CRM, SMB and Your Career

July 29th, 2015

I saw this article on Inc.com that grabbed my attention: CRM Enters the SMB Mainstream.  The subtitle says “even the smallest companies can afford today’s easy-to-use solution. In fact, they can’t afford not to.”

Of course, my brain took the idea straight to the job search world, and my translation became: “Even the smallest job seeker (whatever that means) can afford today’s easy-touse solution (JibberJobber). In fact, you can’t afford not to!”

CRM means “customer relationship management,” which refers to the software that salespeople use to keep track of their prospects and customers.

The concept of CRM became the foundation for JibberJobber.  But instead of designing a system for salespeople, we designed a system for job seekers.  For professionals who are in transition.  For people who don’t want to have a long job search. For people who find that a spreadsheet is a below-average tool to organize and manage a job search.

In my 2015 cross-country trip, I talked to hundreds of people who were fed up with their spreadsheet as a job search tool.  JibberJobber is the answer, just like CRM is for SMB (small/medium businesses).  JibberJobber helps you organize and track.  JibberJobber helps you feel organized, allowing you to spend more time talking to people who can help you in your job search.

JibberJobber is a long-term career management tool.  It’s not just for today’s job search… it’s for in-between job searches, when you are still networking. Job coaches talk until they are blue in the face, pleading with their job seekers to “network after you land a job.”  JibberJobber makes networking easier, whether you are in transition or happily employed.

JibberJobber is also very affordable.  The free version is super powerful.  The premium version, which is only $5 a month (or, 9.95 a month, depending on how you buy it), adds some awesome convenience tools. You can get free access to the premium level by simply watching the Jason Alba courses on Pluralsight for free (those are courses I normally sell for $50 each… you watch them for free and you get a JibberJobber upgrade?  Awesome!). Watch the video at the bottom of this post to see how to get Premium for free.

Check is this short video to see what JibberJobber helps you with:

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My Professional Development (aka, soft skills) Pluralsight Courses

July 23rd, 2015

For the last month I’ve been travelling and speaking in various states in the U.S., and one of the messages I’m sharing is that of my Pluralsight courses.

I used to do this presentation and sell special bundles worth $50 or $100, but now I basically give it all away for free.  All is (a) JibberJobber premium and (b) my videos.

You can get it all for free, too, even if you weren’t at my presentations. Here’s how it works:

Go to JibberJobber.com/ps and watch the four minute video at the top of that page.

Then, do what I show you to do in the video.  It will take you a few minutes to set up, and then you have full access to my courses (and thousands of others) on Pluralsight for 30 days.  And, for every course that you watch that has my name on it (or, Jason Alba courses), you get an extra week of JibberJobber premium.

Watch all of my courses and get almost 20 weeks of JibberJobber premium.

Watch all of them again and now you are almost at 40 weeks.  Do that as many times as you want.

All at no cost to you.  But if 30 days isn’t enough, get a $29/month subscription… which is a lot less than what I sell my videos for.

I consider that a pretty sweet deal.  Thanks to Pluralsight for letting me share 30 days of access to my users.

Would you do me a favor?  Share this blog post with other job seekers, LinkedIn Groups, job clubs, coaches, resume writers, etc.  That would help me, and hopefully help many other people.  The share link is at the top-right of this post :)

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Working on a Team: How to be a Better Team Player (New Course)

July 21st, 2015

A few weeks ago my latest Pluralsight course went live.  It is titled Working on a Team.  Here’s what one person said about it on Twitter:

This course has three modules:

  • Understanding Team Dynamics (45 minutes)
  • Tactics to Become an Excellent Team Contributor (29 minutes)
  • Working with Difficult People  (29 minutes)

Remember, you can get free access to this course (if you haven’t done the 30 day code yet), and every time you watch this course (or any Jason Alba course) you get another seven days of premium JibberJobber.  Watch this short video to learn how to get access and how to claim your additional seven days (per Jason Alba course watched):

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Beyond Networking: St. Louis, MO Speaking Tomorrow!

July 20th, 2015

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I’ll be in St. Louis, speaking at the morning meeting of Beyond Networking STL.  I’m excited to be in Missouri again… it’s been a long time since I’ve been in beautiful Missouri! I’m excited to share the message I have with this group of professionals. This is the twelfth of thirteen presentations on this speaking tour.  One more and then I’ll be home!

Beyond Networking STL meets on Tuesdays, 9:00 am to 11:30 am, at the Salem United Methodist Church (1200 S Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, MO 63131).  See you there?

 

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The Rochester Job Search Presentations

July 17th, 2015

My cousins grew up in Greece, right outside of Rochester. I knew practically nothing about the place, except that it was cold for about 10 months out of the year (not sure how true that is).

Last week I shared five presentations in the Rochester area.  I was amazed and impressed with how beautiful and fun this area is. There are strong initiatives to help Rochester get to work.  It’s a vibrant area that was the home of Kodak and Xerox, and other companies.  Lake Ontario is there, and there are amazing, beautiful rivers and lots of forest and hill areas.  The waterfall in the city was awesome.

My driver, Greg Taylor (Sir LinkedALot) gave me a two day tour of the city and surrounding areas, and introduced me to eating at Wegmans (wow!). Driving around with Greg was a treat since he grew up there, and knew a lot of the history of the town.

