JibberJobber is a career management tool, useful before, during and after a job search. The newest feature, scheduled to be released next week, is a non-job-search feature — The Job Journal.
The job journal was something that I kind of remember hearing about in college. We were told to record all the great things that happened in our jobs, so that when we needed to put together a resume we could pull from a list of accomplishments. Or, more frequently, as we had our regular employee reviews we could go in with the list and refresh our manager’s memory, to get that raise
I didn’t really understand the importance of this until I got laid off and was trying to put together my resume. It was a nightmare. On top of not having the information at my fingertips, all of the emotions of the job loss were clouding my mind. How powerful it would have been to have a list right in front of me!
Then, last year, in discussion with Liz Handlin, the job journal idea came up again. As a career coach she encourages her clients to keep a job journal… to chronicle dates, happenings, etc. She even put up a blog post about it called Keep a Job Diary.
This will be a simple-yet-powerful feature added to JibberJobber. Here are the main things to fill out (this image doesn’t show the description which, which is right under it):
- The date that it happened – you can back-date if you want to.
- What was it? In the image above it’s for the Employee of the Week award.
- What company was this at?
- You can create your own categories, which might include award, major sale, problem solving, etc.
- Tag (or label with keywords) to your heart’s content!
- Good/positive allows you to pull a report of all good things, or all bad things, or both.
- Nice to know, if you can actually back a claim up with supporting documentation (newspaper clipping, certificate, etc.)
- You can rank each entry to show how important it really is in your career management – maybe an employee of the week is only two stars but an employee of the year is five stars!
- Did you get a bonus or raise or any $ from it? Log that here.
Below this section you can put the description, links to newspaper articles, etc. At the request of executive coach Kent Blumberg, you can further break this down into Problem/Action/Results… so your description can be more structured and you don’t forget to include important information.
Thanks to Liz Handlin, Deb Dib, Barbara Safani and Kent Blumberg for their input on this feature, and to the other coaches and resume writers who have encouraged and supported this development – this will be a premium feature, scheduled to release next week.
Still wondering how to get the most out of JibberJobber? Mark your calendars for the free user webinars!