Importing Contacts into JibberJobber from [Outlook, Facebook, Yahoo, Verizon, etc.]

June 29th, 2012

On the JibberJobber user webinar on Wednesday I had a number of people ask how to import contacts from other systems, including Verizon (that was a first) and Facebook (it’s been a while since anyone asked that.

The bottom line is that you can import any CSV file.  You just have to figure out how to export your contacts from any of those systems.

The first place I would start is on a Google search, which would look like this:

Just change “verizon” for whatever system you are looking for… here are a few exports you might be interested in:

Get the point?

What do you do once you export?  As long as you remember a csv is simply a file that opens with Microsoft Excel (ie, it’s just a spreadsheet (kind of)), you should be good.  I do the following:

  1. Open the file (in Excel).
  2. Clean the file.  If it’s coming from LinkedIn, I delete about 20+ blank columns.  If it’s coming from other places (like those above), I am not sure what you get.  You don’t have to delete/clean anything, but I’m a nerd for good data, and I like to clean it in the spreadsheet rather than one-by-one in JibberJobber.  This could include making sure the Last Name column only has LAST NAMES, not acronyms, etc.
  3. Add new columns.  If nothing else, add a column titled SOURCE, and then for every record put in _______-Import.  For example, I regularly have contacts with a source of “LinkedIn_Import”, which allows me to know I’ve imported them from LinkedIn. Other columns you might want to add are: tags, notes, rank, initial_contact, birthday, and any user defined fields you have set up in JibberJobber.
  4. Save the file. Make sure you SAVE AS a csv file.

Then, go to JibberJobber and import.  You get there by mousing over the Network drop down and then clicking import/export. More details on that in a later post.

Hope this helps…

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Recruiters ARE NOT your BFF in the Job Search

June 28th, 2012

I just saw this on a career coach eList I’m on:

“While it may sound like an easy way to get a job is to turn the search over to a recruiter, it’s unlikely this will result in interviews or job offers. Today, most every candidate has to be their own advocate in a very competitive, very specialized job market.”

Debra Feldman, JobWhiz. Debra is an agent who works for candidates, not employers. She establishes networking connections that open doors to new job leads.

YES!  Debra is so right!

As a job seeker we’re looking for the easiest and most successful tactics to employ.  Like finding jobs on a job board and applying.  Or telling recruiters how great you are.

In reality, if they are easy, and supposedly lead to easy success, then you can bet tons of your competition (aka, other job seekers) are doing the same thing. When it becomes too easy, and too many people do it, you get lost in the NOISE.

Reality check: I heard a recruiter say one of her colleagues would regularly delete all the resumes she had collected just because it got to be too hard to go through them.

Yes, you are a noisy number.

Here’s my best experience with a recruiter.  I’ll never forget him.  Dave Steveson, owner of HirePointe (a recruiting shop), said this to me on our third meeting:

“Well, I think you are going to find a job for yourself a lot faster than I’ll find a job for you.”

WHUUUUUUUUH??????  At first I didn’t understand, but then it all made sense.  I thought Dave was my job search agent.  In fact, he wasn’t.  Not at all.  Neither were the 29 other recruiters I thought were my agents.

Take what Debra said above, and what Dave told me six years ago, to heart.  And stop thinking that talking to recruiters is your easy button.

Sorry.  But you actually do have to network.



Brilliant Idea: Take a FAST from Job Boards during July

June 27th, 2012

Here’s an idea I came up with a few days ago.  I think it’s brilliant.  I think it will revolutionize your job search.  I think Monster will hate me for suggesting it:

Take a 31 day fast from job boards during the month of July.

That is, from July 1 through July 31 DO NOT use job boards.

I know this sounds weird and uncomfortable.  WHAT IF there is that perfect job waiting there for me?  WHAT IF I miss out on opportunities, and someone else gets a job that has my name written all over it?

Your family will think you are crazy, and that you are a lazy job seeker, because you can’t show all the jobs you’ve applied to.

Here’s why I think this is brilliant: if you are working hard on a job search, and you take out that element (which is easy, and can tend to take up gobs of time), you will essentially force yourself to do other things.

Maybe hard things.

Maybe things you’ve been afraid to do.

Maybe things that will force you to refine your communication.

Go ahead, I dare you.  No job boards in July.  Think you are brave enough?



3 Phone Interview Prep Tips

June 26th, 2012

Guest post by Liz – see more info about her below the post.

