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How I Found A Job (11/20): Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

April 17th, 2018

Waiting stinks. Especially for someone with my personality.

How do I wait while not doing the job? How do I not become too emotionally invested in this, only to be let down and have to move on?

Bury myself in any work. Transitioning my duties to Liz, finishing up some projects, chatting with the team about the possible changes, looking at other jobs…

Ugh. Something switched. No other job, no other company, was interesting. I couldn’t imagine myself doing what I was looking for (product management) anymore. I couldn’t image myself working at any of the companies I had targeted anymore. Even the two companies that were really close to my house had no appeal. If I had to work at them I would, of course. But, the idea of not working at BambooHR was becoming unthinkable.

I was getting hooked. Hook, line, and sinker.

Not a good place to be, if you want to negotiate. Or, if you don’t get the offer.

I knew it, but I didn’t know how to not go there.

It felt like it was right, and it was going to happen. But what if it didn’t?

I wouldn’t be prepared for that. More prepared than 12 years ago, but it would still be a hit.

What could I do?

Not much. Wait. Try to keep busy. But with a mind that was mush it was hard to do anything but hope, and wonder, and try to keep self-doubt away.

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How I Found A Job (10/20): The Second Interview and the $300 Suit

April 16th, 2018

I have one real suit.” That is how I started the post about the first interview.

My first interview was on a Monday morning. I got up early, got on the road for a 22 mile commute, and had a fun meeting with Rusty, the guy who would eventually hire me. He said he’d get back with me to come in for second interviews on Wednesday and have me come in and interview with the COO and CMO on Thursday… so I got to wait, and start wrapping up some loose ends (and finishing some JibberJobber projects). I wanted this job. It was made for me.

But I knew I couldn’t get too emotionally attached to this, like I did 12 years earlier. That didn’t end well.

The problem is, how do you move forward in a job search without getting emotionally attached? I think it’s impossible. You are making decisions that can have a dramatic impact on the rest of your life… how can you not get excited and nervous and anxious and _____ about that? How can you not think about what kind of work you are going to do, and who you are going to work with, and what this might become in a few years?

Impossible.

So I tried to keep myself busy. Figure out how and what to transition to Liz (who has done wonderful over the last 2+ months), and my go-to: continue the job search. This is my advice to people who are interviewing and have a chance: keep doing the job search. When you have more in your pipeline you can feel more in control, have more power, and feel like you “have the cookie.” That puts you in a much better place, emotionally and for negotiation, than if you don’t have other opportunities.

So I tried to do that. But I was so mentally and emotionally distracted that it was hard to concentrate.

Man, the job search is such an emotional journey!!

I didn’t hear from Rusty by Wednesday, and I thought I was supposed to interview that afternoon. Ugh… does this mean they like someone else? Someone better than me?  I hated not knowing anything, but having to be cheerful and ready. Self-doubt is real, and it’s discouraging.  That morning I sent a “hey, I have some ideas and questions, can we get on a call” email… and it went unanswered until about 4:45 that day. Rusty said their schedules are too tight, could I come in Monday? Sure, I said, of course. I’ll come in anytime.

Bright idea: why not get a new suit? I had already exhausted my other interview wardrobe (consisting of one suit)… so I went down to the local suit store and got a suit. It has been almost 15 years since I had a new suit, so maybe it was time? I didn’t have $300 bucks for a suit, but I did have $300 bucks to invest in a new job. And, now that the interview was moved to Monday, I had time to get the suit and have it altered.

A few hours later I walked out of the suit shop a few hundred dollars poorer, but excited to have some new threads.

I got home and opened my email… Rusty emailed and said hey, can you come in tomorrow?!

Uh… YES, of course!  And I just had to laugh. My $300 suit would go unused for the interview because it wouldn’t be ready by tomorrow.

I go in and meet with the COO and then the CMO. We has super conversations, and I thought I did well. I followed up for a few minutes with Rusty, and before I knew it I was on the road, driving home.

To wait.

I love waiting.

Which is okay because I love waiting. Actually, no, I don’t love waiting. I am really bad at waiting. But, I need to get better. So I wait. And apply to a job or two, just to feel like I’m stacking my pipeline.

I hate waiting.

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5 Tips for Building Your Personal Brand

April 2nd, 2018

You are not just a person. You’re a brand. In the business world, you are a product, and the most important one you will ever represent. This is also true in your personal life. And you can clearly see it just by taking a moment to look back on your high-school years, if you can bear it.

