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The LinkedIn Book – Second Edition In The Works

September 16th, 2008

This week is “re-write the book” week for me.  Last year, I remember sitting for about eight hours reviewing the final version of my book before it went to the print shop.  I was nervous, since I wouldn’t be able to fix anything after it goes to print like I could a blog post… but I remember closing the book and thinking “This is good – I’m proud of this!”

Then I saw a few reviews on Amazon that were almost scathing.  Professional writers wrote about the book saying it was… well, essentially crap.

I was confused because I got a lot of feedback from others, saying the book was excellent, and it was exactly what they needed.  Of course, I wanted to believe this feedback, since people were talking about “my baby,” but I had this nagging idea in the back of my mind that I really did a disservice to everyone since I didn’t get great reviews from everyone.

Guess what?  I have to agree with the professional writers.  I cracked the book open with a pen, and started marking up the necessary changes.  I think I averaged 7 – 10 changes PER PAGE… I can’t believe the first edition went out like this!

Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but the second edition is going to be much, much better.  Here’s my process: 

  1. Fix typos and grammar.  Tighten up the writing so it reads easier.  Done (I think)
  2. Reword sections that don’t make sense.  I read and reread, and if I thought HUH???? I wrote “rewrite.”  That’s what I’m doing today – finishing up the rewrites.  
  3. Update the content.  In the last year there have been plenty of changes to LinkedIn… that’s the whole reason I’m doing a second edition :)  

I put a question on LinkedIn Answers asking what I missed in the first edition, and what should be in the second edition.  I got some excellent responses… which I’ll be sifting through the rest of this week and putting into the content of the book.  If you want a sneak peak of what might end up in the second edition of THE LinkedIn book, and what others think is important, go check out the LinkedIn Answers page with my question (and the answers, so far).

By the way, did you know I have a blog behind the book … ?  It’s the I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? blog!  Check it out!

If YOU have any suggestions for the second edition of I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? feel free to email me or leave a comment here … I know the second edition is going to be way better than the first edition!

This post is sponsored by Karen P. Katz, providing CAREER MANAGEMENT and SUCCESS STRATEGIES for EXECUTIVES and PROFESSIONALS Karen P. Katz is a career & online identity strategist who promotes career change and success strategies for those seeking work/life balance.  Karen’ offers insight and practical solutions to career challenges based on 20+ years experience as an HR Generalist, Operations/Sales Manager, and Outplacement Career Management Consultant.       

The Career Acceleration Network (CAN), LLC is the channel through with Karen implements cutting-edge strategies that effectively empower clients to take control of their long-term career goals. A proponent of life-long learning, Karen has earned industry certification as a Credentialed Career Manager; she was awarded a Master’s in Adult Learning & Organizational Development in 2005. Contact Karen at CareerAcceleration.net.  Karen blogs at Career Acceleration Notes, and is a JibberJobber Expert Partner

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Take Expert Advice And Do The Complete Opposite

September 12th, 2008

I should have posted this Wednesday but the fashion posts (dress for failure for men, dress for failure for women, did I cross the line?) were just too fun.  I should have posted this yesterday but I got too tied up in a presentation, getting my PC back, catching up on email, and a few writing projects, so I took the blog-day off.

I hope you read this soon (a fun auction is about to close).  I got an e-mail from Elizabeth Marshall, who works on book projects with authors, including Michael Port.  In fact, she just coauthored a book called The Contrarian Effect: Why it Pays (BIG) to Take the Typical Sales Advice and Do the Opposite.  This book is just just $13.57 (right now) at Amazon.

Why post a book on sales on my blog?  Two reason… first, many of my readers have to do sales professionally, in their job. Whether they are in sales, own their own business, etc., this is good personal development to help do your job better.  Second, from a CEO of Me, Inc. perspective, we all need to brush up on sales, strategy, and marketing stuff.  

