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I Have A Resume – Now What??? JibberJobber Ask The Expert Series

October 15th, 2012
NO COST.  Register here. Tuesday, Nov 6 at 9 am MST.  Register now and you’ll get email reminders… PLEASE CLICK A SHARE BUTTON TO THE RIGHT OF THIS BOX TO SHARE THIS ON TWITTER, LINKEDIN, OR FACEBOOK. (especially LinkedIn)

October’s Ask The Expert webinar with Kim Mohiuddin was awesome. I hope to have the recording up in a couple of weeks (just got back from a trip, and have some big deadlines to hit). But I wanted to share this with you right now so you can schedule it and sign up – no cost.

You can check the JibberJobber webinar page for all upcoming webinars.

Karen Huller, owner of Charésumé, is the guest in November.  She says:

Having an effective résumé is critical for earning interviews, but it alone does not land you a job. In order to execute a swift, successful job transition, you also have to:

  • Present a consistent brand, online and offline
  • Develop and implement a sound distribution strategy
  • Invest your time wisely
  • Avoid the common pitfalls

Many job seekers express have similar, frustrating experiences in their job transition. Most of the causes for these experiences are completely avoidable.

In this Ask the Experts webinar, Karen Huller, CPRW, Owner and Founder of Charésumé (ka rez oo may) will address what you can do to remove resistance in your job transition momentum and gain traction fast.

Within 4 weeks you could be in-process with 3-5 viable opportunities and feel much more in control of your professional future.

Please join us to understand how you can UNVEIL YOUR BRILLIANCE and take charge of your career transition.

Sounds good, right?

Sign up, and PLEASE tell others about it – forward this blog post to them, share it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (you can easily do this by clicking one of the buttons above).

NOTE: please plan on coming 10 minutes early – we will start right on time.

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The REAL Unemployment Rate (it is not what the news tells you)

October 12th, 2012

I hate reports of the unemployment rate.  They are lies, usually.

Check out this post from Bill Humbert on RecruitingBlogs.com to understand the unemployment rate.

Check out my commentary on it at Career-Resumes.

Here’s a visual… Bill says the government reports an unemployment rate that is just part of the picture (U3).  The real unemployment rate, he says, is a few lines down (U6). (click image for original source)

Of course, the reality is if you are unemployed, your PERSONAL unemployment rate is 100%.

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JibberJobber Search Enhancements

October 11th, 2012

A few weeks ago we updated the search features on the general search (as opposed to the List Panel Search).  Now, when you do a search, you can limit the search results.  To get tighter search results, or to make the search faster, limit what you are searching on.

This is what you see after you do a search.

  • The search phrase is now highlighted, so if you spelled it wrong or want to search for something else, you can do it right away (the cursor is ready to type something new… see how Jason Alba is highlighted? Just start typing.).
  • By default we are not just searching on Contacts, Companies and Jobs.  We used to search on other things (the unchecked checkbox)… so gets you more relevant results faster.
  • To get FASTER and tighter results, simply uncheck more boxes.  For example, if you want to see Contacts in the results, uncheck Companies and Jobs.

Not bad, eh?

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One Senator’s 10-Point Jobs Plan for (a state)

October 10th, 2012

Let’s get political!  ‘Tis the season, isn’t it?

I intentionally left the name of the Senator (Orrin Hatch) off the title, as well as the state (Utah). The name and state doesn’t matter. What I really want to do is see what a prominent career politician thinks will help the economy, specifically “job creation.”

Here are Orrin Hatch’s 10 points:

  • Restore fiscal sanity in Washington.
  • Expand U.S. Export Markets
  • Reform the U.S. Tax Code
  • Repeal ObamaCare
  • Repeal Dodd-Frank
  • Make Our Regulatory System More Jobs-Friendly
  • Develop America’s Energy Resources
  • Help America Compete
  • Allow Small Businesses to Create Jobs
  • Reform America’s Labor Laws and Rein in the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

You need to go to his website to get more of an explanation of each of these.

I know this can go 80 different ways… based on your political party, or the role you think government should have in business, to the ability for the Senate (or D.C.) to actually get something smart done, etc.

But I’d love to get your reaction to what Hatch is proposing.

