Job Search Tools: The Ax vs. The Chainsaw

April 21st, 2015

Last week in Utah there was a crazy wind storm… it caused all kinds of accidents, and blew people’s stuff around their backyards.  And, of course, it caused a few Globe Willows to fall down.  Globe Willows are called “garbage trees” because of the amount of branches that fall from them… they grow very, very fast, but are also susceptible to having big branches fall in a storm.  Last week a friend posted a picture on Facebook of his tree that had fallen towards his house.

I had only had one occasion to use a chainsaw before, and it was pretty fun, so I jumped on the chance to do it again.  On Facebook he said he would chop it up best he could… he said he didn’t have a chainsaw, but he had an ax.  I’m sure he was joking about using an ax… have you ever used an ax? It’s very hard work, especially on a job like this.

A chainsaw is the tool that can make this a job to do in less than an hour.  Using an ax would be a full day of frustrating and tiring work.  It is NOT the right tool for this job.

I took my kids over and we had a fun time with two chainsaws.  My 14 year old did a lot of the work, and two of my girls got a chance to use the chainsaw… their first experience.  We are all more experienced now… and on the way home we got some ice cream cones, and unloaded a van full of firewood.

If we used an ax, we would not have finished even half of the tree, it would have been a lot messier, and I would have been completely worn out.  None of that was the case… because we had the right tool.

In your job search, JibberJobber is the chainsaw.  Your spreadsheet is the ax.

Yes, the spreadsheet can do the job. But it will require more time, and be more tedious, and take more mental energy, leaving you drained.

Put your effort into networking, not into forcing your tools to work.  

The night before we did this job, we went to a friend’s house to borrow his chainsaw.  He said “most people want to push down on the branch they are cutting.  Don’t do that… let the chainsaw do the work.”

If you are muscling through a spreadsheet, you will have to “push down” and do a lot of work.  You’ll get tired, and wear yourself out.  Or, more realistically in a job search, you’ll become less organized, and spend too much time making the tool work.

It’s your choice.  You can even use a steak knife or garden shears to do this job…. but in a job search you don’t have to go for the wrong tool.  Simply get an account on JibberJobber. It’s like a free chainsaw.

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Announcing: The Getting Started in JibberJobber Video Series!

April 10th, 2015

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 Started page 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!

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One Smart Organizational Hack to Speed Up Your Job Search

April 7th, 2015

This post is inspired by a link sent to me by my friend, Debra Feldman, owner of JobWhiz and Executive Talent Agent, titled Smart Organizational Hacks to Speed Up Your Job Search.

My response to that article is one single, easy hack:

Use JibberJobber!

If using JibberJobber is too hard, then you can do what they suggest, creating your own organizational system with a bunch of tools put together.  Here are some of their points, from the link above, to help you know what your organizational system should do:

  • Keep track of companies (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Keep track of applications (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track company name (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track application status (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track job titles (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track application deadline (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track application submitted date (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track contact at company, with name, title and email (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track when you did an informational interview (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track when you last contacted the company so you can send a follow-up email (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track all of this in “one place” even though you have a lot of it in your email inbox (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Document all meeting notes (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Track everyone you spoke with, or want to speak with (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Follow-up (which is the “critical factor for success”) (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Schedule email follow-up reminders (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)
  • Keep your important docs, like cover letters, resumes, etc. in one place that’s easy to find/access (Check! You can do this in JibberJobber)

There’s plenty more that you could do… in JibberJobber. One reason we designed JibberJobber is so that you don’t have to monkey around with all kinds of folders and other apps… just do it all in one place. Kind of has an appeal to it, doesn’t it?

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Is Technology Hindering Your Job Search and Networking?

March 20th, 2015

There was an interesting article in the news last month titled: Technology inhibits millennial job performance, according to managers

I don’t think this is just a millennial thing…. people texting someone while you are talking to them, or spending too much time on Facebook while neglecting family and friends… this is our new normal.  The disrespect we have for others because we got beeped or buzzed, and heaven forbid we ignore a call or text or facebook message or whatever… even while we blatantly ignore the person we are spending time with, is unfortunate.

