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JibberJobber Updates: A New Landing Page, Multi-Associations, and more… !

April 7th, 2014

Last night we rolled out some enhancements to JibberJobber.  This affects all users – free and premium.  I’m explaining the main things here, and at the bottom you can see a 6 minute video on what we did.

The first thing you’ll notice is the new landing page.  After almost eight years, we finally did something I’ve wanted to do, well, eight years ago!  You can now customize your landing page to what you want.  In this image you see my new screenshot, with only three things: the calendar up upcoming things, the job search on Indeed, and a quick-add box so I can add Contacts, Companies, etc. from that box (this is a really cool widget):

jibberjobber_update_landing_page_april_2014

#1 shows you how to add widgets you have taken off, and reorder them…

#2 shows you how to reorder widgets… simply click on this blue icon and drag it to where you want the widget to be…

#3 shows you how to remove a widget from the homepage.  If you remove it, and want it back later, simply click Manage Widgets and you can add it back.

The next major enhancement is what we call “multi-associate.”  This gives me the ability to have multipler:

  • Contacts and Companies on a Job
  • Contacts and Jobs on a Company
  • Jobs and Companies on a Contact

In other words, let’s say your friend is working at two companies, and worked at another company that is your target company.  Before, you could only associate ONE Company to the Contact.  NOW, you can associate as many Companies as you want with one Contact… this is really cool.  As per the bullets above, we extended this multi-associate functionality to Jobs, Companies and Contacts.

jibberjobber_updates_multi-associate_april_2014

In the screenshot above you can see I’ve double-clicked the gray box to edit the field (for both the Companies and the Jobs), and I can simply type in Companies or Jobs and have them show in a dropdown… I hit enter and it adds the the company to the list.  Notice the funky up/down arrow… this allows me to change the order (or, priority) of an associated record.  For example, if someone is currently at Ebay, but used to work at American Express, I’ll have Ebay in the first position… but if they work at American Express now, I’ll reorder that and have Ebay in the second position.  The red-x icon will remove the associated record… it’s pretty cool, and more real-world.

The third enhancement I wanted to introduce is the ability for you to leave a testimonial.  I know people love JibberJobber, and we’ve done a bad job letting you share what you really think.  We have give you the ability to tell others through a testimonial form… I know, it sounds boring, but some guy acused us of making up fake testimonials… now we allow you to write testimonials, and optionally include your picture and URL (like, a LinkedIn URL)… we’re hoping you’ll take a moment to share what you think about JibberJobber with others.

Check out the video below for a short walk-through of these three things:

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User Question: Tracking a Recruiter and an Unknown Target Company

March 25th, 2014

A user from Europe asks some questions (slightly reworded), which I will answer below:

At my level and with my expertise, I usually go through a headhunter to get hired. How does the system handle this?

He gets more specific below, but just to clarify, if you only work with recruiters, I would use JibberJobber to track the recruiter (as a Contact), the recruiter’s company (as a Company – and only if it is not a one-person-company), and each job (as a Job) I learn about from the recruiter.  More below…

How do I enter a job opportunity that is being proposed by a headhunter, and where I have both the headhunter contact as well as company contacts?

And here is where it gets really COOL, although I’m a little embarrassed to write this now, because we should have designed this in 8 years ago.  Soon, really soon (I’m told this week) we are going to do a release to JibberJobber where we add a few more features.  One of the features is the long-overdue ability to have multiple contacts and multiple companies associated to each job record.  This reflects the real-world scenario of pursuing a job with a recruiter, then getting introduced to three people at a panel interview… you will be able to associate that job with all four of those people.

It gets better… see my answer to the next question…

Sometimes the headhunter does not disclose the company name or company contact. How do I handle this in the system?

This is the same issue, with a different record.  We will also be able to associate multiple companies to the job.  So, associate the recruiter’s company, and then when you find out what the hiring company is, add it and associate it to the job.  You will even be able to prioritize the contacts and companies.

So, to let the cat out of the bag, we are doing this thing for contacts, companies and jobs, which means:

On a Company record: associate multiple Contacts and Jobs (you can already do this, but you’ll soon be able to reorder/reprioritize them)

On a Contact record: associate multiple Companies (which allows you to create more of a work history, as well as track people with more than one current company) and multiple Jobs (if you are working with that person for more than one job).

On a Job record: associate multiple Contacts (like the recruiter, and people at the company that you meet) and multiple Companies (like the recruiter company and the name of the company with the opening).

This is a great enhancement, and should make your data make a lot more sense.

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Searching for Great Job Search Advice: How to Find It

March 17th, 2014

I regularly look for old blog posts to send people to, in response to their questions.  Sometimes it is job search related, sometimes it is about depression in the job search, sometimes it about how to send a job search newsletter… sometimes it is about how to import LinkedIn contacts into JibberJobber.