There was the cool kid, the smart one, the leader, the wallflower, the rebel and non-conformist, and the one who managed to get alone with everyone. The reason these have become such stereotypical roles is that these are common ways teens unconsciously brand themselves.

We engage in this type of self-branding our entire lives. The ones who are best at it are the ones who do it intentionally and self-consciously. But whether by accident or on purpose, you are always in the process of branding and selling yourself to others. It is an inescapable trait in all social creatures great and small.

The first step to improving your personal brand is to realize that you are doing it, and doing it with intent. Here are five other ways to enhance your personal brand:

1. Go Professional

If you want to be seen as a professional, you should consider utilizing a professional image consultant. If you are trying to market yourself along with your small business, try an SEO services provider who can make sure people find you when they are looking for people with your particular specialization. Don’t just help people find your company. Help them find you. Over time, you will have other companies. You are the one they will trust, not the company.

2. Avoid Controversy

You should have separate identities for your personal life and your professional brand. Spend all the time you like talking politics on Facebook. But make sure that is a different account from your professional page. Never mix your profession with your politics, sports, religion, or personal biases. When people look up information about you, they find your social media profile. Make sure the social media profile they find is free of controversy.

3. Start a Blog

One of the best ways to enhance your personal brand is to start a blog. Starting a blog has never been easier. It requires no particular expertise. It costs virtually no money. And it is an easy way for people to learn more about you. If you do have some controversies to overcome, your personal blog can serve as a way of putting your side of the story out there.

Another benefit of maintaining your own blog is that you get to talk about whatever interests you. Branding is not all about self promotion. You might want to brand yourself as a person who likes to read. A blog gives you an outlet to talk about some of the books you are reading right now. A personal blog is one of the more useful ways of expanding and defining your brand.

4. Leave Your Family out of It

Your family is not a part of your brand. Leave them out of it. Don’t put your spouse or your child in your profile picture to show what a good family person you are. Don’t turn your kids into marketing fodder. It is not fair to them. And, if your brand takes a nosedive, they might be permanently linked to that social disaster.

5. Dress for Success

Like it or not, how you dress is a part of your brand. In the business world, you don’t have the option to dress comfortably or stylishly. Whether or not you work for a company, you need to dress as any professional would in your line of work. You cannot successfully brand yourself as a financial consultant if you don’t dress that way.

Your personal brand is a part of who you are. You can’t escape it by pretending it doesn’t exist. So the best thing you can do is own it and take control of it. Get professional help to put your brand forward. Avoid controversy with regard to your brand. Start a blog. Leave your family out of it. And dress like the success you want your brand to exude.

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My Pluralsight Courses for $7 each???

March 28th, 2018

Kind of… Pluralsight is offering, for the next 3 days (through March 31, 2018) a 33% off for a year subscription. That comes out to $199 for a year. Think that is steep?

I have 29 soft skill, career management, and professional development courses. They are, from what I hear, pretty awesome. $199/29 = less than $7. You can get the whole Jason Alba bundle for only $199.

As a killer bonus you get access to the other 7,000 (give or take) courses at Pluralsight, plus all of the courses they will release over the next year. This is a tremendous offer (even full price is a great deal).

I have a friend who recently spent $400 for about 7 courses on Udemy. Imagine… half the price and you get full, unlimited access to all of the courses on Pluralsight. I’d whip out the ol’ credit card (aka, the American Dream) and order this. You can’t go wrong.

Want another BONUS? Remember, for every Jason Alba course you watch, every time you watch it, you can self-report in JibberJobber and get an additional 3 days of JibberJobber Premium.  For example, watch my Listening course (one of my most popular courses) and get 3 free upgrade days on JibberJobber. Watch it five times and get 15 days. Watch it a hundred times and get 300 days.

If you get this one year deal on Pluralsight you can easily watch my courses regularly, throughout the year, and not pay for JibberJobber Premium.  That is a pretty sweet deal. (Why do we do that? It’s no secret that when you watch my course I get a little kick back, or as they call it, royalty share. So… you watch my course, I get a little bit of money. And I give that right back to you in the way of JibberJobber Premium. Your only investment is to spend time on my courses… but there’s no limit to the number of courses of mine that you watch to get free JibberJobber upgrades!).

I’d call that a Killer Killer Bonus.

