101 Alternatives to a Real Job

October 31st, 2011

Happy Halloween.

Now that that is out of the way…

I’ve been working on a new project.  It was inspired by parts of many conversations I’ve had over the last couple of years.  This will be my next book, hopefully in print by the end of this year (or early in 2012).  I’m really hustling on it.

In part, it was inspired by Dick Bolles, author of the mega-best-seller What Color Is Your Parachute. Dick impressed the idea on me that as we (as speakers, authors, etc.) show people their alternatives, we give them hope.  I thought back to my job search when I felt all my alternatives had dried up, and how hopeless and out of control I felt.

When I got the idea for JibberJobber, which was an alternative, I know the hope I had, and exuded, was like night and day.

In part, this book was inspired by people I’ve talked to, after my presentations, about what they are doing, or what they could do, to earn some money “on the side.”

In part, this book was inspired by Robert Allen, and his book Multiple Streams of Income.

In part, this book was inspired by Timothy Ferris (4 Hour Work Week), who shares examples of people who are doing it (he calls their businesses their “muses“), and GaryVee (Gary Vaynerchuk), who included 4 killer ideas at the back of his book, Crush It.

In part, this book is inspired by the stories I hear about, and read about, of people who are ready to take the plunge and JUST DO IT. One in particular came from DOBA founder, about the dude who wanted to clean his garbage cans, and ended up making more per day than some make per week.

101 Alternatives to a Real Job is a book about hope.  It’s about alternatives. It’s about ideas.  The message is “these people are doing it, and maybe you can, too.”

Whether that means you start a business with the potential to make thousands each month, or just a hobby that makes a few hundred bucks a month.

I want to take the inspiration I’ve gotten from my audiences over the years and share it with millions of people… people who’s hope has been gone for a long time.  People who have been told there’s only one way to a good career.

This book shows 101 alternatives to that old definition of a “good career.”

Alternatives and options = Hope.

If you want to preorder, email me and let me know how you want to pay.  I’ll reply back with the options (check, Paypal, credit card)

To keep updated, watch this blog, or get on my LinkedIn Group.



Minneapolis Speaking Tour: New Presentation(s)

October 28th, 2011

UPDATED: November 14, 2012

I’m flying into Minneapolis to speak for a week, and I want you to tell people about it… :)

I am now booked. I hoped to speak 16 times, but I found that Monday and Saturday are pretty much no-speaking days.  Here’s my schedule:

Monday, December 12

Fly in late in the evening.

Tuesday, December 13

(1) 7:30 – 9am Easter (location: Eagan) Career Management 2.0

(2) 10 – 11:30am [Reserved for Minnesota Manufacturing Networking]

(3) 1:30 – 3:30pm Minnesota Career Coaches Association Career Management 2.0 for Coaches

(4) 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Basillica of St. Mary (88 17th Street North, Minneapolis, MN)  “Happy Holiday Handshaking” RSVP HERE

Wednesday, December 14

(5) 8:00 – 9:30 Starbucks Networking Group (MEMBERS ONLY) Career Management 2.0

(6) 10:00 – 12 noon: St. Andrews Career Management 2.0 ; St Andrew Lutheran Church (13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie)

(7) 1:00 – 3:30 pm: SamsNet Good Samaritan Church (5730 Grove Street, Edina, MN) “Happy Holiday Handshaking” RSVP HERE

4:00 – 7:00pm: Not speaking… I’ll mingle until 5p – Mingle Bells sponsored by Arbez and Thrivent Financial

(8) 6:00 – 8:30 pm: Minneapolis Job Support Workshop “Getting More out of LinkedIn” Christ Presbyterian Church (6901 Normandale Road), Edina, MN

Thursday, December 15

(9) 10:30am – 12 noon Face2Face Job Search Networking Group, Minnetonka “Getting More out of LinkedIn” (emphasis on searching and finding people)  (Bet Shalom Synagogue, 13613 Orchard Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305)

