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Fall Special – Buy One Get One Free

November 14th, 2007

Buy one get one free - buy two get two freeThrough Monday night (Nov 19th) we are giving you an an extra year if you buy one year of premium JibberJobber. If you buy two years, you get two extra years. If you are already a premium member this will simply be added onto your current premium upgrade. Note that this brings the monthly price down below $5! But it’s just good through Monday night!

A few noteworthy changes:

  1. The pricing on one year changed from $105 to $99. Gotta be something about the psychology of buying something for less than $100, right?
  2. We added the ability to upgrade for three or six months. Since many people think “I’ll be in a job search for just three (or six) months” this should help in the “should I upgrade” decision.
  3. We finally give you the ability to get a subscription (monthly, or any of the other time periods) without using PayPal. When we first introduced PayPal as the subscription payment method we had a bunch of people say “I don’t trust PayPal!” Now there’s another option.

Additionally, we just did a release (more on the new features, coming soon) to enhance the system.

What would you like to see? What would make JibberJobber a more valuable long-term career tool for you?

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Religion’s Role In A Job Search

November 13th, 2007

Helping HandsA couple of weeks ago I wrote a post that I had wanted to write for 18 months. It was about depression. I wasn’t happy with the post, and hoped to get some comments. It has turned out to be one of my most favorite “blog discussions” so far, with 15 heart-felt comments (and counting) about depression in the job search.

Scientist is a commenter with some very thought-provoking questions/ideas. Here’s part of her comment:

I would like to ask how the clergy people in your religion (without naming the religions) have responded. I have not been able to get any clergy person in my religion willing to make an appointment with me or offer me any help. I am thinking about converting, and I wonder what religions are being supportive. Mine is not. I think religion involves a sense of community and not just going to a service once a week.

Wow – what a great question. I’ll attempt to answer it with my own experiences, and would love to know what you guys think.

Help from individuals in our congregation

When I lost my job, word spread throughout our congregation pretty quick. We live in a nice neighborhood with a lot of professionals who are excelling in their careers, and there was only one other person who was out of work.

A few people came and asked us how we were doing, and how they could help. We found ourselves in a very uncomfortable situation of being in a fishbowl where a lot of people that we didn’t know suddenly had some level of interest in what was going on. More than once we would answer the door at night, only to find bags of clothing, or boxes of food. Sometimes when we opened the mailbox there were envelopes containing anything from cash to gift cards at the grocery store.

Once, I got a bill from a utility company with a few hundred dollars credit. I didn’t understand it at first – it took me about 30 minutes to (a) understand that someone would pay our utility bill a few months in advance, and (b) pull myself together to tell my wife.

It was an extremely humbling period. My wife and I had stingily helped others throughout our marriage (let me clarify, I was the stingy one, not her… she would gladly give all we had and more to help others while I wanted to give only what we could “afford”), but we had never been on this end.

Throughout this entire process I was amazed at the kindness that people showed. I’m not talking about giving 10 or 20 bucks here and there. Remember the gift cards for the grocery store? There were three of them. I called the number on the back of each card to find out the value… and I could not believe it – they were each maxed out at $200. That means that someone gave my family $600 to use at the local grocery store.

I felt embarrassed, humbled, stingy, grateful… all kinds of things. I wasn’t concerned about my welfare as much as my family’s, and getting anonymous gifts from neighbors and congregation was so, so appreciated.

Help from our bishop

One of the early calls we made was to our bishop (congregation leader). I knew people were talking about us (it felt uncomfortable, of course, but it also felt right, since I would be talking about how to help someone else with others in our congregation). I just wanted to let him know what was going on, that I was sure we would be okay, that we didn’t need any help, of course we would reach out to him if we did, and I wanted to clarify a few things that I had heard that were not accurate. I certainly didn’t want to worry him.

He asked us if we (my wife and I) could meet with him in his office. We were pretty clear that we didn’t want or need any help, and that we could get ourselves out of this mess.

We sat down with him and he asked how we were doing. Then he asked us if he could understand our monthly expenses, and asked us specifically about our house payment, car payments, food budget, utilities, etc. Within a few minutes we all had an idea of what kind of money we needed monthly. He told us that he wanted us to take advantage of a program commonly referred to as “the bishop’s storehouse” where he would authorize us to go and get whatever groceries we needed. He emphasized that the storehouse is there for situations like this, and we would probably feel embarrassed, but he wanted us to go in and take as much as we wanted… it was there for us.

