The first tip is horrible. It says to write your own CV/resume, because $50 is a waste of money for that.
If you pay $50 you did not get a professional resume writer. You got a typist.
If I would have hired a solid professional resume writer I most likely would have avoided a lot of problems in my job search. I probably would have had more interviews, and possibly a job.
Instead I DIY’d my resume. Everyone said it looked awesome. But it was the thing keeping me out of interviews.
The second tip is horrible. Create an elevator pitch on video? I’m not going to watch it, unless it is really really bad. My guess is that yours will be mostly or moderately bad. The only good video bios I’ve seen are produced by Video Bio. Most people don’t know where to start, or what to say, or have it look good. Most people can’t even get a good 30 second pitch for any occasion.
The third tip is good. I was at a conference a couple of weeks ago and at the recruiter panel they all agreed that even though they don’t read the cover letter the first time they do want it, especially if your resume makes it to subsequent rounds. That’s when the cover letter gets read. The resume writers at the conference said to err on the safe side and send one anyway, even if it won’t be read (which is better than not sending it and them wondering where it is!). And, I hear the new cover letter is the email or LinkedIn message that you send around the time you apply.
The fourth tip is good. Be on LinkedIn. Goes without saying.
The fifth tip is…. kind of okay, but I wouldn’t recommend it. I know people do it. I would rather you spend time networking into a company WITHOUT a resume, though.
The sixth tip is good. You should definitely keep up on what your target companies are doing.
The seventh tip can be good (but controversial . I know some people who see great success with their job seeker clients distributing their resume widely. You’ll find a lot of opinions on this, but my friends share success stories regularly, and if this tactic can get you and interview and a job, give it a look.
The eight tip is fine. Don’t worry about getting on a lot of social tools, though. Figure out where your prospects are and spend your time there. If they aren’t on Twitter, Pinterest or Google+, don’t waste your time. But I bet they are on LinkedIn.
The ninth tip is excellent. I just blogged about this, and have many posts about creating your own website. It’s easy and free/cheap.
The tenth tip is good. I wouldn’t fret too much about this as long as you are communicating your LinkedIn profile, or blog or something like that, but it’s always good to know what people will find if they google you.
Okay, rant over. Some good stuff, but watch out for the first two. You might hear those again, but beware of bad advice.
But that makes up the minority of our users. Those who organize their job search, or their professional networking, with JibberJobber are:
Across the globe. We have signups from around the country. The last user webinar had people from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and others.
Very smart. We have PhDs, people with Masters degrees, very technical degrees, scientists, etc.
Normal. You don’t have to be stereotypically smart to use JibberJobber. We have entry-level users as well as people in pretty much every career path.
Accomplished. Whether they spent decades growing big companies, or have had big titles or have ran their own companies for a long time.
Proactive. I remember a recruiter saying she would totally look at JibberJobber users if she was trying to hire a CRM specialist. JibberJobber users are learning how to use CRM (put THAT on your resume!).
Those are just a few things that can describe a JibberJobber user.
Remember, you don’t have to be a dummy to use it. Join us on Wednesday’s webinar to learn what it is, how to use it, and why you should use it!
What you’ll learn is this is a tool to empower you to own your career. No matter how dumb or not-dumb you are.
For me, the unexpected benefit of unemployment was that I was “forced” into a new career direction, and that turned out to be pretty good 😉
For my brother, it was a time to spend on his physical health, which he had neglected while working crazy hours.
For some people, it’s a time to downsize their spending and debt (which might seem hard at first but from what I hear, it’s a great life-changing move!)
For others, it’s a time to make life-changing career moves, like going from high-stress (big money) to something they enjoy more. Even earning less they can be okay if they are more fullfilled in life by where they spend their time.
Others take the time to regroup, restrategize, and many times come out with stronger career management skills (career management is the new “job security”).
What are the unexpected benefits of unemployment that you have seen, whether from your own transition or that of someone you’ve known?
(Here’s my secondary message: if you are down in the dumps, take some time right now… 30 minutes… and brainstorm what the unexpected benefits are to you right now. If you can’t think of anything, identify some that you want to pursue, and go after them!)
In the last month I’ve received many messages from people. Most of them are very pleasant, kind, thankful, excited, etc.
A small handful of them are impatient, obnoxious, blaming, mad, finger-pointing, entitled, etc.
I’ll let you in on a little secret: I am ALWAYS judging you, wondering if you would make a great fit for my company, or for an introduction to one of my contacts.
I’ll let you in on another little secret: Everyone else is always judging you, too.
You are being judged. Stereotyped, if you will.
If you are obnoxious (or any of those bad correlations), the people judging you (interviewing you, meeting you at a network event, seeing your writings online, etc.) will not want to do anything with you. They’ll be hard-pressed to help you.
You haven’t sold them on YOU yet.
However, if you are pleasant (or any of those nice correlations), people will want to be around you. They will be open to introducing you, referring you, helping you, etc.
I know the job search sucks. I know, from personal experience, that toxic attitudes can seep in by surprise, and can sour your effectiveness. Read how I learned the hard way: I Smell Blood
Please, develop the skill of being less obnoxious and more pleasant. It will be a skill that will help you the rest of your life.
A while back my wife and I were at a three day conference that covered a lot of things (relationships, body language, goals, etc.).
At one point the speaker was talking about an ideal marriage (relationship). Someone from the audience asked “what does it look like?” She hadn’t ever seen this ideal relationship.
My wife leaned over and whispered “this is what it looks like.”
Ideal has… bumps and warts, as they say.
I think about people who had great careers. We think about, talk about, read about their great careers. But rarely do we delve into the difficulties of their careers.
I tend to mentally whine that careers nowadays can be too hard. The transitions we experience every few years… how unfair, compared to the security they had in days long gone!
