April You Get It Winner: Thomas Clifford!!

April 30th, 2007

You Get It Award - by JibberJobberI added a new friend to my JibberJobber contacts a few weeks ago as we e-mailed each other back and forth about various things. As I usually do, I began to try and learn more about him (without asking him), and was amazed at what I could find. Not really because of the information that I found, rather all the different ways that he made the information available.

It was clear to me that Thomas Clifford (aka, Director Tom) really does get this cool technology, and is using it to quantify his personal brand. Let’s dive right in:

The e-mail signature – every time he communicates with someone they can easily learn more about him. Check out the different sites that he takes advantage of. Each of these four tools have a different purpose, and they complement one another quite nicely.

Thomas Clifford - e-mail signature as a personal branding tool

The blog – I’ve gained a reputation of being one to say “YOU MUST HAVE A BLOG” – I’m not sure why I have that reputation ;) There are lots of benefits, ranging from better opportunity to really quantify your breadth and depth to incredible SEO, and one that I haven’t mentioned before (I think): building a community. A blog is a perfect tool for Thomas, but not the only perfect tool. The only thing I will say about his blog is that it adheres to all of the suggestions that I’ve mentioned here before – it is an excellent example to follow in many ways.

The Squidoo Lens – I’ve seen a number of poorly-prepared Squidoo lenses, and have not featured any in the You Get It list of winners. Tom’s lens has a bunch of things in it that impress me – lots of information sharing, integration with the blog, multiple areas to add comments (build community and credibility), recommended reading… this lens is full of meat and content, not fluff.

The LinkedIn Profile – Thomas has a terrific, rich profile on LinkedIn. There are two things that kind of jump out at me:

  • Use of bullets. As I read through the long profile he has made it easy for me to digest all of the information because of the way he has formatted it. There are hundreds of other profiles I’ve read that need to incorporate bullets the way Thomas does.
  • Name of his high school. If you look at his picture and accomplishments you’ll know that it wasn’t yesterday that he graduated from high school! But he lists it on his profile (not many people do). I’ve recently heard a lot of buzz about people wanting to have a high school section on LinkedIn so others can find them easier. Instead of asking for it, Thomas just made his own. It’s characteristic of the amount and quality of information that he makes available to you, the reader.

Director Tom is Thomas CliffordAfter spending just a few minutes on any of these sites here are two brand images that I walk away with:

Tom Clifford – Corporate Video Filmmaker (award winning, documentary filmmaker)

Tom Clifford – “corporate-conscious documentary filmmaker – story katalyst – architect of possibilities”

Also, when I read through his material I get excited about getting my own film – I don’t know much about the process, or how to start or anything like that. But I have confidence that Tom knows just about everything. The way he presents himself online makes me comfortable that I’m going to end up with an excellent product that he puts his heart into.

On his blog he has a link to “Let’s see that again!” which makes me think of something that connects with the audience – that is exactly what I want!

He also has a link to “Your story. Your heroes. Your conversation.” which makes me think that working with Tom will not take away from what I want, rather he will be the great facilitator to ensure what is in my heart and mind is what ends up on the video.

Thomas Clifford – you have done an excellent job with quantifying your personal brand through various technologies! You join a special group of professionals and will get a coveted link from my monthly winner’s blogroll area (on the left), six months of premium JibberJobber (you can transfer this to someone else since you took advantage of the lifetime upgrade :) ), and a cyber-high five! Congratulations!

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Staying Focused

April 27th, 2007

Bulls-eye - Staying FocusedToday I was supposed to write a review on the Starfish book. I was ready to write it this morning, but I also was co-presenting a three hour session at a conference (“Building your career in bits and bytes” – it’s over now, and I think it went great :) ).

So this morning I opted to stay focused on the task at hand.
It reminded me of some of the interviews that I did last year. Instead of having the level of preparation and focus that I needed, I think I winged it too much.

Are you missing the one opportunity to shine?

  • When you interview, are you as prepared and as focused as you can be? Or do you have some excuse to not “do your best?”
  • When you network, do you miss the opportunity to deliver an excellent elevator pitch? Or do you miss the opportunity to connect two people that need to be connected?
  • In your job, is your presentation – the one that helps define your professional brand within your company and industry – is it as impressive and good as it should be?

You get the point. Sorry for not doing the review that I said I was going to do – but I had to make a decision to stay focused (I would not get a second chance to make this three hour presentation).

I hope you do the same.

