Lessons Learned From My First Real Job In 12 Years

February 15th, 2018

I’m just finishing up my second week working full-time at BambooHR, a company that loves and lives company culture and serving people.  I am pinching myself wondering if this is really real, and when will it end.

To say I was jaded because of my past experience at my last real job, getting laid off due to politics and kingdoms and self-protection (of others) and horrible culture and irresponsible leadership is an understatement. Over the years I have posted thoughts about not being hireable, not trusting companies to manage your career, etc.

I still 1,000% believe in personal career management. That can’t change because in today’s world no one will do it except you.

But I also have renewed faith that there is a place out there that you can love, and there is a job out there that can be just right for you.

Not too long ago (a year or two) I had a conversation with my friend, Robert Merrill (a Utah Sr. Tech Recruiter) if I could ever get a job again. I asked him what I could possibly do. I felt like my skills were not appreciated, that I was getting too old, that I hadn’t stayed up with relevant things in the workspace, etc. I had created an ecclectic background and didn’t even know what tasks I would do.  He said “Jason, clearly you are a product manager!”  Ah yes, of course, that I was. I had been doing it my whole career, and especially (not necessarily that well) with JibberJobber!

When it was time to throw my resume out there I was picky about the companies I wanted to work at (and contribute to). They, apparently, were picky, too. I got rejection after rejection. At least this time I got into the first or second interview before a rejection, but still, having someone say NO is a blow to the ego. You get enough blows and then you are in the corner, in a fetal position, whimpering, and hopeless.

I was getting to the point where I was getting rejected enough that I questioned whether I really had the chops to be a product manager (all the while, I was the product manager for JibberJobber). Companies where I would be a great fit because of my industry knowledge and subject matter expertise were overlooking me. Some said no, others would ignore me (except at meetups, where we were best friends. Ouch).

By the time I found the Program Manager job at BambooHR I had to adjust what I was looking for. Maybe product manager wasn’t for me? Maybe that was a pipe dream? Maybe I was too old? Maybe I hadn’t done the right certifications to really be one?  And… my heavens, this company is not three miles away. I would have a real commute (yuck).

But from the minute I got the reply from the hiring manager, through the interviews, all the way to my first day there, it was like a dream. Everything fell into place, my experience and background were not only appreciated, they were made for this job. This was a hand-in-glove perfect fit. What they wanted was a very unique skillset and I just happened to have created it over the last 12+ years.

Looking back I can see how important it was for me to start my own (huge) project: JibberJobber. It was critical that I built the team, created the strategy, and put together a vision for moving forward. It was critical that after the creation and startup and ideation stage I stuck with it for 12 years. One question I got in my interview was “You obviously like to strategize and create things… when it’s time to execute will you be happy, or will you go off looking for the next thing to create?” Me: “I’ve stuck with JibberJobber, in execution mode, for over a decade.”

I can see how important it was for me to write my first (and second and third) book(s). Did I say important? How about critical. It was critical that I wrote my first book. This made me a published author, with a “best seller” status. It led me down the path to write other books (which were relative flops). It opened up a new world for me and set me apart from people who always wanted to write a book. I was someone who actually finished it… I was a doer, a finisher.

From that stemmed the super important role of being a paid professional speaker. I spoke at conferences, schools, companies, association meetings, and job clubs. I did keynotes and workshops. This experience taught me about a whole new world, both the business side of being a speaker and the tactics and techniques that speakers employ (but hopefully not the annoying ones).

This lead to doing online webinars, which led to do 30 courses for Pluralsight. Courses for Pluralsight…! THIRTY! It was a hard four-year run and by the end I needed some time off (but I wanted to get another ten more in the library, and ultimately have 56 (to beat out one other guy :p). Alas, it wasn’t my decision to stop, but it was a refreshing change.  I am a freaking Pluralsight author. That is hard to become nowadays (timing is everything, isn’t it?).

This role at BambooHR was looking for someone who had entrepreneurial experience, with product management (from start to finish), project management experience, and experience with books, ebooks, webinars, podcasts, professional speaking, course creation, etc.

I look at what I’m doing now and realize that this job was made for me. It was waiting for me. And I was made for it, and I was waiting for it.

“Everything happens for a purpose,” they say.

