Favorite Friday: Job Search Discrimination & Age Discrimination

April 29th, 2011

Nasty, nasty stuff.

In August, 2010 I wrote the post Age Discrimination, Old Job Seekers, Options.  I really post a problem and asked for input on what options to a traditional job search might include.  I got over 20 comments… it’s a great read.

One of the comments really jumped out at me… from Susan Guarneri (career coach), who writes:

For those who use discrimination as the “excuse” for an unproductive job search, that attitude enables them to continue to be a victim (and there are payoffs for being a victim).

This is strong talk, but it’s straight talk.

Is discrimination (in any form) your excuse?

Please take 23 minutes and watch this fascinating video called The Butterfly Circus. It’s worth your time to watch, right now. It’s about a man who has all the excuses in the world to not really do anything, and to expect everything given to him… there are some pivatol moments in the movie that hopefully have a profound impact on you.  They did on me. (click to go to The Butterfly Circus page)

I know discrimination SUCKS.  But how others discriminate don’t have to impact the choices you make, the way you react, or the success you have.

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Goodbye newsletter, for now…

April 28th, 2011

Actually, not TOTALLY goodbye, but I’m making a change in technology… we’ll see how this goes.  Hopefully I can live with it.

If you want to keep up on any newsletter-y information, join the JibberJobber Career Management Group on LinkedIn and make sure you leave the option on to get announcements from the group owner (that’s me).  Here’s the setting (go to the Group, click on the More tab, then My Settings):

Now, a bit of history. You don’t need to read the why’s below, but if you have your own email list you might find it intersting.

When I first started JibberJobber, and realized I should have a newsletter, I signed up with the 800lb guerrilla in the space: ConstantContact.

They were good to me, for sure… and I sent newsletters regularly.

Then, I networked into someone at iContact and he comped me a premium level account at no cost, so I switched over.  I missed ConstantContact features, and I HATED HATED HATED the process to get my database from ConstantContact to iContact (because of iContact’s process I’m sure I lost more than 50% of my opt-in subscribers).

Eventually, I had to pay at iContact… which was kind of lame, but I figured I’d pay wherever I was… so I just stayed there.

I found I rarely sent a newsletter after that (the importing process, where I lost a bunch of subscribers, really soured me to sending newsletters in general).

Around that time I dabbled in using Yahoo Groups, but there were things I didn’t like about it (free service = I didn’t have complete control over what the viewers saw… including the number of subscribees, ads, formatting, etc.).  It wasn’t going to be the right solution for me.

I’ve wanted to scrap it all and just use my server to send the emails, but some people flag it as spam (even though they (a) signed up for the service, and (b) agreed to get emails from us)… I can’t trust people to not do that, which really messes up any email sending from JibberJobber for the users (action item reminders, etc.).

Finally, last week I realized I should just use my LinkedIn Group.  There are some limitations, for sure, but I think the pros outweigh the cons. Here are some considerations:


  • I don’t have to use my JibberJobber email server (see below the cons as to why that is important)
  • I don’t have to pay (for now… CROSSING FINGERS!)
  • I can send a message once a week… which is enough
  • It increases the number of people in my group, and gives them a reason to be there (only if I give good, high value content)
  • If someone doesn’t want the message, they can (a) turn off announcements in their settings, or (b) leave the Group.


  • I can’t micro-segment, which means match my message to my audience.  I have announcements that might be applicable to my JibberJobber users, and others applicable to career coaches, and others applicable to career centers… I can’t send one message to different types of Group members :(
  • I can’t do HTML, or send more than once a week.  I’m okay with this, for now
  • No tracking to see who opened the message, who bounced, who clicked on what link, etc.  That’s okay, that was too much information for me before (whoever buys JibberJobber should violently disagree :p)

I hope LinkedIn doesn’t change things (like, make me upgrade in order to send out “announcements”) but I’m not going to hold my breath on that.  Until then, I hope this tool is “good enough” to communicate things out to my audience.

