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Shaq Traded…And He Found Out On Twitter

June 25, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

Last night Shaq was traded to the Cavs…and he found out about it on Twitter.  That’s right.  Before Steve Kerr could pick up the phone and call the big man, Shaq’s faithful Twitter following alerted him to the deal.  And needless to say, the Big Cactus was shocked.  Here’s the screenshot of Shaq’s Twitter page minutes after the deal…

Shaq Traded Twitter

Take note of the reply to @allonso…”I didn’t hear dat yet.” This example will go down as one of the reasons why you need to be on Twitter.  If the Twitter community can break news before your boss, shouldn’t you be part of the conversation?

Brett Farmiloe is the social media manager at Jobing.com.  He and Zach Hubbell consult with small and medium sized businesses to offer social media solutions that best fit their recruiting strategy.  To learn more, please visit: http://phoenix.jobing.com/socialmedia 

So you’ve graduated…now what?

May 14, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

4 years for most, 5 years for some, and in the case of one my dear friends, 7 years of school and you’ve got a great piece of paper that officially says you’ve graduated. Now what should you do with your life?

Chances are that you’ve probably heard this question from parents, teachers, peers, and asked it to yourself. It’s a darn good question. How should you answer it? A great guide of figuring out the ‘what should I do with my life’ dilemma can be summed up into three words: ‘Pursue the Passion.’

Quick story about me. I graduated a couple years ago with an accounting degree. I took a job I wasn’t really excited about and it sucked. I decided to quit in order to take a road trip I had been dreaming about taking. On this road trip, I planned on interviewing people who loved their jobs with hopes that their insight would lead me, and many others like me, closer to finding passion in work.

I lived on free Hot Pockets for 45 days while I tried to find funding for the website and the road trip. I went to places like MTV’s Pimp My Ride, my former college, and second cousins looking for money to get this idea off the ground. I got more ‘no’s’ than I can begin to describe.

One day, I quit eating Hot Pockets and realized Jobing.com was right down the street from where I was living. I approached them for a sponsorship, and after talking with the CEO, he agreed to sponsor our road trip and website. Me and three buddies hit the road for four months in a new RV.

We ended up interviewing over 300 people across 38 states and 16,000 miles. When we got back, Jobing.com agreed to give us jobs. In those jobs we got the opportunity to speak to thousands of people about our journey and create a program that sent over 2,000 high school students into their community to do interviews like we conducted. We’re now the social media managers for Jobing.com.

The point of the story is, you’ll never know where the journey will lead if you pursue the passion. In today’s economy, people feel lucky just to have work. The words ‘pursue the passion’ may not have the same meaning it once did when the economy and job outlook was bright. But for you, the recently graduate, the words still have meaning. It means to chase after whatever you’re excited about.

Back to the title of this blog- ‘So you’ve graduated…now what?’ The answer to that question is that you can pursue whatever you want, despite the economic outlook. You’ve graduated! It’s your life, your decisions, your time. Just make sure that whatever you do, that you’re always pursuing something with passion. You never know where the journey may take you. Best of luck.

Brett Farmiloe is the social media manager for Jobing.com. He wrote this blog in a hotel room in Washington D.C. after speaking to 300 CEO’s and CFO’s about the journey just described. It’s just more evidence that the journey leads you to some unexpected places if passion is behind the pursuit.


April 9, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

Real Website Makeover

March 2, 2009 | by Zach | Permalink

Monday, Monday… I’d love to say we’re back to work after a long weekend, but the truth is that we’re still at work after a long weekend. The upside is we’re getting some things done. We’remaking moves.

Hopefully you have seen the new homepage compliments of our own Brett Farmiloe and Jobing’s incredibly talented Kristen Zirkler. I’m really excited about the the look of it but more importantly what it could mean for our visitors in terms of increased usability. It’s not done yet but it’s certainly an already improved work in progress. The new breakdown for interviews is a la career cluster, something students and teachers alike should be able to appreciate, and there is now a link to our featured video and write up on the front page. The career links are not fully functional yet, but if we didn’t have some developmental hiccups it wouldn’t be PTP.

In addition we’ve got an all new career profile for you featuring Joy Estes, Insurance Agent and Entrepreneur. Now, Brett and I are aware that the insurance industry has some stigma attached to it. But as someone who recently spent time in an emergency room, take it from me, coverage and courage share a symbiotic relationship. Joy’s also got a great story. The first female ever excepted to West Point Military Academy she has rebuilt her business multiple times until it looked and felt exactly as she had envisioned.

