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Job Search Tip: Be “Quick To Forgive”

July 28th, 2014

A while back my wife was in some training and she picked up a phrase that has become oft-repeated in my home.  ”Quick to forgive.”  It’s a powerful concept, easy to accept, perhaps hard to apply.

The power of forgiveness is real.  As a job seeker we feel slighted for many reasons… the people who let us go, the people who don’t help us network, the people who don’t choose to hire us, the people who ________.

Job seekers work with people… and thus we have plenty of opportunity to forgive.

As you let things go, and get over them (or through them), you can put your time, attention and energy into more important things, like the task at hand.  What do you need to do to move forward, instead of why are you staying held back?

Try to create a personal culture of being quick to forgive, and move on with what you need to move on to.

Finally, I can’t talk about forgiveness without suggesting that you get really good at forgiving yourself.  I’m not saying create excuses for not having or achieving what you want, but don’t wallow in self-pity and feelings of failure and inadequacy.  Forgive yourself, take ownership of your issues in the spirit of being willing to improve, but stop harboring unsafe and harmful feelings – towards yourselves, or others.

I can’t imagine how serene life would be if we could be quick to forgive… can you?

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Job Search Advice: Friend Version, Tip 5

July 25th, 2014
I’m out of town this week (Liz will take care of you if you need help, just go to the Contact form)…. here’s a series of five things I’d tell a friend if he/she just started a job search.

Tip 5, Day 5: Internalize the idea that this is the new new: career management is where it is at.

I know being unemployed is the pits.  It’s not really any fun, and you just want to fix the problem (ie, get a job), and make this whole nightmare go away.  I get that.

I encourage you to think a little differently about it, though.

What if you knew that every 18 – 36 months you knew you were going to do something like this?  How would that make you think about your brand, and your relationships, and your continuing education?

What if you could prepare for your next transition, whether it was because you got bored and needed more of a challenge?  Or because your boss was unstable and there was no way you were staying, or because the company imploded like Enron?

Free yourself from depending on your job.  Perhaps you LOVE LOVE LOVE where you are at, and you couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.  That’s great!  Congratulations!  But free yourself from being dependent. Simply prepare for the next transition.  Do things now to make that next transition easier, faster, smoother.

Some people get this.  CxOs know they are in transition about every two years.  Changing jobs is just the way it is.  They prepare for it.  They nurture long-term relationships.  Their attitude is adjusted so they don’t need to have a pity part every two years when it happens.

That is the new reality for more than just CxOs.  I’ve been doing this stuff for more than eight years and I’ve seen a lot of people have to adjust to this new way.

It’s worse when you get older… start now, invest in your career, and the inevitable changes.  Embrace the challenge.  And when you are in your next role, and can settle in and be comfortable, don’t stop your career management.

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Job Search Advice: Friend Version, Tip 4

July 24th, 2014
I’m out of town this week (Liz will take care of you if you need help, just go to the Contact form)…. here’s a series of five things I’d tell a friend if he/she just started a job search.

Tip 4, Day 4: Learn what networking is, why to do it, and how to do it.

I was too good to network.  If you would just read my resume, you would know I was the right person to hire, and we really wouldn’t have to waste time with all that networking crap.

WRONG.

Networking is more important the higher up your job level is, and in certain industries.  Need to replace a minimum wage burger flipping job?  No worries, just go apply.  Need to replace a professional-level job?  That’s harder.  Get networking.

BUT, don’t do it the way most people do, at a superficial level.  Pick up Keith Ferrazzi’s books (Never Eat Alone, etc.) and become a student of his.  Learn to love the conversations, the relationships, and “giving.”  Learn how to have the right conversations, and achieve your purposes (establishing a relationship, reinforcing your brand, getting introductions, etc.).

Also, you must understand that the goal of networking is not just to meet a bunch of people – that is too vague.  Understand that as you meet people, they are likely not the people who will know of an opening for you, but they should be able to introduce you to someone, who can introduce you to someone, who can introduce you to someone, who might be able to hire you. The idea is that you are drilling down, getting closer and closer to the right person at the right company… but that only comes when people trust you, and you communicate the right things at the right time.

