Ask The Expert: Job Search Edition

March 3rd, 2014

Tomorrow morning is the next Ask The Expert, with Robert Merrill. Have you heard of these?  They are AWESOME!

Tomorrow’s is with Robert, an internal recruiter specializing in high tech and engineers.  You can learn more here, or just sign up here.

You might not be familiar with the Ask The Expert series so let me share the back-story.

Over a year ago I decided I wanted to help my amazing contacts who have expertise in career-related topics intersect with my users, people who are interested in job search, career management or JibberJobber.  What started out as a fun idea turned into a very cool series of interviews.  You can see ALL of the Ask The Expert calls we’ve done at (feel free to share that link).

Below is a list of recordings, to date. I don’t expect you to spend 15 hours and listen to them all right now, but I do suggest you check them out over the next few weeks – there is GREAT stuff in these interviews (the name links to their website, after the dash links to

Kim Mohuiddinon your resume

Jon Sozapersonal branding

Charlotte Weekscareers in the association, society and non-profit world

Karen HullerI have my resume, now what?

Jason Alba (me, Jan 2013) – 13 things to do for your career in 2013

Tim Tyrell-Smithalternative revenue streams

Nick Corcodilosworking with recruiters and headlines

Dick Bolles (the legendary author of What Color Is Your Parachute) – open questions

Jason AlbaCareer Management 3.0 and 51 Alternatives to a Real Job

Jack Chapmansalary negotiation

Dave Perry guerrilla marketing for job hunters

Mark LeBlancbusiness growth coach (principles of business growth for an individual in career management mode)

Dan Schawbelpersonal branding and millenials

The Recruiting Animal external recruiter talking shop, experiences, etc.

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Ask The Expert with Robert Merrill (internal recruiter)

February 26th, 2014

On Tuesday, March 4th at 9am Mountain Time (do the math on your own Time Zone so you don’t call in an hour early… or late!), we’ll talk with Robert Merrill.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER SO YOU CAN JOIN US. This is free, and we aren’t here to sell you anything. Just come, enjoy, ask, and learn.

Robert is a friend of mine who I met at blog dinners many years ago.  While I haven’t seen him in person for years, we keep in touch mostly through chat and email.  Robert is a busy guy, and has had some crazy-cool recruiting jobs.  When I met him he was a tech recruiter at a staffing firm.  Since then he has been in-house at Novell (which was “kind of a big deal” here in Utah for a while), and is currently a senior “engineering and technical recruiter” at Fuision-io, which I think is the greatest thing to come out of Utah’s tech space in a long time.

Robert is a … how do I say this,… a geeky nerd.  Let me clarify – he has great people skills, and can communicate very well (which you’ll figure out on Tuesday).  But he LOVES to learn.  He loves technology and dabbles in it all the time.  He is also one of the better recruiting bloggers out there… check out his blog at Connected Well.  Click the link below to see his LinkedIn profile:



Anyway, join us on Tuesday.  And put your questions in the comments below, or shoot me an email so I can list them and be ready with YOUR questions.



Dave Perry on How Much To Tell A Recruiter (and background checks)

February 3rd, 2014

Last August I did an Ask The Expert call with Dave Perry… it was awesome.  You can access it (and others) for free here.  In a blog post announcing his interview I got a comment with a great question… and Dave answered it.  Here is the complete question/answer.  If you think Dave is great, you have to devour his book and check out his other stuff.

Bruce’s question is about disclosure to a recruiter:

My wife is in a quandry.While working in a full-time job, she began the application process for a new job on December 15th. The new firm has an extensive process with a number of tests, interviews, etc.

On January 10, her company let her go.

The new company looks ready to make an offer, but the firm’s recruiter announced that they’ll be doing background and employment checks.

Should she inform the recruiter that she was let go two weeks ago?

It is now January 31.

What to do????

