Creating Profiles, Bios and Stories – Free Webinar

September 30th, 2009

bernadette_martinNext week I’m hosting a free webinar with Bernadette Martin, author of upcoming book “I Need to Brand My Story Online and Offline — Now What???

Sign up to join us on the webinar here.

Bernadette helps individuals tell their story in their BIO/LinkedIn Summary and in their Elevator Pitch. You know what will make this fun? Bernadette is going to critique a few LinkedIn Profiles (focusing on the LinkedIn Summary) and a few elevator pitches.  Please leave a comment with your LinkedIn Profile and/or elevator pitch for Bernadette to check out – you can also submit it through the Contact Us form.

As a fellow personal branding strategist I know Bernadette through the personal branding organization Reach.

On Wednesday, October 7th at 10:30am MT (9:30am PT, 11:30 CT, 12:30 ET) we will spend an hour with Bernadette going over the story, bio and profile stuff.

Sign up to join us on the webinar here.

Bernadette Martin helps individuals, entrepreneurs, professionals and corporations tell a compelling story online and offline – you can learn more about her here.



Massive Server Move Last Night

September 29th, 2009

Last night we made significant changes – hopefully they won’t affect you and how you use JibberJobber – but I thought I’d let you know what we’re up to.

About six months ago our current hosting company (where our server was hosted for the last 3+ years) informed me that they were changing direction and not going to host sites anymore.  This was sad because I had worked with the owner for many years before and knew him to be an amazing server guy.

In the course of doing research I found a new server guy who had pretty much everything I was looking for.  As an IT person, I look for character, skillset and customer service first – the technology is a given.  I was looking for a “partner” who would take ownership in the service they would provide.  (note: this is not a legal partner, nor someone who has equity in JJ)

Over the last few months my team and his team have been involved in planning, testing, and some dry runs.  There is really no good time to do something like this – many things can go wrong.  Midnight for us is daytime in other parts of the world – and we have signups from over 100 countries – so really, there isn’t a “best time.”

But we bit the bullet last night – I noticed the last emails from my team were around 4 and 5am… basically saying it’s done, tested, and let us know if there are problems.

I know the limits of Quality Assurance testing… and how great users are – so of course I woke up this morning to a problem from someone trying to buy the LinkedIn DVD – with just a few phone calls I got that resolved.

Anyway, this move means many things for us and you – hopefully the biggest change you’ll see is a FASTER JibberJobber.  I’ve seen it perform faster… and this was definitely becoming an issue.

If you have ANY problems – bugs, errors, or the system isn’t doing what you think it should, please use the Contact Us form to let the team know.

Thank you for your patience – and a HUGE THANK YOU to my team who was up all night (after testing and prepping all day) to make this as smooth as we hoped it would be!

Now that we have this behind us we can start working on some of those work orders we’ve been anxious to address!



Career Inspiration – I’m in a Job Search — Now What???

September 25th, 2009

Kristen Jacoway is the author of the upcoming book I’m in a Job Search — Now What??? and she put together a terrific inspirational YouTube video to help motivate you – I can see watching this every day just to get the day started!

What do you think?

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How Did It Go At POAC?

September 24th, 2009

Check out this very cool writeup in a newsletter after I spoke at POAC:

Jason Alba Scores a Major Hit with 102 people at POAC

Last evening Jason Alba held the POAC audience of 102 spellbound for two hours. Jason’s explanation of the methods used in conducting “Career Management 2.0” was like a fine mystery novel, leaving the reader wanting to turn to the next page (slide). As he concluded the evening’s remarks there was a sanguine air in the crowded room, some sort of wishing it would go on for several more hours, yet others were feeling an electrifying charge to get a head start on revamping their marketing strategy.

The comments were awesome and still coming in.

Steve Gallison, Director of POAC

Wow.  Spellbound… fine mystery novel… sanguine air… very cool!

I admit, that was one of the funnest presentations I’ve done in a long time :)

Steve, by the way, has a really cool email signature… check this out (I took out the colors/formatting… focus on the content/message):

Stephen R. Gallison
POAC Founding Director
Maryland’s only free
outplacement assistance center
for the Professional, Executive,
Technical, Managerial and Scientific
communities since 1992.
Often Imitated – Never Duplicated!

I love it!

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LinkedIn for Executives in Transition Webinar

September 21st, 2009

This Wednesday I’m doing a webinar called LinkedIn for Executives.  I spent considerable time developing this webinar and am really jazzed about it, as it has evolved from the two other webinars I’ve done for executives for Expert Connections.

