JibberJobber Bait and Switch (nope)

March 5th, 2015

A couple of days ago a tire kicker (that is, someone who came to JibberJobber and checked it out for a few minutes and then left) sent us this message (the two points are in bold):

>> First thing I see is that I’m gonna have to deal with upselling. 

My first reaction was “no, not really.  We are really light on upselling.  In fact, I’d say we are really bad at it.  There’s not much to buy.  You *could* “have to deal with” choosing to go premium, which is $9.95 a month, or $5/month if you do the $60 yearly price… but that’s a simple choice that we all make in life.  Walk into the mall, and we could choose to buy something.

What I don’t want people to think is that they ever have to upgrade.  I don’t want you to think that you are forced into an upgrade, or that there is any bait-and-switch. I remember calling a job board company in Virginia and the voicemail that greets you says, first thing, “If you want to cancel your subscription, press 1.”  I couldn’t believe that the first impression of the company was “we trick so many people into subscribing that most of our phone calls are to cancel a subscription… and so we put that in front of anything else in our voice mail.”  YUCK.  DOUBLE YUCK.

I didn’t want to ever be “that company.”

So, what happens when you finally choose whether you are going to upgrade or not? Well, first and foremost, you don’t ever lose any of the data you put into the system.  If you put in 400,000 Contacts (seriously, I have no idea where someone gets that many contacts), and you go to the free (“Regular”) level, which has a limit of 500, you still get full access to your 400,000 Contacts. You don’t have to choose the first 500, or the last 500… you get to see and use all 400,000.  That is pretty cool.  You don’t ever have to upgrade just because you are worried you won’t see or have access to your data.

Aside from that, you lose only three features: (1) Email2Log, (2) bulk importing, and (3) push notifications on Action Items.  That is it.  Everything else is in the free version of JibberJobber.

We designed it so that you can upgrade when you want those three features (and the ability to get more Contacts/Companies in, if you hit the 500/500 limit), and you can downgrade whenever you want.

AND, we give plenty of upgrade away.  Every time you watch the JibberJobber User Orientation, live or recorded, you get another 7 days premium.  Every time you watch one of my premium job search videos, on Pluralsight, and let us know, you get another 7 days premium.  You could easily have a free upgrade all year if you want, without paying a dime.

There ain’t no bait and switch there.

 

>> Second thing I see is that I’ll need to spend time learning a software that I will lose the benefits of when I don’t sign up for the paid version – my time is too valuable for that. 

I get that you don’t have time for training.  But let me make it clear, again, that when you are not a Premium user, you really have access to almost all of JibberJobber.  A couple of years ago we changed our upgrade model (lowered the price by 40%, took out a middle tier option, and moved almost all of the Premium features to the Regular account) and made the free side way, way more powerful.  If you never upgrade, you still have 99% of the value of JibberJobber.  That extra $5/month will get you some automation (which admittedly can save a lot of time, each day, especially with the email2log), but most of JibberJobber’s value is on the free side.

If your time is too valuable for that, I understand, and I sincerely wish you well in this period of your career.  If you find that your spreadsheet or other system is just getting to messy, come on back… we’ll still be here.

So there you go.  We’re not out to strong-arm anyone.  We just want to provide significant value, and help you out now and during future transitions.

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How To: Introducing the New Calendar

March 4th, 2015

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:

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Or, from the home page, click on Manage Widgets, and then add the Calendar (it’s at the bottom of the list):

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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.):

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This is a great enhancement for two reason: speed and aesthetics!  Enjoy!

 

 

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Jason Alba Job Search Videos… for free? YEP!

March 3rd, 2015

pluralsight_transparentI’ve been working on this for months and I’m so excited to finally be able to shed light on what I’ve been doing, and what you can now get, at no cost.

Last night we made some important changes to JibberJobber, including a new calendar (which is way faster)…. I’ll blog about those things in another post.  In this post I want to introduce two of my worlds, JibberJobber and Pluralsight, and how they have finally come together.