(10) 2:30 – 3:30pm: Private outplacement engagement “101 Alternatives to a Real Job”

(11) 7:00 – 9:00pm: Soar4Jobs Transition Support Group “Career Management 2.0 (with some 101 Alternatives)”, 3495 North Victoria Street, Shoreview, MN 55126

Friday, December 16

(12) Tentative! 8:30 – 10:30am National Speakers Association – Minnesota Chapter “Social Networking to Grow Your Speaking Business”

(13) 11:00 – 2:00pm 7 Degrees Creativ “Career Management 2.0 + 101 Alternatives to a Real Job”

Evening: Afternoon: FLY HOME! :) :)

It’s going to be a crazy/busy week!  And, if all goes well, this will set the record for me (the previous record was 9 presentations in 3 days… this will be 13 presentations in 4 days!)

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Has the Job Search Changed?

October 26th, 2011

Yes, it has significantly changed.

Technology has been one major catalyst of the change.  The economy has been the other major catalyst.

What has it changed TO?

Check out this post by Meg Guiseppi titled Today’s Executive Job Search Toolkit. Meg says you need these things for a successful job search (especially as an executive):

Check out her post for more info and links.

The job search is not as simple as it was.  Be proactive, take ownership of it, and excel!



Killer Sales Resume Advice from Don Goodman

October 25th, 2011

Don Goodman wrote an excellent post on how to write a better sales resume, titled Key Musts for a Sales Resume.

In his post he lists the following considerations:

  • Meet and/or Exceed Sales Quota
  • Your Rank Against Your Peers
  • Drive New Business
  • Strong Customer Retention and Account Penetration
  • Closing Rate
  • Awards
  • Training and Certifications
  • Highlight Your Relationships

For a more detailed explanation of each, read the full post here.

As a hiring manager who just hired a sales professional, I can vouch for these elements in a sales resume.

How do you set yourself apart?

Each profession has “things,” like what those listed above, you can list and jump apart from a pack of resumes that all look the same.

I want to know the sales professional I’m going to hire is awesome… that they have outperformed their peers, that they regularly hit their numbers, etc.

This is the language I want to see to let me know you are a professional salesperson, not just a dabbler.

Read Don’s full post here.

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Steve Jobs, Bob Hope, Johnny Cash

October 24th, 2011

I saw this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago:


Do we have NO JOBS? Not the kind of jobs we had a while back, that’s for sure.

Do we have NO HOPE? You have to have hope.  That’s the premise of 101 Alternatives to a Real Job: to give you HOPE.

Do we have NO CASH? Cash is king.. at least that’s what we say in business.  In our personal lives, let’s make sure that we manage our cash (and debt, etc.) well, so that when we are in a tough place, we have manageable money issues.

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Seth Godin: New Recession, New Opportunities

October 21st, 2011

Read this post form Seth Godin: The forever recession (and the coming revolution)

In a nutshell, Seth describes a new recession that is here to stay, brought on by how the internet has changed business.

This recession is a problem.

From problems come opportunities.

The opportunities might be yours.

Here’s how he ends his post (read the whole thing):

This revolution is at least as big as the last one, and the last one changed everything.

The last one changed everything, created new businesses, created new wealth, and created new millionaires.

This one will do the same thing.

Maybe… just maybe, you should think about how you can get a piece of the pie.

Or, I guess you can continue to look for that old, traditional job with benefits that you used to have, at a company that was loyal to employees, and valued your long-term loyalty.

The choice is yours.



Job Search Magic Pill vs. Eat Right and Exercise

October 20th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I was on a webinar where I once again promoted Michael Webb’s job search program as the most solid program I’ve seen.

It’s simple.

But it’s really hard to implement (until you just DO IT).

After the webinar, I was thinking about his system, and why people won’t do it.

They spend tons of time and effort and money and thinking on other systems that seem more simple, and promise at least the same results.