This 90 minute LinkedIn for Executives webinar will go over various scenerios on how EXECUTIVES can get more value out of LinkedIn:

  • how an executive finds and communicates with a key contact
  • how and what they do with Target Companies
  • how they network into a company
  • what they could do with the network contacts they grow
  • how they can grow their network with relevant CxO and board members,
  • etc….

The cost is $50 if you are a Netshare member, $60 if you aren’t.  Register at Experts Connection.

Just who am I to give this webinar?  Jason Alba:

I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? was the second LinkedIn book in print, and the first to be in a Second Edition.

You can learn more about my LinkedIn thoughts on my LinkedIn blog, but don’t miss the webinar on Wednesday!

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Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.

September 18th, 2009

Here’s the latest on my trip – I’ll be out of the office from today through Monday Sept 28th.  I tried to get 12 presentations but I’ll have to settle for 7.

Friday, Sept 18:

Fly in late (9:30pm).  Grab rental car and stay with friends in Maryland.

Saturday, Sept 19:

sightseeing with my oldest daughter in D.C.  Any suggestions?  I think all the Smithsonian museums are closed on Saturday?

Sunday, Sept 20:

Running around Woodbridge, VA showing her were I met her mom – and dinner with a buddy and my sister.

Monday, Sept 21:

1:30 – 3:30 – Private presentation in Hunt Valley, MD (outplacement firm)

7pm – Bel Air, MD – Grace Career Networking Group.  Free – come if you can!

Tuesday, Sept 22:

11:00 – 12:30 – Private corporate presentation in D.C.

1:30 – 3:30 – Private presentation in Fairfax, VA (outplacement firm)

6:30 – 8:30 – socStardom at Johns Hopkins University Montgomery Campus, Rockville, MD.  This is for entrepreneurs and businesses and will focus on how to use social media to grow your business.  Register here. Free.

Wednesday, Sept 23:

1:00 – 3:00 – Human Resources Association – National Capital Area on job search/career management in Washington, D.C.  Location and registration info here.  Not sure if you have to be a member, but this event is… Free.

4:00 – 5:30 – LinkedIn for Executives ($50 or $60) – register here.  Note times are Eastern … you’ll have to do the math to figure out what time that is for YOU.

6:00 – 8:00 – State of Maryland Professional Outplacement Assistance Center (POAC) presentation (location here).  Already booked solid.

Drive to Annapolis for Conference

Thursday, Sept 24:

conference in Annapolis

Friday, Sept 25:

conference in Annapolis

Dinner with my sister, her man, and my daugter in MD or D.C.

Saturday, Sept 26:

conference in Annapolis, then fly home around lunch (oops, I thought I had this scheduled on Sunday)



Job Search Talk – A New Venture

September 17th, 2009

Every once in a while I get a harebrained idea to do something new and cool.  I know, I’m nutz.

First it was to start a crazy job search organizational website…

Then it was to write a book that might sell a few copies… I’m on LinkedIn — Now What???

Then it was to actually become a professional speaker (got dragged into that one) … this is what prompted the redesign of

Then it was to develop other informational products like the LinkedIn DVD: LinkedIn for Job Seekers.

Look where all that got me :p

Well, here’s the next one.  This met all of my criteria for doing a new thing (complement the other stuff?  Check.  Fun?  Check.  Rewarding? Check.)  Let me tell you how this all started.

Alison Doyle is the Job Search Expert at  When she comes to Park City with her man, who is the Ski Expert at, she lets me know so we can hopefully have lunch together.  About a year ago I went to lunch with Mark Newman, CEO of Hirevue (a very cool company) and we were just chatting… no agenda, nothing planned, just chatting.

Somehow we got the idea to start an industry blog/site that talks about the plethora of job search tools (and stuff)… new ones, old ones, etc.  The idea was to create a place where we talk about what there is, what we think of it, how they could improve, and stuff like this.  Something like TechCrunch for the job search world.

Of course, we are not going to be, or compete with, TechCrunch. But we thought there was an opportunity to fill a gap.  We were SO EXCITED!

And then we all went back to our day jobs and got busy :p

Until recently… we finally pulled it together and decided to make it happen.  This week we came up with the name Job Search Talk, bought the domain, set up the blog, and started moving forward.

