How to: Organize Your Job Search

July 31st, 2015

Around the country I asked “who is using a spreadsheet to organize their job search?”  Hands went up, and faces looked disgruntled.  No one likes using the spreadsheet in their job search, except for people new to the job search, or people who like to tweak columns and rows, instead of networking to find their next job.

The spreadsheet is a band-aid solution that will be thrown away once you land your job.  Or lost when your computer crashes, or when you switch computers.

JibberJobber, on the other hand, is a long-term tool to use in this, and future job searches.  It is a plug-and-play tool that you just sign up for and start using.  It interfaces with your email, and if you are premium (free to $5 or $10/month) you can get email and SMS (where applicable) reminders of to-do items (aka, Action Items).

Check out this short video which explains the core benefits/tools of JibberJobber:

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Free JibberJobber for Veterans (and active duty)

July 30th, 2015

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For over nine years I’ve been giving one year upgrades to military veterans and active duty members.  One of the branches (Air Force or Army, I think) has a link to JibberJobber on their TAP website (if you are military, you know what TAP is :p).  Otherwise, it’s mostly been through word of mouth, letting people know about the one year upgrade.

When I was on my big 2015 speaking tour, I forgot to mention this in 12 of my 13 presentations.  I regret that (I always tweak my presentations up to the last minute, and simply forgot to make this a big deal). Sorry about that… but here I am to tell you, and everyone else, that veterans can simply ask for a one year upgrade, and we’ll give it to them.

It’s that simple.

The best thing to do is to mail Liz your DD-214, or email us from a military email address.

Please share this with as many active duty, veterans, and military families as you can.  I wish the military would more proactively share this, but I have had a very hard time getting it in front of anyone who is willing to share it.

I was looking at my archives to see if I could find other information… check out these links:

The first post I did on this, about a month after I started blogging.  This has been going on for over 9 years, and I don’t see it stopping: JibberJobber for the troops

Why have I given this away for so long?  Here are some reasons: JibberJobber for veterans: why?

Who else in the career space is helping veterans?  Here are private business owners who have stepped up: Career Service Providers Who Provide Discounts for Military Vetearns

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CRM, SMB and Your Career

July 29th, 2015

I saw this article on that grabbed my attention: CRM Enters the SMB Mainstream.  The subtitle says “even the smallest companies can afford today’s easy-to-use solution. In fact, they can’t afford not to.”

Of course, my brain took the idea straight to the job search world, and my translation became: “Even the smallest job seeker (whatever that means) can afford today’s easy-touse solution (JibberJobber). In fact, you can’t afford not to!”

CRM means “customer relationship management,” which refers to the software that salespeople use to keep track of their prospects and customers.

The concept of CRM became the foundation for JibberJobber.  But instead of designing a system for salespeople, we designed a system for job seekers.  For professionals who are in transition.  For people who don’t want to have a long job search. For people who find that a spreadsheet is a below-average tool to organize and manage a job search.

In my 2015 cross-country trip, I talked to hundreds of people who were fed up with their spreadsheet as a job search tool.  JibberJobber is the answer, just like CRM is for SMB (small/medium businesses).  JibberJobber helps you organize and track.  JibberJobber helps you feel organized, allowing you to spend more time talking to people who can help you in your job search.

JibberJobber is a long-term career management tool.  It’s not just for today’s job search… it’s for in-between job searches, when you are still networking. Job coaches talk until they are blue in the face, pleading with their job seekers to “network after you land a job.”  JibberJobber makes networking easier, whether you are in transition or happily employed.

JibberJobber is also very affordable.  The free version is super powerful.  The premium version, which is only $5 a month (or, 9.95 a month, depending on how you buy it), adds some awesome convenience tools. You can get free access to the premium level by simply watching the Jason Alba courses on Pluralsight for free (those are courses I normally sell for $50 each… you watch them for free and you get a JibberJobber upgrade?  Awesome!). Watch the video at the bottom of this post to see how to get Premium for free.

Check is this short video to see what JibberJobber helps you with:

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My Professional Development (aka, soft skills) Pluralsight Courses

July 23rd, 2015

For the last month I’ve been travelling and speaking in various states in the U.S., and one of the messages I’m sharing is that of my Pluralsight courses.

I used to do this presentation and sell special bundles worth $50 or $100, but now I basically give it all away for free.  All is (a) JibberJobber premium and (b) my videos.

You can get it all for free, too, even if you weren’t at my presentations. Here’s how it works:

Go to and watch the four minute video at the top of that page.

Then, do what I show you to do in the video.  It will take you a few minutes to set up, and then you have full access to my courses (and thousands of others) on Pluralsight for 30 days.  And, for every course that you watch that has my name on it (or, Jason Alba courses), you get an extra week of JibberJobber premium.

Watch all of my courses and get almost 20 weeks of JibberJobber premium.

