I’m excited to finally get this project to a point where I can announce it – I’ve been thinking about it for way too long, and this week I finally made it a priority! This should help a lot of people “get started” on JibberJobber. If you recommend JibberJobber to friends, family, job clubs, etc., point them here! You get here by clicking on Videos, and then it’s right up at the top.
Since October of last year the Focus Friday calls have been structured so that they were in order for someone new to get off on the right foot. I’ve taken those videos and removed the Q&A, and reduced the time to considerably less than what is in the Focus Friday series… and put them in the right order.
When you come to the Getting Startedpage you’ll see them numbered so it’s easy to keep track of where you left off. You can also see which videos you have seen.
Confused about what to do next in JibberJobber? Start watching the short videos, in order.
Want help on specific functionality in JibberJobber? Scroll through the list of topics and pick the one that will help you get unstuck.
As of right now, the videos are (each week we should add another topic):
Getting Started: Introduction (1)
Getting Started: Overwhelmed? Watch this! (1.5)
Getting Started: Homepage & Widgets (2)
Getting Started: Setting Up Tags (3)
Getting Started: Log Entries and Action Items (6)
Getting Started: Verifying Action Items and Log Entries Got In (7)
Getting Started: Log Entries and Action Item List Panel (8)
Getting Started: Optimizing the List Panel (9)
Getting Started: Managing Duplicates (10)
Getting Started: Exporting from LinkedIn (11)
Getting Started: Importing from a CSV File (12)
Getting Started: Recurring Action Items (13)
Getting Started: Calendar Views (14)
Getting Started: Interview Prep (15)
Getting Started: Job Description Analysis (16)
Getting Started: Events on Jobs (17)
Getting Started: The Job Journal (18)
The “viewed” shows whether you have watched it or not:
Do you have requests for other topics? Let me know!
Monday night we released some of the projects our team has been working on. They barely took a breath to release it while continuing on some other things… here are some of the things we pushed out on Monday night:
1. We continue to tweak the interface for Pluralsight videos… We put a help icon in the white box right under the menu, and if you turned that off, you can still get to Pluralsight stuff by mousing over Tools, and then find Pluralsight Videos. This takes you to all of the pages you would want to see (list of videos, your private code, the Tracker, etc.). The whole idea is to make this easier for you to get access to the videos, and report what you have watched so you get an additional week of JibberJobber per course watched.
2. We cleaned up the Tree View… including:
We cleaned up this line… took out 1/2 of the words.
We cleaned up this line… took out about 1/2 of the words.
We changed the icon from a paper looking thing that was hard to see/read to this easy-to-read circle.
We highlight the name of the person that you clicked on the tree from, so it’s easy to see where that person falls.
We moved some of the links to the far right, so it cleans up the left side of the screen.
See a theme? CLEANER
3. Along those lines, we cleaned up the Interview Prep main page, which was just too busy. Not going to highlight every change, but each arrow represents where we cleaned up (I even forgot an arrow right under the title)… the idea is to reduce clutter and not make you feel like you have too read a bunch of stuff before you do something in JibberJobber!
4. We made the page numbers on the bottom of the general search cleaner, and easier to read. Basically all of the numbers are bigger, and the page you are on is much bigger (and not a link). This will make navigating through the search results easier. CLEANER!
5. We updated the About Us page so people wouldn’t hate so much. Really, someone emailed a while back angry that the About Us page was written wrong. Angry. Seriously. Well, of course, it’s not a bad idea to make changes… and so I finally spent some time rewriting the page…. you can now see information about JibberJobber, and a bit of our history. And this rewrite cleans up some of the cobwebs that frankly needed to be removed from that page. CLEAN-UP
We also did some new admin, behind-the scenes stuff that you won’t see or notice, but that will have an impact on how we work… so yeah! We are deep into two big projects right now, but will continue to try and clean JibberJobber to make your experience more delightful and intuitive.
“Jason was a keynote speaker to the Executive Network Group of Greater Chicago, which is a group of six figure individuals who are in job transition. He spoke about his own job search stories and focused on JibberJobber.com, which he founded. Jason is an excellent speaker with a wry sense of humor that keeps his sessions lively and entertaining, as well as informative. JibberJobber is one of the best online tools for individuals in job search and we recommend it to our 250 members.”
That was pretty cool
I reached out to Chris because Chicago is on our list of places to travel through this summer, as we head to D.C. and back… here’s the list of places I hope to speak. If you know of any job clubs that would be okay with me speaking, let me know!
Nine years ago I was on the phone with one of my competitors for our first (and only) phone call. As soon as he started talking, my heart stopped and my stomach dropped. I knew it was going to be a hard, long battle to compete with this guy and his company.
You see, he had a British accent. I knew, from watching too many Disney movies, that British accents trump American accents. Not only did I not have a British accent but I had lived in Idaho for almost 10 years, where I adopted an Idaho farmer accent. My choice of words, pronunciation, and speed of talking was clearly inferior to his slick, refined British accent.
The truth is, over the last nine years we’ve worked on JibberJobber functionality a lot. We’ve done awesome, amazing things. And you have noticed. In the last year we’ve had more annual upgrades than ever, and our users are more engaged and serious about using JibberJobber during and even after their job search. We know this is because of the time and effort we’ve spent designing and developing, and working with customers to get and implement suggestions.
But the presentation we’ve put in front of customers, with my U.S. accent, is clearly holding us back.
Today I am announcing that we are officially on the hunt to translate the entire site, written and audio, to an accented version of English.
Will you please leave a comment and give us your preference of any of the following accents that we should consider translating JibberJobber to? Remember, this is for anything written as well as all radio, podcast and video productions. It will be a big job, but I know that with the right accent we will gain more users, and have more upgrades, and help many more people. We’re just being held back right now.
