Posted by & filed under Blogging, Career, Internet, Online Presence, Seattle, Social Networking.

As I go about the Internet looking at company web sites, learning more about them, searching for a job, I have noticed something. It was something that I was aware of before. It has just become way more obvious doing what I have been doing lately. I’m sure many of you have experienced the same thing.

I’m sick of creating a profile on just about every web site I visit. And then as I am looking for a job, companies want a copy of my resume (to only store, since they never look at it). This has become especially troublesome lately.

What happens if I update my resume? Each site that has my resume will not know about this change. And I realize this isn’t a problem that needs to be addressed immediately (my immediate needs include finding a job). Currently, I will update my resume on a site if I need to and I want a job bad enough from that employer. But if these employers want the best people, is their current solution the best way to go about it?

The same goes for every site wanting me to create a profile. I have created my share of sites where a profile is useful to each user and hopefully the site provided benefits to each of the users that went to the trouble to provide their personal information.

Let me give an example. When I first started my job search, I created a LinkedIn profile. I have been able to edit my profile, add contacts and have my contacts provide recommendations for me to be included on my profile.

Then last week I found Jobster. They have similar features once you create a profile. You are able to network with other users and have them added to your personal network. Although Jobster made it easy for me to import contacts, I noticed most of the contacts in my network on LinkedIn do not have a profile on Jobster.

I have already emailed some people to ask them to create a LinkedIn profile. Some have done so. Some I sure never will. But do you really think I want to do the same thing by emailing these same people to create a profile on Jobster and add me to the network? Not really.

I recognize that both LinkedIn and Jobster have very similar features, while some features are different. They both are trying to get me to use their network primarily.

What I am looking for is one place to be able to accomplish any task on the web. Ideally, it would be great if LinkedIn and/or Jobster provided an API to allow me and others to create a profile on my own web site and allow all the features that are provided on their own sites.

So when somebody is searching for a Java developer in Seattle, they are provided with my profile information that I updated on my own web site. Once they visit my site, they will also be provided with samples of my work, what I think about, perhaps a beautiful picture of myself. The point is I get to provide them with the information I want them to know and keep it updated on one site.

I know that many sites are starting to implement OpenID into their sites. For those who don’t know, OpenID provides a decentralized single sign-on system. This would make it so I don’t have to register on every site I visit. But not a lot sites support OpenID yet.

Back to the resume problem. It might be cool to have some kind of resume API or tagging system to provide to employers. They can then add it to their tools when trying to find somebody to fulfill a current job opening. I would just have to update my resume on my web site and I would still be found by those employers that need somebody with my skills.

Is there an opportunity here? Possibly.

I have heard a lot about people using their own web sites as a resume. I will be blogging more about that in the future.

Let me know what you think. Why does every site want my resume/profile? Why can’t I keep that information on my own web site?

Posted by & filed under General.

I have added an About Me widget to my sidebar. It has in it a beautiful picture of myself, a brief description (subject to change), and some links. I want to make it clear that everybody knows that I am in the hunt for a job in the Seattle area. I have also updated my about me page to talk a little bit more about myself.

For those of you that only subscribe to the RSS feed, you’ll have to actually visit the site. While you are visiting, please leave a comment letting me know what can be improved with the widget or the about me page. I’ve already been told that the picture makes it look as if I just took something. Is it the crooked smile? Isn’t that how I smile? Let me know what you think.

Posted by & filed under Career, Online Presence.

At the beginning of the year, one of my resolutions was to use my blog to better promote myself. Up to this point, I give myself a D- on my performance. The good news is that I have until the end of the year to improve that grade.

When I made the goal, I knew I was going to need my blog to promote myself. I didn’t know when I would need it. Had I done it when I actually made the goal, I could possibly be in a better position right now. On the other hand, ihave t could be worse. But I didn’t do it then so I am going to have to do it now.