Dave Perry’s response is:

Bruce, here are the only three things she needs to do right now:a. Tell the recruiter the truth – that she was let go, and why,
b. Hand the recruiter a list of references – whom she’s already spoken to and can talk on job success — at the same time she tells the recruiter (yes get in the car Monday and drive over to the company and talk to the recruiter in person)
c. Make a list of all the other companies she wants to work for and get resumes out to them because she wants to create competition for her skills in case the company’s process ‘drags’ a while.


a. The recruiter is going to find out — unless they are stupid, AND they’d have to really be dumb to not pick up on it during a reference call. Preempting their discovery takes the sting out of it – if indeed there is any sting in it! AND most importantly it shows you are honest AND may light a fire under the recruiters posterior to grab you before you start looking elsewhere,
b. Giving them the reference check saves the recruiter hours of work trying to find the info themselves, and you somewhat guide them to the people they should be talking to.
c. A little competition is good for the ego and keeps employers honest!

The future is in your hands.

David Perry

I love Dave Perry… don’t you?


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The Recruiting Animal Ask The Expert Recording

November 22nd, 2013

Here’s the Ask The Expert call we did this month with The Recruiting Animal.  Candid, of course.  Enjoy!

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Recruiting Animal on Ask the Expert on Tuesday at 11am Eastern

November 3rd, 2013

recruiting-animal-realJoin us for a candid conversation from The Recruiting Animal.  Animal has hosted his own radio show for years, talking to and with other recruiters.  Not only is he really knowledgeable about how to get a job, he is HONEST about it all.  He has no agenda, nothing to sell to you, he is FRANK and CANDID.

Register now and then join us on Tuesday morning (make sure you double check the time zone so you are there at the right time!

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Dan Schawbel’s List of 10 Pieces of Advice As He Turns 30! (ATE next week!)

September 24th, 2013

promote_yourself_bookOn Facebook Dan Schawbel shared 10 things he wants to share as he leaves his 20’s. I really like them.

Dan will be our Ask the Expert guest next week.  Join us on Tuesday morning at 9am MST, 11am EST.  Here’s the registration link.

  1. Invest in yourself or no one will want to invest you.
  2. Be curious about your full potential.
  3. Maintain contact with the people that matter.
  4. Give value to others selflessly.
  5. Ignore your critics and embrace your supporters.
  6. Fail because it is part of the learning process.
  7. Focus on your passion because life is too short to ignore it.
  8. Your time is your greatest asset so use it effectively.
  9. Life is too unpredictable to be overconfident.
  10. Don’t leave your career to chance, Promote Yourself!

I love how Dan did this list.  What would YOU add?

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Dave Perry: Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters interview

August 7th, 2013

This almost-two-hour interview was AWESOME.  I tried to stay quiet as much as I could and let Dave just talk.  I think he is brilliant.  His ideas are gutsy.

The only question is, are you going to DO any of them?  Watch here.

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Ask The Expert: Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters with Dave Perry

August 5th, 2013
This dude is SERIOUS about your job search

This dude is SERIOUS about your job search

Dave Perry is the Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters expert (see his third edition book here).   Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will chat on our monthly Ask The Experts call at 9am  Mountain, 11at Eastern.  Dave is awesome… register right now here.

Here are past ATE recordings…. lots of awesome stuff there!



Ask The Expert: Salary Negotations with Jack Chapman

July 9th, 2013

Yesterday I got to spend an hour with Jack Chapman, expert in salary negotiations.  Jack has years of experience and a lot of stories of successful salary negotiations. You can see our webinar at, or watch it below.

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ATE postponed – GoToWebinar is DOWN :(

July 2nd, 2013

I’ve been using GoToWebinar for years.  Today an unusual thing happened – they went down.  If you were trying to get on the Ask The Expert call with Jack Chapman, about salary negotiation, I apologize.  Jack and I rescheduled for Monday at noon Central time… I’ll have a link posted as soon as I can set it up in GoToWebinar.

I can’t even email the people who signed up and let them know about this until I can login to their website… gotta love technology, right?

Instead, I think I’m going to go to the beach.

Oh wait, I live in Utah.  Scratch that.

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