JibberJobber: A Different Tool for Different Stages of Your Career

April 12th, 2016

Steve Krum is a long-time JibberJobber user.

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He shared this in response to a recent update/announcement:

I love all you are doing with JJ.

I have been using for maybe 6 months in my job search and am now beginning to see the benefits.

The power has always been very apparent; however, it is so feature-rich that is can be overwhelming and determining the most effective way for me to use has taken some time.

At this point (job search) what I have found is that everything revolves around the Jobs List Panel.

As soon as I come across a job, I enter the basics, especially the Job ID. I am vigilant about the Log Entries so I can track each and every step in the life cycle of the job.

I will enter the company and any contacts related to the new job, but at this point will not spend a lot of time on these records within JJ.

The key with JJ is using the features that meet my needs at different points in my life. I will beef up the company and contacts as they are important (especially the contacts) but not as critical at this point in my life.

Thank you for a tool that has helped me be efficient in my life and a key to landing a great job.

This is a great email.  While I don’t like to think that people struggle with it, that it can be overwhelming, and that it takes a long time to figure out, Steve provided great insight to us.  It’s one reason why we’ve been working with a UX designer, to help make JibberJobber more intuitive and easier to get up and running.

The bigger message that I get from this email is that JibberJobber is a versatile tool that helps you with career and relationship management where you are. Right now it might be in job search, tomorrow it might be in contact management.  Or, as Steve said in another email: “That it really depends on where we are in our life and what needs we have. And, these needs change over time as our life changes and as the software improves.”

Thanks for sharing Steve!

 

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Follow Your Passion: What Kind of Advice Is That?

April 8th, 2016

I’m intrigued by the advice I’ve heard for decades to simply “follow my passion.” Do that, and the money will follow, they say.

I have to disagree.

I don’t think that you have to discard, or put away, your passion, but I do not think that we will all be able to make a living by doing what our passion is.  Sometimes, our passion is something that we can’t do (like me playing professional basketball or football), or the passion is not monetizable.  Okay, maybe if you are creative you could monetize pretty much anything, but some things might be (a) hard to monetize, or (b) not ripe for monetization (in other words, you can’t make much money doing it).

So, what do we do?  Resolve to work in a field that we can’t stand?

No, I’m not saying that either.

The message I’d like to give is that if you find work in a field that you are not passionate about, it doesn’t mean your life is a failure.  Let me present an idea to you:

Find your passion outside of your job.

Plenty of people go to work, take pride in what they do, are okay with it, and then spend their non-working ours pursuing their passion.  Maybe they volunteer, or paint in their home, or join clubs, or whatever…

My point is, if you haven’t found your passion, or you aren’t in a field you are passionate about, you aren’t necessarily a loser, and you might not be wasting your time.

You can certainly choose how and where you’ll spend your time, outside of the office.

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Story of a Job Interview

April 6th, 2016

Vincent Wright passed this cool youtube video along to me… what an amazing experience!

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The Power of Hope

April 5th, 2016

7steps_mckenzie Last night I went to bed reading 7 Steps to a Pain-free Life. Here’s what struck me:

This book has a lot of steps you can follow to have less pain (or, be pain-free). It’s very feature-rich.  But the reason I’m reading it, and the reason people bought it, is not for the features.  I started reading this book because of the BENEFIT.

Sure, I want to understand the dynamics of my neck and back, and how they all work. Sure, I want to learn some exercises that will be beneficial, but neither of those are the reasons I’m reading this book.

I’m reading this book because I want to be pain-free.  There is hope, according to the title, and the introduction, that the pain I experience can actually go away, forever.

My first exposure to the McKenzie Method was around 15 years ago, when a doctor referred me to a physical therapist who was a McKenzie Method guy. To be honest, this was the most intriguing and honest medical consultation I’ve ever had.  Without going into our first meeting, and the next few weeks, I’ll just say that the results were amazing. What I learned about my back, and one specific problem (pain), was enough to help me go through the rest of my life to avoid or fix that pain.

Recently, I’ve been experiencing a different pain in a different place, and it’s time to dive deeper into some other exercises, and knowledge about the root issues of my pain.  This is all about HOPE.

Sometimes, I am hopeless that I’ll live a pain-free life.  But this book promises me hope.