One takeaway is that you can now access all of my videos for free.  You can still buy them for $50 from JibberJobber, and for some of you, that will make sense.  But if you don’t want to spend any money, you don’t have to.  When you do the steps below, you will have complete access to my courses, and all courses, on Pluralsight, for 30 days.  So start today, and watch as many videos as you can in the next 30 days!

And a bonus: For every course you watch on Pluralsight, that is mine, you get an additional seven days of premium.  I have 15 courses on Pluralsight (one needs to be retired, so really 14 current ones).  If you watch each course, you will get 14 weeks of premium upgrade on JibberJobber.  If you watch them again you get another 14 weeks.  For every course you watch, every time you watch it, you get an additional seven days of Premium added to your JibberJobber account.  Note: you can watch courses in 1.5 speed (so, faster than normal), but I only suggest you do that if you taking notes…  There’s a lot to take in from my courses!

It is super easy to to get started:

First: Login to JibberJobber and click the link in the off-white box, right under the menu.

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Then: Now you are on the Free Job Search Videos instructions and information page. On the right of that page you’ll see a blue box that says “get your code…”  Click that link to get your personalized code. 

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Next: Copy the code and click Proceed. Or, just click the proceed button, which should automatically copy the code. 

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Then: After you click the Proceed button you’ll be on Pluralsight’s page, where you can fill out a small form (paste the code into the first box) and get immediate access to the entire Pluralsight library for 30 days.  AWESOME: you won’t have to give a credit card number.  

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Next: In the search box, search for Jason Alba.  Every course you watch, in full, of mine, you can get an additional seven days of premium added to your JibberJobber account.

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Finally, start watching courses. You can watch anything in the library as many times as you want, during the 30 days!  You get 7 days premium on JibberJobber for every Jason Alba course you watch.

This is a super generous offer from Pluralsight (thank you Pluralsight!).  I should mention a few things.  Pluralsight offers access to their entire library (over 4,000 courses?) for only $29/month.  That is an awesome price, considering some other sites charge more than that for just one course.  Also, for those of you who are unemployed, when you land, go to your boss and ask them to subscribe to Pluralsight.  There are awesome corporate discounts for companies who buy this training for their employees. Historically, Pluralsight has created videos just for programmers, but with acquisitions of other companies, and adding non-programmer content creators, the library is becoming more appropriate for non-IT people.

To redeem your 7 days premium, simply use the Contact Us form and let us know which course(s) you watched, in full.  Again, watching in 1.5 speed is just fine… we are working on a smarter way to report what you have watched, and get your your 7 days upgrade, but for now just use the Contact Us form.

Do you have any questions?  Let us know in the comments, or email me, or use the Contact form. When you click the link in the off-white box in JibberJobber, to get started, you’ll see a page with a lot more information about this offer.

Ready to get started?  Ready to consume learning over the next 30 days?  Get started now by logging into JibberJobber and clicking the link in the off-white Pluralsight box!

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Ask The Experts: David Safeer

March 2nd, 2015

david_safeer_headshot_mediumDavid 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”

 

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Introducing The First JibberJobber Certified Career Coaches

February 27th, 2015

Last week we ended six-weeks of courses for the JibberJobber Career Professional Certification.  This was six weeks of training in the breadth and depth of JibberJobber, which will be immensely helpful as these coaches help their clients get more value out of relationship management and follow-up tools.  What job seeker doesn’t need relationship management and follow-up help?

Note: If you are a career professional, and want to do the certification, the price is still discounted from $397 to only $97. Sign up here, or learn more here.

And now, introducing the first four coaches who have turned in and passed their exam, and are JibberJobber Certified Career Coaches!  In alphabetical order… I’m including where they are, but they take clients from all over the world:

Shahrzad Arasteh: Career Consulting Services (Maryland)

Jennifer Bradley: JBradley & Associates (California)

Robyn Feldberg: Abundant Success Career Services (Texas)

Kelly McClelland: Transition Time Coach (Florida)

I have known each of these people for years, some of which I’ve met in person, others I’ve listened to speak, and all of them I’ve followed their blog posts or other articles.  They have big hearts, which is a trait most career professionals posses, and they are all very passionate and purposeful in what they have chosen to do.

