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“JibberJobber It” – How JibberJobber became a verb

November 9th, 2012

Today I was making some notes in my calendar about pinging someone next year and in the notes of the calendar event I put:

JibberJobber it.

And then I cracked up.  This came out of nowhere, but it makes sense.  Here’s what it means:  Just like you might “google it” to learn about something, I wrote “JibberJobber it” to learn more about the person I am going to reach out to.

Like you, I am busy and have things coming at me from every angle.  Not only am I busy, I have a lot of things I do… just like you.

In a couple of months I might not remember who the person is or why I need to reach out to them.  But if I “JibberJobber it” I will find her contact info in JibberJobber, and more importantly, what our conversations were to get to that point.

I doubt this will catch on because “Google It” is three syllables, and “JibberJobber It” is five syllables… so it might just be too long, but you can be assured that I’ve done it for years, and I’ll do it for years to come!

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Obama Wins… so that means what exactly?

November 7th, 2012

I posted this this morning to my LinkedIn Group:

I typically stay away from politics, religion and that other thing that is inappropriate for this medium… but today is an historic day.

Four years ago, on Nov 7th, after the world learned Obama was going to be POTUS, JibberJobber saw record signups. It wasn’t marginally more… it was huge amounts of people coming to JibberJobber.

They were concerned about their future…. their jobs, their careers. They made the first step to take charge of their personal economics. They were worried the U.S. and world economy was going to go in the wrong direction.

It is too early to know how the next few months will be, but I’m guessing we’ll have more-than-average signups on JibberJobber.

On Facebook a CFO I like said said something like “if you lost (in other words, if you were a Romney supporter), it won’t be as bad as you might think, and if you won (if you are an Obama supporter), it won’t be as great as you think.”

Is it as simple as that? Is it business as normal?

For you, it is. For you, it is time to do what you need to do for career management.

For years I’ve traveled the U.S. talking about Career Management. In short, it is made up of your branding and your networking.

Are you ready, yet, to be more in control of YOUR career?

Start today by joining my webinar at 7pm EST (4pm PST). Regardless of who won, you still need to manage your own career. Empower yourself: www.JibberJobber.com/webinar

No HR manager, boss, company, or even POTUS is going to provide you career management or personal financial success or security. It starts with YOU.

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AWESOME Cover Letter

November 6th, 2012

Get ready to think out of the box.  This is not a post on how to make the most awesome cover letter.

This is a post on how to communicate with your audience, capture their attention, speak to them, and have an impact.

Ginger Korljan of Take Charge Coaching, shared this excerpt from a cover letter, which I LOVED (read her post here):

“Please do not discount my résumé because I am overqualified. I am NOT looking for a supervisory or management position. I want to get back to the basic grunt work of payables, researching invoices, matching them to purchase orders, and preparing the check run. If you hire me you will get experience, maturity, dependability, and a team player with no personal drama ready to hit the ground running.”

Guess who got the job?

Yep.  Read more here.

Would you have the guts to be that honest in your communication?

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Ask The Expert: Kim Mohuiddin and Your Resume

November 5th, 2012

It took a while for me to finish some other deadlines, and then convert this file, and then edit a few things out… but finally it’s here… the first Ask The Expert recording.  Sign up for the others here.

Note: I didn’t record the first few minutes… but it starts very close to the beginning… enjoy Kim Mohuiddin!

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One of the Most Awesome Personal Websites for Personal Branding and Career Management

November 2nd, 2012

I recently shared a Craig Delano’s career website with you.  The message on that post is that it was a great site, and you could do one like it!

Today I’m going to share one that’s a bit out of many people’s reach, unless they hire someone to help them.

But this is one of the most awesome personal websites I’ve seen: Craig Hobson’s website.  Let’s break it down (I’m not going to talk about everything, just a few highlights).  I should note that Craig is a professional with web design (and strategy and development).

(click on any of the images to go to Craig Hobson’s website)

First Impressions

Craig has his name loud and clear, (1) a terrific picture (presented with a paperclip, to give the illusion that I have a printout and I’ve paperclipped his picture on it) that shows him as friendly, approachable, cool, etc.

(2) I love the choice of colors and font… and wouldn’t you expect that from someone who is an expert in… colors and font?

(3) I love that he’s telling me that he has 9 years of experience in this field, and he’s going to show me, visually, what he has done.

Timeline!

I love how he puts his past work history in a timeline format.  This is really brilliant, and easy for me, as a hiring manager, to analyze.  Will this stand out from the resumes I get?  Definitely.

Testimonials!

Craig has testimonials throughout this page… not just this section (which is fairly high on the page), but throughout the page.  Excellent placement.  I know you have them…. look at your LinkedIn Recommendations… are you using them as effectively as Craig is?

How proficient are you, really?

I remember a resume I got a number of years ago… they guy listed about 20 programming languages that he was proficient in. He was a a junior in college.  Maybe he was that amazing, but I would have preferred to see something like this… a chart that shows me the level of proficiency (see the levels along the left, under the arrow).  To take it a step further, Craig grouped his skills by web development, graphic design, SEO & marketing, and video.  Very nice presentation!