Switching gears to YOU, I wonder what you promise your future company.  Is it that you can do A faster, B better, and C cleaner than anyone else?  Is it that you are smart and have high integrity? Those are all great, and important, things.  But in reality, you bring HOPE to the employer. Hope that they will make more money, or save more money, or that Headache A or Wildest Dream B will actually come true.

When I hired my last developer, I did it because I want to make serious and major progress in JibberJobber. Not because I want more lines of code written, but because I want to offer more value to my users, and help people get onboarded with JibberJobber better (that’s been one of my headaches for years). She will help with that. I don’t know how many lines of code she’ll add (or remove), but I do know she’ll help us get closer to achieving our goals of delighting people who sign up and get started with JibberJobber.

She has given me an added measure of HOPE.  And that is one of the most powerful things she can give me.

What HOPE are you communicating in your value proposition?  

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LinkedIn Summary vs. LinkedIn Experience Sections

March 29th, 2016

I got this question from Derek, who saw my LinkedIn Optimization course on Pluralsight (which you can get access to for free… read below):

“I just completed the course on LinkedIn Profile Optimization and feel that I have a strong above the fold profile which the video was mainly focused on.

The video didn’t focus on the experience section and what to write based off what you did at the company. You touched on writing mini stories for the summary and experience sections, I am not sure writing only mini stories will give the best overall picture in the experience section. Do you have another video on pluralsight that helps enhance the content for the experience section?”

This is a great question. After doing group trainings and one-on-one consultations for years, I feel like my “best answer” is jelling pretty good. Of course, there are exceptions, but in 99% of the one-on-one consultations I do, and the Profile critiques I’ve done, the answer below will be appropriate.

It’s critical to think about the LinkedIn Profile as one single marketing document.  If you break up the sections of the Profile, and think about them as a critical reader (recruiter, hiring manager, prospective funder, partner, prospect, customer, etc.) might, you could probably guess that some parts are more important than others.  For example, your Professional Headline is not only at the top, but it’s a part of your “mini profile,” and seen in other places on LinkedIn (other than your Profile page). On the other hand, the best way to contact me, or the seeking sections, are largely ignored (by design, because they are so far down the Profile).

If we think about the Profile as a single marketing document, the question is, what is the single message of the document?  I am now counseling my consultation customers to have that single message communicated in a concise and clean way in the Professional Headline.  This is what I call your “main claim,” or your primary claim.  Then, your Summary has five to seven secondary claims, ALL OF THEM SUPPORTING THE MAIN CLAIM.  These can be communicated in various ways, my favorite of which is the mini-stories.

You can see all of this in action in my LinkedIn Profile Optimization course on Pluralsight for free.  How?  JibberJobber users get a free 30 day pass to Pluralsight, which means you can watch this, and dozens of my other courses (including the LinkedIn Proactive Strategies course), during your 30 day window.  Click here to see how you can have access within a 60 seconds – no credit card required.

Okay, so in the Pluralsight course, it’s clear how to position the secondary claims and make your Summary much better than the status quo.  Derek gets that, but wonders what to do in the Experience section, which some people call the job description – the parts in each of the jobs you list in your Profile. This really isn’t a job description, although some people treat it that way. I suggest you make this more about YOU and less about the job.

How do you do that?

I think the best way is to use the exact same strategy as what you used in the Summary section. That is, secondary claims (that all support the primary claim in the Professional Headline), with mini-stories that (a) present the claim, (b) give a “for example,” and (c) quantify the results.

Mini-stories are SO powerful. When you align them with your primary claim, you give further evidence and support that your primary claim is valid, and that you are focused and understand your value.

What I normally see is resume-like statements that are super concise, and super dry and boring. Worse, they look cliche. They look like what anyone else would write that has your same job history, and is making the same claims, and is looking for the same job you are looking for.

Okay, you think, maybe that’s not so bad.  To be honest with you, having resume-speak on your Profile is better than the weak, non-information that I see on too many Profiles. So kudos for having anything that helps me understand you more.

But what I’d rather see you have in your “experience” sections are mini-stories that each (a) make a claim, (b) give me a meaty for-example, and (c) tell me why it matters (ie, the quantification)… this is what we accomplish with mini-stories, and (d) support the primary claim. This last part is important so the reader doesn’t get sidetracked by irrelevant information.

That’s my recommendation… from the summary all the way down through the Experience section… claims, quantification, and alignment.

Do you have a different idea? Leave a comment and let us know!

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How To Marry Excel and Word for Mass Letters

March 28th, 2016

I did this many, many moons ago. It takes a little bit of work, but not too much. If you want to send mass letters that look customized (based on the name of the recipient), here’s how you do it: How to use Microsoft Excel and Word to send multiple emails.

This post was written in 2009 by Walt Feigenson, a friend in the Silicon Valley area. We met when I was in town a few years back, speaking at some job clubs, and the last time I saw him was at his house for dinner (on a different trip).  The stories he has of the history of software, which he was involved with, are awesome.

And this merge technique, which might feel a little dated, is really quite powerful.  YMMV, based on editions of Word/Excel… if yours doesn’t work the way he describes, figure it out and let me know in the comments what is different :) (that is a tactful way of saying: I’m not tech support for this tactic – good luck :))

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21 Surprising Ways To Waste Time In Your Job Search #FavoriteFriday

March 25th, 2016

Almost a year ago I wrote 21 Surprising Ways To Waste Time In Your Job Search.  As I look over the list, each point is as relevant today as it was then.

Don’t cheat your job search.  Don’t rationalize that you need to veg, chill, or recharge, when you are really just avoiding the hard work that needs to get done.

Check out the list (it’s a quick read), and then get on to the work that you really need to do today!

 

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6 Great Tech Tools for Job Seekers (from Recruiter.com)

March 24th, 2016

Recruiter.com included JibberJobber in their list of great tech tools for job seekers. Check out the paragraph or two on each of these tools at Next-Level Job Search: 6 Great Tech Tools for Job Seekers.

  1. LearnUp. Job skills training, career coaching, automatic interview scheduling for entry-level job seekers.
  2. Jobscan.co. Analyzes job descriptions and your resume to tell you how they stack up. Free for up to 5 matches, about $90/year for more. JibberJobber has some of this functionality (read here), but jobscan is very cool and more comprehensive then our version 1 attempt.
  3. Page Monitor. Tells you when something on a website has changed. Personally, I would suggest you forego checking page changes at this degree and just go out and network.
  4. SnapDat. Allows you to exchange contact info from one iphone to another. I can’t figure out how to find it in the store, though…
  5. Woo.io. Put together a wish list of your ideal job… and then they send you jobs/companies that match.  Very cool concept… I have never heard of them, though.
  6. JibberJobber. For obvious reason, this is a tech tool I can stand behind! :)
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How To Network Like a Veteran

March 23rd, 2016

Here’s a great post by Chad Storlie on Every Veteran Hired: 10 Steps to Networking Success: An Easy (and Effective) Strategy

You may not be military-trained, but that shouldn’t stop you from understanding and following the 10 steps. This is more than a cute article with some cute ideas… I strongly urge you to follow each of the steps, in order.

Except, of course, Step 5, which says to use a spreadsheet for your contacts. Obviously you would use JibberJobber.  You can start with a spreadsheet, but as you network more you’ll find the spreadsheet becomes a rats nest of information, and soon it becomes unusable.

Check it out!

 

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Fear the Phone!

March 21st, 2016

My friend Alison Doyle, author at the Job Search channel at About.com, shared this on Facebook over the weekend:

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I love this.  I’m don’t always feel this way, but there are some calls that I dread. As I’ve thought about calls for job seekers, and now calls for JibberJobber sales, I’ve wondered if the reason we dread making calls is because of the fear of personal rejection. If they don’t want what we have to offer, we take it personally.

Whatever the reason is, let me suggest a great strategy for working through (rather than getting over) your fear of making phone calls. It is:

Pick up the phone, dial the number, and when they answer, have a conversation and ask your question (or, state why you are calling).

That’s it.  Just START.

Years ago I wrote about the “chicken list.” The idea is that you have a list of people you are scared to contact… and they never get scratched off of your list… this nags at you day after day, week after week.  I challenged you go just CALL the person on your list and get it over with, so you can scratch them off.

Need some motivation?  Check out these posts:

Get Out Your Chicken List And Make A Call

Chicken List Is Out – Now Put Away The Honey-Do List!

The Chicken List Smackdown Video: Just Place The Call

Job Search Chicken List: It’s Monday! Call someone!

I triple-dog dare you to pick up the phone TODAY

And here’s the benefit/bonus post:

Self-Control leads to Self-Confidence

Cross the person off the list… make the call… conquer this fear… and your self confidence will grow.  I’ve done it, and I continue to do it, and it works!

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