Every once in a while I get a harebrained idea to do something new and cool. I know, I’m nutz.
First it was to start a crazy job search organizational website… JibberJobber.com.
Then it was to write a book that might sell a few copies… I’m on LinkedIn — Now What???
Then it was to actually become a professional speaker (got dragged into that one) … this is what prompted the redesign of JasonAlba.com.
Then it was to develop other informational products like the LinkedIn DVD: LinkedIn for Job Seekers.
Look where all that got me :p
Well, here’s the next one. This met all of my criteria for doing a new thing (complement the other stuff? Check. Fun? Check. Rewarding? Check.) Let me tell you how this all started.
Alison Doyle is the Job Search Expert at About.com. When she comes to Park City with her man, who is the Ski Expert at About.com, she lets me know so we can hopefully have lunch together. About a year ago I went to lunch with Mark Newman, CEO of Hirevue (a very cool company) and we were just chatting… no agenda, nothing planned, just chatting.
Somehow we got the idea to start an industry blog/site that talks about the plethora of job search tools (and stuff)… new ones, old ones, etc. The idea was to create a place where we talk about what there is, what we think of it, how they could improve, and stuff like this. Something like TechCrunch for the job search world.
Of course, we are not going to be, or compete with, TechCrunch. But we thought there was an opportunity to fill a gap. We were SO EXCITED!
And then we all went back to our day jobs and got busy :p
Until recently… we finally pulled it together and decided to make it happen. This week we came up with the name Job Search Talk, bought the domain, set up the blog, and started moving forward.
We’re jazzed, and hope to be able to provide value to people in the job search space (HR, job seekers, recruiters, software developers, etc.) – but we don’t want to (or, can’t) write all of it! So, if you have any opinions on what is out there, or what should be out there, let us know – we’d love to have experts (whether you are a job seeker with expertise as a product user or a career coach or a software vendor) help us put up information and opinions about what is available… !
Cool, huh? Crazy but cool.