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Strengthen Your Network Through Personal Equity

April 26th, 2007

Fifty Dollar BillNote from Jason: This is the second guest-post from Pete Johnson, who is the HP.com Chief Architect. His first guest post is You Never Know Who It’s Going To Be. Pete, thanks a ton for your guest posts!

Can you lend me $50?

Seriously, I’m good for it, I swear.

I mean, I post replies on JibberJobber all the time so you probably know who I am. So go ahead and show me Ulysses S. Grant.

No? Why not?

You probably have no incentive whatsoever to lend me money, and that’s my point. Having a network of people you know is one thing, but having a network of people who feel compelled to help you when asked is a whole lot better. A key to influencing the behavior of others is what I call “personal equity” and in order to utilize it fully you need to make deposits early and often.

As an example, let’s look at a typical office scenario. Suppose a boss has to get across to an employee that a certain task has to be completed by a particular deadline. Consider these two different, and opposite, approaches:

“Finish those TPS reports by 4:00 pm or you are fired!”

Or

“You know, I’m getting pressured from above to get these TPS reports finished off by 4:00 pm and I’d really appreciate it if you could get yours done on time. Also, say hello to your mother for me. I hope that extra time off I gave you last week was helpful.”

Admittedly this is a bit contrived, but either approach would probably produce the desired short term result. The former is easier but relies on a very serious threat to induce the expected behavior. The latter is requires more foresight and uses indebtedness based on a prior favor to influence the employee. In other words, personal equity.

Which one builds a better long term relationship, the threat or the reminder that a favor was extended? The favor does by a landslide. If someone has already done something to benefit you in some way, you feel more obligated to return the good feelings than you otherwise would.

Case in point: this very article. In January, I connected with Jason based on a guest article he wrote on another blog. During a rapid email exchange, we soon both discovered we had a mutual goal of helping people with career development. He had this well established site focused on job search networking and I was just starting out on my blog dealing with the non-technical aspects of careers in engineering. It quickly became apparent that it would benefit me greatly to tap into his vast knowledge of the blogging world.

After realizing this, I used my day job expertise as a website builder for a Fortune 10 company and pointed it at JibberJobber.com. I praised him for what he has done well with its architecture and made a few suggestions where he could be doing things better. Whenever I can, I sing the praises of JibberJobber in blog comment areas too, which he’s aware of since he’s set up the metrics tracking of his site well enough that he knows where his referrals come from.

Low and behold, a few emails later I got the big question from Jason, “What can I do to help you?” I didn’t even have to ask him, he offered. The best job search is the one where the hiring manager knows who you are and comes looking for you. The same is true of any favor and by laying early groundwork, the return offer came looking for me.

The key to building these relationships is in the sincerity of the effort. Yeah, I started doing little favors for Jason with the hope that he’d return them to me, but I genuinely care about what happens to his site and believe in what he’s trying to do with it. Had I just been in it for what the relationship could do for me, he’d see through that quickly and I’d just be an annoyance to him instead of an asset. Instead, personal equity has developed between us because of this authenticity and we’re both better off as a result (although, he might not just give me $50 either 8)).

While you have to be wary of situations where you are making more deposits than the benefits you are receiving (or could potentially receive) dictate, it’s better to put into a relationship first and set the stage for a deeper interaction. That way when/if you do need something, you have some leverage to tap into based on that personal equity you already built. If you have already given to them, people are much more likely to give back to you and a broader set of career opportunities can be the big payoff.

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Of Starfish, Spiders and Networkers

April 25th, 2007

The Starfish and the Spider - Ori Brafman and Rod BeckstromEarlier this year I was at dinner with Scott Allen of The Virtual Handshake and he slipped me a book that a friend of his wrote: The Starfish and the Spider. I finally cracked it open last night and read 30 pages – I couldn’t put it down! Today while on the plane I was able to finish most of the book (I have about 35 pages left) and I love it – this is one of the funnest books I’ve read. I’ll have a review in a few days but I wanted to bring out just a few things that really grabbed my attention today.

Auren Hoffman - CEO of RapLeaf.comQuoting Auren Hoffman, who is what they call a “catalyst” (as opposed to a power connector, a la Keith Ferrazzi – two different roles on being powerful):

“There are some people who believe in only having deep relationships with people, but then you’re limited to twenty close friends. Beyond those twenty, every other relationship is a weaker tie. I find a lot of value in those weak ties.”

Casual acquaintances fascinate him: “You can learn a lot, and you can meet really interesting people. Everyone’s interesting for at least an hour. And most people remain interesting well beyond that.”

Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom go on to talk about Auren for a few pages, and what makes him a catalyst… it is really intriguing and gives me a new, authoritative perspective on networking’s quality vs. quantity debate.

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Follow-up From “Never Look For A Job Again” Teleseminar

April 24th, 2007

Netshare CEO Kathy SimmonsLast week I dialed into the teleseminar that I blogged about, remember, the one for $17? The title was “never look for a job again,” and Kathy Simmons is probably one of the best qualified speakers on the topic. As president and CEO of Netshare she has seen tens of thousands of CxO-level execs over the years, networking with them virtually and face-to-face. I was completely intrigued by what she had to share.

Here are some of my notes from that call:

  • People at work pay attention to the strategy of their companies while they neglect their personal career strategy.
  • average tenure of a CxO is 4.5 yrs (Chief Marketing Officer is 22 months! — CFO’s is 18 months to 24 months!)
  • Just as a company has to reinvent themselves, and have a plan, you must do this also! Every 3 yrs! (Jason: I had not thought about reinventing myself as a professional, the same way that I would reinvent a company based on the market and competition!)
  • It’s a lot easier if you are keeping up with this during your entire career.
  • You need to figure out how to develop a career plan so that you are the hunted, not the hunted!
  • It’s important to understand your personal brand, and who you are (Jason: these can be two different things)
  • You need to understand how to communicate your brand.
  • When you figure out your brand, then it’s time to network more effectively (with your brand – this is part of keeping your brand out there, and keeping yourself visible).
  • “It’s very hard when you are an employed individual to network” because you are busy all day.
  • Make sure you use social networking (Kathy specifically mentions LinkedIn)
  • How to care for and feed (nurture) your network? Send contacts an article that they might be interested in.
  • Don’t “bug,” rather “keep a friendship” … when you see something that someone might be interested in, send it to them.
  • Another great networking opportunity is by participating in trade association networking groups (Jason: on yahoo groups), and with Cindy Kraft’s CFO Forum.
  • Blog, write articles… anything you can do to keep your exposure out there as a subject matter expert, that is trememdously valuable…. because one of the things that has really changed in how recruiters look for people is they spend a lot of time on Google.
  • There is a lot of opportunity for finance execs in small companies, VC funded companies, etc.
  • Vendors are an amazing network! When you’ve been in a position for any length of time you will have a great network with these vendors (Jason: and customers, and prospects, etc.)
  • When you build so much visibility around your brand then opportunities come to you, you don’t have to find and chase them.
  • If you do it properly you open a whole new list of career opportunities.
  • You want to make yourself so exciting that the hiring manager says “I would be nervous if the hiring manager got ahold of this person!”
  • Cindy Kraft: “networking is always about giving to get”, and “the fastest way to burn out a network is by asking them for a job.”

CFO Career ForumThis was a great teleseminar – I wanted to be on the call so that I could hear what the industry leaders where suggesting. I’m pleased to know that a lot of what they said was stuff I have been thinking and blogging about, so I’m not too far off ;)

The call was put on by the CFO Career Forum. If you missed this one, you missed out. I’ll be announcing other teleseminar opportunities as I learn about them, so stay tuned!

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Becoming Efficient So You Can Be Effective

April 23rd, 2007

Pennsylvania, in New EnglandLast week I got a really cool testimonial from Dave in Pennsylvania:

Thanks for your vision and efforts with JibberJobber. It has made my job search much more effective and efficient.

The web is supposed to make things better and faster and JibberJobber does just that. It is the tool I use to input a variety of possibilities; jobs I found, companies I like and then the actions to progress the opportunity to closure.

Without JibberJobber, I had an absolute administrative nightmare on my hands…now it’s easy, I spend more time on relationships than the admin part.

This might be one of the most profound testimonials I have received – probably because it hit close to home for me. The whole reason I started JibberJobber was because my information was an administrative nightmare. I needed efficiency.

I also wanted to use the information collected after I found a job – and having JibberJobber as a web-based system meant it would last longer than a scrap of paper, an Excel spreadsheet, a spiral notebook… or computer crashes, or even moving from house to house! As a user, I could even put it on hold for a few years, and when I came back to pick it up again the data would still be there in a format that is easy to understand.

But Dave hits on something that I might have missed. Becoming more efficient so that you can be more effective.

Spend less time on administrivia so that you can spend more time on being effective!

Thanks Dave, for reminding me of one of the major benefits of JibberJobber!

