Video Learning Path from Pluralsight for New Hires

August 27th, 2015

Check out the New Hire learning path that Pluralsight recently published. Three of the seven are my courses, only because I started doing “soft skills” or professional development courses early on, when almost everyone else was doing technical courses.

Oh wait, you don’t have a subscription to Pluralsight?  Well, check the video at the bottom of this post and I’ll show you how you can get (a) thirty days of unlimited access to Pluralsight, which means you can watch this entire learning path (and gobs of other videos) at no cost, and (b) seven day upgrades every time you watch a Jason Alba course.  Note that the month-to-month cost for a Pluralsight subscription is only $29/month, which gives you unlimited access.  Pretty awesome.

Here’s the learning path (I’ll recommend some updates to this soon):

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Here’s the video to show you how to get free access to 30 days of Pluralsight, through JibberJobber:

Enjoy!

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Your Career: Happy vs. Satisfied

August 26th, 2015

In the last nine years people ask me how things are going with JibberJobber.  I figured out a phrase that I repeat, which is as true today as it was when I first came up with it:

“I’m happy, but I’m not satisfied.”

This phrase replaced the other response I gave, which was that I “wasn’t happy with _____” (usually, the growth of the company, users, upgrades, etc.).

In truth, I was happy… and I didn’t feel right about saying that I wasn’t happy.  And finally, I realized that while I was happy, I simply was not satisfied.

That meant that I wanted more, at the same time I appreciated what I had.  I was grateful, and ambitious.

There seemed to be a subtle difference between those two words, but since I started using this phrase, there is a huge difference.

So I ask you: where are you at with your career?  Can you appreciate, and feel grateful, for the opportunities that you have come across?  Are you happy with where you have been, and the trajectory that you seem to be on?

I encourage you to find joy in the journey (this is something that has taken me years to figure out).

That doesn’t mean you have to just sit there and grin… you can still be unsatisfied.  This doesn’t have to make you unhappy, though.

Unsatisfied means you are still ambitious, working towards the next thing.  It means you are still anxiously engaged in your career, and learning, and achieving, and mentoring.  You can be unsatisfied and still find joy in the journey.

I’ve learned that life is too short to be grumpy and feel slighted all the time.  Figure out where happiness and joy come from (they have a lot to do with attitude), and choose to be happy.  But that doesn’t mean you have to be unsatisfied.  Keep thirsting for more, and better, and work for that.  Just be happy along the way.

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Creating and Leading Effective Teams (for team leaders): My New Pluralsight Course

August 21st, 2015

I just finished a Pluralsight course on how to create and lead successful teams.  You can see the table of contents here.

Wait, what’s that?  You don’t have a Pluralsight subscription?  Well, I have two options for you.

Option 1: Just get one for $30/month.  In that month you’ll get full access to all of my courses, and each time you watch a Pluralsight course that I did, you can claim another 7 day upgrade on JibberJobber.  Watch 20 courses? Get 20 weeks JibberJobber upgrade.  Watch one course 20 times?  Get 20 weeks JibberJobber upgrade.  Watch 20 courses 20 times?  Get 400 weeks JibberJobber upgrade.  Pretty sweet.

Option 2: If you haven’t done this yet, take advantage of the sweet offer that Pluralsight extends to JibberJobber, where you get 30 days of premium Pluralsight at no cost to you.  Check out this video to see (a) how to get it, and (b) how to self-claim the week-long upgrades on JibberJobber:

If you watch this course on Pluralsight, please leave a comment and rank it… or at least drop me an email and let me know what you thought!

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How To Figure Out (Almost) Anyone’s Email Address

August 20th, 2015

Here’s a question I get regularly… how do I figure out someone’s email if I can’t find it anywhere?

There are a bunch of tactics and theories, and much has been written on it.  Instead of duplicating anyone’s in-depth writeups, let me point you to a few cool resources:

YouTube video: Find and email address for almost anybody.  This guy points you to the rapportive Gmail plugin PLUS a spreadsheet he probably created and shares with you to guess email addresses based on common formats.  Basically, you plug a name and company domain into the spreadsheet, then get a bunch of possible addresses, then you paste those into gmail and click through each one until you find one that looks like the right one.  It’s pretty clever, even though it will take some time.  Watch the 5 minute video to see it in action (it’s worth your time, if you are trying to figure out how to get a good email address).

How to Find ANY Email Address Contact in 2 Minutes: This is the rapportive trick explained step-by-step (without the spreadsheet from above).  It’s a great hack/idea.

How to Find Email Addresses: This post starts out talking about rapportive (same as above), but then shares a tool called mailtester.com.  This is a super-cool tool.  Looks geeky, and there’s a lot to ignore in the results, but it can be really helpful. There are other cool tools to check out on that post.

The Complete Guide To Finding Any Email Address: Tools, Tips, Tactics, And More: This starts out saying to please not use the rapportive trick :p  I agree with a commentor that it has too many tool suggested with not enough info… but hey, if you are really wanting to crack this nut, here’s a nice list to spend your time on :)

And then there is always the Jason Alba suggested method: figure out how to network into the person, and ask someone to send an email introduction.  In my experience, that has always been more successful at getting to the next step than a cold email from some dude named Jason Alba, who just happened to guess the right email address :)  (however, if you can’t do that, go for the cold email, and follow up with a phone call!)

