Self-guided Job Search Program

September 3rd, 2019

JibberJobber Job Search Program AloneI have gone back and forth between any of the following names for the Job Search Program:

The JibberJobber Job Search Program: I ultimately didn’t want to go with this because I think it would be confusing to have the JibberJobber app (a job search CRM), which could certainly seem like a job search program. Too confusing.

The Jason Alba Job Search Program: It is my program. I made it up, it’s my voice and script, and my idea. Of course it is my program. But it’s not… because it is simply principle-based. I didn’t invent networking or follow-up or any of the components of the job search program. I just put it all together. Plus, saying it’s the Jason Alba program feels a little hokey.

The DIY Job Search Program: I think it’s important that people understand that this is something they do at their own pace, on their own time, and use my recordings and app(s) as a resource. Want to go faster? Go for it. Want to shake things up or add things? Go for it. I don’t want to give the idea that it is a virtual program, because that insinuates I’ll be on the phone or chat ready to address your problems. You’ll want a live coach for that, which is outside of this pricing model. But, every time I think of DIY I think of an orange apron…. nothing wrong with that, but the messaging just feels a little off.

The Self-guided Job Search Program: As of right now this feels the best. I’m not sure why, or how long I’ll stick with this language. Thank goodness language can be fluid. But I like the idea of self-guided (which says “we’re not here 24×7 to get on a call with you”).

Here’s what I know: everyone who gets into the program… really gets into it, knows it is the right program for them. Because it’s principle-based you can feel assured that you are always working on the right things (not spinning wheels).

Will you do hard things? Yes. Will you be uncomfortable? Yes. But not as hard or uncomfortable as being unemployed, and having no income. That is really hard and uncomfortable.

It’s like anything else… you got to want it bad enough to make some changes, and do what you need to do. This program gently walks you through this, day by day, and before you know it you are doing the right things, the things that will get you the best return for your time. And you just might let yourself admit that you are having fun doing it.

And then you’ll land. And it will all have been worth it.



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On #Gratitude and Failed Plans

September 2nd, 2019

I saw this on Facebook over the weekend:

JibberJobber Grateful

I was immediately reminded of the time I took the Spanish language tests to be a translator for the FBI many years ago. The pay, as a contractor, would have been double what I was making. I could have worked from home, set my own hours, and immersed myself more into Spanish. I just barely failed (it was pass/fail)… very, very close to passing. The failure was subjective, and I felt extremely let down.

But it was for the better.

Later, when I was general manager of a software company, which was a subsidiary of a larger company I thought I’d be with “forever,” things didn’t work out and I ended up on the street (not living on the street).

I had no idea how that unfortunate series of events would be for the better.

I’ve had at least a dozen of these types of experiences. And I’ve heard dozens more, over the years, from JibberJobber users. And many times, what comes later is better.

Last week I was at the Pluralsight Live annual event. It was amaaaaazing! Ellen DeGeneres was the final keynote, and had a bunch of wisdom and insight she shared. Aaron Skonnard, the CEO of Pluralsight, asked what advice she would give her 12 year old self. In short, she said “everything is going to be okay.” Ellen said at 12 life was still pretty chill, but a few years later it would get complicated. And that advice, “everything is going to be okay,” is what she would want her younger self to know.

It’s hard, when you are going through the hard stuff, when things aren’t working out the way you think you want them to, to be grateful and have that higher perspective. It’s much easier to look back and say “huh, that wasn’t as bad as I thought, and indeed, everything turned out just fine!”

When we are in it, we don’t easily have that perspective.

But one day you might sit back, after this hardship of unemployment or career change, and think about how extremely grateful you are that those plans, those things, didn’t work out. Because one day you’ll be in a better place, with a better boss, with better partners, and better opportunities. You’ll look back and not even believe that things could be so good.




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