up opening up SnagIt and saved the screen shot as a .jpg the "old fashioned" way, to me. There's a bit of Thursday irony for you: I have a new trick I can't use.