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!
You know, when you are in a job interview, the question the interviewer asks might not really be the question they want you to answer. Or, to put it another way, they might ask a question just to see if you have… issues.
Here’s a great youtube video where Ford Myers addresses the why’s and how to answer specific questions in a job search interview:
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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…
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!)
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?
A few weeks ago I asked my daughter to take the car she drives all over town to get the tires rotated. This is a simple procedure, and helpful to lengthen the life of tires… and I’m now bought into the idea that we need to do this. I’m also bought into the idea that she should do it, and learn about vehicle maintenance by doing it.
So, she comes back to me and says that the tire tech said the two front tires needed to be changed, and that they they were running thin… I was kind of ticked (not at her) because these are less than a year old. Even though they have a warranty that should cover them for years, I’m sure the tire people would say “well, sorry, but the alignment is off, and you haven’t rotated them lately… so it’s really all on you.”
I was not excited about spending a couple hundred dollars to get new tires. I was not excited about the time it would take to do this (I didn’t trust the salespeople with my daughter, who has never bought tires before). And frankly, I just wasn’t finding the time to get this task done. The car doesn’t spend much time in the garage, and I have been very busy lately.
Last week my wife called me from school, where she was mentoring a class, and my daughter had come for a class… she said that the front tire was leaking air pretty bad. I knew the time had finally come, and I had to table what I was doing and get the front tires replaced.
The thing is, this was admittedly stupid.
I should have taken care of this before… my daughter drives on the highway every evening to go to stuff, and if she had problems on the highway, it would have likely been a blow-out. My mechanic told me that too many accidents are a result of bald tires that blow-out. And the anguish and cost could be much worse than $200.
Long story short, I left work, took care of the tires while they were in school, and we’re all good.
Driving home I was thinking about how I didn’t make the time to fix the tires… there really was just not a good time to do it for me. Just like when we have a job, and we put of career management stuff because we are too busy working, or resting from our work. We neglect it. The timing just doesn’t seem good enough.
And then, if you are like me, you are told that there is no more job, and all you have is time. And then you wish that you would have addressed it earlier… but you were “too busy.”
Let me invite you to rethink what job security is. It might have been a degree and a work ethic back in the 1990′s, but today it is the strength of your network (which is not how big your LinkedIn network is), and what people understand about you.
You can work on that, right now. Today. And tomorrow. And the next day. A little bit every day, whether you are in transition or not.
We were lucky to have avoided a blow-out on the highway. Work on your network and brand, and you might avoid a blow-out in your career.
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!
David Safeer is not a career coach or career professional. He is a professional who started using JibberJobber a few years ago. I’ve emailed him a number of times over the years and always found him to be really nice, and from his LinkedIn Profile, I can tell he is quite accomplished.
In this hour+ conversation, we talked about a bunch of things, and there were some big AHA! moments for me. Here are some of my notes with times… enjoy!
0:00 — introduction
3:00 – who is David Safeer… his background and professional career
6:00 topic of branding, and rebranding… at a corporate and a personal level
8:20 personal rebranding: “it’s one of the mot difficult things that I have had to do…”
9:45 on getting laid off and shifting directions
10:30 on becoming a freelancer or business owner
12:20 the reality of entrepreneurship – it is freaking scary, and it is really hard!
13:20 pausing and figuring out what you really want to do (instead of panicking in the job search)
14:10 “I didn’t have the confidence in myself”… what should I charge, etc.
16:00 on starting his own business – a lot of work, thought, etc.
18:20 what happened to his company when the recession hit
19:45 during this process, he learned about JibberJobber (through a network contact)
20:30 on closing a business right, or wrong… and learning from it
22:00 the emotions of closing a business, starting a job search…. where was David at? “The toughest couple of years of my life, emotionally.”
24:10 – how to get through very difficult emotional times in the job search (value of a coach — this is awesome!)
25:00 is it worth it to hire a coach? Especially when money is so tight?
25:30 BNI – networking groups… great advice
26:20 – “anyone who doesn’t know how to network, should learn how to!”
26:35 “Capital N Networker”
27:30 “I dont’ remember his name, but I’m going to get on JibberJobber and find him!”
27:50 Tree View “Absolutely amazing”
29:40 “networking forced me out of the house….”
29:45 what do you do at a one-to-one meeting? Lunch…? But then what?!
30:45 could you be a Capital N Networker?
31:40 having connections on LinkedIn vs having relationships with people and where he is at on the Quantity vs. Quality debate…
32:00 going to network meetings… are we being effective, or is this superficial??
33:30 network meetings – are they fun, or are they stressful?
35:30 his trick when entering a network meeting….
36:00 how I feel about networking at conferences… (you guys aren’t alone!)
36:30 when networking gets fun and rewarding
38:10 what is a third degree contact… and how is it different in JibberJobber than a social network? And how and why this impacts the tree view.
39:50 figuring out who to thank for your clients, leads, etc.
40:30 how to thank people who introduced you to contacts
41:00 put BNI in as a contact, so he could track everyone he met through an organization (I would recommend using Tags for that instead of associating to a Company)
42:00 FASCINATING discussion of how to rank people based on (a) do you know people, and (b) will you make those introductions— not for measuring personal relationships, or if they are a good person. This is something he did about 18 months ago… “it was emotionally difficult to me to move someone down from a five star to a three).