We told him that we were okay, and we didn’t need it. He countered with “I’d rather have you save your money for bills than for food, so please take advantage of the bishop’s storehouse.” How grateful we were to have this resource and not feel like we were moochers, beggers, or opportunists.

Was it embarrassing? Absolutely. The bishop’s storehouse does what it can to make you feel comfortable but when I went it seemed as if everyone there had their eyes down… embarrassed to be there. We were just a bunch of people down on our luck, really. We went for a few months but stopped when we decided to make JibberJobber a full-time business to pursue. It was definitely a blessing.

The rest of the story

My job search was going on and on. Everyone can feel sorry for you for the first few weeks or months. The “charity” died down, certainly, which was good for us and everyone else. I appreciated everything that people gave, and it changed my perspective on helping others, but I didn’t want to be seen as this no-good-mooch.

Some people didn’t quite understand my web-based business and I felt as if they thought it was just a psychological reaction to feel better about my employability – so we had the occasional “Jason, here are job postings for you” even after I repeatedly explained that we weren’t’ looking anymore, that I had a web business. I guess that’s part of being an entrepreneur – people wondering what the heck you are doing :)

I have friends that told me different stories… where their bishops would call them in and chastize them, tell them to not be so lazy or selective, and really make them feel horrible. I hated stories like these, and realized how lucky and blessed we were to have a bishop that was intent on helping, not harming.

It makes me sad to hear stories like that of scientist, but I think (I hope) I know what’s going on. I think that those people have no idea what to do. Perhaps they haven’t been through it before. It doesn’t help the pain at the time, but I want to (I really want to) give the church leaders the benefit of the doubt and hope somehow they can learn about the depth of the unemployment issue.

I’d love to know what more churches are doing with regard to this issue – unemployment in the congregation affects a healthy congregation! Not only can people not donate to the church, but you then get all kinds of issues tied to emotional health (depression, suicide, ability to serve others, etc.).

Want some resources?

I have three links to share with you:

  • Between Jobs Ministry – this is the most impressive organization that I’ve come across in my travels. These guys get it, and do it right. You won’t get much out of their website (hint: call them), but they should be an example for a bunch of others to offer real career management service, regardless of religious beliefs. The worst thing about the Between Jobs Ministry is that they are in Houston… so it won’t help many of you. But still, five stars, and hopefully others will follow their example.
  • LDS Jobs - this website is kind of clunky, but here’s what you do (again, non-denominational) – find the link to their locations. They offer an excellent (free) two day workshop on job search. You aren’t going to get preached at, although they do pray and have scriptures, of course. I have networked with many of the people involved in this program and I recommend it as a first step if you are just starting your job search. It is the thing that turned my job search around (I was totally headed in the wrong direction).
  • Google the phrase “job ministry – Thanks to expert recruiter and sourcer Jim Stroud for this idea. It is kind of hit-and-miss but if you put in Job Ministry and your city (like “Job Ministry Atlanta” or “Job Ministry Sacramento” or “Job Ministry New York” or “Job Ministry Florida” or “Job Ministry Chicago“) you might luck out and find an active job ministry to help you with techniques, network contacts, support, etc.

This post is way longer than I wanted… sorry for that. Feel free to share your own religious/clergy/church job search experiences!

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The Day After Veterans Day – Giving Back To Those That Serve

November 12th, 2007

Soldiers PrayingMany of you know that I have a special program dedicated to soldiers, marines, sailors and other servicemen/women who are returning from deployment. Why? Because I can. No red tape here. If someone is deployed they get 30 months of premium JibberJobber for free. This assumes they will be gone for 18 months, and gives them an additional 12 months once they are back (whether they are really gone for 18 months or not, I don’t care – they still get 30 months of premium services). More information at JibberJobber for the Troops.

In addition, I am working with a program to also donate premium services to the Wounded Warriors (this is an official non-profit organization). I’m really excited about this program because these people have given more than their time, they’ve given limbs and future health. From what I’ve read, they aren’t getting much back from our government (at least not what they should be getting), and I’ve always wanted to contribute. This is not much, it’s hardly anything, but it’s what I can do right now. More information on that coming in the next few months.

