This is a list worth being on… JibberJobber has been on many lists over the last 10 years, but some of those lists that say they are “here are the best” are really “here are all of the sites we could find”… being on a list made up by someone who is just trying to list everything out there was not flattering.
This list is different. Hannah Morgan, The Career Sherpa, put together 43 Best Job Search Websites 2016, and included JibberJobber. Hannah is a career practitioner, subject matter expert, and a thought leader. To have her vet and include JibberJobber is meaningful.
For the last few years, I have been creating video courses on Pluralsight.com. Pluralsight has a vast library of online courses designed to help programmers be better programmers. The instructors (aka, authors) are the best of the best. They asked me to create a course on using LinkedIn, and I’ve since finished over two dozen courses for them. My courses are all under the “soft skills” umbrella, which includes job search, how to work with others, and how to excel in your job (aka, professional development).
In March of 2015 I announced (here) that you can now get access to all of my video courses on Pluralsight… this provides a great savings to you! You can easily get an account on Pluralsight with a code you get from JibberJobber. There’s an old video I put together to show you how to do this – just scroll down to the bottom of this post. Or, check out the easy, step-by-step instructions, below.
Each time you watch a Jason Alba course on Pluralsight, return to the JibberJobber Tracker and report it, and we’ll give you a 7 day upgrade on JibberJobber!
How to get access to the courses, and get free upgrades on JibberJobber:
Step 1: Login to JibberJobber
Getting a JibberJobber account gives you multiple benefits. First and foremost, it is your personal relationship management tracker, which helps you keep track of your contacts, target companies, jobs you apply to, freelancing gigs, etc. It’s your long-term career management tool. You get a free account for life and have the option to upgrade and downgrade easily. You can pay for an upgrade, or you can watch Pluralsight videos and get free upgrades.
Step 2: Click on the link in the orange box
Directly under the main menu, once you are logged in, is this orange box. If you don’t see it, go to Tools, then Pluralsight Videos, and you can proceed from there. Simply click the link in the yellow highlight to get started (and go to step 3). See the triangle icon on the top right? That will minimize this box to your main menu… which you can pull down when you want.
Step 3: Get your code
On this page, click the link on the right to get your 30 day pass code:
When you click the link, you’ll see your code… just copy that code and you’ll paste it on the next page…
Once you’ve copied the code, click the Signup on Pluralsight button.
Step 4: Signup on the special Pluralsight page
You only have 5 required fields… and they don’t ask for a credit card! This is simple, fast, and no commitment! You get here by clicking the blue Signup on Pluralsight button from step 3.
Step 5: Back in JibberJobber, turn on the Tracker
When you go back to your JibberJobber window or tab, you’ll see the blue box, step 3, has changed. Click the link, which will take you to a page to verify that you have signed up on Pluralsight (see below).
Simply click the Turn on Tracker button, and you’ll see the tracker.
Step 6: Indulge! Binge! Watch all the courses you want!
You have an unlimited pass for 30 days to watch whatever you want. Whether you watch beginner technology courses, or all of the Jason Alba courses, take advantage of the 30 days pass. Here’s a simple “hack” to help you watch courses faster: How to Lifehack Pluralsight Videos.
You get a 7 day upgrade for every Jason Alba course you watch, but browse around and check out the great entry level, intermediate, and in-depth courses that meets your needs. From programming to graphics design, user design, photography, graphics, animation, and of course professional development, there are plenty of courses to help you with your furthering education goals.
Step 7: Back in JibberJobber, go to the Tracker Page and click the eyeball icon (aka, “self report”)
Once you have turned on the tracker, you should see a page like this, with a list of courses. The icons to the right, which the three arrows are pointing at, are what you click on to say “I have watched this course,” and then we’ll add another week of JibberJobber premium to your account. Please be honest with your clicks. Even after your 30 day pass expires, you can still watch courses (if you pay for a Pluralsight account), and click on these icons to get more JibberJobber upgrades.
You can see that if you watch the same course multiple times, you will multiple upgrades. So watch what you need, as many times as you need.
Step 8: Watch more courses… you have less than 30 days left!
