Women’s Ally Interview on LinkedIn Stuff

June 29th, 2010

I did a quick 12 minute interview with Diahann Boock of Women’s Ally… here are some questions she asked… click here to hear the entire interview.

Diahann Boock - Women's Alley

Diahann Boock - Women's Alley (click for interview)

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Census: Fake Jobs Bubble Burst

June 28th, 2010

A few months ago there were grand reports that the unemployment rate had changed (for the better), and the feds were patting themselves on the back for making such a great change.

I don’t think it is the role of the federal government to create jobs, as that is unsustainable (unless we all get taxed at much higher rates).  But the feds created a bunch of jobs… temp, high paying jobs that would all GO AWAY.

Guess what?  They are going away.  And the benefit they saw (lower unemployment rates) will be reversed in soon-to-be-published reports when those temp employees are out on the street again.

Read more here from Lisa Johnson Mandell: And the Census Jobs Bubble Bursts.

Those fake jobs caused fake celebrations in D.C…. what a disgrace.



Consultant Launch Pad by Peter Osborne

June 25th, 2010

I’ve (virtually) known Peter Osborne for a long time. He’s an executive I met in his job search and we’ve followed each other over time.

Peter recently launched a new site/service/club (what do I call it??) to help people consult while they are in transition, or as an alternative to a traditional job.  His new site is Consultant Launch Pad.

This is brilliant because … how do I put this, so many OLD people aren’t going to land a satisfying job.

How’s that for a stereotypical age discrimination statement?

Really, though. Age discrimination is out there… while Peter’s services/site is not just for those facing age discrimination, I would like to think many people who are facing discrimination as job seekers can go into a company through the side door as a consultant making 3x+ the amount they would make as an employee.

Yeah yeah, I know, it’s not for everyone. But, some people need to earn some money while they are waiting to land that sweet job.

And consulting is a way to do that.

Check out Peter’s Consultant Launch Pad… it’s brand new so it might be rough around the edges, and I know he has a fantastic vision to grow and evolve it… for now, it’s a great start!

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Networking: Tell Your Story

June 23rd, 2010
The LinkedIn for Executives webinar is TODAY (Wednesday)… details at Experts-Connection. It’s going to be awesome… seriously.

storytelling_bookHow do you tell your story? How do you create your bio on Twitter, or your LinkedIn Summary, or a networking 30 second commercial? How do you really communicate your value-add in an interview in a way that leaves a strong, memorable impression?

For many of us this is just too hard, for various reasons.  One reason is that we aren’t good at talking about ourselves… we haven’t ever been given permission (“don’t brag!”).  Or we don’t want to overwhelm anyone with all of our fantastic achievements.  Or we think our achievements aren’t really fantastic.  Or we start telling all of our fantastic achievements and people start… snoring.

Whatever the reasons are, we need to get over them and get good at telling our own stories.  I’m excited to announce a new book to help you understand this and create your own stories.  I’m the executive editor of the book titled Storytelling about Your Brand Online & Offline.   This book helps you understand the concepts around telling your stories and gives you tools and tactics to create your own stories.

Check out the Storytelling book page to get more info on what is in the book.  You can get this in paperback ($22.95) and/or ebook ($16.95) format.

Congrats to Bernadette Martin for her first book… I know it has been a huge project and has taken a lot of time and effort … félicitations!

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LinkedIn for Executives Webinar

June 22nd, 2010

Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’m doing a special webinar for Experts Connection (Netshare) called LinkedIn for Executives.  This is a 90 minute webinar and will be for those who are in transition as well as for executives who want to get more out of LinkedIn.  In other words, it’s not just on how to use LinkedIn in a job search.

We’ll focus on strategy and concepts as well as tactics to get results…. here’s a link to more details.

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I’m Back In Town!

June 21st, 2010
The LinkedIn for Executives webinar is THIS WEEK (Wednesday)… details at Experts-Connection. It’s going to be awesome… seriously.

Last week I packed up my family (7 of us in a van) and we went on a special campout where we pulled handcarts to reenact a tiny part of the Oregon/California trail. This is the trail and area were pioneers who settled Utah and seekers or gold and adventure traveled in the 1800s. It was a terrific experience, even though we cut our last night short (instead of staying at a KOA campground we decided to just get home and shower and sleep in a real bed – 3 nights was enough :)).

Anyway, I’m back and busy catching up on emails and writing… pictures and stories of the trip will be on my Jason Alba blog in the next week or two.

(I didn’t announce this trip earlier since the house was going to be empty for days … something about bad guys looking for vacation announcements on Twitter, ya know?!?)

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Paul Buchheit on Wealth, Jobs and Dreams

June 17th, 2010

I somehow stumbled across the blog of Paul Buchheit who was pontificating on what to do with millions of dollars.