We’re jazzed, and hope to be able to provide value to people in the job search space (HR, job seekers, recruiters, software developers, etc.) – but we don’t want to (or, can’t) write all of it!  So, if you have any opinions on what is out there, or what should be out there, let us know – we’d love to have experts (whether you are a job seeker with expertise as a product user or a career coach or a software vendor) help us put up information and opinions about what is available… !

Cool, huh?  Crazy but cool.



Comparing the Bubble Burst of 2000 to Today’s Job Search/Economy

September 16th, 2009

A few days ago I wrote Time Magazine on Labor Day, Unemployment and Stress and Teena Rose asked a really interesting question in the comments:

I have a question for you Jason … and if anyone can answer, you can, seeing as how you have an IT background. Do you know how long it took for the IT industry to realign when that bubble burst? I’m sure there wasn’t 15 million IT professionals (was there?) unemployed back then, but …

Very interesting!  I remember the time well but I was in a secluded little town with a nice stable job… I could essentially watch from the sidelines and be glad I didn’t pursue my original dream of heading straight to Austin, Texas to work at Dell or something like that (I heard there were a ton of unemployed IT people in Austin during that time).

I asked my friend Heather Gardner, who is a recruiting professional in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area – she gets a terrific perspective of what’s going on in the job search world from that perspective.  Here’s what she had to say:

heather gardnerI’m not sure what the “right” answer is to Teena’s question, but here’s what I would say if we were having a chat. First, there has never been such economic downsizing since I became a recruiter…. Even the bust does not compare with what we are currently experiencing.

Unemployment is high, job losses are growing with more to come and what’s not being reported but has an effect on the economy is the companies cutting back on people’s hours (furloughs) not only in State & local government but the private sector.  This drastically affects a household on the financial edge to begin with….. regardless of what happened with the bust, this is much different.

Okay, now for the good news.  Just because it’s bad out there doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a job. There ARE people getting jobs, finding multiple opportunities for employment and entrepreneurs who are thriving in this market, yep, thriving.

What I see working for job hunters who are successful is that they think outside of the box, understand that they are in a sales role now and they don’t give up.  If something’s not working they make changing, they qualify openings to make sure they can position themselves as the “right” candidate and they are stealth networkers.  The IT Manager who just got laid off, he/she needs to have several versions of his/her resume:

  1. A resume to position himself/herself as the perfect candidate for another IT Manager position
  2. Another resume to position himself as a software developer – something he/she has experience in and can do again.  This resume now downplays the management background so that he/she can easily be considered for another completely different role.
  3. A resume that might be geared towards IT project management.  He/She many have done it in their IT Manager role, but not necessarily had the title.

Now this IT Manager can open up doors for a variety of different career roles.  The good news now is that this IT Manager that just got laid off has increased his/her chances of landing a role that they are perfectly qualified to do.

I think the best approach to this job market is NOT to compare to anything we’ve experienced before, but rather think outside the box. The more resourceful you are the better your odds are of landing that perfect role, even in this down economy.

I know people getting jobs right now…. I know companies that are hiring…. It’s possible!

Isn’t Heather Gardner a breath of fresh air?  You can follow her blog here or follow her on Twitter here.



Personal Branding Webinars

September 15th, 2009

My friend Randi Bussin is a Personal Branding Strategist and is putting on some very affordable personal branding webinars this Fall.  Click here to learn more info, or register at her site.

I had NO personal brand when I was looking for a job and quickly realized that if I had been working on it, I would not have been “Jason WHO??,” instead I would have had people who knew me and my strengths before I got to an interview.

If you want a strong, intentional personal brand, I recommend checking out Randi’s webinars!

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The Networking Entrepreneur

September 14th, 2009

Friday I said I’d share a bonus idea regarding the business of cleaning garbage cans…. they guy I wrote about it supposedly makes $300 – $400 a day.

I was talking to my unemployed cousin about doing this and I said:

I guarantee you, as you knock on doors, whether you get the job cleaning the garbage can or not, people will ask you what kind of work you are looking for.

Think about it… if you do this you are showing a good, strong attitude, work ethic, creativity, humility, etc.  These are things that employers look for.  I’d gladly introduce someone like this to a networking contact.  I’m not positive that this person would be the right hire, but this person is out doing something to make it happen, rather than wait for the job to come in.

This might be one of the best networking tactics you employ – and you can make some serious money each day!

Next week I’ll be in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia – can we meet sometime?  Check out my schedule here.

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