Favorite Friday: The Job Journal and Mini Stories

November 15th, 2019

JibberJobber Job Journal

I was looking for some old posts about mini stories but didn’t find what I was looking for. I thought I’ve blogged dozens of times about them… alas, apparently I haven’t.

But I did find this gem… and it’s a two-fer-one. I get to talk about the power of mini stories and the JibberJobber feature we call the job journal. Each of these are important in your career management, networking, and career management! Take a walk down memory lane and visit this 2014 post:

What is the Job Journal?

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Favorite Friday: Ten Dick Bolles Facts

November 8th, 2019

Dick Bolles Parachute

I think I say the name “Dick Bolles” at least once a day. He had a profound impact on me and my thinking.

Dick passed away in March of 2017. About a week later I wrote this:

Ten Dick Bolles Facts

Enjoy some of my memories of a man who was bigger than life and helped many millions of people.

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PMI Certification Prep: PMP (Project Manager) and PgMP (Program Manager) on Pluralsight

November 6th, 2019

“But Jason, I’m not in tech!”

Oh yeah? What industry today doesn’t have tech?

And what career path would not benefit from tech-related certifications?

Jeremy Jarrell PluralsightCheck out the Pluralsight learning path titled Program Management Professional – PMI-PgMP® Exam Prep. There are six courses by Jeremy Jarrell, who teaches you how to prepare for the PMI Program Management Professional certification. You can actually get this prep for Pluralsight’s low $299/year price… considerably lower than taking a year of university classes. I know having a PMI certification specializing in program management would be helpful for me to land a program manager job!

You think project management is cooler than program management?

casey-ayers-pluralsightPerhaps it is… for you. Why don’t you go over to Casey Ayers‘ learning path titled Project Management Professional – PMI-PMP® Exam Prep, which has FOURTEEN (14)!! courses to prep you to become a certified project management professional. Think that won’t open some career doors? Holy cow. Again, the super low price of Pluralsight to get you PMP exam prep blows my mind.

Invest in yourself. Invest in your education. These are two great learning paths that easily justify the price of a full year membership on Pluralsight (right now it’s only $299/year). In addition to those learning paths you get access to EVERYTHING on Pluralsight. Crazy.

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Pluralsight’s “Upgrading Your Technology Career” Learning Path

November 5th, 2019

PluralsightPluralsight has designed “learning paths” to help you know what courses you should watch in order to achieve a certain objective. Many of the learning paths are geared towards learning specific programming languages, and are really cool because you get an awesome amount of breadth and depth for that language from multiple authors (which means you get different perspectives).

About the “Upgrading Your Technology Career” learning path: 12 authors with lots and lots of courses to help you become better in the workplace. Pluralsight does an unparalleled job in helping you become a better technologist… and these courses are designed to help you have a fulfilling career because of your soft skills and professional development.  Here are the courses:

Starting a Technology Career

Learning Technology in the Information Age    Dan Appleman

Onboard Yourself: What to Do After You Land Your Dream Job    Jason Alba

How to Be a Great Mentee: Get More Out of Mentoring    Jason Alba

How to Stay Abreast in the Ever-changing World of Tech     Doru Catana

Maintaining Your Technology Career

Working on a Team    Jason Alba

Productivity Tips for the Busy Tech Professional    Richard Seroter

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace    Stephen Haunts

Making Work from Home Work for You    Kevin Murray

Working and Communicating with Different Personalities    Jason Alba

Time Management in a World of Interruptions    Boris Hristov

Prioritizing Tasks and Managing Time for Greater Productivity    Jason Alba

Time Management for Technical Professionals  Doru Catana

Keeping up with Technology    Dan Appleman

The Future of Technology Careers    Dan Appleman

Growing Your Technology Career

How to Be a Great Mentor: Get More out of Mentoring     Jason Alba

How to Speak to Business Leaders     Jason Alba

Moving from Technical Professional to Management    Shelley Benhoff

Management 101     Jason Alba

Leadership: Getting Started     Jason Alba

Introduction to Leadership and Management for Developers    Dan Appleman

Creating and Leading Effective Teams for Managers     Jason Alba

Management Strategies that will Increase Productivity Today     Jay McFarland

Owning Your Technology Career

Developing a Killer Personal Brand     Jason Alba

Informational Interviews     Jason Alba

Relationship Management and Tracking for Your Career     Jason Alba

Turning the Corporate Ladder into an Escalator       Jay McFarland

Change It Up!      Rob Conery

How to Get Your Next Promotion     Jason Alba

Career Management 2.0      Jason Alba

Building and Managing Your Career Plan     Jason Alba

Play by Play: Crafting a Brand for Growth and Prosperity Lars KlintTroy Hunt/

Career and Survival Strategies for Software Developers    Dan Appleman

The Dark Side of Technology Careers     Dan Appleman

That is A LOT of viewing…. pick and choose what is best for you right now, and what will help you get more fulfillment and maybe that next promotion at work.

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Favorite Friday: 10 Reasons to Frequent Job Clubs

November 1st, 2019

JibberJobber Job Club

The first time in my job search (in 2006) I drove to a job club I kind of didn’t have the address with me. I thought I knew where I was going but I ended up driving around a neighborhood for about 20 minutes then threw in the towel and just went home.

Well, at least I tried.

Since then I’ve spoken over a hundred times at job clubs around the U.S. I’m a huge proponent of job clubs. Going changed everything for me. It was the first time since I got laid off that I didn’t feel 100% alone. I also saw other accomplished professionals who were unemployed… just like me. Maybe I wasn’t a complete and utter failure.  I learned plenty at those job clubs, but I found hope and friendship.

Check out this post I wrote in 2017:

10 Reasons to Frequent Job Clubs


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