It goes further than disregard for others.  In the article they talk about how we’ve become bad at inter-personal relationships because we spend so much time on technology that we aren’t skilled at interacting with real people, face-to-face.

So, I’ll let you read the article if you really want to get into that, and I have an invitation for you.  It is not to go on a media fast, or a social media fast, or to turn your phone off at a certain time, or stop checking emails after hours, or any of those things. Instead of those things that you already know to do, and expect someone like me to challenge you to do, here’s my invitation:

Go to an in-person networking meeting once a week this year.

It could be the same group of people, or it could be different meetings… but each week dress up, get out of the house, leave your phone in your pocket, and MEET and TALK WITH other people!  Look in their eyes!  Shake hands, laugh, and have real conversations!

Magic can happen when you get away from your technology… I challenge you to do this.  Imagine how much better you’ll be at in-person interviews if you haven’t spent the last 500 hours behind technology, barely LOL-ing in real life, with other people!

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Pluralsight Update: Track Videos You Watch Easily for 7 Day Upgrades

March 10th, 2015

One week ago we announced the awesome access you now have to my career, job search and soft skill video courses on Pluralsight. Today we’re announcing the Pluralsight Video Tracker, which is an internal tool on JibberJobber that allows you to keep track of which Jason Alba courses you have watched and get seven days of JibberJobber premium for each Jason Alba course you finish.

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to take advantage of this very generous access (thank you Pluralsight!) to my videos:

First: login to JibberJobber and click the link right under the menu. NOTE: if you close this box, you can still get access to the right page by clicking Videos, directly under the search box.




Second: Once you click on that link, you’ll come to a page with an explanation of what all of this is about. Note the blue box on the right, where you click to get your personal, unique code.  Click that link and you’re on your way!




Third: The blue box will expand and give you (1) your personal code… just copy that and then click the (2) signup button to go to the next page (which will open a new tab).  NOTE: Step 3 says to come back to this page to turn on the tracker… we’ll get to that in a minute!




Fourth: See how small that form is?  That is IT!  No credit card number, no commitment, no strings.  This is awesome.  Just paste your code in the top box, fill out the form, and then click the button.  If you don’t work for a company, don’t worry.  Pluralsight wants you to know who they are, and when you land your next job, you can introduce your new team, your boss, etc. to Pluralsight.  You now have your Pluralsight account, and the clock starts to tick on 30 days of unlimited access (which means, all of my courses, and the rest of the 4,000+ courses in the library).




Fifth: Notice Step 3 turned into this link.  This takes you to the Pluralsight Video Tracker, where you can see what courses get you another 7 days upgrade, and how to easily report each course you watched…. so, click this link.




Sixth: Click the button to start the tracker… this starts the 30 day counter.  If you sign up for Pluralsight one day, and click this blue button a different day, your days will be off.  No big deal, just do the math in your head, or let us know and we’ll try to adjust it. This counter is internal to JibberJobber, and not coming from Pluralsight.  




Seventh: Now that you have clicked that button, you see the tracker… below this image I will explain the 6 highlights.



  1. This shows how many days you have left, according to when you clicked the Turn on Tracker button.  This is NOT tied directly to Pluralsight, so if you didn’t click it the same day you got your Pluralsight account, it might be off.
  2. This green progress bar shows you how many Jason Alba courses you have watched.  It does not show how many times you have watched one single course.  Right now I have fifteen courses in the Pluralsight library.  If you watch all fifteen, you’ll be at 100%.  If you watch only one course, fifteen times you will only be at 1/15.  I wouldn’t worry too much about getting to 100%, unless you are keen on watching all of my courses at least once :)
  3. This line shows you how many upgraded days you have received because of courses you have reported, and when you premium expires.  If the math appears to be off, let us know!
  4. The left column shows the Jason Alba courses… you can click on the title or the link to get to that course.  The order is a kind-of-logical-suggestion, but you can watch in whatever order you want.
  5. The eye button is what you click to report that you have completed a course.  Every time you watch a course, click the eye button…
  6. Note the counter, which shows how many times I’ve watched a particular course.  You can see I’ve watched the Killer Job Search Strategy course 3 times, the Informational Interviews course 25 times, and the Killer Personal Brand course once.  Each time you click the button the number increments, and you get another 7 days of premium.