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Water Damage Is Expensive – Don’t Neglect Your House

April 20th, 2007

Leaks are expensiveI work in my basement. Periodically there has been a weird leak from the ceiling in my office closet – and I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. The pipe in question is the main water pipe that delivers water to my entire house (sounding expensive yet?). After about a year of trying to figure it the problem, it finally hit me. The cold water pipe is in the same run between joists as the dryer exhaust. When we turn the dryer on that area gets really hot and water condenses on the pipe. Lots of water – and it drips quite a bit.

Whew! At least we don’t have to have a plumber come fix anything! I just need to put some insulation on the pipe and it should be good!

I could have continued to ignore this – but water is so damaging. It can create the perfect environment for mold, it can make things rot, it can mess up a foundation… water problems are really dangerous and expensive to ignore. They should not be neglected.

Last year when I got laid off I neglected a number of things. I thought I’d put together a list of things that I regret neglecting, and hope that it helps you. I still stand by my March 8th post Chicken List Is Out – Now Put Away The Honey-Do List! where I talk about not hiding behind projects while you ignore things you need to do in your job search. That post was about non-essential projects – this post is about things that, if neglected, will have profound consequences.

  1. Do not neglect your family. My wife and I are a team. I often take that for granted. About a month into unemployment someone asked her “How’s Jason doing?” Her reply was “I don’t know – we don’t talk much anymore.” You see, I was trying to be strong and positive for her and the kids. And she was trying to be strong a supportive for me. And during all of this time of being strong, we were neglecting our relationship. Remedy: I should have had a weekly date night with my wife, and at least one date with each kid. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it can simply be a trip to the park for some quality “how ya doin’?” talk. But it needs to be regular, not rushed, and one-on-one.
  2. Do not neglect your physical health. I remember my “office” – it was the reclining chair in my bedroom. I would sit there for about 10 hours each day as I looked for postings to apply to, tweaked my resume, wrote custom cover letters, did company research, etc. 10 hours of sitting is not uncommon but when I had a job I’d go on 3-mile walks during lunch. Now I was basically rolling from bed-to-chair and back again at night. I didn’t even go up and down the basement stairs. I skipped meals (somehow the money could stretch if I didn’t eat, right?). I neglected my health and even now I am paying the price for a non-active lifestyle for so long. Remedy: I should have started each day with a 20 minute walk each morning, and done crunches and pushups and all those free things regularly. And I should have eaten breakfast each day (oatmeal is cheap and very healthy), and watched what I ate during the day.
  3. Do not neglect your mental health. This is such an emotional time – my severence was running out quickly and the prospects didn’t seem good. I did not get the mental and emotional nurturing that I needed – this is nurturing that would have better-prepared me for the interviews that I had, as it would have helped me maintain a big-picture perspective. Remedy: I should have picked one book or learning project that I could dig into to sharpen my saw, but kept it in check with my job search schedule. I really should have sought out friends that I could learn from, or share ideas with. That is one of the reasons networking is so powerful in a job search – but for 2 months I did not network at all. Not good.
  4. Do not neglect “outside” things. These are water leaks. Or bills. Or other obligations that you must take care of. Again, I’m not saying you have permission to go do all the projects you’ve been wanting to do – but if there is something that is critical then address it before it becomes a very expensive and complex problem. Remedy: I should have taken time with my wife to create a list of the urgent things that I needed to address. I can’t remember what they might have been last year, but being on the same page would prevent problems and reduce stress.

It’s been 15 months since I was laid off – and I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about neglecting my wife (see #1). It was a personal experience for me, and I’m ashamed of it. But it happened – hopefully reading this list will help you make sure your priorities are in order.

This applies whether you are in a job search or not – what are you neglecting? How are you going to remedy that?

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Pay It Forward TODAY

April 19th, 2007

It's about the relationship!We all have opportunities to develop relationships. We actively think about some people that we want a stronger relationship with, while there are others that are kind of “on the back burner.”

