JibberJobber vs. “Endlessly Confused”

September 30th, 2014

I got a very nice note from a new user a couple of weeks ago, and she said we could share what she wrote:

You are amazing! Years of working locums leaves me endlessly confused. I have been bombarded with recruiter email/spam so often I had to create a separate junk mail account. I would forget who offered which job and the details. I have only been using your site for 2 weeks and I am loving it. Thank you so much. My recruiters thank you.
D. Gasque

I had to look up locums… it is a word I hadn’t heard before. But really, she had me at “you are amazing!” :)

We love feedback, and this kind of feedback puts a smile on our faces… thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts D.!  And you can tell your recruiters “you’re welcome!”

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How Do You Print Reports for the Unemployment Office?

September 29th, 2014

I just got this question from a user:

How do I print out a list of the jobs I have entered?  I have a meeting with the unemployment office and they are requiring me to bring my records on paper.  Go figure.

Go figure, for sure :)

This is pretty easy to do.  The report you can get to by following the instructions below can be used for UI claims as well as to send to an accountability partner (aka, coach).

Step 1: Get to the Log Entries and Action Items Report.  You can do this by clicking on the word Logs (from the main menu) or mouse over Reports and click on the link:

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Step 2: Check what is displaying in the blue box.  By default we show you everything, but we remember any customizations you make.  I’m guessing you’ll want to change what is showing… just click the “Change” link to filter down what you want to see (and print out):

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Step 3: Yeah, I knew you would want to change something.  At the very least you will likely want to narrow down the date range that you show – you don’t want to print everything… right?  You can filter this down very nicely (like, check the Jobs box and uncheck the other four):

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Step 4: Click to print.  Once you click Change, and you see the filtered results, click on the Actions button and from the dropdown, click Print Log Entries and Action Items.  This will bring up the print dialog, and you should know what to do from there :)

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This is a great report!

 

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Venture Capitalists Are Like Job Seekers: Looking, Networking, Following-Up

September 24th, 2014

And guess what they use to do all of that?

A relationship management tool. Not JibberJobber, because JibberJobber is not optimized for what they need to do (many people in the office accessing records, people “owning” a contact, or even one conversation, etc.).

And job seekers shouldn’t use a normal CRM because it is not optimized for a job seeker.  It’s probably 80 to 90% good enough, but there are things that job seekers need to do that CRM doesn’t address.  And most job seekers don’t need the sales pipeline stuff that is forefront of most CRM tools.

My point is, though, that if you want to WIN, and crush the competition (well, VCs want to do that, I’m not saying you want to CRUSH anyone), you need to be more serious and purposeful about your networking, tracking, follow-up, etc.

This article is a fun and exciting read: How Andreessen Horowitz Is Disrupting Silicon Valley

Check out this part, under the subtitle: It’s all about the ecosystem

What differentiates Andreessen Horowitz is something else, something very different than Kleiner, Sequoia, Benchmark, or Accel have done. Using customer relationship management software as a foundation, Andreessen Horowitz seems to be creating one of the largest, most networked, and powerful ecosystem platforms in the world. It is an astonishingly simple idea that yet is disrupting old power on Sand Hill Road and in Silicon Valley venture capital.

Manage relationships.  MANAGE RELATIONSHIPS!  It is an astonishingly simple idea, isn’t it?  Job seekers do it on the band-aid called Excel… which eventually gets ripped off and thrown away (and all of that great information is lost!).

I want to empower YOU to disrupt your job search by using this astonishingly simple idea, which is handed to you on a silver platter called JibberJobber.

Are you serious about your job search?

Are you serious about your career?

Then get serious about JibberJobber, which is the tool to use from now until the end of your career, to help you manage relationships.

Read the article for more inspiration… and get on a webinar to learn how to use JibberJobber better.  It is time!

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Email Addresses: The Unintended Personal Branding Message

September 23rd, 2014

Yesterday I wrote about email addresses, and how they might be branding you.

The most popular email address people use to sign up for JibberJobber is Gmail. It is clearly the leader, as far as the people who are attracted to a more sophisticated job search / relationship tool.  Juno is not popular anymore, although every once in a while I get someone who signs up with a Juno account.

Let me share some advice with regard to your email service provider, other than the branding issue that we talked about yesterday.

Get an email address that you can always “own.”  I hate seeing people sign up with certain email addresses.  For example, if you are getting laid off, WHY IN THE WORLD are you signing up for JibberJobber with your soon-to-be old work email address?  In a few weeks or months you won’t have access to that account, which will make things like password retrieval a headache.  Worse, someone at your old company might be able to hijack your account… if they have control over your old work email, they can “request password” from any site that has your email on it, change the password, and you’ve just lost it.

Don’t use your ISP’s email address. Another thing that makes me cringe is seeing people sign up with a Comcast or some other ISP. Why?  Because ISPs come and go. Maybe yours has been around forever, but what if YOU come and go?  You know how easy it is to switch to another ISP.  What if, one day, you decide to dump your ISP?  Then what happens to your email?  You’ll have to send out the famous/notorious “my email has changed…”  This could have been avoided if you got a Gmail or outlook (or other like email) address.

