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Job Search Advice: Friend Version, Tip 2

July 22nd, 2014
I’m out of town this week (Liz will take care of you if you need help, just go to the Contact form)…. here’s a series of five things I’d tell a friend if he/she just started a job search.

Tip 2, Day 2: Find someone to be accountable to.

If you can find and afford a professional coach, good for you.  You are lucky. Use them.  Don’t tell them what to do, just fit into their system, and DO what they say to do.

If you can’t afford one, then find someone who you will be accountable to every single week.  Don’t skip reporting any week.  This person needs to be strong enough to “hold your feet to the fire,” which means they will ask you “did you do that thing you said you were going to do?  Why not?  Okay, well what are you going to do this week?  If you don’t do that, then ________.”

Accountability is such a critical component of your job search.  I know it’s embarrassing to invite someone into this part of your life… a part that feels like a failure.  BUT, bring them in, and let them help you.

You don’t have to do this alone.  Having someone who you’ll be accountable to can be a huge, huge part of your success.  Respect them, respect their time, and be completely honest with them.

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Job Search Advice: Friend Version, Tip 1

July 21st, 2014
I’m out of town this week (Liz will take care of you if you need help, just go to the Contact form)…. here’s a series of five things I’d tell a friend if he/she just started a job search.

Tip 1, Day 1: Take a breath, relax, pull yourself together.

The job search is scary, and can be hard on many levels.  You might feel like the loser in your neigborhood, and people won’t know how to treat you.  You’ll question your value after you go through enough rejections.

This is not a time to allow yourself to become demoralized.

It’s also not a time to vent to everyone, or even to your very closest friends and family.  This is the time to be strong, confident, and move forward with a plan.  Even when you don’t believe in yourself (and there will be plenty of times for self-doubt), believe in your system that you follow in your job search.

Allowing yourself to wallow in pity too long, or to communicate why everything sucks and it’s all just so unfair, or even have to explain to everyone why you are looking, will only sap energy from your job search.  People won’t be ready to trust you with an introduction to their contacts until they know you have pulled yourself together.

So focus on that.

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How To: Email2Log: What to do when you forget to use this killer JibberJobber feature

July 16th, 2014

I recently got an email from a user asking something to this effect:

“What can I do when I forget to use the Email2Log when I sent someone an email?  Do I have to copy and paste the email into a Log Entry now?”

I don’t think I’ve addressed this in a blog post before.  This is a great enhancement to your workflow, and it doesn’t require copy and paste.  Here’s a scenario:

  1. Identify the email I want to get into JibberJobber. I send have an email in my inbox (that I am not going to reply to), or my sent box (that I already sent, and forgot to use Email2Log — OOPS!).
  2. Send the email to JibberJobber.  Now you simply FOWARD the email to your ultra-secretive Email2Log email address.  You don’t have to send it to anyone else…. just your Email2Log address… and make sure there is a line anywhere in the email that says “contacts:[emailaddress]”  Note that you can have multiple email addresses there (as well as names, to create new Contacts).  See the images below on how I do this quickly and easily from an email in my inbox.

It is as EASY as that! (pictures below)

Remember, what we are doing here is (a) taking the email and making it a Log Entry under every record that matches an email address in the “contacts:______,______,etc.” line, and (b) creating new Contact records for those email addresses that don’t match an existing Contact records.

In other words, let’s say I get an email from someone (a recruiter) who is not in my JibberJobber database, and she cc’s 3 other people (2 colleagues and the hiring manager at a company).  I reply back saying “I’d love to come into an interview on Thursday – thank you!”  But OOPS, I forgot to bcc my Email2Log email address… do I have to go into JibberJobber and manually (1) enter four new Contact records, and then (2) copy and paste the email thread to each of those four new records?  Ugh… that will take like 10 minutes :(

Well, there is a much easier, faster, convenient way to create those new Contacts, and Log Entries!  Here’s how (I’m using an email I sent to myself yesterday as the oops email):

Step 1:  Just forward the email to your Email2Log address…

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Step 2: Put Contacts: on any line (I do the first line, but it can be anywhere (even after the Log End Line)), and then delete everything up to the email address (this almost always show if you are forwarding an email).

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Step 3: (optional) Put any other names and email addresses on this Contact: line, with a comma between each record. In this example I added my JibberJobber.com email address, even though it wasn’t in the original email:

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That is it.  Send this, and it only goes to JibberJobber (not anyone else, unless you put other address in the To, CC or BCC), it will create new Contact records (if they aren’t already in), and add the email as a Log Entry to every address that is in the (a) TO: field, (b) CC: field, and (c) contacts: line (in the body).

Once you figure this out, it can take just a few seconds to do this, and it is AWESOME!