When I go to Google to do a search I find that JibberJobber blog posts are not as high up because of the 1%ers of the internet (MSN, AOL, etc….. the article archives that have a lot of content, but their content is “questionable” :p).

The search tool on the blog kind of stinks… so here’s how I easily find the content I’m looking for.  You can use this to find posts/articles from JibberJobber, or any other place you trust (just replace JibberJobber for another source):

Easiest Method: 

In a search box, simply add “JibberJobber” to any of your searches.

job search advice -> JibberJobber job search advice

job search newsletter -> JibberJobber job search newsletter

job search depression -> JibberJobber job search depression

import from linkedin -> JibberJobber import from linkedin

personal relationship manager -> JibberJobber personal relationship manager

And so forth… this isn’t rocket science, but if you leave off JibberJobber (or the name of your trusted content source) you will get a plethora of generic junk articles.

Next Easiest Method:

This is also very easy… you just have to remember to do it (and do it right).  Simply do a “site search,” which I blogged about here: Do you use Site:_____ in Google searches? I DO!

Guess how I found that post?  I did a site search, like this:

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Check out the post for a very easy tutorial on how to do it… but really, a site search is as simple as putting site:(websitename) (search criteria) in the search box.

So, any of the examples above could be refined, like this example:

jibberjobber_google_site_search_job_search_advice

 

There you go – two simple ways to get more relevant results back in your searches – enjoy!

 

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How To: Email2Log – when you forget to include your JibberJobber email (or other scenarios)

March 7th, 2014

You know what bugs me? When I send an email and mean to do the email2log thing (just the coolest thing in JibberJobber!),but forget to put my ultra-secret email address in the BCC field.

You see, using the BCC field saves me probably an hour a day.  If you don’t know why, or if you want to save an hour a day, check out this blog post on Email2Log.

What do you do when you forget to do it?  Do you then have to go into JibberJobber, search for the contact, click “Add Log Entry,” and then copy and paste from your email to the Log Entry?

No, you don’t!  We made it easy to fix this “oops.”  

The way you do it will be helpful in another scenario… for example, sometimes I take notes from a phone call in an email message.  I’m not sure why I do that, I got in the habit of doing it years ago.  (I find myself switching to taking notes in a Log Entry, though, especially since we put in the auto-save on Log Entries)

In both of these cases there is something that is written somewhere that I want in a Log Entry… so how do you easily get it into a Log Entry without copying and pasting?

Easy!

Simply send an email to your ultra-secretive email address… you don’t have to send it to anyone else.

In the body of the email, put this line:

contacts:email@address.com,secondemail@address.com,___,____,___  (you can have as many as you want)

So, in your email we look for that line and will make a Log Entry for any email address there. BONUS: we’ll also make a new Contact record, if it doesn’t exist already.

This is super, duper cool.  I use it more than I thought I would.

Guess what?  That is only one of the things you can do with a special line in the body.  You can also create a Log Entry, and associate the email to Companies and Jobs.

Tell me that’s not cool. To see an example, go to Account, then the Email tab, and click the help icon.

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What is the Job Journal (under Tools)?

February 10th, 2014

Last week a user emailed to ask what the Job Journal is.  On our last Wednesday webinar we spent more time than usual on the Job Journal (some weeks I don’t have time to go into it).

The Job Journal is outside of the idea of tracking contacts, companies, and jobs in your job search, so some people kind of ignore it.  It also suffers from the Pill vs. Vitamin syndrome (this is a critical concept to understand… click here to see my thoughts on it), so it’s easy to think “I’ll do that later, when I’m not working so urgently on landing my next job.”

But let me suggest that working through the Job Journal idea is critical.

It became important to me for a couple of reasons.  First, in my depression and discouragement in my job search, I lost a clear perspective of who I was.  It’s easy to do. If you can’t see yourself clearly, you think you aren’t good enough to land the job you are fully qualified to do.  I got to the point where I doubted my ability to flip burgers at a restaurant… and I’m the guy who put myself through most of my undergraduate and MBA programs!  Determined, driven, motivated… but lost my confidence.

Going through the exercise of brainstorming your accomplishments for the Job Journal helps you regain a clear vision of who you are and what you bring to the table.

Additionally, going through the exercise helps you craft stories that help paint your picture.  As you list your accomplishments you’ll have stories about your ability to solve problems, think analytically, work in teams, lead people, be led by people, be creative, etc.  All those things you say you are… the stories make your claims much more substantial.

Compare this:

I am creative.

vs.

I am creative.  For example, I was invited to work on a project that _________.  It was clear the problem was _____________.  After realizing this, I __________________.  As a result, the project _____________.

