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Slow is Fast, Even in the Job Search #ScaryConcept

October 31st, 2019

By the time I went to Bamboo last February (almost two years ago!) I had spent the last 12 years as an entrepreneur. Two ways I describe being an entrepreneur:

You eat what you kill.

This means that if you don’t make a sale, you don’t eat. Very, very different than drawing a paycheck. The “eat what you kill” mentally creates a sense of urgency that you don’t usually see walking down corporate hallways where people have salaries, insurance, benefits, and some semblance of security.

JibberJobber Eat What You Kill

Unemployed.

My friend Marc says that every day he wakes up unemployed, and has to go find work. He’s been an entrepreneur forever. I think this is a really healthy way of looking at it (he’s in the services business). Again, sense of urgency mindset.

JibberJobber Sense of Urgency

I then went into a bureaucratic organization. Not to bash on Bamboo… every organization has bureaucracy. But I went from hurry hurry hurry to slow down, slow down, it will be okay.

I remember watching the sales floor HUSTLE, always busy, and see their stats posted (and rising) on monitors throughout the day. I could just sit there and watch for hours (although I never did). I thought that a lot of the “slow down” mentality was funded by those hustlers on the floor. And in the ecosystem of a healthy company, that makes a lot of sense. Have people who are bringing in new business while you have strategists steering the ship and people carrying out plans in the background. Two seemingly disjointed operations happening at the same time, both of which have a profound impact on the other.

It was beautiful, really.

But to the point of this post. I went from entrepreneur mindset to hearing almost daily “slow is fast, fast is slow.” This, they said, came from Special Forces, and it meant to slow down, do things right, and you wouldn’t have to spend time cleaning up messes later. You could make better progress over time by going slow and purposeful than if you just throw a bunch of spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks.

But from my previous 12 years it was really frustrating to “go slow.”

When I created the Job Search Program I chose six weeks as the length of the self-guided coaching “course.” I’m still not sure what to call it (maybe that’s why I said “program”)… but six weeks feels awful slow to me (as a job seeker). Who wants to sit around for six weeks until stuff happens?

Granted, if you are doing the program you should start to see results in week one or two. Traction, conversations, introductions, referrals, etc. You are likely not going to notice that YOU are getting BETTER at these conversations… but that will happen, too.

Slowly.

I would argue that spending time doing your job search strategically, and doing the right things at the right times, is better than spending two to ten hours on job boards frantically applying for whatever you think might work for you.

Here’s the message I want you to walk away with: the results you might see (or not see) probably feel excruciatingly painful. Too slow. But trust the process, trust the system (as long as they are principled) and work the system. Results should come.

My job search was slow but my system was completely flawed. Get the right system, work it, and you should see results.

Need a system? Check out the Job Search Program. It uses informational interviews + accountability + follow-up to help you have the right conversations with the right people.

Job Search Program Effective Job Search

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STOP Handing Out Resumes In Informational Interviews

October 30th, 2019

JibberJobber Informational Interview Nervous

As part of the Job Search Program I talk a lot about the rights and wrongs of informational interviews. A major mistake people make is giving out a resume at the end (or at any time) of an informational interview.

Why is this a mistake? Aren’t you open to getting hired?

Yes, of course! But in my version of an informational interview you are having a peer-to-peer, colleague-to-colleague conversation with the other person. The minute you become a job seeker you change the dynamics of the relationship. They are in a position to help, you are in a position of hurt.

I’m not saying it’s bad or shameful to be a job seeker. Nor am I saying you need to hide it.

But for this 20 or 30 minutes I want you to remember who you are… a professional project manager, or analyst, or whatever you are. NOT just an unemployed person.

Even though you are not currently working you can still talk with expertise and authority about your field. You have expertise and experience and can have a great conversation. Don’t forget that.

Have a great conversation and then immediately hand them a resume and you go from expert and passionate to needy and desperate.

JibberJobber Informational Interview Resume

Maybe you are needy and desperate… but you don’t need to wear that on your sleeve.

So what do you do? Here’s how you have your cake and eat it too:

If they ask for your resume simply say “oh yeah, I’ll shoot that to you when I get back to my computer.”

This shows them that indeed you are there to have a really good conversation with them, not to use them and their position to try to get your resume in front of HR.

If they don’t ask for your resume, follow-up in an email about your meeting. I would NOT send a resume then… but continue the conversation, following-up on referrals, and maybe send a link to an article relevant to our conversation.

Can you talk about your job search? Sure. Can you ask about openings they know about? Sure. But don’t push a resume to them right away. There will be a perfect time for that, and it’s not at the very beginning of your conversation.

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Why You May Hate Your Next Dream Job

October 29th, 2019

I talk to a lot of job seekers, and one of the highlights of my day is when I hear that one of my JibberJobber users landed a job. Wahoo!! So awesome!

