Gmail and Email2Log Trick (bcc shortcut)

July 11th, 2014

A frustration I’ve had for the last few years is that when I’m writing an email in Gmail, and want to use the Email2Log JibberJobber features, I’d have to use the mouse to open up the bcc field.  I knew there must be a keyboard shortcut, but never took the time to figure it out.

Well, I found the 3 seconds I needed to figure it out and now my life is changed forever :p

When you are in a compose message in Gmail, simply click control+shift+b, and it will (a) open up the bcc field, and (b) have the curser right there.  This is going to shave seconds off of my email writing… seconds!

Ah, the joys of a good keyboard shortcut!


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Never Going to be a Pathetic Job Seeker? On Food Stamps? Read This (and weep)

July 10th, 2014

darlena_cunha_headshotStop what you are doing and read this fantastic story: This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

This was written by Darlena Cunha (blog, twitter).

It’s her story.  It’s kind of my story (sans Mercedes, but with plenty of humility), and the story of many others.  It can very easily be your story.

It’s a story of humiliation, reliance, and resilience.  On her very own blog she writes (about this story):

The lesson is: believe in yourself. Do your thing. Eventually, someone will see you. Eventually, the story will be told. Keep walking. Never stop.

You are worth it.

Yes, you are definitely worth it. Even if you have to be on food stamps, or otherwise ask for help.

Keep walking, never stop, and please be kind and gentle with those in need.

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Relationship Management for the Job Search (vs. Job Search Organizer)

July 9th, 2014

What’s the difference between relationship management for a job seeker and a job search organizer?

You know JibberJobber is a job search organizer.

What I learned, early in my job search, is that the job search is about relationships.  Yes, you need to track where you apply, and who you talk to, and what’s going on in your target companies… but by the end of the day who you talked with is usually more important than where you applied.

So, in addition to being a job search organizer, JibberJobber is a relationship manager. In my Wednesday webinars I focus on relationships.

Relationship management means you are tracking contact information (phones, emails, addresses, etc.), information about the person (birthday, industry, where they work and what they do, etc.), and of utmost importance, where you are at in the relationship with them.

In JibberJobber you’ll track “where you are at in the relationship” with a few things:

Ranking: how strong is my relationship with this person

Log Entries: what communications did I have, when, etc.

Action Items: When do I need to follow-up

We have some really cool enhancements going through QA (quality assurance) that will make JibberJobber a better… I can’t wait to announce them and show you :)

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The Best Job Boards (or, Interesting Job Board Analysis)

July 7th, 2014

I saw an interesting study on job boards, for recruiters (The Best Job Boards for Your Recruiting Dollar IndustryView| 2014). Of course, LinkedIn scores really, really high. I’m glad that the charts are broken down by level of user (entry-level, mid-level, senior-level).  To get one figure that mixes all of these is a disservice and shows faulty results.

It would be cool to see this type of analysis by industry…

The big question is, are you still using job boards to find your jobs?

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The Fourth of July: Freedom

July 4th, 2014

The 4th of July is a holiday in the U.S. that celebrates independence and freedom, where we declared independence from England.  From a 30,000 foot perspective, this was about a group of people saying “we don’t like this relationship, and we want to be free from, or independent of, you.”

Loss, pain and bloodshed was a big part of the transition.  People in the U.S. had to decide if they agreed with the declaration to become independent, and not have any ties (or be subordinate) to England.

It is a holiday celebrated with barbecues, fireworks, and late-night parties.  It has become a celebration of family and getting together, and not so much “yeah!  We’re free of those English, who oppressed us!”  There is actually hardly any talk of oppression, or any of that.  There is almost hardly any talk of what it means to be independent.

I want to bring the theme of the day into my theme of career management, which I became impassioned about back in 2006.

Before my layoff, I was dependent on employers. When I got “kicked out” (aka, laid off), I learned that what they had to offer me was temporary, and incomplete.

