My new career started sometime in 2006. Prior to that I was an IT manager for Varsity Contractors, which did around $200M in revenue cleaning toilets and fixing buildings. I was their first IT Manager, and had a great time while there. That lead me to my next role, which evolved into General Manager of a small IT company, which was a subsidiary of Varsity. I was involved in that subsidiary from the beginning, and found it to be a very important learning experience. All the way up to getting laid off, in January 2006.
I started my first job search then, after having had a few professional roles, and found the job search experience to … suck. I didn’t know what I was doing, but thought I knew what I was doing. My job search was a mess, and I got nowhere (except frustrated). During my job search I realized there was a huge gap in what job seekers had at their fingertips, … there are plenty of job boards (more than 40,000), and plenty of books and articles, but there was not a TOOL to do what we needed to do. I decided to create that tool, which became JibberJobber. Since inception, JibberJobber has been recognized as the missing piece of the puzzle, the gold standard, etc. Whether you are in job search, or might ever be, get an account on JibberJobber.
I wrote a book, I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? in September 2007. This book has sold tens of thousands of copies and has been a significant factor in me becoming a “professional speaker.” In fact, all of the speaking opportunities I’ve had have been a result of having authored this well-timed book.
I coauthored I’m on Facebook — Now What??? which came out early 2008. This helped rebrand me as more than just a LinkedIn or job search expert… I had become more of a social media/networking guy. I speak to job search and networking groups, to unemployed or employed people. I also speak to associations, universities, marketing groups or clubs, etc.
If you are interested in learning about my fees for speaking, consulting or workshops, please let me know.