Of course, we reserve the right to audit any self-reporting.  If you click 30 times today, we’re guessing you haven’t watched 30 courses in one day… we’ll have a conversation about that.  If you did watch 30 courses, and report them all one on day… great.  We simply ask that you be honest. Also, once you click 52 times, your submissions go into a queue that Liz will monitor.  If you really watched the courses, you’ll still get your seven day upgrades… of course.

Here are two questions I’ve received:

A Pluralsight user asked what happens after the 30 days.  Every time you watch a Jason Alba course on Pluralsight, you get another seven days of JibberJobber premium.  Whether you came to Pluralsight through JibberJobber, or whether your company pays for your account, or whether you have had your own account for years… you get seven more days on JibberJobber for every Jason Alba course you watch.

Can I leave discussions on the courses on Pluralsight? I’ve been told that yes, you can leave discussions and rankings, even if you are on the 30 day trial.  Feel free to leave anything you want as long as it is honest :)  I like to answer questions to courses on those discussion boards, as opposed to individual emails.

Now, carve out some time… even if it’s 30 minutes each day, and get watching! 30 days will come quickly (but the upgrade on Pluralsight is very reasonable, if you need more time!)


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Job Search Success = Proper Principles & Tactics + Accountability + The Right Tools

March 9th, 2015

I saw this video on facebook where a guy said that believing in himself is what he needs to accomplish things.  I can’t figure out if this really happened, or if it was staged.  Either way it is funny:

The proposed formula from the video is (1) make a plan, (2) follow-through with it, and (3) believe in yourself.  But what if your plan is bad?  What is you can’t follow-through with it?  What if you believe in yourself unrealistically?

Many years ago I was trying to figure out what the components of a job seeker’s success strategy included.  I do believe self-confidence, attitude, and related things are critical.  Back then I only listed three things:

Principle-based strategy/tactics: I spun my wheels for weeks and weeks because I was doing things the way I assumed I should have done them, but they were simply wrong.  It’s easy to find bad advice in a job search. If you landed a job today, wouldn’t you take days or weeks, and sometimes months, to study everything about your new job?  The same should be true with job search… you should study what the job search is, what networking means, how to implement personal branding, etc.  There are a lot of bad assumptions out there, many positioned by people who are either outdated or don’t know, and really are not responsible for you paying your bills.  But they’ll preach like it’s gospel, all the while leading you down a path that is fruitless and frustrating.   If you want to see my training videos for job search and career management, at no cost, check out this page: free job search videos through Pluralsight

Accountability: I did not get a coach, or hire a resume writer, because I “didn’t have the money.”  What I didn’t realize was that I was missing out on a significant part of the overall picture: someone to be accountable to, regularly. Someone who would, at least weekly, say “what are you doing, why are you doing it, do you need to change anything?”  The accountability partner can be a paid professional (who should be expert in this role, and understand the current job market intimately), it can be a volunteer at a job club (many faith-based job clubs have staff that would love to help you, at little or no cost to you), or even a friend.  If it’s a friend, they must understand their role is not to coddle you, but to regularly hold you accountable for your time and tactics.  Your accountability partner should not be your spouse (who is too close to the emotions of the situation and the emotions of the outcome) and it should not be some lug-head who assumes you get a job today the same way you did back in 1980.  They must be current on principle-based strategies and tactics.

Real tools: Of course I’m biased here, but think back to 2006.  There weren’t many tools for job seekers.  Spiral notebooks, Franklin planners and Excel spreadsheets was about as heavy duty as it got.  Now, in 2015, professionals are more demanding of software tools, apps, etc. to help them get the job done.  JibberJobber has been a pioneer in the job search tool space, and will continue to offer job seekers what we call “industry level” tools.  That is, just because you are unemployed, or don’t want to pay, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get awesome tools at your fingertips to help you do your job (of finding a job).  I wish I could list a whole lot of other tools, but there just aren’t that many.

So we could go on, and add that attitude and outlook, have an important role, as do perhaps faith and self-confidence… what else could we add to this list?


