LinkedIn for Job Seekers, almost all videos are up!

July 17th, 2017

Last week I announced that I was about to release the fifth edition of the LinkedIn for Job Seekers video course. It’s all up now, with the exception of two bonus videos, a short introduction, and a video on how to import into JibberJobber. None of those are too critical, but they will be uploaded as soon as I get them done. For now, enjoy the real meat of this training… simply mouse over Tools, then click on JibberJobber Videos, and then you’ll see the 5th Edition at the top. Here are some of the videos:


As I mentioned, this is part of the premium bundle that includes the entire JibberJobber Video Library.  It’s a great deal, at only $60 for a year of JibberJobber premium and the video library!

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JibberJobber Is Free. And You Can Also Upgrade.

July 16th, 2017

Last week someone deleted their JibberJobber account with this message:

 “I thought this was a free application and was surprise to see there was a 14 day time limit. When individuals are seeking alternative employment, cost is critical.”

I appreciate the last sentence, helping me understand that unemployed people think cost is critical.

I designed and developed JibberJobber when I was unemployed, and I financed it by draining my 401k, which is now gone. I understand that cost is critical.

Let me clarify a some things:

First, you can easily use JibberJobber for free.  The way I designed it is that you can have a free-for-life account that has almost every single feature we’ve built. In fact, a few years ago we took some thirty or forty premium features and moved them to the free side. The free level of JibberJobber is extremely functional.

Second, there is not a “14 day time limit.” What we do is give you a fourteen day trial of the Premium features.  After the fourteen days, you go back to the extremely useful and functional free level.  Why do we give you fourteen days to try out the premium side?  Two reasons: One, so you can easily import your contacts from Outlook, LinkedIn, a spreadsheet, etc.  It’s pretty awesome to be able to do a mass import at the beginning, rather than type contacts in one-by-one. We give you fourteen days to do this because, well, you are busy, and you procrastinate. Hopefully two weeks is enough to do this task that takes about ten or twenty minutes (although it can take longer). Two, obviously, we’d love for you to upgrade for only $60/year. To entice you, we let you try out the other premium features, like Email2Log.  That’s the number one reason people upgrade… why not try it out for a couple of weeks?

Third, JibberJobber is not government sponsored. Someone has to pay for the people who work on it, and the servers, etc. In a world of “give me free,” or “give me free because I’m unemployed,” and “I got a free game on my phone!!”, we understand that we are weird. But, we have bills to pay, families to feed, etc. And we want to keep working here, on this project, and helping people.  If this becomes free, without some way of paying our company bills (like advertisers, which we aren’t super keen on), then I imagine JibberJobber will start to get cobwebs, some broken things, etc.  And that will be no fun for anyone.

Sorry that something costs money, but that’s the world we live in.  We’ve worked hard to reduce the cost while improving the value to you… something we continue to do every single day.

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LinkedIn for Job Seekers, Fifth Edition Video Course

July 12th, 2017

Today I am adding the twenty three videos that make up the fifth edition of the LinkedIn for Job Seekers course into the JibberJobber Video Library.

I used to sell this as a DVD, then as a streaming course, for $50.  But now you can get this course, AND all of the other courses, AND JibberJobber Premium, for one year for only $60. It’s like it’s Black Friday all the time around here :)  Just login and then click the bottom link to upgrade to get access to this course, the rest of the video library, and all JibberJobber Premium features.

There are still a few tweaks I need to clean up, but instead of making you wait to access it, you’ll have the whole thing today or tomorrow. We’ll do our cleanup in the background and hopefully you won’t notice anything amiss :)

Here are three videos that you’ll like:

LinkedIn Search Optimization: one of the reasons people upgrade is to get better search results. I tell them, why not learn how to use LinkedIn search better, so you get better results whether you upgrade OR NOT?


Asking for and using Recommendations: LinkedIn has made a big deal out of skills and endorsements, but Recommendations is, in my opinion, much more powerful. This is a great opportunity to network, and get specific language you can use for your personal branding.  In this video I teach you what you are really after (what kind of language is valuable to you), how to ask for a Recommendation and get one that is awesome (instead of vague dribble), and then what to do with the Recommendation once you get it.


Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile: Below The Fold: LinkedIn made some HUGE changes to your Profile in 2017, and it’s so important to understand what we can do to still have people find, read, and be impressed with our Profile.  The beauty of my LinkedIn Profile writing system is that you can add to it and tweak over time… you don’t have to sit down for to solid days and pour all of your creativity into it. Let’s make your Profile great!


