How To: Easily Get a List of Email Addresses from JibberJobber

December 31st, 2013

This is one of my favorite functions within JibberJobber because it is one way to get email addresses from a specific group of your Contacts.  It’s pretty quick and easy:

Step 1: Get to the Contacts List Panel – either click the word Contacts, or click on the link to go the List Panel from the Contacts dropdown.

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Step 2: Optional, but I wouldn’t do it any other way.  Filter your Contact list so you get just who you want.  In this example I’m putting this search phrase in the search box: tags:resume.  This will show all contacts who I’ve tagged as resume professionals.

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Note: If I have less than 256 Contacts in the search results, this works fine.  If I have more, I would click on Get Contact List, or Import/Export from the Contacts dropdown.

Step 3: Click the checkboxes by the names you want email address for.  The top-left checkbox will select all so you only need to click once.

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Step 4: At the bottom of the List Panel there are the multi-action icons. Click on the envelope icon to get all of the email addresses, formatted perfectly for your email client.

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Step 5: Grab the email addresses.  If you have your browser set up so that clicking on an email opens your email client, you can simply click on the Put in To or Put in BCC links (1).  Or, you can click in the textbox (2) to copy from there and then paste to a bcc field on your email client.  I would click in the box, hit Control-A (to select all), then Control-C (to copy the selection), and then go to my email client to paste.

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Note: The format in the text box is “FirstName LastName” <emailaddress>, “FirstName LastName” <emailaddress>, etc.  This makes it easy – no additional editing is needed!

I know this is a long post but really, each step is very quick, and you can get your targeted email list out of JibberJobber quickly!

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Job Search Resolutions for 2014, and JibberJobber recommended in US News again

December 30th, 2013

Check out Arnie Fertig’s US News article: Job Search Resolutions for the New Year

I agree with all six resolutions, and think that if you are taking time to strategize your career management for 2014, these six things should be in your strategy.  I especially appreciate #2, not just because he recommends JibberJobber, but also because it’s about time that career coaches talk more seriously about really tracking activities as well as contacts (Note: LinkedIn is not a or the tool to track your contacts!).

Thanks for the list and the mention, Arnie :)

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JibberJobber News: 75 to 250 to 500… and more changes!

December 27th, 2013

When we first started JibberJobber we were trying to figure out a lot of things, including the pricing levels. What should people get in the Regular (free) JibberJobber account, and how should we price the Premium level? It’s been almost eight years since then and we’ve evolved the levels and pricing slowly. I’m okay with slow evolution in some areas, including this. Today I’m announcing a big change (which will be in effective over the next couple of weeks):

  1. We are changing the pricing of the annual premium level from $99 (which is a 20% discount) to $60 (which is a 50% discount).
  2. We are going to discontinue the silver level (and just move silver upgrades to premium).
  3. We are going to enhance the free level, and double the number of Companies and Contacts you can track. When we first started you got 75 Companies and 75 Contacts (I think)… within a year or two we increased that to 250 Companies + 250 Contacts… and now we are giving you 500 Companies and 500 Contacts.

We’ll get these changes in the system soon, but I wanted to get this announcement out right away… it’s going to be a great year, and I hope this helps a lot of people!

 

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Favorite Friday: The Power of Your Network To Your Company/Employer

December 20th, 2013

One of my favorite concepts, which I was recently reminded of, comes from Phil801 who wrote a blog post back in 2006 titled Social Networks and Corporations.  I wrote a post with my thoughts about it here, on July 5, 2006: What’s your value-add? (Robert Merrill write a follow-up post here, from a recruiter’s perspective)

Here’s the idea: if you have a network, can you bring value to a company or employer (or project or client) by bringing your network in?  Imagine these two scenarios:

Scenario 1:  Your company has a problem which is perplexing everyone on the team.  Everyone has been so busy working for the company that they don’t have any contacts they can comfortably tap into, and they keep trying to solve the problem without getting outside help.

Scenario 2: Same problem but your team has been trained to expand their network and nurture relationships with their contacts.  This is a part of the culture at your organization, and no one (read: bosses, management) feels threatened that you are spending time with others in the industry outside of your company.

