JibberJobber Features in Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies (again)

October 30th, 2013

job-searching-with-social-media-for-dummies-bookI got the 2nd Edition of Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies.  JibberJobber moved from page 34 to page 31!  Woot!

Actually, that is coincidental, not by merit.  But here is what Joshua Waldman says:

joshua_waldman_small“My friend and mentor Jason Alba started JibberJobber.com in 2006 and can claim development of the first online job-search platforms. By far, JibberJobber offers jobseekers the most comprehensive set of tools for managing relationships, job searches, and careers.”

Isn’t that cool?  I like “the first”, “By far,” “the most comprehensive”… those have a nice ring to them :)

In the first edition, Joshua listed JobKatch.com and becomed.com in the list of “tools to organize your job search.”  Those are both out of business.  Of the others that are listed in the second edition, I’m guessing that three won’t be around in a year or two.

We’ll be here, though :)

You can check out Joshua’s book here. Kindle version here.

 

 

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Nick Corcodilos takes on US Employment Issues, Monster, ATS Systems, Databases, Hiring, Congress… Pretty Much Everyone

October 29th, 2013

Nick_corcodilosNick Corcodilos writes a weekly newsletter that is worth subscribing to.  Today he wrote his 500th edition, and it’s great.  He normally answers questions from readers (many know him as “Ask The Headhunter”).  He wrote his own question this week, instead of using someone else’s, and it’s very blunt:

WTF is going on with employment in America?

Yes, we’d all like to know that, right?

Nick talks a lot about a lot of the aspects of employment (and the job search) in America.  His article is worth reading, and marking it up with a highlighter.  He exposes a key problem with HR departments, and the horrific affect of outsourcing hiring to recruiters, etc.  He again exposes the ridiculousness of job boards, which according to a hiring survey are horribly ineffective but still a huge destination for corporate spending.  He talks about some ideas on how to fix the problems at a meta level.  He even talks about believing in yourself and starting your own business, if the hiring thing isn’t working out!

Read his post here.

The question is, what does any of this mean for you, the job seeker?  Do you do the job search different now, knowing any of this?  I think so…!

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Critical Interview Tip From Someone Known to be Cocky

October 28th, 2013

That would be me… the guy knows as cocky (aka, self-confident).   I’m sure I’ve made this mistake, but I also heard of someone else who recently made this mistake.

Imagine this: you are in a job interview and the interviewer asks you “can you do this particular skill?”  You either answer:

a) “oh yeah, I can do that. “

b) “I haven’t done it before, but I’m sure I could learn it.”

Does that sound familiar?

Is this a response you have made, heard, or might make?

Let me give you a tip to give a response way, way, way more impactful. Instead of saying a), “yeah, I can do that.”, say something like this:

“Yes, I can do that.  In my past job I had this exact responsibility.  I was given the task and within six months was training others to do it well.”

Isn’t that 1,000% better than “yeah, I can do that.”

Here is something better to say than b), “I haven’t done it before, but I’m sure I could learn it.”

“I haven’t done that before, but I really think I could learn it quickly.  In my last job I was asked to do learn a new software program we were going to use at the front desk.  No one had any experience with it, but I dove into the user manuals and got on the training webinars, and was quickly able to train the rest of the front desk team.  In fact, the software company recognized me as one of their best users and asked if they could refer some of their other key customers to me for consulting.”

Isn’t that impressive?  Much better than “yeah, I’m sure I could learn it.”

SHOW ME.

Of course you need to have your own, and better, wording.  The idea, though, is to give examples, and what I call “mini stories.”  If you can get it into a Problem-Action-Result format, your response will be way better than what you were going to say, and probably better than your “competition.”

Sound good?

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JibberJobber How To: Change the Primary Contact of a Company

October 25th, 2013

There are two ways to change the Primary Contact of a Company.  My favorite is from the Company Detail Page:

Mouse over the value box of the Primary Contact line (when you mouse over it, it turns gray):

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Double click this gray area and it will give you a dropdown of all of your “Other Contacts”… just choose from that list.  (If you already have a Primary Contact, that Contact will drop into the Other Contacts area (so, it will switch places with the new Primary Contact)):

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Now Jason Alba is the Primary Contact, not an Other Contact.  Note, it’s easy to add a new Other Contact or associate an existing Contact.

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The other way to do this is to EDIT the Company record.  At the bottom of the Company record edit page you’ll see a list of all of the Contacts associated to that Company.  Simply choose who should be the Primary Contact, save it, and it will update with that Primary Contact.

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(even though I only have one Contact associated to this Company, you get the idea :))

That’s it – two easy ways to change who the Primary Contact is on a Company record.

 

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Successful Kickstarter Campaign

October 21st, 2013

I have been asked a lot about Kickstarter.  Bottom line:  I love it.  It is an awesome way to get your “thing” (company, product, etc.) funded.

Check out this really cool Kickstarter campaign I learned about on a LinkedIn group I’m on: Lono Sprinkler Controller. They had an idea (allow you to control your yard sprinklers with an iPhone app) and asked for $75k to get it up and running.  As of right now they are almost at $90k.  Clearly, people want this.

I love the humorous video at the top of the page.  The details of the product/solution/benefits and the technicalities of the product and project are listed below the video.

On the right side you can see that donate as little as $15, or as much as $899 (or $5k), and what you get for those levels.

This is a brilliant way to fund a project.  No longer do you need to go to Angel Investors or VCs (which is overkill for most people/startups).  If you have an idea, dig into Kickstarter and see what others are doing, how they are doing it, who is successful, etc.  Very cool stuff :)

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Adding Images to Company and Contact Detail Pages

October 16th, 2013

I love adding images to Company and Contact Detail Pages… Here are three ways to do it:

Two-click process from Google Images

Mouse over the image area, whether it has an image or not, and you’ll see three icons.  Click on the Google icon.

