How to get into Harvard. (Sorta.)

Harvard diplomaI’m taking a screenshot for posterity before someone at Harvard figures out who was asleep at the switch and allowed Jobstr to be included among the likes of LinkedIn, Indeed, and GlassDoor as a recommended “Career Link” for all those wicked-smaht Hahvahd kids:) (more…)

Good Qs / Bad Qs

raising hands to ask questionIn its first year online, Jobstr saw 8,000 questions answered, but even better than the mere volume was the quality — it turns out we’ve got some pretty intellectual users.  To wit: Jobstr Q&A hosts can delete questions they feel are off-topic or inappropriate, but that’s a feature they’ve used less than 0.2% of the time.  Or put another way: 998 out of every 1,000 questions are fastballs over the heart of the plate.  Keep it coming, guys.  So in that spirit, here’s a guide to what makes for good and bad Jobstr questions. (more…)

New: Social Network Links for Jobstr Hosts

social icon linksSometimes we add cool new stuff to Jobstr.  As of this week, Q&A hosts can now link to their Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn profiles, in addition to their website or blog.  Not only does it look pretty slick, but it will give you and your content better visibility on the interweb…which can only lead to good things.  Like this cool shout-out on the BBC one of my favorite Q&A hosts, Dawson the Ice Sculptor, got out of the (more…)

Century Club — Population: 1

grandmother smoking birthday cakeJust a tip of the cap to Officer Richard, host of the excellent Police Officer Q&A, for being the first Jobstr host to reach 100 answers.  If you’ve spent any time reading his thread, you can’t help but feel good knowing that he’s out there Serving and Protecting.  Smart, articulate, candid, professional.  Makes you feel good about law enforcement, especially when the media too often shines the spotlight on episodes of infrequent officer misconduct.  The overwhelming majority of officers are men and women of character that we should feel very, very proud of.  When we launched Jobstr, we weren’t exactly sure which direction it would take, nor just what the tenor of discourse would be…suffice to say that it’s Q&A’s like Officer Richard’s that helped us realize just what we were all about: curious and intelligent readers, with thoughtful Q&A hosts willing to pull back the curtain on their day-to-day.  Check out his awesome law enforcement website BlueSheepdog.com, and from me to you, Thanks Richard, for helping to cultivate the Jobstr ‘voice’ that we’re proud of. (more…)

Who is that handsome devil? Google Authorship for Jobstr Q&A hosts!

Headshot in google SERPsHey Jobstr hosts:  Some of you host your Q&A’s anonymously, and that’s just fine…if you need to conceal your identity to confess to that time you dropped your watch in the fry-o-later, so be it.  But for the rest of you, here’s a cool little nugget we just enabled that will give your Q&A a little more search engine visibility.  If, you know, you’re into that sort of thing. (more…)