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How To: Introducing the New Calendar

March 4th, 2015

We’ve had a calendar in JibberJobber for a number of years, but it recently underwent some significant changes.

The best way to get a feel for it is to go look at it.  You can get there from going to Tools/My Calendar… or, you can add it to your homepage as a new widget!  Go check it out and play around with it.  Find something missing?   Let us know by clicking on Contact at the bottom-right of any page.

Here’s how to get there… click Tools, then My Calendar:


Or, from the home page, click on Manage Widgets, and then add the Calendar (it’s at the bottom of the list):


Then you’ll see the super-fast, cooler looking calendar, which has a lot of options (day/week/month views, show/hide different kinds of things, etc.):


This is a great enhancement for two reason: speed and aesthetics!  Enjoy!



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Jason Alba Job Search Videos… for free? YEP!

March 3rd, 2015

pluralsight_transparentI’ve been working on this for months and I’m so excited to finally be able to shed light on what I’ve been doing, and what you can now get, at no cost.

Last night we made some important changes to JibberJobber, including a new calendar (which is way faster)…. I’ll blog about those things in another post.  In this post I want to introduce two of my worlds, JibberJobber and Pluralsight, and how they have finally come together.

One takeaway is that you can now access all of my videos for free.  You can still buy them for $50 from JibberJobber, and for some of you, that will make sense.  But if you don’t want to spend any money, you don’t have to.  When you do the steps below, you will have complete access to my courses, and all courses, on Pluralsight, for 30 days.  So start today, and watch as many videos as you can in the next 30 days!

And a bonus: For every course you watch on Pluralsight, that is mine, you get an additional seven days of premium.  I have 15 courses on Pluralsight (one needs to be retired, so really 14 current ones).  If you watch each course, you will get 14 weeks of premium upgrade on JibberJobber.  If you watch them again you get another 14 weeks.  For every course you watch, every time you watch it, you get an additional seven days of Premium added to your JibberJobber account.  Note: you can watch courses in 1.5 speed (so, faster than normal), but I only suggest you do that if you taking notes…  There’s a lot to take in from my courses!

It is super easy to to get started:

First: Login to JibberJobber and click the link in the off-white box, right under the menu.


Then: Now you are on the Free Job Search Videos instructions and information page. On the right of that page you’ll see a blue box that says “get your code…”  Click that link to get your personalized code. 


Next: Copy the code and click Proceed. Or, just click the proceed button, which should automatically copy the code. 


Then: After you click the Proceed button you’ll be on Pluralsight’s page, where you can fill out a small form (paste the code into the first box) and get immediate access to the entire Pluralsight library for 30 days.  AWESOME: you won’t have to give a credit card number.  


Next: In the search box, search for Jason Alba.  Every course you watch, in full, of mine, you can get an additional seven days of premium added to your JibberJobber account.


Finally, start watching courses. You can watch anything in the library as many times as you want, during the 30 days!  You get 7 days premium on JibberJobber for every Jason Alba course you watch.

This is a super generous offer from Pluralsight (thank you Pluralsight!).  I should mention a few things.  Pluralsight offers access to their entire library (over 4,000 courses?) for only $29/month.  That is an awesome price, considering some other sites charge more than that for just one course.  Also, for those of you who are unemployed, when you land, go to your boss and ask them to subscribe to Pluralsight.  There are awesome corporate discounts for companies who buy this training for their employees. Historically, Pluralsight has created videos just for programmers, but with acquisitions of other companies, and adding non-programmer content creators, the library is becoming more appropriate for non-IT people.

To redeem your 7 days premium, simply use the Contact Us form and let us know which course(s) you watched, in full.  Again, watching in 1.5 speed is just fine… we are working on a smarter way to report what you have watched, and get your your 7 days upgrade, but for now just use the Contact Us form.

Do you have any questions?  Let us know in the comments, or email me, or use the Contact form. When you click the link in the off-white box in JibberJobber, to get started, you’ll see a page with a lot more information about this offer.

Ready to get started?  Ready to consume learning over the next 30 days?  Get started now by logging into JibberJobber and clicking the link in the off-white Pluralsight box!

