Starting a 5th year and counting... Although JobMob's first blog article appeared back in December 2006, I waited until March 21st 2007 before officially launching the site with press releases and fanfare. Part of it was that I didn't really know much about blogging back then, and part of it was that I just wasn't sure in which direction JobMob would go. Of course with that name, it would be mostly about job search (although the first article wasn't) and I always felt it could appeal to a wide audience (although the first articles didn't), but it took some time for me to discover my blogging voice or rather, for me to really become comfortable with growing that voice in public, with its ups and downs while you, my kids, the Googlebot and just about anyone was watching. That must be why one of the first posts was a craptacular piece about making mistakes in public and coming out smelling like roses.
Today is JobMob's 3rd birthday.
A recent blog post by Jonathan Rick suggests that personal branding isn't really that important for job search or career success. He's both right and wrong.
In a 2008 commencement speech at the Wharton School, long-time executive Steve Gilbert summed up his years of job success with the following formula.
As a salute to Israel's 60th birthday, here are 60 kinds of achievements that you might not be emphasizing enough on your CV or resume. Why is this list important? To do a great job selling yourself, a resume needs to convince readers that you have the skills needed for their job and the abilities to do it successfully. By highlighting accomplishments using action verbs, you create a proven track record to eliminate all doubt. You successfully... 1. Managed company/department annual/quarterly budget of X (large) amount 2. Stayed under budget for X quarters/years 3. Were promoted 4. Were promoted after only X months in the role 5. Directed a team/group/organization (something difficult to manage) ...