What are you waiting for? April 1 is coming first, and that’s no joke. Get this 33% off deal before it expires. Otherwise, you’ll regret it and will have to pay $299.

But hey, if it comes to that, $299 is still a killer deal for what you get… all of the Jason Alba courses + 7,000 bonus courses + all of the JibberJobber upgrades you can earn just by watching my courses.

Not a bad investment!

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When Job Search Advice Isn’t Working

March 14th, 2018

K. recently emailed Liz and said:

“I am still searching for a position. I use JibberJobber everyday it seems. It does help me keep organized and sort out my connections from Linkedin and elsewhere. I have been doing this now for 18 months though and I don’t seem to be getting very far. I have watched and applied techniques from videos but I’m still not sure what I am doing wrong. I really would like a job with a company that has a good reputation for its people and management.”

First, kudos for recognizing what kind of company you want to work for. I recently landed a job, after twelve years, at a company (BambooHR – here’s one reason why: PaidPaidVacation) that has won many “best to work for” awards and it is AWESOME. I work with people who have worked with some of the big, awesome local companies and hearing them talk about the cultural differences and work environments honestly makes me sad. Bamboo is pretty awesome, but it’s sad to hear about companies who have cultures based on fear, power-hungry bosses who “can’t get fired because they have dirt on everyone,” unreal expectations, and working the employees so hard that everyone is (a) exhausted and (b) worried about losing their job.

A great culture exists. If I were to start a job search right now, I’d make a target company list based on the “best companies to work for” lists.  Can you even imagine LOVING where you work? That happens when a company makes culture a high priority.

That was the easy part of this post… the hard part addresses the idea of “I’ve done all the stuff and it’s still not working.”

In my first job search, 12 years ago, I couldn’t hardly get an interview. I later learned that this was because my resume, which everyone said was “awesome,” was not the right resume for the roles I was applying to. All I knew was that I was frustrated that no one would reply to me… I just got those lame, cold templated emails about not being the right one for the job.

It was mentally and emotionally exhausting to do what I thought was all the right stuff and get absolutely nowhere.

In this last job search, within the last few months, the same thing happened. I applied to a small list of target companies for a Product Manager role. One recruiter said “you are easily $175,000,” because of my PM experience throughout my career, and with JibberJobber. This time around I got interviews, and even second interviews, but I wasn’t landing anything. No offers (until Bamboo, but that’s another story).

Here’s what I learned: I have been doing “stuff.” In many cases, I’ve been doing “the right stuff.” But, frankly, I’m weird. My resume is weird, my background is weird. My skillset and history and even my communication style is weird. I’m not the cookie cutter best candidate… I’m weird. And let’s face it, my AGE is weird. Yes, age discrimination, I’m sure, played a big part in both job searches.

The normal job search stuff that works a lot of the time wasn’t working for me. Because I’m weird, I needed weird tactics and strategies. Maybe it’s the Paretto thing… 80% of the time the stuff works, but for 20% of the people, 20% of the time, you have to do something different. Maybe, K, you are part of the 20%.

Here’s my advice:

  1. Don’t take the core, principle-based job search advice and throw it out. Just figure it out, and adjust it where it needs to be adjusted. Make it unique to you. I had to do this. I had to figure out what “networking” meant for me, in my town, in my industry, in this small group of professionals I needed to network with. What does it mean for you? Maybe you are “networking” but not in the right way for you, for your location, for your industry, and for your target role (and the people who have, or hire for, that role right now). This analysis of the job search process is what helped me understand what I was doing wrong and, frankly, come up with the idea for JibberJobber.
  2. Get help. The problems in my job search would have been identified and addressed if I had hired a resume writer and/or job search coach. I’m talking about a real, professional, certified career professional. I found my career center was, unfortunately, useless. The guy who ran the career center didn’t have enough experience to help me, at my level. He might have focused on managing his staff, or helping recent grads get internships, but he was not equipped to help a professional with a few years of experience. That was a major disappointment. I know other career centers have better resources, many for free, but I’m saying invest the money to get a one-on-one professional who helps people like you. Find one who specializes in your industry, or has many clients like you (your age, your level, your industry, your locale, etc.). These career pros have been in the trenches with their clients. And they CARE. Your wins are their wins, Your heartache is their heartache (although they are in a different place, so it’s not soul crushing to them – a coach is not as emotionally attached as you are). If I would have gotten help I bet I would have had a job within weeks, maybe a couple of months. But I couldn’t see past the initial investment and I dragged my job search on way too long.
  3. Consider consulting, even if you don’t make any money from it. My first real job offer came after I had proven what I could do. I didn’t realize it at the time but someone I had recently met, and really respected, was watching me launch JibberJobber. One day he called and, as president of his company, offered me a job. “I’ve seen what you have done with JibberJobber and I’m impressed. I want you to help our company…”  I politely declined and kept my focus on JibberJobber. But I was honestly in shock. Why was it that when I was unemployed no one would touch me… as if I were a leper? But after launching a “simple” website I was all of the sudden interesting? It’s because people could SEE results when I launched. They could wrap their brain around what I do. I’ve seen this with consultants… whether they make money or not, whether they have clients or not. When you say you are a certain type of professional, and what you help with, people can understand that. You are “substantiating yourself.”  There is great value in this tactic.