I have lots of ideas on what I need to do to make this happen. I’m looking for more. How do I use my blog to promote myself? I’ll take it a step further while I don’t have a permanent job. How can I use my blog to find a job? I am confident I will get more ideas from all of you. Then I will share how I do it and you can see for yourself if a blog is helpful to accomplish something.

My take is that blogging is helpful for anything you want to accomplish on the web. Market a company. Sell a house. Lose weight. Make a million dollars. You name it. You just have to know how to do it.

After I learn how to use my blog to get a job, I’ll pursue the million dollars and let you know how I do it.

A good example of using a blog for self-promotion is my good friend Shane Lewis. I grew up with Shane. He is an awesome animator. He found out what a blog was about 18 months ago. He decided to start one and started posting his drawings on it. He’s made a name for himself among the animation community. This will help him big time if he wants to find a job in the future. It will help him in his career for years to come. Shane has worked hard to get to this point. Keep it up Shane!

Hey Shane, if you want to do a little drawing for this site, go for it. I’ll put it up with my redesign in the very near future.

Come on everybody. Have at it. Let me know what I need to do on my blog to help myself find a job. I am open to any ideas.

Posted by & filed under Career, RSS.

Those of you who know me, know that I am a big fan of RSS. It has become especially useful in my job hunt.

Various job sites have made RSS feeds available for job searches. All of them should make it a part of their search.

I wrote a post about Jobster earlier today. In it I mentioned I was recieving email alerts but wanted the job postings via RSS. Thanks to Christian who works for Jobster, I was able to add a feed for a job search for programmers in the Seattle area. The RSS feed becomes available whenever performing a search on the Jobster site.

I received another comment in the same post regarding Indeed.com. Indeed.com is a job search engine. They have an RSS feed for any search that is performed on the site as well. Very cool feature.

I want to know why all job sites don’t offer this same feature. Even though I don’t have a job, I don’t have the time (I also forget) to check a particular site every day. Luckily, I have other projects to keep me busy when I am not job searching.

I just took a look at Dice. They have the feature available as well. Monster does too. Good on you.

However, many companies with pages on their sites listing job opportunities do not offer RSS feeds for new jobs submitted. If they want to find the best (me), make it easy for me/them to find the jobs when they become available. Some companies have email notifications, but I, like many others, want RSS.

Posted by & filed under Career, Seattle.

JobsterDuring my job search, more than a few people have asked if I have checked out Jobster. Since everybody was mentioning them, I have checked it out in the past.

Today, I finally created my profile on the Jobster web site. There are a few things that set it apart from other job-seeking sites. You can set your status to let employers/headhunters know if you are just looking around or if you are seriously looking for work and everything in between.

Another cool feature on the Jobster site is superstar tags. The tags make it convenient for both job hunters and employers. As a job hunter, I can create my tags and prioritize them, and then search for jobs based on the tags that I create.

I understand the video resume is very helpful as well. I might have to create one in the near future.

Jobster also let you create alerts based on specific criteria. I created one for progamming positions in Seattle. You only have the option to get the alert via email. I would love to be able to subscribe using RSS.

It seems they do have lots of tools for employers. I can’t go over those features because I don’t know what they are. After doing a google search, it seems the tools they provide are very useful.

By the way, I also added a Jobster profile button to my sidebar. How many of these buttons will I have by the end of my job search?

Jobster is also a local company. Hmm. Perhaps they will hire me.

Posted by & filed under Sports, Utah, Utah Jazz.

It’s a beautiful thing to see the Jazz go the Western Conference Finals once again. From what I understand, the fans back in Utah are making the most of it like they did back in the 90’s.

I just finished watching game 5 against the Warriors. They should have won by more but I’ll take the win. They just couldn’t close them out until the last 4 minutes or so. What’s with all of the turnovers?
Before the season started, I predicted the Jazz would go 51-31. They went 51-31. Right on! What a prediction! During the season, I thought they would shatter that mark but they ended the season on horribly. But I also said they would be a three seed and only make it to the second round of the playoffs. Luckily, I was wrong.