Going through the everything is HARD. For someone like me, impatient and wanting to be in control, it’s extra hard. But looking back I can see how everything I did has fallen into place and helped me get here.

If you haven’t read, I’m still running JibberJobber. My team has stepped up to the plate and is doing a great job… so no worries about the future of JibberJobber.

My message to you is that you need to keep working. A rejection might be a blessing… many rejections might help you recraft and restrategize and refocus.

I have been saying for years that you need to substantiate yourself. That’s what I’ve done (kind of without knowing it, I just thought I was hustling). But here I am, substantiated, and now contributing in a dream job (while getting to keep my dream company :p).

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Report: First Week as a First Class Citizen

February 12th, 2018

When I lost my job 12 years and a month ago I learned that job seekers are treated like third class citizens. Or, maybe it’s just that we feel like we are treated that way. I remember checking my mail one day, as a job seeker… it was a beautiful day but the neighborhood was eerily quiet. I seemed to be the only human around.

Things changed, of course. I became a business owner (which has a lot of similarities to being unemployed) and an author (which was amazing), a professional speaker and a Pluralsight “author.”  I worked my way out of being a third class citizen, but it was seriously hard work, and it was years in the making.

This last week, everything changed. On Monday I started my dream job at BambooHR, a company that makes award winning software for small to medium businesses. I’m still pinching myself because this job is too good to be true and a part of me is wondering if I’m going to wake up from a dream. Alas, I made it a week and I still have the job! NOTE: I’m still running, managing, and keeping JibberJobber. Read about that in my announcement here.

My job at BambooHR is like a a combination of all of the things I’ve done over the last 12 years: I was brought in to create programs and products. I’ll explain more as we move forward, but I’m in my happy place of concept, strategy, vision, planning, etc.

So how was my first week? Well, I got reintroduced to the power of a real company culture. BambooHR was founded on the premise of “we want to create a great place to work so great work can take place,” even before the founders had figured out what what their product, market, or industry would be.  Isn’t that amazing? This company was built on “let’s build a great company culture” before even figuring out the money part of it! Bizarre, isn’t it?

Company culture was the foundation of this company, and they ferociously guard it. That is an amazing foundation, and it’s an honor to be able to be in it, and contribute to it.

I realize that this week I’m still in honeymoon phase. I’m still enamored by all of the new, and the transition. But I’ve talked to others, some who have been here for a few months and some who have been here years, and I’m seeing that this is real. Their investment in culture, and employees, is real. And that is amazing.

So how was my first week? I wrote a course at Pluralsight on how to onboard yourself (instead of waiting for HR to put you through an incomplete onboarding process). I’ve done some of the self-onboarding things from that course.  I’ve found that I am also anxious to just jump right into my work.

The first day was mentally exhausting, of course. I met a lot of new people (who know my name, and I’m learning their names). I learned a lot about company policy and spent I think two hours learning about all of the benefits and perks (holy cow!). I met with my boss for a couple of hours and got settled into my workspace.

The next three days I got a bigger and better vision as I was able to talk to my boss more, as well as have important conversations with people inside the company. This is new to a lot of people and it’s been interesting asking them what they think we are doing and what my role is. I spent Friday in my boss’s office (he is out of town) and filled up his entire whiteboard, then brought in another whiteboard (and filled it up) with a massive brain dump.

I’m super excited. I wish I knew the names of more people but that will come. The commute is not my favorite but it could be worse (I drive about 20 miles against traffic, so I am usually at the speed limit the whole way). I drive past a bunch of recruiting billboards and company offices and think “why would I ever work anywhere else?” Definitely honeymoon stage, which I’m hoping lasts a good three to twenty years :p

Last week (and today) I’ve spent about an hour of very focused work on JibberJobber each morning. I even got a couple of morning workouts in… today I was lucky enough to get up at 6 (instead of 4). My brain is just going and going and going.

So there’s my one week report. I feel like this is a fairy tale, a dream that I might wake up from. I know there will be bumps in the road but I’m very happy where I’m at, and thankful that I have a team at JibberJobber that is moving the product in the right direction.

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Work/Life Balance: Finding The Right Company For You

February 7th, 2018

My friend Robert Dagnall, a resume professional in Southern California, said “I’d like to read about your experience with work/life balance as you move into this new role.” Here are my thoughts after two days working there (and lots of research).