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How Multi-associations Work: Contact(s) + Job(s) + Companie(s)

February 26th, 2015

Probably bad grammar to write “companie(s)” but I wanted to be consistent with the (s)… Anyway… Kimberley writes:

” I cannot seem to figure out how to associate jobs with contacts and contacts with jobs.  I just see “associate documents.”

A couple of things to know:

Associate Documents: This is to associate documents you’ve entered into the Documents Manager (either upload or associated with Dropbox).  When you do this you can see a report of how many times you’ve associated (or, used) that document.  So, you can see that you’ve used your “general resume” 17 times… and where, and when.  You can see you’ve used your “product manager resume” 42 times… and when and where.

We call the ability to associate multiple Jobs and Companies to one Contact, or multiple Companies and Contacts to one Job, or multiple Contacts and Jobs to one Contact “multi-associations.”

For example:

One Contact can be associated to her current and past Companies, and can be associated to three jobs that she interviewed you for, or recommended.

One Company can have multiple job openings, and have multiple Contacts associated to it.

One Job can be for multiple Companies (the hiring company, and perhaps the recruiter’s company, if you are tracking all of the jobs that a recruiter’s company is sending your way) and be associated to multiple people (the recruiter, and all of the people who did the panel interview last week).

In the example below, (1) is for associating documents… which is not what we are talking about in this post.

(2) is for associating one or more Companies, and (3) is for associating one or more Jobs.


To add multiple associations to this Contact, simply mouse over where the data would be, and the box turns gray… double click the gray box, like this:


When you double-click the gray box, you can either enter a Job that you already have in the system, and it will show in the dropdown, or you can enter a job that is new to JibberJobber, and it will be (1) added as a new Job record and (2) associated to this Contact.  After I double-clicked the gray box (above), I entered Product Manager, and there was no dropdown to choose from… when I clicked the “Done” button, it saved Product Manager as a new Job, and it is now associated to this Contact, like this:


Note that there is a 1. by the Product Manager job, and a 1. by Toyota, a few lines up.  This means that these are the first associations for Jobs and Companies.  If I add another Job, there will be two (obviously). I just need to double-click the gray box again to do that, and repeat the instructions from above. Once I double-click the gray box, you’ll see up/down icon that you can drag to reorder. So, I might have Toyota and Kia and American Express as three associated Companies on this Contact record, and I can reorder them to whatever makes most sense.

Multi-associations were an important addition to JibberJobber because this is how the real world works…. and is a great addition to JibberJobber, helping you to more accurately organize and track what you are doing.


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How To Get Around the Ridiculous LinkedIn Search Limitations

February 24th, 2015

I blogged about this here: Bogus: LinkedIn search limits

I’ve been following threads by people who do LinkedIn training, like career counselors, and individuals who own their own business.  This limitation hampers their ability to promote LinkedIn, and even show how to do a good search, in LinkedIn.  Paying for a normal account might not even solve the problem.

Until someone at LinkedIn wakes up and pulls the plug on this horrific limitation that is only making LinkedIn unusable by people (ask me how I really feel), I’ll suggest a workaround for you.

I actually blogged about the hack back in 2011 (and a few other times): Do you use Site:______ in Google searches?  I DO! (I even have pretty color coded pictures on that blog post)

Here’s what you do: instead of going into LinkedIn to do a search for a person, place, company, etc., just do it in Google. It’s a normal search, but at the beginning of the search box you put this:

You can copy and paste that… all it does is says “Google, do a search for “_______” but only search on this one website, which happens to be LinkedIn. A few things to note:

  1. This works on other search engines (but they might have different way to do it). You can even do it on LinkedIn (see here)
  2. This is the super simple way to do it… you can get much more advanced. Check out the four examples listed towards the top of this post.
  3. The search results come back in Google (or whatever search engine you are using), which means it doesn’t count against your search quota in LinkedIn.
  4. You don’t even have to login to LinkedIn to do this.
  5. Google isn’t limiting your search results, yet :p

There you go – enjoy this fix for now.  Hopefully you won’t have to for long.

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