Okay, so privacy is kind of an issue.  It shouldn’t be, though. If you use Gmail, you should know you don’t have much privacy.  Do you want Google to tap into your private life, or do you want the NSA to tap into it?  At least both organizations have different objectives.  What some people do is use all of Gmail’s products (search, images, maps, etc.) and a different company’s email (like outlook.com), just so Gmail doesn’t have 100% of your information and browsing curiosities.  I don’t do that, but I know a lot of people do.

So there you go – a few thoughts about email issues.  Good luck!

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Your Email Address Might Be The Reason You Aren’t Getting Interviews

September 22nd, 2014

Not sure if that title is a real sentence, but the message is REAL.

Last week on Facebook a friend of mine who has done a lot of hiring since I’ve known him made a snarky comment about people who use a hotmail email address when they apply for a job at his company.

It reminded me of my own snarky blog post from August of 2006 (JibberJobber was just a few months old at that time… this was eight years ago!) titled: jason@DontHireMe.com – does it matter?

In this eight-year-old blog post, I give my opinion (read: OPINION) about what your email provider says about you.  I talk about gmail, juno, aol, hotmail, mac, your employer, and your own private domain name.

1. What do you use?

2. What do you think?  Are people really judging others based on the email address – the part after the @ symbol – and perhaps discounting you as someone who is obviously behind-the-times?

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Favorite Friday: Are you in a job search, or are you managing your career?

September 19th, 2014

One is short-term, one is long-term.

For one you need a band-aid, because it is temporary problem, and for the other you need smart diet and exercise, for long-term strength and results.

I wrote about this first in March of 2007, when JibberJobber wasn’t even a year old.  Then I shared it again in 2009.  It’s time to share it again.

Job Search vs. Career Management

What are you doing?  Are you acting like a job seeker, or are you investing in your long-term career? I know it can get tricky to do long-term stuff when you really just need to get your paycheck back, but I challenge you to think of everything you do in today’s job search as a part of your long-term career management strategy.

Don’t make the rookie mistake of throwing everything away once you land your job.  You’ll need it all – contacts, strategies, etc. – in all future job searches.

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Massive Microsoft Layoffs Today?

September 18th, 2014

Supposedly Microsoft is supposed to layoff another group of the 18,000 layoffs announced this summer.  A whole lot of smart and talented people are about to become your competition.

Update: looks like 2,100 got the ax today.

What does this mean for you?

Get serious about JibberJobber.

JibberJobber is follow-up.

JibberJobber is informational interviews.

JibberJobber is effective job search.

They’ll probably spin their wheels for a few months doing what new job seekers normally do: lick their wounds, cry a bit, get their resumes “ready,” apply to jobs on job boards.

During this time you can move forward, doing the effective things in a job search.  Stay focused, keep networking purposefully, increase your quantity and quality of informational interviews, and get closer to the hiring managers who can get you in.  You can own the hidden job market, if you play it right.

Oh yeah, I would also look at Microsoft’s job boards… they’ll lay off through one door but hire new talent through another door…. maybe you’ll be one of the newbies there?

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Obamacare, Uninsurance Benefits, and other Government Subsidies: What It’s Like

September 17th, 2014

Two days ago the HuffingtonPost had an article titled 360,000 Obamacare Enrollees At Risk Of Losing Subsidies

I think this is an interesting and historic part of U.S. history, and am interested in seeing Obamacare play out.  I was wondering why so many enrollees would get what would feel like a bait-and-switch on their government sponsored health insurance… was it a mistake in the (almost) billion dollar software failure?  Was it really a bait-and-switch?  Was it so unsustainable that it couldn’t even work for a year?

Apparently, none of those.  Jeffrey Young, the HuffPo blogger, reported on something I am way too familiar with, because of the time I collected Unemployment Insurance.  Back in 2006, after I had lost my job, I managed to swallow my pride (which was much harder than I thought it would be) and crawl humbly into the government building where I would file an uninsurance claim.

So much work to get a few hundred bucks a week.  But it was my safety net.  It would ease some of the scariness of having no other income from any other source.  It could help me make it a few more weeks as I was on a serious hunt for the job that could sustain my family and pay my bills.  I didn’t want it, but I thought I needed it.

When you first walk into the building, you are ashamed, embarrassed, and think “I don’t belong here.”  Other people belonged there, but I didn’t.  I had worked too hard in school, and in my jobs, to be in the unemployment line.

It wasn’t like in the movies: big lines, no one speaks English, hustle-and-bustle and the workers don’t care about you.  There was hardly anyone around. I remember going into a room, filling out paperwork, and having a chat with one of the employees.  I was embarrassed (did I mention that already) and I felt they were probing and condescending.  I don’t mean that I demand respect from everyone, but they way they treated me, well, I felt like a zero and they, with their governemt job and pension, and trying to sniff out the welfare abusers, were accusing me of sucking.

Maybe it was just me.

