How To Do A Confidential Job Search With JibberJobber

May 30th, 2014

A common question I hear is “how do I do a confidential job search?”  On LinkedIn, specifically, you need to make sure that your Profile doesn’t somehow or in any way say “hire me!”  There are ways to do that so your employer doesn’t get the idea that you are looking for, open to, or anxiously waiting for a new job.

But what about JibberJobber?  If I get a JibberJobber account, what can my employer find out about me?

The short answer is NOTHING.

JibberJobber doesn’t have a “profile,” like you see on LinkedIn.  Where a google search for someone’s name will likely show a link to their LinkedIn Profile, they won’t see anything from JibberJobber… because right now we don’t have Profiles.

They also can’t see anything you are doing in JibberJobber.  They can’t see if you enter data, or what data you enter.  You see, JibberJobber is a private-to-you system.

You can share information with people you trust, but you have to approve the sharing.  We hardly talk about that, and people don’t know about it (read: it’s a hidden feature).

For now, though, using JibberJobber is a part of your hidden job search strategy.

The only thing I’ll say, though, is DO NOT user JibberJobber at your office.  If they are logging your internet traffic (they are, they are!), they’ll see you are going there (and probably to LinkedIn excessively, and Indeed, right??), and it won’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you are looking for other stuff.

So there you go – you can do your job search, confidential or not, with JibberJobber :)

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When New Graduates Hit “The Real World”

May 29th, 2014

I always thought it was funny that professors created a culture of not being in the “real world.”  They did it by saying “when you get to the real world,” and then some kind of scare tactic threat.

High school teachers did the same thing, only talking about college.  Then you get to college and they did it?  Seriously :(

That a list like this even exists is pretty pathetic: 6 Things Today’s College Graduates Must Unlearn.  Are you saying that after all those years, all that money, and probably blood/sweat/tears, there are things that were a lie?  Check out the list:

  1. Your degree is special.
  2. Your major matters.
  3. All employers want to know is “can you do the job?”
  4. You are graded on your effort.
  5. Your career should go as planned.

I read these as a jaded 40 year old business owner… and laugh through them all.  Ah, if I really could tell my pre-college self something… I wish I could turn back time!

The truth is, your degree is special, and your major matter, SOMETIMES.  It really depends on what you want to go into.  Although, you might find that what you thought you would love is really a mess, and not where you want to be, and you have to change careers. Not so fun, considering the time/money spent pursuing the first career.

Anything that starts out with “all employers want” is flawed.  Employers are humans, and humans are different.  Employers have different needs and wants. You can’t group their wants  by industry (“all finance employers want ____”), or job title (“all programmer bosses want _____”)… each person is going to be unique, biased, prejudiced, and have their own wants.  Who can tell you what “all” of them want?

Grades are such a facade.  I talk to high school and middle school teachers about grading, and the Common Core standards, and it’s scary the stuff they say.  Especially 10th through 12th grade teachers who talk about students who can’t read or do any math… but have been pushed through with passing grades just to get them the heck out of the classroom and make them someone else’s problem.

It is different in college, but after spending too many years in college I’ll tell you, grading is not based on effort.  Sometimes (too often) it’s based on the whim of the professor.  Plenty of times, grading is a mistake.  Effort, though?  No.  The real world cares about results.  Kind-hearted managers care about effort, and growth, especially if they see potential, but effort without results is not going to take you too far.

Career plans… LOL.  ROFL.  Sure… make them now.  Things will change your plans – life circumstances (like you get married and move somewhere away from where you could launch your career in finance).  Government regulations will affect industries, you might get “enroned” (study what happened to Enron employees, I’m now using it as a verb), your health might take a dive, or you might just figure out you don’t have what it takes, and want to move to something else.  But yeah, make plans.  Just make sure one of your plans is to be completely flexible and expect change :)

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JibberJobber Contacts: What happens when I downgrade to the free account?

May 27th, 2014

Here’s an important question that comes up quite a bit:

What happens to contacts that I add to JibberJobber if my account switches to the “free” status? I won’t lose them, as noted elsewhere, but will I be able to benefit from them being in the system?

This is a great question.  The short answer is, nothing happens to the contacts, you don’t lose them, and you will benefit from them being in the system.

Remember, I created JibberJobber when I was a job seeker.  I was not interested in any system that would make me feel worse than a third class citizen (which is how most job seekers feel). I wanted respect. I needed to know I would not waste time on a system that would only bait-and-switch me, or make me upgrade, or worse, where I would eventually lose access to my data!

