November 15th, 2019
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:
November 8th, 2019
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:
Enjoy some of my memories of a man who was bigger than life and helped many millions of people.
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?
Check 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?
Perhaps 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.
November 1st, 2019
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: