What Good Is A Log Entry in JibberJobber?

January 22nd, 2016

Remember in the olden days, watching TV and you would see the test of the emergency broadcast system?  You might remember the TV to show this:

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I had that in mind as I saw this email come from one of my users, who was testing the Email2Log.  See, I invite people to test the Email2Log by sending me an email, using Email2Log to see if (a) a new Contact record was created (with my info), and (b) the Log Entry was created properly.

And it’s is FUN for me to get emails from users :)

Anyway, here’s the message from a new user, Lorne:

“This a test. If this was a real log I’m not sure what I would do with it.”

Thanks Lorne, for the laugh :)  As a friend of mine said last night, one of my problems is that I’ve been “in the forest for so long” that I will not see JibberJobber, and it’s complexities, the way a new user would.

So let me share some thoughts on what you “do with” a Log Entry.

To put it into perspective, a Log Entry is like a note that you have jotted down that you don’t want to lose. Perhaps you’ll refer to it later. And that, my friends, is the most simple way to describe a Log Entry.

What is the source of these “notes?”  It could be a thought I had about you. It could be a conversation that we’ve had. It could be information, details, facts, words said, intentions, or actions. This week I logged the payment of some bills, as well as conversations, into JibberJobber.

In my pre-JibberJobber life, I would have notes jotted down all over the place… some in my email inbox, some in my car, some in a notebook, some on my desk, some on or in my night stand, etc.  Now, with JibberJobber, I capture notes and ideas and conversations that I might want to refer to later in JibberJobber.

Back to Lorne’s question: what do you do with a Log Entry?

Usually, I do nothing.  Sounds weird, huh?  Why even jot it down if I do nothing with it?

I find myself with an active mind, with lots of things buzzing around. The less I have jotted down, the more I try to juggle in my mind.  That is no fun.  That causes sleep problems, and I find myself forgetting to do things because my mind is juggling too many things.  I’m no psychologist but that’s my self-diagnosis.  When I jot it down I give myself permission to forget about it, and mentally move on. I can focus on tasks at hand, and not worry about trying to remember a bunch of different things.

More important than that, though, is that I’ll sometimes want to refer to something I noted down later. A day later, a week or month later, and in the case of a reconnection with someone last week, 5 years later.

Last week I reconnected with a colleague.  This was a voice from the past, and honestly, I couldn’t remember what conversations we’ve had over the last five years.  Fortunately, I had logged those conversations (they were all through email, and I used Email2Log to easily capture them all). Instead of lingering on “who are you? Have we met?” it was easy to look this person up and look at the Log Entries and see how our relationship has evolved over time.

I continually hear from recruiters who talk to job seekers who don’t remember who they are, or that they had applied for the job the recruiter is calling about.  The recruiters tell me that when a job seeker doesn’t remember, and can’t find notes to jog their memory, they think the job seeker is not interested. This is the wrong message to send to someone who thinks that you might be the right person.

Over the years I have disciplined myself to add more details to Log Entries.  ”We had lunch” is an almost useless Log Entry (but, it’s better than nothing).  ”We had lunch at Red Lobster, I paid, we talked about X, Y, and Z, and I need to follow-up with Jill on Monday about A, B, and C” is a much better Log Entry.  Why?  Because two years later, reading “we had lunch” isn’t helpful… but reading what you talked about might help you pick up the conversation, and relationship, at the right place.

So there you go.  Over time you’ll get a feeling for what, and how much, to log.  Email2Log makes this really easy. I’ve always found that adding more is better than adding less, but just start where you are, and create your own system that works for you.

 

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JibberJobber: One of the Best Job Search Websites for 2016

January 20th, 2016

jibberjobber-best-job-search-website-logoThis is a list worth being on… JibberJobber has been on many lists over the last 10 years, but some of those lists that say they are “here are the best” are really “here are all of the sites we could find”… being on a list made up by someone who is just trying to list everything out there was not flattering.

This list is different.  Hannah Morgan, The Career Sherpa, put together 43 Best Job Search Websites 2016, and included JibberJobber.  Hannah is a career practitioner, subject matter expert, and a thought leader.  To have her vet and include JibberJobber is meaningful.

Check out the other 42 recommendations:

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Are You a Confident Job Seeker?

January 15th, 2016

In my job search my confidence level started out pretty high. With time, though, that changed.

While being in a job search can be exciting, because there are so many directions you can pursue, it’s easy for self-doubt to creep in.