I am currently looking for corporate sponsors to assist with the JibberJobber for the Troops program (I am not a non-profit). The Wounded Warriors is also looking for sponsors (in addition to JibberJobber services they are providing the Wounded Warriors with career coaching, resume services and more). I am also looking for other programs to support these servicemen/women (not just in the U.S.) – if you have any contacts at various organizations that would/could use these services, please let me know.

Please contact me if you know anyone or any companies that can contribute to either of these programs.

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What’s The Difference Between JibberJobber And….

November 9th, 2007

Special announcement! Right now there is a buy-one-year, get-one-year and a buy-two-years, get-two-years special, good through November 19th. You can take advantage of this special offer right now, just login and upgrade. If you are already premium, just click on Premium Features (on the bottom), and you’ll see a link to upgrade. This will save you grundles of money, and you’ll be set for years!

JibberJobber - career management softwareIn my July 3rd post, I’ve Signed Up On JibberJobber… Now What, I end with this gem:

Wondering why you would use JibberJobber instead of ACT! or Outlook Contacts? Stay tuned, this week I’ll blog on that.

I guess that week never came :) Seriously, sometimes I have so much I want to share but I’m trying to respect you as a reader and not blog more than once a day, and not write long posts! It’s hard!

Here are some of my IT Manager thoughts, comparing JibberJobber with other options. This is not a trashing post, rather, these are points that I would bring to a board room if we were evaluating various software systems. Let me set the stage: let’s say that I am consulting with my dad, who would be a professional in transition (or not – perhaps he just values relationship management), is savvy on the computer, and has limited time.

Let’s start with ACT!

ACT! is a very popular Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program used by a ton of people to manage sales leads, prospects, customers, etc. It is a sales tool, for sales people. In my recent networking with career professionals, I have found ACT! to be the most-recommended relationship management tool for executives in transition (there wasn’t anything else to recommend). Basically you spend $200 or $300, install it on your computer, and you are good to go!

The Good

  • Buy it once and you get it forever.
  • Pretty private data, since this isn’t going on the Internet (so to make it 99% hackproof, just never plug your computer into the Internet).
  • You have complete control over upgrades (if there’s a new feature you don’t like, don’t upload it!).
  • You have complete control over backups.
  • It should do a good job with managing relationships, setting action items, etc. That is what it was designed for.
  • There are a lots of bells-and-whistles.

The Bad

  • You only get what you buy – if they have super-cool updates, you would have to pay for those.
  • If you use more than one computer, or every want to access your contacts and database from somewhere else (your office, the library, etc.) you can’t, since your ACT! database is only on one computer.
  • You have to install the software. No big deal for most. You have to manage the upgrades, which is usually no big deal, but what if there are bugs?
  • You have to do the backups, which isn’t hard, but it’s a pain, and really, who does backups on their computer (I do, I use Mozy.com)? If you don’t do a backup and anything happens to your computer (it happens, right?? How many computers (or hard drives) have you had in the last 3 years?) you may just lose your entire network and related information.
  • While it’s clearly a relationship manager, it was never designed to help you manage your career relationships. So a lot of the features and reports may not make sense to you, or be completely intuitive… because it was designed for a sales environment, not for what your needs are.
  • For many, the bells-and-whistles may just be noise and add to the confusion.

next, Outlook.

Outlook is the mail client from Microsoft, extremely popular throughout the world, mostly in business settings. I’ve used it for at least 10 years, and love many aspects of it.

The Good

  • Most people use Outlook (or something like it) at work, so you are probably quite familiar with how it works.
  • The contacts are integrated into the entire mail package, so for example, to forward a contact to someone else, you just select that contact and hit Control-F, and it opens a new message with that contact as an attachment. Great integration!
  • Outlook has lots of add-ins that you can purchase, potentially adding lots of great features to help you organize and manage your information.
  • Again, it’s on your computer, so you control the version, bug fixes, backups, etc.
  • Integrates well with PDAs so you can take lots of the functionality on the road with you (if you have a PDA).

The Bad

  • Outlook is a mail system, not a CRM system. I know there are some people that stretch it to be a CRM system but they probably invested time and energy to figure out how to stretch it, including any add-ins that they had to install.
  • In Contacts, you can’t have threaded notes/memos, or tie people and companies together like you would in a CRM system.
  • Unfortunately, Outlook gets targeted by hackers since it’s a Microsoft product (or, since it is so popular, or both!). It’s just a little more vulnerable to malicious intent, which means it’s that much more important to make sure that you always have your data backed up, and your Outlook disk ready to reinstall. (I use Outlook all day long, so I’m not saying to NOT use it).
  • I don’t think there is a place to track companies, and related information (without putting them in a contact file).
  • Again, it’s on one computer, so if you are on the road and need more information than what your PDA grabbed, you have to wait until you get back home.