I wonder how they would have done against the Mavs had they won. Or if they actually re-seeded the teams like in other sports after each round. But guess what, I don’t have to do that. The Jazz are in the Western Conference Finals! Even the organization will admit that this is ahead of schedule. Everybody will be predicting that the winner of the Suns and Spurs series will go to the NBA Finals. I probably will as well but the Jazz will certainly give them a fight.

The obvious difference in the series was the inside game of the Jazz and the out-of-control offense of the Warriors. Carlos Boozer was just too much for them. But I’m going out on the limb to say something that always makes the difference for the Jazz, especially in this year’s playoffs-Andre Kirilenko.

When AK47 plays like he did against the Warriors and in the latter part of the Rockets series, they can contend and possibly beat any team they play. Okur will have his good shooting games, Williams will remind you of Stockton at times, and Boozer is turning into an awesome post-up player, but when Kirilenko is at his best, the Jazz are awesome. They are good enough to go to the NBA Finals and win it.

If Kirilenko could realize this (maybe he has figured it out?), the Jazz’ chances of winning the conference finals are real good. When he fills up the stat sheet like he is capable of, he is so fun to watch.

And lets not forget about Jerry Sloan. I thought he did a great job of controlling the Jazz in this series. When they forgot to go inside or when they would get out of control with so many turnovers, he often called a timeout and the team would return to the floor a totally different team. Sloan is the best coach in the NBA (my unbiased opinion).

Isn’t it ironic that they do well like this after I move to Seattle? I moved to Northern Utah (Jazz country) in the fall of ’98. The Jazz had just come off two consecutive finals getting beat by Michael Jordan and the Bulls. They made the playoffs for a few years after that but never did anything significant. I move from Jazz country and they finally make it back to the conference finals. I’m willing to sacrifice for the greater cause.

Go Jazz!

Posted by & filed under Seattle, Startups.

Looking into the Seattle startup scene, I’m finding there is a lot going on. Drew Meyer from Zillow.com left me a comment to my last post to point me to a recent post of his on the Seattle tech scene. He includes lots of good links that lead me to a lot of blogs. Thanks Drew!

I took a look at Seattle Startup Blogs and decided to subscribe to all of them using the OPML file. There seems to be a lot happening. Hopefully I can start getting to some of the events going on around here.

If you know of any event or any company I should know about, please do.

Posted by & filed under Seattle, Startups.

In my job search, I have found that startups respond a lot quicker to resume submissions than bigger companies. I thought I would start searching the Seattle startup scene to see what companies are out there.

I am a little familiar with a few Seattle startups, such as Redfin and Zillow, but I know there are lots more.

Doing a google search for Seattle startups, I found a blog on the Seattle-PI site that has some good information on it. John Cook is the VC reporter for the Seattle-PI. I’m going to browse the site and see what I can find.

I did subscribe to it and quickly found that it is a partial text feed. Another topic for another day. I don’t like it when blogs do this.

If any of you know of any good startups in Seattle, please let me know. I would love to see what they have available for employment.

Posted by & filed under General, Seattle.

Yesterday I was doing a favor for somebody and went to get a Diet Pepsi for her. She had one requirement-it had to be a fountain drink. I thought no problem. I thought wrong.

Usually, this means going to the corner gas station. Real simple. But apparently not here in Seattle. First, I went to a Shell. I walked over to where “Fountain Drinks” was displayed on the wall. There weren’t any fountain drinks there. Guess what was there? Lots of coffee machines. How many are needed?

I thought no problem. This gas station loves coffee. So I went to the next gas station down the street. Same thing. No fountain drinks and lots of coffee. I thought people went to Starbucks for coffee. I would. There are a lot more of them around here.

After coming to the conclusion that gas stations do not sell fountain drinks, I decided to go to McDonald’s. Can you believe that? I had to go to McDonald’s to get a fountain drink? Only in Seattle. I’m learning.