Today I challenge you to do something that you weren’t planning on doing for someone that you weren’t really thinking of. Today is the day… think of who is on the back burner, and start up the relationship again. Here are some ideas:

  1. Send an e-mail. Sounds whimpy but it’s easy, and effective. I got an e-mail from a HUGE industry leader that was supposed to get with me, and in the subject line he had “{disarmed}” … in essense saying “I’m sorry! I goofed! Let’s start over!” What a great way to get back in touch.
  2. Pick up the phone. Chat. If it’s 5 minutes that’s fine. If it’s longer that’s great! And figure out some way to follow up regularly! Don’t know how to start? Say this: “Hey John, this is Jason Alba, do you have a few minutes? Cool – hey, I was just thinking about you and thought I’d give you a call to see how things are going?” and let the conversation go from there.
  3. Write, with a pen (not a keyboard :p), a card. It’s a lost practice and will have a huge impact.
  4. Invite this person to lunch TODAY. Even if they can’t lunch today, you can invite them and set a date.
  5. Send a magazine, article or book, with a message like “Hey, I came across this and immediately thought of you. I know you are busy but figured you would like to get your hands on this.” This is a very thoughtful gesture that shows you care about their interests.
  6. here’s a novel idea… pass on a job lead. Even if they are already employed, or retired… they might know someone that the job is for. And you never know how many of your employed friends are getting that itch to move on. Everyone should be interviewing at least once a year (in my opinion) to keep fresh, stay up on what’s out there, etc. And if the lead is not relevent to them, they could pass it on, and thus have an opportunity to strengthen their network!

To help you, here are two great job leads that you can pass on. If you are in Salt Lake City it applies directly to you. If you are outside of Utah then you can still pass this on – you might know someone that has always wanted to work at eBay… or someone that knows someone in Utah, etc. These are real positions (I’d like to say they aren’t posted anywhere, the truth is, I don’t know, but I did get word of them from “an insider”). If you have any interest in these jobs please contact John directly at Yrungaray@gmail.com.

eBay offers pet insurance??If you know anyone looking for an Account Management or Project Management position, eBay is hiring (these are specifically in Salt Lake City, as far as I know). Send them my email address (Yrungaray@gmail.com) and I can help them get to the right people to talk to. Some info on the Account Manager:

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Primary Job Responsibilities:

An eBay Account Manager partners with eBay’s Top Sellers to increase sales within the eBay Marketplace. In this role you will manage and develop a portfolio of accounts to drive increased sales and cross-selling opportunities within eBay.

Specific Duties:

  • Sustain performance within a portfolio of core accounts while increasing sales and developing strategies for account relationships.
  • Optimize member experience delivering “best in class” account services. Surpass customer satisfaction expectations against all key metrics measurements.
  • Ensure client performance is meeting/exceeding expectations. Communicate any challenges with management and team.
  • Review key account activity, performance and opportunities for improvement.
  • Liaise with relevant departments and senior executives within eBay to adequately represent accounts and to ensure effective account management.
  • Create and promote product awareness/income potential and internal cross-selling opportunities.
  • Monitor individual accounts to ensure compliance with all eBay site policies.

Job Requirements:

  • 2+ years experience as an Account Manager or 3+ years in a sales and marketing capacity.
  • Experience with CRM and sales management tools.
  • E-commerce experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience buying and selling on eBay, preferably within an industry category i.e., internet jewelry, technology, collectibles, etc.
  • Highly effective verbal and written communication skills as well as excellent presentation skills.
  • Willing to travel to meet accounts as needed.

Our Investment in Our New Hires:

  • Competitive salary
  • Quarterly bonus potential
  • Restricted stock grants
  • Paid Time Off -16 days accrues in your first year
  • Holiday Pay – 11 holiday days in 2007
  • Sabbatical Program – After five years of service you are eligible for 4 consecutive weeks of time off with pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits available – DAY 1!
  • Company matched 401(k) savings plan -contributions are 100% vested immediately
  • Educational Assistance available – eBay can reimburse up to $5,250 per year for pre-approved courses
  • On-site Fitness Center
  • Pet insurance
  • Adoption Assistance — eBay provides up to $5,000 per adoption
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan – you may elect to contribute up to 10% of your total comp to purchase shares of eBay stock at a discount

There you go – if you can pass it on then do it. If you can’t, find a way to reach out to someone TODAY.

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You Never Know Who It’s Going To Be

April 18th, 2007

This is the first “guest blogger” post, by NerdGuru’s Pete Johnson. See Pete’s bio below this post.

Janitor MopMy father was a high school teacher for 25 years and always made a point to be really nice to the janitors he interacted with. He discovered early on in his career, that those folks can make your life pretty miserable if they want to because when that kid barfs all over the carpet during first period, it’s you who has to sit in the room with the aroma until it gets cleaned up. The response time, he found, was just a little bit quicker if he included the janitors on the Christmas card list or if he held doors open for them as they moved heavy equipment around the school.

