Sometimes, the grass really is greener

February 10th, 2015

Today I walked by my neighbor’s horses and thought “I gotta get my camera!”  I missed the shot, but the one below was good enough to show my point.  THE SHOT was when the black horse, which is in the background on the right, was looking at the brown horse enjoying his food.  It was an awesome contrast to see the brown one enjoying life, and the black one looking utterly bored on his no-greens side.

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I talk to people all the time who wonder how green the grass is on the other side of the fence.  Sometimes it is, many times it isn’t.

Instead of focusing on that, though, let’s focus on the non-green side… the right side.  We’re not talking about jumping from greenish to super-green… in this situation we’re talking about the difference between bleak, scarce, horrible to life-sustaining.

Sometimes the opportunities are better, but looking at where we are, we’re discrediting ourselves.

Of course, there will be another field with greener grass… but sometimes the change you need to make IS definitely to the other pasture, where the grass is green enough.

Companies have already drawn defined loyalty for us… we don’t need to worry too much about crossing a company.  Heck, the person who feels crossed will likely not be there in three years…

As I have always said to my employees, you have to do what’s best for you and your family.  And sometimes that means leaving my field and going to something better.

* This doesn’t apply to my team right now – I want them to stay around for many more years :) :)

 

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How To Organize a Job Search (JibberJobber Competitor)

February 6th, 2015

Andy called me this week.  It’s been at least a couple of years since we chatted last.  He was asking about programs we have for coaches and job clubs… and noted that one of my competitors has since gone away.

My reply was that I have, over the years, seen a few JibberJobber competitors go away.

I’ve always felt that being in this business is kind of like playing leapfrog.  We have something cooler than you today, tomorrow you have something cooler than us, and we hop around the competitive landscape with a “I’m better than you (for the next 24 hours)!” attitude…

I almost cared in the beginning, but knew that if I always tried to one-up my competition, I would drive myself, and my team, nuts.  And we would focus on the wrong things.

I admit that some of our competitors have had way cooler things than we have had over the years.  Some of them today have cooler things (including the interface) than what we have.

But what I know is this: we’ve been around for (almost) nine years.  And we’ll be around for at least another 9 years.  I don’t know how many competitors are left, but I’m guessing that of the 20 or so that popped up after we pioneered this space, 1/2 are gone.  Cool features, cool interface and all.  GONE.  That means your data is gone.  When you need their tools in your next job search, you won’t be able to use them.

Why?

Sometimes they had investors that got cold feet.  Sometimes they were a one-man operation (nothing wrong with that), and when they got a job, they took their job search organizer off the back burner and put it in the freezer.  Sometimes they thought they were going to be rich and famous, and when they didn’t make any money, and couldn’t figure out monetization models, they did the oh-so-popular “pivot,” which means they were too smart to stay in a very hard business.

I don’t know why they pulled the plug.  But they have.  Even if the site is still up, if they haven’t blogged for months (or years), I would take that as a bad sign.  If they can’t take 10 minutes to blog, are they working on their system?  Would you trust your data to a system that has been neglected for years?

Over the last nine years JibberJobber has been accused of looking old.  Even the day after one layout update, someone emailed and said we looked like a site from the 1990′s.  You just can’t win them all.

But here’s what we do have: a dedicated team of programmers and QA, and myself, who have been working on JibberJobber non-stop for nine years.  We have grown, improved, added more features, enhanced and improved for nine years.  We don’t have an investor breathing down our necks telling us what features to add or remove, or what numbers we need to hit, or we’ll have to pull the plug.  It’s been a tough road, but we are in a position where we are here now, and we will be here for your next job search, and the next one…

I love getting emails from people saying this is their third or fourth job search, over the last nine years, that they are using JibberJobber for.  That is freaking cool.  Not that they are in job search three times, but hey, it’s the world we live in. I love that we are there for you.

If you don’t like our colors, or our boxes, or our reports… you can go check the other systems out.  It will make their day if you say you are sick of JibberJobber and you like them better.  Go for it.  But when they go belly up, or stop development of new features, or don’t fix bugs for months and months, or one day they just disappear… you can always come back.

We’re focusing on four words this year:

  • Easy
  • Fast
  • Reliable
  • Intuitive

I’m not saying we are awesome at those four things, but those are our focus for 2015, as far as development goes.  Each time we create a new work order, we are tagging it as something that will make JibberJobber easier to use, faster, more reliable, or more intuitive.  Do we have a lot of work to do?  Tons.  But we’re dedicated to doing this smart, so that we can be around for many more years.

Want to check out our competition?  Go for it.

Want to help us be there for you, for the rest of our career?  Join us.  Help us.  Give us suggestions.  Tell us what we fail miserably at… and how we can improve.  We are in this for the long haul.

And honestly, good luck to our competitors.  It’s not heartening to see so many companies pivot too early.  At the end of the day, we are all in this business to serve YOU.

