Kayak Jobs:Network In!

May 31st, 2011

What if all posted jobs were … REAL?

What if companies were honest about posted jobs?

What if companies honestly told you how to get a job there?

Check out what Kayak has on their job page (… NO postings, but this snippet:

“If you think you have something interesting to add, we’d be very interested in hearing about it. And if you are someone with exceptional talent, we’re going to take a leap of faith and assume that you’ll be resourceful enough to get in touch with one of us through available networking tools.

I find this honesty and straighttalk immensely refreshing!



ProNet Charlotte: Amazing Job Search Resource and Amazing People

May 30th, 2011

Last week I was in Charlotte, NC, doing some presentations for ProNet, which is a great resource for professionals in transition.  I met some amazing people, but I wanted to showcase two of them:

Anne Marie Young (on Twitter), who had a significant role in organizing this event, is the consumate connector.  She treated well from the first time we were on the phone, and I found her to be kind and proactive.  At one point during the conversation I was talking about Power Connectors (a phrase I learned about in Never Eat Alone), and I immediately thought about Anne Marie.

I asked if anyone in the room (about 200 people) knew Anne Marie and it seemed like all hands went up!  In the chatter that followed it was clear that Anne Marie was more resourceful, more helpful, more giving, and more thoughtful than I could have imagined.  She is a powerful networker in Charlotte, but definitely not presumptuous.

She’s the kind of networker I want to be, and I feel fortunate to have met her and learned from her (thanks Anne Marie!).

The other person I want to write about is Orlando Cruz-Solano. Orlando worked tirelessly, along with the other volunteers, to make the all-day event for job seekers look like it was a breeze.  It was so well-orchastrated that I didn’t sense any stress from anyone (well, except me, the speaker :p).  At every turn Orlando was there to make sure I was well, and he helped me with some last minute needs (printing, food), and was extremely hospitable.  It’s amazing to work with someone with is technical ability (civil engineer, database guru, large software systems salesperson, etc.) and get treated like I’m the king of the world.  Orlando was awesome!

Another amazing person I spent some time with is Rich Saucer, a volunteer at the Church of Charlotte job seeker group. Rich hosted Thursday night’s event and I was fortunate enough to have dinner with him after the event.  Interestingly, we have a lot in common. I’m always amazed to meet people like Rich, who is happily employed but spends quite a bit of time volunteering to help people who are unemployed.

Of course there were other awesome people there, including, Dan Shawbel (the other Tuesday speaker), and others (here are the people who tweated about it: Traci Cuthbertson, Mark Frietch, Linda Hargrove, Andrew Goerke, Rochelle Rivas, Mark Weber, Tom Becker, Candice Szeliga, Alison Warren, Charlene Berry, Michelle Walker… I sincerely appreciated all the ProNet volunteers who worked behind the scenes…

Thanks to all for a fantastic North Carolina experience!



Favorite Friday: Job Search advice from Kung Fu Panda (Kung Fu Panda 2 is coming out)

May 27th, 2011

I LOVED Kung Fu Panda when it came out. I think I watched it about 8 times.  Each time I watched it I pulled out ideas for life, for the job search, for career management.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is coming out, so I wanted to share an old post from November 17, 2008, titled Kung Fu Panda and Your Career.

In this post I shared 8 things I learned from Kung Fu Panda, and how they relate to YOUR career. Enjoy!

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Internet Your Way To A New Job (3rd Edition)

May 26th, 2011

I got an announcement on Alison Doyle’s LinkedIn Group (this link might work) about the THIRD edition of her book on using the internet in your job search.

Alison is an expert in all-things-job-search.  She is the job search expert at, and has multiple books.  I’m excited to see this third edition come out since this topic is guaranteed to need updating regularly.

You can get the book from Amazon (Kindle) or Happy About, or you can save quite a bit and buy the ebook. Here’s a link for a free excerpt.

Here’s information from her blog post announcing this new edition:

The new edition includes all the latest job search sites, tools, trends, including how to use Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to job search, job search apps for your phone and iPad, video interviews, career networking, and the best sites for job seekers and career changers.

In addition, there’s a new chapter full of advice from leading job search and career experts.

I appreciate all the suggestions and advice provided by job seekers and career professionals who were kind enough to share their expertise and their job search stories with me.  Thanks so much to you all.

Go get it:  Amazon (Kindle) or Happy About :)

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JibberJobber Partner: Linsey Levine of CareerCounsel

May 25th, 2011

Linsey Levine has been a JibberJobber partner for  years.  Last year I had a choice meeting with her where we talked about Personality Tests… er, Personality ASSESSMENTS.  They aren’t tests, as Linsey went on to explain.  She clearly has a lot of training and experience using assessments to help people understand what direction they should be pointed in in the job search.

Linsey works with a lot of executives, although she has a breadth of experience in the career space.  I asked he if she would write something to introduce herself… here’s what she sent me:

After an early career that included attorney search, teaching, and editing, I found myself stuck – with really no idea what to do next. An epiphany helped me make a mid-life career change myself, and now I partner with other people in career pain, career depression, and career limbo – to help them get unstuck. It was the best choice and decision that I ever made! I love my work, my clients, and making a difference.

My passion for helping people uncover, discover, or turn on their light, enables them to consciously create successful career paths that are aligned with their values, gifts, interests, and unique strengths .