Okay, we give you a 30 day pass. After the 30 days, the cost of a full membership is only $30 a month. It’s a very affordable upgrade. And if you buy that, and continue to watch my courses, you can get free JibberJobber premium… which means you don’t have to pay for JibberJobber.
How can we do this? We don’t get a referral fee when you sign up on Pluralsight, but we do get a little kickback when you watch my videos. This is explained on the Pluralsight blog here. The bottom line is that watching Pluralsight courses, even though you haven’t paid for a membership, makes up for not upgrading on JibberJobber, and so we pass the benefit along to you in the form of an upgrade. It’s a win for you (great content at no cost), a win for Pluralsight (they get exposure and branding, and maybe you’ll evangelize them to your next employer) and a win for JibberJobber (because each hour you watch adds to the total royalty we get from Pluralsight… which is not insignificant). So really, watch as many courses as you want, and don’t feel bad about not paying. And please let others know how valuable the courses and content is.
I’m sure you know someone who could use the courses (who couldn’t use the courses on LinkedIn, or informational interviewing, or becoming a better listener, etc.?) this, and it helps me when you spread the word to others!
“How do you use Email2Log to add emails you receive into JibberJobber?”
This is a great question. There are a few ways to get an email into JibberJobber… let me review them:
Email2Log: when sending an email to a person
Anytime you send an email to someone, and you want to log that email into JibberJobber, use Email2Log like you normally would. This is a premium feature, but it’s easy to get Premium (you can watch my videos on Pluralsight, and for each course you watch (which you would otherwise pay $50 for from JibberJobber), you can get another 7 day upgrade). There is no limit on how many weeks you get – just be honest about how many times you watch my courses. Here’s how you do this.
Email2Log: whenNOTsending an email to a person
Let’s say that you have an email in your inbox and you want that email to end up in JibberJobber, but you DO NOT want to send a reply to the person who sent it to you. You can simply FORWARD the email to JibberJobber… it’s super easy, but there is a little bit of trickery to ensure you have the control you want (for example, let’s say that the email was sent to 10 people… but you only want it to be associated to one person… the trickery I speak of let’s you have control over that). Simply reference this post from 2012, titled What to do if you forget to BCC to JibberJobber?
How can you do it without using Email2Log?
Okay, no Email2Log. You want to go old school. Simply go into your email, copy the text you want in the Log Entry, and then go into JibberJobber and create the Log Entry (with the proper associations), and paste that text there. Simple. Just takes longer than the Email2Log option.
I’ve introduced Pluralsight to a lot of people over the last couple of years. Online, in my presentations, etc. Many of you have taken advantage of the 30 day pass I’ve given you through JibberJobber. You should have watched my courses on job search, soft skills, and professional development (and each time you watch a Jason Alba course you qualify for another 7 day JibberJobber upgrade).
If you want to take advantage of Pluralsight for more than the 30 days, check out this killer 40% off sale on a one year subscription:
This is a discount from $299/year to $179.40, which comes out to about $15/month. You have until next Monday to think about it.
So get this… pay for the one year upgrade, then watch all of the Jason Alba videos you want over the next 12 months (even multiple times), and you will easily get months and months of free JibberJobber Premium. That is a sweet deal!
My courses on are job search and soft skills. There are tons of courses at all levels to learn programming, graphic arts, mobile development, UI/UX, and more. I don’t know when they’ll have another killer deal like this…. if you can, take advantage of it!
Last week I got this question from someone new to JibberJobber:
“Can you please explain the difference between the approx 20 Getting Started Videos and the 9 Orientation video series. Combined, it is over 5 hours of material – kind of daunting to learn a tool that should simplify my job search.”
The JibberJobber Orientation is a recording of one webinar, which was split into 9 clips that are around 10 minutes each. This is the “welcome to JibberJobber” introduction, including a history of JibberJobber, and my linear idea of what you would want to know/do to get started. I expect that after going through this orientation, you would have an excellent idea of what JibberJobber is, and how it could be a great tool for you.
