Congratulations, You Are Out of Work (Margaret Meloni): Free Downloads

May 17th, 2013

I had a great call with Margaret Meloni a number of weeks ago.  She does “soft skills” training with professionals and organizations.  As we were talking told me she has a Congratulations You’re Out of Work program.

You can get her free audio and ebook here (scroll down to the bottom).  Oh wait, there is a signup form there.  She said if you don’t want to be on her list, you can download the goodies from this hidden page.  THANK YOU Margaret!  (everyone, send Margaret a thank you, and refer her stuff to project managers!)

I liked what I heard from Margaret because:

  • Some people are out of work because they need to work on their soft skills, 
  • Some people haven’t “needed” to but they have time to work on them now,
  • Some people are having zero success in their job search because of their soft skills.

From her products page you can see she lives in the business world, helping people communicate better.  She has a soft spot for professionals in transition.

Check it out!


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Ditch! Dare! Do! Book with BONUSES

April 23rd, 2013

Sorry for the late notice on this… here’s a killer deal from the authors of the new personal branding book Ditch! Dare! Do!

I love the book.

You’ll love the bonuses.

Buy the book on Amazon and follow the instructions you can find at the top of this page.

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Reed Hastings (Netflix) on Company Culture

February 14th, 2013

When I was in the MBA program “culture” was the big buzzword.  Companies that create a strong positive culture are companies where people want to work, and give 1,000%.

Companies with a weak culture have high turnover.

My wife and I were talking about “family culture” a few weeks ago.  Applying “culture” to something like family, neighborhood, etc. is kind of hard if you haven’t been indoctrinated with the concept of culture.

I want to share an amazing 126 slide presentation from Reed.  I know it’s long but this is an amazing slide on culture.  Consider this a “sharpening your saw” exercise, take the time to go through this.  Best presentation on culture that I’ve ever seen. It almost makes me want to go work at Netflix right now.



The 12 Days of Job Hunting with LinkedIn (Dave Perry – Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters)

December 7th, 2012

Want to do better on LinkedIn?  Here’s a free resource from my Canadian buddy, eh, Dave Perry:

The 12 Days of Christmas Job Hunting with LinkedIn

On that page, click the image a little towards the right.  You don’t even have to put your email in or anything – direct access (the file is here… or heck, just click the image right there –>).

On page 20 there’s a link to the JibberJobber Career Management Group.

Maybe next year he’ll do a 12 days for JibberJobber :)

If you don’t know the name, Dave Perry is one of the savviest job search guys I know.  Actually, he’s a recruiter who just happened to write the Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters book.  Awesome guy, and fun to hang out with :)



Paul Allen: Idea Man… awesome book!

August 23rd, 2012

I’m reading a book that has really inspired me: Paul Allen, Idea Man.  It’s Paul Allen’s memoir.

Around the time I was born, and for the next few years until I turned 11 and moved out of the country, there were amazing things happening with the computer industry.  Really amazing.

Paul’s book walks you through his early years, including the high school where he met Bill Gates when he was in 8th grade.  It walks you through his passions, like chemistry and geeky stuff.

Paul invites you to peak in on the early days of Microsoft, which was a little company poised to take over the world, but back in those days there were just a little software company making some excellent strategic decisions.

As I read through the stories I’m inspired.  Many people think all the great companies, and all the wealth, has already been created…. so they need to work for someone else, and they need to look to the government for “wealth” or lifestyle… but Paul’s story is inspiring because we can, today, start our own thing, decide our own fate, risk, and sometimes enjoy the benefits of risking.

Are you looking for hope and inspiration?  Check out Paul’s book. I got mine from the library.

Cool factoid: there was a point when Paul and Bill applied to work for a company… Bill used his HANDWRITTEN RESUME and got the job.

Not typed… handwritten.  I would love to see a copy of the resume that was a part of the history of one of the wealthiest men around.

What are YOU reading that inspires YOU?



HP’s Business Blog: 7 Deadly Sins of Job Searching (and getting back on track)

May 1st, 2012

I didn’t know HP had a business blog, but I found out about it last week.  Don Goodman, a resume writer based out of North Carolina (he has clients around the world), was interviewed by them about the job search.  The post is titled: 7 Deadly Sins of Job Searching: Why You Still Don’t Have a Job, and How to Get Back on Track

I would write about the points, but the article is pretty long, so I invite you to go check it out.  And thanks to Don for mentioning my LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD :)

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Liz Strauss and Jen Knoedl on Self Promotion

April 30th, 2012

Check out this 2+ minute video on “self-promotion.” Jen Knoedl interviews Liz Strauss.  Both of these ladies have done a lot in their areas (Liz in blogging and communications, as well as a host of other things, and Jen in a number of things, especially video).