 

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The Great America Road Trip (JibberJobber Presentations)

February 3rd, 2015

I’m feeling antsy… maybe it’s cabin fever.  Maybe it’s the crazy low gas prices.  But I’m ready to get on the road and do some presentations.  My favorite presentation is Career Management 2.0.  It is fun, and eye-opening, and encouraging… maybe even a little motivating.  A very popular presentation is anything on LinkedIn, since I wrote THE BOOK on it :)

This summer, I’m planning on going on a trip.  Email me and I’ll give you dates and specific times/places, but for the most part I’ll be driving from Salt Lake City towards New York City, and then down to Virginia, and then back to Salt Lake City.

I want to speak at job clubs… these are typically groups of around 50 – 200 people that meet weekly.  They don’t have a budget for speakers.  That’s okay.  While I don’t “sell” during my presentations, I find that people want to get my stuff, so I respect the “no selling!” rule, but I do make it easy for people to buy… which means I offer packages and stuff for people who come.

If you are in or around any of the following cities, and you know about job clubs I could visit, let’s talk. I need introductions to the people who run the show.  Without an introduction I find they are typically very closed and protective of their group… with an introduction, it’s a different conversation.  Here are some ideas of where I plan to be (the map is tentative):

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Any city in Nebraska,  Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio along I-80/I-90

  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Buffalo
  • Rochester
  • Philadelphia
  • New York City
  • Baltimore
  • D.C.
  • Northern Virginia

Coming back home, we might go on more of a southern tour… so cities along I-70 or I-40.

Do you live anywhere near these areas?  Can you make introductions?  If so, email me (Jason at JibberJobber dot com).

 

 

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20 Things To Do In A Job Search (or, I just lost my job!)

February 2nd, 2015

alison_doyle_headshotMy friend and sometimes neighbor Alison Doyle wrote a great post titled TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IF YOU LOSE YOUR JOB

As I was readying through Alison’s post I thought “this is like a mini book!”

Her list is a little different than my list (What I Should Have Done In The First 30 Days), but if I were to advise you on your new job search, I would have you print out her list and work on (or check off) every single thing she includes.

Click here to see her post, then print it off, and work on every single one of them!

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Kicking Off The New Year with Your Career (Video)

January 30th, 2015

A couple of years ago I was my own guest on my Ask The Expert call.  All of these are free.  You can watch this January 2013 recording below.  To see this full screen, simply click the little icon by the volume which will make it full screen.

AskTheExpert Jason Alba Jan2013 Vimeo from Jason Alba on Vimeo.

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JibberJobber Certification Course 1/2 done!

January 29th, 2015

This week we finished our third course for the JibberJobber certification program for career professionals.

If you are a career professional, you can still sign up.. all courses are being recorded, and you can listen/watch at your own pace.

The schedule is here.

The “why” is here.

It is my hope that career professionals who earn this certification can bring more value to their client relationships…!

If you are ready to move forward, you can pay here… in the description box, let me know it is for the career pro certification program.

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Job Seekers: Believe In Yourself!

January 24th, 2015

This last week I had some interesting experiences with people who communicated in a poor way.

In both situations, they had communicated “this is me,” and the way they did it did not justice to who they really were.

We have been trained in our culture and out society to play ourselves down.  We joke about our selves, we diminish who we are, because we don’t want to come across as bragging, or self-degrading.  Sometimes we do that because we are “humble,” which is a virtue, or course.  Sometimes we do it because going back too far in history, to something awesome we did, is too far away.  Sometimes we down-play our strengths because it’s just what we’ve heard other people do, or we don’t want to get into the whole story, or nobody will really care or understand… or a host of other reasons.

This is a poor exercise.  We shouldn’t do this.  We don’t help others understand who we are, and how they can help us, and that if they do help us they won’t be embarrassed because we really are that good.

If you are that good, OWN IT!  Believe in yourself!

In a job search we get beat up. We start off badly (wondering what we did wrong, or could have done better, to have kept our last job), and then we have a fair amount of rejection to wade through… this might be our first time experiencing this… and we don’t know how to take it.

I got so low that, at one point, I didn’t think I was qualified to work at our local fast food restaurants.  That, with my degree in Computer Information Systems and an MBA, bilingual, great experience and great titles… but the rejection had wore me down to a point where I had lost any confidence in my value or capabilities.

I have one tip to help you fix this: brainstorm your past accomplishments.  Carve out 2/4/8 hours, go somewhere with NO distractions, and write down any accomplishment you have ever had in your entire life.  Go through this process and remind yourself that you have greatness… that you are great, that you have value to offer.  This single exercise would have changed many things in my job search.

Are you brave enough to take this time and do this exercise?

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JibberJobber a Best Job Search Site for 2015

January 22nd, 2015

hannah_morgan_careersherpa_headshotHannah Morgan is a career professional I met at at least one conference.  She’s pretty cool and well-liked by her colleagues.