When I started interviewing at BambooHR I had read that they were one of Utah’s top company’s to work for. They’ve even gotten national recognition as best company to work for. You hear about all the perks from tech companies like unlimited free food, game rooms, laundry, massage, transportation to your living quarters, etc… to me it sounds ridiculously expensive (and it is). As a business owner I wonder how sustainable those perks are, but then you think about how profitable the companies are and then wonder why they don’t buy rocket ships for everyone.

Back to BambooHR. They don’t have a cafeteria… they barely have a couple of break rooms with a few fridges. They proudly boast they don’t have game rooms, and nowhere have I found any of the other perks mentioned above. What I have found is a culture where they live work/life balance. This is not just something they talk about in their job descriptions to hook you in, or something they quietly live. This is something they reinforce and protect vigilintly.

When I talk about “finding the right company” I mean you have to find the company that is right for you. I have five kids and a life. There is no way I could live at work… eat three meals there? No way. I need to be with my family. Do my laundry there? Play games after work? Look, I know it sounds like heaven, but I’d rather be with my family outside of work than hanging out at work for a couple+ hours each day.

Now, if I were single, that would be different.

One of BambooHR’s messages to me was “we want you to work hard while you are here, but then leave and go get fulfillment outside of work. If we have all the fun perks we would just be trying to keep you here.”

In their seven values you’ll find these things:

Enjoy Quality Of Life

Make It Count

You aren’t going to enjoy quality of life if you are sitting at your desk with investment banker hours and pressure.  And, if you make it count while you are at work (that is, give 100% to your work while there) then you can walk away, ready for another day, and give 100% to your family or hobbies or whatever when you are away.  This is helping their team have work/life balance.

Let’s think about it differently: this is what one founder simply calls Life Balance.

Alright, still, this could just be talk, right? Because at the end of the day a company wants to grow bigger, grow faster, be better, squash the competition, hit goals, and stay alive.  It’s all talk in the hiring phase, but once you get on you have so much work you have to come in early, stay late, and then go home and work more… right?

Last night I did work late. My boss and I were in an interview and I left my phone on my desk. I didn’t see a clock so I couldn’t tell how late we were. The interview ended and we were debriefing for a few minutes when the CMO walked by. She said, “You guys aren’t supposed to be here.” It was 5:20. She was telling her VP and me to go home… at 5:20.

Generally, people start clearing out at 5:00. We were already 20 minutes late.

If you Make it Count, and really give 100% to work while at work (not to Facebook or browsing the news or hanging out at the water cooler, etc.), then by 5:00 you just might be ready to go. You have put in a solid, honest work day, focusing on the right things, making progress, and you are ready to go do other things, recharge your batteries, and come back the next day refreshed.

I have talked about one aspect of work/life balance (aka, life balance). There are other components that I’ve seen, including paid-paid vacation (where you get paid time off AND they give you thousands of dollars towards vacation expenses), a generous holiday schedule, health benefits that significantly reduce worries around current and future health issues, reimbursement for Financial Peace University (and a completion bonus after you take the course), and more.

As you figure out the right company for you you need to weigh all of these things. It’s not just salary vs. salary, or commute vs. commute… the entire job/work experience should be weighed from one company to another. I’m driving 20 miles past a couple of my target companies, and I’m doing it because for me BambooHR is the right company. Last night, driving home, I was smiling as I passed all the companies that didn’t pay attention to my resume, or passed me over in interviews, thinking thank goodness I didn’t work at those companies. I found a life balance company just right for me.

I have talked to people who only compared company opportunities at the salary level. There is so much more to choosing a company than just looking at the salary.

More on work-life balance from BambooHR:

Is There Really Such A Thing As “Work-life Balance”?

Holidays and Work-Life Balance: Three Important Questions

Work-Life Balance vs. Work-Life Integration


Transitions, Moving On and Moving Forward

February 5th, 2018

This is one of the weirdest blog posts I’ve every written.

An Announcement

In a nutshell, I got a job. A real, go to work, at an office, in a company, job.

It’s been twelve years and almost a month since I was laid off. Here I am, twelve+ years later and I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.

What does this mean for JobberJobber? Nothing, and everything. Nothing because nothing big will change.. We’ll keep moving forward, and the team has plenty of work to do. Everything because of the way I’m restructuring things, I’ll be more focused on strengthening the core of JibberJobber, and doing the right things for the product and our users.  More on that below.

