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Pluralsight Courses Make Me Hide

December 11th, 2019

Hiding

I’ve been hiding for the last couple of weeks because I’m at the point in my next Pluralsight course where I can’t do much else. I normally have a half dozen things I’m working on, all with their own levels of complexity and needs. I say I have “business ADD” because I need to work on multiple things at the same time. I also usually have multiple books I’m reading at the same time.

But, I’m nearing the finish line for my 35th Pluralsight course, which is on emotional intelligence for leaders. It’s a really cool course and the more I’ve gotten into it the more I’ve come to really appreciate EQ. I’ve learned some really cool things that will impact me for many years.

The course is due tomorrow… so aside from some customer and tech support here and there, various meetings that I’ve had to be in, I’ve been missing in action. AWOL. Quiet.

I dislike not being able to do all of my normal stuff, but soon enough (early next week?) I’ll be back, spinning all of my plates. For now, though, I’m hiding. Thankfully, I have the right team to cover for me :)

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#42DaysOfJobSearch and #100DaysOfCode

December 4th, 2019

On Twitter I’ve been seeing the hashtag for #100DaysOfCode from people who are spending 100 days to learn how to program. It’s inspiring, and fun to watch their progress. It’s really cool to read when someone posts about a new contract, or turning in a project to a customer. Here’s an example:

The stories that accompany this hashtag are all about empowerment through education and creating financial security by creating personal value. This speaks to my heart!

For weeks I’ve been thinking about introducing something similar. It will be much, much smaller… but still, I’m introducing #42DaysOfJobSearch. I want people in job search to be inspired, to be intentional, to make progress, to share progress, and to have hope. I want them to shoot for something, and make progress every single day.

Who is #42DaysOfJobSearch for?

Clearly it is for the job seeker. The person who feels alone, feels dejected, and needs a job (and hope). It is also for people who are preparing for a job search… Exhibit A:

Whether you are part of the 19% of BMO staff who are getting let go, or the thousands of WeWork staff out on the street, or you came from a tiny company (like I did) that doesn’t do outplacement… #42DaysOfJobSearch is for anyone who wants to better their career.

Even if you have a job right now, but feel underemployed or unsatisfied.

Why 42 Days?

Simple: because seven times six is 42! And because 42 is the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”

Actually, because the Job Search Program is a six week program that you do seven days a week. During the 42 day journey you should be making as much progress, and have as much excitement and hope, as the people who are doing #100DaysOfCode.

Also, because 42 days seems like enough. It’s better than the one+ year job searches that I hear about. I want people to be intentional, directed, and purposeful, and make an impact on their future and income RIGHT NOW. I don’t want you to wait for months. I want you to have success NOW.

I want to know how your #42DaysOfJobSearch is going! I want to hear your progress, your stories, your tiny wins, your big wins… I want you to share and inspire others. Whether you share it on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or just send me an email, I want to hear and share this journey with you.

Learn more about the 42 day Job Search Program here. And send me updates on how you are doing.

Job Search Program Effective Job Search

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Cyber Monday Means Pluralsight’s Biggest Sale Yet (40% off)

December 2nd, 2019

That’s right: for $179 instead of $299 you get a year of Pluralsight. This is freaking awesome.

When people ask me what Pluralsight is I say “have you heard of LinkedIn Learning? That used to be Lynda? Anyway…. Pluralsight is like that, but they focus more on developers and technologists.”

Not a techie? Bear with me… it gets good for you, too…

First, for techies. Pluralsight finds the best of the best to teach technical courses. These are people who are flown around the world and paid bank to speak at conferences or do corporate training. They are deep into their fields of expertise, and are either passionate about teaching or they are learning teaching skills. Pluralsight then works with these content producers (aka “Pluralsight Authors”) to ensure they have quality audio, video, and visuals. You won’t see the scratchy audio or video quality you might see on one of the bazillion Youtube tutorials. A few years ago at the Author conference the CEO stressed again and again (and again) QUALITY in our courses. They want it, and they help us create quality.

I just counted around 300 “Learning Paths” that Pluralsight curates. Hundreds of them are for programmers and technologists. Here are some not-so-technical learning paths that you might find interesting. Remember, for the next few hours (until midnight tonight) you get ALL of this for $179 instead of $299! 40% off!

Pluralsight Learning Path Managing Projects PMP

Pluralsight Learning Path Adobe Video and Audio Production

Pluralsight Learning Path Being A Technology Manager

Pluralsight Learning Path Business Analysis

Pluralsight Learning Path Data Analytics Literacy

Pluralsight Learning Path Graphic Design

Pluralsight Learning Path Leadership Management for Project Managers

Pluralsight Learning Path Program Management Professional

Pluralsight Learning Path Project Management Professional

Pluralsight Learning Path Scrum Framework

I’ll continue to tell you when Pluralsight has sales. But be forewarned… I’ve never seen a discount like this before. Do it now, before time runs out:

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Biggest Pluralsight Discount Yet: Black Friday/Cyber Monday of 2019

November 29th, 2019

The last few Pluralsight discounts I’ve shared were pretty great: 33% off of $299. And then I saw this:

This weekend, for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, 40% off! 