So there you go, my Wednesday morning wisdom. I’m sorry that this has taken so long… 18 months of looking is a special kind of Hell. I hope some of this resonates, and that you can make the right changes to get the right results. I’d love to hear back and see how things are going. One day you’ll make my entire week by saying “Jason! I got my dream job!”  That will be an awesome day!

 

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“Struggling with trying to network with professionals”

March 13th, 2018

We got an email from user “L” last week with two issues… I want to address one today. He says:

“I am struggling with trying to network with professionals.”

Not a whole lot of information in the email… what kind of struggling? They aren’t responding to your calls or emails? Or, you don’t know how to approach them in the first place? Or, you actually get to have meetings with them but then nothing happens from there?

When I started my job search 12 years ago I learned that networking was the way to go and applying online was a waste of time. So, I tried to figure out how to network. The problem was that, as an introvert and a technologist, I’d much rather sit at home and “do my job search” efficiently than take hours and hours out of my day and routine to go to a network event, or meet someone at a restaurant. The “hours and hours” came from drive time, getting ready time, and arriving early and/or staying late.

Did I mention introvert? The whole process could be exhausting, with a healthy dose of concern about whether this would be a fruitful meeting or if people would just think I was an idiot (second guessing myself has been one of my top skills).

Sitting in front of a computer was much easier, much more comfortable, and seemed a lot more productive.

But everyone knew, and said, that you had to network. What if it just wasn’t working?

Maybe, I figured, it wasn’t that networking wasn’t working, but that I wasn’t understanding it and doing it right.

The turning point in my networking journey came when I read Never Eat Alone. I can’t recommend that book enough. This was THE book that changed my mindset on networking. It wasn’t something to do so I could benefit, rather it was something to do so everyone could benefit. I went into networking opportunities with a completely different attitude and goals. It had now become fun and exciting. Instead of getting to network events late and skipping out early, I was anxious to be one of the first ones there and one of the last to leave.

What because of this?

I remember one conversation where I pretty much had a job offer in the bag, and at a networking event told this guy about it and said he should interview, because he was definitely a better candidate than I was. He got the job, and I got immense satisfaction knowing that I had a small part in that.

Seriously, it was thrilling to give that away to him.

That was a manifestation of my change in attitude. I wasn’t in it for ME, I was in it for WE. I helped and I gave. I went from “What can I get” to “what can I give you,” which was great. But the next transition was huge. It was: “Hey, I heard you mention this… you need to talk to so-and-so. I’ll send you an introduction today.”

Here’s what that looks like:

  1. I started at: What can I get? I’m in this for me… and this is why a lot of networking feels sleezy.
  2. Then, I transitioned to: What can I give you? This is a question you’ll hear from networkers, and it shows they are helpful, and ready to invest some capital into the networking bank… maybe hoping to draw on it later. Nothing wrong with being here.
  3. But then, something magical happened when I didn’t ask that question, and didn’t wait for them to know what they wanted (heck, I didn’t know what I… why expect everyone else to know?): “I heard you say this… you need to talk to my friend, I’ll do the introduction today.” This goes into really listening and caring, and then opening up your network (risking, to a degree, your own reputation) and proactively making an introduction.

#3 is why I was so excited to go to network meetings. I couldn’t wait to connect people, and really, really help them. This went way beyond the superficial smile and handshake and “we should do lunch” (the lunch that never happens). This was meaningful, and it was fun.

Along the way my relationships with individuals grew and strengthened, my reach expanded, and I was fulfilled. It was AWESOME.