Here’s my proposition for you: DO NOT WAIT FOR AN EMPLOYER TO MAKE IT OKAY TO HAVE A STRONG, NURTURED NETWORK!!

Maybe your employer doesn’t “get” networking.  Maybe they are threatened by you having industry contacts.  In my case, I think I didn’t network when I had a job because it seemed wrong (like I was cheating on my employer).  I think it would have been fine, but I had a lot of hangups and assumptions.

I wish, oh how I wish, I would have gotten past my misunderstandings and issues and networked.  Real relationships would have helped me in my last company, through my job search, and in my current role as business owner.

Career Management 2.0 is the new reality, and networking and relationships is a HUGE part of it.  Even if your company doesn’t “let you” do it on company time, do it on your own time, and bring value to your company!

#FavoriteFriday: What’s your value-add?

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Social Networking vs. UnSocial Networking

December 19th, 2013

Many years ago, when I was setting up the categories for this blog, I created a category called “UNsocial Networking.”  I’m sure I giggled when I put it into the list of categories, because really, how can you network in an unsocial way?  Networking IS social!

But the term “social networking” has been hijacked by websites that facilitate networking online.  For example, when someone says social networking they are clearly talking about Facebook or LinkedIn or something like that.

If someone simply says “networking” they are talking about something that scares the pants off of most people, right?  We’re still quite intimidated by the concept of networking, especially if we think of it as a certain thing that we need to do to make sales, find a job, etc.

I would like to define unsocial networking (surely a phrase that will not catch on outside of this blog) as the natural, unscary part of networking.

Developing real relationships.  Having real conversations.  Emailing people.  Following-up with people.

I’m not talking about the used-car-salesman schmoozing.  I’m referring to the simple human interactions that we already do.  I’m not even necessarily talking about a purposeful, strategic and planned networking activity, tactic or strategy. I’m talking about simply talking to someone.

Unsocial networking isn’t scary (unless you have social anxiety, and even then, one-on-ones can be comfortable and not scary).  It is what we as humans do.

Check out the UNsocial Networking category for posts related to regular, natural networking :)

And now, step away from the computer and go do some unsocial networking!

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Using “The Other Social Network” To Land A Job (and Become Famous In Your Circles) #Instagram

December 18th, 2013
This is a story about personal branding, social networking, unsocial networking, and doing many “right things.”  Inspiring?  Yep. Replicatable?  Perhaps…

I saw this article and thought “this is going to kind of be boring, and a one-hit-wonder kind of a story).  Then I read it and was really quite intrigued.

When people think of social networking, especially in the career space, I think they think of LinkedIn (people are getting tired of their lame policies and changing free features to premium, not to mention their walled-garden approach to the rest of the world), Facebook (many are still confused about the whole personal/professional thing), and Twitter (was useful a few years ago, then the pop media and pop stars came and it’s become a polluted place of yuck, with very little interaction (compared to the good ol’ days)).

No one thinks of using Instagram to get a job, do they?  I wouldn’t have, until I read this: No Resume, No Cover Letter — Instagram Scored the Job

The problem with thinking Instagram is going to get YOU your next job is that this story is about a certain person (Clark Walker) in a certain industry (profession: barber) in a certain place (NYC, of course!).  Will this work for an attorney or accountant, or for someone in Podunk, USA?  It is not that likely, methinks.

But it sure worked for Clark, and apparently this one-time med school student is living his dream, which is awesome.

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I wrote a post about LinkedIn’s competition, where I basically said it isn’t ONE competitor that is going to take LinkedIn down.  It won’t be Facebook, Twitter, or the other biggies (instagram, snapchat, pinterest, quora, etc.).  It will be that people are bored and not getting their needs and wants met by the one-size-fits-nobody approach of professional networking.  Recruiters have already figured this out and instead of trying to harvest conversations and activity in LinkedIn, they are finding out where their target audience is hanging out and going to them there.