We want you to have a JibberJobber account for life.  Most people start using it because they are looking for a new job (aka, in transition).  Once they land their job, they should continue to use JibberJobber… go manage professional relationships, to prepare for the next transition, to manage personal relationships… maybe just to schedule their oil changes and tire rotations!  You see, for some people this becomes life management … many things we are trying to keep track of, and follow-up on, can be managed with JibberJobber.

Here’s how this works

When you first sign up for JibberJobber, you get 14 days of the full premium account.  This allows you to import in bulk (hundreds, thousands, or hundreds of thousands of records).  This is also a great time to play around with the amazingly useful Email2Log feature.

The “limit” on the free account is 500 Contacts and 500 Companies.

Let’s say you upload, from LinkedIn, Gmail, Outlook, CardScan, Salesforce, ACT!, or any other place (including your own spreadsheet), 2,000 Contacts.  That is clearly over the limit… so what happens?

When you go back to the free level (whether this is from the premium trial, or an upgrade that you paid for, or that an outplacement company bought for you, etc.), and you are over the 500 limit, you cannot add anymore contacts (unless you upgrade).  But the 2,000 Contacts you have in your system?  They are completely usable.  This means you can:

  • edit the Contact information,
  • add Log Entries and Action Items,
  • associate the Contact to Jobs and Companies,
  • delete the Contact,
  • etc.

The only limit is that you cannot add more Contacts… but Contacts that you have added into the system are there for you to use.

Want to add more Contacts?

The easiest thing to do is to upgrade.  It’s $9.95 a month, one time, or subscription.  The most popular upgrade is the $60/year upgrade, which is basically 1/2 price.  Who doesn’t like 50% off? Check it out here.

Another way to get an upgrade is to jump on a Wednesday webinar, or watch the recording (both can be accessed here).  Spend the 60+ minutes with me (live or recorded), and we give out seven-day upgrades.  We started doing this because people would get on JibberJobber, then two or three weeks later they would get serious about it, and get on a webinar…. then see that they needed to import, and wanted to try the Email2Log feature… but their 14 day trial had expired.  So, we give an additional seven days out.

Sometimes people just need to import… it’s not unusual for us to give you a day of premium just to import contacts…. the Contact form comes in pretty handy when you are in need :)

Want to get free upgrades all year?  Just come back each week!  People do that… :)  Or, break out the wallet and plunk down the $60 for the year (eventually your time will be worth more than the $5/month that this comes out to).

Or, ask your coach, resume writer or outplacement contact if they have an agreement with JibberJobber – some of them have bought a bunch of seats (upgrade accounts) and might have one for you…

The bottom line is, we do not disable, hide, or delete your Contacts.  We do not hold your Contacts hostage until you pay.  Once they are in, they are yours to use.

How’s that for respect?

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Job Search Attitude

May 23rd, 2014

Speaking of your attitude, and where your mind is at, during the job search, check out this great article on Fast Company: 8 PERSONALITY TRAITS OF PEOPLE WHO DON’T LET JOB HUNTING CRUSH THEIR SOULS, by Jane Bianchi.

They are (read the article for more):

  1. They accentuate the positives.  Focus on your real worth, what you have accomplished, and what you can, rather than negatives.
  2. They identify their hang-ups. And tackle those hang-ups (aka weaknesses) head-on!
  3. They have passion and purpose. Study the power of this concept – I found some articles a few years ago and am amazed at how powerful it is to have passion, purpose, vision, etc.
  4. They “pressure-proof” themselves. Thick skin.  Accept negative feedback and direction. This is the real, uninsulated world, and people are watching to see how you’ll react under pressure.
  5. They network, network, network. JibberJobber anyone??
  6. They always do their homework. Be prepared…. or look like you are uninterested (or incompetent).  You don’t have to know everything, but know enough, and be able to say “I’m not sure, let me look into that.”
  7. They convey confidence, not arrogance. Quite a difference between the two.
  8. They learn from each letdown. Change is unavoidable, right?  So let’s embrace change, and learn, and grow.  That’s what life is, isn’t it?

How do you do with these eight?

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The power of nice, compassion, helpful, optimistic, etc.

May 22nd, 2014
I’m a critical person, but I know and even hang out with some very nice people.