This post might seem a little dark or jaded, but I think it’s an important conversation. Why? Because not all dream jobs are dream jobs. And because once you get your dream job I don’t want you to let your guard down.

Multiple times I’ve had people write and say “I’m deleting my account, I landed my dream job and don’t need it anymore!” It was their contact lists, histories, contact information, log entries of conversations…. lots of valuable information!

Please, don’t let one cool job derail your career management mindset! So many things can change!

Here are some reasons why your dream job might not be your dream job (and what you can do about it):

Pay isn’t what you thought.

One of my first jobs was filling tortillas at Taco Bell. I remember getting my first paycheck and staring at it. What the heck happened to all my money?? All the fingers dipping into my paycheck took out way more than I thought fair. Fast forward, I get old(er), and the same things happens… what you need (or want) to make now might be way different than what you would have thought. For example, making “six figures” used to be a big deal…. and it is. But it doesn’t mean you are on easy street… just wait to see your paycheck and you might think “gulp! I need a side gig!”

What can you do about it? Get serious about your finances. The equation is not just what comes in (income) but what goes out (expenses). What can and should you cut? Is it time to downsize or simplify?

These become important questions no matter how much you make, especially if you want to keep some of it for later (retirement)!

JibberJobber Pay Check

They did a bait and switch on description.

Nick Corcodilos (Ask the Headhunter) just wrote about this: Does your job match its original job description? This is not uncommon. I’ve experienced it plenty. I generally like the flexibility, but when you are hired to do something you like or something you are good at and then your job changes, that can be a real problem. Goodbye dream job.

What can you do about this? You can try to have a difficult conversation with your boss or the management. You could try to look for another role inside the company. You could give the new role a try, and learn the ropes. Or, you could start looking for something that fits what you really want to do at another organization.

JibberJobber Bait and Switch

You find out your manager is the manager from hell.

I’ve had more than one of these. The stress put me in instacare once, thinking I was having serious heart issues. Just a pre-ulcer. If your manager is from hell, good luck with that. Even if they were the coolest person you interviewed with, working for them can be a completely different story.

What can you do about it? Well, I think either you or they have got to go. I don’t know, maybe you like the challenge, and want to give them the benefit of the doubt, and help them change. For me, this is about as successful as helping a Dementor become a good guy.

So either you go, or you wait for them to go. Many times they leave the company. But too often crummy managers stay around or get promoted. I have no idea why this happens, but it doesn’t help your situation much. I’d say stay with a paycheck as long as you can do your job, but start looking elsewhere asap. I don’t recommend complaining to HR… for obvious reasons.

JibberJobber Manager from Hell

You just have no chemistry with your manager or team.

You know when you just aren’t wanted or valued? Or, when you are around people all day but feel like you aren’t part of the team? This could have everything to do with the chemistry at work. If you don’t fit in it might not feel like a dream job anymore.

What can you do about it? Well, look inside. Maybe it’s you. Maybe you are having a hard time with this transition, or you need to work through some things and let your guard down. Maybe you didn’t give a good first impression. Try to fit in a little more… do some of the team building things they do. But if that doesn’t work I’d say do you job, collect your pay, and get looking. There are more fish in the sea, as they say.

JibberJobber Team Chemistry

You realize your department is a unicorn among donkeys.

I have worked on a special team when the rest of the company was just doing normal work. Everyone was contributing, of course, but my team was special. We got special allowances and had special objectives. And the difference between what we were doing and what the rest of the company was doing was just too much for others to understand…. especially to understand why our team worked different than theirs. It can be hard to feel like you work at an awesome company when people there don’t know how to treat you.

What can you do about it? Hang in there and do your job. Just realize that you are going to be different. Gain strength from your teammates who are in the same boat. However, if your special project isn’t supported by executives or other managers, watch out. Your days may be numbered. If this really bothers you, look for other roles within the company, or start networking outside of the company.

JibberJobber Team Unicorn Donkeys

The company has integrity issues.

Of course, you aren’t going to know about this during the interview process. But if you find out the company, any of the officers or managers, or even your boss or colleagues have integrity issues, you need to figure out how to get out. Nothing good will come of working there. If their brand is bad, having that company on your resume might do you more harm than good. If law enforcement gets involved you might end up in jail. If nothing else, you might feel too much stress because of the disparity between your level of integrity and theirs.

Just get out. If it’s really bad, get out even if you don’t have anywhere else to go. I hardly ever recommend that, but you need to be wise about your associations. It might be better to be unemployed than to get stuck with legal issues because of your employer.

JibberJobber Integrity Issues

Office politics are too much.

Office politics can be so lame. They are funny in The Office, but when you have to live in an environment where politics dominate your day and thinking, you are no longer in your dream job. Office politics can be dangerous, if you are on the wrong side of the politics. If you are in favor with those who are in power, great. Fun. Safe. But you never know how long you will be safe.

