Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My annual Thanksgiving message, 2012



For the last few years I’ve taken Thanksgiving as a chance to sort of step back and be thankful.  Cheesy?  Maybe.  But, it’s my blog so I get to pick the topics :)

For me, 2012 has been a year of pretty dramatic change.  I left a job I loved, at one of the best companies on earth to join another great company.....and try to make a bigger impact.  Awesome.  As such, I have  A LOT to be thankful for this year.  

With that I’m Thankful....

For Google and the amazing 6 ½ years.  My time there was truly transformational and the impact on my life cannot be overstated....

For entrepreneurship, without entrepreneurs companies like Google, The MathWorks and TripAdvisor wouldn’t exists.....so, cheers to those willing to take a risk and build something great.  

For my family.  Obviously, my wife and daughter rule......without them, I’d be a mess.

For Samuel A. Moore.  My dog, the dude....named after the patriot, not the beer.....still going strong at almost 12 he’s provided years of great memories.

My network of friends, colleagues, family and former classmates.  Tools like LinkedIn have made it so much easier to keep in touch....it’s great.  So fun to be able to keep in contact with folks.

Lastly, I’m always just humbled and honored by those of you who take the time to read my blog....seriously, it’s so cool.  Everytime I hear from someone who reads my blog....it blows my mind.

Thank you all, and enjoy the holiday.  More content next week.
Jeff

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

All job searches are not created equally...

I found a pretty interesting article I wanted to share on Indeed.com.  It talks about which cities have the most job openings per “unemployed” worker.  Not sure there are any massive insights to be drawn from this but it got me thinking about one thing in particular.....

When you are interviewing for a job or looking for a new job....you’ve got to really understand the market.  Check out the article, but think about it.

If you’re looking for a job in Miami, there are 5 people looking for a job for every posting....pretty tight competition.  Honestly, from an employer standpoint it’s a buyers market.  Meanwhile, your’e looking in San Jose and there is an opening for every person looking for a job right now.....WOW, talk about opportunity right?

There are a bunch of implications for this too right?  If you are in Miami and get a job offer....you probably should think long and hard about declining the offer.  There are just not that many opportunities out there and everyone is interviewing for those few roles.  In San Jose....different story.  Take your time and find the right gig.  If you don’t like an offer, the market is stong enough for you to be picky.

I’ve pasted the link below so check it out, and remember not all job markets are created equally...and your job search can’t be created equally either.

http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends/unemployment

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Don't be a fool, stay in school

Ok, quick post this week but one that I really think is important.  Time Magazine ran an article a few weeks back discussing if going to college is worth it or not...well, it is.  Seriously, no brainer.  Here’s why:

Earnings - Look at the middle chart.  College grads earn more than High School grads.  Period.  It’s easy to complain about college debt, it sucks but if you graduate with say $30K in debt....yes it blows but over time the investment will pay off.

Long Game - I talk a lot about networking and all that stuff....education is the same idea.  It’s about the long game.  You won’t see immediate “results” from your degree for many years...even a decade or two.  Getting your degree is not fun while you are doing it but over the long haul it’s all good.

Networks - The other thing about college is the network you acquire.  You won’t read about this in the college brochure but it’s true.  Having a degree from Harvard...makes you a Harvard alumni and you know what?  Alumni take care of themselves.  You can’t put a “value” on it but trust me...the network you get from your college experience will be worth way more than your tuition.

You can check out the info graphic from the article below or read the full article here

Until next time...remember...don’t be a fool, stay in school