What do you think?  Either comment on one of his 10 points, or add what YOU think D.C. should focus on.

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Resume webinar tomorrow: Job Search Stalled? It’s Not You, It’s Me. Signed, Your Resume.

October 9th, 2012

Tomorrow morning at 9am MST (which is 8am PST, 11am EST) I’m doing the first monthly Ask The Expert webinar with Kim Mohiuddin.  There is not cost to attend…

Check out more info here.

And register here.

Please come 10 minutes early – we’ll start at the top of the hour, even as others are rolling in late.

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JibberJobber User Landed… here’s what she has to say about JibberJobber

October 8th, 2012

I LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear success stories from my users.  Here’s one from Kathy K:

I have been out of work for 2 1/2 years, and since I had changed careers, it has been even longer since I worked in my core field.

I realized in the beginning of the year that my resume would never make it through the computer algorithms and the only way for me to get a job was through networking.

Once I started doing the networking I needed to do and all of the follow-ups, it would have been impossible for me to keep track and stay on top of everything without JibberJobber.

Thank you for creating such a fantastic tool that made such a positive impact on my job search!!

How cool is that!  I told her that we at JibberJobber are doing the happy dance with her… luckily there is no camera because this CEO has no rhythm or groove :(  But hey, we try anyway.

Congrats Kathy K!  Keep on networking!

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Top Five Websites for Job Seekers: #5 is JibberJobber

October 5th, 2012
This is a week-long series going deeper into the Top Five Websites for Job Seekers (The JibberJobber List).  In this series I’ll explain WHAT TO DO with each website/tool.  The list:

#1: LinkedIn (Monday)

#2 Indeed (Tuesday)

#3 Idealist (Wednesday)

#4 Google (Thursday)

#5 JibberJobber (today – whew!)

On this post you can see ALTERNATIVES for each of these tools, as well as why I chose these 5 tools.

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Again, I was worried that including my own website would jeapordize the integrity of my list.  But I am totally supportive of my website as a top 5 website for job seekers.  I have been since I came up with the idea for it, and six years later, and hundreds of thousands worth of investment into the system, I am still completely bought in and supportive of the value JibberJobber brings to job seekers.

What five things would you do on JibberJobber?

  1. Manage and track relationships.  If the success of your job search hinges on relationships, doesn’t it make sense to organize and manage and track the information around your relationships in a smart way.  LinkedIn does not do relationship manement. It’s more of a find and be found tool, with some branding and communication features, but it’s not a relationship manager.
  2. Integrate Contacts + Companies + Jobs data. One of the major frustrations with my spreadsheet I used to organize my job search was that I could not easily make a log entry and action item for many records… for example, a panel interview (one company, one job, many contacts).  Or, working with a recruiter (one contact, potentially many jobs and many companies).  JibberJobber easily allows you to create one log entry (and action item) to many records at once.
  3. Create and get Action Item reminders (for follow-up). Networking is king in the job search, and follow-up is king in networking.  You HAVE TO have more than one touch-point as you nurture relationships, and you can’t afford to be so disorganized you aren’t following-up.  Creating Action Items in JibberJobber to keep up on your commitments, and get peace of mind knowing they are stored in one place.
  4. Feel in control and empowered. Peace of mind is a phrase our last company talked about a lot… how do you get peace of mind in your job search?  Using a site to help you stay organized and remind you of what you need to do is a step in the right direction. Knowing you have a best-of-breed tool, just like recruiters and HR have (they call theirs ATS – that is, Applicant Tracking Systems) just levels the playing field.  I remember going from a general manager with a corporate card and had the ability to buy tools I needed to perform my job, to a job seeker with NOTHING.  JibberJobber is that tool you want and need to perform your job (of looking for a job).  You are EMPOWERED with JibberJobber.
  5. Short term value and long term value. The value of JibberJobber, to you, is not in how many members use our site.  It’s in how much data you put in. Even if you are the only JibberJobber user, putting information in will add value to you in THIS job search, and in your career (doing your future jobs well, as you are more connected to your network), and in future transitions.  I know the value of JibberJobber, to you, snowballs over time, as you use the system.  This is not a band-aid solution, or a throw-away job search tool.  This is a long-term career management solution to be used from now until you are done with relationships (or your career).