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How To: Word Cloud and Key Word Analysis of Job Descriptions and Resumes (on JibberJobber)

July 15th, 2014

Many years ago I heard about the brilliant idea of pasting your resume, or a job description, into a word cloud generator to get an analysis of what words and phrases were commonly used.  We now have a tool to help you do this type of analysis in JibberJobber.  What we have now is Phase I of a bigger project, with some really cool and useful enhancements in the planning stage.

This type of reporting and analysis can help you create better resumes, and prepare for interviews better.  If I had an interview I was preparing for, I would do this analysis on ten jobs with the same titles and then compare, side-by-side, what the analysis shows me.  Smarter resumes, smarter cover letters, smarter interviews, smarter networking dialogs… it all comes from understanding better what companies are looking for.

Below is how our word cloud stuff works (this is all on the Jobs Detail Page – I would create a “Job” record of just my resume, and do the same analysis of my resume as I would of a job description):

First, put a Job into JibberJobber.  You can see this is for a Senior Systems Analyst / release Manager:

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Then, scroll down on the Detail Page (the page after you save the job, not the Add/Edit page), and you’ll see these three tabs (right above the Log Entries area):

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The first tab is for Notes, which is what we have in the other Detail Pages, and what we’ve had in JibberJobber since 2006.  The second tab is where you paste the Job Description, which is a simple Copy/Paste from LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, Dice, etc.  The third tab is where you will see the Word Cloud, and other analysis (see below).

Here’s what a Job Description looks like, pasted into the second tab (NOTE that double-clicking on the tab will allow you to add/edit the Notes, and add (paste) a Job Description):

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Now that we have a job description in, we can click on the third tab, and see the Word Cloud (first tab), and the Analysis.  Here’s what the Word Cloud looks like… notice I can change the output to different types of word clouds, and I can show x% of the top words/phrases:

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So that’s it – that is what most word cloud systems let you do (afaik).  The next thing we do is show you a simple statistical analysis, under the Analysis tab:

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NOTE the last line in this image (there more more below this one) is TWO words… we allow you to create multi-word “phrases (see more below), as well as blacklist words or phrases, in the last two tabs.

So, click on the Phrases tab and you can see that we can force phrases – if “computer systems” are two words right next to each other, we force them to be a phrase, instead of making computer one word and systems another word… pretty cool way to “clean up” the results:

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We can also blacklist words, like and or the or something else we don’t need to see in the analysis.  This also helps clean up the analysis:

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SO that’s it’s for Phase I.  There are some REALLY COOL features that I want to introduce in Phase II… stay tuned!  If you have any requests to enhance this analysis and reporting, let me know: Jason at JibberJobber dot com – thanks!

Note: I don’t blog about that because my competitors like to read my blog posts to see what we’re up to, and see what they can squeeze into their system…

 

 

 

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Gmail and Email2Log Trick (bcc shortcut)

July 11th, 2014

A frustration I’ve had for the last few years is that when I’m writing an email in Gmail, and want to use the Email2Log JibberJobber features, I’d have to use the mouse to open up the bcc field.  I knew there must be a keyboard shortcut, but never took the time to figure it out.

Well, I found the 3 seconds I needed to figure it out and now my life is changed forever :p

When you are in a compose message in Gmail, simply click control+shift+b, and it will (a) open up the bcc field, and (b) have the curser right there.  This is going to shave seconds off of my email writing… seconds!

Ah, the joys of a good keyboard shortcut!

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Never Going to be a Pathetic Job Seeker? On Food Stamps? Read This (and weep)

July 10th, 2014

darlena_cunha_headshotStop what you are doing and read this fantastic story: This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

This was written by Darlena Cunha (blog, twitter).

It’s her story.  It’s kind of my story (sans Mercedes, but with plenty of humility), and the story of many others.  It can very easily be your story.

It’s a story of humiliation, reliance, and resilience.  On her very own blog she writes (about this story):

The lesson is: believe in yourself. Do your thing. Eventually, someone will see you. Eventually, the story will be told. Keep walking. Never stop.

You are worth it.

Yes, you are definitely worth it. Even if you have to be on food stamps, or otherwise ask for help.

Keep walking, never stop, and please be kind and gentle with those in need.

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Relationship Management for the Job Search (vs. Job Search Organizer)

July 9th, 2014

What’s the difference between relationship management for a job seeker and a job search organizer?

You know JibberJobber is a job search organizer.

What I learned, early in my job search, is that the job search is about relationships.  Yes, you need to track where you apply, and who you talk to, and what’s going on in your target companies… but by the end of the day who you talked with is usually more important than where you applied.

So, in addition to being a job search organizer, JibberJobber is a relationship manager. In my Wednesday webinars I focus on relationships.

Relationship management means you are tracking contact information (phones, emails, addresses, etc.), information about the person (birthday, industry, where they work and what they do, etc.), and of utmost importance, where you are at in the relationship with them.