Finally, JibberJobber.

That’s my website, of course. It is not a program you load on your computer, instead, you just go to the website and login. It was designed during my job search to help manage, track and organize a job search, help job seekers manage all the contacts they make during this hot networking time, keep track of companies they might want to work at, where they send their resume, etc. It’s a totally new type of software, very focused on helping YOU with all the information you gather during your career (whether you are in a job search or not).

The Good

  • As a web-based relationship management tool, any and all updates are immediately available to all users, and you don’t even see the upgrade happen. We usually do updates at night (we did a new one last night, details are coming later), and focus on (a) customer requests, (b) anything we can do to make the system more intuitive or polished, (c) things that are recommended by career and networking experts.
  • We also do backups for you. We have nightly and weekly backups ready to restore the program and data – again, no cost to you, and you don’t even have to worry about it.
  • You can access it from any online computer (your house, your office, the library, your mother-in-law’s, an iPhone, etc.).
  • It’s specifically designed for you to manage career information. Based on the CRM concept, we’ve taken gobs of career expert advice and developed a place for you to manage your own stuff. Even though it’s mostly designed for personal career relationship management, we have people who use it as their small business CRM, or their consultant/freelancer CRM, or non-career relationship management (just to get birthday reminders e-mailed to them). In addition, it’s a great tool for someone how manages other people, perhaps volunteer groups, to keep track of things that are going on with individuals. We’re not trying to be all things to all people but some people are more creative than we are.
  • It’s either free or inexpensive. You can have a lifetime free membership and upgrade for $9.95 a month just when you need extra bells-and-whistles. I have users that bounce between free and premium regularly. If you ever go from premium to free, we do not, we will not, hold your data hostage! Even the free version is extremely functional.
  • We’re current and relevant. I went to three conferences this year with career professionals and network regularly with experts in the career space. I am always listening for new ideas that I can incorporate for you. This blog is a place to share career ideas with you… you won’t get that kind of career focus/emphasis from CRM companies.

The Bad

  • One of the most frequently asked questions I’m asked is, how long will this be around. The answer simply is, for a long time. I’m not in a job search anymore, and we have funding and cash flow, and have some exciting deals we’ve been working on. Even if something bad were to happen, and I had to get a job and cut off the financing to the development team, the cost to keep the site up and function is extremely low, so it’s not going to go away.
  • Another concern people have is their data’s security. I think it’s bad practice to publicly outline what your IT security measures are, as it gives the bad guys places to look for holes, but let me say that we are doing everything we know to do to protect your data, even going beyond the industry standards for security.
  • We have tried to balance usability with functionality, and it’s a hard balance. There are a number of people who hit the ground running, but others say “I have no idea what to do now!” We have some new designs coming to help with that, and I do free user webinars regularly to answer your questions and help you learn how to use the system.
  • We have the ability to import and export data, but we don’t have sleek cool integration with Outlook, PDA’s, etc. YET. That’s on the list of stuff to do.

My conclusion for my dad.

I’m totally biased, but I’d suggest that my dad use JibberJobber for career relationship management (after all, he’s an investor in the company ;) ). And Outlook for e-mail. And other tools, too. This isn’t necessarily about what one tool will replace all others, rather, which is the best tool for a specific job – and certainly JibberJobber is the best tool to help you put career advice into practice!

I hope this long post makes sense, and is helpful!

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Personal Branding Summit TODAY – Register Now

November 8th, 2007

call today!!All day long we’ll have experts on the phone talking about various aspects of personal branding. There is so much variety in the schedule that at least one session should apply to you. Here’s the schedule, to help you figure out what you want to call into. Call in numbers have been added in case your registration e-mails went to spam :)

Thanks to Zane Safrit, CEO of Conference Calls Unlimited and Gold Sponser, for providing the technology so that this can happen.