Here are two more things you’ll want to know about:

  1. The Auction: You can go bid on things they’ve collected (including 1 year of JibberJobber premium and the second edition of my LinkedIn book)… I’m sure you’ll find some EXCELLENT values there (see below for the list of things to bid on).
  2. The Teleseminar: I don’t know the dates, but I think they are this month.  Sign up to hear Michael Port, Elizabeth Marshall, and a few hot-shot interviewers (I think I’m one of them) talk about this book, and why it makes sense to take what experts say and do the opposite.

Many Auction items are valued at hundreds of dollars, and come from people such as:

Michael Port – the Book Yourself Solid guy

John Jantsch – the Duct Tape Marketing guy

Jill Konrath – Selling to Big Companies (and mom of You Get It winner Katie Konrath)

Pam Slim – the Escape from Cubicle Nation lady

Debbie Weil – the company blog guru

Rich Sloan – the Startup Nation guy

David Meerman Scott – the New Rules of PR guy

… and a bunch of people who I don’t know or haven’t heard of.

Finally, here’s an EXCELLENT review of this book, as well as what it has to do with Seinfield and George Costanza, by personal branding guy Dan Schawbel.

So go check it out… the book on Amazon and/or the auction and/or the teleseminar!

 

 

This post is sponsored by Kathy Warwick of Confident Careers.  Kathy is a Certified Resume Writer, Personal Brand Strategist, and Career Management Consultant … helping senior-level executives take that next step in their career.  Kathy Warwick is a JibberJobber Expert Career Partner.

 

 

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Dress for Failure – Did I Cross The Line?

September 10th, 2008

I understand my two posts on fashion might appear to be some elitest take on what we should be doing (ie. supporting status quo, as per the comment in yesterday’s post here).  I am not writing this stuff to show I’m going along with status quo, or bitter or envious, or ignorantly American… and I certainly don’t write it to “remove all joy and personality from dressing for work.”  

The Dress for Failure posts (for men and for women) are not a list of *my* rules.  When I hire someone for JibberJobber, I won’t care if they wear flip flops or pajamas – as I’m in my PJ’s or shorts all the time.  Even after I shower, I get back into snuggly, comfy clothes (because I can).  Sometimes I dress up a little more, from jeans to suit, depending on what I’m doing (today’s a suit day, as I’m presenting to 125 advertising professionals in Salt Lake City).

The main reason I wrote the post on Monday was because I am fashion-challenged, and I’m guessing others are too.  Some people just haven’t ever heard that you should align your shirt line and pants zipper (gig line), and I’m surprised that people still wear white socks with suit pants (except for the creative types, who do it on purpose, but their outfit somehow seems to look good).

Is that lady I didn’t hire better off somewhere else, considering I judged her based on her miniskirt?  I’m sure she is – I don’t deny that.  My point in even bringing her up was this: 

People Judge Us.  All The Time.

If they judge us for who we are, and don’t want to be around us, then screw them.  Judging sucks.  Stereotyping and bigotry and all that other stuff plain sucks.

If you don’t like me because I’m Mexican-American, sorry, that ain’t changing and I’m not ashamed.  If you don’t like me because I live in Utah and you assume I’m Mormon, too bad – I’m not moving just yet.  Believe it or not, I’ve been introduced as “The Mormon” (as opposed to “Jason”)in business settings, even by people who don’t ask what my religion is, but assume everyone who gets on a plane in Utah is Mormon.  And recently I had a phone call with a Baptist who made it very clear that even though Mormons are completely wrong, even farced, we could still talk business.  Wasn’t it big of him to put aside my religious beliefs so he could pick my brain about career stuff?

Bigotry.  Stereotyping.  Judging.  

It’s all around us.

And if I dress like a dork, or completely backwards, and it affects my interview results, or my networking ability, and I’m desparately trying to figure out how to get the paycheck started again, maybe I do need someone to give me a list of 10 things that I may be doing wrong… 10 things that my friends don’t know how to tell me.