When you have landed a phone interview for your dream job, maybe with a pharmacy or law firm, it is essential to take time to prepare. A phone interview is just as important as an in-person interview. When you are speaking with someone on the other line, he or she is judging the way in which you speak and express yourself.

It is essential to be fully prepped before you partake in a phone interview. By following these three phone interview prep tips, you will be able to effectively persuade an employer to hire you.

1. Speak with Confidence

Even if an employer asks you a difficult question, respond with confidence. Always try to speak in a poised and firm manner when you are on the phone with an employer. It is essential that you try to get rid of any nerves and avoid getting the “shaky voice.” If you need to calm your nerves, you may want to hold onto a stress ball for relief during the interview. Holding onto a stress ball can help you express your nerves so that your voice stays calm during the phone interview.

2. Speak Clearly

It is important for an employer to be able to clearly hear you on the telephone. Make sure that you try to articulate each phrase as carefully as possible. You may only get one chance to have an interview with an employer. If your voice sounds muffled or you are fumbling over words, then the employer may simply go on to interview the next candidate. Make sure you speak clearly and with conviction at all times when you are speaking with an employer on the phone.

3. Emphasize the Positive

Always be sure to emphasize the qualities that make you a good candidate for a position. You should always try to emphasize all of the qualities that you bring to the table during a phone interview. Also, you should not be afraid to tell stories about yourself that illuminate your character. On a phone interview, an employer may be looking for you to do more of the talking. An employer may want you to be assertive and be proactive in articulating the reasons for why an employer should hire you.

Overall, you should try to be poised and speak with conviction when you are talking with an employer on the telephone. Always emphasize the features that make you the best person for the job during a phone interview.

Liz is a blogger, freelance writer and recent college graduate. She currently performs market research for an online marketing firm when she is not contributing her own thoughts and observations to the online community.

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Job Seekers hate unsophisticated interviewers

June 25th, 2012

After getting some interview training, I was apalled to go to an interview and see how unprepared the interviewers were.

I’ve heard this repeatedly… how bad interviewers are.  It feels offensive. It feels like they are wasting your time.  You wonder why you are unemployed while they still have a job.

I’d guess that the majority of job seekers complain about how unsophisticated (or unprepared, or unprofessional, etc.) their interviewers are.

Here’s a fun video to start your week. I found it from a TechCrunch post. It’s funny, but for me it’s all too real!

You must watch this – it’s a great way to start your week :)

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Do you hate job boards? Is LinkedIn a threat to job boards?

June 22nd, 2012

Great post on RecruitingBlogs about job boards vs. LinkedIn: What kind of a threat does LinkedIn pose to job boards? And what should they do about it?

Not social networking, mind you.  It’s really just LinkedIn that’s the sole competitor to job boards… which was a HUGE industry.

If you are interested in the job search space (whether you are in a job search or not), check out the article…

I’ve already sent some of my advice and ideas to Monster.  Didn’t get very far.

My kind-of dream job?  To work as a VP at Monster, and be the job seeker advocate.  They’ve had someone at corporate advocate hiring companies (who paid them gobs of money) and recruiters (who paid them gobs of money), but no one advocated for the job seeker (who really doesn’t pay much, right?).

Well, along comes LinkedIn (or, shall we say CHANGE), and Monster’s model isn’t working anymore.  HR, recruiters and those who put money in hiring is moving their money elsewhere.

And, LinkedIn was able to accommodate the job seeker (and non-job seeking professional) in a way that Monster didn’t think about.  So they lost job seekers, too (I don’t have stats on this, just a guess).

I’ve spoken to thousands of professionals around the country … they talk about getting on two websites.  LinkedIn is one.  Monster is NOT the other one.

What do you think?  Is there a place for job boards?  Will they be replaced by something else?

(I LOVE the last line in the post – check it out)

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Smart Phones In Your Job Search

June 22nd, 2012

This is a guest post by Joe Linford.  See the bio at the bottom to learn more about Joe.

What tools are in your job search arsenal?  I’m sure you have your favorite job boards, browser, business cards and elevator pitches.  Where does your smart phone fit in? Here are four ways to improve your job search with a smart phone:

1.  Use Layar for an augmented reality search. If you haven’t heard of Layar, check out this page.  Here’s an example of how this might work:  From anywhere (your car, on a bench, in a building, or wherever) you can point your phone to different places and see what companies are where.  You might not have known a company was just a mile away from you, but Layar allows you to see what you are nearby, and get information about it.  Great way to find new companies to check out.