A “Coincidence”

Is there such thing as a coincidence?

A few weeks ago I started my fourth book, which I’m leaning towards titling The Twelve Year Job Search. Little did I know that half way through writing this book I would accept a job, almost exactly 12 years to the day I was let go from my last “real job.”

The intense emotional roller-coaster I’ve been on these last few weeks was something I was not prepared for. I know a lot about the job search process but had forgotten just how intensely stressful parts of it can be (for me, the parts where I have no control).

A Real Job

For the last twelve years my “real job” has been entrepreneur, founder, owner, and more. I’ve authored three (published) books, became a professional speaker, authored 30 Pluralsight courses, done webinars and podcasts and written ebooks and white papers and blog posts (for others). I built my JibberJobber team bringing in talented contractors from around the world, five of which work as a team on the product right now.

I was looking for a product management job, and happened to see an opening from a company I was really, really interested in (BambooHR). The job wasn’t on the product team, but the description was close enough that it piqued my interest. As I read it I thought “I’ve done all of these things… I could totally do this.” I applied on a whim, thinking I was really more suited for a product management job.

You can read all about this job here: I need a top notch program manager


This is one of three postings I found for this job (they were all a little different). I thought, “Is this real? I know it’s not in product, but man, it seems like this job was written for me!”

A Company and A Boss

I got a reply from the hiring manager and was brought in for my first interview… and the rest is history. But more importantly, in my research and then interview process, I fell in love with the company. BambooHR makes HR software (including ATS software – that strikes me as funny) for small to medium companies.

It’s not the software I fell in love with (I hadn’t had much exposure to it), rather I fell in love with the history of BambooHR and the culture they have created. As I learned more I couldn’t help but want to be a part of this culture. I want to contribute to this culture, as I build out the vision of the thought leadership programs under my new boss, Rusty (see link above).

I found Rusty’s Ted talk, and a short talk he did for Toastmasters, and read about his background. He is the type of person I want to work with. I am excited for the opportunity to learn from him and build these programs with him. I trust him, and believe in his vision, and want to be a part of this!  I know the alternative… working for someone you don’t like or don’t trust, and I have no interest in that. I feel lucky to have found this opportunity at this company for this leader… a great combination!

A Future for JibberJobber

JibberJobber was born almost twelve years ago. We have had over 100,000 people sign up and try to manage and organize a job search. We currently have five people (aside from me) with dedicated roles, including customer support, QA, server admin, and software development. I have been the product manager, and with this big change I started to transition many of my functions to Liz, who many users have already interacted with.

I plan on spending time, regularly, with JibberJobber, as the Chief of Product. Liz will add product manager to her duties, and will work closely with me to ensure the team focuses on the right things for our users and our future. While my team will continue to stay busy, we’ll make sure the limited amount of time we have is spent on the most important projects.

When I spent four years developing Pluralsight videos I spent a lot more time there than as product manager in JibberJobber. After Pluralsight I went back to JibberJobber with a renewed interest and was appalled at where we were at. I take all of that on me, as product manager. This time I will not make the same mistakes. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time with Liz talking about vision and priorities, and have met with each of my team, and I’m dedicated to making this a great time for JibberJobber, not a time of strategic neglect.

I hope this is reflected in the product, and your experience.

A Conclusion

I’ve written a few more pages but really, this is too long already. If you have any questions, let me know. I’ll be available mornings and evenings, and hope to continue our relationship.  


12 Years Ago An Idea Was Born

February 3rd, 2018

Twelve years ago, in February of 2006, I was a few weeks into my job search. I was spinning wheels, stubbornly doing the wrong things, frustrated, and depressed.

I wasn’t excited to get out of bed and do things that weren’t working, only to find a job at a company that might not keep me around for long. I had lost hope that there was an awesome job at an awesome company that I could fit into. The silence from recruiters and hiring managers was puzzling and demoralizing.

From my frustration I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong. I thought of the job search as a process, and set out to understand the process and see where I was failing.  It was during this exercise that I realized there was an opportunity to make things better for me and millions of job seekers. And that is how the idea of JibberJobber was born.