A lot of people think I’m nice.  I try to be nice. And helpful. After suffering hardships (like my layoff, even though it was over eight years ago!), I find it much easier to be compassionate and empathetic.

But I find myself slipping into a critical “they are idiots” mode too often. I don’t know why – am I becoming more impatient with people, in general?  Are my chemicals out of whack?  Are there outside factors that I feel I don’t have control over, and that frustrates me?

What I do know is that the fruits of being nice (and all of those other good things) are much better than the fruits of being mean, critical, impatient, and even calling things like they are (just trying to be honest).

Lately I’ve decided to let go of the negative energy that is hurting mostly me, and focus more on positive energy.  Complimenting more, smiling more, thinking positively more, and especially giving more.

I want to give more. I want to share, help, encourage, inspire, and give hope.  This is where I need to spend my time… not on being Mr. Grumpy Gills (anyone catch that movie reference?).

And thus, I move forward, giving more, offering more, and being nicer.

That is a personal mini-essay of something I I had to get off my chest.  I shared it here because I like the idea and power of sharing things publicly, and having accountability because I’m going public with it.

However, it’s clear to me that job seekers suffer from exactly what I wrote above.  It’s easy to become a victim in the job search.

  • Everyone is doing everything wrong;
  • people don’t appreciate who I am;
  • I’m being discriminated against because of _____ (fill in the blank – there are hundreds of reasons to discriminate)
  • I’m about to lose everything;
  • everything I’ve worked for means nothing to anyone;
  • If they could only see what I can really do, they’d hire me right now;
  • etc., etc., etc.

It’s easy to let these deceptive phrases into our life, into our head, and eventually into our belief system.  When these beliefs become our reality, personal destruction happens.  Depression sets in.  And then, when we are on the path to becoming “a mess,” we get nowhere.

No one gives us introductions to their contacts.  Then we feel like they don’t trust us (they don’t!).  Down the depression path we continue.

We fail in our interviews. Then we feel like we really aren’t competent (because the interviewer can’t see it).  Our inability to communicate what’s in our heart and within our capabilities gets in the way of making progress in our job, and we further go down the depression path.

We see the world as dark, cloudy, and hopeless, and convince ourselves that there really isn’t anything worth fighting for.  Our half-hearted efforts to go through the futile motions (which usually means applying to jobs online) are met with deafening silence.  No one sees the value in us… and we begin to see us through their eyes.  We are useless, and can add no value.

This becomes our reality.  And now, more than ever, we repel people away from us.  They want to help us but they somehow know we are not ready to be helped.  They want us to be happy but they know that until we can work through this horrid mind-game, nothing they do can make us happy.

I invite you, I beg you, I implore you to re-read my personal essay above.  Read it out loud.  Agree with any (positive) part of it, and incorporate that into your own life, minute-by-minute, day-by-day.  Heal from the inside, and prepare yourself so you can be helped by others.

If you can, write your own personal essay – an essay of healing.  Put it where you will see it throughout the day.  And read it regularly. Even read it out loud.

You are getting multiple negative inputs every day in a job search, why not force true and positive inputs to combat the negative inputs? You have to convince yourself that you are good, healthy, and “worth it.”

Win. This. Battle.



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How To: Action Item Title (new field!)

May 19th, 2014

Another important (hugely important) change snuck into the release last week… you might have seen it.  There are some enhancements to do with this still, but it was enough to put into the system now.

We have introduced the concept of an Action Item Title, which is different than the Log Entry Title.  (like I said, there is more work to do, but we’re headed down a very cool path).  Note that this view will soon have AMAZING updates that you will LOVE (even if you are resistant to change, you’ll love it):


#1 points to what we’ve had for eight years…. the title of the Log Entry.

#2 points to the NEW Action Item title.  Now you can say “I did this thing,” which is a Log Entry, and you can say “Here’s what I need to do to follow-up,” which is your Action Item.

I’ll let you mentally chew on that…. but trust me that this sets us up to do some really important and powerful things for YOUR career management.

Awesome enhancements are coming soon….!

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How To: New Log Entries and Action Items Report

May 16th, 2014

Eight years into it and we are still improving JibberJobber.  One of the latest updates was on  the Log Entries and Action Items report.

The purpose of this report is to show you what activities you have had, and break them down based on various criteria.  Because it is in a List Panel, you can do a filtered search (contacts:________, etc.).  We cleaned up the way you configure this report to make it much easier to see just what you want.