Congratulations to each of these career professionals, and I hope that this training and certification will help you help many people!

 

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How Multi-associations Work: Contact(s) + Job(s) + Companie(s)

February 26th, 2015

Probably bad grammar to write “companie(s)” but I wanted to be consistent with the (s)… Anyway… Kimberley writes:

” I cannot seem to figure out how to associate jobs with contacts and contacts with jobs.  I just see “associate documents.”

A couple of things to know:

Associate Documents: This is to associate documents you’ve entered into the Documents Manager (either upload or associated with Dropbox).  When you do this you can see a report of how many times you’ve associated (or, used) that document.  So, you can see that you’ve used your “general resume” 17 times… and where, and when.  You can see you’ve used your “product manager resume” 42 times… and when and where.

We call the ability to associate multiple Jobs and Companies to one Contact, or multiple Companies and Contacts to one Job, or multiple Contacts and Jobs to one Contact “multi-associations.”

For example:

One Contact can be associated to her current and past Companies, and can be associated to three jobs that she interviewed you for, or recommended.

One Company can have multiple job openings, and have multiple Contacts associated to it.

One Job can be for multiple Companies (the hiring company, and perhaps the recruiter’s company, if you are tracking all of the jobs that a recruiter’s company is sending your way) and be associated to multiple people (the recruiter, and all of the people who did the panel interview last week).

In the example below, (1) is for associating documents… which is not what we are talking about in this post.

(2) is for associating one or more Companies, and (3) is for associating one or more Jobs.

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To add multiple associations to this Contact, simply mouse over where the data would be, and the box turns gray… double click the gray box, like this:

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When you double-click the gray box, you can either enter a Job that you already have in the system, and it will show in the dropdown, or you can enter a job that is new to JibberJobber, and it will be (1) added as a new Job record and (2) associated to this Contact.  After I double-clicked the gray box (above), I entered Product Manager, and there was no dropdown to choose from… when I clicked the “Done” button, it saved Product Manager as a new Job, and it is now associated to this Contact, like this:

jibberjobber_multi-associations_gray_box_new_job

Note that there is a 1. by the Product Manager job, and a 1. by Toyota, a few lines up.  This means that these are the first associations for Jobs and Companies.  If I add another Job, there will be two (obviously). I just need to double-click the gray box again to do that, and repeat the instructions from above. Once I double-click the gray box, you’ll see up/down icon that you can drag to reorder. So, I might have Toyota and Kia and American Express as three associated Companies on this Contact record, and I can reorder them to whatever makes most sense.

Multi-associations were an important addition to JibberJobber because this is how the real world works…. and is a great addition to JibberJobber, helping you to more accurately organize and track what you are doing.

 

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How To Get Around the Ridiculous LinkedIn Search Limitations

February 24th, 2015

I blogged about this here: Bogus: LinkedIn search limits

I’ve been following threads by people who do LinkedIn training, like career counselors, and individuals who own their own business.  This limitation hampers their ability to promote LinkedIn, and even show how to do a good search, in LinkedIn.  Paying for a normal account might not even solve the problem.

Until someone at LinkedIn wakes up and pulls the plug on this horrific limitation that is only making LinkedIn unusable by people (ask me how I really feel), I’ll suggest a workaround for you.