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When you click on the G icon, it will bring up search results from Google Image Search.  If you find the picture you want, click on it and it will show up on the JibberJobber Contact Detail Page.  It’s that simple!

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Here is the Contact Detail Page with the picture that I clicked on:

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Another way to get an image on the Contact Detail Page is to bring it in from another website.  You can do this from almost ANY website.  Here’s a picture of John Doe from his wikipedia page.  When I right click on the image I get some options, including copy image URL (that is what I really want, but not all browsers have that option)… the most universal, I think, is to open the image in a new tab… so I’ll click on that option:

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From that new tab I’ll COPY the URL.  Notice it ends in .jpg, which means it is an image file (as opposed to a “website”)

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Then, back in JibberJobber I will mouse over the image area and click on the middle option to upload from a URL.  The popup give me a box to paste the URL:

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The difference between the first upload and this one is that this one is a bigger picture:

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You can also upload from your computer, but I’m guessing you’ve done that a thousand times with other apps, so I’m not going to go into that.

Happy picture sharing!

 

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Two Success Tips from Aaron Pitman (millionaire before 30)

October 15th, 2013

aaron_pitmanOn Mashable you can read How I Became Rich Before 30 and How You Can Too.  I love his two tips.  Read the article for context and to hear it in his own words.  Here are his two tips:

Confess and Attack.  This is all about age (or other) discrimination! I know so many people in a job search struggle with discrimination… please read what Aaron did!  His advice is RIGHT ON!

Your socializing can determine your success.  This goes beyond “networking” and talks about who you spend your time with.  I love this:

According to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, we are the average of the five people we chose to spend the most time with. We will often emulate the people we’re closest to and, if those people are successful, your own chances of success rise in proportion.

Who are you choosing to spend your time with?  Are they they people who you want to become? If not, strategically and actively find the five people who you want to emulate and spend more time with them!

Thank you, Aaron, for sharing these two ideas.  Whether someone is an entrepreneur or job seeker, or will be either of those, they need to hear these tips from you!

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Follow your passion. Or… NOT. Laurie Ruettimann

October 11th, 2013

Laurie Ruettimann is The Cynical Girl (I thought she was the cynical HR girl).  She always tells it like it is, without any sugar coating.  Read this post: Passion doesn’t always mean profession.

I agree that you should, to some degree, want to like what you do for a living, but the idea of simply following your passion and making a living off of that… I think it’s a bit too Pollyanna for most people.

Thoughts?

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Emergency Job Search Tips during the Gov’t Shutdown

October 10th, 2013

Here is a great post by Kathy Troutman titled Emergency Job Search Tips from Kathryn Troutman.

The first is to keep your resume up to date.  Great tip.

The second is to have a LinkedIn Profile (and have it up to date).  Great tip.

The third is to create a private industry resume ready (her audience is mostly those who want a federal job).  Great tip.

The fourth is to keep up with current job descriptions. Excellent tip, and one reason why we put the ZipRecruiter feature in JibberJobber.

The fifth is to simulate a job search.  Great tip.

Look folks, don’t sit around waiting for solutions.  If you are tired of being a pawn in political games perhaps it is time to look for a job in <gasp> private industry.

I know a lot of people go to gov’t jobs because of the safety/security… but I’ve seen how that goes.  I’m not saying to move away from a government job but I am saying to prepare, and Kathy’s five points are great.

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Hitting the Window of Opportunity Just Right

October 9th, 2013

In my last company my boss was talking about where we were at in our company with a certain product, and that we had a window of opportunity. I really didn’t appreciate the concept at the time (although I believed him). He had been in business for about 20 years by then and I’m sure he has seen his windows close at the wrong times.

My biggest window of opportunity that has since closed was my LinkedIn book and speaking engagements.  I still do LinkedIn training and speaking, but when my book first came out I was pretty in-demand and flying around the country (and to Istanbul once) to do trainings.  The money was amazing.  Being in demand was a lot more fun than being a job seeker.  I thought it was great.

And then everyone and their dog became a LinkedIn expert.  I use the term lightly… but they were good at marketing their expertise.  Phone calls I had started going like this:

“I’m sorry, we can’t afford to pay you to speak at our luncheon.  If you can’t come for free I’ll just have my cousin/neighbor/friend do it for free.  He feels like a free lunch is the only compensation he needs.”

That conversation is what a window of opportunity that is closing sounds like. Ouch.

Alas, it closed.  Local LinkedIn “experts,” niche LinkedIn “experts,” experts who need a free lunch or are looking for exposure… the window is closed and saturated with fog.

In my brother’s job search he had a lot of time to work out, take up running, go to the gym.  It was a great time for him to bond with his kids and take care of his body.  Then… he got a job, and the time to do that was reduced dramatically.

The owners of the pet rock had a window, capitalized on it, and then watched it close.  Boy bands see their windows close, companies evolve because they are always careful to not get caught in a closed-window state, etc.

Closing windows isn’t bad, but it can be surprising.  Watch, be vigilent, be ready.  If a window is closing, how do you prepare? How do you evolve?  Are you looking for other windows?

If a window closes, and you are forced to change, are you ready to make changes?

I’ve learned there are many windows in my life and work.  They are all in various stages of opening or closing.  Pay attention enough to know what those are, and constantly look for new windows.

Like, when you lose your job, that window is closed.  What is the next open window for you?

One thing I’ve learned through this observation is to appreciate the time that you have with an open window… before you know it, you’ll be saying “man, that was pretty fun! I wish I would have appreciated it more when it was happening… :)”

 

 

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