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Solve Your Technical
Difﬁculties with One Button
BY ADAM CZARNECKI, BA, CHRP
IN THE 1500S, WHEN Leonardo da Vinci was looking for his
next gig, he carried with him a number of documents. These
documents included letters from his past employers praising his
services, an arrangement of various accomplishments and a list of
skills and talents. That’s right, the first historically documented
Fast forward 500 years. In the 1930s, the resume was all but gone.
In the 1950s, the resume gained popularity with the development
of new technologies and skill sets. In the 1970s, word processors
allowed resumes to evolve to a more professional look and standard.
Fax machines in the 1980s allowed applicants to apply to multiple
companies from a single location. The 1990s set the stage for email
and online job sites. And the birth of Google, Facebook, Twitter
and LinkedIn in the 2000s set the stage for the firestorm that we
now know as social media in the 2010s.
As the resume returned in the 1950s, the first electronic computer
was turned on. In the 1960s, a couple people felt it would be a good
idea to connect two of those computers together with a router,
leading to the birth of the first internet. In the 1970s, computers
and printers were made affordable to the masses. In the 1980s, the
tech industry watched as Linux, Apple and Microsoft battled for
supremacy. The 1990s saw better, more intelligent soft ware and
the evolution of Web 1.0. Web 2.0 followed in the 2000s, alongside
the development of smartphones. Which leaves the 2010s and the
tablet revolution, which Microsoft failed to bring to popular market
10 years earlier.
Just like da Vinci was a man ahead of his time and a forward thinker
with his curriculum vitae, or “path of life,” HR professionals are
expected to be recruiters, coaches, trainers, business partners,
compensation specialists, performance managers, organizational
developers, policy enforcers, communication officers, investigators and with the increasing pressure of social media involvement,
marketers and IT mavericks.
There are a couple of basic tips you can use to earn your IT street
cred that would have raised a nod from da Vinci, save you time and
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money, impress your friends and co-workers, and earn the respect
from your geek friends and IT department.
Anytime you come across technical difficulties whether it be a PC, a
smartphone or anything with a chip in it, reboot your system. Don’t
log off or restart—that’s not good enough. Shut it down, let it sit for
30 seconds (take out the battery if possible, which is the Blackberry
fi x for everything) and then power it back on again. Chances are
good the problem will have fi xed itself.
If it’s your Internet connection that’s wonky or can’t get to a certain
website, reboot your router or visit www.downforeveryoneorjustme.
com and it will tell you the status of the site. If that didn’t fi x it,
Google or Youtube your problem by typing your error message
or issue into the search engine. Most likely, you are not the first
to encounter the problem, nor will you be the last. There are also
forums and communities for Windows, Google and Apple where
you can post your questions as well.
If you are having issues with a specific program, save your document fi les to another folder and reinstall the program. And when
all else, fails back-up your data and reinstall your operating system. Actually this is recommended on an annual basis. It’s best to
partition your hard drive and have your operating system on one
and your data on the other. It’s a pain but worth it, as your next
reinstall will be a cinch.
With these tips, you have now moved up a few branches on the
technology evolution tree. Really. Here’s the true secret of your IT
department: not a one of them is a da Vinci either, and they’re all
Googling the same problems you just did to figure things out. O
Adam Czarnecki, BA, CHRP, Winner of HRIA Award of Excellence,
educator, blogger, tech enthusiast, amateur photographer/
videographer and social media dabbler. He volunteers for the
HRIA, HRAC, SAIT, and MRU. He can be usually found as the
Human Resources Manager at Great West Kenworth and he can
be reached at email@example.com.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HUMAN Capital - Summer 2013
What's Next for HR? Trends and Competencies
The Emergence of HR Shared Services
The Future of HR Shared Services
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
How Google is Using People Analytics to Completely Reinvent HR
CHRP Credibility on the Rise
Looking to the Future: What Will Make HR Successful?
Games People Play: Shaping a Strategic Workforce
Suppliers Guide/Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
HUMAN Capital - Summer 2013