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Mark Hoven, Executive Leader in Melbourne, Australia, on JibberJobber and Empowerment

April 14th, 2014

Mark Hoven is a sharp senior level executive based in Australia.  Here’s part of an email he recently sent me:

mark_hoven_small“JibberJobber has been a very helpful organisational tool for me over the past 3 years I have been using it. Your tool is a great reference, forces a discipline to my search and documentation efforts, and provides a small sense of control over proceedings which can make a big difference in those ‘dark’ moments when you wonder if anyone values your professional skills any longer.”

I love how he says JibberJobber “forces a discipline” to his job search and documentation efforts. Many professionals who start a job search are frustrated by the lack of systems and accountability in their job search, wonder if they are doing the right things, and get lost in all of the freedom and choices they have to make.  JibberJobber helps alleviate this a bit with structure and tools to accommodate the job search system that works for you.  (this means that some people are extremely structured, some have aggressive metrics, others have less time and less data to manage – JibberJobber accommodates any job search system)

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how he talks about the dark moments, which I’ve blogged about repeatedly, and especially this statement: JibberJobber “provides a small sense of control over…”

As a job seeker we feel like we have little-to-no control.  Many times we feel like we are spinning out of control.  Do this (network) but don’t do that (apply online).  Oh wait, someone just applied online and they got the job that we are more qualified for… ?  I don’t get it!  I’m confused!

Going from a JOB where you are in control of so many things (you might not realize this until you don’t have a job anymore), to unemployed and looking where you are at the mercy of so many things (people’s vacation schedules, the economy, weather, your ability to pay for help/services, etc.), you feel out of control.

When I started JibberJobber, eight years ago, I knew I wanted to EMPOWER job seekers and professionals.  I wanted to make this bigger than just a spreadsheet-like tool.  I wanted to make the features much richer than what you would get in your homemade spreadsheet.  I wanted to give you stuff you didn’t even think about, but stuff that first class citizens (that is, people who have jobs) would expect.

I want to take away your sense of being out of control and replace it with a sense of EMPOWERMENT.

If you dare to use JibberJobber, that’s just what you’ll get.  Empowerment.  Control.  A peace of mind.  No more “am I forgetting something???”

What a difference that would have made in my own job search!

Thanks for sharing, Mark!

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Backup/Export/Download iPhone Contacts

April 14th, 2014

my_contacts_backup_logoI’m sure there are a gazillion ways to get contacts off of your iPhone.  One of my users shared this tool:  My Contacts Backup

This exports to a vcard, or you can go into the settings and export to a csv.  A vcard will include images and custom fields, the csv apparently doesn’t.  You can also find easy and free vcard->csv converters online, although once again, this will not include images (that’s just the nature of csv – no rich media).

Other JibberJobber users are successfully syncing their iPhone contacts with their Google (Gmail) contacts, although I’ve read that this is nearly impossible for some, and super easy for others.  If you can sync your iPhone contacts with Gmail Contacts, then syncing that to Gmail is just a few clicks away.

One of the comments that seemed funny on the My Contacts Backup page was this: “ Last year during Sundance iCloud (aka iCrap) wiped the last 9 months of contacts and all of my notes.”  There’s always a nickname for everything, isn’t there?  I don’t expect to see that kind of nickname in the Apple userbase, though… !

Any other tricks or tips for getting contacts from your iPhone?

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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):

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#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.

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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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Guerrilla Job Search DVD NOW FREE.

March 18th, 2014

I just got off the phone with David Perry, author of the must-have best seller Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters.  David is one of the most passionate job search advocates that I know.  I love talking with him.  We even did an Ask The Expert together (click here to find it).

He told me the DVD he made, that he used to sell for $50, is now available for a free download.  I haven’t done it yet but I have no problem recommending anything from David.  Just go to PutAmericaBackToWork.com, fill in the small form on the right, and he said you will get a link to download the content.  He said it is big (they had to put it on a DVD), but knowing his stuff, and his passion, I would say it is worth it.

Go on over and do that.  As far as I know, there are no strings attached.  This is pretty cool – thanks David!

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Organize Your Job Search, Ditch The Job Search Spreadsheet

March 11th, 2014

I started out with a job search spreadsheet. I had to ditch it after a short period of time. It simply did not work with the amount of data/information I was collecting.

And then I got the idea for JibberJobber to organize my job search.  I still used my job search spreadsheet because it took a while to make JibberJobber, but once I had it, I ditched the spreadsheet.

