Last week we ended six-weeks of courses for the JibberJobber Career Professional Certification. This was six weeks of training in the breadth and depth of JibberJobber, which will be immensely helpful as these coaches help their clients get more value out of relationship management and follow-up tools. What job seeker doesn’t need relationship management and follow-up help?
Note: If you are a career professional, and want to do the certification, the price is still discounted from $397 to only $97. Sign up here, or learn more here.
And now, introducing the first four coaches who have turned in and passed their exam, and are JibberJobber Certified Career Coaches! In alphabetical order… I’m including where they are, but they take clients from all over the world:
I have known each of these people for years, some of which I’ve met in person, others I’ve listened to speak, and all of them I’ve followed their blog posts or other articles. They have big hearts, which is a trait most career professionals posses, and they are all very passionate and purposeful in what they have chosen to do.
Congratulations to each of these career professionals, and I hope that this training and certification will help you help many people!
Anyway, here’s what you can expect over the next six weeks, if you are in the JibberJobber Certification program:
Week 1: What is JibberJobber, history of, competitors, general features, why people would or should use it, who it is for… overview of the 6 weeks, and a bit of housekeeping (how to access the recordings). I might add more stuff, but I want to make sure we go deep each week.
Week 2: How To add contacts, companies and jobs. Focus on “getting data into the system”
Week 3: Log Entries and Action Items (the glue and perhaps the central point of JibberJobber)
Week 4: Email2Log – how to set up, the basics, forwarding to the server (and not a recipient), advanced features
Week 5: Getting Data Out: List Panels, exporting data, getting email reminders for action items, reports
Week 6: Kitchen Sink (other stuff), including the coach landing page, video library, expense report (maybe), the Job Journal, Interview Prep…
I’ve modeled this after the certification course I did for The Academies, on LinkedIn, which I designed and taught for a few cycles. The idea of this certification is to go deeper… so where I might spend an hour and go lightly into each of the topics above, by the end of each class you’ll have a much greater understanding of the what-and-how of that particular class.
I want career professionals to get to a certain level of proficiency (a) specifically with JibberJobber, and (b) generally with organizational software for job seekers. Whether you like JibberJobber at the end of the session, or you really dislike it, you’ll have a solid idea of what and how job seekers could organize their job search, and have a follow-up system that helps someone who’s in an intense networking mode. I want to contribute to the prevention of career professionals handing out totally outdated paper-based tracking forms… this still happens.
If you want to be one of the first JibberJobber certified career professionals, pay here. We’re offering $300 off the price, bringing it down to $97. The first session is on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. The classes are recorded, so you can access them later.
On Tuesday I’m starting a six week program for career professionals to get certified on JibberJobber. I’ve priced this at $397, and discounted it to $97 for now.
Here’s an email that I sent out a week ago to my LinkedIn Group:
Here’s a message I put on my LinkedIn Group a few weeks ago… and part of why I really want to see coaches and career professionals certified. In case you work at a career center, and think I’m talking about you, I am not. The person that did this back in 2006 is retired.
The good thing about most JibberJobber users is that they have already “ditched” their job…. so that part is taken care of And they are intensely focused on finding a career… let’s join the webinar tonight to make sure we are doing the right things so the career we are chasing is one we’ll love!
One of my favorite blogs for job seekers is the Career Hub blog. This is a blog with various contributors and the content is always fun, refreshing and current. I have met many of the contributors at conferences and have talked with them on the phone or had email conversations.
Go check them out. But don’t spend hours there – you still have a job search to do!
I sent an “announcement” (which for me is a newsletter) to my LinkedIn Group about 3rd and 4th degree contacts. The idea is that you MUST network deeper, asking the “who do you know” questions. You can see that article, and the comments, here.
Rita Carey, a professional job search coach, added this in the comments:
I would like to add a second recommendation…stay in touch. If you wish people a Happy Thanksgiving with a little update and express your gratitude for their support, you will accomplish two things: you will demonstrate professionalism and they will remember you and your transition.
I have seen this done so well…not just at Thanksgiving, of course, but that occasional email or phone call that says “I thought about you today”…. that includes an article of mutual interest or a relevant link.
Stay in touch.
You can call that “nurture relationships.”
You can call that “follow up.”
Why do people do a poor job of staying in touch?
There are various reasons.
Some people aren’t good at, or don’t like networking.
Some people get too consumed in work, family, recreation, etc.
It’s hard to see immediate value from taking time to keep in touch.
For the most part, follow-up is hard.
That’s one reason why I created JibberJobber.
What if you could have a system that made it easier? A system that prompted you to follow-up with someone?
I haven’t talked to Rita for 2 months… the way my brain works, she’s out of sight, out of mind. And if/when I do think about her, I feel guilty for letting too much time go by, and I’m not quite sure what I would say to nurture the relationship… so in this state I just let more time go by. And then years have passed, and all my good intentions are meaningless (except maybe the guilt that I feel).
Then, I lose my job, and I know I want to talk to her, but then I question my motives and don’t reach out because hey, what kind of friend am I if I only reach out when I’m in need?
We’re doing a better job helping people, whether they are in a job search, happily employed, or business owners, or the grandma who wants to have great relationships with her grandkids, stay in touch.