The Getting Started videos are recordings from 10ish minute live webinars I used to do on Friday mornings, called Focus Fridays. I would pick one topic and try to completely explain in about 10 minutes. We wouldn’t go into any other topics. After I did a bunch of these, I decided to figure out what order to put these in so a new user would get the most value out of them, and then they could watch any of them they wanted. While the Orientation (above) is a 90 minute “welcome to JibberJobber!”, the Getting Started is a buffet of topics that you can pick and choose from. Want to go deeper on Topic X, but not ready for Topic Y? Just browse through the videos on the Getting Started page and watch the topic that is most relevant to where you are at right now.
If I were just getting started on JibberJobber today, here’s what I would do:
Start to watch the Orientation, go put JibberJobber into perspective, and get an understanding of what it can do. I find the questions I commonly answer about List Panels (how to filter search results, how to add, remove, or reorder columns) are covered in the Orientation videos.
I would then just cherry-pick topics from the Getting Started list, based on what I’m ready to do in JibberJobber.
I hope this helps explain the difference. I don’t intend for anyone to watch hours and hours of videos before they get started… most people get it enough to get started, and then come back to the Getting Started as a reference tool. Here are the topics in Getting Started… which interests you the most? (click here to find these videos)
Getting Started: Introduction (1)
Getting Started: Overwhelmed? Watch this! (1.5)
Getting Started: Homepage & Widgets (2)
Getting Started: Setting Up Tags (3)
Getting Started: Email2Log Setup (4)
Getting Started: Email2Log Advanced (5)
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) (entirely new design as of November 25, 2015)
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)
Getting Started: Account and Preferences (19)
You can ALWAYS just reach out to us and ask us for help on anything you are stuck on… don’t feel like you have to watch any of these videos (although, many times we’ll reference videos or blog posts when we reply)
Yesterday we talked about how to add tags to a lot of records at once… but what if you are ready to retire, or change, a tag? That’s also really easy. You could follow the steps from yesterday and do it from the List Panels, but there’s a better place to do it: the Tag manager.
Mouse over Contacts, Companies, or Jobs in the main menu, and click Tags (which should be the third link from the bottom):
On that next page, you will see all of the Tags you’ve created, but only for Contacts OR Companies OR Jobs. Depends on which dropdown you clicked on. The Tags Manager page is a very simple List Panel. On the right, you’ll see icons to edit or delete.
This is so self-explanatory I don’t know what to write about it… except one thing:
If you edit or delete a tag, it will affect all of your records that had that tag.
For example, if you had a tag “people_I_want_to_talk_to,” and you change it to “prospects,” you won’t see the old tag anymore… anytime you go to a Contact that had that old tag will now have “prospects.”
Another example, if you delete “people_I_want_to_talk_to,” you won’t see that tag on any Contacts.
If you simply want to remove the tag from one Contact, but not remove it from others, then go to that Contact and remove it from there.
“I need to add two tags to everyone in our data base that already has the tag of [Tag-1] or [Tag-2]. Can I do this without having to go into each record?”
Why yes, there is a super easy way to do this… here’s what you do (this applies to the Contacts, Companies and Jobs List Panels):
Assuming you are talking about tons of Contacts, go into Manage Columns and show 255 Contacts. Manage Columns is accessed by an icon… see this post for pictures.
Do a filtered search like this: tags:family (where “family” is the tag of the Contacts you want to select… note there is no space between tags, colon, and the tag). This will return the records with with family in the tag, including family_mine, family_hers, etc. Check out this post on filtered searches.
On the left, click the checkboxes of each of the records you want to add the tags to. I would select all (top-left checkbox), and then deselect the records you don’t want one-by-one.
At the bottom of the List Panel, there are icons… you want to choose the the fourth from the left… the rubber-stamp looking one.
On the page that comes up next, add the new tags in the big box… this is pretty self-explanatory.
And that’s it!
Tags are a powerful way to slice-and-dice your data. I use tags almost exclusively over categories… are you making use of tags?
In JibberJobber one of the main menu items is Docs… you can upload your resumes, cover letters, reference letters, even job descriptions (I wouldn’t recommend that) to the Docs area (also known as Document Manager). Once your document is in there, you can then “associate” it to a Contact, Company or Job.
For example, let’s say you have sent your resume to three people, used it to apply to five jobs at four companies… you would have your resume once in the Document Manager, and then you would have associated it to each of the three Contacts, five Jobs, and four Companies.