These posts weren’t about status quo, and creating a society of me-too dressers.  It was a light-hearted attempt to throw out some ideas to help people who wanted to be helped.  If it rubs you the wrong way, that’s okay.  Go out and dress the way you want… I’m not hoping to take that away at all.

But it *might* have an impact on who you work with, or how you work with them.  If you don’t get a job, or an opportunity, because of how you dress, then it probably is better for you and them.  Especially if you intentionally dressed the way you did (as opposed to me, who would have done it cluelessly).  

 

 

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Dress for Failure for Women

September 9th, 2008

Excellent comments on yesterday’s Dress for Failure (for Men) post.  I only had three ideas for women, which I’ll share below, but I got a slew of tips for women.  As I thought about who to put for the image, I could only think of Mimi from the Drew Carey sitcom… who would you have put?

Without further ado, here is the…

Top 10 Things a Lady Can Do To Dress For Failure

  1. (you’ll have to share the #1 thing a lady can do to dress for failure) _________________________________
  2. Wear spandex to work.  I remember a memo at the FBI where they said no more spandex pants.  I didn’t think much of it until I realized the policy was met with wide approval,and most people were grossed out.  Even if you are in shape, leave the spandex for other places. 
  3. Wear really, really short skirts.  Or even kind-of short skirts.  I remember an interviewee that came in once with a very short skirt.  My first, immediate thought was “there is no way I’m hiring her – all of my peers (the other managers) would think I was hiring her because of that.”  Short skirts weren’t really part of the normal attire at this office, which employed mostly women.  Isn’t that bad, that I stereotyped and judged that way?  Perhaps it is horrible, but the point is, it lost her the job, and there are plenty of stereotyping and judging people out there.
  4. Please show me your cleavage.  It’s just plain distracting, women talk about it, men talk about it… again, leave it for another setting.  See my quote from Erin Brokovich below. 
  5. (the following are from Tracey Tarrant and Diane K. Danielsen… I pulled them from the comments from yesterday’s post)

  6. Wear flip-flops.  It’s really fascinating that women can choose from a billion styles of shoes… as I’ve only had like one or two pairs of office/work shoes.  But Tracey and Diane both agree… NO FLIP-FLOPS!
  7. Wear six-inch heels.  Staying in the shoe theme, if you want to distract me (not because it’s sexy, but because I’m wondering how uncomfortable it would be if I were wearing those… don’t those HURT??), put on your six-inchers.  Oh yeah, the other distraction comes when the brain-in-the-gutter coworker refers to your heels with a phrase that I can’t even write here… trust me, it’s really, really bad.  Show up for an interview with those and my sad judgemental mind will not let you through… as I wonder “if she wore that here, what will she wear once she gets hired??” 
  8. Disregard your stockings.  I’m likely not going to notice, since I am ignorant in fashion, but Tracey lists (a) a run in stockings, and (b) stockings with open-toed shoes as a no-no. 
  9. Show me shoulder, all the time.  Tracey also says it’s a no-no to wear a sleeveless shirt or dress with no jacket.  I’d have to agree.
  10. Been to Victoria’s Secret?  Let me know by showing me!  Diane says “It’s ok if you want to wear sexy undergarments to work, it’s NOT ok if everyone else can tell you’re wearing them.”  Yep.  That includes thongs… if you bend over and I can tell you have a thong, you chose the wrong attire.
  11. Wear ill-fitting clothes.  We touched on this with the guys, who I think can get away with a little more sloppiness, but Diane points out that “too tight or too loose gives two very wrong impressions.”
  12. Bonus:   Make sure your lipstick is on your teeth somewhere.  I would hate to have to be in charge of all this AND makeup… so I wouldn’t have listed this (I feel bad for putting this list together), but Tracey added this in her comments, and I do remember seeing people with lipstick on their teeth.  It is quite distracting, as I’ve wondered “how do I tell you…” and usually opt to just go away.

On Erin Brokovich’s website she talks about how she dressed(es) and what people think of it:

Yes, I did dress that way. I was actually taken back by the response of many people regarding my wardrobe. I just dressed that way because it was fun and I liked it. I was taught never to judge a book by its cover. My clothing was nothing more than a cover and I have never thought that anyone was smart or stupid or anything else by the way they chose to dress.