I started to think about health, and comparing it to this issue.  Michael Webb’s system is like eating right and exercising, which is a pretty solid plan to get healthy (lose weight, etc.).

But we (collectively) don’t want to do that.  It’s too hard.  We want the ab machine from the commercial.  Or we want the pill, or the spoonful of whatever.  We want the shortcut.

How does that shortcut work out?

That’s right.

So go for the solid program, not the fad diet.

I’m not saying Michael’s is the only solid program – I have partners and colleagues that have solid programs.  They are out there.

But I’m telling you, if you are looking for the short cut, you might see quick results that tend to fade quickly.



Chris Brogan on Nurturing Relationships

October 19th, 2011

I got sucked into Chris Broganville recently, reading a bunch of his posts, and posts from others about him.

One that stuck out was his post titled COMMUNITY ONLY MEANS SOMETHING IF YOU KEEP IT WARM

He talks about relationships he’s had with the biggies… Dan Heath, who he had a warm relationship with, and who he thought he could pick things up with.

Contrast that with other biggies who he hasn’t maintained a relationship with, including Keith Ferrazzi and Tom Peters.

Chris runs with the big dogs… he knows some serious people, and they know him.  But he’s not talking about knowing them from 30 years ago, or just dropping their name once… he is talking about THE STRENGTH OF THE RELATIONSHIP.

In JibberJobber there is a in important function that you should be using: ranking/stars.

When you put someone in JibberJobber you should rank them.  On the image on the right you’ll see the stars… you can change them on various pages, but the point is to monitor or measure the relationships you have with individuals.

Meet someone at a networking event the night before?  If you don’t think you have anything in common, or a reason to pursue the relationship, then don’t give them any stars (leave it blank).  If you think there is something there, though, and you want to pursue a professional relationship, rank them as a 2 or 3 Star.

As you develop the relationship, increase the ranking to 3 and 4 and 5 Stars.

If I rank you as a 5 Star, that means I think we have an awesome relationship… perhaps you’ll interrupt a meeting to take my call, or at least you’ll respond as soon as you can when the meeting is done.

In JibberJobber I can track how STRONG my relationships are, not just how BIG my network is.

Are you doing this?

I think many are disillusioned by those who say “my network is THIS BIG!!”


How many of those contacts will actually respond to what you have to say?  How many care about you, or will help you?

Go read Chris Brogan’s post, to get a sense of where you want to be with your professional relationships… and then jump over to your JibberJobber account and make sure you are using stars to rank the strength of the relationships.

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20 things every JOB SEEKER should know how to do

October 18th, 2011

I got a link to a terrific post from Manny Otiko, a PR professional in Southern California.  Manny is like an industry watchdog, sharing good stuff for all PR professionals.

The post is titled 20 things every PR pro should know how to do.

Almost every single point here could be applicable to job seekers…. that’s why I retitled it: 20 things every JOB SEEKER should know how to do

Why?  Because the job search is about communication.

Learn how to do many of the things in that post, and you’ll be a much better job seeker.

Go read the post, on PR Daily.  Excellent stuff.

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Donald Trump on Quitting and Failure and Success

October 17th, 2011

Dan Schawbel interviewed “The Donald” Trump… you can read the interview on his Forbes article here.

I’m thinking about one question/answer…

Can you name some of the biggest reasons why most entrepreneurs fail?

They tend to give up too easily. I’ve seen people that are extremely brilliant and they don’t have the staying power. They don’t have that never give up quality. I’ve always said that other than bad ideas, which is a reason for failure, the ability to never ever quit or give up is something that is very, very important for success as an entrepreneur.

Pretty powerful, and I agree that quitting too early, and not having “staying power,” is detrimental.

Contrast that with with Seth Godin’s theme was in The Dip (I was involved in getting Seth Godin to SLC on his Dip tour). Seth’s theme was to know when to quit, and then move on.  Quit early, learn from “failure,” etc.

So, Trump says to stick with it.

Godin says to quit.

What do you think?


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