Like what you read here? Jump on our next user webinar, which we do weekly.  More info here.

I wanted to be careful to not talk about any learning stuff from this blog, which is rich with 6+ years of posts on career management, personal branding, etc.  I wanted to focus on the actual relationship tracking software/features.  But yeah, there’s a lot more to JibberJobber than just the organizing part.

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Top Five Websites for Job Seekers: #4 is Google

October 4th, 2012
This is a week-long series going deeper into the Top Five Websites for Job Seekers (The JibberJobber List).  In this series I’ll explain WHAT TO DO with each website/tool.  The list:

#1: LinkedIn (Monday)

#2 Indeed (Tuesday)

#3 Idealist (Wednesday)

#4 Google (today)

#5 JibberJobber (Friday)

On this post you can see ALTERNATIVES for each of these tools, as well as why I chose these 5 tools.

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When I say Google, I refer to a site where you can do research. I listed a number of alternatives.  The point is that you are using a tool to things… like these five things:

  1. Learn about… everything. Your target industry, your target companies, current events, etc.  As you learn more, and stay up with relevant stuff, you will be more prepared in your job search.  Tip: set up Google Alerts (google it) so you get it in your email and don’t have to worry about searching every single day.
  2. Deep dive into your target company. Whether you are preparing for an interview or a networking event, don’t disrespect yourself and your audience by not knowing what you should.  Some simple searches can help you learn more about company revenue, locations, strategies, current events, challenges, competitors, org chart, etc.  Use sites like Crunchbase, Spoke and Yahoo Finance to get the nitty gritty details.
  3. Figure out email conventions. That is, figure out if they use Jason@JibberJobber.com or J.Alba@JibberJobber.com or Jason.Alba@JibberJobber.com.  That way you can find a name and then make a really good guess at their company email address to contact them. I have done this a number of times.   It’s not always successful, but it has been enough to make it worth my efforts.
  4. Find more networking paths. LinkedIn is great for this but through Google search results you should learn about companies, divisions and contacts you might not have found on LinkedIn.  Some of the people in your target companies might not be on LinkedIn, but through a more general (google) search, you might find some key names and positions you need to talk to, or network through.
  5. See what others are saying.  This is critical.  A target company might seem awesome from what they tell you, but you might learn otherwise from other websites, including Glassdoor, Yelp, and complaint sites.  If you see trending comments that a company has ethical problems, or continues to treat their customers/employees bad, or their products plain suck, maybe that’s a yellow flag to heed.  It might also provide you more ammunition as you prepare a “why you need me …. to help fix these problems/perceptions” message.

Like the other websites/tools on the Top 5 List, this one complements the others.  It isn’t the ONLY tool to use, but it can be a great value-add.

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Top Five Websites for Job Seekers: #3 is Idealist

October 3rd, 2012
This is a week-long series going deeper into the Top Five Websites for Job Seekers (The JibberJobber List).  In this series I’ll explain WHAT TO DO with each website/tool.  The list:

#1: LinkedIn (Monday)

#2 Indeed (Tuesday)

#3 Idealist (today)

#4 Google (Thursday)

#5 JibberJobber (Friday)

On this post you can see ALTERNATIVES for each of these tools, as well as why I chose these 5 tools.

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How do you pronounce this: idea list or ideal-ist?  I don’t know. I’m sure they get it both ways.

Before I go on, when I say Idealist is #3, I don’t mean it HAS TO BE  Idealist.  That is perfect for a certain demographic.  You should find the idealist in your own industry… once you do, here are the five things you would do to get value for your job search from a site like idealist:

  1. Meet people. Very similar to LinkedIn Groups (which are also niche-oriented), you should easily find people who you have a lot in common with.  Find them, and start a relationship!  Don’t just list them somewhere (best place to list them: JibberJobber).  List them, and then start a conversation, and maintain and nurture a relationship during your career.
  2. Learn about your industry. Where else will you learn about industry-related current events than a site like this?  Certainly not mainstream media.  A couple of industry-related examples: RecruitingBlogs.com. If you are a recruiter, go there and learn and participate.  YoungPRPros mailing list.  If you are in PR, go there and learn and participate.  The depth of current-events learning, and peer-to-peer idea sharing, is very powerful.
  3. Share your brand. You can participate in many ways to share your brand on Idealist, by posting various things to the entire network.  This can be a powerful branding tool/strategy.
  4. Get inspired. It’s easy to feel like the sky is falling when you are in a lonely job search at your house, in your basement, on the computer (especially if you have been sucked into the resume black hole).  By learning and reading and networking with your peers you should be able to feel like you are connected, plugged in, and still worth something. It’s easy to get discouraged in a job search and staying plugged into your industry can be invaluable. Remember, if your morale goes in the toilet, so do your job search results.
  5. Find “hidden” opportunities. In these tighter communities I’ve seen opportunities for contract positions, volunteer roles, and full-time gigs.  This is one of the elements of the hidden job market.  I’ve really been amazed at what I’ve seen shared in these forums, but people feel like it is a group of peers and colleagues and opportunities can be posted here before they are made known to the world through job postings.

Again, maybe idealist isn’t for you, but if you can find something like it (at the worst, it might be a LinkedIn Group, even if you have to start your own), it can be the most powerful networking environment you find online.

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Top Five Websites for Job Seekers: #2 is Indeed

October 2nd, 2012
This is a week-long series going deeper into the Top Five Websites for Job Seekers (The JibberJobber List).  In this series I’ll explain WHAT TO DO with each website/tool.  The list:

#1: LinkedIn (Monday)

#2 Indeed (today)

#3 Idealist (Wednesday)

#4 Google (Thursday)

#5 JibberJobber (Friday)

On this post you can see ALTERNATIVES for each of these tools, as well as why I chose these 5 tools.

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Indeed is a job board aggregator.  Basically they spider the internet and find job postings, and then you can search from just one place to find all the postings online.  That’s the idea – they don’t list everything, but they do have a lot of postings from a lot of different places.

I’m not a huge fan of job boards. I think most job seekers use them wrong.  I want job seekers to spend their time better than I did in my job search… which means don’t apply all day long on job boards.  That usually leads to a lot of frustration.

What could/should you do on a job board?  Here are five things to do on Indeed:

  1. Learn about your profession and opportunities. No kidding… when I lost my job I had never heard of a “product manager.”  I finally learned about it while surfing around job boards, and coming across openings for a product manager.  For me, surfing through job postings helped me learn about roles I hadn’t known of, and hadn’t thought of.  It expanded my vision on where my career could head.  Also, reading job postings of somewhat similar jobs you are interested in might give you language to help quantify your skills and experience, helpful for interviews, networking, etc.
  2. Learn how to network into a company. Sometimes postings have names, phone numbers and email addresses.  Record those in JibberJobber and try and network into the company.  Sometimes those contacts will be AWESOME.  Other times they will be dead ends.  But you can start to map out a path to network into your target companies.  Many times you’ll take that information to LinkedIn and do deeper research to network into the right people.
  3. Learn about the industry. As you see postings in your industry from your target companies and their competition, you should be able to deduce changes and challenges within a company.  I recently saw someone on LinkedIn ask “why are there so many director level openings in our industry?”  This was information gleaned from surfing job boards.  Think about what you learn from this and what that means as far as positioning yourself and your expertise (and brand).
  4. Find language to help you polish your brand messaging. Many people in transition haven’t had to think about this stuff for a long time.  Looking at current job postings should help you find trends in language for professionals like you, and figure out what catch-phrases keep appearing.  You can incorporate these phrases into your branding statements (maybe not word-for-word).
  5. Find recruiters who might be right for you. I cringe when I see people say “I’m in a job search, do you know a recruiter in my area?”  I think: “if I told you who to talk to, I’m doubtful you’ll know what to say or how to say it!”  But spending a little bit of time on Indeed might help you identify key recruiters that you should develop relationships with… relationships that might be valuable to you over the duration of your career.

Can job boards play a strong roll in your job search?  Sure.  Use these tips and don’t waste time dumping submissions into the resume black hole.

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News: Did ya hear?  Indeed got acquired by a Japanese recruiting company for a lot of money. Most sites are guessing it was a $1B acquisition, one site said it could be as much as $4B.  Wow and congrats to them!

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