Unfortanely, we live in a world where judgements are made very quickly, and with harsh penalties.  Good for you, Erin, for having the ability to see past “the cover,” but I wouldn’t risk a career move on it.

Your turn… what are your tips for women to help them dress for failure?
 

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Dress for Failure

September 8th, 2008

You’ve read the “dress for success” stuff, right?  You know the top 10 things you need to do to dress for success, for an interview, network event, one-on-one meeting, etc?

Well, I am absolutely, 100%, categorically not qualified to write a post on how to dress for success.  But I figured I could write a post on how to dress for FAILURE. Please understand that my younger brother got the gene to know how to dress for success.  I got the gene that makes me socially backwards.

One thing I should note, the more offensive things (like #1) are not expensive to fix. I realize if you don’t have the cash to dress appropriately, you are stuck between a rock and a hard spot, and even Will Smith in Pursuit of Happiness pulled of an interview in horrible attire.  But please, don’t break my #1 rule below 😉

Top 10 Things a Guy Can Do To Dress For Failure

  1. Wear white socks with your suit pants. This really is the funniest combination I’ve seen, and continue to see.  In all age groups.  I’m not too surprised when I see a 13-year old kid with a suit and white socks… but when I see an adult sport the white socks I wonder if this is the only time they are wearing something other than jeans or shorts in this next five years.  My favorite dress socks are either black or dark gray.
  2. Wear Dickies pants. These are work pants.  If you are trying to impress someone, and this is your idea of dressing up, you probably ought to be applying for a position where you need to wear a hard hat.  If it’s an office spot, Dickies looks like interesting jeans, and I doubt you’d interview in Jeans (even really nice, overpriced $250/pair jeans).
  3. Don’t align your GIG-line. This refers to the line that your shirt buttons and pants zipper make.  Imagine you take your shirt, and pull it far to the side, so if it were to keep going the line went to your foot, instead of straight down the zipper.  The zipper and the buttons should align in one straight line. (thanks to Jonathan David, whom I dined with in Silicon Valley, and his Navy training, to set me straight… it is not a jerk line, it is a gig line… you can see a bunch of results on a google search for gig line)
  4. Tie your tie so the front, fat part is HIGHER than the back, skinny part. I was taught your tie (the front part) should fall a few fingers below your belt.  Not higher than your belt, and not much lower.  Definitely NOT higher than your belly button.  Bonus, have the front fat part higher than the back skinny part. My seven year old son has to tuck the back part of his tie into his shirt, because the tie is to long for him… but the point is, the back part is supposed to be out-of-sight.
  5. Wear your pants too high or too low. No waders… I don’t really want to see your socks when you are standing.  And, don’t let your pants hang below your hips, like you just got back from the skate park.  I’m not interested in seeing your boxers, or tighty whities.
  6. Wear a short-sleeved shirt with a suit jacket. No problem… until everyone takes their jacket off and you want to, too.  It just seems stupid.  Maybe I’m wrong on this one… but I’ve been embarrassed when I’ve done it.
  7. Wear a brown belt with black shoes. Your shoes and belt should somewhat match.  Black goes with black, brown with brown, etc.
  8. Walk into the room with the back of your shirt untucked. I’ve seen this happen when someone has been working, bending over, or just getting out of the car.  Before you are “on,” check to see you are tucked in nicely – all the way around.
  9. Don’t wear a full undershirt. I don’t want to see aspects of your body through your white shirt.  I’m not talking about those sleeveless undershirts, I’m talking about a white shirt that looks like a t-shirt. NO LOGOS, or other artwork, either!
  10. What’s your number 10?  (or number 1)?

I’d like to do a Top 10 Things a Woman Can Do To Dress For Failure, but I only got three.  What are you Dress for Failure tips (for men or women)?

