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Podcast with Jason Alba, author of "I'm on LinkedIn -- Now What"

 
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How do you use the "Answers" feature to your advantage? What's the deal with LinkedIn Groups? How do I use my network to conduct a job search? Who should I "connect" with?

Welcome to an Online Savvy Channel podcast of Total Picture Radio. This is Peter Clayton Reporting. Jason Alba is "passionate about all things related to personal career management, from understanding the job search and career management environment to knowing what professionals could do to create some kind of job security." Jason's background is in web-based applications. In 2006 he started JibberJobber "I've had to become something of a marketer, and really enjoy all that I've learned and done to bring JibberJobber out. From blogging to writing articles to authoring two books (I'm on LinkedIn -- Now What" and coauthor of I'm on Facebook -- Now What"), I've learned a ton about marketing." Jason writes. He now shares what he's learned in speeches and workshops across the country. And what you just heard was extrapolated from Jason's LinkedIn profile.

Talking Points

  • Jason, before we discuss your new LinkedIn book, I'd like you to tell us about your primary focus - jibberjobber.
  • Are you seeing an increase in activity on the jibberjobber web site?
  • Are you still offering recent combat vets free jibberjobber premium accounts?
  • Any new enhancements to jibberjobber you would like to share with the audience?
  • Okay, I'm on LinkedIn, Now What? Second Edition.
  • I want to talk with you first about the changes and enhancements LinkedIn has made since you wrote the first edition. What's new, and what is the most useful in your opinion of the new tools available?
  • In chapter 9 you discuss using LinkedIn for a job search. Can you review with us some of the ways you can use LinkedIn when engaged in a search?
  • How would you recommend someone use LinkedIn who is engaged in an active job search?
  • How can we use LinkedIn to research specific companies?
  • As you know, there's a constant debate over whom you should link to. There's an argument to be made for linking only to those you know well and then on the other side of the spectrum there are the LIONS - what's your advice?
  • Tell us about the Service Providers directory and its value.
  • One group that uses LinkedIn extensively is recruiters -- you and I spend a lot of time at events like ERE and OnRec, so we're well aware of the value recruiters place in the LinkedIn network...
  • One of the big enhancements to LinkedIn is in the area of Groups...
  • What has been your experience with your JibberJobber group? How much time do you spend administrating your group?
  • Yahoo groups have been around for a long time -- do you participate in these as well?
  • One of the most interesting new features is Answers. Give us the rundown.
  • What is the value in answering questions?
  • You have a whole section in your book on using LinkedIn for personal branding. Give us some bullet points.
  • One thing I want you to address. There are a number of practices that can get you kicked-off of linkedin. What are some of the most common?
  • If you feel you've been banned unfairly, what can you do?

Jason's LinkedIn Profile

I am passionate about all things related to personal career management, from understanding the job search and career management environment to knowing what professionals could do to create some kind of job security.

My background is in web-based applications. Having lucked out with an internship at Simplot and working under an amazing visionary, to being the first IT manager of a medium-sized building maintenance company, I've always gravitated towards providing real, practical solutions in a web interface.

I got laid off in January of 2006 and started a job search, confident I would find something better than my last role. My job search was a mess, and I didn't get anywhere, except frustrated.

I realized there was a huge gap between what was needed by professionals managing their careers and what was available to us. This is where JibberJobber was born, and I've been CEO since then.

I am not a certified career professional, job search coach, career coach, career counselor, resume writer, or anything else that would tell you I'm qualified to help you one-on-one. I'm one of you - a professional who wants to provide for my family. I combined my Internet application background with a real-world need, and provide technology to professionals who are career oriented.

Since I started JibberJobber I've had to become something of a marketer, and really enjoy all that I've learned and done to bring JibberJobber out. From blogging to writing articles to authoring two books (I'm on LinkedIn -- Now What" and coauthor of I'm on Facebook -- Now What"), I've learned a ton about marketing. I now share what I've learned in speeches and workshops across the country.

Specialties:

Internet & Intranet development and marketing. Job and career expertise, from the candidate side. Blogging, social marketing, presentations, speaking, authoring.

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.

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