How I got my first consulting client.
In the summer of 2007, JobMob was only a few months old and had less than 200 subscribers. I was still learning how to blog, but I could already see potential. With the idea of having a legal framework to sell services or products through JobMob and any other blogs I might create, I started my company, Share Select Media.
At the time, I was also in a partnership with a Jerusalem-based entrepreneur to create a tech startup that had absolutely nothing to do with job search.
With our idea in hand, my partner and I started looking for funding from venture capital investors (venture capitalists or VCs, for short) but otherwise we kept in ‘stealth-mode’, not mentioning our project to anyone online or offline.
That December, I decided to head to Paris, France to attend LeWeb3 ’07, one of the largest annual tech conferences taking place in Europe at the time, attracting people from all over the world including many Internet celebrities and venture capitalists.
I went to the event with 2 separate missions:
* Publicly, I was the founder of Share Select Media and looking to meet other bloggers and particularly, companies who needed blogging services.
* Privately, I wanted to make contacts with as many relevant VCs as possible for my partnership.
As the event approached, I was prepared with business cards and a bright orange rugby jersey with a white Share Select Media logo on the breast and a much larger one on the back. I even had a matching kipa (yarmulke) to complete the standout attire that was guaranteed to not be worn by anyone else, anywhere.
Yet even with all that branding gear, I was sure that I could kick it up a notch. In the days leading up to the event, I wanted to come up with an idea that would really open people’s eyes and be memorable… but nothing came to me.
Continue reading >> The Best Personal Branding Story You Haven’t Heard
You can’t imagine what you’re missing out on.
I had a bit of a strange day a few weeks ago.
It started when I decided to attend two different events in two different cities on the same day, and I didn’t have a ticket to either one.
Event A I only found out about late the day before from someone at yet another event. When I got home, I headed online to buy a ticket but the official website said that the event was full and that all the tickets were sold out.
Event B I heard about earlier, at least a few days prior, but I took my time before deciding to attend. By the time I had all my questions answered and realized that I really should go, I – again – headed online to reserve a place.
This time though, I wasn’t rejected immediately.
It was only the next day while I was at Event A, that an email reply told me there was no more room at Event B either. Unfortunately for me, I only saw that email reply after I was already traveling to Event B.
Continue reading >> Why The Best Job Seekers Dare to Dare
Job hunting in Israel at times of war.
In April 2012, my old company officially downsized my entire team of web developers and I. “Yippee,” I thought, “now we can go back to Israel.” My pregnant wife, 2 kids and I had been living in Paris (France) and after almost 4 years, it was time to leave.
May and June were spent learning how job search had changed in the past few years, creating a LinkedIn profile, updating and translating my CV into Hebrew. Finally, towards the end of June, I started applying for jobs in Israel and quickly scheduled a week of interviews in mid-July…
Continue reading >> What It’s Like To Job Search Under Rocket Fire
Oy vey, another social network. But one worth investing in.
What is App.net?
In a nutshell, App.net is a new social network that looks like Twitter and that works like Twitter, but that also addresses Twitter’s main problems and tries to solve them.
What are Twitter’s main problems?
Well, spam, right? Garbage tweets that at best, clog up your tweet reader and at worst, link to viruses or other malware.
Actually, all that untreated and non-blocked spam is a symptom of the real problem- free, open access to anyone and everyone, include people who only want to abuse Twitter and the real, honest people who use it.
But there’s no such thing as “free”…
Continue reading >> Why I Joined App.net
Should you change how you communicate online based on who you communicate with?
This is a guest post by Tahl Wilson. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines.
As a hi-tech recruiter, social media has opened up a totally new dimension as far as being able to reach out, find, and communicate with potential job seekers.
Amazing networking platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook however, with their convenience have created mass competition as every person actually has access to every person, and basically anyone and everyone can become a virtual headhunter.
Now my intention is not to criticize those super savvy bloggers/twitter’ers/Facebookers. It’s amazing (and a fact) that people who have the personality and charisma to draw in thousands of people in with one quirky message/headline/blog, and thereby persuade them to do virtually anything, has become one of the most popular professions in the industry today and generates almost immediate revenue and results far beyond what traditional marketing ever did.
The question remains, if I need candidates and I am competing with hundreds of other recruiters for the same pool of hi-tech professionals, what will make you want to answer me if you are only contemplating a move?
Continue reading >> A Recruiter’s Dilemma: Should I Add a Smiley or Not?
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