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Pipeline

September 5th, 2008

I recently lost $6,000 of revenue scheduled for November.

This week, a very good friend on the east coast lost his senior-level job, as did dozens of his colleagues.

Last night I learned another neighbor/friend, a controller at a medium-sized company, lost his job he landed about 18 months ago.

CNN reports this morning that “84,000 more jobs lost in August,” bringing unemployment to 6.1%, and total jobs lost in 2008 to 605,000.  Let’s just assume each job loss has a family of a spouse and 2 kids behind it, which means that 336,000 people were affected in a very personal way this month, and 2.4 million people have been affected in a very personal way this year.  Not to mention extended family, friends, creditors, etc.

For me, I know what I need to do – find ways to replace that $6,000.  This is a normal thought for me, since I don’t count any money until it’s in my bank account.  When I had a real job I never thought about this kind of thing, I would just sit fat and happy waiting for my paycheck to hit my account every other week.  It was pretty comfortable.

In my comfort, I had done no preparation.  When the paycheck stopped coming, and the bills continued, I realized I had done nothing to prepare for the dreadful and inevitable day.

If you own your own business, or do contracting or freelancing, you know what you need to do. 

But if you are sitting fat and happy at work, like I was, getting those nice, secure paychecks, let me suggest you do something critical:

Make a list of companies you would like to work for.  Right now.

Get out a sheet of paper (or an excel spreadsheet, so you can then import them into JibberJobber), pretend you just got let go (your boss died, your biggest account just imploded, your project finished, your job got offshored… there are hundreds of reasons why it will happen to you), and think about where you would have any interest in going now.

This is a brainstorming activity, so put EVERYTHING you can think of.  Put names of your current customers, vendors and partners.  Put names of companies outside your industry, companies in the same business park you work in, companies right down the road from where you live.  You can cross companies off later, but you never know what network contacts come out of the company names you put on that list. 

If you have a list of 50 companies you have any interest in, you’ll be way ahead of most people as they start their job search, filling their pipeline. 

You have a pipeline. If it is empty, you’ll feel the pain when it comes time to use it.  One friend has a full, active pipeline with relationships he’s been nurturing.  He’s ready to rock and roll in his job search.  The other friend? I don’t think he’s done anything for his career management, and his job search will likely be longer than he wants.

Fill your pipeline. 

This post is sponsored by Linsey Levine of CareerCounsel. Linsey Levine is a Career Counselor, Career Coach and Resume Writer with a passion for helping people create conscious career choices and connections that are aligned with their values, talents, interests, and unique strengths. She helps clients get unstuck; get clear, get focused, and get moving – toward successful career and life management goals. Linsey Levine is a JibberJobber Career Expert Partner.

 

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My Number One Resume Problem

September 4th, 2008

I was recently asked if resume writers were worth it, or if they would just give you a 1-2 page document that you could come up with on your own.  Let me share an experience with you.

After I got laid off, over the phone, I was asked to stay one more week to transition the new guy back as president.  There wasn’t much transitioning to do, since he had been the president about 18 months earlier, so we just had a few meetings here and there.  Plus, we were like “two bulls in a china closet,” or however the saying goes.  

I spent much of my time getting ready for my job search.  I looked, and looked, and looked some more for my resume.  Not sure why I did that, wasting a few hours looking for something that was at least six years outdated.  But is was like some old security blanket I was looking for.  I finally gave in and downloaded a template from the internet that I could use to start over.

After hours of tinkering around on this very, very short document I sent it to a few trusted friends. These were all people who were qualified to tell me if my resume was good or not.  Hiring managers, experienced professionals and executives, and even an HR professional from one of my last companies.

They all said it looked GREAT!  And it did look great.  It was shiny, squeaky clean, free from grammar and spelling errors.