It’s been a crazy, fun, hard, challenging, rewarding twelve years. In this twelve years I’ve authored 3 (published) books and 30 Pluralsight courses. I’ve spoken hundreds of times in multiple countries and been on tons of webinars and podcasts. I’ve been treated like a (mini) celebrity and I’ve been strongly challenged on some of my ideas. I’ve made friends that will last a lifetime (users, partners, colleagues), and I have great satisfaction in knowing that I have helped individuals and families during some very dark and hard times.

I found my opportunity in my dark hours. I wonder, if you are in dark hours, what opportunities you will find. I hope yours are as rewarding as mine have been.

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Can you solve problems?

January 30th, 2018

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Regardless of the size of business or the type of industry you work in, the ability to solve problems and resolve conflicts in today’s business world is an invaluable skill for any executive.  Although it may seem that people with these skills have an innate talent for knowing how to figure things out and how to negotiate relationships, the truth is that this is a learned skill.

The ability to solve problems can help a business mitigate or overcome a crisis and it can also help a business flourish, gaining an unfair advantage over the competition. Similarly, the ability to see things from everyone’s point of view and come up with an agreeable way to resolve differences in opinion can unify a business team.

If you’re interested in having an impact in your organization, then it’s a good idea to learn how to solve problems better and how to improve your people skills to mediate interpersonal conflicts. Although these can sometimes be related, let’s tackle these as separate skill sets.

How to Get Better at Solving Problems

While there are numerous solving problem techniques you can use in business, one that has stood the test of time is Six Sigma. Introduced as far back as 1986 by Bill Smith, an engineer working for Motorola, it still remains popular today. Jack Welch, who is famous for his huge influence on the growth of General Electric, considered it indispensable and it played an instrumental role in GE’s business strategies in 1995.

Today many top business training schools offer Six Sigma Certification, including self-paced online courses that can be taken over a period of 12 months. There are different levels of certification, each one building upon the skills learned at a previous level.

Often Lean and Six Sigma, two distinct problem-solving methodologies, are combined because they complement each other. While both work well individually, using both methodologies together will increase the speed with which problems are solved within an organization. They work in harmony because while Lean minimizes waste, Six Sigma solves problems. The benefits of this synergy include minimizing costs, maximizing profits, building a better team, and providing superior customer service.

Consequently, training and certification are available for Lean Six Sigma White Belt, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and Lean. While a White Belt would be someone just starting out, a Black Belt would lead and coach projects.

Central to Six Sigma is the DMAIC (duh-may-ik) roadmap. This is a structured process to define, measure, analyze, improve, and control a business process so that it works well and continues to maintain the solution.

How to Resolve Conflicts in the Workplace 

It’s theoretically possible to use problem-solving techniques for resolving conflicts in the workplace, although problems solving techniques usually prove better with streamlining business processes than getting people on the same page.

So, when it comes to resolving interrelationship dynamics, it’s useful to use strategies deployed by mediators. Here is one particular 7-step mediation strategy:

First, find out what the issue is between two parties. What is the source of the disagreement? Identify the problem.

Second, get everyone’s point-of-view. Why do people believe the way they do? What are their reasons for their particular perspective?

Third, make a list of all possible options or solutions to the conflict.

Fourth, discuss with the parties involved the merits and demerits of each possible solution. Where do people agree? On what points do they agree?

Fifth, select the best options, or the best new options that emerge from the discussion. This option should work for everyone, allowing each perspective to be respected.

Sixth, it’s important to document the agreement to prevent fresh new interpretations of the conflict and its resolution.

Seventh, continue to work with the issue if it is not fully resolved, monitoring and evaluating how well the agreements work out.

By using these two skillsets in any type of administrative or executive role, you will be seen as the go-to person when there are business problems to be resolved or conflicts that need to be addressed. It does, however, take time and patience to get good at problem-solving and conflict resolution.


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Winning Video Interviews: Who Are You Talking To?

January 23rd, 2018

Last year I did my first video interview. I used the Hireview video interview software, which is cool because I know the founders, and they are a local company. The irony? I was interviewing for a job at Hireview!  I was using their own software to hire for a job to be on their team.

When I went in for the panel interview (to be followed by an interview with the VP of Product) one of the interviewees (I was in a room full of product managers) said something like:

“Jason, you were the only one who talked to Ricky by name.”