And I haven’t looked back.

I’ve talked to career coaches, resume writers and outplacement professionals, and they have said JibberJobber, as a job search organizer, is the missing piece for job seekers.  Here are two quotes I recently read about organization in a job search:

Forbes article: Another common obstacle is clutter. She says a disorganized physical workspace or job-search system can produce mental clutter that interferes with productivity.

A cluttered job search system definitely interferes with productivity. It makes you feel out-of-control. It will most likely lead to missed appointments and missed opportunities. It will waste your time, as you try and make sense out of it. As you network more, and apply to more jobs, and interview more, a disorganized job search system will frustrate you.

All Business list of ten effective job search strategies: 9. Keep Careful Records Keeping track of the progress of your job search is important. Maintain a detailed record of all the jobs you have applied to, including communications, interviews, referrals, and follow-up actions. This will help you build a network of valuable contacts both for your current job search and for any future ones.

Everything in #9 can be done inside of JibberJobber.  But I want to focus on the last few words: and for any future ones.

I don’t want to pour salt on an open wound, but it’s not secret that this job search will not definitely be your last one.  The US Federal Gov’t wouldn’t lie to us, would they? I don’t have time to find a reference for this but I read a few years ago that they say we will be in transition EVERY two to five years.

EVERY TWO TO FIVE YEARS!

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

It’s no secret that no matter how the economy is going, you have NO job security.  In a bad economy you might get laid off and be in a long job search.  In an awesome economy you might be wanted by other companies (who will pay you more).  Either way, you will change jobs regularly.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could be in more control of these transitions?  What if you had a nurtured network that was ready to help you in your next transition?  Clearly, LinkedIn is not the answer to that.  You need something like a CRM… you need a career management tool like JibberJobber.

JibberJobber is not your silver bullet for job search or career management or networking, but it should be an indispensable tool.  Empower yourself, and get serious about this stuff!  I didn’t, for various dumb reasons, and my job search was long and painful.

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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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Ask The Expert (ATE): Robert Merrill, Internal Recruiter, Sr. Tech Recruiter

March 5th, 2014

This call was AWESOME. Off the charts. Seriously. There is so much good information in this call that it should be required to listen to.

I’m sure there are recruiters who do things differently. That’s one of the challenges that job seekers face: there is no single right or best answer for the situations we face (like, working with recruiters). Robert gives us a great look into the processes and systems that we need to know about. You can tell he has a heart for job seekers. Enjoy:

Note: This is hosted on Vimeo.  To make full-size, push play and then on the bottom right click the icon that looks like this:

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10 Tips to Getting the Most out of a JibberJobber Upgrade

February 13th, 2014

I have recently spent hours interviewing JibberJobber users across the world, as well as career coaches and resume writers.  I am very interested in hearing what they think about JibberJobber, and what they would like to see… I’m also completely intrigued at what their experience in the job search is like, and what frustrates them.

These calls are exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.

One thing I’ve learned is that people use JibberJobber quite differently.  Based on the input, I wanted to share tips on how to really get the best out of using the premium JibberJobber level.  (we just lowered the upgrade by 40% from $99 a year to $60 a year… tell me that isn’t awesome. See what you get in the upgrade here)

Tip 1:  Create Contacts and Log Entries using the way-cool Email2Log feature. I was amazed to talk to people who upgraded only because they needed more room for Contacts or Companies.  If you aren’t adding Contacts using Email2Log, you are spending a lot more time than you need to.  There is a blog post and video on how to do it here.  Do you realize you could cut out anywhere from 2 – 10 minutes on adding each Contact with this awesome feature?  Not to mention the emails becoming a Log Entry… all in under a second.  Amazing, and super valuable to anyone.

Tip 2: Enter as many Contacts and Companies as you want.  The free level gives you room for up to 500 Contacts and 500 Companies… and it will take you A LONG TIME to actually meet and talk with that many people.  If you only used JibberJobber to store information and conversations on people you talk to, I bet you don’t need that many records.  But some people like “having everything in one place,” and using JibberJobber as a backup to your other contact systems (like LinkedIn, Gmail Contacts, your iCloud, etc.).  On the premium side you have as much room as you want… some people have loaded more than 100,000 contacts.  I don’t really like that, but so far we aren’t stopping anyone from doing it.