2. Send that thank you email immediately. You don’t have to wait until you get home to write that thank you email.  Send it right after you leave the interviewers office.  Be sincere and detailed to impress the hiring manager and show you are really interested in the position. (Jason here: as a bonus, if you are a premium JibberJobber user you can send the email to your ultra secrative email address and have it either create a new record in your system and/or add your email as a log entry for that contact.)

3. Look up information about contacts you just met, or are going to meet. Without a doubt, the LinkedIn app should be the first place to check.  It is free and allows you to search on your network.  From your phone you can get information to help you network better.

4. This is JibberJobber’s blog, right? Then of course I would include using your smart phone to access JibberJobber.  Simply go to and you have access to your job search organizer.  You can add new contacts, look up contacts, call people directly from the contact page, and more.

The iPhone is a great tool for these four things in your job search.  

This post was written by Joe Linford of Broadband Genie, where you can find a wealth of guides and news and opinion on broadband, mobile broadband and smartphones.

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Are You Accountable To Anyone In Your Job Search?

June 20th, 2012

Do you have someone you report to?  Not your spouse or your mom or dad or someone emotionally close to you and/or the outcome?

If you do, I’ll bet you are 10x more effective than the person who doesn’t.

If you are self-motivated, and driven, like ME… I didn’t have anyone I was accountable to, you are… well, 1/10th as effective as the person who has a coach (or someone they are accountable to).

This is serious stuff.  Don’t think you are too good to be accountable, I don’t care how driven you are.  Get someone who you will report to, weekly.

More info in a post written by Kirby Cole on RecruitingBlogs: Job Search Accountabilty Coach – A Partner in Your Job Search



Health Insurance for Job Seekers? Alternatives to Lame COBRA

June 19th, 2012

When I got laid off I was offered the “opportunity” to pay for COBRA, which I understand to be my same health insurance benefits that I would pay for.  They were somewhere around $1k/month.  Here’s a great page to explain the what and why of COBRA.

I’m sorry but the weak benefits my company offered, and that price, where completely unrealistic.  The only real benefit that I can see from this legislation is for people who have “pre-existing conditions,” which is a term that allows insurance companies to act worse than the mafia.

Ask me how I really feel about all this stuff.

Anyway, when I blogged about my son’s encounter with the tetherball pole (we now have more information on HOW it happened, and why it was so severe (a poorly placed screw actually swiped his head, causing the long and deep gash)), I got emails and calls from people asking about our insurance.

Here’s what we have to cover stuff like this: an accident policy (I’m not sure what it’s technically called, but that’s what I’ll call it here).

We were researching different insurance options and one policy we liked had a $5k deductible. The insurance agent recommended we get a $5k accident policy to cover stuff like this… from $0 to $5,000.  We’ve only used it once… this will be our second time.

I think we pay around $50/month.

I wish I could rep this plan and the company, but I would have to be an insurance agent, or something like that.  I called them and they said if people are interested they could check out the website (Value Benefits of America) OR they could call the 800 number (800-366-2467) and ask for more information.

Even if we got an insurance policy like I had at work, I would keep this type of policy – it’s been awesome.  (If that changes, I’ll blog about it :))

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Pinterest for Job Seekers? NOT SO FAST!

June 15th, 2012

Isn’t it funny that when something new comes along, one of our natural reactions is that we need to jump on it, or feel we’re left behind?

Pinterest is that something new, and many job seekers think we need to jump on it.

I don’t.

Check out this post from Jacob Share, at Job Mob, where he asks career professionals what they advise regarding Pinterest.

My advice was:

Jason AlbaJibberJobber: LOL I tell job seekers to stay away from Pinterest… for now. Unless you are in certain industries or professions, it’s a waste of time.

Many of the others had ideas on how to use it, but seriously, folks, I think there is plenty to worry about without trying to figure out if you need to be on Pinterest for a job search, with VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS.

Most interesting to me (aside from what some people advice on that post) is the comment by Peggy, a recruiter/coach, who says “Stay off Pinterest” in the first comment… and all of the supporting commentors.

What do you think?  Is Pinterest a place for you to do your job search?

If you want an analogy, here’s one.  Let’s say you are working on your car… and you need to buy a part for the engine.  Would you to the craft store to buy that part?

That’s why I tell job seekers to not waste their time there.



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