It was the thing that made me stand out. I was the only one who did it.  Nice job Jason!hirevue-logo

Video interviews are not as personal as a face-to-face in-the-same-room interview. It is weird to talk into a camera/mic and get no reaction… the first time you do it you’ll feel weird! It doesn’t help that you get a question and then you have a certain amount of seconds to answer your question, and if you go over you have messed up. Yes, you get to do it again but after the third or fourth time answering (and trying to cram the right answer into a few seconds!) you are mentally taxed.

It’s a crazy experience.

I researched the job and the company, and found out who the hiring manager was: Ricky. It was actually Ricky who presented the questions (in video, of course). So, in my responses I would say “Well, Ricky,…” or “That’s a good question, Ricky….”

Every answer I gave was addressed to Ricky.

The cool thing was that took the impersonal out of my video interview.

And it made me memorable.

What are YOU doing to make yourself memorable?


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Why I’m Writing My 4th Book

January 19th, 2018

“I will never do that again.”

I thought that, and I’m pretty sure I said this to my wife, after I finished I’m on LinkedIn – Now What???

Writing a book is a big, time-consuming process. It taxes you mentally and is challenging. Making the time, week after week, to keep writing is hard. Second-guessing your ideas is common (but good).

When I wrote my LinkedIn book I honestly had no idea what the benefits would be (they were great, both financial and as it relates to my career and marketing of JibberJobber).

I coauthored my second book on Facebook, which was a different kind of hard.  Then my third book (51 Alternatives to a Real Job) was self-published… and I needed to write it but haven’t marketed it. It was THE book that most people asked about at the end of my presentations, though. Everyone was interested in alternatives to a traditional job.

I’ve really enjoyed the time off, but there has been another book that’s been nagging me. It started, I think, when Susan Joyce (owner of Job-Hunt.org) was with me during some presentations in the Boston area. She said “I know what the title of your next book should be!”

“My next book?! I was a retired author,” I thought.

But once you get the author bug, it’s hard to shake it. Like mono, you have it for life. Many times over the years I have thought “man, I could write a book about this.” Worse, sometimes I have thought “I should write a book about this!”

This fourth book is different from the rest. It is a collection of ideas, thoughts, observations, and suggestions that I’ve accumulated over the last twelve years. It includes brilliant ideas I’ve had (I figure I have a brilliant idea every 18 months), tactics and tips for job seekers I’ve come across, and strategy and thoughts for professionals interested in career management (that is, taking a bigger role in managing their own careers).

As I’ve been working on this book it’s one that I have thought my future generations might read and think “huh… great-great-great-grandpa was kind of cool.” Or at least “really interesting.” Unlike my first three books (which are too technical and will be irrelevant in a hundred years, the third is money making ideas that are good now but probably won’t be in a hundred years) this book is more principal-based… and principals can last for centuries. This book would be, as they say, evergreen.

So, why am I writing this book, and what does it have to do with you? Think about the “why” below, and realize that while I’m doing this as owner of JibberJobber, you are the owner of Me, Inc. (and should consider your own big project, whether it’s a book or not):

It’s a brand and marketing play. This book keeps me relevant as an expert in this space. It gives me something to talk about (self-promotion) and it gives others a reason to talk about me (and JibberJobber). I’ve learned that if I stop making things, people stop having reasons to think and talk about me. A key principal in marketing is to create new things and stay relevant. How can YOU, as a job seeker, apply this principal to your marketing strategy?

It’s to monetize: No secret here, I hope to sell a lot of these. I’ll market this book mostly through JibberJobber, to people who sign up for the system. This is a perfect book for them. I hope that somehow it gets bigger than just my immediate audience though. I think it’s a super relevant book for the whole world. I could write pages and pages on this topic, but the idea is to create another passive revenue stream (passive because once I write the book and get the right systems in place for marketing and delivering it, I don’t plan on spending hardly any time on it, but I do expect it to create a revenue stream worth hundreds of dollars per month for a long time).

It’s to help me rethink and challenge my expertise: I sit at my home office and interact with a handful of people every day. I am not on stage nearly as much as I was a few years ago. I’ve found that when I was on stage I got challenged regularly… either by myself or by others. I had ideas and I put them out there to audiences that would help me refine my thoughts. But sitting alone in an office doesn’t force you to challenge and refine your thoughts. Writing a book does, though. As you write you think and rethink and second-guess. This is an excellent way to really figure out where you are at and what you think and what you champion. I learned it’s even better (for this purpose) than writing a blog. You see, I can edit a blog post any time… but once your book is printed, the idea is out there. It’s way more permanent, and so you are more careful as you write down what will be definitive statements and positions.