I hope I can look back with a sigh of relief that I chose the right platform…!



Learn how to use LinkedIn: Three Ways

April 26th, 2011

Here are three ways to learn how to use LinkedIn:

  1. Join me on Thursday at 4pm EST for a live webinar called LinkedIn for Executives – BEYOND the Basics.  This is through Netshare’s Experts Connection.  I’ve done this a few times for them and it’s always fun, and packed full of content. Cost is $50 or $60. Register now to get on the webinar.
  2. Get my DVD called LinkedIn for Job Seekers. Cost is $50 + S&H.  This has about three hours of content to help you get value out of your LinkedIn strategy. Click here to buy.
  3. If you are a career coach or in the career space, you should become an Online Professional Networking Strategist (this was the LinkedIn certification, but LinkedIn’s lawyers said we can’t use the word LinkedIn in the title of the certification).  We’ll spend six 70 minute sessions going into a number of things on LinkedIn so you can become an expert for yourself and your clients with this online professional network (aka: _________).  Cost is $897, and I work hard so you feel like it was worth it (this is the second time I’m doing this)! More info here.  TIME SENSITIVE: The first session is TODAY!

I continue to see a ton of potential with LinkedIn “users,” whether they are newbies, veterans, so-called LIONs, and even recruiters, with how they can make some marginal changes to get much better results!

Oh yeah, if LinkedIn is interesting to you, check out the LinkedIn blog behind my LinkedIn book: I’m on LinkedIn – Now What???

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New: Job Seeker Tips at Twitter+JibberJobber

April 25th, 2011

I’ve had this idea for a while, and finally got it moving.  If you’ve followed me long enough you might recognize this is a reincarnation of my attempted Yahoo Group with one actionable tip of the day… but I decided to do it on my JibberJobber Twitter account.

If you follow you’ll get two tweets:

  1. The daily JibberJobber blog post. This is automated… each time I blog it gets pushed over to that twitter account.  Look at the history and you’ll see all the tweets there are simply blog posts from this blog — no noise about how hungry or tired I am :p.
  2. A mostly-actionable tip-of- the-day for job seekers. While on a recent plane ride I brainstormed a bunch of 140 character tips I would share with you, if we were together.  Then, I scheduled them out and had enough to go into the beginning of June… the first one should go out today. (technical note: I tried to use Hootsuite but I couldn’t, even though I manage other accounts from there… so I had to use – I hope it works right)


I talk about subject matter experts doing a tip of the day on Twitter and decided I need to do this for my own branding, messaging, and community-building.

Feel free to share the word – simply click the RETWEET button above, or copy-and-paste this into your own tweet:

New: Job Seeker Tips at Twitter+JibberJobber

Thank you :)



Favorite Friday: Who Is Jason Alba

April 22nd, 2011

I’m definitely not the Jason Alba who wrote a text book on Accounting…. I’m another Jason Alba.

Here are two posts where I share some stuff about me (click the post to learn the “story” behind the points):

Tagged – 5 things about Jason Alba you didn’t know (December 2006)

  1. I’ve lived outside of the continental US for 6 years – all in Latin American places (split between Puerto Rico and more…
  2. When I met the girl that would become my wife I was 15, she was 13. We were great friends for about more…
  3. I never really wanted to blog. In May I went to a more…
  4. I am living my dream. I always wanted to be an  more…
  5. I love critters. more…

Meet Jason (or, “a break from the normal stuff”) (August, 2007)

  • I almost always ask for just ice while on a plane. more…
  • I’m rather shy. more…
  • I don’t really like… um, computers. more…
  • I LOVE to read. I just finished the last Harry Potter book (loved it), I love John Grisham, Michael more…
  • I’m not a morning person. more…
  • I have four kids. The oldest is more… (actually, I have five kids now :))
  • I think snakes are the best pets around. I used to love all animals but more…
  • I am kind of afraid of heights. more…

That’s me… in a few points.  What about you?  Would love to know something about YOU.