In JibberJobber you’ll track “where you are at in the relationship” with a few things:

Ranking: how strong is my relationship with this person

Log Entries: what communications did I have, when, etc.

Action Items: When do I need to follow-up

We have some really cool enhancements going through QA (quality assurance) that will make JibberJobber a better… I can’t wait to announce them and show you :)

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The Best Job Boards (or, Interesting Job Board Analysis)

July 7th, 2014

I saw an interesting study on job boards, for recruiters (The Best Job Boards for Your Recruiting Dollar IndustryView| 2014). Of course, LinkedIn scores really, really high. I’m glad that the charts are broken down by level of user (entry-level, mid-level, senior-level).  To get one figure that mixes all of these is a disservice and shows faulty results.

It would be cool to see this type of analysis by industry…

The big question is, are you still using job boards to find your jobs?

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The Fourth of July: Freedom

July 4th, 2014

The 4th of July is a holiday in the U.S. that celebrates independence and freedom, where we declared independence from England.  From a 30,000 foot perspective, this was about a group of people saying “we don’t like this relationship, and we want to be free from, or independent of, you.”

Loss, pain and bloodshed was a big part of the transition.  People in the U.S. had to decide if they agreed with the declaration to become independent, and not have any ties (or be subordinate) to England.

It is a holiday celebrated with barbecues, fireworks, and late-night parties.  It has become a celebration of family and getting together, and not so much “yeah!  We’re free of those English, who oppressed us!”  There is actually hardly any talk of oppression, or any of that.  There is almost hardly any talk of what it means to be independent.

I want to bring the theme of the day into my theme of career management, which I became impassioned about back in 2006.

Before my layoff, I was dependent on employers. When I got “kicked out” (aka, laid off), I learned that what they had to offer me was temporary, and incomplete.

I am not here to bash on employers, or having a real or full-time job.  I want to bash on my apathetic attitude towards my own career management.  I lived under a “they will take care of me!” attitude.  As long as I did what “they” said, including getting a degree (which has less value now than it did in 1950), and developing a strong work ethic, etc., then I would have job security.

Security was the promise. I just had to show up and do my part.

But the promise was a lie.  We see that now more than in 2006.  No one believes in job security today.  But people still have an apathetic, almost victim mentality, towards career management.

Years ago I declared independence from my beliefs in a job.  I like the idea of a job.  I’m not against it. But no longer will I think that someone else will be responsible for 100% of my income.  I don’t think I can go anywhere and get “job security.”  I believe it is up to me…. I must keep the right skills up, I must align myself with the right companies and industries.  I must figure out my own revenue streams (whether that is one or ten).

Declaring independence back in 1776 didn’t mean you were automatically on the gravy train.  But those citizens cherished freedom and ability to act and think more than they cherished some supposed security.

Declaring independence from “job security” thinking will not be easy.  But I’ve seen, over the last eight years, what happens when people realize that they can be, and are, in control of their own career management.  It’s a beautiful, empowering place to be.

I’m not suggesting, or asking that you quit your job and abhor the idea of a traditional job.  They are there, and they can be great.  What I’m asking is that you change your thoughts on power and control, with regard to your career and money.  Who has that power?  Your boss, or you?  Who has control, your boss, or you?

Declare independence from victim, servant thinking when it comes to your career.  Do things that will give you more control, and eventually, more freedom.   I’m simply suggesting a change in your perspective (or attitude).

Consider the difference in these two thoughts/declarations:

I hate my job, but I can’t do anything about it. I can’t go anywhere.  I hope I don’t lose my job.

I hate my job but I know I can move on anytime I want (I guess I don’t hate it that much, if I’m still here!).  I know I can pay my bills by moving to another company, starting my own company, or __________________.

In the first, you are subservant to the company/circumstance/boss, and it is a dead-end, bleak situation.

In the second, you are still in a crappy situation, but you are not TRAPPED.  Knowing that there are other opportunities, and it’s just a matter of you deciding to take action, is freeing and empowering.

Are you ready to declare independence from bad career thinking?

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A Real Curriculum for Career Management at the University Level

July 3rd, 2014

elliot_lasson_headshotCheck out this post by Elliot Lasson, Executive Director of JobLink of Maryland: How Common is Your Core?

Elliot makes great points about the education we get, what is required to graduate, and electives.  He says that students should HAVE TO go through a career course. I know this is required at some schools (who I’ve worked with), but it’s by no means required everywhere.  I would suggest that in too many classes it’s seen as a lame freshman course, with no meat (substance) and no teeth (or authority).

Check out the bottom of the post to see what Elliot suggests would be covered in the 16 weeks.  You might have better ideas (mine would be to focus more on long-term career management, not just immediate job search skills), but the main idea is that this should really happen.  It would have provided me more value than some of the other required classes I had to take to graduate.

Bonus: his other idea is the next required class would be for programming.  I think this is a really intriguing idea… ! What do you think?

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