I had no idea who Paul was and guessed he was just some normal dude who thought about what he would do with millions of dollars.  Turns out, he’s the guy who created Gmail, developed the prototype for Google AdSense (which is the vehicle that makes Google worth the billions they are worth), and came up with Google’s motto: “Don’t be evil,” back in 2001.  He also was a founder of FriendFeed, which was acquired by Facebook. (this is all according to Wikipedia).

I figure he’s had millions of dollars so his advice is from that perspective, not from someone who wishes he had millions to spend.

Anyway, this blog isn’t about what to do with millions of dollars… you can read what Paul Buchheit says at his post titled “What to do with your millions.”  It’s a fun read.  What I wanted to quote was a part about jobs:

“Many people with jobs have a fantasy about all the amazing things they would do if they didn’t need to work. In reality, if they had the drive and commitment to do actually do those things, they wouldn’t let a job get in the way.”

I know we need to have income, and many people let their jobs give them life-purpose, but sit back and think about this today… is your job (or even your job search) getting in the way of all the amazing things you really want to do?

I know money plays a role in this.  Perhaps, though, the lack of enough money is our biggest non-legit excuse for not really pursuing our passions…

What do you think?

(the original thread was here, on Hacker News … in case you wanted to know what to do with millions of dollars from geeks :p)



Long-Term Unemployment is Highest on Record (scary)

June 16th, 2010

Here is some interesting information, from the Huffington Post: Long-Term Unemployed Now 46 Percent Of Unemployed, Highest Percentage On Record.

This is a scary aspect of “unemployment” that you don’t hear about often.  I think, though, in the scariness, there is opportunity.  Many of those who are long-term unemployed, and want to get back to work, are skilled and/or hungry.  Perhaps even desperate.  Maybe some of them will start their own companies.

The strength of the U.S. could be, it’s been argued, in the small businesses and capitalism.  If that is the case, perhaps it would be awesome to see much of this talent move to “self-employed,” and see where that goes.

I really need to pick up Daniel Pink’s Free Agent Nation… a book that is fairly old (2002) but I have hears about it for a while, which talks about this idea.

Scary, but full of opportunity, don’t you think?  Or is that just wishful thinking… ?



The Hidden Job Market – Is it a Myth??

June 15th, 2010

I have never heard this before (that the hidden job market doesn’t exist) and wouldn’t give it 2 seconds of my attention except that a well-respected recruiter/career person is the one making the claim.

Gerry Crispin apparently said (in 2009) some of the following (quoted from Miriam Salpeter’s Examiner article):

that the hidden job market is one of the biggest myths of job-hunting; that, in fact, it doesn’t exist: “Maybe a few thousand out of 20 million jobs are unpublished, and they are primarily at or near the C-level,”

I can’t agree with that – it just doesn’t seem to make sense.  I think Gerry came to this conclusion from polling people.  If that is the case I’d guess his sample was not the right sample.

Here’s a comprehensive writeup from Kathy Hansen, founder of  It has a lot more info about this, including quotes and thoughts from industry insiders.  One conclusion is that the word  “hidden” should be changed to “unpublished” or something like that.

Here’s my two cents: regardless of what you call it, there is a segment of open positions out there that you won’t find published on a job board, or made known to the general population.  Many of you have seen this happen… it goes something like this:

  1. The boss knows there is a need for another person on the team…. the boss works on putting together a proposal or justification for a while (perhaps months).
  2. When the new position is approved, the boss asks some people on the team if they know anyone who might be the right person.
  3. The position is known FROM WITHIN for a while (days?  weeks?) before anyone puts the position on the company job board, or monster, or something like that.
  4. People who are networked into anyone on that team know about, and can apply to, the job before anyone else hears about it.

That is the “hidden job market.” It’s hard to think you have to network with, or be known by, the insiders… that’s a lot of work!  Is it even humanly possible?

But this scenerio is real.  I’ve seen it at multiple companies I’ve worked at and I know some of my JibberJobber users have gotten jobs because of their mad networking skills…

What do you think?  Is the hidden job market a myth?  Or is this simply an issue or renaming it?



College Graduate’s Job Search Going Bad?

June 14th, 2010

Here’s a great post from Thom Singer about a recent grad in a not-fun job search.  Thom has some good advice (6 points, including 1. Don’t get discouraged, 4. Ask your friends how they found their jobs, 5. Network like your life depends on it… because it does!).

One thing that jumps out at me from this story is this:

I never heard from her again. She did not have business cards, so I had no way of reaching out to her to see if she has made any progress in finding a job.

Do you have a business card?  People WANT TO HELP YOU.  They really do.  Thom just met this person but he was interested in following up.  And Thom is on track to know about 1/2 of the people in the U.S. this decade… wouldn’t he be someone you want in your corner?

She missed out on an opportunity because she wasn’t ready with a business card… it really takes just a few bucks and a few minutes and you can get your own. I get mine from Vistaprint.

College grads need to step up… they are out of the institution where their demands and expectations are artificially driven by professors… it’s time to be a professional.

At the very least get a business card.

(and call on your career center to get some coaching/help)

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