From $299 (the list price), the 33% off meant you got a whole year of Pluralsight courses for $199. But this weekend it’s better than that. 40% off means you only pay $179.

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$179 breaks down to about $15 a month.

For $15 a month you get full and unfettered access to around 6,000 or 7,000 online courses (I’ve heard both numbers).

Yes, these have been designed for technologists. Yes, I know many technologists who are on Pluralsight all the time. Whether they are senior or junior, they use Pluralsight as their learning mechanism to stay up on technologies.

In addition to tech courses (there are even starter courses for those who are looking at a career change into tech), there are courses for product managers, project managers, business analysts, UX designers, and graphics artists.

Get that? Even if you aren’t technical, you can get value from the product manager, project manager, business analyst, etc. courses. That alone is worth a lot more than $179 for a year.

Let’s say that none of that interests you. Check out the Job Search Learning Path below … that is 20 hours of courses/learning for anyone in or preparing for a transition. My most important suggestions will be on personal branding and informational interviews.  Get it for those two courses, and then enjoy the rest, which can only help with your career.

Job Seeker Learning Path Course Sequence:

Course Duration
Designing a Killer Job Search Strategy 1h 43m
Developing a Killer Personal Brand 2h 00m
Resumes and Self-marketing for Software Developers 1h 40m
Relationship Management and Tracking for Your Career 1h 47m
Informational Interviews 1h 45m
LinkedIn Strategy: Optimize Your Profile 1h 55m
LinkedIn: Proactive Strategies 1h 29m
Effective Email Communication 1h 33m
Effective Phone Skills 1h 19m
Becoming a Better Listener 1h 36m
Onboard Yourself: What to Do After You Land Your Dream Job 1h 20m

This ends on Monday night… don’t wait though. Invest in yourself and learn all year.

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The Job Search Program to Kill Analysis Paralysis

November 25th, 2019

JibberJobber Analysis ParalysisLast week I was on a call with very talented and accomplished executive, asking for more information about the Job Search Program. As we were talking we got on the topic of analysis paralysis, and she asked if the Job Search Program helped with analysis paralysis.

Yes, absolutely. 

Why? Because the Job Search Program is all about doing the three most important things today, and then reporting back on it by the end of the day. And tomorrow, you do the three most important things for tomorrow and report back. And you do that day after day after day.

This program is not a recital of any given job search or networking book.

It is implementing the stuff you do in a successful job search.

In my job search I realized that I could read all of the books and ebooks and articles and blog posts and listen to podcasts and take courses to become an expert in the job search (and networking and interviewing, etc.).

But I didn’t want to become an expert. I wanted a freaking job!

The Job Search Program is all about getting results. Studying this stuff, unless you want to enter the careers professions (resume writer, coach or counselor, etc.) will likely lead to analysis paralysis. How long should you take to figure out what you want to be when you grow up? A few chapters worth of reading might lead you to think you need to spend a month on that before you can do anything else. But a month without income? Not feasible for most of us.

Look, I’m not bashing on the books. I’m definitely not bashing on the knowledge. But if you are struggling with analysis paralysis, I invite you to take a leap of courage and say “I’m going to do something TODAY. Even if I’m not sure how to do it!”

Better yet, sign up for the Job Search Program (right now it is only $197) and I will give you THREE things to do every single day. I’ll ask you, at the end of the day, if you have done them. If you want to be stuck in paralysis the rest of the day, fine. But at least get my three things done today.

If you mess up, and don’t do it, then do the three things tomorrow. But don’t get stuck thinking, wondering, analyzing, comparing. DO SOMETHING. Better yet, do the right thing(s).

That is exactly what the Job Search Program is.

Ready to get results? Click here to start.

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The Job Search Program to Find Consulting Gigs?

November 22nd, 2019

On LinkedIn I got this question from Hugi:

“Can we use it to find consulting gigs?”

I’m guessing Hugi is asking if he can use the Job Search Program to find consulting gigs. My answer, of course, is:

Yes, absolutely yes!

Not that I think this program is the answer to every question, but what is a consulting gig? It is a mini-job.

JibberJobber Consulting Gigs

How do you get a consulting gig? Well, you might find out about it through a posting. Or through a network contact.

How can you proactively find out about consulting gigs? By having the right conversations with the right people.

Which is exactly what the Job Search Program is designed to do. I help you:

Have the right conversations with the right people.

The job search program uses the time-tested and proven tactic that every job seeker should use: the informational interview. Instead of just teaching you what an informational interview is, and then leaving you on your own, I walk with you for at least six weeks as you invite people, have the informational interviews, follow-up with them, and get more informational interviews (or, more of the right conversations with more of the right people) through referrals.