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JibberJobber Partner: Kim Mohiuddin, Movin’ On Up Resumes

April 20th, 2011

Meet Kim Mohiuddin, another JibberJobber partner.  I like Kim a lot … I’ve met her at numerous conferences. At one of the last conferences (in San Diego) I got to chat with her more than usual and learn about her business – I was impressed!

Kim has an interesting practice – she is a resume writer and a coach (well, maybe not a coach, readh below and judge for yourself :)), but she’s… different.  Her typical client is looking for something different, to position themselves differently.  One thing that jumped out to me is her passion for creating a career portfolio in way that I haven’t seen before.

Here’s a message from Kim, to you:

I work one-on-one with mostly executive clients and at all levels through my small team of hand-picked writers. My clients come from all fields and industries, and their common qualities are:

  1. An understanding that they need to be active participants in creating their documents if they are to be meaningful. (notice, she didn’t say “resumes”)
  2. An affinity for the idea that storytelling is a core component of successful career documents.

My background as a creative writer (I had a novel with an agent by the age of 25) and successful sales/marketing pro has translated into an ability to help clients crystallize and communicate their story and value proposition in a way that gets decision-makers interested.

Though I am a writer, not a coach, my clients repeatedly tell me that our work together has empowered them to authentically and enthusiastically articulate their value, core competencies, and ROI (return on investment) for the company that hires them.

My firm also delivers teleseminars on career-related topics and offers outplacement services for companies who are downsizing and want to give their departing employees a leg-up in their next career move.

You can learn more about Kim and her services at her Movin’on up blog and/or newsletter (on the left).  She also writes stuff for YOU on Twitter: @kimmohiuddin.

Check her out!

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Favorite Friday: Don’t Make Me Think… Connect The Dots!

April 15th, 2011

I’m Dumb: Connect the Dots for me

This is one of my favorite concepts I’ve learned over the last few years… it applies to anyone who is trying to communicate.

Are you a job seeker trying to tell people why they should pay attention to you, or why they should hire you?  You HAVE TO tell them why what you are telling them applies to them.

Check out the post on connecting the dots, and the rare attempt I made at creating a visual that illustrates it.

If you can get this concept, and apply it, you will (should!) be a much, much, much better communicator!

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What Is Your Personal Brand? I Learned Something Interesting About My Personal Brand…

April 14th, 2011

On April Fools Day I did something pretty cool: I actually celebrated with a prank.

It was fun, even though it was somewhat last minute.  I announced a new service allowing you to send a pink slip to the person who laid you off.

I’ll remember that as a brilliant idea… hey, I gotta own up to each of my wins (just like you should, for your own wins!) :)

I learned about my brand.

My Brand: not what I think about myself, but what others think about me.

I learned that people think I am normally optimistic.

I got a number of comments, emails, facebook replies, tweets, etc. from people saying “Oh no! Jason has gone negative… what’s going on over there???”

People thought, with the announcement of that new service, that I had become negative.


Honestly, I have been feeling that at least 30% of my posts have been negative.  I have been feeling like a negative nelly lately.

But the perception of others, which is my personal brand, has been that I was positive, optimistic, and uplifting to others.

Isn’t that interesting?

If you would have asked me, I would have said something diffferent than what others would have said.

I bet that’s happening to some of you. YOU THINK YOUR BRAND IS XXXXXXX, and everyone else thinks your brand is YYYYYYYY.

You see one persective, and you hear the thoughts in your head, but others only see what is on the outside, and what you do/say/think/feel based on outcome and body language.

How wrong are you about your own personal brand?  I bet you are at least slightly wrong… that’s why there are 360 assessments to send to your contacts to find out what they perceive!

Interesting, eh?



