Welcome to The Ladders Readers!

June 30th, 2016

Sunday night a blog post from The Ladders was published, titled 6 Apps to use during your job search.  We were pleasantly surprised when hundreds of Ladders readers jumped over to JibberJobber and signed up :)


We welcome you, and hope that JibberJobber (on the mobile and web) will help you organize and manage your job search.

Furthermore, when you land your job, if you believe in managing your career, and want to be prepared for the next transition, continue to use JibberJobber. It’s a lifelong tool that should add value to you whether you are in transition or not.


Um… I’m confused.  How/where do I start?

Understand that JibberJobber is a tool to organize your job search and networking. We help with this: Where did you apply, which version of which resume did you use, who do you follow-up with, and when?

JibberJobber is not principally a job board (we have postings, but that’s not our primary value or promise)… what you are doing in JibberJobber is putting in names (of companies and contacts), tracking where you are at with a job you are interested in, and any important or semi-important communication.

The first thing I would do is look through the Getting Started videos…. just look at the titles. This should give you an idea of what people are doing in JibberJobber.  The first two videos help you understand the concept of JibberJobber, the rest are nuts and bolts to help as you get started.

After you have browsed the titles, you should have a good idea of which clips to watch. We arranged these in an order that a newbie might go through, step-by-step… but feel free to jump around.

Why don’t I just use my Excel spreadsheet or notebook to organize my job search?

You certainly can.  Go for it.  If it becomes too disorganized, or you are missing follow-up opportunities, or you find it hard to find something (a name, phone number, conversation, etc.), you might consider a database-driven app (JibberJobber!).

I started my job search with an Excel spreadsheet.  Not only was I spending too much time creating, updating, managing, and adding to my spreadsheet, I was creating a rat’s nest that was increasingly difficult to navigate.  It became unusable.  Another way to say that is it became useless.

I figured that once my job search was over, my spreadsheet (0r spiral notebook) would get lost.  The next time I was in transition I would likely start from scratch, recreating a spreadsheet, trying to remember who was on it.

JibberJobber is a solution to all of those problems.  We have various search tools to help you find stuff (contacts, companies, job titles, dates, phone numbers, emails, etc.). We allow you a good deal of flexibility on how you see and interact with the data, but you don’t have to create or recreate any design… it’s already done for you.  And when you land your dream job, you can keep using the networking section of JibberJobber, or you can just pause and walk away while you are working.  When you are in transition again, just login, and all of your data will be there, just as you had left it.

Can you imagine having a tool like JibberJobber over the last few job searches you’ve done?  You would have so much awesome data/information about your networking efforts for the last few years… imagine starting from that, instead of zero, in your next job search!

How much does JibberJobber cost?

JibberJobber has a freemium model… that is, use it for free, forever.  You can optionally upgrade.  There are only 4 things right now in the upgrade level, which you can see here. The main reason people upgrade is to get access to the Email2Log feature, which is killer cool.  You can learn about it in the Getting Started videos.

Note that if you upgrade, and then downgrade, you DO NOT lose any data, ever. Worrying about your data sticking around is NOT a reason to upgrade.  Once it is in, it’s there, and accessible.

If you want to upgrade, you have four options:

One: Pay full price.  No big deal, it’s just $9.95 a month.

Two: Pay half price. If you upgrade for a year, you pay $60 (which comes out to $5/month).

Three: Watch “Jason Alba” Pluralsight videos. All JibberJobber users get a 30 day pass to Pluralsight… each time you watch a Jason Alba video, you can get a one week upgrade on JibberJobber.  Watch 50 courses (or one course 50 times)? Get 50 weeks of upgrade… This is AWESOME: details here.

Four: Ask your coach, or outplacement firm, for an account.  Some coaches and outplacement firms have an agreement with JibberJobber to provide their candidates with JibberJobber premium.

What if you don’t want to pay?  No problem!  A couple of years ago we moved most of the premium features into the free side… so the free level of JibberJobber is really quite powerful.  Here’s the link to what you get if you upgrade.

What is this Pluralsight stuff all about?

About three years ago I started working with Pluralsight.  My first course with them was how to use (and optimize) LinkedIn.  Last year I did 14 courses.  I’m working on my 30th course right now.

As a Pluralsight author I can give you a 30 day pass to Pluralsight.  There are over 5,000 courses designed for technology professionals (developers, designers, architects, project managers, etc.).  My courses are all soft skills (or, professional development).  While they are designed for the technical audience, my stuff is all principal-based, which means it is applicable to pretty much anyone.