I have a private Career Coaching /Counseling / Resume Writing practice in White Plains, Westchester NY, and also facilitate ExecuNet Networking meetings in the tri-state area. As Adjunct Faculty of the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle, I taught the Career Development Masters curriculum and supervised interns. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Master Career Development Professional(MCDP).

As a client so aptly observed, “ You are a CAREer, you put the CARE into Care(er),” so I love to provide inspirational and practical advice, as well as resources and valuable connections. I am an active member of the Career Counselors Consortium, Career Management Alliance, Association for Psychological Type, Career Development Specialists Network, National Career Development Association, Association of Career Professionals International, and National Resume Writers Association.

There is a major difference between a career coach and a career counselor. I’m proud to have Linsey as a JibberJobber Partner, and offer both skillsets to her clients, and helps them with counseling, coaching and resumes.

Learn more about Linsey Levine on LinkedIn or from her website.

Here are some links of interest:

Career Counseling and Coaching

Resume Writing Services

Career Workshops

ExecuNet Facilitated Networking Meetings

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Your Tagline, Cliche, Meaningless

May 24th, 2011

Check out this tweet from Steve Levy, a professional recruiter who shoots from the hip:

What does it mean to be a transformational leader?

What does it mean to be anything?  Have attention to detail, be customer-service oriented, be a rainmaker, be ____ or ______ or _______?


When you see a resume (or email signature, or hear a 30 second pitch or any of these branding tools) that is filled with cliche, what are they saying?


They are saying nothing!

I know it means a lot to you, because after all, you are the best problem solver in the world (or whatever cliche message you have), but the problem is, it doesn’t matter what it means to you.  It matters what it means to others (NOTHING).

You have to say things in plain, simple English, and communicate your real value, or you will be saying nothing more than dribble.

And that’s not good branding.



How To: Export Contacts from LinkedIn, Import Contacts Into JibberJobber

May 20th, 2011

A LinkedIn user would export from LinkedIn and import into JibberJobber because JibberJobber allows them to do stuff that LinkedIn doesn’t (think: a richer CRM than what LinkedIn offers, plus no worries about denying access to their account if you think they are spammers, or whatever).

A frequent question we get is how to export contacts out of LinkedIn, and get them into JibberJobber.

Click here to see THE POST on how to export contacts from LinkedIn.

Step 1 is to get your first degree contacts out of LinkedIn and into a CSV file.  This is pretty easy to do.

Step 2 is to clean (aka, scrub) the file and get rid of any junk before you import it.

Step 3 is to import into JibberJobber.

It’s a pretty easy process, even though there are a lot of steps… if you have any problems or questions, let us know!

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Browser Trick for JibberJobber Users – Organize Your Job Search!

May 17th, 2011

Okay, this is a trick for all internet users :)

When you are anywhere on the internet, and see a link, you can RIGHT CLICK on the link and open it in a new tab (or window).  Check out the image below… the arrows point at links to click on:

A “regular click” will open that link on the same page… but if I RIGHT CLICK on the link I can choose to open in a new tab:

Why would I do that?

Many times I want to stay on one page, and open the other at the same time.  In the olden days we would open in a new window, but now most everyone uses a browser that has tabs, and you can have multiple tabs open, to do as much research as you want.

When I’m researching a company, and how I’ve networked into a company, I’ll open all of the contact records for that company in new tabs… that way I can see them all easily.

Hope that helps!

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Happy Birthday JibberJobber!

May 16th, 2011

Yesterday was JibberJobber’s 5 year birthday celebration :)

Whew – we made it!  They say most businesses fail in the first five years, and we’re still here!

This week, any one-year upgrade (or $99+ bundle) will get another year upgrade included… it’s like buy-one-get-one-free.  It is as simple as this:

Buy a one year upgrade (tell us which bundle you want) and get a bonus year free.

If you don’t have a lifetime upgrade, now is the time to get a great value for your dollar.  You’ll get 24 months of JibberJobber for about $4/month, plus you get either the LinkedIn for Job Seekers DVD OR some other streaming videos.

Start here. The bonus year will be applied after payment is made.

(If you have a lifetime upgrade, consider buying this for your friends/family)

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ASK! I’m Asking for JibberJobber Testimonials

May 12th, 2011

Monday I posted Job Seeker Success: Simply ASK! I think it’s a mega-important principle for career management.

When I started JibberJobber I started to do a different kind of networking… not as a job seeker, but as an aspiring mega-success.

I found, as I networked in that capacity, I had people say “what can I do to help you?” I really didn’t know how to respond to that. I had to figure out a good response that could help people help me.

It was uncomfortable at first, but eventually I got used to asking for help, especially when people ASKED how they could help.

Weird, huh?

So today, I’m ASKING you a favor…

I have been negligent in ASKING for testimonials for JibberJobber.  Many years ago I had asked, but it’s been a long time.  I have more users now, and the system has advanced quite a bit, and it’s time that I ASK you to give me testimonials and endorsements I can use in my marketing.

Note: I’m not ASKING for “feedback” or things to improve (you can send those to us through the Contact Us form).  I’m ASKING for the kudos… the good stuff.

So please, leave a comment below with a testimonial. If you love it, if you use it, if you need it, if you think it’s brilliant, if it has made a difference in your career management and job search, please share this with the world, and help me establish more credibility for JibberJobber…

If you want to leave any personal information, like what industry you are in, what title you typically have, or how you use JibberJobber, please do that (for example, as a non-job seeker, etc.)



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