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What Is JibberJobber? Simplified Version…

August 19th, 2015

Welcome to theMuse.com readers who signed up this week.  theMuse is one of the best places for job search and career advice… and we’re honored to get recommended again.

If you are wondering what JibberJobber is, take a few minutes and watch this video.  I found this video really helpful because people tend to see our menus and get overwhelmed by all of the options… but really, you just need to use the core features, and you can put the rest off until you really want or need them.  This video explains it all:

Also, you might be wondering what you get for free, and what you could pay for.  Let me explain.  For FREE, you get:

  • A personal CRM (that is, your relationship manager, or a “career relationship manager”) for life.
  • Almost every single feature that we’ve built into the system.
  • A private database of your contacts, prospects, target companies, and a record of your interactions with them.
  • Up to 500 Contact and 500 Company records, and unlimited Log Entries and Action Items (Note: there is a loophole where you can have unlimited Contacts and Companies as a free user).

You get all of that forever.  We won’t delete your data if you are “inactive.”  We don’t ever trim, delete, or touch your stuff.  This is your own personal database for the rest of your career/life.

If you upgrade, which is $9.95 a month, or $60 a year (which is $5/month!), OR FREE, if you watch my Pluralsight courses (learn how to get the JibberJobber upgrade free, here), OR FREE (for a year) if you are a veteran (learn more here), you get the four things on this page, which are:

  • Email2Log: This is the “killer app” in JibberJobber.  Want to send an email to someone and have that create Contacts, Companies, Jobs and create a Log Entry out of your email conversation, and even create a follow-up Action Item?  This premium feature allows you to do it… it is killer cool, and the #1 reason people upgrade.
  • Unlimited Contacts and Companies: People like to “quick start” by importing their LinkedIn or Outlook contacts into JibberJobber.  I’m not convinced most of those contacts are relevant, but heck, it’s a good place to start… oh by the way, you get 14 days of Premium when you first login, which means you can do these imports in the first 2 weeks, and have way more than 500 Contacts in your system (that’s the loophole).
  • Importing: This is a premium feature, where we allow you to import a csv file (most systems export Contacts to a csv file, which opens in Excel), a vcard (super useful for mac users), or other file formats.
  • Action Item reminders pushed to your email or SMS (where available): Want JibberJobber to send you a message when you need to follow-up with someone?  That’s what this feature is.  It’s super useful, and one of the main reasons we created JibberJobber (because our spreadsheet wouldn’t email us!).

Want these cool features?  Want hundreds of dollars of my video courses for free, including how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, how to have a proactive LinkedIn strategy, how to do Informational Interviews, and more?  Check out this video:

Finally, if you want some quick-start videos, check out this page: Getting Started Videos

So there you go, everything you need to know about JibberJobber to get started…

 

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How To: Manage Columns on the JibberJobber List Panels

August 18th, 2015

In JibberJobber there are many pages that we call “List Panels.”  List Panels are kind of like Excel, with columns and rows.  You can do things on the List Panel, such as filter your search to only show you hiring managers in a certain city, or see a list (and get email addresses) of all of your family or friends.  You can do more things, but I want to focus on one: how to change the data that shows up on your List Panel.

First, to get to a List Panel, you can click on any of these menu headings.  Note there are other ways to get there, but this is the main way I get there:

jibberjobber_main_menu

Next, directly above the List Panel, find the Manage Columns icon, which will be on the left of the filtered search box (note in this image, I’m filtering my List Panel results to anyone I’ve tagged as a recruiter):

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Click on that and you see three columns:

jibberjobber_manage_columns_three_columns

Column 1 allows you to turn on or off columns, and reorder them (by clicking and dragging to the new position)

Column 2 allows you to show more (or less) than the default of 20 rows per page (and you can do a couple of other things, which I rarely change).

Column 3 allows you to save the changes, or reset your entire List Panel to the defaults.

What you do here will be saved so the next time you come into JibberJobber you don’t have to do it again.  You can change your preferences as often as you want.

Pretty cool, huh?

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Don’t do these things in a job search!

August 17th, 2015

martin_buckland_headshotMartin Buckland has a great article on LinkedIn titled Five tips for what NOT to do in a job search. I whole-heartedly agree with this list… read his entire article here.  He says:

Do NOT show negativity or disengagement. Yes. I wrote about this here: I Smell Blood!

Do NOT ignore the power of networking. Amen and YES!  And, use JibberJobber to help you network better. If you have heard my story, you know that I thought I was too good to network.  I learned the hard way that ignoring networking is a mistake.

Do NOT mismanage your social profile.  Martin says you are “committing career suicide” if (go read the article). I don’t agree it’s career suicide, but I do think that you should pay attention to what you do (and don’t do) online.

Do NOT use an outdated resume or send the same resume for each job. Yes, but I actually didn’t have either of these problems.  My resume was right for ME, but never right for the job title I was applying to.  This was THE reason I didn’t get interviews.

