Introducing New Career Resumes Blogger Jason Alba

As I read through the past posts on this blog from Allen Voivod, I realize I have really big shoes to fill. And even though I’ve been blogging for over two years, and running four blogs, I feel like this is my dreaded “first post.”  

What do I say?

Let me start off by answering two questions: Who am I, and why and I blogging here?

Who is Jason Alba

I’m an IT professional who was laid off and proved that I was not a good job seeker (read: I couldn’t get a job).  In fact, my problem was my resume.  I wrote it on my own, and it didn’t really get me any interviews.  I had no idea what I was doing, and seemed to do all the wrong things in my job search.

Within a few weeks, the excel spreadsheet I created to track my job search was crumbling, and I longed for a real piece of software to manage my job search.  I designed, and decided I was going to get into the career industry.  I’ve loved it since the beginning.

Why am I blogging here?

Peter Newfield asked me if I was interested in writing for his blog a few weeks ago.  Initially my response was… no way!  Peter has a great name, is well respected, and I admire his company.  But I knew Allen Voivod had done a spectacular job with the content of his posts, and I wasn’t sure I had the mental bandwidth to keep it up.

I’m actually honored to have been asked to blog here.  After taking all of the factors into consideration, I accepted the role.  

Over the next few months, and perhaps years, I’ll be sharing job search and career management ideas, tactics, techniques, philosophies, and knowledge, and hope that you can weigh in in the comments area to share your knowledge with me and the other readers.

Let’s get started!


  1. Allen Voivod on August 19, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Hi Jason,

    From one Career Resumes blogger to another, allow me to simply say, “Awesome job!”

    I’ve been peeking in over the last few months, and it comes as no surprise that you’ve made the blog an invaluable resource for its readers, and – even more importantly – you’ve brought everything unique about yourself to the table.

    With your level of experience, it might have been easy to “phone it in” – give a bit of good information, a picture and a link or two, and call it a day. Based on everything I’d heard and read about you, though, I figured you’d give it that something extra – which is probably what you were thinking about when you wondered whether you had the mental bandwidth to take on the blog. (Love that transparency, by the way.)

    Suffice it to say, you’ve definitely brought that special something to the blog. It’s professional and conversational, surprising and thought-provoking, and it’s got a healthy dose of your personal experience, expertise, and humor all wrapped up into nice, tight posts.

    You’re delivering just the kind of resource job seekers need in this particularly topsy-turvy time in our economy. Rock on!

    Warm regards,

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