And, it was IMPRESSIVE!  You should have seen the titles:

  • General Manager
  • CIO/VP
  • IT Manager
  • Programmer

Okay, the last one isn’t the most impressive, but hey, I thought I was hot stuff to have those first few titles on the resume.  Since I moved from a small town (Pocatello, ID) to a larger city (Salt Lake City), and I was hoping to go from a small IT company to a larger company in Salt Lake, people would be able to figure out I wasn’t the General Manager of GE, or American Express, or eBay, or something like that.  I had a big title at a small company.  And that was the problem.

Why?

Because I was applying to jobs with the following titles:

  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Product Manager (this was my dream position)

When HR and recruiters saw my resume, they had to ask:

What’s a VP/General Manager doing applying for a Business Analyst job???  

And I got put in the garbage pile.  My success rate (number of interviews secured / number of resumes sent) was really, really pitiful.  Like, 2%.

A resume writer would have interviewed me, tried to understand who I was and what I was looking for, and changed the resume so that my past job titles WOULD NOT have hindered my ability to get an interview.

Months and months and months went by, with no income. I forfeited thousands of dollars of income  Just a few hundred dollars, invested in a resume writer, could have changed that.

Is a professional resume writer worth it?  I believe so.  A good resume writer will deliver MORE than just a one or two page document. Click here to see resume writers who have partnered with JibberJobber. 

 

This post is brought to you by executive resume writer and career consultant Louise Kursmark. One of the leading career experts in the U.S., Louise has written 20 books about resume writing, interviewing, and executive search strategies. In her private practice, Louise works directly with senior executives to craft powerful marketing messages and methods for swift transition to the next exciting opportunity. Her passion is helping people “tell their story” in a way that is compelling, memorable, and relevant.  Louise Kursmark is a JibberJobber Career Expert Partner.

 

 

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Help Me Out – What’s Great and What’s Rotten?

September 3rd, 2008

of course... this is the best, right?I’m preparing for a presentation on virtual job search and career management tools.  These might include specific job boards, other other sites.  I have some ideas on what some great online tools are (the image on the right **is** subliminal messaging ;), but I’d like to hear from YOU what you think is GREAT, and what is ROTTEN. 

This survey is just one page, where you put in two greats and, if you want, two rottens.  Now’s the time to praise or vent… please click here (or click on the monkey below) and let me know which online tools you love and which you loathe!

click here to start the survey!

Thanks!

This post is brought to you by Valerie Pendergrass, Greatness Guru and founder of The Next Step Coaching & Consulting.  Valerie understands that greatness is borne of honoring an authentic self and bringing ones inner gifts to the surface. She works primarily with those in career crisis and/or at a career crossroads and specializes in aligning inner being with external objectives.  Valerie supports her clients to Aim high, Achieve High and Not Settle because life is too short to just have a j.o.b.  Valerie is a JibberJobber Career Expert Partner.

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Selling Yourself? Work On Your Stories!

September 2nd, 2008

Barbara Safani had a thought-provoking post at the Career Hub blog titled Every Job Seeker Needs a Good Story.  She goes on to share five tips to help you have, or share, better stories:

  • Create an exciting resume that the reader just can’t put down.
  • Tell your story with pictures.
  • Showcase samples of your work.
  • Answer interview questions using the Challenge-Action-Result story format.
  • Ask questions that invite the interviewer to tell their story.

Read the entire post here, so you can see her supporting thoughts. 

I get tired of reading blogs… I’m online all day, and anything past three paragraphs gets old, boring and cliche.  Imagine how others feel when you sound cliche to them.  Whether it’s the network contact who’s come to expect you in a less-than-chipper mood, coming to ask another favor, or the interviewer who has already interviewed 10 people who all sound the same.

When I was interviewing, I was bushed by the end of the day.  I’d have 10 – 15 resumes in front of me, with notes on each of them… little scribbles that I might not be able to read the next day.  The candidates who stood out where the ones who made an emotional connection.  The best, easiest and perhaps most impactful way to make an emotional impression is to have a good story.

One word of advice, keep your stories short.  I don’t have time to,  nor do I want to, hear a NOVEL.  Your story should be ON TOPIC, and CONCISE.  If I want to hear more details, I’ll ask.  Can you tell a story in two or three sentences?  I just did, in the paragraph above (“when I was interviewing…”).

