Sorry for not blogging all week! I’ve been plowing through a really intense deadline… moved a lot of stuff, including weekend activities. I finally wrapped it up today… and am getting ready to head to Chicago next week.
Also, been working with my dev team on the next release, which is going to be really cool.
I should be back in the blogging saddle now…. feels like it’s been a while since I took this much time off of the blog!
There are a bunch of changes we’ve incorporated into JibberJobber. If you haven’t been on a webinar for a while, come. If you have questions, come.
I love answering questions on these webinars. I get asked about security, backups, imports, when is LinkedIn going to acquire JibberJobber, and a host of how-to’s. It’s a fun time.
If you come 10 minutes early, and I’m there, I open it up to ANY questions… ANYTHING. If it’s about JibberJobber, I wait until the webinar starts… but for that 10 minutes you can ask me about anything. Come and ask…
If you are a career coach, career counselor, or resume writer, please come (and ask me what deals I have for you and your clients).
Thank you to all of the men and women who have served, and currently serve, our country.
I’m in Washington D.C. and I wish I would have scheduled time to go spend time at some of the military monuments and reflect on the history of the U.S. and many other countries.
I know many are unsettled about this war and past wars, but this is not a day of debate about what war is right or wrong – it is a day to reflect, respect and honor men and women who leave the comforts of their home, their friends, the safety of their hometown routine, and their jobs to put on a uniform and respond to their Commander in Chief.
I know many do it enthusiastically and many do it with reservation and fear – but they do it. They go into lonely, dangerous places not sure if they will come back. They do it for a higher purpose (maybe a purpose they don’t fully understand or support).
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Then, they come “home.” The return from Vietnam was the definition of disgusting as many didn’t welcome them – they spit on them and rejected them.
What a very sad time in American history.
Today they come home under better circumstances, but the unemployment, homelessness and other challenges they struggle with is equally disgusting.
Hopefully we, as a people, can change that.
To those who serve, or have fathers and mothers who have served: THANK YOU.
Tuesday I got up around 4:30am (I am so not a morning person!) so I could catch a flight to Dallas for a conference for Resume Writers. I was fortunate to be invited to speak at a job club near Dallas (Career Jumpstart near Richardson) that was celebrating their 5 year anniversary – what a treat! I love job clubs because they provide so much strength and support to a community at the individual level.
Wednesday through Saturday I did conference stuff (some terrific conversations, strategic ideas/plans and renewal of friendships/relationships), and then flew home. I rolled in around 7pm to do two quick loads of laundry and see my family for a short 15 hours.
Then, Sunday morning I hopped on a flight, this time to Maryland/Virginia. I spoke seven times in three days, including two six hour workshops. It was fun, exciting, and somehow exhausting.
Wednesday night I was gassing up my rental car… utterly exhausted from presenting, driving and networking, and I was looking at the beautiful evening sky and trees around the gas station thinking how blessed I was.
I had spent the last 72 hours running like crazy and touching, heart to heart, over 500 people. In my presentations I heard some “wow!” remarks, as I shared some of my ideas, and saw lights go on. I saw people “get it” … they really “got it” – they internalized my message.
Some of them would change strategies and tactics and have different results. Some of them were stuck in their job search and that’s what they needed to hear.
But even cooler was what happened to the people who were stuck in life. Downtrodden, depressed, deflated. The job search is such a trying time – it is harder than most things we’ve ever had to go through and people have been beat up so long they don’t think they are worth what they used to be worth.
I got comments and emails from some of these people and after the meetings they indicated they got unstuck. They were now empowered and enabled. They got the glimmer of hope back…
People ask if I’m a motivational speaker.
I’m not. I don’t get up and “hip hop hooray!”
But I thrive on knowing that if I can touch just one person, and help get them unstuck, then I’m successful when I speak. That’s what I hope for. Indeed, before I present, it is what I pray for: to touch just one person and hopefully help them get unstuck in their life.
Thank you to each of you who support me, in any way, as I move forward with what I consider my (current) “mission” in life!
And to those I met in Virginia and Maryland – let’s enjoy this journey together!
(back to the title… I’m thankful for the chance to do what I do. I’m sorry I didn’t publish my schedule so you could join us, and I’m excited as we move forward )
Every year I think I’m going to plan for a fun April Fools thing at the JibberJobber level but two things happen:
I run out of time – I usually have a DOH moment the morning of April 1, realizing I didn’t think of or plan for it in time, and
I don’t want to confuse – My stuff is confusing enough already… and I haven’t come up with a non-confusing, on-brand prank that would be funny and not drive people away.
So I do… nothing. Which kind of bugs me, because I like pranks.
Here’s a list of fun pranks companies did, collected by TechCrunch. The list can take some time to go through, and while I don’t intend to distract you from your work or job search, I thought I’d pass the light-hearted humor on
I have a lot on my mind as I finish this year/decade. But the most important thing to share with you is what I just wrote on my LinkedIn blog:
I know, it isn’t Thanksgiving … but I wanted to write and thank each of you for your support, your readership, and your evangelism.
Many of you know my journey here (and on JibberJobber) started from a miserable job search. There have been tough times – tough financially, socially, etc. But we have made it through quite a bit, and have big plans for the future.
I realize, though, that none of this could have happened without your support – and believe me, we’ve felt your support!
So, with that, a heartfelt THANK YOU!