Do NOT use one job search strategy. Agreed: I used one strategy, which was job boards.  Lame, unproductive, depressing.

Thanks for the short but potent list Martin!

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Age Discrimination: Old is Obsolete

August 14th, 2015

Age discrimination. I hate it.

When I speak, it is the number one issue that every audience is concerned about.

When I was in my job search, nine years ago, I was too old to be a young person who would take a lower salary, and too young to be experienced enough. I was in the middle of two age discrimination points. I learned that no matter how good I thought I was, and how awesome my credentials and potential were, age was going to keep me out of opportunities.

In a job search seminar, the speaker said that the best way to address age discrimination in an interview was to address specific issues head on.  Like: “Just so you know, I don’t need to be on the company health care plan because … ”  Or, “Usually someone with my experience and accomplishments would make around $xx,xxx, but I am at a point in my career, and with my personal finances where I am looking for a job where I can really contribute to the company, and I am looking for compensation in the $yy,yyyy to $zz,zzz range” (where that range is lower than what the interviewer is assuming).  I’m sure those phrases need finessing, but the speaker’s point was, instead of letting the interviewer ASSUME things, based on your age, address the issues head on and move on to more important things, like how you can excel at the role and bring value to the company.

What do you think?  Is that too brash?

Here’s a BlueSteps article that includes a bunch of phrases you can use to communicate, or at least rethink, the value you bring, when you might otherwise be focusing on your age: Brains, Brawn and Bravado: Employing Your Endurance and Experience to Overcome Ageism

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Company Culture Is as Real as Personal Brands Are

August 13th, 2015

Before JibberJobber, I worked at a company (Varsity Contractors) that did over $200M in building maintenance (janitorial, taking care of big buildings, etc.). I was the first IT Manager, and did things like web development (internet and extranet), networking management, user support, buying computers, upgrading the server room, etc.  I was a jack of all trades.

Before I got there, the CFO managed about five contractors who did all of the IT stuff.  Taking that over was a blast, and I learned and grew a lot.  I am forever thankful for that chapter in my career, where I learned a lot.  One thing that I’ll never forget is the power of a company culture.  Varsity had a rich history, and great contracts.  But the margins were super-thin, and we all know janitors don’t make a lot of money.  But I entered a world where culture was highly touted, and one of the most critical things in the organization.  And the fruits of having a strong culture would be hard to believe, had I not witnessed them myself.

One thing that stands out: watching people do ANYTHING (legal, ethical, etc.) for the company.  Not to the point of giving up their family or integrity, but managers would really do anything for the interest of the company.  They would do it gladly.  It was as if they had ownership in a big machine, and they were immensely proud of this machine.  I witnessed this for years, and was in awe at how powerful the culture was.

Why?  How?  That is for another post.  In this post I want to just talk about the idea of culture… it is real, and it is powerful.

I share this with you because of three blog posts I recently read:

Company Culture Is A Myth, by Laurie Ruettimann. I’ve followed Laurie for years, and love her thinking.  But I don’t agree with her post.  Many of her commentors, who are in HR or recruiting, don’t agree either. Read the comments, and note the big difference between “culture” and “fit.”

Does your job search plan address company culture? by Martin Buckland. I also love how Martin thinks… he’s an executive job search coach in Canada, and puts out great stuff.  This question reminds me of someone I know who transitioned careers and chose to go into a company that paid well (for a while… then they did a bait-and-switch… snakes!), but had a demoralizing, soul-crushing culture.  This was a first-hand example that proved that money isn’t everything, and that money can’t compensate for certain horrible things.  Go after money, and disregard culture, at your own peril.

Why Am I Here? By Kylie Hunt, a new Pluralsight author.  Kylie is in Australia and in this inaugural blog post, she talks about why she left the company she has been at for over 10 years. Specifically, the leadership and the culture pushed her away, to a point of being unhappy, and she had to leave. Is it any surprise that her first course in Pluralsight is titled Boost Productivity Through Employee Happiness? Note: I can give you free access to her course, and to all of mine… just watch the short how-to video on this page. Bonus: watch any of my courses, and you get an additional 7 day upgrade on JibberJobber.

You can poo-poo the concept of culture, but having been there, and hearing from hundreds or thousands of job seekers over the years, I know, and cannot deny, the existence and power of company culture.  That could be at the meta level, or within a small team, or anywhere inbetween.

What are your experiences, positive or negative, with culture within a company?

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The Power of Informational Interviews

August 12th, 2015

I did a course on Informational Interviews because I believe it is a mega-powerful tactic for networking. When I speak I tell the audience “if I started a job search today, 90% of my time would be spent on informational interviews.” That’s a strong, and true, statement. Informational Interviews are for more than just job seekers, that’s for sure. Here’s the link to the PS course:http://www.pluralsight.com/courses/informational-interviews

Here’s an article from executive career coach Martin Buckland about informational interviews. Read his article, then check out my course for easy how-to’s. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-take-advantage-informational-interviews-martin-buckland

Not a Pluralsight member?  No problem! Watch the short video on this page to see how you can get 30 days of unlimited access, no strings attached, and for each Jason Alba video you watch, you get an another 7 days of premium JibberJobber!

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