Barbara, as a professional resume writer, suggests you can put a story (or multiple stories) in your resume.  You can also use them in interviews to answer almost any interview question.  I learned about a thing called a “power statement” which provides a formula to answer a question with a story… the entire response is just three sentences.

In JibberJobber you can keep track of your stories under the Interview Prep area, as well as the Job Journal (premium feature).

What’s your BEST story to use in an interview, on a resume, or in a networking setting?  NOTE: I’m not asking for your LIFE story, I’m asking for a story to support your strengths, skills, value-add, etc.

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Nancy Babyak, PMO and IT Consultant, on Job Search Technology

September 1st, 2008

I regularly get the opportunity to meet amazingly cool people online through forums, Yahoo Groups, or JibberJobber.  I came across Nancy Babyak about a year ago and have been very impressed with her analytical talents as well as her kindness, insight, creativity, etc.  She is one of the great people you could ever meet online, and I’m uber-excited to get to meet her next month in Seattle!  Without further ado, here’s Nancy’s take on job search tools she uses right now (no mention of JibberJobber, but she is an active user, fan and JibberJobber evangelist):

As a PMO Manager and IT consultant, I consider myself to be in a constant state of job search.  Either for my own career, or to keep up with job posting trends.  I find that it is much easier to hire a .Net consultant with extensive Oracle back end experience when you know how agencies are posting jobs.

I am always looking to improve my Job Board workflow of e-mail alerts, recruiter repositories, and salary databasi (some of them really do seem to be written in Latin!).  Here are several of the sites that I use and some of the challenges I have come across.

Test Search

When I conduct a search for my next position, I find it challenging to pick the right keywords – “Program Management Office,” SDLC, Governance, and Change Management.  All can give very broad results ranging from high-rise construction to technical customer service.  For the job search statistics below I used the simple acronym PMO in each tool for a US national search to try and find as few results as possible… which isn’t always easy.  Here is the technology I use to look for job postings:

The Ladders.com

82 matches, mostly Program Manager listings, all relevant jobs on the first 2 pages were also in the Indeed listing as being on Monster or Dice.

TechCareers

7,209 matches, 48th match on the list had PMO in the title, and had been posted the day before.  I had already found the posting 12 days earlier through TheLadders.

Indeed.com

6,473 matches, 300 deep and all had the phrase in the title with more than half on the first 3 pages being personally relevant without having to re-search.  Very few analyst listing in the mix, but lots of project managers that serve as part of a PMO – a fine line that entering a more exact search could have weeded out.

Jobirn.com

None.  Only 690 in the tool so far.

RiteSite.com

44 matches, 3 exclusive to the site and the rest from popular search engines.  All relevant and none posted on other sites.

Aside from the actual results, here are my thoughts about each of these job search tools:

The Ladders

Limited workflow tracking allows you to monitor where you are in the hiring process and set reminders to follow up with recruiters.  Personally, I am not a fan of the small note text box provided and found it easier to store communications outside the system. (note from Jason: JibberJobber! JibberJobber! JibberJobber!)

Recruiter profiles are available – high level overview of company, open posts, recent job openings, and the ability to send your resume directly.

I found the resume feature is misleading… while it may have some scrape technology to assist in job suggestions it is also the only interface for recruiter contact so a full, pretty word version matters more.  I posted a ‘scannable’ version first and confused several recruiters that I contacted.

There is a Recruiter search – but only 6 sector designations so pretty broad brush.  I limited my sights on ‘Pacific’ region, ‘technology’ sector, ‘technology’ function – gave 917 results but there is a chance to view the matching jobs directly… which yielded 857 jobs.  Great if you want to know what kinds of jobs a recruiter handles.

TechCareers (part of the Beyond.com family)

I find this a great resource to compliment the posts found on Dice.com for research more than my own career search.

