In this post I’m asking you to take a few minutes to recommend JibberJobber to the U.S. Department of Labor.
This is like “voting” for JibberJobber, but it’s not for a web award, or to be listed on a blog… I’m guessing the implecations of this recommendation will be that JibberJobber will be recognized by the government and broadcast as a job seeker resource to many workforce service departments.
In short, I think this can be the think that legitimizes JibberJobber to the US Government, which will be a big win not only for us but for the people who need something like JibberJobber.
I’ve had many talks with government people, but the problem always comes back to one thing: since there is an OPTION to upgrade, they say they can’t recommend it. I think this is either a super-lame policy, or a misunderstanding of policy. Nonetheless, many government people I talk to say something like (I really heard this):
I LOVE this! I’m going to tell my daughter, who is just graduating from college, to get on and use JibberJobber. But I can’t mention it at my office because there is a fee (NO, there is an OPTIONAL fee). And we can’t endorse anything that is for-profit.
Oh. My. Gosh. Choke me now.
Guess what… LinkedIn has an optional upgrade. Monster has optional upgrades (or levels).
A major disappointment when I first started JibberJobber was seeing a great divide between the government trying to create their own stuff, and not promoting anything else, and private industry creating really strong, powerful tools.
Guess who lost? Anyone who went to a workforce services office who wasn’t told about what they really should have been using as a resource.
Okay, didn’t mean for this to be a rant… let me get back on track.
I think, I hope, that if JibberJobber gets enough recommendations then we’ll finally get that quasi-endorsement from the government that will help hundreds thousands millions know about this very useful tool.
Here’s a quote from a comment from yesterday’s post – I found this to be really powerful:
I just “stumbled” across JJ today. After 9 months in the job search, talking with “career coaches” and recruiters as well as other job seekers and this is the first I’ve heard of it. This should be the first place a job seeker is led to.
Thank you, Gary Donnelly, for sharing that (see his entire comment here). It is a damned shame (says Steve Gallison) that he had not been pointed to it earlier.
We have tens of thousands of signups, but with last year’s economy we should have had millions.
Please recommend JibberJobber to the DOL and hopefully we’ll get the respect we deserve, and job seekers won’t have to waffle around for almost a year before they “stumble upon” this very helpful resource.
To recommend JibberJobber simply:
- Click on this link (or any link on this page, they all go to the same place)
- Click on the Recommend Tool Image on the DOL page
- Click Signup on the top of the popup window
- Apparently you have to click the Recommend image again (thanks @ecaron for the heads up on this fourth step)
Follow the process from there. I’m guessing it will take you all of three minutes.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!