I get David Safeer’s newsletters, and this was had an idea that was too good to not share. David is a management and leadership consultant – read about him on the front page of his site. He’s done a very nice job communicating who he is and why he is relevant to his right audience.
In his most recent newsletter he shares his “business principles,” which are business principles “to achieve outstanding performance.” It made me wonder, what are my business (or life, or marriage, or father, or entrepreneur, or CEO, or product manager, etc.) principles?
He says he wrote these almost ten years ago, and that reviewing them now, there are NO changes to make. To me that indicates they are indeed principles instead of tactics, which can and usually should change over time. Go check out his list – it really reads like a short book on how to do better in business.
As I read his list I had three thoughts:
His list is about people and relationships, not about numbers. He says: “I am convinced that people are THE key to a successful organization, so my thoughts about business principles turn often to the people side of things.” Where do your thoughts about your principles turn?
Can you create your own list of principles? This could be like a personal business plan, or map, that helps you make decisions and be true to yourself. What would be on your list?
Once you have a list, this is a great way for you to stay relevant. How? Read on…
Being relevant is an interesting concept. When I started JibberJobber I thought people would talk about me and JibberJobber for a long time. I got interest and buzz at first, but then things died down, and I found I had to continually put something interesting and/or new in front of people. I wrote a book on LinkedIn, and that did it (for a while). But then 40 other people wrote books on LinkedIn, and I wasn’t THE expert anymore. I was losing relevance. I had to do other things, which I did. I still do other things to stay in front of people and try to stay relevant.
Why do you think LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook make so many changes to their systems? Some are good and needed, others are simply to get press.
Think about this for YOU. What can you do to remain relevant with your audience?
Don’t get me wrong, this is not just a branding/networking thing. I think having guiding principles is AWESOME. I encourage you to work on your own. And, use what you come up with as a reason to get back in front of your network contacts and create a bit of buzz or conversation.
I get Liz Handlin’s newsletter. She gave me permission to post this from her newsletter… I thought it was interesting. Liz says these are her questions and his answers over coffee (learn more about Jeff Browning here):
Liz says “Jeff may see more resumes than any other recruiter in Texas so his perspective on what a resume should say and how it should look is crucial information for job seekers.”
This is pretty easy to do. The report you can get to by following the instructions below can be used for UI claims as well as to send to an accountability partner (aka, coach).
Step 1: Get to the Log Entries and Action Items Report. You can do this by clicking on the word Logs (from the main menu) or mouse over Reports and click on the link:
Step 2: Check what is displaying in the blue box. By default we show you everything, but we remember any customizations you make. I’m guessing you’ll want to change what is showing… just click the “Change” link to filter down what you want to see (and print out):
Step 3: Yeah, I knew you would want to change something. At the very least you will likely want to narrow down the date range that you show – you don’t want to print everything… right? You can filter this down very nicely (like, check the Jobs box and uncheck the other four):
Step 4: Click to print. Once you click Change, and you see the filtered results, click on the Actions button and from the dropdown, click Print Log Entries and Action Items. This will bring up the print dialog, and you should know what to do from there
A relationship management tool. Not JibberJobber, because JibberJobber is not optimized for what they need to do (many people in the office accessing records, people “owning” a contact, or even one conversation, etc.).
And job seekers shouldn’t use a normal CRM because it is not optimized for a job seeker. It’s probably 80 to 90% good enough, but there are things that job seekers need to do that CRM doesn’t address. And most job seekers don’t need the sales pipeline stuff that is forefront of most CRM tools.
My point is, though, that if you want to WIN, and crush the competition (well, VCs want to do that, I’m not saying you want to CRUSH anyone), you need to be more serious and purposeful about your networking, tracking, follow-up, etc.
Check out this part, under the subtitle: It’s all about the ecosystem
Manage relationships. MANAGE RELATIONSHIPS! It is an astonishingly simple idea, isn’t it? Job seekers do it on the band-aid called Excel… which eventually gets ripped off and thrown away (and all of that great information is lost!).
I want to empower YOU to disrupt your job search by using this astonishingly simple idea, which is handed to you on a silver platter called JibberJobber.
Are you serious about your job search?
Are you serious about your career?
Then get serious about JibberJobber, which is the tool to use from now until the end of your career, to help you manage relationships.
Read the article for more inspiration… and get on a webinar to learn how to use JibberJobber better. It is time!
The most popular email address people use to sign up for JibberJobber is Gmail. It is clearly the leader, as far as the people who are attracted to a more sophisticated job search / relationship tool. Juno is not popular anymore, although every once in a while I get someone who signs up with a Juno account.
Let me share some advice with regard to your email service provider, other than the branding issue that we talked about yesterday.
Get an email address that you can always “own.” I hate seeing people sign up with certain email addresses. For example, if you are getting laid off, WHY IN THE WORLD are you signing up for JibberJobber with your soon-to-be old work email address? In a few weeks or months you won’t have access to that account, which will make things like password retrieval a headache. Worse, someone at your old company might be able to hijack your account… if they have control over your old work email, they can “request password” from any site that has your email on it, change the password, and you’ve just lost it.
Don’t use your ISP’s email address. Another thing that makes me cringe is seeing people sign up with a Comcast or some other ISP. Why? Because ISPs come and go. Maybe yours has been around forever, but what if YOU come and go? You know how easy it is to switch to another ISP. What if, one day, you decide to dump your ISP? Then what happens to your email? You’ll have to send out the famous/notorious “my email has changed…” This could have been avoided if you got a Gmail or outlook (or other like email) address.
Okay, so privacy is kind of an issue. It shouldn’t be, though. If you use Gmail, you should know you don’t have much privacy. Do you want Google to tap into your private life, or do you want the NSA to tap into it? At least both organizations have different objectives. What some people do is use all of Gmail’s products (search, images, maps, etc.) and a different company’s email (like outlook.com), just so Gmail doesn’t have 100% of your information and browsing curiosities. I don’t do that, but I know a lot of people do.
So there you go – a few thoughts about email issues. Good luck!
In this eight-year-old blog post, I give my opinion (read: OPINION) about what your email provider says about you. I talk about gmail, juno, aol, hotmail, mac, your employer, and your own private domain name.
1. What do you use?
2. What do you think? Are people really judging others based on the email address – the part after the @ symbol – and perhaps discounting you as someone who is obviously behind-the-times?
What are you doing? Are you acting like a job seeker, or are you investing in your long-term career? I know it can get tricky to do long-term stuff when you really just need to get your paycheck back, but I challenge you to think of everything you do in today’s job search as a part of your long-term career management strategy.
Don’t make the rookie mistake of throwing everything away once you land your job. You’ll need it all – contacts, strategies, etc. – in all future job searches.
They’ll probably spin their wheels for a few months doing what new job seekers normally do: lick their wounds, cry a bit, get their resumes “ready,” apply to jobs on job boards.
During this time you can move forward, doing the effective things in a job search. Stay focused, keep networking purposefully, increase your quantity and quality of informational interviews, and get closer to the hiring managers who can get you in. You can own the hidden job market, if you play it right.
Oh yeah, I would also look at Microsoft’s job boards… they’ll lay off through one door but hire new talent through another door…. maybe you’ll be one of the newbies there?