Provides for a very extensive profile with the free membership, but the business rules around what is required or included have not left me with warm and fuzzy feelings:

  • desired salary range is one of the required fields
  • No access to profile metrics
  • No recruiter interaction

Provides for an extensive list of optional Q&A that you can add to even the basic profile.  Some of the questions include:

  • “Tell me how you would handle multiple projects in the job.”
  • “Why have you held so many jobs in recent times?”
  • “Tell me one of your pet peeves?”
  • “Everyone has a favorite class in college. What was yours?”

Indeed.com

One of the new kids on the block, this is truly a Search Engine’s search engine for Job seeking. No posting of resumes, no networking, no charge.  The interface is Google-like with very clean options.  It is the first alert of the day that I check and the first place that I go with a new keyword I want to test.  All the traditional sites (Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder…) are there, but so are many, many, many corporate and niche boards as well.

Are you unsure of the keywords that you are using? Swing by the ‘Job Trends’ feature to see what percentage of the “50 million jobs a year” used those words.  Using the single entry of “PMO” with no location, the following graph is displayed:

 
Hyperlinks lead to a search result page for that combination of keywords with a great sidebar of options to refine further – salary estimate, title, company, location, job type, or employer / recruiter.

RiteSite.com

I have used the resume blast feature several times.  I like the ability to send a cover letter with the resume as either inline or as an attachment to recruiters.  Messages use your personal e-mail address so there is no need to go back to the site to track responses.  For a US national search earlier this year, 391 messages sent, no e-mails returned, 38 asked that I go to their website and enter my info myself, 2 asked for phone screens that day, and 1 resulted in an in person interview for a Director’s position.

If you prefer to create your own blast, you can access Dun & Bradstreet’s database.  After that, formulate your query, find out the count of the results, and download the results once free.  With additional queries, company count and cost are shown before you have to purchase.

Not only can a job seeker search the job listing, but you can conceal your personal identity on resumes.  Within the networking module, you can reach out to these future ‘partners’ through the RiteSite message center or traditional e-mail.  Many people have all of their prior companies concealed and as someone who is not industry specific I have not found a way to work this feature into my workflow.

The text of John Lucht “Rite of Passage” book, with evolving content, is available in the RiteSite University module and makes for a good starting place if you are diving into the world of job searching again.

Jobirn.com

New age technology meets the job search. Determine your favorite companies, view the profiles of hiring managers and recruiters, or surf job listings.  See something you like?  Use the chat client to interact with the poster in real time or leave them a message. VMWare has a huge presence, but not many others… I like the interface and try to remember to stop by often since there is no e-mail alert option.

BlueSteps.com

THE place to be seen if you are open to $100k opportunities… or so they say.  Seekers cannot search.  Post your profile and wait to be contacted by one of the members of the Association of Executive Search Consultants.

One time lifetime membership fee with the option to purchase yearly upgrades to search recruiter list and participate in moderated forums.

I have been contacted more from recruiters looking for architects or infrastructure people and hoping that I know someone that would be interested than direct postings that I would be interested in.

The career toolkit has some interesting articles and links to reference books on a variety of career transition and search topics.

Execunet

I think of this as my father’s job board.  Expanded features include F2F meetings – CEO breakfasts, Roundtables, and others available in most major US cities.  Listings heavy on CxO and VP positions, but some engineering listings are starting to appear.  Membership also includes a bi-weekly newsletter, printed on paper, and delivered to your house. I let my membership lapse so I can’t provide a gauge as to result relevance, but I found that RiteSite and TheLadders covered the landscape enough that I let this one go.

Nancy Babyak, PMP shares her passion for technology and process through her netweaving adventures across the web exploring how we all take turns being buyer, seller, helper and helped.  As an independent executive consultant Nancy helps business leaders and IT executives grow through evolutionary process improvement and long term strategy alignment by constructing innovative Program Management Office (PMO) structures.  Nancy helps explain the tools of the PMO through her PMO Training Wheels Blog and carries those principles through to the home through her Work Life Balance Blog.

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