You might recognize that mini-story has a Problem/Action/Result format.  When you start thinking about talking about yourself with mini-stories to back-up what you have done, and put some real meat behind your claims, you will come across as a much stronger candidate.

I love, love, love what this can do for you. You can believe in yourself again, even though you have gone through months of “rejection,” and you can present yourself much stronger (through mini-stories).

How can this not be a critical part of your short-term and long-term career management?  It is worth the time to get away from technology and distractions and brainstorm your accomplishments… and then come back to JibberJobber to enter them in.  I can’t make you do it, I can only beg you to do it.  But if you do it, you will be much better off.

I should mention that all of this is on the FREE side of JibberJobbber…

If you are ready to learn more, check out these three blog posts:

The Job Journal – this is an introduction to the tool where I announced it back in September of 2007.

Job Journal Revisited – Included in Free Level – this is the announcement we made in October 2009 where we moved every aspect of it over to the free side.

Your Success Stories and a Job Journal – I took a quote from executive and professional coach Beverly Harvey’s blog post about the stories, which she calls critical components, and said, YES, and use the Job Journal to track these stories!

Beverly Harvey isn’t the only career professional talking about this.  Liz Handlin, who I wrote about last week, wrote a post in January 2007 titled Keep A Job Diary.  Read that for further validation of the concept.

One thing I love about the job journal, or job diary, or whatever you want to call it, is that it is a component of your long-term career management strategy.

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How To: Advanced Tags, Categories, Custom Fields

January 8th, 2014

Debbie is one of my favorite JibberJobbers, and not just because she bought me breakfast in Chicagoland!  Here are her questions about tags and categories (and I threw in some custom field stuff, too):

1. What is the difference between tags and categories?

I would say to only use tags… I don’t use categories anymore.  You can do everything you want to do with tags.  Here is a post I wrote titled How I use Tags to organize my Contacts, Companies, Jobs.

She continues: Here are some things I’d like to keep track of for my contacts: company public, private or non-profit, industry, revenue size and number of employees, the function my contact works in(sales, marketing, etc), contacts level in the org, the last time I contacted them, whether it was by phone, face-to-face, or email. Would tags or categories work best for these?

Quite a question!  And the responses are varied… you can choose different ways of doing it, here is what I would recommend:

  • Company (public, private or non-profit): Make this a custom field called Company Type (learn about Custom Fields in JibberJobber here), OR create tags like this: company_public, company_private, company_nonprofit.
  • Industry: Same answer as above…
  • Revenue size: I would definitely make this a custom field since the values would be so varied. (note, this is more appropriate for a company record, not a contact record)
  • Number of employees: I would make this a custom field for the same reason revenue size.  (note, this is more appropriate for a company record, not a contact record)
  • The function my contact works in (sales, marketing, etc): I make these tags but you could use custom fields.
  • Contact’s level in the organization: Make sure you use the title, but you could also put this in a tag… I would probably make this a custom field if I had a lot of different values for the levels.
  • The last time I contacted them: This is automatically created when you create a Log Entry… as long as you are using the Log Entries, you’ll always see the last contact.
  • Whether the last contact was by phone, face-to-face, or email: I put that info into the Log Entry.  I say “call with Debbie,” or “lunch with…”, or if it is by email it would have been through the Email2Log feature. It’s obvious to me that I did that because my email signature has a “–” right before the Log End Line. If I create a Log Entry with Email2Log, the last line of the Log Entry will be “–”.

2. If I use tags and categories during a job search and now want to redo them differently, is there a way to erase all the tags or categories in a record or will I need to do this one account at a time?

It’s pretty easy to clean up your tags, categories and custom fields.  Here’s a way to delete or edit tags/categories/custom fields: How To: Easily Manage Categories, Tags and Custom Fields. Another way to do it is in the List Panel view:

  1. Filter your search… probably based on the tag (tags:old_tag)
  2. On the left, select all checkboxes (the top checkbox will select all)
  3. On the bottom click the Tags icon… this will open up a window where you would (a) delete the wrong tag, (b) add the right tag in the big box.
  4. Click the button to save, and all of those records will have the tags updated.

3. If I want to download contacts with specific tags or categories into an excel spreadsheet and print it out, how would I do this?

There are two ways.

First, take the same steps as you did to edit the tags… go to the List Panel, do the search, and check all checkboxes.  Down at the very bottom there is a “multi-action” icon to export to a csv (which opens in Excel).  There are also two html reports you can export to, which look nicer than what you’ll see from Excel. You are limited to exporting up to 255 Contacts this way.

Second, from the Contacts dropdown page, choose Get Contact List.  You have a lot of options on that page and can export all of your Contacts (unlimited). You can export to csv, html, vcard, or just grab email addresses.