To access the report click on Logs, or mouse over Reports and click on this link:


When you first come to the report you’ll see this section, showing you what is in the List Panel:


(note that “no associations” means any Log Entry or Action Item that is not associated to any Contacts, Companies or Jobs)

You can easily change this… when you click on the Change link you see these options:


The first column allows you to include or exclude Log Entries and Action Items based on assocation.

The second column allows you to say “ONLY show me Action Items!”

The third column allows you to filter by a date range.

This is a super-cool report that is useful to show/prove any contacts or activity you have had during a period of time… whether you are reporting to your coach, an accountability partner, for unemployment insurance, etc.




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Happy Birthday JibberJobber: Eight!

May 15th, 2014

It was eight years ago that we launched…. it’s been a crazy ride, and we’ve been lucky to be involved in helping many thousands of people own their own career management!

Thanks for being a part of the journey :)

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You can (and will) do hard things in your job search

May 7th, 2014

A few years ago my daughter was in a Shakespeare class that culminated in doing a play.  Before the culmination, they studied seventeen Shakespeare plays, memorized and recited lines (outside of the end-of-year play), had deep discussions about meanings, wrote papers, did presentations, and did group exercises that made them come out of their comfort zone.

I know it was hard work, and she did stuff that I had never done, and didn’t feel capable of doing.  But she plowed through, and loved it.  I remember her regular saying “I can do hard things.”  This is self-talk and affirmation that I don’t remember having… ever.  Not that I wasn’t self-driven, or self-motivated, or one who would accomplish many things… but for a 12 or 13 year old to regularly say “I can do hard things,” positively, and then work through the hard things… where did that come from?

It came from her Shakespeare mentors, who were reading a book on that very topic.  They brought that phrase to her, and she internalized it.

I invite you to internalize “I can do hard things” right now.  You have been invited, by virtue of being in a job search, to do hard and uncomfortable things.

Not many people like to pick up the phone and put their ego on the line, and be in a position of hope, want and need – and let the whole world know it.  That is hard, for many people.

Not many people want to disect themselves and their personal career, trying to figure out who they are, what makes them tick, what values they bring to the table, and how to word all of that.  That is HARD!

Not many people want to be in a position worse than paycheck to paycheck… that is, a position where they don’t know where the next day of food is coming from.

Not many people want to [ fill in this blank with whatever scares you in this job search! ]

I’m not saying that you want to be here, doing this, but here’s what I’m saying:


Devote yourself, recommit yourself, and DO IT.  Step by step, task by task, DO IT.

I know it looks hard, but once you get going it can be fun, and rewarding.  More than that, the personal growth you’ll see (or that others will see in you) can be a huge boost for the next steps in your career.

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Putting Social Media Into Perspective

May 5th, 2014

Twitter. LinkedIn. Facebook.

You MUST be on there.

This is because 200% of people will search for you there, and “if you aren’t there, you don’t exist.”

Let me call hogwash to all the hype.

The bottom line is that these sites are tools.  Indeed, they are evolving tools.  One day, MySpace was THE social tool.  And now?  They are nothing, to most people.

For the last few years it’s all been about LinkedIn.  I should know… I’ve written a book (in it’s 4th edition), have a training video course, and regularly do webinars and trainings.  I know plenty about LinkedIn.

I know that they are a TOOL.  Use it well, it might pay off nicely.  Ignore it, and that can be OKAY.  It can be okay if you are incorporating other tactics into your job search.

Do other people know who you are?  Do they talk positively about you?  Are they clear on your value, or what you want and where you can contribute?

Maybe social tools are not what you need. Maybe they are what you need.

Before you invest time, money, effort, brain waves, and worry, so that you can “keep up” with others, and what the “experts” say about what you HAVE to do on LinkedIn (or Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram, etc.), I invite you to think about what your objectives are (is it to get an interview?  That seems short-sighted. Is it to get a job?  That might be a short-term objective… what is more long-term), and then figure out what strategies and tactics you would implement to meet those objectives.

And THEN, figure out where the tools fit in.

Social is not a strategy.  Social is a tool.

If you are building a house, and someone asks what your strategy (plan) is, you don’t respond with the name of a tool: “hammer.”  Hammer is not a strategy.  It is a tool.

Don’t feel the social shaming if you are doing awesome stuff, and being effective in your strategy to reach your objectives, if you aren’t doing the social stuff as much as you could.  Maybe there is opportunity for improvement, but these tools are not the silver bullets.

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