Never Show You’re Desperate

Let’s say you don’t have a job. You’re nervous about getting one, and you’re close to taking any job, because you’re seeing the clock tick, the bank account drop, and you don’t want either to run out.

Never let a potential employer know you’re desperate.

The more you stress, the more you are outwardly nervous, the more you seem desperate, the less an employer will feel that you want to work for them, vs. anyone with a paycheck.

While the latter might be true at this moment, they know that if that’s your real motivation, you’ll also leave them once you feel secure.

Always Act Confident, Even If You’re Not

Take your time to respond – a few hours at least vs. seconds after they email. Don’t be overzealous – only ask once vs. the 241 times you wonder about their progress on your application. Overall, act like you’re interested, but not too interested.

Yes, this is way harder to do than to say.

I’m living this experience right now, myself. I’m waiting for an opportunity to pan out, a dream job with an awesome employer, after my last job didn’t work out, leaving me unemployed.

I’m trying to play it cool. To seem nonchalant, while inside I’m a ball of stress and nerves. I take deep breaths and remind myself it will all work out – about 72 times a day.

I’m sure you can relate.

Thanks for reading this far,

I Just Quit My Job. Now What?

Do you remember that dream job I got working in the Philippines? Well it didn’t turn out so dreamy, I resigned recently, and now I’m living out one of professional nightmares.

I’m moving back to the USA without a job.

This should show you that every missive I write up here is direct from my personal experience. You’re learning from my mistakes, as I make them.

Start with Who You Know

First, I’m reaching out to my network to let them know I’m available on May 1. That’s direct emails, phone calls, and posts like this to pique interest in my skills and generate leads.

Next, I’m taking short term consulting gigs to further my networking, keep my skills fresh, and start to bring in money.

Don’t Forget the Big Picture

I’m also thinking about what I want to do next. I loved my work here, doing direct ICTforAg implementation, and I’d like to keep in the ag space.

Oh, that reminds me, have you registered for ICTforAg?

Yet we moved to the Philippines because my wife and I wanted a change. So we’re moving to Durham, NC instead of back to Washington, DC, and I’m looking forward to meeting innovators Research Triangle.

Is that you? Then email me!

Thanks for reading this far,

What Does Your Social Media Profile Say About You?

By now, you’ve already added a professional photo to your LinkedIn profile (right?!), but what about Twitter, Facebook, and all your other online personas?

What does someone see when they Google you?

Egosurf yourself to find out – but be sure to use a public computer, like a display model at an electronics store, so your results are not muddled by your previous searches.

Do You Like What You See?

Are the many links and images of you mainly showcasing your professional accomplishments and just some of your personal life? Or is your non-LinkedIn entries full of too-crazy moments?

Guess what, too much online fun my be hurting your job prospects. Yes, hiring staff Google you, and then make assumptions about you based on what they see. It doesn’t matter if that’s legal or not, its certainly done.

This isn’t to say you should start deleting your past, or start to hide your present, only that you should be thoughtful of what you project to the world.

You do want potential co-workers to see you are a normal, happy person, but you may not want them to know all about your personal life before you get a first interview.

My Approach

If you Google me, you’ll get 32,000 results, which may be too much. Yet, because I am so prolific with professional posts and sites, the vast majority of my online presence merely reinforces my thought-leader persona.

Yes, you can find my Facebook and Flickr, which have many personal posts, but even they often are ICT4D in theme. Most recruiters would click away satisfied before they could dig deep enough to find any dirt – not that I post anything too crazy online.

I’ve always considered anything online to essentially be public, because I don’t trust anyone’s privacy settings and nether should you.

Good luck!

Knowledge, Innovation, and Technology Manager – Chemonics

Chemonics is looking for a Knowledge, Innovation and Technology (KIT) Associate for their Strategic Solutions and Communications Division, to help build innovative technical depth and excellence in Chemonics’ staff, projects, and proposals.

The associate works closely with Chemonics’ technical practices to enhance knowledge sharing, spark innovation and leverage technology among the practices and throughout the company. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Apply now – the job is only open until March 15 – one more week – and be sure to mention that you heard about the opportunity at ICT4Djobs.

Apply Now to JSI and Chemonics!


JSI is looking for a Technical Advisor who will support projects implementing digital health activities as part of the JSI Applied Technology Center, working out of either Boston or Washington DC.

Interested? Be sure to apply to the Technical Advisor position and mention that you heard about it at ICT4Djobs.


Chemonics is looking for a Knowledge, Innovation and Technology (KIT) Manager for their Strategic Solutions and Communications Division, to enhance knowledge sharing, spark innovation and leverage technology among the practices and throughout the company.

Interested? Apply now – the job is only open for 1 more week and be sure to mention that you heard about the opportunity at ICT4Djobs.

Good luck!