Login to JibberJobber, get your 30 day pass, and start watching my videos. For each Jason Alba course you watch (just search “alba” in Pluralsight), you can claim another seven day upgrade. Again, here’s how you do it. It takes all of 60 seconds to get your account and start earning JibberJobber upgrades.

Disclaimer: Pluralsight does NOT pay me when you sign up, but if you watch my course, that contributes to my royalty from them.

One more thing… we realize that JibberJobber is, well, kind of complex.  It’s a complex tool to solve a complex problem.  We’re working on simplifying the user experience… meanwhile, if you get stuck on something, PLEASE use the Contact Us form and reach out to us.

Glad to have you here, and we hope we can add value to your career!

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Fearless Salary Negotiation: Josh Doody and Kristen Jacoway Beasley

June 29th, 2016

Here’s the latest in a new podcast series from my friend Kristen Jacoway Beasley:


At that page you can listen to the podcast, or read the transcript.

Here’s one nuggest I picked out… there are tons more in this content-rich interview:

Kristen asks: “what kinds of things would you recommend people research before they go into an interview so that they’ll know how to show their value add?”

Josh replies: “That’s a great question, and I think you hit the nail on the head, that that research before the interview is really how you begin that process of telling that story by demonstrating, you know, first and foremost that…” Read the whole thing here.

Here is the page with Kristen’s other podcast episodes. Enjoy!

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JibberJobber: When to Use Log Entries vs. Tags

June 23rd, 2016

tracy_haas_corporate_trainer_atlantaHere’s a great question from Tracy Haas, a professional corporate trainer in Atlanta:

I am in the process of adding targeted companies and want to keep track of the requests to connect in LinkedIn so I don’t request it again, and to show what I action I have taken with that company. I was thinking of putting it in as a Log Entry… should I just do one and include all the names, or is it better to do a separate one for each individual (hope not as that would be extremely time consuming). Or is this even necessary in your opinion?

Also once I have connected with them, what is the easiest way to record my LinkedIn messages to them?

I’m going to share what I would do… you can determine if this is too much (or too little) for your needs.  Let’s go into each of the questions she has:

>> “and want to keep track of the requests to connect in LinkedIn (at each of her target companies)”  

This is a great idea… the fast and easy way to do this would be to create a Log Entry under the Company, and say who you invited to connected (or had any interaction with). Once you make contact with someone, though, with someone you think you will network with, I would create a new Contact record for that person.  Just make sure you associate that Contact with the Company (super easy to do).

For example, let’s say I invite Jane and John to connect on LinkedIn.  Both are from Acme Widgets. I would create a Log Entry under Acme Widgets saying “I invited John Doe and Jane Doe to connect on LinkedIn…. here was my message: __________________”.

John accepts my invitation to connect, but Jane doesn’t. I meet John in person… and start a professional relationship.  I’ll create a new Contact record for John, but no need to do that with Jane yet… until we start our relationship.  I could, but I have too many things happening to capture everything… and right now I’m okay to let Jane slide.

The reason I would do the Company Log Entry is because you said you want to “how what I action I have taken with that company.”

Note that most of my records are Contact records, not Company records… it’s probably 20 to 1, or more.

>> “should I just do one and include all the names, or is it better to do a separate one for each individual?” 

Do one Log Entry on the Company record… if you get to the point where it makes sense to do a separate one for each person, then just create a new Contact record for them.

>> “once I have connected with them, what is the easiest way to record my LinkedIn messages to them?”

First, my recommendation is to get OUT of LinkedIn messaging as soon as you can. I hate LinkedIn messaging for various reasons… it just doesn’t do the job, and it is one more place that I have to monitor. So, as soon as I can, I transfer the conversation to email or on the phone.

Having said that, if there is a relevant conversation in LinkedIn messaging that you want to capture, I would suggest you copy-and-paste to a Log Entry under the Contact. It’s kind of a pain… which is one reason I get to email (so I can use JibberJobber’s Email2Log feature).

So there you go … it sounds like Log Entries will take care of you.

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JibberJobber Mobile Apps: Android and iOS (Apple)

June 21st, 2016

Liz asked me to let you know the mobile apps are available. I thought I did but I can see that I didn’t make a proper announcement… so…


Check out the JibberJobber mobile app page here.

JibberJobber for Android is here.

JibberJobber for iOS is here.

Please rate and review them, if you are in a good mood. If you are in a grumpy mood, well… be kind :p

What’s the plan with these mobile apps?  Just like we have updated and maintained the JibberJobber web tool for years and years, we’ll update and maintain the mobile apps.

The first update of the mobile apps is coming soon, based on lots of feedback from users.