Let us know what you think of the new video and homepage. That’s the beauty of the internet, instant feedback can yield nearly instant change.

Talk to you soon and until then pursue your passion. With coverage.

I’m Back, Slightly Worse for Wear

February 23, 2009 | by Zach | Permalink

It’s Monday and I’m back from a full week of vacation in Colorado, fully rested yet slightly worse for wear. Not out of step with my past precedent I managed to dislocate my shoulder on the first day of my vacation turning my snowboard retreat into a 3 run warm up and 6 day cool down. Alas it’s hard not to enjoy yourself in one of the most beautiful places in the world and my despair about lost days on the hill was forgotten in the face of good food, friends and long snow shoes.

Optimism aside, today’s video will continue to highlight the lost opportunity of the coming weeks due to my negligence on the hill. This weeks interview is with Bird Academy Golf Instructor, and former LPGA professional Shirley Furlong. Shirley had some great advice that can be applied to any pursuit requiring discipline and fierce competition. In fact it is not uncommon for golfers to make allusions relating lessons learned on the links to life’s more enigmatic questions.

It doesn’t look as though I’ll have much oppurtunity to swing a club in the coming weeks, more qualified to drive a cart than a golf ball. I’ll just have to spend my March afternoons in the desert kicking back, reading a book and enjoying a brew. And as Dean Martin said, “If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.”

Monday, Monday….

February 9, 2009 | by Zach | Permalink

A-hoy-hoy and happy Monday everyone. I’m sure you’ve all been on the edge of your seats waiting for the next Pursue the Passion video and we intend to deliver, in fact we intend to over-deliver. (thank you Rick Barrera)

This week we interviewed some employees over at Rainbow Studios, creator of the new Nintendo Wii game “Deadly Creatures”. Notice I said “empoyees”… that’s right, this week we’re releasing several video’s profiling several different employees in Video Game Design. The primary video (which is currently running on our home page) gives you a look at the individual and their job title. To find that persons full length video simply look them up on pursuethepassion.com or Jobing.com.

There is also a running contest that those of you who don’t receive the newsletter (shame…) don’t know about. Anyone who submits an interview referral for someone we end up interviewing receives a free copy of “Deadly Creatures” and poster with autographs from all the designers. So get crackin’! Por Favor.

Counteract the Monday Malaise

February 2, 2009 | by Zach | Permalink

Good Monday everyone and a healthy, happy start to our post Super Bowl week. I know that many of us are still recovering from a heartbreaking defeat for a beloved Arizona franchise. But worry not, Pursue the Passion is here with a pleasant distraction from the ensuing malaise. It’s another Monday video profile.

This weeks interview is with Joe Manzo of Orbital Sciences Corporation. Joe is an Aerodynamics Engineer and spends his time building rockets that protect our country, promote exploration and send beer into space. Make sure to check out his video which is showing on the PTP homepage or sign up for our newsletter by emailing me at zach@pursuethepassion.com

Next week we’ll be profiling several different career opportunities in the growing and interesting world of video game design. Tune in and maybe someday will be profiling you.

Interview with a Zoo Director

January 26, 2009 | by Zach | Permalink

Good morning and happy Monday! Today we’re sending out another Pursue the Passion Career Profile. Anyone who needs career advice, inspiration or an excuse to watch youtube at work can shoot me an email (zach@pursuethepassion.com) and we’ll get you subscribed to the weekly feed.

This week our video profiles Dan Sabaitus, Director of Animal Management for the Phoenix Zoo. Dan’s pursuit started in high school and took him all over the world to places like Japan and South Africa working with both private and public collections of exotic animals.

He prescribes some great tips for individuals who have a specific interest in obtaining work in the animal industry and outlines why it’s important that zoo employees appreciate interaction with other people as much as the animals.

Visit the video by clicking HERE.


January 20, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

If that inauguration didn’t fire you up, I don’t know what will. Cheers to 4 years.

Obama Train

Start Looking Forward to Monday

January 19, 2009 | by Zach | Permalink

Today Brett and I sent out the first of what will become a weekly Pursue the Passion video profile. Every Monday subscribers will receive an email containing a link to a PTP video profiling a new job and telling a new story. To sign up shoot me an email at zach@pursuethepassion.com.

Check out this weeks video by clicking HERE, and take advantage of the HD option right below the player.

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