From Vimeo:

It’s short but there are some real gems in there! This is from 2008…

If you have a problem with “self promotion,” pick up the book Brag by Peggy Klaus.  This is a must read for anyone who is in marketing, whether it is self-marketing or as a business owner or in a company…

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Book Publishing: ebook (easy to pirate) vs soft copy (printed)

April 23rd, 2012

I’m continually asked if I’m going to jump on the ebook bandwagon.  It’s easy to distribute, the author gets more money if you sell through Amazon, and because the Kindle is so prominent (even the Kindle app on the i-devices), it’s so easy to tap into a huge audience of people who can purchase very, very easily (one click?).

I have been on the fence about ebook publishing, for books I want to sell (not give away), for years.

Here’s why: document sharing websites, like scribd, make it super easy for people with questionable ethics, to share your document at no cost.  Here’s an example: you can get my entire book, free, illegally, from scribd (URL here, but I’m not linking to it:

Scribd is not a bad-guy site.  It’s not some offshore, shady torrent site where you can get anything, pirated, for free.

It’s more of a legitimate, trustworthy site, with real stuff.  Like docstoc and many other document sharing sites.

But it was so easy for someone with poor judgement, or no ethics, or who perhaps feels that everything should be free, to post my book in its entirety, to scribd. And I don’t see an easy way for me (or anyone) to say HEY, THIS IS PIRATED!  TAKE IT DOWN! No flag button or link.

A couple of years ago, a FENG (The Financial Executives Network Group) member took my ebook and illegally emailed it to the entire FENG email list.

Nice. Thousands of financial executives just got my book for free.  Did sales increase?  Nope.  You’d think financial execs would have more ethics than to let that happen.  When I asked the FENG leadership I got an apology, but the damage was done.

I only knew about that because one of my JibberJobber users was on that list, and they forwarded it to me.

As an author, and someone who is trying to earn money, I find the lack of integrity when it comes to stuff like this unsettling.

And that’s why I’m not enthusiastically planning on making 101 Alternatives to a Real Job an ebook.

But then, am I missing out on gobs of sales?

The decision hasn’t been made, but it’s hard to get excited about making a move that could completely wipe out any legitimate sales.

I’d love to know what you think.



Eric Shannon on How To Land A Job At A Great Company (The Complete Job Search Guide – Free)

February 27th, 2012

Check out this awesome blog post, article, or almost e-book by Eric Shannon:

I’ve known Eric for years, through our blogs and writing.  He is the real deal.  This article/post is long – almost 5,000 words.  That is about 25% of my first book… !  And about the length of 10 blog posts!

But don’t let the size get in your way.  This resource is awesome.  Print it out, highlight it, make notes, and work from it.

Many job seekers lack direction and strategy – if that describes you, this is what you need!

Eric Shannon, who has been giving the unemployed community for years, hit is out of the park with this one – thank you Eric! And of course, thanks for recommending JibberJobber in the post!

Here’s more about him:

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Download Free Personal Branding Book by Chip Hartman (of ETP fame)

February 22nd, 2012

Chip Hartman has done it again.  This book is an excellent resource.  And it’s a free download.  You don’t even have to give your name and email address to get it.

Build Your Brand is a 54 page ebook that is kind of a Part II to The Basics of Personal Branding (also a free ebook – download it here).

I have gone through the book and enthusiastically give my stamp of approval.  Much of what I talk about in my keynote presentations is included in this book.  Chip breaks it down in a great way, and the methods he presents should really help you put your brand together well, and understand what to do with it once you have it put together.

I think both of these are going to be resources that even personal branding experts use and rely on to help their clients.  These are excellent personal branding resources.

Chip is a friend I’ve only met once in person, many years ago at a dinner in New Jersey.  He’s… well… awesome.

He does writing, editing, layout and that kind of stuff as a freelancer.  If you have any writing/layout projects, give him a holler (his email and phone number are on the first page of the book).  If you want to know how good he is, just download his free ebook and you can judge for yourself.

Oh and Chip, thanks for including me in the acknowledgement section of the book… it’s an honor :)

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