Here’s my post about LinkedIn’s competition: Death By A Thousand Papercuts (aka, LinkedIn Competition): Github. Here’s a more indepth take on TechCrunch: The Biggest Threat To LinkedIn: The Power Of Many, Not One

Kudos to Clark for living the dream, and using tools to help make that happen.

What does this mean FOR YOU?

 

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Scot Herrick Links and Blog (and book)

December 17th, 2013

Scott Herrick wrote I’ve Landed My Dream Job – Now What??? (part of my Now What series)

I got a ping from my blog when he linked to one of my favorite posts, and checked out the context.  I really like Scott’s thinking – he  is very purposeful, and very experienced.  I would pretty much listen to anything he said/wrote.  Check him out at Cube Rules.  Here’s his book on Amazon: I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???

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Welcome PBS Readers!

December 16th, 2013

Last week PBS published an article written by Ask The Headhunter (aka Nick Corcodilos) titled Ask The Headhunter: Two Job Hunting Resources I Don’t Hate. The first of the two is JibberJobber!  

Nick and I met in person a few years ago at the National Resume Writer’s Association conference, and we’ve communicated over the years about the happenings in the career space.  I did an Ask The Expert call with him and I’ve always appreciated his no-nonsense approach.  He isn’t afraid to “tell it like it is.”  To have him write that article, and speak so positively about JibberJobber, was really flattering.

I didn’t realize how many people read PBS.org… wow!  So to all of you who have come from there, welcome!  We hope you can stay a while :)

(congrats to the Evil HR Lady, who is the other resource he doesn’t hate (her blog, her Inc. column))

Read Nick’s article here:

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Sometimes what you want to say should go unsaid

December 11th, 2013

I’m not very good at this, although I’ve been working on muting myself over the years.  I have a group of friends who will email me and say “Um, you probably shouldn’t have posted that,” or “That Facebook comment was inappropriate” (if I do my once-a-year political post).

I’ve unfriended people on Facebook because of dribble they put out… sometimes it is too much noise, but sometimes it is something that influences how I perceived them.  In other words, their unbridled comments had a negative impact on their overall brand.

Are you making similar mistakes?

Don’t give me the weak argument that some places are appropriate for that… youtube comments, for example, are typically scathing, mean, racist, etc.  You can’t say “well, it was on *that* social network, which is how people talk there.”  Neither can you say “This is my personal account, and I can say whatever I want!”

I’m sorry to be the one to break the news to you but once you put it online, it is for the world to take out of context and spread like a plague.

Want examples of what I’m talking about?  Check out this Mental Floss article with SIXTEEN examples: 16 People Who Tweeted Themselves Into Unemployment

Yes, you *can* say whatever you want. Sometimes, though, you shouldn’t.  Just step away from the keyboard!

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What can a poor job seeker give?

December 10th, 2013

When I was in transition (the classy way of saying I was out of work) I felt like my hands were tied.  The experts talked about giving to our network, not receiving, but I didn’t know what I could give.

I couldn’t really take anyone to lunch… how could I justify the expense of me eating out AND paying for someone else?  That was money I didn’t feel like I had, when there were other expenses at home that needed to be taken care of.

I couldn’t really do anything I wanted to do, as far as giving.

I felt like a big mooch.  It was like the “giving” part of networking was only for those who had enough money to really give.  That wasn’t me.

After my networking epiphany, when it all started to make sense, I realized I had the only thing a job seeker would die to get.  It wasn’t the comfort food and false sense of normalcy that going to a restaurant would provide.  It was introductions.

By this time I had started to “get” networking. I was enjoying it.  I was even seeing success, which I wasn’t seeing from my previous pathetic networking attempts.

Because of this, my network was growing and strengthening.  And I finally realized the job seekers I was networking with would appreciate introductions to my contacts.  Introducing contacts to one another put me in an interesting position, and my relationships strengthened… the more I met, the more I introduced, the more I grew.  I started to see success, and I was helping other people. I became, as Keith Ferrazzi dubbed, a “power connector.”  It was win-win-win.

And it didn’t cost me anything.

If you are holding back because you don’t have enough money, I encourage you to think about giving introductions to your contacts.

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