Personal Attributes & Strategy

I love this… the website is screaming AWESOME!  But this section shows a non-designer, non-technical side of Craig.  When I look at this I think “this guy is very strategic, also.  Not just a designer waiting for me to give him instruction, he’s going to bring a lot of strategic thinking to the projects!” In other words, this section expands the breadth of Craig’s skills.

The Portfolio

Some of his FAVORITE projects?  I love that he has some favorites.  He lists a lot… this shows you what kinds of things he has worked on… which is critical.  No one is going to hire a designer sight-unseen.  You want to know if Craig is any good?  Aside from THIS website, check out the projects he has worked on!  Even if YOUR work isn’t that visual, can you somehow make it visual, to show off a “portfolio?”

Contact Info: EASY

Craig makes it easy to contact him.  You can connect on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook (icons at the very top of the page), or you can use the form at the bottom… and heck, if  that’s too slow, you can call him.  Make it easy for people to contact you!

This is really exceptional.  I know some of you are thinking “where do I start??”  Maybe you can use his contact form to reach out to him, and get a bid (I don’t know if he would take on this type of project for others).

If nothing else, I wanted you to take some ideas from him and see if you can incorporate them into your own online presence!

Thank you Craig, for an amazing example!

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How I use Tags to organize my Contacts, Companies, Jobs

November 1st, 2012

If you’ve been on a user webinar lately you’ll know I like Tags more than Categories.  I’ve said “if I could go back 6.5 years in time I would take out Categories and only have Tags.”

Every once in a while I get emails asking me how I use Tags, or is there a list of Tags that I recommend.

I’ve never spent the time to figure out what “the list” might look like, mostly because people use JibberJobber in different ways.  But let me share some thoughts that might help you figure out what your Tags should could be.

Before I go on, I should say, you can’t really mess this up.  If you create a Tag that is spelled wrong you can easily fix it later (in at least two different places).  If you create a Tag that you don’t use, you can move all of the records you’ve tagged to a better, more useful Tag, easily.

My list of Tags simply grew to what they are now.  I didn’t sit down and think “what are the 20 Tags I’ll want in the future?”  I just started tagging people based on certain groupings that made sense.  For example, my top 10 tags on my Contacts (you can see your top 10 Tags by clicking on Tags, under the Network menu item):

The second column shows the number of Contacts I’ve tagged with that Tag.  I have 328 bloggers, or people tagged as “blogger,” in my system. Why? Because I did massive outreach to bloggers a few years ago.

I have 267 people tagged as coach and 222 people tagged as resume. Why? Because I have products and services for coaches and resume writers and I email them to let them know.  Tagging them allows me to easily find their information so I can reach out to them.

I have 234 people tagged as “university_career. Why? Because career centers license my videos, and I’ve been keeping tabs on the 234 people I’ve reached out to, or had conversations with.

Here’s the WHY on the others:

mbacwp: this is an association. As I’ve met members of this association (has to do with MBA career services) I’ve put them into my system.

recruiter: in the early days of JibberJobber I thought recruiters would be great evangelists for JibberJobber to candidates.  That turned out to be false, since most recruiters are “up to their eyeballs in alligators,” and don’t seem to have an interest in helping candidates in their job search.

main_prospect: this is kind of funny… I’m not sure what they were a main prospect FOR.  I’ve changed my tagging system to be more specific… if I continued to use this tag I would add another section, like main_prospect_dvd, or main_prospect_videos, or main_prospect_somethingMoreSpecific.

usaf_tap: I went to two conferences where every Air Force base had a transition person there.  I put them into the system hoping to communicate my free offering for veterans and future veterans.  Unfortunately I have found that going directly to these people is futile. I’ve not done anything with them for a while because it was like banging my head against the wall. So there they sit… not taking up room, but ready when I figure this out better.

twitter: these are the people I have imported from Twitter (one-by-one, not the bulk import).

military: these are individuals I’ve talked with to help get the word out about my military/veteran offering.

This list of Top 10 gives you an idea of where I’m spending my time (kind of).

The bottom list shows 10 “good ideas”… these went nowhere (see that I have zero or one connection for any of them):

I’m not worried about the ones I don’t use.  I had good intentions at one time, but that doesn’t mess up my database.  Sometimes I clean them out, but I’m not too worried about it.

Brainstorming, here are some tags I would have if I were to start a job search today:

  • hiring_manager: this might be someone I want to have a long-term professional relationship with, and could introduce me to peers in my industry/profession.
  • newsletter: someone I want to keep informed of what I’m doing.  See Brandon Uttley’s awesome and effective job search newsletter campaign.
  • [company_size] ie, fortune100, fortune 1000, startup, enterprise, etc.: if you want to segment your targets by company size.  Some of you are looking for a massive company but are also interested in funded startups.
  • [industry] ie, high_tech, phara, retail, logistics, etc.:  since I’m in Information Technology I wasn’t married to any particular industry…. tagging by industry grouping would be useful.

I’m sure you’ll come up with others.   Again, it’s hard for me to tell you what 5 or 10 tags to have, but I hope this post has been helpful as you create your own.  Remember, you can’t really mess this up… it’s easy to backtrack or fix later.

Note that using the underscore allows me to break my tags down when I search.  See this post for more on searching based on tags.

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