Should I really pursue that industry? I’m not sure I’m qualified. I’m not sure I’m good enough. I’m not sure I’d be able to do that job.

Should I go to that networking meeting? What if no one likes me? What if no one talks to me? What if I say something stupid?

Should I apply to that job? I’m probably too late, and there are hundreds of others who have already applied.

Should I send that email? What if they think I’m dumb? What if they don’t see it? What if they feel like I’m spamming them?

Should I get out of bed today? What if today is like yesterday: completely useless? What if I try things, like applying online and emailing people, and it continues to be useless?

The list can go on and on and on.

You might start out strong, but as you get rejected, or see non-responses from people, your confidence levels decrease.  As the months go on, your confidence level vaporizes. The questions change from what you read above to statements that have these words:

“I can’t….”

“if only”

“nobody wants me”

“I won’t be able to…”

“I don’t provide any value”

“I can’t learn…”

That nasty list goes on and on, too.  The self-talk is self-destructive, and this is evident in the way you act around others, treat others, treat yourself, and what you are motivated to do.

I, too, could go on and on about the negative thoughts and negative self-talk.  But instead, I want to share a phrase I read somewhere:

Self-control builds self-confidence.

These three (or five, depending on how you count them) words had, and still have, a PROFOUND impact on how I thought and think and I act and acted.

We can change, or build, our self-confidence by having and practicing self-control?  How does that work?

Self-confidence is a funny thing. It can change on a dime, and it can increase or decrease because of what others might consider to be superficial. Consider the emotional 14 year old boy or girl, trying to get a date or catch the attention of a potential flame.  Their self-confidence hinges on a look, a smile, a kind word or response, or what they perceive to be the other person ignoring them.  In fact, the other person might not notice them at all, might have gas, or might have had a bad day. Or maybe that other person is emotionally unstable, or just as worried about how you look at them!  How is it that self-confidence can be so fickle, and controlled by things that are so insignificant and out of our control, even whimsical and superficial?  Why can’t we be more in control of our self-confidence?

I suspect that even the most confident person’s self-confidence can be influenced by superficial, meaningless things, and take a hit.

The formula, above, though, tells us how we can build, even strengthen, our self-confidence.  It is through our self-control. For me, this has meant going on my three mile walks, even when the temperature is about 15 degrees (about 10 degrees Celsius). The good news is that you have the sidewalk to yourself, since no one else is loco enough to be out there walking around town!

It has also meant doing the hard things on my list that I’d rather roll over to next week, or the week after. It means apologizing to some people, forgiving others. It means biting my tongue, or disciplining myself to do that really hard project.

Instead of ignoring my list of to-do and must-do items, it means going through them, one by one, making progress, crossing things off.  I’m feeling more confident as I write this… just the idea of having the self-control to work through my tasks is building my self-confidence a tiny bit!

I CAN DO THIS

That’s the new mantra. Instead of all of the negative self-talk from above, my “I can’t” becomes “I can.”  The “I’m not good enough” becomes “I AM the right person to do this.” The “I’m not smart enough” becomes “I can learn this!

When you do things… when you practice self-control (or, when you put self-control into practice), your self-confidence is built.

When you DON’T do certain things (like refrain from wasting four hours playing games online, when you have a host of other things to do, or saying unkind things about others, etc.), your self-confidence builds.

It’s important to note that I’m not saying “doing things builds self-confidence.”  Rather, practicing self-control, which might mean doing some things and not doing other things, can build self-confidence.

If you need to, talk to someone, even a therapist, or go to the book store and peruse the self-help section.  There’s tons more to read about this stuff.  But for me, that simple three word phrase has had a significant impact on my thinking, and my actions, and ultimately, my self-confidence.

I hope it can have that kind of impact on yours, too.

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Time Management and Productivity: Pluralsight Course

January 14th, 2016

My most recent Pluralsight course came out two weeks ago (Dec 31), it’s titled: Prioritizing Tasks and Managing Time for Greater Productivity

You can get free access to this course by following these instructions… not only will you be watching this course within a couple of minutes, but you’ll also earn another seven day upgrade: Pluralsight 30 day pass and free JibberJobber upgrade instructions

Job seekers qualified to work in the U.S. can also qualify for a year pass to 50 courses, including 5 of mine, courtesy Pluralsight: White House TechHire program

If you watch this, or any, course, please rank it (unless you didn’t like it :p) and leave a comment!