She wrote a post titled Best Job Search Websites in 2015.  JibberJobber was one of those (under the Tools section).  I appreciate any recognition that anyone gives JibberJobber… I have to tell you that we are especially grateful to be included in this list because Hannah is a career professional and listed her top 40… this is not based on votes, and it’s not some silly list of ALL career sites (like a bunch of other lists are).  The 40 sites there are there for a reason.

Thanks Hannah, for including JibberJobber as a Top 40 Best Job Search Site!

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“I’m part of a mass layoff. What rights do I have?”

January 21st, 2015

I saw this Q&A on The Globe and Mail and thought I’d respond here.  Original article: I’m part of a mass layoff. What rights do I have?

What rights do you have?

You have the right to move on. I give you permission to move on.  Unless you are in a unique situation, a lawsuit is probably not going to get you anywhere, except a few thousands of dollars poorer, and hundreds of hours down the drain. I have no experience in this, it’s just what I’ve gathered over the years.

You have the right to move on. Don’t stew over how unjust it was that YOU got laid off.  Whether you were the rainmaker who made millions of dollars for the company in sales, or the brilliant R&D person who designed the product that made billions of dollars for the company, it’s over.  Your “agreement,” if you will, was that you would go to work, do stuff, and get paid to do it.  Unless you had ownership in the company, that’s really the extent of it.  Join the club of the many thousands (millions?) of people who made someone else rich and didn’t get more than a thank you printed on a pink piece of paper.

You have the right to move on.  Yes, your severance sucks (if you even have one). This is probably justified by how the company structures their finances/bankrupcy… if there is a mass layoff, it’s because there are problems.  Sometimes, even though they still have cash, they can structure things in such a way that lets them start over… but part of starting over is cutting things and people and contracts and vendors and debtors.  You just happen to be one of the things they don’t want around when they start over.  Looking for a piece of the action?  There is no action. Know of the fraud and deceit, and want to expose it?  Get a blog and write what you know.   But as far as getting a cash payout… it’s probably better to just move on.

You have the right to move on.  It’s time to take care of Numero Uno (which is YOU and your family/dependents).  For years you spent your time taking care of your company, your customers, your products, your domain/jurisdiction, and neglecting YOURSELF.  That’s what I did… and when I was out on my own I found I was a decrepit, neglected soul.  Actually, I was quite rich in relationships and life, but as far as my career health, I was chronically ill and ill-prepared.  It would take years of healing.  Start that healing now, and don’t ever neglect your career health again.

You have the right to move on. If you are a little older, you probably grew up thinking a “career” was this thing where you had maybe two or three jobs over a thirty or forty year span, and then retired at a fairly comfortable level, probably travelling a bit, enjoying the finer things of life, etc.  I need you to move on from this mentality.  Maybe those days will come back (some argue that the economic cycle will put us back at a point where companies do indeed value long-term employees), but for now we need to MOVE ON.  Think more about how you add value to any given industry, or a group of companies.  Think about what you can do so companies will say “I need you to solve this problem!”  And then realize that you solving a problem doesn’t constitute marrying the company… it is simply an engagement to solve the problem.  And then you will very likely be allowed (invited, asked, forced) to move on to the next problem at some other company.  What used to be Job Security, where the company had all the power, has shifted to what I call “income security,” where YOU have more control over what you do, how you prepare, where you go, how you bring income into your household, etc.  Shifting power to yourself vs. allowing others to have all power over your job/career/income is so freeing!

You have the right to move on.  Let me say that you can and maybe should whine and mope around for a little while… but not too long. Don’t let it get to toxic.  Put a limit on how long and how deep you go, and then allow yourself to move on.  That means that, for the most part, you stop the pity party and get to work.  Allow yourself to be human, but don’t wallow in destructive thinking or behavior.  You don’t have time to wallow.  You need to start working on YOU, your relationships, your branding, etc.

I’m no lawyer.  I’m no expert in what you are entitled to.  But having gone through this, and watching/helping people go through this over the last 9 years, I know a thing or two about what rights you have.

You have the right… to move on!  And not even look in the rear view mirror!

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Focus Friday is Back: 10 Minutes of Awesome

January 20th, 2015

Last year I did a 10 minute focus webinar on one single topic every Friday morning.  I am now back in the saddle with this… and it’s a great way to end the week.  On my Focus Friday webinars we go over the one thing, and I try to keep it just at 10 minutes. I stay on for any questions… sometimes that’s another 10 – 15 minutes, other times there aren’t any.  The questions can be about anything.

You sign up once, then you get an email each week reminding you to come, and with the link to join.  If you can’t come, don’t worry… just don’t come.  You don’t have to email me to let me know.  Here’s the link to sign up:

JibberJobber Focus Friday: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5707327729143447042

I try to put the recordings up that same day… you can see the past Focus Friday webinars here.

This is different than the User Orientation, which will run between 60 and 90 minutes… usually on Wednesdays. You can see all of my webinars here.

 

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