In summary, to a very vague question I give you two suggestions: First, get Never Eat Alone. I hope you absorb it the way I did. Second, transition from a “what can I get” goal/attitude to a “I’m going to give something to you today… not sure what, but I’m listening for where I can add value, and will give it” attitude. This gamifies networking, makes it fun, and puts you in a much different position.

Have a more specific networking question? I’m all ears. Leave a comment or email me.

 

 

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New: Push Reminders to Google Calendar! (almost a Google Sync)

March 12th, 2018

We have been working on something that we hope you love. You can now push your Action Items (aka Reminders) to Google Calendar. This is not a two-way sync because we don’t want all of your Google stuff on your JJ Reminders panel, and we don’t want all of the Log Entries on your Google Calendar… so we’re starting with just putting things you need to do in your job search pushing from JibberJobber to Google Calendar. Based on the feedback we get we might expand this, and if this works well we’ll work on other calendars (outlook.com is next, I think).

How do you do this? It’s in beta, so it’s a little hidden… but it only takes a few minutes to set up. Here’s what we suggest:

FIRST, SET UP A NEW CALENDAR IN GOOGLE

On the left side of your Google Calendar (not in JibberJobber), you’ll see a list of your calendars. There is a plus icon (see the red number 1, below)… click that to add a new calendar to your calendars (see the red number 2, below).

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After you click the plus icon, click New calendar from the dropdown.

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On the New calendar page, add your new calendar. You can see how I did it below.

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Now, your new calendar will show up with your other calendars :) That was easy!

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NEXT, TELL JIBBERJOBBER YOU WANT TO SEND REMINDERS TO THE NEW CALENDAR

In JibberJobber, mouse over Logs and choose Send to Google Calendar (this will be put in other places later, once we are out of beta).

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On the next page click the button to Connect to Google Calendar.

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Then, Google wants to know what account you want to send to… I have more than one, but I work out of my @gmail calendar.

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Google wants to know that you are legit, and not a bad guy or a bot, so here’s one last verification… just click Allow (if you chose the right account)

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Then, they want to know which calendar to send it to. You can see I have various calendars to choose from… choose the one you just created, then click Submit.

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Now you are sending Reminders!!

NEXT, CREATE A REMINDER IN JIBBERJOBBER TO SEE IF IT WORKED!

Create a Log Entry, and then click on the Reminders tab and put a Reminders date (put something for today, in a few hours).

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That’s it… every time you do this we queue it up and send it to the Calendar.

NEXT, VERIFY THAT IT WAS SENT ON YOUR GOOGLE CALENDAR

Go to your Google calendar, make sure your JibberJobber Calendar is showing, and see if it showed up. Mine looks like this (note each Calendar is color coded… my JibberJobber calendar happens to be purple).

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That’s it! After you take a few minutes to set this up you don’t have to think about it anymore. You can hide the new JibberJobber calendar from your view, if you want, or you can go into JibberJobber and disable this feature and stop sending stuff.

Note that if you close something in either place it does not close it in the other place… so it’s not doing task management (yet).  Let’s see how this goes, and the feedback we get, and we’ll decide where to go from here.

Let us know if you have problems or suggestions :)

 

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How I Found A Job (9/20): The First Interview

March 9th, 2018

I have one real suit. I know this is a casual company, but my personal policy is you dress a little nicer than the company, and I didn’t think a suit was out of line. I scoured the company pictures and videos and saw at least one where a guy was in a white shirt and tie… okay, suit should be fine.

BUT, is my suit outdated?

I am not a fashionista, something my kids point out almost daily (those shoes, dad??? That shirt with those pants??). They all have really nice style and I seem to be style-blind with clothes.

Would I walk in and my suit might fit just a little off, or the suit color be to 1900s, or the shoes and suit and tie and belt not look good?

Sometimes this actually does matter. Probably not as often as we think, though. But it was something on my mind. It was mental junk that could impact my “performance” at the interview.

I drove to BambooHR, planning to get there about 20 minutes early. If there was traffic or a car accident this would have been a problem… 12 years ago I would have left to be there about 45 minutes early. But I figured 20 minutes would be good. I had watched every BambooHR video I could, read more blog than I could count, and scoured their site and Instagram and Youtube for any information that would help. I also had the job posting practically memorized.

I felt ready, and this took my nerves down a bit.

Getting a new job is such a life changing event. Do everything you can to land the right job for you. Take it very seriously and realize that you have but a few minutes to impress everyone, from the front desk person to the people in the parking lot to the person you interview with.