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10 Years Ago Today: Friday the 13th

January 13th, 2016

Do you know why I know this?  It was my last day at my last job.

I had gotten laid off.

It was a day forever etched in my memory.

The rug was pulled out from under me.  Everything changed. Security evaporated. My identity was about to fade. I was weeks away from depression.

I had been politicked out of my role.

Little did I know, that change was going to propel me on a new path… a path where I would be in a position to help others.

Today marks the ten year anniversary of starting my new life, and what a rich life it has been!

Your transition… your Friday the 13th… I know it hurts, and it’s confusing, etc.  But I also know that it can be a pivotal point in your life. It can be the thing that gets you on the right path.

Here’s to our Friday the 13ths in life!

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When People Offend You

January 12th, 2016

I was recently reminded of how much of an impact others can have on us.  Whether it’s the person who delivered the news to us that we are not going to be employed anymore, a person at the job club we go to, the person who interviewed with us (and never gets responds to our emails)… people we interact with can have a big impact on us.

Unfortunately, sometimes we allow the impact people have on us to be really harmful (to us). Ideally, we would be strong and powerful and not let people hurt us, but life isn’t always ideal.  And we are not always strong.

I think, unfortunately, we give people too much power.  We respect what we assume is their position, or stature.  ”If she said it, it must be true!!”  What qualifies her to speak truth, or be right?  What if…

She has been raised or influenced by a narcissist?  Yuck.  Double yuck. There’s no easy way to handle this, except to realize the offender has serious issues, not you. Whether this person is a narcissist or has learned social skills from a narcissist, it’s hard to be on the receiving end of this abuse.

She is having a horrible day? I just read a story from a friend who was unintentionally “rude” on the road, after just learning about her father’s death. Her mind was totally somewhere else. Not a good time to drive, of course, but it could have given the person she cut off some insight into why.

She says something without considering you, or your situation?  It’s a drive-by comment that she didn’t really think about, and doesn’t realize how impactful her comments are on you.

She has zero integrity, heart, or love. Some people are just completely self-centered, living in a lonely world of being a jerk. They walk over everyone and everything without a care in the world.

Or, a host of other scenarios?  

Do not give her (or him) too much power.  I know it’s easier said than done, but figure out how to brush it off and move on. And, if necessary, sever the relationship. There’s no sense staying in a toxic relationship when it’s only harming you (and people you care for).

If all else fails, borrow a motto I came up with a number of years ago, when I try to figure out why people do things: “Presume insanity.”  That is, if you adjust your thinking, and presume the offending person is crazy, that could put their actions into the right, or at least a personally healthy, perspective.

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Why JibberJobber Sometimes Seems Broken In Your Browser

January 11th, 2016

What a horrible title. I hate writing about anything that shows shortcomings in JibberJobber… especially buggy looking things.

But, hey, we are software, and there is always the possibility that something doesn’t work. Like the time our host company’s ISP did something stupid, and our site (as well as all the other sites hosted by them) went down for a few hours. Or the time that… oh well, never mind, it’s not that important.

Lately, we’ve had issues with Mac users using Safari. It’s frustrating to have things work in a bunch of other browsers (like Firefox on a Mac), but random things were choking on Safari on a Mac.  Like, saving a new contact works fine, but something weird was happening with saving custom fields on an old contact… and it got weirder and weirder with each subsequent save.  YUCK.  This is super hard to find.  So we really on users to say “AAAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!  Why is this broken!?!?!?”

I had similiar problems back in 1999, with Netscape vs. Internet Explorer.

Last year we had various issues with Outlook users and Email2Log.  Why?  Because Microsoft did some “cool” things that were not within the standard.  To you it looked like it was broken. To us it meant we had to develop exceptions, like “If this is from outlook, then do this weird stuff that we shouldn’t have to do.”

This appears to be the same issue we’ve recently had with Safari.  Which means it costs us time, money, and puts off development that we’d rather do. And of course, our Safari users say “seriously… why isn’t this working??”

Alas, we fix it, because that’s what we signed up for.

Want a peek into how complex this issue really is?  Here’s a snippet from Sauce Lab’s website, which provides testing environments on a bunch of different platforms.  How many?  Check this out:

jibberjobber_testing_700

Seven. Hundred.  Ugh.  How is it that we are supposed to make something that works on seven hundred different platforms?  That is really quite absurd.  Even with automated testing, that is just plain stupid, especially when you have companies that work outside of standards.