JibberJobber Partner: Christine Dennison, Dennison Career Services

April 13th, 2011

Meet Chris Dennison, a JibberJobber Partner who owns the very awesome domain :)

Chris has been helping job seekers since 1989.  When I asked she didn’t say helping, she said she has been “reducing stress for job seekers since 1989.”  She also said:

I have taken countless clients through the maze of resume creation, branding, Internet strategies, networking, and interview techniques. I offer a deep knowledge of new-millennium best practices and a wealth of practical advice from my previous experience in business operations, marketing, corporate HR, training, and headhunting.

You know what I like about this?  Chris is saying she helps you navigate all this stuff to help you land – she isn’t out to make you the expert in what she has expertise in (no job seeker wants that, unless they are looking at becoming a coach) – she uses her expertise to help you get through the journey! She continues:

My resume-writing style is a no-hype snapshot – a fresh alternative to the traditional dense and overwritten document. Coaching, editing, research and strategy work is done at an hourly rate, “on call” as needed for answers to specific situations that come up throughout the search process.

Chris is active on the career coach discussion lists, and is especially passionate about LinkedIn.  You can learn more about her at the links below (click here to see how she stays active and involved in today’s job search process):

Dennison Career Services website

Chris Dennison on LinkedIn

Some of Chris Dennison’s Job Search Tips

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Awesome: How To Stand Out

April 12th, 2011

Megan Fitzgerald, career coach for expats, is writing a series on how to stand out titled Expat Careers & Businesses: How To Stand Out in the Global Marketplace.  This is a multi-part series… in her second series (read the first one here) she talks about… me!  How flattering.

I’m going to share what she says about me… and then tell you how this applies to YOU.

Megan writes (read her entire post for a context and more depth):


For example, my colleague Jason Alba (and former expat) became a thought leader and an online “hub” in the career space by blogging everyday for a year. He shared about his own challenges as a job seeker and the tools that he developed to try and help him manage that process. The wealth of knowledge he shared, his authentic and engaging style and his regular engagement with his readers made him a credible, real, and respected voice amongst thousands of blogs in the career space. He then leveraged his technology experience and his own learning from the job search and blogging to build an incredibly powerful service called Jibberjobber. To say it helps jobs seekers manage their career and network effectively would not do it justice. There is nothing elsecomparable in the marketplace and I invite every career professional to visitJibberjobber see what it can do for you.

Jason’s thought leadership in job search and networking naturally led him to becoming an expert on how other online tools can be of help to job seekers – namely Linkedin and Facebook. He has written two excellent books to help guide job seekers and careerists – I’m on Linkedin – Now What? and I’m on Facebook – Now What? (co-authored with Facebook expert Jesse Stay). Both of these publications further enhanced his status as an expert. Now he is in high demand as a speaker for events around the world as well as a media source for leveraging Linkedin in the job search.

How cool is that?

There are a couple of things here that she isn’t 100% accurate on, but it doesn’t matter.  It’s a very positive writeup.  When she thinks of someone who is doing it right, I came to mind as a success, and she is sharing that success, and my products/services, with her clients and blog readers.

If she ever gives a presentation on this, she might use my story as an example.


You can’t pay for that type of branding…. can you?  Perhaps you can, but that strategy is reserved for companies with gobs of marketing dollars.

The average person, with no marketing money, CAN get this type of branding.


You want someone in your profession or industry to write something like that about YOU, right?  Or when their boss comes to them and asks if they know anyone with an expertise in ______, you want them to think of YOU, right?

You can make that happen, if you have a strategic approach to your own branding.

Here’s another snippet from her post:

Granted the time and work to become an trusted authority is not for everyone, but it is another option for those keen to stand out and get noticed in the global marketplace.

So true.

So who are you?  Are you the still kicking against the pricks (biblical term… guess what pricks are?) applying to openings on job boards, or are you “keen to stand out and get noticed in the (global) marketplace”?

Work for your career.  No one else is going to do it for you!


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