Those are just three screenshots… you can see the videos are about ten minutes long…. I tried to make them shorter because all the experts say we our attention spans are too short for anything over three minutes, but really, there’s just too much to say. So, you get about ten minutes to learn what you need to learn.

Here’s the table of contents… I’ll add and update this over time to keep it current.

01: Introduction

02: The Landing Page

03: Profile: Above the Fold

04: Profile: The Summary

05: Profile: Below the Fold

06: Profile: Adding Rich Media

07: Profile: Wrap-up

08: Giving Recommendations

09: Receiving Recommendations

10: Companies

11: LinkedIn Groups

12: LinkedIn Jobs

13: Optimizing Search

14: X-ray Search

15: Communicating with Others through LinkedIn

16: Settings and Privacy

17: Status Updates and Posting Articles

18: BONUS: Exporting Contacts (for backup)

19: BONUS: Cleaning Exported Contacts

20: BONUS: FAQs I Get About LinkedIn

21: BONUS: Importing into JibberJobber

22: BONUS: Ten Things to Do or Know Right Now

Want access to this? Go to JibberJobber, login, then click Pricing or Upgrade at the very bottom.  You’ll see this new course up by tomorrow night under Tools >> JibberJobber Videos.



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What If Your House Burned Down?

July 6th, 2017

On the Fourth of July we were at an our traditional friend gathering about half an hour away from our house. It was a great evening to see friends I hadn’t seen for a while, relax after almost a full day of working in the yard, and eat some good old picnic/bbq food.

One family was missing because the kids were sick. But plenty of people where there, and it was fun.

After it was dark and we were sitting around chatting about this-and-that, one of the ladies noticed something on her phone and said “Do you guys know any Nelsons? Their house burned down…” It was news from someone close, and based on how the message was sent, we should have all known them.

Turns out the Nelsons were actually the Nielsens…! The family that was supposed to be there with us!!  What happened?

Here’s the front of the house… this is the “good” side:


Here’s the back of the house… you can see it was very serious from this view:


We weren’t sure, but this started a flurry of activity that has been amazing to watch. First, and most important, everyone was safe… Mom, Dad, and the seven kids (yes, seven. We have big families in Utah), and the three dogs. People were mobilizing, figuring out how they could help, making calls, sending out word on social media, etc.

The people we were with are the heart of a huge youth simulation, involving hundreds and hundreds of volunteers (of which the Nielsen family is an integral part of), and these people are the coordinators.  To watch them get in their groove and think about the many details of how to help this family was really cool.

Before I switch to job search / career mode, let me ask you to please donate $5 or $10 or whatever you can (but seriously, all the small donations add up, so give something) to this family. They have insurance but it’s so early that we don’t know how that is going to play out. What we do know is that there are nine people who have immediate needs, and your $5 will be well-used.  Here’s the gofundme page. I’m hoping that their insurance experience is delightful… the stuff commercials are made of. But I’m not holding my breath.

Click this image to donate $5, or whatever you can.


So, how is this related to YOU?

Many of my JibberJobber users feel like their career has burned down… getting fired, laid off, or however they lost their job is very traumatic… one of the most traumatic life experiences that you can go through.  And in all seriousness, people lose their lives. Some lose their savings, their direction, their purpose, etc.

On the other hand, some people find themselves. They get a much-needed pause, and get to reevaluate their direction and thinking. They recalibrate. They find new, real friends who become a big part of their life moving forward. They find work that is more meaningful and fulfilling than they were in before, and whether they make more or less money, they feel like they have gotten a second chance.  The transition was a turning point that was hard to go through but was well worth it.

I hope that your experience is like the last paragraph… and turns out amazing.  But let’s go back to that initial transition.

If my house burns down I’ll rely on my insurance company to come through with their promises. I worked with my insurance agent to get the right insurance, the right amount, and the right deductible.  Then, I paid my bills… I did my part so I could have peace of mind for when tragedy strikes.

What are you doing for your career management, for when tragedy strikes? I’m guessing it’s more likely that you’ll go through an unwanted job loss than lose your house in a fire. Yet while we prepare for the house loss, we are not preparing for the job transition.  Perhaps that’s because it’s easier to just buy the right insurance than it is to manage our career the right way).

Some of the things we might do to prepare for a job loss include having a nurtured professional network. And now we know that doesn’t mean we have a huge network of super strong relationships (thank goodness). But we shouldn’t be hermits in our career management.