Networking. Accountability. Follow-up. All the normal high impact job search stuff. With my Job Search Program I help you, day-by-day, make progress in the right direction.

Whether you are just out of school, or looking for a mid-level job, or looking for an executive role, this program can help you have the right conversations with the right people. Not by giving you hours of instruction and a pat on the back… but with a systematic program that YOU CAN DO.

Is this for a contractor looking for gigs? Yes, it definitely is.

 

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Depression Sucks: Darkness in the Job Search (Tips From the Arctic)

November 18th, 2019

JibberJobber Depression Arctic Darkness

Depression clouds thinking. Depression can cloud everything. My most-commented on post was, I thought, a throw-away that no one would comment on.

But depression is too real, and the post connected with people. Check out the post, and the comments, here.

I live in a valley surrounded by mountains. Sounds charming, but there’s way too many people who live here to make it as charming as a Hallmark setting. Instead, and unfortunately, the mountain/valley arrangement gives us what they call an “inversion,” where we get air trapped over our valley for a while. When I say “air,” think dark, yucky pollution.

Winter here is an issue. It can be dark, gray, cold, unwelcoming, and then you have the inversion. Seasonal depression… that’s what they call it.

I think some people get career seasonal depression. I did, when I was in my job search (exhibit A). Many people I talk to are discouraged and depressed, anxious and on-edge. It just comes with the circumstances. I continue to look for anything to help myself and others who tend to go down that path, and was really quite interested in this article on Fast Company titled

I live in 24 hours of darkness each winter. Here’s how I stay sane

Please take the four minutes they say it will take to read this article. I think the entire article is fascinating.. Below the article are related links… explore those, too. I’ll list the five things the author lists to do, but please read the entire article for context. I don’t want you to brush over this list and think it’s a good idea… I want you to internalize the ideas.

Whether you live in the Arctic and won’t see the sun for a while or you live in sunny Florida and see the sun as much as you want, if you are in a job search you might be in your own darkness. These tips can be a part of your remedy.

  1. Keep a routine. Just make sure that what you have in your routine is actually working. Ditch the tactics that aren’t getting you anywhere.
  2. Plan excuses to be social. Job clubs, anyone??
  3. Opt for a technical solution. I might suggest, for job seekers, turn this around and opt for a non-technical solution – that is, TALK TO (MORE) PEOPLE!!
  4. Find things to look forward to. This is why, in my Job Search Program, I talk about vision so much. You will land a job, you won’t be unemployed forever.
  5. Don’t fight the darkness. Recognize that the job search sucks, and accept it, but don’t accept defeat. Know your enemy, as Sun Tzu would say.

Here’s the article:

Fast Company Depression

 

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Favorite Friday: The Job Journal and Mini Stories

November 15th, 2019

JibberJobber Job Journal

I was looking for some old posts about mini stories but didn’t find what I was looking for. I thought I’ve blogged dozens of times about them… alas, apparently I haven’t.

But I did find this gem… and it’s a two-fer-one. I get to talk about the power of mini stories and the JibberJobber feature we call the job journal. Each of these are important in your career management, networking, and career management! Take a walk down memory lane and visit this 2014 post:

What is the Job Journal?

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Favorite Friday: Ten Dick Bolles Facts

November 8th, 2019

Dick Bolles Parachute

I think I say the name “Dick Bolles” at least once a day. He had a profound impact on me and my thinking.

Dick passed away in March of 2017. About a week later I wrote this:

Ten Dick Bolles Facts

Enjoy some of my memories of a man who was bigger than life and helped many millions of people.

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PMI Certification Prep: PMP (Project Manager) and PgMP (Program Manager) on Pluralsight

November 6th, 2019

“But Jason, I’m not in tech!”

Oh yeah? What industry today doesn’t have tech?

And what career path would not benefit from tech-related certifications?

Jeremy Jarrell PluralsightCheck out the Pluralsight learning path titled Program Management Professional – PMI-PgMP® Exam Prep. There are six courses by Jeremy Jarrell, who teaches you how to prepare for the PMI Program Management Professional certification. You can actually get this prep for Pluralsight’s low $299/year price… considerably lower than taking a year of university classes. I know having a PMI certification specializing in program management would be helpful for me to land a program manager job!

You think project management is cooler than program management?

casey-ayers-pluralsightPerhaps it is… for you. Why don’t you go over to Casey Ayers‘ learning path titled Project Management Professional – PMI-PMP® Exam Prep, which has FOURTEEN (14)!! courses to prep you to become a certified project management professional. Think that won’t open some career doors? Holy cow. Again, the super low price of Pluralsight to get you PMP exam prep blows my mind.

Invest in yourself. Invest in your education. These are two great learning paths that easily justify the price of a full year membership on Pluralsight (right now it’s only $299/year). In addition to those learning paths you get access to EVERYTHING on Pluralsight. Crazy.

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