Obviously, as you do this you’ll need a CRM to keep track of all of these relationships, introductions, and conversations.  Sure, go ahead with Excel.  When that doesn’t work, get an account on JibberJobber :)

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Job Search Advice: Friend Version, Tip 3

July 23rd, 2014
I’m out of town this week (Liz will take care of you if you need help, just go to the Contact form)…. here’s a series of five things I’d tell a friend if he/she just started a job search.

Tip 3, Day 3: Use technology as a too, but don’t let it become your excuse.

There is no doubt that I, as the founder of JibberJobber, will encourage you to get an account on JibberJobber.  I’ll also encourage you to get on LinkedIn, and use other technology as a tool.

But do not get sucked into the idea that using technology is your job search.  You still need to have real human connections and conversations.  Hiding behind a job tracking spreadsheet, tweeking this sheet and adding that column and creating this formula and color coding those cells… don’t go there.  You could spend weeks doing that, in the name of your job search.

In reality, you are simply hiding behind technology, because you are too chicken to do what needs to be done.

Call people on the phone, every day. Go to network meetings, meet people, and ask them to lunch (or for more time, even if it’s just in the lobby or foyer).  Relationships… humans.  Playing the “will you connect with me” game on LinkedIn is not only a waste of time, it can mislead you and make you think you are really “networking,” when you are just making a superficial connection that doesn’t go any further than “sure, let’s connect.”

Technology is a tool – and tools are important – but there is WORK to be done.

Do that work (the work you are afraid to d0).  Embrace it.

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Job Search Advice: Friend Version, Tip 2

July 22nd, 2014
I’m out of town this week (Liz will take care of you if you need help, just go to the Contact form)…. here’s a series of five things I’d tell a friend if he/she just started a job search.

Tip 2, Day 2: Find someone to be accountable to.

If you can find and afford a professional coach, good for you.  You are lucky. Use them.  Don’t tell them what to do, just fit into their system, and DO what they say to do.

If you can’t afford one, then find someone who you will be accountable to every single week.  Don’t skip reporting any week.  This person needs to be strong enough to “hold your feet to the fire,” which means they will ask you “did you do that thing you said you were going to do?  Why not?  Okay, well what are you going to do this week?  If you don’t do that, then ________.”

Accountability is such a critical component of your job search.  I know it’s embarrassing to invite someone into this part of your life… a part that feels like a failure.  BUT, bring them in, and let them help you.

You don’t have to do this alone.  Having someone who you’ll be accountable to can be a huge, huge part of your success.  Respect them, respect their time, and be completely honest with them.

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How To: Email2Log: What to do when you forget to use this killer JibberJobber feature

July 16th, 2014

I recently got an email from a user asking something to this effect:

“What can I do when I forget to use the Email2Log when I sent someone an email?  Do I have to copy and paste the email into a Log Entry now?”

I don’t think I’ve addressed this in a blog post before.  This is a great enhancement to your workflow, and it doesn’t require copy and paste.  Here’s a scenario:

  1. Identify the email I want to get into JibberJobber. I send have an email in my inbox (that I am not going to reply to), or my sent box (that I already sent, and forgot to use Email2Log — OOPS!).
  2. Send the email to JibberJobber.  Now you simply FOWARD the email to your ultra-secretive Email2Log email address.  You don’t have to send it to anyone else…. just your Email2Log address… and make sure there is a line anywhere in the email that says “contacts:[emailaddress]”  Note that you can have multiple email addresses there (as well as names, to create new Contacts).  See the images below on how I do this quickly and easily from an email in my inbox.

It is as EASY as that! (pictures below)

Remember, what we are doing here is (a) taking the email and making it a Log Entry under every record that matches an email address in the “contacts:______,______,etc.” line, and (b) creating new Contact records for those email addresses that don’t match an existing Contact records.