I’m not saying any of this so you feel sorry for us, and we’re certainly not throwing our hands up and giving up.  We’re also not saying that JibberJobber will work on 700 platforms (many of those are older browsers – the answer is to update your browser if you are on something really old).

What I’m saying is that sometimes something that looks really easy is a lot more complex than it appears.  Let us know when something isn’t working, and we’ll jump on it.  And you get bonus points if you are nice (or, at the very least, not scathing, fuming, cussing mad).

What I’m really saying is, thanks for your patience :)

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Jobs in 2020: Freelancing Rules?

January 8th, 2016

Here’s another goodie from Chris Russell… he pointed to this TechCrunch article: The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention.

On Facebook Chris wrote:

“It’s also predicted that by 2020, contingent work (freelancing jobs) will become the dominant form of labor, making up to 50 percent of the labor force. Another interesting stat is that 43 percent of freelancers are Millennials. That’s important to know, because 1 in 3 American workers today are Millenials.”

I was talking to Robert Merrill years ago and he said something like “it won’t be long until we are all 1099 contractors.”  This is a huge shift from the 1900′s when we were full time employees and had some expectation of security, benefits, and a long-term relationship.

To think that our new workforce is going to shift to 1099… the implications!  To me, this means that we are much more likely to change our main income source (previously known as “employer”) with regularity.  Sometimes months. Sometimes years… but nothing will be constant.

It means we will be responsible for our own training, benefits, lifestyles, etc.

Wait… isn’t that already happening for many of us?

I think about a lot of the friends I talk with… they are W2 (full time employees), but many are changing jobs and careers every 2 to 5 years.

Whether you are a full time employee or not, you better start thinking like an independent contractor.  Continue networking, and always keep an eye on the current job landscape.  Continue your education so you can stay relevant, and make sure you know what stories you can use to help others understand your brand.

The alternative is to get really comfortable with an employer and hope they like you for the duration of your career.  I think we all know how that usually ends.

 

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Do You Search for Alternate Job Titles?

January 7th, 2016

When you look for job postings, do you look for alternate (or what I’ve referred to as adjacent) job titles?

You should.  Here’s a post from job board watchdog Chris Russell: Indeed’s own job descriptions offer glimpse into keyword strategy. It’s not hard for an employer to put alternate titles into a job posting… but I’m guessing they don’t because (a) they haven’t thought of it, or (b) they are worried about the implications of someone applying to a job and wanting one of the alternate titles.  Who knows.

Here’s what I do know: when you go a little beyond the titles you think you want, you just might learn about titles that you didn’t know about.  That was the case for me, 10 years ago, when I searched for project manager jobs, and I came across the perfect title for me: product manager.  I honestly had never heard of it before, even though I was already doing product manager tasks.

Expand your search a bit and be open to other titles. You might be delighted with what you come up with :)

 

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Fear

January 6th, 2016

Fear drives us more than we should let it.

Unfortunately, it might drive us to paralysis, where we don’t make that phone call, invite someone to lunch, ask someone for a favor or introduction.

In the first few months of JibberJobber, I was wet-behind-the-ears and highly optimistic. I wrote a press release, not having any idea what I was doing. Much to my surprise, some of “the right” people read it, which opened doors and started very interesting conversations.

A few months later it was time to write the next press release, but I sat staring at my monitor, struck with fear. What should I write? How should I write it? What if I do it wrong?  I had realized that people would actually read the press release, and if I did it right I could reap terrific rewards.  If I did it wrong I might doom my company.  Guess what I did…

NOTHING.

I didn’t write a press release for at least twelve months. I was too afraid of messing it up.  Worse than messing it up, I did nothing.

This month I expect to roll out a new program. It is a program to empower JibberJobber users in a way that is unprecedented.  I get goosebumps just thinking about what we will offer, and how it can help people.

But honestly, I’m afraid. What if no one tries it? What if people try it but no one succeeds? What if it’s a huge bust?

I don’t think it will be. Even if only one person participates, it will be a great thing for that one person (I hope!). But I want hundreds, thousands of people to participate, and see great personal and professional benefit.

I feel like fear is paralyzing me, though. Right this very minute.  The devil’s advocate “what if” questions are real, and scary.

But I won’t sit on this like I did with the second press release. As soon as the developers have everything ready, I’ll make the announcement.  Whether I have goosebumps, a pit in my stomach, or a healthy mix of both :)

What is fear keeping you back from doing?

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