We might also have a resume readyish. It doesn’t have to be polished, but at least have an outline and format (of course, you can download that from the web). Maybe you have a list of career accomplishments that you might use to create your resume, or for networking conversations, or interviews.

You should have reasonable savings… I had $1,000 in the bank for emergencies… on the Saturday after my job loss my two cars were in the shop… and it cost $1,000. Cool to have the funds, but not cool to lose them all in one day, on cars :(

Look, we don’t know when tragedy will strike. But we can start to prepare. You don’t have to get all your savings now, or add 200 people to your network now… but start doing a little bit now. A little today, and a little tomorrow, etc., will add up, so that when you need to tap into it, it is there and ready.  And you feel like you are in a little bit of control during a very chaotic period.

Good luck to the Nielsens, as they rebuild their lives, and to each of you, as you deal with your own personal tragedies. We can do this… with your fortitude, and with your friends and neighbors and communities.  We will rebuild.

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The Job Search and The Beekeeper #Vision and #Hope

July 3rd, 2017

This weekend my cousin came over to help me with my beehive. The good news is that he easily identified the solution to my problem. The not-so-good-news is that the solution is going to be kind of a big one… a bit costly and it will take a while.  But this will be an important measure in ensuring my bees live through the winter, which they apparently weren’t set up to do.

We suited up and I asked for a picture because many, many years ago, my grandpa was a beekeeper. If he were alive today, I’m sure he’d be thrilled to know that two of his grandkids, and two of his great-grandkids were beekeepers (to one degree or another :p).  Here’s that shot:


I’m on the right. Can you tell that I have my glasses on? It’s hard to tell because of the black screen that’s around my head… the little black lines make it hard to see the black lines of my glasses.  I broke my ankle in January and it’s still not back to 100%, so I find myself looking down a lot when I walk, especially in my backyard, which is not flat:


In this picture we are walking from where we suited up to the “North Forty,” or the part of our backyard that is not landscaped (and is to the north). During this whole walk I alternated between looking down and forward… so I was on the right path, but also so I wouldn’t stumble.

As I did this my eyes had to adjust between what was a few feet away (the ground) to what was many dozens of feet away (towards the beehive). As my eyes adjusted again and again, sometimes they would get stuck focusing on the mesh netting of the beekeeper suit in front of me.

If my eyes stayed focused on the mesh netting I could see what was immediately in front of me, just inches away from my face, but everything else would be out of focus… the dip in the rocks where I might roll my ankle, or the path to get to the bees, and I might take a wrong turn.

I had to make sure I was focusing on the right thing so I didn’t get in trouble. I could be intrigued and focus on any of the three things my eyes went to (immediately below me, or the mesh, or far ahead of me), but I couldn’t stay focused on any one for too long.

Isn’t this just like the job search?

The mesh is like our immediate needs. It’s paying the bills this month. We can’t close our eyes and ignore that, or we’ll be kicked out, have our utilities shut down, or have bad stuff happen to our credit. We have to look at those and take care of those, but we can’t consume ourselves with those or else we might stumble, or get on the wrong path.

The ground below us is related to the very movements, or tactics, that we make or implement in our job search.  I had to put one foot in front of the other, in the right place, and not step where I might roll my ankle. I had to watch out for the dips and hills because my bad ankle is just not good enough to handle those well. In our job search we have tactics, even micro-tactics, that we have to pay attention to. How are we writing follow-up emails?  How are are leaving voice mails? How are we dressing when we go to network events? How are we doing the big things, and the little things?  You have to pay attention to these and do them with care and purpose.

The view far, far ahead, towards the beehive, is similar to our vision and hope for when we land a job.  Yes, we have to pay attention to immediate needs (bills), and to the tactics we employ, but we also have to know what we are looking for. When we stop looking to the future, when we lose (or give up) hope, we forget the why. The tactics become less meaningful, we don’t value ourselves correctly, and we shoot lower than we should. Having a vision, and having hope, helps us have spirit and purpose in all that we do. It helps us weather the very difficult lows (like rejections) in our job search, knowing that there is definitely, indeed, something better out there for us.

Saturday, when I was first experiencing all of this, I was thinking about how important it was to look out, past the mesh, and focus on the future, but as I’ve thought about it, I’ve realized that focusing on any of the three, at the right time, is what’s really important.  Don’t ignore one or two of these things because they are hard or uncomfortable… take care of all three.

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