In my own career, I’ve mimicked that behavior when it comes to administrative assistants as their help with meeting logistics can make or break a gathering of colleagues. More recently I’ve come to extend it to people in all levels of jobs because you never know who it’s going to be that can help you or be in a position to give you that next job. My lowly but ambitious college intern may end up running the next Google in 10 years. You just never know.

A better example can be found when examining the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), which runs the housing project system in the greater Chicago area. The lines between elected and appointed positions in the CHA hierarchy are blurred in this organization. CHA is headed by elected officials who then appointed people to run the various facilities. In the mid 1990s (and perhaps also today) at the Altgeld Gardens RowhousesAltgeld Gardens facility, by some magical coincidence, people who openly supported the CHA elected officials got their plumbing or heating fixed a whole lot sooner by the local administrators by those who did not.

During that time, the CHA’s Altgeld Gardens management offices were discovered to have asbestos problems and the entire building was retrofitted accordingly. Despite being built at about the same time as the offices and by the same contractors, the actual Altgeld Gardens housing facility was not even scheduled for an asbestos inspection. This concerned a young community organizer, who rallied residents into launching a letter-writing campaign with the local officials after they ignored requests for a face to face meeting.

The letters escalated to various levels in the CHA hierarchy until finally, the community organizer got media attention by arranging a meeting with the elected head of the CHA and invited several local television crews to capture the meeting he correctly predicted would get ignored. With media pressure on his side, the community organizer was able to get the same asbestos retrofits for the housing facility that the CHA offices received.

Barack Obama - Presidential CandidateThis story is only important because the community organizer was Barack Obama (and these events can be found in his pre-fame written memoir). As a United States Senator and current presidential candidate, I’m thinking that guy can do a lot more than clean up vomit for you right about now, especially if you are a CHA administrator that needs something. Regardless of what happens with the 2008 election cycle, it would be a lot better to have him owe you a favor than to remember you didn’t care about asbestos exposure in a housing project.

That’s not to say that the kid who mows your lawn is going to grow up to be that venture capitalist you need funding from to launch your dream company, but the point is that you can’t afford to treat anybody with anything less than respect and courteousness. You never know what they are going to become later. It’s best not to burn bridges with anybody and build as many strong relationships as you can. The result is a personal network that can pay dividends for you down the road.

Pete Johnson - Hewlett-Packard Chief Architect and Nerd Guru bloggerPete Johnson has held a variety of positions with Hewlett-Packard since 1993, focusing mainly on web development. As HP.com IT’s Chief Architect he is responsible for technology standards that govern all HP websites, the company portal strategy, and a variety of other web publishing challenges. He blogs at http://nerdguru.net on how improved non-technical skills can accelerate an engineering career.

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Tuesday Brag – Wall Street Journal (Career Journal) Mention

April 17th, 2007

Career Journal (the Wall Street Journal Executive Career Site)Last week I had a mention in the Career Journal, which is part of the Wall Street Journal. I thought it was quite cool, and was sure my parents would think it was awesome, but aside from that wasn’t sure how “big” it really was.

But it was big. And I’ve been “chastized” by friends and colleagues for not bragging about it. Every day I get an e-mail or a call asking why I haven’t blogged about it. So let me dedicate an entire post about my mention.

Sarah Needleman is an associate editor of CareerJournal.com. In fact, it seems that all of the articles that I read on CareerJournal are from her – I find her work to be very interesting as it’s from that C-level perspective. We chatted on the phone about my blog for about 15 minutes, and I let her know what some of my favorite career-related blogs are. The other blogs that are highlighted are:

http://www.yourhrguy.com

http://www.cheezhead.com

resumehell.blogspot.com – I didn’t know about this blog before, but man it’s good!

blog.penelopetrunk.com

www.ere.net/blogs/world_of_talent – this one is new to me, I’m now following it

www.susanstrayer.com/kaleidoblog

www.guerrillajobhunting.typepad.com

www.employmentblawg.com

thechad.jobcentral.com

The Ugly DucklingThis is an awesome list – I’ve actually had e-mail or phone conversations with all but two of these bloggers (and have followed all the blogs except for the two that I commented on). I feel like the ugly duckling though, because I don’t have the training or history in employment like these guys do. But maybe that’s why my blog is on there… I think it is kind of unique!

It’s an honor to be included amongst these bloggers – thanks for the write-up Sarah! I’ll be adding the CareerJournal.com logo to the front page of JibberJobber, next to these others: Yahoo! Finance, JobSearch.About.com, Newsday, TotalPictureRadio and WebWare (a CNET site)! I think it will look good there :)

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