Cost: free



Putting The JibberJobber Upgrade Cost Into Perspective

June 20th, 2016

If you upgrade for a month on JibberJobber, it is $9.95. If you choose a one year upgrade, it is $60… or the equivalent to $5/month (that is, a 50% savings).

We work dang hard to provide value to you…. Let’s compare that to other things that you might relate to (some of these are approximates… but reasonably close… If I’m wrong on any of these, leave a comment):

“Limo” ride to airport in most places I’ve been: $75 + expected tip

LinkedIn upgrade: $299/year

Evernote upgrade: 24.99 year

Amazon Prime: $99/year


Hulu: $95.88/year

Inc magazine: $10/year

Costco membership: $55/year or $110/year

Sam’s Club membership: $45/year

Fill up my gas tank: about $40/week

Starbucks, 250 days, @3.50/cup: $875/year

Short cab ride in NYC: $40

Traffic ticket for improper lane change: $120 (don’t ask)

Dinner for four at an average restaurant: $50

Lower cost for dozen roses, delivered: $43.50

Skype (+skypein and voice mail): $36/year

Resume: $500 (give or take a thousand bucks)

Outplacement: $2,000 (give or take a few thousand)

The ladders: $99/year $24.95/month

I’m sure I’m missing some things… To those who spend money on JibberJobber, THANK YOU :)


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Microsoft Buys LinkedIn?

June 13th, 2016

Wow… didn’t see that coming.

Will be interesting to see what happens. My guess is nothing.  Looks to me like it will be run as an independent company…

Much of what I’m reading (in comments) reflects low confidence that this is a good move for LinkedIn.

So, this is a wonderful announcement for the owners, and time will tell how it will be for users.  Probably just as good as it has ever been.

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Want a Shorter Job Search?

June 10th, 2016

I like Susan Joyce. I like her story, her passion, and her mission.  Her website,, has helped many people through the years.  She just shared her thoughts in an article on LinkedIn titled 10 Steps to a Shorter Job Search.


You know what sucks about any politician celebrating unemployment numbers?  This line from Susan’s first paragraph: “And over two million have been unemployed for one year or more.”

You know who those two million people are?  Regular people. Like you and me. I’ve met them across the U.S.  Very talented people.  People who have a lot to offer.  Many of the long-term unemployed I’ve met are struggling with age discrimination. Some were in their 50’s and 60’s… you kind of expect them to struggle with age discrimination, right?  I met plenty of people in their early 40’s that complained about age discrimination.

Here’s what I want you to do: read her post.  Make a checklist of things to do daily (or, regularly), and one-time things that you need to fix/do/cleanup. Then, make a list of things you would do AFTER you land your next job.  We live in a world of constant career management, and networking and things like that are must-dos, as part of the new normal.

I love everything Susan says… here are some of my comments:

#3: I say do MORE than one a week.  Perhaps five a week?  And have purposeful, strategic conversations.

#4: Yes, do this, but make sure it’s not spending time reading articles and news, etc.  Your time on LinkedIn as a job seeker is a time for strategic networking preparation. Finding who to talk to, who you want introductions to, and learning more about those people, is the reason you are spending time there.

#7: the key to The List is that you work the list, and figure out how to network in, and get new introductions from everyone you can along the way. Making a list isn’t a job search… working the list, with a purpose, is.

#9: that is why I offer JibberJobber users a 30 day pass…!

Susan’s article deserves your time and attention.  If you need to recalibrate, this is the article for you. Jump over now.

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Writing: LinkedIn Profile vs. Resume

June 9th, 2016

Recently someone emailed me asking for my opinion about their LinkedIn Profile. This person had just paid for resume and LinkedIn work, and wasn’t quite happy with the LinkedIn work. It looked like a copy/paste of the resume.

I think it’s important to differentiate the purpose and the opportunity of the resume from the LinkedIn Profile. The resume has limitations (number of pages, language you should use, what you can put on it, etc.) that generally should not be on the LinkedIn Profile.

One of the most important things to think about who is reading either of these marketing documents, and why.

If you have a resume that is too funky (let’s say, comic font with pink paper, and narrative stories), people will think you are a nut and discard it.  You have to play within the rules, and those are way outside the rules.  You have to start each sentence (bullet point) with a strong action word (increased sales, reduced bad guys, etc.). You should provide solid quantifications of your achievements. Your audience is generally a recruiter, or hiring manager, or HR person.  They want to compare your resume (which is a marketing document…. have I mentioned that yet?) with five or ten other resumes… if your formatting or messaging is apples to orange s, you will either really stand out or you will be incomprehensible or distracting to the point where it’s hard to compare.  It’s like they ask you a question and you don’t give them the answer to the question they asked.

