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Contract Sales Opportunity: Sell Job Postings to Employers for JibberJobber

March 14th, 2016

I recently announced I’m offering contract sales opportunities for salespeople with JibberJobber.  You can read my original announcement here.

In response to inquiries, I am putting together a document for people who ask for more information.  Let me know if you want this document… the questions I answer in this document include:

  • What is JibberJobber?
  • What is the opportunity?
  • Why might you want to do this?
  • What is the sales cycle?
  • How much can I make?
  • What is the sales price?
  • How can I get started – where do I go from here?
  • What is JibberJobber’s value proposition?
  • How is selling JJ Job postings different than selling monster, career, etc.?
  • But…I have never done sales… can I still do this?
  • Is there really a market for job postings?

Sound interesting?  Email me with a resume, your LinkedIn Profile, and seriously, try to sell yourself a little to me (aka, send me a cover letter, which could be the body of your email).

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JibberJobber iPhone iOS Native App: Waiting for Review

March 10th, 2016

jibberjobber_native_app_iosThis morning we submitted the app to the Apple store.  The image on the right is the confirmation that they got it, and some human (hopefully) will review it.

We launched the android app a couple of weeks ago… it was a very different process to get that on Google Play.

When this goes live we’ll let you know.  Pretty awesome and yes,  it is about time :)

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What if networking is not working? Or, how to network…

March 9th, 2016

A few years back someone said “I am not sure I know how to network.”  This person wanted guidance on how to greet someone, how to make conversation, what to talk about, etc.

Networking is supposedly the way most of us will find a job.  But some of us don’t (well) do it because (a) we don’t know how, or (b) we are uncomfortable doing it, or a combination of those.

Here are some fun posts I wrote years ago that touch on networking:

Networking Doesn’t Work April 2008

Networking Doesn’t Work (part II) – agree? August 2010

Why Networking Sucks In The Job Search (aka, Why Networking Isn’t Working) December 2008

 

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JibberJobber Email2Log Tip Sheet

March 8th, 2016

This is a list of tips and tricks to use Email2Log to it’s full capacity.

Setup

Under Logs, click on Email2Log. There are 3 fields:

  1. Keyword: this is to create your unique, private Email2Log email address that others generally won’t see.  Your keyword provides a bit of security so that others can’t guess your Email2Log email address, or use it. Do not put a password or anything private here.  My keyword is simply “log”.
  2. From Emails: These are the emails that are authorized to use your Email2Log email address. Put in any email that you would use, as well as any emails from people using JibberJobber with you (spouse, admin, etc.). I have the three emails that I have used over the years, as well as the email address of my admin.  If an Email2Log is received with the right address, from any of those 4 senders, then JibberJobber will accept and process the email.
  3. Log End Line: This is a string of characters that tells the server to ignore anything below it. For example, mine is “~!~!~!~!~” … in an email I send to Email2Log, everything above that line is put into the Log Entry. Everything below it is ignored.  That way you don’t create Log Entries that are too long. I recommend you create a Log End Line with a string that people won’t normally put into regular emails. Notice, people would likely not freehand type what I put in, since it’s hard to do, but they might regularly put in something like —— or _______ (so, those would be bad Log End Lines).

OOPS!

What if you forget to put your ultra-secretive Email2Log email address in the BCC when you send an email to someone?  There are really three options:

  1. Copy the email and paste it into a Log Entry in JibberJobber.  This is what people on the free account do, and it works fine, but it’s much faster and easier to do either of the next two options.
  2. Reply to your email, sending to the same people, and add more information… so you are sending a second email with a “Oh yeah, I forgot to mention….”  When you do this, you’ll put the entire email thread into one Log Entry (remember to remove the Log End Line). This will make sense sometimes.
  3. Forward the email to the JibberJobber server. Instead of putting the Email2Log email in the BCC field, just put it in the TO: field, and send ONLY to the server.  You’ll need to make sure you change a bit of the body, so that the server knows what to do with it (see special lines, Contact:____ line).  I do this 99% of the time.

Special Lines

There are special lines, anywhere in the body of an email, that mean something specific to the Email2Log logic… These would each go on their own line.