In other words, let’s say I get an email from someone (a recruiter) who is not in my JibberJobber database, and she cc’s 3 other people (2 colleagues and the hiring manager at a company).  I reply back saying “I’d love to come into an interview on Thursday – thank you!”  But OOPS, I forgot to bcc my Email2Log email address… do I have to go into JibberJobber and manually (1) enter four new Contact records, and then (2) copy and paste the email thread to each of those four new records?  Ugh… that will take like 10 minutes :(

Well, there is a much easier, faster, convenient way to create those new Contacts, and Log Entries!  Here’s how (I’m using an email I sent to myself yesterday as the oops email):

Step 1:  Just forward the email to your Email2Log address…

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Step 2: Put Contacts: on any line (I do the first line, but it can be anywhere (even after the Log End Line)), and then delete everything up to the email address (this almost always show if you are forwarding an email).

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Step 3: (optional) Put any other names and email addresses on this Contact: line, with a comma between each record. In this example I added my JibberJobber.com email address, even though it wasn’t in the original email:

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That is it.  Send this, and it only goes to JibberJobber (not anyone else, unless you put other address in the To, CC or BCC), it will create new Contact records (if they aren’t already in), and add the email as a Log Entry to every address that is in the (a) TO: field, (b) CC: field, and (c) contacts: line (in the body).

Once you figure this out, it can take just a few seconds to do this, and it is AWESOME!

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Volunteer your way to your next job

July 1st, 2014

According to a LinkedIn article I recently read, people who volunteer are 27% more likely to get a job than people who don’t.  That’s a pretty big difference.

My volunteer experience didn’t work out as well as I would have liked… but if I had to do it over, I would definitely look for more volunteer opportunities.

Aside from increasing your likelihood of getting a job (because of the networking you are doing), volunteering gets you out of the house, and doing something productive.  This has to be a good way to keep your attitude in check.

Are you volunteering?  If not, why not??

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Get Useful Resume Feedback

June 26th, 2014

Nine times out of ten, when someone asks me to look at their resume, I’m assuming it’s because they want me to make an introduction, or help them find a job.  I don’t assume it’s because they really want my feedback on their resume.

Maybe you have truer intentions, and only want feedback on the resume, but the truth is, I’m not the person to give it to you.  My brain and resumes don’t mix very well.  They are too formal, with boundaries that I think are dumb.  I can point out glaring issues, but so can most people.  Why are you taking up my time (and potential help) by asking me for something that doesn’t make sense.

It’s like asking your neighbors to check your oil in your car.  You can do it, you can learn to do it, or you can find someone qualified to do it.  But you don’t ask all of your neighbors to check your oil, right?

If you really want my help with your job search, find out how I can help you, and then ask for that!  It might be networking, introductions, sitting down and giving you ideas, participating in a mock interview, or a host of other things.  But don’t let the first request be “will you look at my resume?”

Here’s a post I wrote about this last year: What do you do with a Killer Resume?

Here’s a recent post from Thea Kelley, a resume expert, titled How to Get Useful Resume Feedback

There comes a time when you have to stop hiding behind “I’m working on my resume” and realize you simply need to have the right conversations with the right people.  And you don’t need to use your resume to do that.

 

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Keyword Tips For Resumes (cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, etc.)

June 13th, 2014

chris_russell_headshotChris Russell is a job seeker’s advocate. I met him before I started JibberJobber, and in a way, he introduced JibberJobber to the world (in a blog interview he did back in 2006).

He has a great LinkedIn article/post titled Keyword Tips for Every Job Posting.

His first and last tips are my favorite… are you optimizing your marketing material so it is seen by others?

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How To Get A Job Without A Degree

June 2nd, 2014

Nick_corcodilos‘Tis the season for all the new graduates to finally hang up their backpack and enter the “real world.”  Either move back in with mom and dad (ugh) or prove your independence… and get a real job! Exciting times.

What about people who, for one reason or another, didn’t get a degree, and are competing against people with degrees?

Nick Corcodilos has a great post (Desperate: No degree, can’t get interviews!) about how to do this.  Read the question from his reader, then his answer, and then read the comments…

There is plenty of discrimination out there… not having a degree isn’t the end of the world (I know it seems like it).

Nick’s suggestion is not the “easy button,” but what is?  This stuff takes WORK!  Now, get to work…

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