It’s the right thing to do. The ideas in this book have been building over the twelve years I’ve been doing JibberJobber. And, for a few years before that, as I immersed myself into corporate America. The thoughts have been nagging at me. I just feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do. Apparently writing is what I do, and authoring books is what I do (it’s taken years to be at peace with this).

As you think about my journey, and my decision, I hope you will implement some of this in your own journey. Whether you do “that thing” (might not be writing a book) because it’s nagging at you, or it will refine you, or it will be a new revenue stream for you, one thing I know is that you have to START, and consistently follow through. I want you to be a FINISHER, and finish your projects.

Can you do that?

Here’s a relevant quote I saw on my friend Wendy Terwelp’s Facebook feed:



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The Job Search Is Uncomfortable. Get Used To It.

January 18th, 2018

Job seekers have to do a lot of things that are uncomfortable. From getting up early for an interview (after not sleeping well because of, well, the interview!) to dressing really nice (for an interview or a networking event), from parading yourself as someone who is unemployed to investing in new clothes when you don’t have the money…

There’s always something that will be out of your comfort zone.

And that, my friend, is the new normal.

Be comfortable being uncomfortable.

That will help you in your job search, as you onboard, and it will help you for the rest of your career.

Uncomfortable is okay.

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Book Recommendation: Learn How The Experts Do It

January 17th, 2018

There are a few reasons I am recommending this book, none of which have to do with the fact that I know the author Steve Thomas and his awesome wife Kris. I want to share this book because Steve has built a really cool company and is helping a lot of people. He is also a brilliant communicator, and if you have anything to do with fundraising, or non-profits, or marketing, you should learn from him.  If you are a job seeker, you can learn from his email (below) as far as formatting and message, and from his book on how to communicate with people and ask for things when you are uncomfortable.

The regular price is not a big deal (ten bucks), but for the next few days you can get this kindle book for only 99 cents.  What are you waiting for?  Here’s Steve’s email… go get this book!

Hi Jason,

My name’s Steve Thomas.

You and I are connected through Linked In. Our connection might not be any deeper than that. But I suspect you do understand the opportunities that come from some of these connections.jibberjobber_donoricity_book

If you are a nonprofit professional or fundraiser or know someone who focuses on communicating with donors, you might find my 99 cent Kindle book promotion interesting. (On Monday, Amazon will reset the price back to $9.99).

About 4 years ago, I set out to write a book telling the secret to raising more dollars from donors. It took much longer than I expected. Candidly, it was really challenging to write what I know.

I own two advertising agencies that create powerful fundraising day in and day out for nonprofit clients, year after year. These strategies were born in the trenches of that fundraising work.

What’s very cool, is that not only do these strategies raise more money, donors will love what you’re doing.

I’m not a professor or ivory tower PhD who teaches the theory.  I raise money for a variety of nonprofit clients. And using these strategies we’ve been successfully raising money for years.

The book is:

Donoricity: Raise More Money for Your Nonprofit with Strategies Your Donors Crave

That’s right Donoricity.

You pronounce it like electricity, simplicity or felicity.

I’m pretty pleased with it, and I think you’ll love it if you live in the fundraising or donor development world.

Donoricity will help you if:

  • You’re feeling that your communications aren’t connecting with your donors.
  • You’re sick of fundraising that’s embarrassing.
  • You’re weary of programs and systems that don’t really fit you.
  • You’re wondering if there was something missing from your fundraising efforts.
  • You’re thinking that there just had to be a better way.

Donoricity was born in the trenches of fundraising and marketing. It’s real-world tested. It works.

The solutions you’ll find in Donoricity will help organizations from start-up to huge.

You can get the first chapter on audio, see my video and find out more at Donoricity.com.

As I mentioned, beginning today, I’m offering the Kindle version of Donoricity for just 99 centsMonday, January 22nd, the price goes up to $9.99.

So for 99 cents you can see for yourself and improve your donor relationships. It’s a good value. And I think you’ll find it refreshing.

Thanks for checking it out. Let me know what you think.


Did you get the book yet?


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