Yesterday I wrote a post on JibberJobber as a job search tracking tool. That’s where the idea came from, and for the first few weeks we were branded as a job search tool. However, I realized early on that I wanted JibberJobber to be a long-term career management tool.
What does this mean? And why is our tagline “Career Management 2.0?”
The cradle-to-grave job mentality is gone. There is no employer who will employ you from the beginning of your career until the end (some 40-odd years). You will likely have more than 10 job changes in your career. Penelope Trunk says in her book, Brazen Careerist, that Gen Y will have 10 job changes before they turn 30! WOW!
You need to get good at finding that next job. And the next one. Don’t treat the idea that you’ll be in transition as a pink elephant. Embrace it. Changing jobs, and being a job seeker on a regular basis, is part of your career path.
Whether you work for one company for a long time or not, relationships are key. Sorry, but corporate politics are not going away. You need to manage relationships at work, while employed. Managing customer relationships, vendor relationships, peer relationships, boss relationships…. all of this is critical. Perhaps it will help you get a promotion. Perhaps it will help you just keep your job. Ignore relationships (and corporate politics) at the risk of your future income.
You need to live networking’s Giver’s Gain. You should not “eat alone.” You should help people. You should proactively nurture relationships. It’s hard to proactively nurture relationships, especially when you are dealing with lots of contacts, and a growing number of contacts.
As an employed, or self-employed, professional, you need to be able to answer the question “tell me about yourself.” This is something job seekers are told to do, commonly referred to as a “me in 30 seconds” statement, or a commercial. When you are employed people still ask you the question, and you should know how to answer it. You might have different answers based on who’s asking it. JibberJobber has a place where you can put in as many 30 second commercials as you want, for different situations.
You should keep track of important career documents. You better have an updated resume (or multiple versions of resumes), as well as collect reference letters. Go ahead and put them on your PC… and hope it doesn’t crash, or you don’t switch computers (I think I had switched computers four times between my last resume update and when I really needed my resume). In JibberJobber you can store it all in one place, and have it whenever you need.
You should, have to, need to, track your professional accomplishments. One of the purposes of the post “Depression Clouds Everything” was to say “when you most need a clear mind, it will be clouded by emotions (including depression), and you won’t remember all the great things you’ve ever accomplished!” I know my career had a lot of professional accomplishments, but I don’t have all of them logged. JibberJobber allows you to track all of these things… as an employed professional, you can log all of your accomplishments into the Job Journal (premium feature).
… there’s more, of course.
Whether you are unemployed, happily employed, unhappily employed, see the writing-on-the-wall, or own your own business, you NEED to have a relationship management tool. JibberJobber is a great place to start!