Tip 3: Import, import, import!  There are no tariffs here, folks!  Bulk importing is your friend.  It should be obvious that you can import from a csv or vcard (the two most common formats we hear about).  Most people will import once or twice a year (usually when just starting), but let me recommend that if you go to a networking meeting and get a handful of business cards, you simply type those into a spreadsheet, save it as a csv file, and then do one quick import.  If I have 5 or 10, I might do them by hand, but if I have more I’ll make a csv and import… it is much quicker to do data entry on a spreadsheet than on any webpage…

Tip 4: Schedule follow-up reminders to come to your email and/or your phone (text/sms).  My job search spreadsheet did a pitiful job of helping me remember my todo’s, follow-ups, tasks and action items (which are all the same thing in JibberJobber).  When you create an Action Item, you can see it on the front page of JibberJobber (like all users, free or premium).  As a premium user, you can also schedule these to come to your email or phone (via text/sms).

Guess what – those are all the reasons anyone would upgrade!  We moved the other features to the free side… which means if you don’t upgrade you get a ton of value for free…!

But, upgraded users are still not getting all the value they could… I know, because I talk to them on the phone!  Here are six more tips for anyone who uses JibberJobber, whether you are on the upgraded account or not!

Tip 5: Get REPORTS to help you be accountable.  Whether you are showing the unemployment office that you did in fact make contact with three companies the first week of January, or you have a court-ordered obligation to prove you are in an aggressive job search, you can pull reports to help show what you have been doing.  My favorite way of doing this is in the Log Entries and Action Items report, where you can

Tip 6: See pending Action Items. There are various ways to see Action Items, including the homepage, in your email/phone, on a Company/Contact/Jobs page… but you can also go to the Log Entries and Action Items page and show ONLY pending or open Action Items.

Tip 7:  Keep up with contacts regularly.  One of the newer COOLEST features we added is the ability to create RECURRING (or repeat) Action Items.  I know you can do this on your calendaring system, but the ability to do it on a Contact, Company or Job is priceless.  For example, you meet someone at a networking event and know you want to keep in touch with them monthly or quarterly, or maybe just once a year. Simply create an Action Item and make it recurring monthly, quarterly or annually (or whatever makes sense).  This is really a powerful addition to JibberJobber.  It wasn’t easy to add, but it will add a lot of value to you.

Tip 8: Find relevant job postings and enhance your search.  Not necessarily to apply to (works for some, not all)… but these postings could have a wealth of information for you.  Some people are skeptical that applying online will get you anywhere. What I’m saying is to find relevant postings so you can do research.  Here’s a high level example of what I’m talking about: open ten similar postings side-by-side, and compare them.  Pull out key words and key phrases that you might not have thought about and consider whether you should add those to your marketing (aka, your cover letters, resumes, mini-stories, etc.).  You can do a very cool analysis of keywords and keyphrases with our new analysis tool on the Job Detail page.

Tip 9: Do quick research on Google and LinkedIn.  I was talking to a premium user who was doing a lot of research on LinkedIn before he made contact with people, and he was simply going to LinkedIn, typing the person’s name in the search box, and seeing what he could find.  In JibberJobber there are LinkedIn search icons throughout the system that allows you to do that with one-click.  They are usually by the Google search icon to allow you to search and research on Google.

Tip 10: Access JibberJobber from your phone.  Go to m.JibberJobber.com from any phone and you’ll see a smaller version of JibberJobber.  We will be redoing this in the next few months, so if you have any suggestions or requests, please let us know!

A user recently said there is a lot of magic in JibberJobber.  I wish I could simplify it and say “we do this, and we do it well!”  But it is hard to define the “this” because JibberJobber’s breadth and depth have expanded over the last almost-eight years.  Now we are suffering from what I call Excel Syndrome.  I argue that most people use 5% of Excel’s amazing features, and that is really enough. BUT, there is so much more that they could use.

In talking with my users I’ve realized some of the things I depend on and love are unknown, almost hidden features for them.  That’s why I encourage you to jump on any of the weekly user webinars… otherwise, use the Contact form and give us feedback and ask us questions.  We are just as committed to making JibberJobber more valuable to you as we have been every day since we launched in 2006.

 

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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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Going to use a job board this weekend? Read this first…

January 31st, 2014

I wish someone would have told me this (and then explained it):

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I know you can get a job using a job board.  It happens all the time.  But there are other, and perhaps better, ways to find your next gig.

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