How much easier it would be to have a career back then, right?
As I’ve thought about this, I’m sure the person we think had an easier career had their problems. Whether it was horrid/dangerous work conditions, unchecked discrimination, bad bosses, ignorance, unfair pay, etc, I’m sure there was always something that was troubling.
Of course today we have a bad economy, Enron-like ethics, layoffs and transitions with a frequency that those of yesteryear couldn’t fathom… and it’s harder, right?
What does your career look like? This is what it looks like.
This, with unemployment… even being unemployed for a long time! This, is what your career looks like. This is part of your story.
I don’t know, but I think that has to be okay. I think the biggest part of your story, whether you can be proud of handling it well or not, enjoying life and being more than a job title, is your attitude. During the good and the bad, how is your attitude?
Just like those we tend to immortalize, and perhaps wish we could have what they had, we have to weather it.
Will we complain and whine, or will we weather it with integrity and dignity?
I’m not saying you have to love it, especially the very hard parts.
But weather it well, my friends, because you are creating the story of your career. You are creating what “it” looks like.
At the end of our career, it will have been us who defines whether we were successful or not. It won’t be the economy, or our transitions, it will be how we deal with it.
Following up on yesterday’s important post on how to import Contacts from other systems, today I want to dig deeper into the Advanced Contact Import page. I think this is everything you need to know about this page. It’s really quite simple… reading through this should take longer than actually doing this step of the import.
In this example, I’m using a CSV file I created. Here are my steps, from start to finish. Let’s say I went to lunch with John and Jane, and I have their business cards… when I get back to my office I would:
Step 1: open Excel, add the information:
Note the fields. The first, second and third are easy. I made up four “custom fields,” or user defined fields, that are not in JibberJobber, but I want to track this information. I ALWAYS RECOMMEND ADDING CUSTOM INFORMATION (AKA, CUSTOM FIELDS) IN THIS CSV BEFORE YOU IMPORT TO JIBBERJOBBER. It’s easier to do add this information here than it is one-at-a-time after the records are created.
Step 2: Save it as a csv file:
You have to click SAVE AS, and then in the file type drop down, choose the csv option. This is critical! (the final name will be jj_import_oct2012.csv)
Step 3: Import into JibberJobber. I get to this page by mousing over the Network menu option, then clicking on Import/Export.
Choose file… this browses my C: drive…
I leave this as CSV file, but there are other options.
I always have a header, so I click this checkbox.
I like the Advanced Import because I can make sure the fields are mapped correctly. This morning I imported 12,000 records and it went quick and smooth (there were only 4 fields per record… if you have more, it might take a while to load the next page).
Step 4: See what is NOT being imported, and make sure fields are mapped correctly.
The checkboxes on the left show if a record is going to be imported or not. You can see the first checkbox is NOT checked (and the color of the row is that yellowish color). This means the system thinks this would be a duplicate, and we are NOT going to import it. If you want to force the import simply click the checkbox.
Next, notice that each field is properly mapped. The top bold line is what your header is in your CSV file, the drop down is what we think it should be mapped to. Make sure all of these are mapped. If there is a column that isn’t mapped, it will have a yellowish background and something else in the dropdown (see next step).
Step 5: Create Custom Fields in bulk!!
Now we get to the FUN part! What about those weird four fields that don’t correspond to anything? Here’s how it works… following the numbers from above:
You can see we didn’t recognize “Email Address” so the drop down says “Choose One” and is not white. Simply click the drop down and find “Email” to map it to the right field.
Wedding Anniversary is actually a custom field I already had in the system… so it recognized that and allowed me to choose it.
Contract Start Date was NOT in my custom fields, so in the drop down I chose CUSTOM FIELD, and then a new drop down showed up where I could choose an existing custom field, or create a new one. I chose OTHER, so I could create a new Custom Field… and then this popup came up where I could enter the new Custom Field. This is AWESOME, since before you would have had to take a bunch of steps to create a Custom Field. Now it’s this easy to do it in bulk.
Step 6: One more click to finalize the import!
When it looks good, simply scroll to the bottom, on the left, and click “Import Contacts.”
One of the most frequently asked questions we get at JibberJobber is how to import contacts from Outlook and LinkedIn (and increasingly, Gmail).
In this post I’m going to focus on just LinkedIn. However, the three steps are pretty much the same for any system that exports to a .csv file. (you can even create your own csv file and just skip to Step THREE).
That’s it – it is really that easy to export your contacts from LinkedIn! The hardest part of this is knowing where your file was saved to… but you should know how to find it.
That’s it – now you have a clean file so no “garbage in, garbage out”!
Once you get this down it can be very quick (Step TWO takes the longest – but it is not mandatory)
Right now we try to not import duplicates. In the future we plan on merging duplicate records (in case there are title changes, etc.). In other words, if you do an import monthly, you don’t need to worry about duplicates being imported each time.
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It is brilliant. Of course, there are plenty of special things about France, and Greg says so at the beginning.
And there are plenty of special things about YOU, and I hope I don’t have tell you that.
But when it comes down to it, there are certain strategies and tactics that are principle-based, and universal, and you can’t get away from them.
My comment to Greg’s post:
I LOVE this. Makes me think about me as a job seeker, 6 years ago, I thought I was “special” and didn’t have to network… because my resume would carry me above and beyond the others I was competing against. And about any client I ever had with “special” needs who really had the exact same needs as everyone else, but really just wanted to voice their position for 10 minutes so they could be assured I could accommodate their “special” needs.
I love the end where you say “Asking for the business is hard everywhere…” Networking is always hard, not just for introverts. This concept can be applied to so many skills/tasks.
Are you thinking you are so special that you can get away from the basics?
If you think you are that special, we should probably talk.