Here are the top accents we are considering (in no particular order):
Southern U.S., y’all
Other accents that we’ve been encouraged to consider include:
Cholo, or Mexican-American, vato (I am Mexican-American)
Here are accents we’ve decided accounts:
Hawaiian Pidgin English
English with a heavy German accent
So, what do you think? I’ll make a decision in the next 30 days, and move forward with a firm that will help me translate and re-record everything into one of the above. Which do you vote for?
And, if you want to be the new voice for JibberJobber, please submit an audio demo so we can see if your accent is the right one to take JibberJobber to the next level!
I’m feeling antsy… maybe it’s cabin fever. Maybe it’s the crazy low gas prices. But I’m ready to get on the road and do some presentations. My favorite presentation is Career Management 2.0. It is fun, and eye-opening, and encouraging… maybe even a little motivating. A very popular presentation is anything on LinkedIn, since I wrote THE BOOK on it
This summer, I’m planning on going on a trip. Email me and I’ll give you dates and specific times/places, but for the most part I’ll be driving from Salt Lake City towards New York City, and then down to Virginia, and then back to Salt Lake City.
I want to speak at job clubs… these are typically groups of around 50 – 200 people that meet weekly. They don’t have a budget for speakers. That’s okay. While I don’t “sell” during my presentations, I find that people want to get my stuff, so I respect the “no selling!” rule, but I do make it easy for people to buy… which means I offer packages and stuff for people who come.
If you are in or around any of the following cities, and you know about job clubs I could visit, let’s talk. I need introductions to the people who run the show. Without an introduction I find they are typically very closed and protective of their group… with an introduction, it’s a different conversation. Here are some ideas of where I plan to be (the map is tentative):
Any city in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio along I-80/I-90
New York City
Coming back home, we might go on more of a southern tour… so cities along I-70 or I-40.
Do you live anywhere near these areas? Can you make introductions? If so, email me (Jason at JibberJobber dot com).
Hannah Morgan is a career professional I met at at least one conference. She’s pretty cool and well-liked by her colleagues.
She wrote a post titled Best Job Search Websites in 2015. JibberJobber was one of those (under the Tools section). I appreciate any recognition that anyone gives JibberJobber… I have to tell you that we are especially grateful to be included in this list because Hannah is a career professional and listed her top 40… this is not based on votes, and it’s not some silly list of ALL career sites (like a bunch of other lists are). The 40 sites there are there for a reason.
Thanks Hannah, for including JibberJobber as a Top 40 Best Job Search Site!
It was exactly nine years ago, on Friday the 13th, that I drove away from my last job for the last time.
This is not a story of a guy ready to conquer the world, voluntarily leaving his job to get rich online… this is a story of a normal guy who felt betrayed by the company he had worked so hard for… a story of a guy who was scared out of his mind, wondering how he was going to make ends meet… a story of not knowing what the next few days, weeks or months had in store.
Here we are, nine years later, and I’m starting a certification program for career professionals to become certified on the system that I conceptualized, and helped build, and helped fund, and have run…
It’s a beautiful day, no matter what weather.com says!
Today I had an interesting chat with Liz, who many of you know. She was hired to do quality assurance, and has morphed into the role of project manager, business analyst, right hand to me, etc. Our chat actually is a result of a question that I sent to her last week. I proposed:
Liz, does JibberJobber really help a job seeker organize their job search?
I asked this question because:
(a) I think it is healthy to evaluate and re-evaluate your offering (that is true for job seekers, too! What is your offering? Is it relevant?).
(b) I think it’s important that my entire team asks questions like this about our products, and I wanted her to think about it.
(c) I have been thinking lately that we are missing the mark on certain value offerings. In other words, I think the answer to the question is: perhaps we are doing an okay job, but we are not doing an excellent job.
When we chatted about this last week she asked for a few days to gather her thoughts. Today at noon we met and I was blown away (elated) with her ideas. She had five proposals that would greatly enhance the value and experience for job seekers. Doing any of the five will bring JibberJobber to the next level. Doing all of the five will help us be the leader in this space.
We are going to do all of the five. I’m not going to post them here because my competitors like to read my blog, and I’d rather strengthen JibberJobber before I give them my development plan, but I wanted to let you know that we are very much interested in improving the system, and staying ahead of the curve, and offering significant value, and we are investing in all of those things.
If you want to send us suggestions, while we are going to the drawing board for certain process redesigns, let us know with the Contact Us form.
I’ve been thinking about doing a certification like this for many years. It’s time to finally buckle down and put it together.
I’ll start the first course the week of January 12th. It will be four to eight weeks long, depending on the curriculum that I put together. While I don’t have that ironed out, if you’ve been on my webinars, you know I fret about over-delivering, and this is no exception.
Every career professional knows the world doesn’t need another certification to take (or pay for), but no one is doing a certification on JibberJobber, or on using this type of technology to organize and track and manage a job search. I used to do the LinkedIn Certification for The Academies… why not do a JibberJobber certification?
The list price of $397 is discounted to $97 for students of the first group of students. You can pay here. This will include the live and recorded video courses and the assessments (to test your proficiency of material covered). It will include a verification process so that job seekers can verify that you are really, truly certified by JibberJobber. The class will be live webinar with recordings, so if you can’t make the webinar, listen to the recordings at your own pace.
Fun factoid: certified, defined, is:
“Officially recognize someone as possessing certain qualifications or meeting certain standards.
On the same page, it is also defined as:
“Officially declare insane.”
The purpose of this certification is to bring career professionals up to speed on the processes and systems of organizing and tracking a job search. We will recognize those who go through the course successfully as professionals who “possess certain qualifications,” and who “meet certain standards.” We will not officially declare anyone insane…