I am not here to bash on employers, or having a real or full-time job.  I want to bash on my apathetic attitude towards my own career management.  I lived under a “they will take care of me!” attitude.  As long as I did what “they” said, including getting a degree (which has less value now than it did in 1950), and developing a strong work ethic, etc., then I would have job security.

Security was the promise. I just had to show up and do my part.

But the promise was a lie.  We see that now more than in 2006.  No one believes in job security today.  But people still have an apathetic, almost victim mentality, towards career management.

Years ago I declared independence from my beliefs in a job.  I like the idea of a job.  I’m not against it. But no longer will I think that someone else will be responsible for 100% of my income.  I don’t think I can go anywhere and get “job security.”  I believe it is up to me…. I must keep the right skills up, I must align myself with the right companies and industries.  I must figure out my own revenue streams (whether that is one or ten).

Declaring independence back in 1776 didn’t mean you were automatically on the gravy train.  But those citizens cherished freedom and ability to act and think more than they cherished some supposed security.

Declaring independence from “job security” thinking will not be easy.  But I’ve seen, over the last eight years, what happens when people realize that they can be, and are, in control of their own career management.  It’s a beautiful, empowering place to be.

I’m not suggesting, or asking that you quit your job and abhor the idea of a traditional job.  They are there, and they can be great.  What I’m asking is that you change your thoughts on power and control, with regard to your career and money.  Who has that power?  Your boss, or you?  Who has control, your boss, or you?

Declare independence from victim, servant thinking when it comes to your career.  Do things that will give you more control, and eventually, more freedom.   I’m simply suggesting a change in your perspective (or attitude).

Consider the difference in these two thoughts/declarations:

I hate my job, but I can’t do anything about it. I can’t go anywhere.  I hope I don’t lose my job.

I hate my job but I know I can move on anytime I want (I guess I don’t hate it that much, if I’m still here!).  I know I can pay my bills by moving to another company, starting my own company, or __________________.

In the first, you are subservant to the company/circumstance/boss, and it is a dead-end, bleak situation.

In the second, you are still in a crappy situation, but you are not TRAPPED.  Knowing that there are other opportunities, and it’s just a matter of you deciding to take action, is freeing and empowering.

Are you ready to declare independence from bad career thinking?

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A Real Curriculum for Career Management at the University Level

July 3rd, 2014

elliot_lasson_headshotCheck out this post by Elliot Lasson, Executive Director of JobLink of Maryland: How Common is Your Core?

Elliot makes great points about the education we get, what is required to graduate, and electives.  He says that students should HAVE TO go through a career course. I know this is required at some schools (who I’ve worked with), but it’s by no means required everywhere.  I would suggest that in too many classes it’s seen as a lame freshman course, with no meat (substance) and no teeth (or authority).

Check out the bottom of the post to see what Elliot suggests would be covered in the 16 weeks.  You might have better ideas (mine would be to focus more on long-term career management, not just immediate job search skills), but the main idea is that this should really happen.  It would have provided me more value than some of the other required classes I had to take to graduate.

Bonus: his other idea is the next required class would be for programming.  I think this is a really intriguing idea… ! What do you think?

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Fake Job Postings

July 2nd, 2014

Four years ago I wrote a blog post titled The Skinny on Fake Job Postings.  Read the short post, the comments, and the original article I referenced.

Fake job postings are a disgrace, and a slap in our face.  They contribute to the frustration of job seekers.   The postings are there because companies/people will pay for them, and those companies/people can get good information.

As long as money changes hands I’m not sure there is anything we can do, but please look for warning signals, and stay safe!

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Volunteer your way to your next job

July 1st, 2014

According to a LinkedIn article I recently read, people who volunteer are 27% more likely to get a job than people who don’t.  That’s a pretty big difference.

My volunteer experience didn’t work out as well as I would have liked… but if I had to do it over, I would definitely look for more volunteer opportunities.

Aside from increasing your likelihood of getting a job (because of the networking you are doing), volunteering gets you out of the house, and doing something productive.  This has to be a good way to keep your attitude in check.

Are you volunteering?  If not, why not??


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