Time
MST/EST/UK
Line 1
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(512) 597-6331 (854750#)
8am/10am/3pm Evangelizing Evangelists to Build a Business and Build Your Brand
Panel: Guy Kawasaki (facilitator), Krishna De, John Jantsch, Andy Sernovitz, Tim Demello
How Finding and Developing Your Personal Brand Helps Your Career
Anita Bruzzese
9am/11am/4pm How to Write a Great Business blog
Debbie Weil
Crossing Worlds: How to Add International Flair to Your Personal Brand
Silvia Cambié
10am/noon/5pm How Coaching For Performance Can Help Your Employees Develop Their Personal Brand and Realize Their Potential
Carol Wilson
Three Steps to a Winning Brand
William Arruda
11am/1pm/6pm MicroBranding: Build A Powerful Personal or Local Brand… & Beat Your Competition!
T Scott Gross
Building Your Online Brand for Career Distinction
Kirsten Dixson
noon/2pm/7pm Building Your Employer Brand to Win the War For Talent
Panel: Leigh Branham, Orla Graham, Tom Zastudil
Branding Your Resume, Bio or CV: Trends and Tips
Panel: Deb Dib, Megan Fitzgerald, Susan Guarneri, Bernadette Martin
1pm/3pm/8pm Express Your Personal Brand Through the Power Of Podcasting
Neville Hobson
The Age of Mass Individualization: Leveraging the Power of Personal Branding for Personal and Professional Success
Thebe Ikalafeng
2pm/4pm/9pm Promoting Brand You with Viral Marketing on the Web
David Meerman Scott
How A Book Becomes A Brand: The 35-Year History of WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?
Richard Nelson Bolles
3pm/5pm/10pm Use Personal Branding to Take Your Job Search from Zero to 60
Jason Alba
Brand, Networking & Community
Liz Ryan
4pm/6pm/11pm Success Built to Last – Secrets from the most successful people on earth!
Stewart Emery
Identity You: Creating a Personal 5×5 Branding Strategy
Phil Gerbyshak
5pm/7pm/midnight Exude Your Brand: What Does Your Image Say About YOU?
Panel: Diana Jennings, Valerie Sokolosky, Riham El-Hawary, Stacia Williams
Unleashing Your Talent’s Best Talents: Branding Strategies to Tap and Turn Loose Employee Motivation and Productivity
Susan Britton Whitcomb
6pm/8pm/1am What’s Your Personal Brand Message? What’s Your Game Plan?
Catherine Kaputa
Changing Careers to Pursue Your Authentic Personal Brand
Andrea Kay
7pm/9pm/2am Event Wrap Up РHighlights of the Day A Brandjamming Session with Marc Gob̩: Jazz Up Your Personal Brand
Marc Gobe

Also, HUGE THANKS to the following bloggers who have posted about this event!

(sorry if I missed any blog posts about this)

Also, thanks to Trey DeNina who sent this out to various Yahoo! groups.

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Managing A Career With Adult ADD (and ADHD)

November 7th, 2007

Frustrated - career management with ADD or ADHDTomorrow is the huge international Personal Branding Summit. See the post from yesterday to see the schedule of speakers. There is no cost to you, just go register and then figure out what sessions you want to call into!

I’m no expert in this, but I thought I would present this e-mail I got from a friend of a friend and see what you think:

In September, I walked away from dissatisfying career in order to venture out on my own as a freelance web designer. Currently I have a full time contract with a company, but it ends in a few weeks and at that point I’ll have to find my own clients. I may get rehired in the spring, but that’s never a sure thing.

Six months ago, I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Since then I have been taking medication and recently started seeing a therapist. She said a coach might be able to help me learn to cope with ADD in my life and in my career. I can see that many of the problems I’ve had in my career may have been caused or at least worsened by my ADD. Throughout my life, I have had trouble with time management and motivation. I get distracted easily and end up wasting a major part of my workday on meaningless things. In addition, I’ve always been a terrible procrastinator and a perfectionist, which ends up being an impossible combination. Estimating how long a task should take is also a huge stressor for me, but it’s a required skill for bidding on projects and billing. It’s imperative that I deal with these issues right away. Otherwise, I don’t stand a chance.

If you have any ideas on coaching and coping with ADD in the workplace or know of anyone that I might talk to, it would be much appreciated.

Do you know anything about Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)? Are you successfully managing a career (or your own business) with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? (yes, I know there is a difference between ADD and ADHD) What advice can you offer this person?