Over the next few weeks I got accustomed to calling into the automatic system to declare I was diligently doing a job search.  I think all I had to claim, by pressing 1 or 2 or 3 on the keypad, was that I had made contact with “two new employers” in that last week.  Maybe there was more I was supposed to do as a job seeker, but it wasn’t rigorous at all.  It was actually quite wimpy. I easily met the requirements, all the while wondering why they didn’t make the requirements a bit harder.  The concept was that we were supposed to work for this money, but just “making contact” with two new companies each week was not much work.  The “contact” didn’t even have to be substantial. I could walk into a company, say hi to the front desk person, ask for a job application, and walk out.  That’s a “contact,” as far as I was told.

Around this time, I started working on JibberJobber.  There was a potential for income… during my job search.  This meant that my income would change, and then I would have to report it, weekly, to the Unemployment people.  This is where it really started to feel weird.  If I made $10 from an upgrade one month, how would that affect my check?  As I was becoming “self-employed” it seemed their demeanor changed.  Even though I was making zero dollars, I was self-employed… this meant that I shouldn’t get unemployment…

There was a dark cloud hanging over this entrepreneurial endeavor the entire time.

In Young’s article he says:

“Federal authorities will begin contacting 279,000 households, representing 363,000 individuals, on Monday to urge them to provide additional information about how much money they make because the figures submitted in their Obamacare subsidies applications don’t match federal tax records…”

I’m all for finding the crooks and the frauds… but I’m not convinced that almost 300k households are defrauding the government.  But I have a feeling that those conversations aren’t going to go very pleasantly.  They “federal authorities” are more likely to go in like the Gestapo, with intimidation and a lot of disbelief.  They were, after all, going to listen to a bunch of liars, and they better be ready to cut them off at the knees.

Here’s where it gets a little scary, for the honest people who either made honest mistakes (with our tax code, it’s easy to make mistakes, even for accountants who specialize in taxes):

“Consumers who do not contact health insurance exchange authorities to verify the accuracy of their income or to offer up-to-date information risk seeing their tax credits reduced beginning next month…”

Here’s were it gets VERY scary:

“These people may also have to repay the government if they received more subsidies than their income should have allowed.”

So there is a chance you might lose this great promise of health insurance, but worse, that you’ll have to pay the subsidy back?

This was the same threat at the unemployment office. I’m not saying that we should all get a sympathy pass.  But the threat of the government coming back to me weeks, months, maybe years later, and saying “we think you lied about something – here’s an invoice you have to pay,” was really scary.

Combine that with the attitude of the workers in the office, which was one of always accusing you of lying or defrauding the good old US of A, or having compassion or customer service of  negative ten on a scale of one to ten, and we decided it was simply time to opt out.

No, we don’t want to give you more information about us than we need.  I’m slightly distrustful about what information you collected in the first place.

No, you no longer need to know every step I’m making, especially when it has nothing to do with a real and effective job search.

No, the few hundred bucks I get is not that important to me anymore.

Living under a Hitler-like, accusatory, Gestapo-at-the-door, was just not worth it.  It became scary.  There was absolutely no peace of mind, or sense of help from the government.  The sense was “we will find you doing something wrong, and we OWN YOU!”

I know the programs are in place for a reason (especially Obamacare, which is trying to fix a very messed up insurance industry), and I’m thankful they are there, but the way they are implemented is enough to drive people out.

Maybe that is the whole point.

 

 

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Substantiate Yourself (again)

September 16th, 2014

william_arruda_headshotOne of the most powerful concepts I’ve learned since I lost my job is that it’s more powerful to substantiate yourself (and your claims) than to just say what your claims are.

Show, not tell.

I wrote about this here: Substantiate Yourself

My first real job offer was after I started JibberJobber.  No interview, no application, just an OFFER.

Check out William Arruda’s blog post: Don’t Tell People Who You Are, Show Them What You Are About

I love this line:

“As you can imagine, I am now her biggest supporter.  She sits at the top of my list of coaches I recommend to my clients.”

This is so powerful.

What are you doing to back up your claims (said differently, how are you substantiating yourself)?

 

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Interview Follow-up Checklist (Mary Elizabeth Bradford)

September 15th, 2014
career coach, resume expert

career coach, resume expert

Here’s an article on the Careerealism site by my friend Mary Elizabeth Bradford: The Best Interview Follow Up Checklist

Her points (read the article because she has more details):

  1. Find Out The Next Step
  2. Don’t Think The Worst
  3. Use Your Common Sense
  4. Leave A Great Follow Up Voicemail
  5. Send A Thank You Letter
  6. Include A ‘P.S.’ In Your Follow Up Letter
  7. Send A Follow Up List Of Short Testimonials

Note three opportunities to FOLLOW-UP! As you follow-up, focus on potential long-term relationships, not just on a yes/no answer. Of course you want a yes/no answer, but if you change your mentality from “it’s a numbers game,” you’ll leave less casualties on your job search journey and strengthen your network size and depth (of relationships).

Attitude is so powerful, isn’t it?  Just going through the motions without the right attitude will be detrimental (trust me, I did that).

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