Have you ever seen my business card? If you’ve been at one of my presentations you probably have one.
The front is boring. Just the normal stuff you’d expect to see (except I don’t put my phone numbers on my business card).
The back is what gets chuckles. I bet the rate that people throw my card away is much lower than normal cards… here’s what the back looks like:
Sorry for the blur… it is pretty sharp in real life. Some thoughts:
Pink is BOLD… I never, ever thought I’d have a PINK business card! But…
It is totally ON BRAND! I get LOLs and ROFLs when people see my card. They remember me because
I CONNECT with them, and make fun of a situation that is normally grave, sad and serious! I can do that because
I’m one of YOU. I’m not an outsider to unemployment and job search! It’s an inside joke, and we’re both insiders!
Can YOU come up with a business card idea that is BOLD, ON-BRAND, helps you CONNECT WITH YOUR AUDIENCE, and shows you are talking with them, not at them, because you are ONE OF THEM?
P.S. I blogged about this a long, long time ago… but I’m doing it again because I got some (er, 2,500) new business cards. Different business cards. The back is what you see above… the front…. ah, the front… it is pure genius! (I’ll test them out on my next few trips and if, indeed, it is genius, I’ll let you in on it)
I got the following email from someone who deleted their JibberJobber account.
Jibber Jobber is another waste of time. The site does nothing more than utilize Indeed postings to promote search options. This is a poor excuse for finding work. Please do not contact me as I am not interested in this website. Kindly REMOVE my information.
I get that not everyone is going to flock to JibberJobber. And I get that we do a poor job of communicating the value proposition. And I get that it’s easy to be rude to an anonymous company without thinking anyone on the other side really cares (it is an us against them mentality).
But I want to communicate a few thoughts on this message:
>> Jibber Jobber is another waste of time.
If you spend all day on JibberJobber and ignore other things, like networking, etc., then yes, you are wasting your time. You can’t look into the magic computer screen at any site and site there until a job falls in your lap.
>> The site does nothing more than utilize Indeed postings to promote search options.
This shows that you didn’t look at JibberJobber. It’s like driving past Home Depot and seeing all their barbecue grills and thinking “wow, that big orange store is nothing more than a BBQ grill store!” Go in and you’ll find much, much, much more.
“Nothing more?” Look at all of the stuff you do on this chart. Users are tracking network contacts, setting up action items, logging important calls/emails/conversations they have as they network and apply to jobs, etc. They are wordsmithing interview responses… and much more.
Indeed is a very small part of what JibberJobber is about. If you can’t see past that, then yes, you probably are wasting your time (in more ways than one). (note: we are putting more Indeed stuff in, and will continually tweak this as we strive to provide value to your user experience as well as find monetization opportunities that make sense)
>> This is a poor excuse for finding work.
Okay, now that you’ve said it’s a waste of time, there isn’t any depth to it, you rub it in by this critique. I disagree, but I’m heavily biased. Regardless of my bias, though, I’m guessing that your efforts to find work are (like mine were) based on bad job search tactics.
You don’t “find work” on JibberJobber. You organize and manage your job search, and your professional networking.
>> Please do not contact me as I am not interested in this website. Kindly REMOVE my information.
You got it – good luck in your job search
Okay, so, maybe I shouldn’t have responded to this on my blog… but I did want to share this since I share all the positive stuff. Why not a balanced perspective?
It is a shame that people come out like this bash. The sad part, though, is I’m guessing this person’s attitude comes across like this in networking and interviews… which might lead to a very long job search
Looking for a job in today’s economic conditions will be a challenge. But, IF you’re willing to learn and put in the time and effort, you will be successful. Before you start looking at multiple revenue streams, I always encourage people to get their head on square with a positive attitude.
(1) Learn: how to sell yourself with resumes, social media, business cards, your 30 second commercial, reading books and even keeping track of your job search and contacts. Three books I recommend are: I’m LinkedIn-Now What???, Jason Alba, Resume Magic, Susan Whitcomb, 101 Smart Questions, Ron Fry. Of course, take advantage of JibberJobber.
(2) Time & effort: Spend at least 30 hours per week researching key companies, people, participation in career seminars (online or in person), networking groups and networking with others. Your personal brand will be much stronger if you help others (making more deposits) rather than just taking (the withdrawals) contact names. This is not a time to relax and “take time off.”
OK, you’re doing the work; you know what you want and where you’re going. Now let’s look at multiple revenue options, knowing everyone is in a different situation:
Unemployment benefits. While not much, it helps.
Find a Part time job #1. Some may think of this as a survival job. (20-30 hours per week) Holidays are a great time to land these jobs. Temp job services should not be overlooked.
Find a part time job #2. One that maybe is nights or weekends. (10-20 hours per week) This could be cleaning houses, yardwork, house sitting and more.
Volunteer. Sure, you may not make money, but the contacts you make could be worth much more than money.
Consult. Do you have talents that you can charge $20- $100+ per hour? Think about it. If so, get business cards and go get some projects.
Selling personal property. Need cash? Sell personal property before you go under water. This could be a car, house or other items that can bring in some cash during this difficult time.
Move. Yes, move to another state where there is LOW unemployment. No one is asking you to live there forever, but sometimes we have to do what we can and things change.
During this same time period, keeping looking for job like you just had or better yet, your dream job!
Things change and sometimes we have to make adjustments in our lives to pay bills.
Stay positive, learn, share and grow during this time of adversity.
I’m headed back to D.C. for two presentations at Georgetown University. I’m excited to talk to two different audiences (with two different presentations), and will be able to slip in a visit at an awesome job club networking group referred to the Career Network Ministry at the McLean Bible Church.
You can come to this meeting – I’ll be presenting at about 8pm on Tuesday night (November 9th).
Click here for information on what the evening entails, how to RSVP, etc.
Hope to see you there! Please share this with your network!