There is really little creative freedom, in style and content, that you can put into your resume.  I think this is why some people have cried over the last ten years that the resume is dying.  Until the massively slow moving beast we call HR declares resumes dead, rest assured that resumes will be around, and used, for many years to come.

The LinkedIn Profile is a marketing document that gives you much more freedom. I don’t like to see “resume-speak” on a LinkedIn Profile. In addition to recruiters, hiring managers and HR, you’ll have others who read it (that is, you have an expanded audience). Their purpose is different, and so their presentation and content should be different.

Because the purpose is different, the “rules” are different, and the expectations of the reader is (or should be) different, I suggest a different style, and kind of a different message (kind of because it should be consistent, but it doesn’t have to be 100% the same).

I like a more narrative, more personal, more personable approach on a LinkedIn Profile. I talk about “mini stories.” I talk about your primary and secondary value propositions, and then supporting those value props in the rest of the Profile.

How do you do that?  NOT the same way you do it on a resume.

Want more? You can see my LinkedIn courses on Pluralsight (at no cost – I can hook you up with a 30 day pass), or I do LinkedIn Profile critiques/reviews – email me if you want details (

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Soft Skills Pluralsight Review Thoughts by Steven McEvoy

June 7th, 2016

stevenMcEvoy_headshotSteven McEvoy is a senior systems analyst and DevOps professional in Canada.  Earlier this year he wrote a really cool blog post (Jason Alba – Pluralsight, JibberJobber, Author and more) just about my courses… here are some of my favorite parts:

Okay, that title is pretty cool.  I work in a home office (with a distributed team, of course) and sometimes it’s easy to feel alone and not remember some of the things I’ve accomplished. Just seeing those three major accomplishments is pretty cool.  For job seekers: when you feel lonely, alone, or unaccomplished, start listing (aka brainstorming) ANY accomplishment you’ve ever had. EVER. Big, small, everything. This could be a running list that will grow.  You might be surprised at all the cool things you’ve ever done, but have forgotten. Need a pickmeup?  That is it!

“I am very impressed with Jason’s presenting style. He is engaging, entertaining and honest. His courses are great.”  Here’s a bit of the backstory: When I sat down to do my first Pluralsight course I was quite lost.  I was just finishing a run of speaking for a few years in person. Probably hundreds of presentations on a stage, and I don’t know how many dozens of webinars. From a stage I feed off of the audience’s energy. The first laugh I get is all I need to keep going.  In a webinar, I get way less feedback, but I do monitor the chat window, and sometimes there are others who are talking.  I had trained my presentations skills to be optimized for a live audience.  But doing a recording course? WAY different. In my live course I like to have very few words on a slide.  In a record course, I don’t have eye contact, I can’t gauge engagement, and one word slides, I think, weren’t going to work.  Anyway, this is too long to say: it took me a while to find and hone my style.  And I’m really grateful that it’s appreciated. For job seekers: sometimes (many times?) we just have to get out of our comfort zone, whether we want to or not.

“He teaches on a wide range of skills and competencies that will help you grow, but not just in your abilities at work these skills can transfer to all areas of your life.” Yes….  my hope is that your soft/people skills will improve and you will have richer relationships, at work, and outside of work. Imagine improving ourselves so we are better in all of our relationships, not just the ones at work. For job seekers: you can tell an employer the obvious (that you are good at your job) but can you illustrate the benefits they will get from your job well-done?

“I will warn you once you start learning with Jason or Pluralsight you won’t want to stop you might become hooked…” That is pretty nice to say :)  For job seekers: What are you doing, or what can you do, to have employers and network contacts “hooked” on you?

I recently submitted the proposal for my 30th Pluralsight course.  30 is a lot… I don’t know how many authors have that many courses.  I’m glad to offer a 30 day pass to JibberJobber users, where they can watch all of my courses (or any of the almost 5,000 courses) at no cost.  After 30 days, a monthly subscription is a low $29.  Bonus: Every time yoiu watch a Jason Alba course, report back and we’ll upgrade you on JibberJobber for a few days. There is no limit to this bonus. Learn how here.



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Planning Your Career Path (Wendy Terwelp)

June 6th, 2016

I saw this image from Wendy Terwelp (this is totally aligned with my newest Pluralsight pretty course: Building and Managing Your Career Plan.  You can get free access to this course with a 30 day pass… click here for the steps.


I think one of the most important messages from this image is that there are too many uncontrollable factors/variables, and we need to learn how to embrace and work with change.

What other lessons can we get from this image?



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