Jason Alba

  • Hot Job Site: VisualCV

    Hot Job Site: VisualCV

    I came across VisualCV a few years ago and was mildly impressed. It looked like a resume on steroids. I wasn't sure where this site really fit in, but over the years I've figured it out. It simply complements your online strategy. VisualCV doesn't take away from a traditional resume, or an online resume. Nor... Continue Reading

  • Hot Job Site: Tim's Strategy

    Hot Job Site: Tim's Strategy

    I have read a lot of stuff about the job search. I've written a lot about it -- I've been blogging for over four years, almost every day! Many times I feel the information is regurgitated, repeated, generic, not applicable, or just plain boring. There are some terrific blogs and resources for information, of... Continue Reading

  • Hot Job Site: Job-Hunt.org

    Hot Job Site: Job-Hunt.org

    Let's kick off a new weekly series called AOL Jobs Hot Site with Job-Hunt.org. Job-Hunt.org is, at first glance, a huge collection of all-things-job-search. There is a lot of value to a job seeker, or someone who might start a job search, once you dig in. Here's some stuff you should know: About the site:... Continue Reading

  • Career Lessons from Jackie Evancho of 'America's Got Talent'

    Career Lessons from Jackie Evancho of 'America's Got Talent'

    We can learn a lot from a kid, even when it comes to our career. Even if you've missed 'America's Got Talent' these past few weeks, you probably have seen video of the amazing Jackie Evancho -- her videos have over 10 million views on YouTube. Her singing continues to wow the judges, the audience and people... Continue Reading

  • Simplify Your Job Search

    Simplify Your Job Search

    Do you feel like your job search is full of activity but you aren't getting anywhere? There's a lot of job search advice out there -- and if you keep doing what you read and hear, you might have a very convoluted strategy right now. Here are three do's and three don'ts to simplify your job search: Continue Reading

  • 'How's Your Job Search Going?'

    'How's Your Job Search Going?'

    Have you heard this question in the last 24 hours? The conversation, unfortunately, goes something like this: Them: "How's your job search going?" You: "Fine." Them: "Let me know if I can help with anything." You: "OK." Uncomfortable pause. This was a useless dialog. They didn't learn anything... Continue Reading

  • Seven Things Job Seekers are Doing Right

    Seven Things Job Seekers are Doing Right

    Thom Allen is MAD. He recently read an article about the five things job seekers do wrong and wrote me this: "There are too many don'ts, and not enough do's out there. Who are the experts that can tell the public what to do, rather than what not to do? Getting a LinkedIn account isn't a solution. I'm... Continue Reading

  • Interview Tactic Employers Hate

    Interview Tactic Employers Hate

    I had never heard of an "informational interview" until I went through a job search workshop. The idea sounded great, though. The facilitator made sure we understood we were not to go in and ask if there were any jobs for us, but that we were to get information about the company, division, industry, key... Continue Reading

  • How to Find a Job Club

    How to Find a Job Club

    During the first few weeks of my job search, I was very busy putting together what I thought was a good job search. This including creating a résumé, figuring out job boards, and developing my strategy and schedule. I was also figuring out my finances and learning the ins an -outs of unemployment... Continue Reading

  • Job Seeker, Ask for Help!

    Job Seeker, Ask for Help!

    By Jason Alba As a job seeker you know the most common question people who know your situation ask you: "How's your job search going?" The most common reply I hear is "fine" or "it's going OK." But what we really mean to say is, "It is not going well at all because I STILL DON'T HAVE A JOB!" Continue Reading

  • How To Put Your Resume Online

    How To Put Your Resume Online

    I came across Emurse long before it became an AOL service and was impressed with it from Day One. Emurse is a simple concept with an easy purpose. Mix the letters of e-m-u-r-s-e up and you get "resume." Quite simply, it is your online resume. Here are 10 things you should know about having your resume online... Continue Reading

  • Blue Collar Job Search

    Blue Collar Job Search

    A lot of what I've written about in the past has been for professionals and executives, but I had an experience recently that made me think about a blue collar job search, and what the differences are. This is pretty interesting because most of the job search blogs I follow seem to be written for a white collar... Continue Reading

  • Lost your job?  Lose some expenses.

    Lost your job? Lose some expenses.

    About a month into my job search I found myself sitting across the table from my church leader. My wife was with me and we were asked to meet with him because he was concerned about my unemployment. We had put this meeting off for weeks because we didn't think we'd be out of work very long. By the time we met... Continue Reading

  • 54% of Households Have Someone Who's Been Without Work This Year

    54% of Households Have Someone Who's Been Without Work This Year

    Apparently the recession is over, but it doesn't feel like it. People and companies are still hesitant to spend money as we are slow crawling out from under this heavy burden we've had for the last couple of years. The impact at the personal, family level has been severe. Everyone I know knows someone who has... Continue Reading

  • Six Reasons You'll Lose Your Job Regardless of What You Do

    Six Reasons You'll Lose Your Job Regardless of What You Do

    I know you are working hard to keep your job. You have been told, as have I, that there are certain things we can do to keep our jobs safe. Perhaps we believed that a better degree, more experience, lots of hard work, even working extra hours would be the things that help us maintain some amount of job security.... Continue Reading

  • Is it Time To Stop Your Job Search?

    Is it Time To Stop Your Job Search?

    We all know people who have been job hunting for more than a year; some have been out of work for two years. As these job searches stretch on people repeatedly wonder, "what are my options?" Here are a few: Continue Reading

  • What's on your Chicken List?

    What's on your Chicken List?

    Mohammed Al-Taee just asked me a really intriguing question via Twitter. He tweets: Give me one task a job seeker can do once a month. I think we can all list tasks a job seekers can do once a day and once a week, but once a month? It's almost too restrictive - if you are a job seeker you shouldn't be doing... Continue Reading

  • Seven Ways To Waste Time in a Job Search

    Seven Ways To Waste Time in a Job Search

    Time is money, so they say. Time you spend in your job search will hopefully result in money (aka, a salary). Here are seven things I see job seekers doing wrong with their time in their job search: Continue Reading

  • The Gig Economy

    The Gig Economy

    On the Young PR Pros mailing list I saw some discussion about a gig economy. I hadn't heard that term before so I did a quick search and found it's a fairly popular term. In The Daily Beast, Tina Brown writes "No one I know has a job anymore. They've got Gigs." In the olden days (a few years ago) the people who... Continue Reading

  • Obama is almost oveweight (and the fallacy of a one-size-fits-all job search strategy)

    Obama is almost oveweight (and the fallacy of a one-size-fits-all job search strategy)

    Apparently President Obama is at risk of being overweight. An article on CNN, which reports Obama was told to lower his "bad" cholesterol (LDL), says his body mass index (BMI) is 23.7. If he gets to 25.0 then he's considered overweight. According to this Department of Health and Human Services BMI is a "reliable... Continue Reading