I actually blogged about the hack back in 2011 (and a few other times): Do you use Site:______ in Google searches?  I DO! (I even have pretty color coded pictures on that blog post)

Here’s what you do: instead of going into LinkedIn to do a search for a person, place, company, etc., just do it in Google. It’s a normal search, but at the beginning of the search box you put this:

site:linkedin.com

You can copy and paste that… all it does is says “Google, do a search for “_______” but only search on this one website, which happens to be LinkedIn. A few things to note:

  1. This works on other search engines (but they might have different way to do it). You can even do it on LinkedIn (see here)
  2. This is the super simple way to do it… you can get much more advanced. Check out the four examples listed towards the top of this post.
  3. The search results come back in Google (or whatever search engine you are using), which means it doesn’t count against your search quota in LinkedIn.
  4. You don’t even have to login to LinkedIn to do this.
  5. Google isn’t limiting your search results, yet :p

There you go – enjoy this fix for now.  Hopefully you won’t have to for long.

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How do JibberJobber Recurring Action Items Work?

February 23rd, 2015

My good friend in the New England area writes:

“Is there a video on using recurring action items? I see the button but can’t figure out how to, say, call someone every two months.”

I don’t have a video on this, yet, but I’m sure I will someday.  One reason I didn’t do a video is because it works pretty much the same way that outlook and Gmail do it… before we break it down, though, let me provide something of a glossary:

Log Entry: This is something that happened that I want to keep track of.  For example, “We had lunch, you paid, and we talked about this thing, etc.”

Action Item: Basically a Log Entry, with a due date.  For example, “Call Tom one week after we had lunch to see if he’ll hire me.”

Recurring Action Item: An Action Item that will come up more than once.  For example, “call someone every two months.”

Let’s break the Recurring Action Item down, using the numbers in the image below. Note that this part of the screen I see when I am creating a Log Entry, and I click on the Action Item button/link/icon on the bottom-left:

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  1. Action Item Due Date: This is when you need to follow-up on this Log Entry (aka, Action Item).  This is required to create an Action Item, and is the first follow-up you’ll do.
  2. Repeat checkbox: Click this if you want to open up the boxes for #3, 4, and 5 below.  If this is a one-time Action Item, just leave it unchecked.
  3. Start: This kind of interesting… but here’s the scenario: Let’s say you want to follow-up with the person on Friday, but then next month you reach out again, and then every three months after that.  The Action Item Date (1) will be this Friday, the Start date (3) will be next month, and then the Repeat Every (4) will be every three months (like I have in the image above). Note, by default the Start Date is the same as the Action Item Due Date, and you can just ignore this box.
  4. Repeat Every: This is where you say every two weeks, or in the image above, every three months, or whatever recurring period you want.  When you choose how often you want it to repeat, you’ll have other choices, like repeat on the 15th of the month, or the third Thursday of the month…
  5. Completion: This let’s you choose to have it never end, after a certain number of assurances, or by a certain date.
  6. Action Item Title: This is a cool bonus!  It’s also available for one-time Action Items… the ability to name your Action Item.  It doesn’t make sense to have a Log Entry that says “had lunch with Tom,” and then get an Action Item a week later that is titled “had lunch with Tom.”  That is confusing… so we let you optionally add an Action Item title so the reminder you get a week later might be “Call Tom – we had lunch last week.”

There you go – Recurring Action Items… pretty cool!

 

 

 

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Want to write on my blog?

February 20th, 2015

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).

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Focus Friday: Exporting Contacts from LinkedIn

February 19th, 2015

It took a while for me to get this video posted because I had to have part of the video blurred out for privacy.

You might remember that our Focus Friday sessions, which are 10 minutes of training focused on one particular thing (and then as much time as we need to answer all of your questions) has morphed into a “getting started on JibberJobber” video series.  The next logical video was how to export contacts from LinkedIn.

You can sign up to get weekly invitations (links) to join us on each Focus Friday webinar here.  You can also watch archived Focus Friday recordings here.  Note that if you scroll from the bottom up, you’ll see, in order, the getting started videos! In other words, since I started recording these, I have planned them for newbies, in an order that makes sense to get up and running on JibberJobber.

Here’s last week’s video.  Tomorrow morning on the Focus Friday we’ll go through the import process on JibberJobber.

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