If you were to go to any of those records, you would see your resume in the Associated Docs area (along with any other document you used, sent to, etc. that record).
If you go back to the Document Manager, you would see you have associated your resume twelve times… and you can click on the number 12 and see when and where you used that resume.
This is pretty cool, and can help you identify opportunities for follow-up.
If, however, your document is over 2Mb, you can’t upload the file to the Document Manager. JibberJobber was never optimized to be a storage system like Box or Dropbox, or the clouds provided by Google (Drive), Microsoft (OneDrive), Apple (iCloud), etc. We want to focus on relationship management and follow-up, not on duplicating the hardware and software genius that those systems have created.
So we interface with them.
Ideally we will interface with all of the big ones… for now, here are your options:
1. Dropbox: Put a file on Dropbox, and then you can “Add a document from dropbox” (that is a link on the Document Manager page). We have an API set up with Dropbox so it’s pretty easy to take a file from there and easily associate it to JibberJobber. There are benefits to this option, including: (a) you can see the associations of this file, which really resides on Dropbox, with your JibberJobber records, and (b) you get to associate files as big as you want (perhaps company financials or annual reports, which can easily be over 2Mb). Note that the plan is to API with other systems, but we’ve had other fish to fry, and we haven’t finished interfacing with other systems yet.
2. Universal hack: That is, have your bigger-than-2Mb file somewhere online, and then put the link to the elsewhere-hosted-file on the Record page. This is pretty simple to do. First, upload your file to Google Docs, for example. You’ll have a unique URL for that file in Google Docs. Simply copy that URL and then go to your Contact (or Company or Job) page and paste the link on that page. Where? Perhaps in the Notes section… perhaps in a Log Entry… you can even create a custom field if you want. My preference would likely be the Notes section. This is an ideal work-around for annual reports, which you would likely only link to from one Company record, and not really care about other associations). This works with any system that allows you to (a) upload a document to their system, and (b) get a URL that takes you to that document.
Sorry for not having all of the APIs in place yet… but option #2 means that you can use any system you want for file storage. The two most popular will be Gmail (Google Drive/Docs) and dropbox (which gives you a lot of storage on their free account).
“3. The longer you use JibberJobber, the more valuable it becomes. Can you imagine if a new graduate started to use it and continued throughout their career? The same question from another vantage point: can you imagine how great it would be if YOU started using JibberJobber ten years ago and all that information was at your fingertips RIGHT NOW?”
That’s a powerful question. Kind of a sad question, too, if you are just getting started.
But this question/answer series comes to mind:
Q: When is the best time to plant a tree?
A: 20 years ago.
Q: When is the second est time to plant a tree?
Yes, it would be awesome if you had started 10 years ago. But if you didn’t, now is the best time to get started!
Here’s part of an email I got recently, from someone who wants to remain anonymous:
” JibberJobber ”saved the day” for me two weeks ago. There was a job opening at company where I had a networking meeting with two people three and half years ago. I did not remember the names of the people with whom I met, but I went into JibberJobber and there they were! Who I met with, when I met them, and even an email I sent them mentioning that I saw one of their products being sold at a local restaurant. I love JibberJobber!!”
Three and a half YEARS ago. Awesome!
I’ve had this happen to me, too. Months or even years after meeting with someone, thinking “who was that person? What was their name?” For the life of me, I could not remember their name, although I could remember who introduced me, or some other tidbit like a company name. Searching through my emails didn’t get me closer to finding them… turning to JibberJobber I would search for something and eventually found them, and our previous conversations.
This actually happened to me this week. I was looking for the name of a recruiter I had talked to a few years ago… couldn’t find a thing in my emails. Within about 10 minutes of searching in JibberJobber, I found her record, and was on her LinkedIn Profile, getting ready to reach out to her again. Our conversation took place in 2012!
I’ve also had the opposite happen, where I searched and searched and didn’t find the person. This happens because sometimes I neglect to put people into JibberJobber. Over the years I’ve learned to be a little more disciplined and put names and whatever else I could put in, so that I could reference it later.
This all falls under “networking” and “nurturing relationships,” and really has an impact on your personal brand.