My heart is full with gratitude. I think about many of you often – the ones I have met personally, the ones who I’ve not met but have corresponded with, and the ones who have come across my site and blog and who hopefully have received some kind of support or inspiration.
Over three years ago I knew about direct competition. I’m not talking about spreadsheets, I’m talking about companies who have websites that are very similar to JibberJobber.
I haven’t blogged about competition for a few reasons, but it makes sense to blog about them now.
The first competitor launched the week after we did, in May of 2006. It was called Isabont, but has since been renamed to Virtual Job Coach. I had a phone conversation with the founder that November and found him to be a nice person.
For a while it was just Isabont and JibberJobber – we did a lot of stuff the same, and I tried to watch what they were doing. Over time I heard about other sites that were considered competition – we watched all of them, wondering who was going to do what.
Regularly when I am on the road speaking I hear about a new competitor coming out – it has happened across the country – most recently from someone from my hometown (lol).
Today I got the following Contact Us message (this is the entire message):
I have known about Red Salsa for a while, and figured someone had hired them to develop a competitive system. Someone at Red Salsa told their team to get JibberJobber accounts so they could reverse engineer the system (or, as the message above says, copy the features).
I sent an email to Red Salsa and asked them what was up, but of course got no reply.
It is unfortunate that companies can’t create their own stuff, and use unethical/deceptive means to reverse engineer someone else’s intellectual property.
I’d love to know who is behind this (is it Red Salsa or someone else), and what they plan to do. I wish them well as they enter this market with about 10 other competitors.
I think I can only do one thing about my competition (outperform them and gain a critical mass of users/evangelists)… what do you think I should do?
I recently wrote a blog post titled “The evolution of a Blogger’s Ego” on my Jason Alba blog. I wrote about a change I’ve seen in the last three years since I’ve been a blogger and having participated in other social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). I think it’s an intriguing history… you can read it there, but one issue I bring up is this:
The discussion that a blog used to be able to create is not dispersed over various networks.
This is different than it was three years ago. For example, when I now pose a question or discussion on a blog post, I hope to get good, health debate. However, what happens is I get a few comments here, a few comments on Twitter, a few comments on Facebook, a few comments on LinkedIn (if I post the question on LinkedIn), etc.
This is good for ME, but horrible for YOU. YOU being anyone who is not following me on Twitter, or my “friend” on Facebook, etc. YOU is also anyone who comes over from a google search.
Case in point – the post from yesterday addresses two comments I got from Facebook. My blog posts automatically become “Notes” in Facebook, and some of my Facebook Friends leave a comment there. The problem? That comment is seen by a few people, but really it’s lost to the masses.
I contend that the comments from YOU on my blog posts are much better than my own blog posts. So please, please, please bring the conversation back to the original blog post – if you see my stuff on Facebook please DO NOT hit the “Comment” link… rather, click on View Original Post to leave a comment on the blog. It’s better for everyone, even you, as your wisdom and input goes to a much bigger audience.
I’m beyond frustrated with Comcast email issues… I’m writing this post for two reasons:
To inform users and people who sign up for JibberJobber that they WILL NOT get email from us anytime soon – so those birthday reminders, action item reminders, signup verification, password reminders… none of that will get to you until we can get this resolved.
To tell people, whether you use Comcast as your ISP or email provider, that there is a much, much better way to handle your email.
First, for the issue of the JibberJobber mail server not able to send to Comcast addresses. I was an email admin a while back and know that we will never win the war on spam. Never. It’s a huge issue, of course, as no one likes spam. But sometimes the rules put into place cause more problems than they fix.
For example, when I was an email admin we set a “threshold” so that certain emails would go through (the good ones) and others would get stuck in a spam bucket (the bad ones). Guess what? There were a number of “false positives,” that is, emails that were GOOD but got marked as spam.
Executives (who are typically the most whiney in situations like this) at first complained they got too much spam. So we change the threshold so they get no (or little) spam, and then they whined they weren’t getting the important emails (the false positives, usually from their kids).
The problem here is that Comcast has blacklisted our server, which means NOTHING will go from our server to a Comcast email address. We have tried to go through their process of getting off the blacklist, but have heard NOTHING back from them. Very unprofessional. Maybe @comcastcares on Twitter, but this is living hell for me, as I have a bunch of users saying “I never got _____ email.” And indeed, they are writing from a Comcast email address.
Enough about me and JibberJobber – now for the regular person. I strongly encourage you to get a Gmail email account, for a few reasons:
Gmail has an awesome interface on the internet, and other interfaces (with Outlook, etc.).
Gmail interfaces with other cool tools, like the Google Calendar.
Gmail has awesome spam management. Rarely have I seen problems in their logic, which amazes me.
Your Gmail address WON’T EVERY CHANGE. Let me present a scenerio… today you are on Comcast (or Quest or whatever)… and then you move and get a different ISP or phone service. Guess what – you will likely get a different email address… and have to tell all of your contacts. Do this a few times and it’s frustrating to YOU and your contacts. Get one gmail address now and keep it forever… regardless of who your ISP is.
Gmail makes you look more sophistacated (or up to speed, or whatever) than other providers like AOL (old), Juno (older), Yahoo, etc.
There ya go. I gotta stop writing and go try and get off of Comcast’s blacklist. Grrrrrrrrrr…….
Oh yeah, in case you are having blacklist problems with your email server going to Comcast, here are some good reads: