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Job Interviews: How To Nail (or Fail) Them

November 9th, 2009

Jacob Share’s Job Mob blog is one of the few I subscribe to via email – always something interesting there.  Last week he wrote The Funniest Article Ever About Job Interviewing Tips, which includes an exclusive interview with a guy who created a fake office and did fake interviews, taping them and then compiling information on how to nail the interview.  Check out Jacob Share’s interview with Steinar Skipness here.

Steinar Skipness’s site is worth the time, and should bring a smile to your Monday morning – click on over to How To Nail An Interview – not only does he have 20 tips there, but he has some clips from interviews to drive the points home.  Check out the video from Tip 14, Less is More:

None of this stuff is new, but to see the mistakes on video is really fun :)

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Don’t Use Outlook as a CRM/PRM

November 6th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I went to Orlando for a conference.  When I got back to my office my computer was rebooting.

I think it had been rebooting for days.

In fact, it was stuck… and each time I tried to restart it I either almost got it to start (in Safe Mode) or it would remain hung in the rebooting process.

Finally, I took it back to the place I got it and they replaced the hard drive.  Diagnosis?  Unfixable, hard-drive failure…

Cool – I got a new hard drive – probably faster and better!

Uncool: I had to reinstall EVERYTHING on it.

I loaded Camtasia (for webcast recordings) and Snagit (for screenshots) and Skype (for my phone system) and Windows Live (for chatting) and Dymo Labels and Dymo Stamps (to ship my LinkedIn DVDs) and my printer driver (took way longer than it should have) and Adobe Acrobat (which should come with the OS installation) and GoToWebinar (for my webinars that I do at least twice a week) and GOM Player (to view videos from my video editor).

So far I’ve loaded all of the mission critical stuff.

So far I haven’t had to load Microsoft Outlook, Word, or Excel.

If I were to have had all of my contact information in Outlook, including names, phone numbers, email addresses (I use Gmail and Google Apps so I have this anywhere I have an Internet connection) then I would have already loaded Microsoft Office.  And then I would have to go to my backup and retrieve the backup.

If you are using a desktop application to manage your professional relationships, I sincerely hope you have the disks for the application so you can easily reload it on your machine.

I also hope you are somehow backing up YOUR DATA so that if something happens, after you reload it, you can get your contact information back.

Managing your career is hard enough without worrying about being your own IT Manager.

That’s why I’ll not use Outlook beyond what it was designed for.

Obviously I use JibberJobber for my Personal Relationship Manager (PRM) and Customer Relationship Manager (CRM).  During the time my PC was down (about a week) I could still access all of that critical information from my laptop, just by logging into JibberJobber.com.

I still have important information in my Outlook, but it hasn’t been important enough for me to load outlook and then figure out how to restore my files.  So far JibberJobber has carried me through the mess of a failed PC.

By the way, I have used and strongly encourage a third party backup system… the one I’ve used is Mozy.com, which is owned by EMC.  It costs $5/month and runs backups when I’m not using the PC.

Use Outlook for what it was intended … and if you use it for more, or don’t have proper measures in place in case it goes down, you are risking sanity and productivity.

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Twitter in the Job Search? Definitely. Absolutely.

November 5th, 2009

There are lots of books on Twitter right now – I was supposed to write one of the earliest but I was in the middle of rewriting I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? and I wasn’t sure I wanted to write another technical book that would have to be updated every year!  I opted to not do that but instead create hands-on, visual webinar recording that shows you how to use Twitter.

Twitter for Job Seekers (the video) is specifically designed for professionals in a job search.

It is a 1 hour and 24 minues (and one second) video, walking you through what Twitter is, and how to use it in your job search.

It’s based on the idea that you want to find network contacts who can help you in your job search – find people to add to your own personal/professional network, as well as how to communicate with them after you find them.

There is also training on what to do with your own Twitter account. As a professional, what could or should you be tweeting?  (going into personal branding, and how to use Twitter as a Personal Branding tool)

I show you how to get value out of Twitter EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT.  This is essential for many professionals who aren’t excited to jump on this bandwagon, but still want to tap into the power that Twitter.com has created.  There is significant power there – and you can tap into it without even signing up for an account.

I won’t try to convince anyone to get a Twitter account, but I do want you to learn how to use this tool so you can achieve your career management objectives.

To access the recording (as many times as you like) simply do the following:

  1. Login to JibberJobber.com.  This is as security measure so this video isn’t shared out inappropriately.  If you don’t have a JibberJobber account, get one on the front page – it takes about 60 seconds.
  2. Mouse over the Tools link (from the main menu) and go all the way down to Videos (click on the Videos link).
  3. The last tab on Videos is “Premium Videos.” Twitter for Job Search is the last one there.

This $50 investment into your career management is worth it… once you are done you should have your brain wrapped around Twitter as a tool, and know how you are going to incorporate it into your job search strategy.

(if you are already logged into JibberJobber, simply click here)

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Facebook for Executives

November 4th, 2009

It’s been a while since I helped write I’m on Facebook — Now What??? Jesse and I have been talking about getting a second edition out early next year, and I’m excited to get a more current book out (although Jesse says the book is still quite relevant, which is cool).

My mind has been in Facebook lately as I prepare a 90 minute presentation called FACEBOOK ESSENTIALS FOR EXECUTIVES: Meet the “new” Facebook.  You can sign up at the Experts Connection website (click the link above) – I’m really jazzed to share what I’ve learned – specifically, what we should be doing with Facebook as part of our social networking strategy.

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JibberJobber Competition

November 3rd, 2009

Over three years ago I knew about direct competition.  I’m not talking about spreadsheets, I’m talking about companies who have websites that are very similar to JibberJobber.

I haven’t blogged about competition for a few reasons, but it makes sense to blog about them now.

The first competitor launched the week after we did, in May of 2006.  It was called Isabont, but has since been renamed to Virtual Job Coach.  I had a phone conversation with the founder that November and found him to be a nice person.

For a while it was just Isabont and JibberJobber – we did a lot of stuff the same, and I tried to watch what they were doing.  Over time I heard about other sites that were considered competition – we watched all of them, wondering who was going to do what.

Regularly when I am on the road speaking I hear about a new competitor coming out – it has happened across the country – most recently from someone from my hometown (lol).

Today I got the following Contact Us message (this is the entire message):

redsalsa_competition

I have known about Red Salsa for a while, and figured someone had hired them to develop a competitive system.  Someone at Red Salsa told their team to get JibberJobber accounts so they could reverse engineer the system (or, as the message above says, copy the features).

I sent an email to Red Salsa and asked them what was up, but of course got no reply.

It is unfortunate that companies can’t create their own stuff, and use unethical/deceptive means to reverse engineer someone else’s intellectual property.

I’d love to know who is behind this (is it Red Salsa or someone else), and what they plan to do.  I wish them well as they enter this market with about 10 other competitors.

I think I can only do one thing about my competition (outperform them and gain a critical mass of users/evangelists)… what do you think I should do?

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