Watch all of them again and now you are almost at 40 weeks.  Do that as many times as you want.

All at no cost to you.  But if 30 days isn’t enough, get a $29/month subscription… which is a lot less than what I sell my videos for.

I consider that a pretty sweet deal.  Thanks to Pluralsight for letting me share 30 days of access to my users.

Would you do me a favor?  Share this blog post with other job seekers, LinkedIn Groups, job clubs, coaches, resume writers, etc.  That would help me, and hopefully help many other people.  The share link is at the top-right of this post :)

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Working on a Team: How to be a Better Team Player (New Course)

July 21st, 2015

A few weeks ago my latest Pluralsight course went live.  It is titled Working on a Team.  Here’s what one person said about it on Twitter:

This course has three modules:

  • Understanding Team Dynamics (45 minutes)
  • Tactics to Become an Excellent Team Contributor (29 minutes)
  • Working with Difficult People  (29 minutes)

Remember, you can get free access to this course (if you haven’t done the 30 day code yet), and every time you watch this course (or any Jason Alba course) you get another seven days of premium JibberJobber.  Watch this short video to learn how to get access and how to claim your additional seven days (per Jason Alba course watched):

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Beyond Networking: St. Louis, MO Speaking Tomorrow!

July 20th, 2015

Tomorrow (Tuesday) I’ll be in St. Louis, speaking at the morning meeting of Beyond Networking STL.  I’m excited to be in Missouri again… it’s been a long time since I’ve been in beautiful Missouri! I’m excited to share the message I have with this group of professionals. This is the twelfth of thirteen presentations on this speaking tour.  One more and then I’ll be home!

Beyond Networking STL meets on Tuesdays, 9:00 am to 11:30 am, at the Salem United Methodist Church (1200 S Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, MO 63131).  See you there?


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The Rochester Job Search Presentations

July 17th, 2015

My cousins grew up in Greece, right outside of Rochester. I knew practically nothing about the place, except that it was cold for about 10 months out of the year (not sure how true that is).

Last week I shared five presentations in the Rochester area.  I was amazed and impressed with how beautiful and fun this area is. There are strong initiatives to help Rochester get to work.  It’s a vibrant area that was the home of Kodak and Xerox, and other companies.  Lake Ontario is there, and there are amazing, beautiful rivers and lots of forest and hill areas.  The waterfall in the city was awesome.

My driver, Greg Taylor (Sir LinkedALot) gave me a two day tour of the city and surrounding areas, and introduced me to eating at Wegmans (wow!). Driving around with Greg was a treat since he grew up there, and knew a lot of the history of the town.

I also met some really cool people.

What’s left on the tour?  St. Louis on Tuesday, and Kansas City on Thursday.  And lots and lots of driving :)  It took three weeks to get to the D.C. area, and it will take less than a week to drive back to Utah.

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The Cincinnati Job Search Presentation

July 16th, 2015

My son went with me to a church in Cincinnati to present to a few dozen job seekers last week.  It was an awesome conversation.  I remember sitting at the back of the room, before the presentation, looking at the audience, listening to people share wins and successes, and worried that perhaps I was in over my head.  I didn’t have anything new for these people.

But then, when I started, I got into that comfortable place.  The laughs came, the interaction came, people took notes (which, my publisher said, is a sign that the speaker is doing a good job), and I could tell that people had some aha! moments.

This has happened before: before I start, I’m overwhelmed and feeling out of my league. And then, early into the presentation, I realize that for many, this is new information. Or it’s information that’s presented in a new way, and it makes sense to people.

Somehow, it touches someone.  And it helps them.

And that is why it’s worth it to drive thousands of miles, at my own expense, to share this message.

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What is JibberJobber?

July 15th, 2015

In the last few weeks I’ve introduced JibberJobber, as part of my message, from Madison to the D.C. area.  I don’t spend much time on JibberJobber because (1) that is not the main message, and (2) there are great resources to learn about JibberJobber online.  Here are three:

The User Orientation

When you watch the User Orientation, which is about 90 minutes long, you can ask for another week of JibberJobber premium.  As many times as you watch the orientation, you can get another week of JibberJobber premium.

The Getting Started Videos

These are, generally, less than 10 minutes long, and if you walk through the titles, you can watch any particular topic that catches your eye.  It is in an order that I would follow, but you can skip any topic you want.

The What The Heck is JibberJobber – I’m So Overwhelmed!! Video

This five miute video is a great primer to help you not be overwhelmed by JibberJobber’s features:

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The Virginia Job Search Presentation

July 14th, 2015

Tonight I’m at one of my favorite places to talk with job seekers: The McLean Bible Church (Career Network Ministry), as part of my 2015 Speaking Tour.  This will be presentation #10 and #11 of this tour.  I’m super excited to come back to the Career Network Ministry, and share my message of hope and inspiration, ideas and tactics.  Here’s hoping that I can touch someone’s life tonight.


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