There is a lot of technical information in this post…. if you want any clarification let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

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How to switch from the veteran upgrade to normal JibberJobber

January 3rd, 2014

When I do a search on Google for JibberJobber, the first result is to JibberJobberUSA.com.  I don’t know why Google does that, and I wish they didn’t, because a lot of people sign up for a JibberJobberUSA account even though they aren’t veterans or active military.  With integrity and honor they message us and ask to have their account moved from the 12 months free premium upgrade that we extend to those who have served in the military (as a THANK YOU!) to the regular account, which is at JibberJobber.com.

I’ve you have created an account on JibberJobberUSA.com and want to switch to JibberJobber.com, simply click on Account (1) and then click the button to switch your own account (2)… it’s that easy :)

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How To: Easily Get a List of Email Addresses from JibberJobber

December 31st, 2013

This is one of my favorite functions within JibberJobber because it is one way to get email addresses from a specific group of your Contacts.  It’s pretty quick and easy:

Step 1: Get to the Contacts List Panel – either click the word Contacts, or click on the link to go the List Panel from the Contacts dropdown.

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Step 2: Optional, but I wouldn’t do it any other way.  Filter your Contact list so you get just who you want.  In this example I’m putting this search phrase in the search box: tags:resume.  This will show all contacts who I’ve tagged as resume professionals.

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Note: If I have less than 256 Contacts in the search results, this works fine.  If I have more, I would click on Get Contact List, or Import/Export from the Contacts dropdown.

Step 3: Click the checkboxes by the names you want email address for.  The top-left checkbox will select all so you only need to click once.

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Step 4: At the bottom of the List Panel there are the multi-action icons. Click on the envelope icon to get all of the email addresses, formatted perfectly for your email client.

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Step 5: Grab the email addresses.  If you have your browser set up so that clicking on an email opens your email client, you can simply click on the Put in To or Put in BCC links (1).  Or, you can click in the textbox (2) to copy from there and then paste to a bcc field on your email client.  I would click in the box, hit Control-A (to select all), then Control-C (to copy the selection), and then go to my email client to paste.

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Note: The format in the text box is “FirstName LastName” <emailaddress>, ”FirstName LastName” <emailaddress>, etc.  This makes it easy – no additional editing is needed!

I know this is a long post but really, each step is very quick, and you can get your targeted email list out of JibberJobber quickly!

Questions?

 

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JibberJobber How To: Change the Primary Contact of a Company

October 25th, 2013

There are two ways to change the Primary Contact of a Company.  My favorite is from the Company Detail Page:

Mouse over the value box of the Primary Contact line (when you mouse over it, it turns gray):

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Double click this gray area and it will give you a dropdown of all of your “Other Contacts”… just choose from that list.  (If you already have a Primary Contact, that Contact will drop into the Other Contacts area (so, it will switch places with the new Primary Contact)):

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Now Jason Alba is the Primary Contact, not an Other Contact.  Note, it’s easy to add a new Other Contact or associate an existing Contact.

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The other way to do this is to EDIT the Company record.  At the bottom of the Company record edit page you’ll see a list of all of the Contacts associated to that Company.  Simply choose who should be the Primary Contact, save it, and it will update with that Primary Contact.

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(even though I only have one Contact associated to this Company, you get the idea :) )

That’s it – two easy ways to change who the Primary Contact is on a Company record.

 

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Adding Images to Company and Contact Detail Pages

October 16th, 2013

I love adding images to Company and Contact Detail Pages… Here are three ways to do it:

Two-click process from Google Images

Mouse over the image area, whether it has an image or not, and you’ll see three icons.  Click on the Google icon.

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When you click on the G icon, it will bring up search results from Google Image Search.  If you find the picture you want, click on it and it will show up on the JibberJobber Contact Detail Page.  It’s that simple!

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Here is the Contact Detail Page with the picture that I clicked on:

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Another way to get an image on the Contact Detail Page is to bring it in from another website.  You can do this from almost ANY website.  Here’s a picture of John Doe from his wikipedia page.  When I right click on the image I get some options, including copy image URL (that is what I really want, but not all browsers have that option)… the most universal, I think, is to open the image in a new tab… so I’ll click on that option:

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From that new tab I’ll COPY the URL.  Notice it ends in .jpg, which means it is an image file (as opposed to a “website”)

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Then, back in JibberJobber I will mouse over the image area and click on the middle option to upload from a URL.  The popup give me a box to paste the URL:

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The difference between the first upload and this one is that this one is a bigger picture:

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You can also upload from your computer, but I’m guessing you’ve done that a thousand times with other apps, so I’m not going to go into that.

Happy picture sharing!

 

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