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Aug 12

How To Manage Your Online Reputation with Bing

How often do you Google yourself? If you don’t, you should. Why? Its the poor man’s background check and recruiters do it all the time. Not only do they search Google, but they also search other search engines out there as well. (At least, if I have trained them.) What other search engines? Well, Bing, for example. And that is a good thing for you, as a job seeker! Why? Bing recently introduced Bing Linked Pages and it is designed to help you manage how you appear in Bing search results.

Bing Linked Pages

I like this. Actually, I like it a lot. To use this service, go to Bing Linked Pages and do a search on your name. (Oh! It will ask you to log-in into Facebook first.) Once you are logged in, do a search on your name. You may want to include additional keywords as well, such as your city, school you attended and where you have worked. When you see search results that match you, click the “Link me” button.

Bing Linked Pages

Afterward, when someone does a search for you, the links that you approved will be featured when someone searches your name on Bing Linked Pages. Will those same links be featured from a regular Bing search? I don’t know. When I did a search for my name previously, I did notice that many of the links I approved were high in the results. Of course, that could be coincidental. I would love it if someone were to volunteer for a case study on this. Any takers?

I was going to do a video demo of how this all works, but decided not too when I stumbled across the one below.

Hmmm… As I think further on this. If I were a job seeker, I may want to spend some quality time approving links. When I was done, I may want to add a link to my Bing Linked Page result inside my cover letter to a recruiter. I would say something to the effect, “click this link and check me out online.” I know that they are going to do it anyway, so why not make it easy and stack the deck in my favor. Just a thought.

Happy Hunting!


P.S. Now that I think of it, I should have added this to my ebook. ;-)

Aug 12

How To Make Money Online (…with very little work)

Let’s make some money together! Join my affiliate program, refer my ebook to people and get paid $1 for every sale you refer. If you know a lot of jobseekers (and who doesn’t these days), money could add up pretty fast. (Just sayin’…) Details on my affiliate program are below.



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  2. Near the bottom of the page is a link to an affiliate program. (Its in a blue box.) Sign up.
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  4. You will be presented 2 options. Option one gives you a unique “jump link.” Tweet that link and when people buy my book, you get a $1 for each sale. Option 2 sends people directly to PayPal, but without showing them the ebook description. I RECOMMEND option one, tweeting your unique jump link. (Feel free to shorten it with
  5. Be amazed as you make so much money, with so little work. (Results may vary.)


  • Tweet, +1, Like and share your unique link with your network.
  • Add your unique to your email signatures.
  • Share the link with jobseekers you could not place (if you are recruiting).

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Jul 12

Whatever you are doing, stop it and hire Lamia Gouda!

Hire Lamia Gouda now!!!

I stumbled across a gem today! While searching for something else, I discovered the video resume of Lamia Gouda. Curiosity took the better of me and I watched a VERY funny and engaging pitch of a very talented woman: Actress, Translator, Video Editor, Voice Over Talent and Stylist. She speaks multiple languages (Arabic, French and English) and not only that, she is also quite the entrepreneur. Check out her iPhone game where she has fight and outwit other actresses for a coveted Hollywood movie role.

Hire Lamia Gouda today. Look at her CVWhat I really like about Lamia Gouda is the impression she left with me. Sure, I could look at her resume and get a feel for what she can deliver, but what has me the most interested is all the intangibles that are not on her resume. Judging by her website and how it scrolls from left to right, instead of the usual vertical scroll tells me that she looks at things differently. The way she plasters her very expressive face next to each website section lets me know that she understands that she is ultimately selling her self to employers and not just a bunch of keywords. Having new media embedded in her site helps a lot as well.

This is a Nokia commercial she was in.

I have to admit that when I first saw her video resume, I thought it was a promo for an online web-series. Plus, since it was in a language foreign to me, I doubted that I would watch it all the way through. That being said, the production was first rate, Lamia’s performance was hilarious and captivating and I (literally) stood up and applauded her efforts. Anyone can see that she has gone the extra mile to get the attention of a potential employer. I will keep my fingers crossed that she gets all that she is pursuing because she is definitely working hard for it.

Check out the video resume that got me excited enough (and laughing enough) to want to write this blog post about her.

Lamia Gouda’s Video CV

Good job Lamia Gouda! If I could, I would hire you today.

Jim Stroud

P.S. Lamia, please consider adding English subtitles to your video resume. For that matter, French subtitles as well. Please do yourself a favor and check out this website: DotSub

P.P.S. You are one hard working woman with boundless talent. Love the game by the way! ;-)

Jul 12

How to Get a Job Now (…and never look again!)

Over the weekend, I had the good fortune of being a guest on Tyrone Griffin’s “Bunny Slippers are Evil” podcast. I think I ran my mouth too much, but my information seemed to be well-received (and I had a good time to boot).

Tune in to hear how I survived a layoff in the 2008 recession and a second one in 2011. In both cases I found work pretty fast using the principals I discuss on the show. Tune in to see what I mean and please, do share this blog post with someone that could use the advice. Thanks!

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May 12

Where are the jobs for veterans?

Jim consults with Chad Sowash to discuss why (and how) companies should hire veterans.