I also met some really cool people.

What’s left on the tour?  St. Louis on Tuesday, and Kansas City on Thursday.  And lots and lots of driving :)  It took three weeks to get to the D.C. area, and it will take less than a week to drive back to Utah.

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The Cincinnati Job Search Presentation

July 16th, 2015

My son went with me to a church in Cincinnati to present to a few dozen job seekers last week.  It was an awesome conversation.  I remember sitting at the back of the room, before the presentation, looking at the audience, listening to people share wins and successes, and worried that perhaps I was in over my head.  I didn’t have anything new for these people.

But then, when I started, I got into that comfortable place.  The laughs came, the interaction came, people took notes (which, my publisher said, is a sign that the speaker is doing a good job), and I could tell that people had some aha! moments.

This has happened before: before I start, I’m overwhelmed and feeling out of my league. And then, early into the presentation, I realize that for many, this is new information. Or it’s information that’s presented in a new way, and it makes sense to people.

Somehow, it touches someone.  And it helps them.

And that is why it’s worth it to drive thousands of miles, at my own expense, to share this message.

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What is JibberJobber?

July 15th, 2015

In the last few weeks I’ve introduced JibberJobber, as part of my message, from Madison to the D.C. area.  I don’t spend much time on JibberJobber because (1) that is not the main message, and (2) there are great resources to learn about JibberJobber online.  Here are three:

The User Orientation

When you watch the User Orientation, which is about 90 minutes long, you can ask for another week of JibberJobber premium.  As many times as you watch the orientation, you can get another week of JibberJobber premium.

The Getting Started Videos

These are, generally, less than 10 minutes long, and if you walk through the titles, you can watch any particular topic that catches your eye.  It is in an order that I would follow, but you can skip any topic you want.

The What The Heck is JibberJobber – I’m So Overwhelmed!! Video

This five miute video is a great primer to help you not be overwhelmed by JibberJobber’s features:

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The Virginia Job Search Presentation

July 14th, 2015

Tonight I’m at one of my favorite places to talk with job seekers: The McLean Bible Church (Career Network Ministry), as part of my 2015 Speaking Tour.  This will be presentation #10 and #11 of this tour.  I’m super excited to come back to the Career Network Ministry, and share my message of hope and inspiration, ideas and tactics.  Here’s hoping that I can touch someone’s life tonight.

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The Maryland Job Search Presentation

July 13th, 2015

Today I’m presenting twice at POAC.  POAC is forward-thinking state sponsored outplacement services for professional level Maryland residents (that is my description).  Very cool and smart people offering great services… at no cost for Maryland residents.

I can’t remember how many times I’ve spoken here over the years, but it’s one of my favorite places to speak.  The audience will be different than those in Madison (WI) and Cincinnati (OH) and in Rochester (NY). More government and contractor types, helping federal agendas and big D.C. organizations. In reality, the needs of the audience are the same: Principle-based job search and career management advice, tips, and tactics. Much like what I talked about in Madison.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends today!

 

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The Madison Job Search Presentation

June 30th, 2015

I arrived in Madison, Wisconsin last night about an hour after dinner closed at our hotel.  Drove through a torrential rain which kind of felt like driving through a waterfall for the last hour or so.  It was crazy stressful/fun.

Why hasn’t anyone ever told me about Madison, Wisconsin?  This place is BEAUTIFUL!  The green landscape is overwhelming (I’ve lived in a desert for the last 22 years, from northern Mexico to Idaho to Utah, I’ve missed all of the green, trees, and oxygen).

Apparently, there are thirteen beaches in Madison.  The capital building is the second largest in the country, second only to the White House.  The people are delightfully nice.  You are right that Wisconsin knows and likes its cheese, but did you know that Wisconsin is a huge paper producer?  According to the Wisconsin Paper Council, Wisconsin “is the #1 papermaking state in the U.S.”  Utah doesn’t even have a “paper council.”

Anyway, I’ll have more on my speaking tour later.  You can see where I’ll be over the next month here. I am not “getting my head in the game.”  Tonight I speak to a bunch of people interested in their career.  They had to close registration because the room is at capacity.  And there might be people who didn’t register but just show up.  Like in Minneapolis, one year when I presented at Right Management… people where all along the walls, and even in the halls. I know it was uncomfortable.

I’m not sharing this because I’m awesome.  I’m sharing this because people want to know.

They want to know there are options.  They want to know what to do.  They want to know that what they are going through is okay.  They want to know that they’ll get through this.  They want to know there is hope.

A few years ago I was at lunch with Dick Bolles and his wife, after a presentation in Danville, CA, and he said “Jason, your message and my message are the same.” I was honored and intrigued. I was curious to know what he thought my message was (he was at my presentation only an hour earlier).  He elaborated: “Ours is a message of hope.” Read my immediate thoughts on it in this 2010 blog post.

Do you want to know what I’m talking about in a few hours?  I’m talking about hope. And options.  And your career.  It’s a message I have shared in Boston, and San Francisco, and Tampa and Seattle, in Albuquerque and Houston, and Twin Cities and San Diego, in Salt Lake City and Phoenix.  And tonight, I share it in Madison, Wisconsin.

In my job search I had lost hope.  And it was miserable, and I was ineffective.  I want YOU to have hope, and get out of misery, and get results.  That is my message.

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