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Personal Branding Summit Schedule

November 6th, 2007

Thursday (Nov 8th) is the day-long personal branding summit. Below is information you need to plan your day. This is going to be an awesome day with amazing speakers (they even had to get me to fill in a slot :p) – I’ll be on all day listening and learning. For more information click here.

I made a few changes (it’s 11:06am, MST) … just moved some people around. As of right now, this is current!

Time
MST/EST/UK
Line 1
register
(512) 597-6331 (874145#)
Line 2
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(512) 597-6331 (854750#)
8am/10am/3pm Evangelizing Evangelists to Build a Business and Build Your Brand
Panel: Guy Kawasaki (facilitator), Krishna De, John Jantsch, Andy Sernovitz, Tim Demello
How Finding and Developing Your Personal Brand Helps Your Career
Anita Bruzzese
9am/11am/4pm How to Write a Great Business blog
Debbie Weil
Crossing Worlds: How to Add International Flair to Your Personal Brand
Silvia Cambié
10am/noon/5pm How Coaching For Performance Can Help Your Employees Develop Their Personal Brand and Realize Their Potential
Carol Wilson
Three Steps to a Winning Brand
William Arruda
11am/1pm/6pm MicroBranding: Build A Powerful Personal or Local Brand… & Beat Your Competition!
T Scott Gross
Building Your Online Brand for Career Distinction
Kirsten Dixson
noon/2pm/7pm Building Your Employer Brand to Win the War For Talent
Panel: Leigh Branham, Orla Graham, Tom Zastudil
Branding Your Resume, Bio or CV: Trends and Tips
Panel: Deb Dib, Megan Fitzgerald, Susan Guarneri, Bernadette Martin
1pm/3pm/8pm Express Your Personal Brand Through the Power Of Podcasting
Neville Hobson
The Age of Mass Individualization: Leveraging the Power of Personal Branding for Personal and Professional Success
Thebe Ikalafeng
2pm/4pm/9pm Promoting Brand You with Viral Marketing on the Web
David Meerman Scott
How A Book Becomes A Brand: The 35-Year History of WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE?
Richard Nelson Bolles
3pm/5pm/10pm Use Personal Branding to Take Your Job Search from Zero to 60
Jason Alba
Brand, Networking & Community
Liz Ryan
4pm/6pm/11pm Success Built to Last – Secrets from the most successful people on earth!
Stewart Emery
Identity You: Creating a Personal 5×5 Branding Strategy
Phil Gerbyshak
5pm/7pm/midnight Exude Your Brand: What Does Your Image Say About YOU?
Panel: Diana Jennings, Valerie Sokolosky, Riham El-Hawary, Stacia Williams
Unleashing Your Talent’s Best Talents: Branding Strategies to Tap and Turn Loose Employee Motivation and Productivity
Susan Britton Whitcomb
6pm/8pm/1am What’s Your Personal Brand Message? What’s Your Game Plan?
Catherine Kaputa
Changing Careers to Pursue Your Authentic Personal Brand
Andrea Kay
7pm/9pm/2am Event Wrap Up РHighlights of the Day A Brandjamming Session with Marc Gob̩: Jazz Up Your Personal Brand
Marc Gobe

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The worst part of the day will be deciding which session to jump into. Make sure you register now to get the phone numbers for each line!

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Which Is More Important: The Technology Or The Human Relationship?

November 5th, 2007

nework graphsLast week was a abuzz with news about Google’s new OpenSocial announcement, which is supposed to be this amazing platform that allows people to develop a “widget” or feature for many social networks (including MySpace, LinkedIn, all of Ning’s social networks (over 100,000!), and more (but not Facebook, yet)).

And then Yahoo announces it is launching Kickstart, for the college market. Wait, didn’t Facebook do that already? Yep, but when they allowed non-college adults into the network last year the college kids, feeling violated, freaked out. Of course this presents a market opportunity, and Kickstart is not the first nor will it be the only “just for college kids” social network to fill that gap that Facebook created.

I could go on and on… this is a noisy, confusing space! What does it mean for you, for your career, and for your networking? Let me share some thoughts from Vincent Wright, founder of My LinkedIn Power Forum, and powerconnecter extraordinnaire. These thoughts, in my opinion are spot on, and definitely worth thinking about (especially if you feel like you are drowning in all of the networking technology noise). He starts off with:

…I prefer to stay focused on relationships – not just technology focused on relationships. For, if we don’t master human relationships, technology is nothing more than a baby’s pacifier – and having the same effects on our growth [that] a pacifier has on a baby’s growth…

and then, when questioned a little more, responds with:

To me, it’s not a matter of which came first – a relationship or technology. The question for me is fundamentally simple: “Now that the technology has brought us together, what do we DO with our relationship?”