[LogEndLine]

For me, this is “~!~!~!~!~”… yours might be different, depending on how you set it up. This truncates the email and only puts what’s above the Log End Line into the Log Entry. See above, in Setup, #3 for more info.

startdate:[date]

This is used to create a due date for an action item. If I put startdate:+1 week in an email, on it’s own line, then the email will become a Log Entry, with a due date, or Action Item, one week from when I sent it. That example is a “relative” start date, or one week from today. You can also do “absolute” start dates, like startdate:4/1/2016 or startdate: April 1, 2016.

contacts:[contact_info]

Typically I put an email address in, like Jason@JibberJobber.com. The system will look for any Contact records with that email address and put the email into a Log Entry under that/those records.

You can put in multiple contacts, separated by commas.

If that email is not in one of your Contacts, it will create a new Contact (you can merge later, if it’s a duplicate). If I know I’m sending to someone who does not have a Contact record in JibberJobber, I will do something like this: “Jason Alba” <Jason@JibberJobber.com> and that will create a new Contact record with the first name, last name, and email address.

NOTE: from the OOPS! section above… if I am forwarding an email to the server, because I forgot to put the Email2Log email address in the BCC when I sent the email, I will go into the body of the email and find the line that shows the TO information (name, email), and simply edit that line so it now looks like this: contacts:“Jason Alba” <jason@jibberjobber.com>

companies:[company name]

Works the same as contacts… if the exact company name is the name of a Company record, it will find it and put the Log Entry under that record. If not, it will create a new Company record.

You can put in multiple company names, separated by commas.

jobs:[job_title]

Works the same as contacts… if the exact company name is the name of a Company record, it will find it and put the Log Entry under that record. If not, it will create a new Company record.

You can put in multiple job titles, separated by commas.

In the Getting Started video series, you can see all of this in action in videos #4 and #5.

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The Power of the Brand (Case Study: “The Establishment”)

March 7th, 2016

Let’s talk about branding.  Everyone reading this post has been branded in at least one bucket… millennial (whiners), boomers (old-dog-new-trick), Gen X (not sure what the brand is for us), MBA, privileged, etc.

Still not convinced the brand is powerful?  How’s this: Cruz and Rubio (and Kosich) lost on Super Tuesday to Trump because they are branded as “part of THE ESTABLISHMENT.”  The Establishment (which is a brand,with stereotypes) is all I’m hearing about on the news… “they are part of The Establishment!!” They even use it against each other.

Without going into the political rabbit hole, think about how a brand helps a candidate (aka, job seeker) win or lose.  What are things that your brand is telling people?  Whether they are true or not, if associated with a brand, they are loud and clear.

You might think your brand is speaking for itself, saying good things… and then you find a decision-maker or influencer who uses what you thought was a positive brand and essentially disqualify you.

So the big question is, how can YOU get out from under a brand that is really misbranding you?

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The State of Cover Letters (in 2016)

March 1st, 2016
Here’s a post about my take on cover letters, as a hiring manager.

For years I’ve been reading and hearing that cover letters are outdated and unnecessary.  As a hiring manager that never sat well with me, but what do I know.

Then, last week I read this article, Standing Out From a Crowd of 30,000, by Davis Nguyen, a hiring manager at Bain. That is a big deal.  There is a subheader titled The cover letter wasn’t really optional. NOT OPTIONAL.

Then, Lisa Rangel’s email this morning had this:

“I view a cover letter like I do a suit.  Can you do the job not wearing a suit? Yes. But if you need to wear a suit to work, you better have one that makes you look great. A cover letter is the same. Can you apply without a cover letter? Absolutely. But if the employer asks for one, you better have one that makes you look fabulous.”

Sure, some people think resumes and cover letters are dying.  But here’s the bottom line: there is no standard in hiring. One company might try to standardize something, or say “we’re a bunch of high tech millennials, and we think resumes are stupid.”  But the reality is, if a hiring manager, decision-maker or influencer wants a cover letter, and you don’t have one, then that is one mark against you.

Why risk it?  Just write the thing! Some people spend more time arguing about whether they should have one than what it would take to write one.

Optional?  Yep.

Great idea to have one anyway?  Yep.

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