When I was a speaker I had a routine I’d run through before getting on stage… one of the things I would do is mentally chant LEAVE IT ALL ON THE FIELD! I would be done in an hour, and do everything I could to make it the most memorable, impactful experience for attendees. I took this same approach for my interview: leave it all on the field.

By the time I got there I was kind of exhausted. I had prepared very well, but I hadn’t slept well. But I was going to do the best I could in the few minutes I got.

I went to check-in met one of the company founders (and got him mixed up with the other one, thank goodness I didn’t mention his name), and then Rusty came down to meet me. With a smile as big as his personality, we exchanged pleasantries and went to his office.  For the next hour or so we had an indepth conversation about my background, history, experience, and things I had done.  He put a lot of our conversation on the white board, which I thought was cool and interesting. It was insightful to see what he captured from what I said, and if he wrote something that I felt might be incomplete later I was able to drill down on that.

It was fun, honestly, and going through my accomplishments over the past 12 years (and a little pre-JibberJobber), I felt like YEAH, I am pretty accomplished! How in the world did I do 3 books, create a professional speaking business, run a startup, and do 30 Pluralsight courses?  And a few other things here and there… wow, I wasn’t as incompetent as maybe I had thought.

Before I knew it I was headed back to my car. It went well. Actually, it went REALLY WELL. I can’t imagine having done it any better.

I left the office knowing that I would likely come in on Thursday to meet with two more people, and hopefully soon after that I’d hear, if they liked me, about an offer.

Time to wait. And as I mentioned earlier, time to apply to other places, because if I didn’t get this perfect opportunity I’d be crushed. So I was already starting to put guards in place to deal with that.

 

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How I Found A Job (8/20): The Interview Process

March 8th, 2018

When Rusty and I got on our first phone call he said he’d like to have me come in and interview with him directly. This was a very important role and he wanted to get going as soon as he could.  Could I accommodate his quick-turn around schedule? DEFINITELY. This is RIGHT, and I’ll do what I can to make it easy and smooth for him.

Normally, I think, I would have had a phone screen with a recruiter, and maybe a Hirevue interview… but could I come in on Monday morning?

I’ll be there.

The speed this was happening was another sign that this was serious, and he looked at me as a good fit. It was exciting… but the problem was it was more information to help me fall more in love with this company.

The last company I fell in love with (12 years ago), after the interview, I started to mentally do the work.

This time I fell in the same trap. I couldn’t sleep at night, and was waking up at 4pm. My mind was going.

Please let this happen. Please let this work.

By this time, as I learned more about the company, I had already mentally discarded all of the product manager jobs I was applying for (and hadn’t gotten any positive response from).

Nothing was interesting to me anymore, except being on this team, in this company, to change the world.

Please, let it happen.

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How I Found A Job (7/20): Responding to Their First Outreach

March 7th, 2018

The first communication I had from anyone at BambooHR for this job was shocking.

It was a personal LinkedIn message from the hiring manager that was not cold or off-putting, not impersonal or prescribed.  It was also flattering, and showed that he had looked at my LinkedIn Profile and saw that I might be a perfect match.

I was blown away. I was flattered.

After all of the cold communication or non-communication I had from the other companies I had applied for, I was in shock. I showed my wife who said “he probably says that to everyone who has applied.”

Maybe.  Maybe he just had that personality, but I didn’t think so.  The question he asked is why I was interested in that role? Me… the CEO of JibberJobber, someone who had pushed out 30 Pluralsight courses… why in the world would I be interested in that role?

I responded thusly:

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It took me a while to write that. I am a prolific writer, they say, and I wanted to write a novel. HIRE ME! PUT ME IN, COACH!  Alas, a lot of writing and backspacing, and that is what I came up with.

This was a bit nerve-wracking, because by this point I found the perfect role at the perfect company. I could make a difference in a company that was making a difference in the world. They had almost ten years of purpose and I would add value, based on my eclectic experience that others couldn’t understand.

But Rusty understood. And he reached out to me and treated me with dignity. I don’t need my ego stroked, but every job seeker knows that being treated with dignity, as a human, is rare.

If there’s anything you can take away from this (today’s post), it is this: Treat your communication as very special, and spend time writing and cleaning your messages. Make sure you know what you want to say, what you don’t need to say (and would only be a weird distraction), and send THE RIGHT message.

But then, stop second guessing yourself and hit send.

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