Technology is just a tare weight.

Technology is no different than the utensils we use to enjoy our food and nourish ourselves.

I don’t love knives, spoons, of forks but, I can love the taste of the meals they help me consume.

Likewise, I don’t love technology but, I can get excited about them and what they portend in terms of healthy human relationships created via them.

And, too, think about the trillions of permutations and combinations of contacts that have been fostered by technology and absolutely NOTHING is happening with contacts. NOTHING. At all. NO relationship – just awareness of one another. Technology connects us and nothing happens beyond that. That is, until human INTENTIONALITY gets added to the equation and humans reach out to help one another prosper, to grow, to strengthen themselves. The technology that brings us together is impotent in that regard.

Humans mattered first – and humans will matter last…

Vincent is not afraid of, or unfamiliar with technology. In fact, he’s tried more tech network things than I have, and has more history in this space. But Vincent does not neglect the end goal. For him, the technologies are not toys, rather they are tools. But it all comes down to relationships. Very nicely put Vincent :) (props to Jay Deragon, blogger at A Relationship Economy blog, for engaging Vincent in this discussion)

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Job-Hunt.org: A Website You Can Trust

November 2nd, 2007

Susan Joyce - Webmaster, editor, primary writer, link chooser, and senior job hunter for Job-Hunt.orgI met Susan Joyce, owner of Job-Hunt.org, in Kentucky this spring. She was just as cool in person as she was over e-mail. She has run Job-Hunt.org (here’s her blog) for quite a while, starting it shortly after she was let go from her big computer employer (who no longer exists).

My first interaction with her was when she included JibberJobber.com as a “site to watch.” That was pretty flattering considering she is one of the major industry watchdogs, with an emphasis on providing value to YOU, the job seeker. But before she wanted to associate the Job-Hunt.org brand with JibberJobber, she wanted clarification about the privacy policy as well as my terms and conditions.

In the almost 18 months that I’ve been doing this, no one has asked about my privacy policy or terms and conditions.

Further, just a few days ago she asked me about the job club that I spoke at in October, because she wants to list them on her site. But get this – she will only list them after she understands their privacy policy, terms and conditions, and how they act.

In other words, before something lands on Susan Joyce’s Job Hunt site, she checks them out. She reads the fine print. She validates that they are not going to mess with your personal data, or take advantage of you! Of course, things may slip through, I can’t imagine she has a fool-proof system, but just knowing that she is not linking to and recommending everything and everyone is (a) reassuring, and (b) unheard of.

Susan Joyce is watching out for you, and I can confidently say that you can use her site to find resources and feel good about what you are finding there.

Here’s a sample of her own language on the site:

Legitimate employers usually qualify for one free listing in Job-Hunt,

Legitimate employers (I’m sure she is checking their legitimacy) aren’t guaranteed, or entitled, you still have to make it past the gatekeeper.

Job-Hunt.org certainly has my stamp of approval. Go check it out!


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Getting Too Old? Dye Your Hair Before The Interview!

November 1st, 2007

Hide your Gray!Catchy title, eh? Let me explain.

In my job search I met a man who was extremely accomplished (an executive in transition). He had some gray, which is how I got to know him. This guy was doing a lot of networking, and eventually came to be one of the most connected people in my city. One day he showed up to the network meeting with beautiful jet-black (or very dark brown) hair. It was… interesting.

See, my hair isn’t really losing it’s color (I’m balding, that’s for another post :) ), so I hadn’t really thought about coloring it. When he, as someone who I really respect, came in with colored hair, it was as if he was trying to hide something (his age). I’ve hired older people before (I’m in my 30′s in case you were wondering) and really respected what they brought to the table. And this guy would have been an awesome catch for any company. I couldn’t understand why he was coloring his hair.

So without going into one of my lengthy posts, with bullet points and opinions and all that, I’ll throw it to you… what do YOU think about this issue? Should he have colored his hair, or just left it? I do know that he spent a lot of time thinking about this, so it wasn’t just on a whim.

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