Reader's Choice AwardI’m a bit speechless as I write this. And I’m awed at the power of my community.

Today, WON the 2013 Best Career Blog on’s Reader’s Choice Award!

A few months ago, I called on my readers to help nominate the blog for consideration for this award. And I was pleased to see Career Enlightenment receive enough nominations for consideration, along with four other wonderful career blogs. Some of the other nominees I look up to for their insights into the job search. So it was truly an honor just to have my blog appear next to them.

So with a kernel of hope, I called on my readers once more. But this time, I didn’t just ask them to vote for me once. I asked them to vote for me once a day! (Don’t worry, this was expected per’s rules).

To my amazement, you guys did it!

It’s because of you, my wonderful readers- job seekers, recruiter, the gainfully employed and career professionals- that four years of blogging, interviews, research, and writing has been truly honored today.

You are as much a part of this success. All of your stories, tips, questions, and comments mean the world to me and keep me motivated to continue to provide the world with high-quality advice about the new world of job search.

When my first book came out, Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies, that was an exciting moment. But that was something that I alone had control over.

This award, I had no control over. The outcome was totally in the hands of people who liked my writing and appreciated my advice. And to have received the award is really a humbling experience for me.

Yes. I’m not a career coach. I never pretended to be. But what I am is a social media strategist, a victim of the 2009 downturn, and someone who used their passion (social media) to help out as many people as possible.

When I was laid off in 2009, no one was writing about advanced social media strategies for careers. Sure, there were the occasional summary posts like, “5 Reasons to Use Social Media in Your Career”. But the world had moved beyond the Why, and people needed to know the How. And this lack of in-depth analysis was damaging to a lot of people who could have benefited if only they’d known more.

I felt I could offer some stories and advice since social media had already helped me in my own career. So I started to blog.

At first, the blog went to an audience of two (Thanks Mom and Dad!). Today, more than 10,000 readers visit my pages each month and, I hope, these visitors find some use for my tips and the tips from guest writers.

This year, 2013, will be the year!

So please, if you haven’t already signed up for my mailing list, you’re missing out. I’ve already shared excerpts from my most recent book, The Social Media Job Search Workbook. And I’ll be sending out even more exclusive information to my newsletter subscribers that you won’t want to miss.

Thank you,

Joshua Waldman

Portland, OR

March 28, 2013