43:40 “I had to network UP and ACROSS” – very cool and insightful “that’s when I started making real progress”
44:35 “you need to figure out who are the right people to network with”
45:20 he defines what a five star is (this is BRILLIANT!)
46:45 would you ever have lunch with a 2 star contact? Yes, absolutely… (find out why)
48:00 this new ranking system has “made a huge shift in my productivity”
48:15 using a “cookbook methodology” (or a system)
50:00 “having the RIGHT conversations with the RIGHT people.”
52:00 “it’s really tough to put a friend in a 1 or a 2″ but he’s using ranking not as “how strong is my relationship with that person”
57:00 are you using Email2Log? Surprisingly, no.l Why? Listen here …
59:20 if your audience doesn’t “get it,” is it their fault or your fault? Chastisement from my business coach
62:00ish final thoughts and advice
65:00 Functional Resume WOW! Everyone says to stay away from functional resumes… but he says they are valuable! This is really insightful!
66:20ish – is Functional Resume for everybody? Perhaps not… !
67:35 on finding target companies, and why that didn’t work for him (at an executive level)
68:15 “networking is by far the most effective way to do this”
Guess what? Yesterday I opened up my inbox and had no less than four new requests to guest post on my blog.
And I had two invitations to get better at LinkedIn… you know, in case I was frustrated not knowing how to use LinkedIn. In case I haven’t been writing about LinkedIn for years… and even authoring the book (now in the fourth edition) I’m on LinkedIn – Now What???
I’m not bragging… but I want to re-emphasize my post from Wednesday, titled Competition in the Job Search. From that post you should have walked away with the thought that you need to be more purposeful, intentional and strategic in your job search. Sit around and be one of the crowd, and your job search will probably go on longer than you wish.
But do things differently, think about what you are doing, bring in the right help, etc. and you can stand above your peers.
Let’s build on that idea.
The people who are asking to write on my blog as guest bloggers, and the people who are pitching me for LinkedIn training, do not understand who they are pitching to. Their messages look like spam (because they are).
Do the people you send messages to think that your messages look like unsolicited, untargeted, irrelevant spam?
I regularly get emails from job seekers with a resume attached that says “hey, I want to work for your company.” The last email I got was about a page long… of copy and paste. There was nothing personal about it. It was boiler-plate. And I’m not even talking about the resume! This was throwing mud on the wall to see what sticks.
I’m sorry to say that what I’m suggesting is that instead of blasting out emails, you take time to understand who you are approaching, and how you can become relevant to them.
There is a lot of noise in our inboxes. If you don’t customize, or don’t even understand who you are pitching to, you could be doing more harm than good.
Oh yeah, to answer your question “do you want to write on my blog”… if you look through my posts, you’ll see very few guest posts. I write most of my own stuff. There are some exceptions, but not many. Usually the answer is no. Unless you have something really compelling (starting at around $500).
Today I was on Lisa Rangel’s webinar about how to write executive resumes that get interviews. You can probably find her next webinar here.
Lisa is one of a few hundred resume writers that I know. Resume writers are good people. They are nice, service oriented, and are thrilled when you get an interview, or better, a job.
Resume writers are usually masters of their craft, which includes manipulating a Word document, converting to pdf (and still having it look good), and producing a marketing document in a way that many people can’t do very well.
Resume writers are also creative, and because of their expertise (or how many good/bad resumes they’ve seen), they can be blunt, telling you exactly what you need to hear. This isn’t always what you want to hear…
I was thinking about how different Lisa is from her peers (and the strengths and weaknesses of some of her peers), and it made me think of … YOU (the job seeker). I was wondering, if you were in a room of your peers and colleagues, all unemployed, how would you compete.
I use compete loosely because it’s not all about competition. I like “coopetition,” and working together, and win-win, etc.
But at the end of the day, some people are going to pick one. And then the “top 10″ will be picked, and eventually the bottom 50% will be left there. Still very talented, and competent… perhaps more than the first 10 that were picked… so why weren’t they picked?
Lisa is very purposeful and strategic about her marketing. She has a right-hand-man (Frank… hi Frank!) who helps her, and has contracted with other resume writers and ex-recruiters to help her deliver services. She uses current tools (webinars) and reaches out to channel partners to help her get in front of her prospects.
From where I’m sitting, she appears to be crushing it. And I’m happy for her. There is plenty of room for others in this space, and I like to see people succeed… there’s really nothing stopping her competitors.
Let’s switch back to YOU. How purposeful are you? How strategic are you? Are you incorporating current tools, techniques and strategies in your own personal career management, or job search? Or are you kind of sitting back, watching others, and waiting?
My suggestion is that you are more purposeful and more strategic. My suggestion is that you figure out who your partners are, and who your Frank is. My suggestion is that you don’t let your boss, or HR, or your professors tell you everything is okay, and you’ll be just fine. I remember asking my boss “should I be getting my resume ready right now?” The answer was “well, no, of course not!” Within weeks I was getting my resume ready.
And that began my journey to becoming much more intentional and purposeful about my own career management.
Great things can happen to people who patiently sit and wait for them. But there are plenty of great things just waiting for you to get up and move towards them. Just read up on Lewis Howes if you need some inspiration on literally going from the couch to grabbing opportunities.
You are not out to crush your competition, but you don’t have to wait for their lead on how purposeful and strategic you should be.