Hopefully leadership will get on the issue and change the culture. But if they don’t, if they are weak leaders (or, more hands-off), then you are just going to be stuck in a whirlpool of yuck until you get out. Changing departments, to a new boss, could be like going to another planet. I’ve seen someone go from a depressed, suppressed team to a team that is just right for them.

JibberJobber Office Politics

You have imposter syndrome.

This shocked me last year. I have ego enough for you and me… but when I landed a super dream job last year I spent a few months wondering why they hired me, and if I could actually contribute to the team. Whether I was going to work or on my way home, I was usually questioning my value there. Feeling that insecure was weird.

I got through it by piecing together various comments over multiple meetings where I realized that yes indeed I had value to add. Whether it was knowledge, experience, or work ethic, I was there for a good reason. Time is what I needed, and with time I moved on from imposter syndrome. If that doesn’t help you, read up, study, get some courses, and come up to speed on what you think you need to not be an imposter. Do a serious deep dive in your area. Even if what you read is boring, or you already know it, at least you’ll know what the experts (cough cough, I mean authors) think.

JibberJobber Imposter Syndrome

You find you are just bored.

Aside from the fact that you might just get bored easily, if you are in a bureaucratic environment you might find you don’t get to do what you were hired to do. When the company values archaic systems over real output, you might find yourself living in a groundhog nightmare. I found that coming into a company with an entrepreneur mindset frustrating some people, and I heard “that’s no in your swim lane” more than once :p I could see things getting boring if I spent more time playing The Game than actually adding value to a company.

What can you do about this? Figure out the loopholes in The Game. Figure out how you can do the work you want get done, and spend less time in The Game. But don’t neglect somehow letting the right people know what your value is. I’m not saying to write it in lipstick on the bathroom mirror… but don’t quietly do your thing and assume people know the goodness is coming from you. Be smart about your brand at the new company.

JibberJobber Bored

One of the most powerful things you can do is to create multiple revenue streams. Another powerful thing you can do is continue networking, continue developing your personal brand… continue with your career management!

This is one reason why JibberJobber is a lifelong career management tool, not just a tool for when you are in the job search.

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Get More Out of Mentoring (Pluralsight Courses)

October 25th, 2019

pluralsight_transparentI have two courses on mentoring on Pluralsight. One is for the mentee and one is for the mentor. On the mentee course (How to Be a Great Mentee: Get More out of Mentoring) I responded to a question from Joseph, and I wanted to share that response with you. Joseph asked if I had any recommended reading (about mentoring). I responded with this:

This might come as a surprise but the first book that comes to mind is one of the best books on deep interpersonal relationships and I think is required reading: How to Win Friends and Influence People. I strongly recommend this as an excellent book for mentors and mentees alike.

The second “book” is actually a category of books that I find so inspirational: biographies and autobiographies. I find inspiration in learning about the journeys that others have… what challenges they had, who impacted them, what advice they have picked up along the way, what principles they live by, etc. As I read those I can get a better perspective of my own journey. When I have a random conversation with someone now I can go up 30,000 feet and think “this might be one of those profound moments or people along MY OWN journey.” This perspective, I think, will help us become better learners and mentees.

Probably not what you expected, but those are the two that came to mind first and strongest :)

In our discussion I followed up with this link, and think that John Maxwell’s Mentoring 101 would be an excellent read.

I’m sure it’s very good. But I still think my best recommendations are the Friends book and any biographies.

What do you think?

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Ask Jason: How To Advance In My Career to CTO or VP of Technology

October 24th, 2019

I got a great set of questions from, let’s say, “Anonymous.” I’m going to edit the original wording a little, but not much.

I am a frequent watcher of your pluralsight videos (Jason Alba’s Pluralsight courses here). I am looking to move to the next level of my career as a VP of Technology, VP of Software Development, or CTO. I am currently [one level below those titles]. I am looking to build a roadmap to get me to the next level. A few questions I have are:

What do I need to master?

If we were talking in person I’d ask you a bunch of questions, most of which center around this role you want. My first CIO role was in a tiny company. I made up the title myself. I had CIO responsibilities, kind of, but there is no way I could have sat next to a CEO from a Fortune 1000 company and talked shop. I would have been clueless.

I was after the title. It was a good job, and great for where I was in my career. But a few years later when I was looking for a job (and instead started JibberJobber because no one would hire me) I couldn’t compete at the executive level.

So I’d like to know what kind of industries and companies you want to work in. Do you want to work in Fortune 500 or 1000, or in a startup? Do you want to work in a funded startup or a bootstrapped startup? Do you want to work in a bleeding edge industry or in more of the commodity space? Do you want to be in an environment where you have a staff of 500 people or 5 people?

The skills you need to master will depend on the answers to those questions.

I recommend having a pretty serious conversation with yourself about what kind of company, environment, and opportunities you want. As you do that you should get a shortlist of answers to the questions I asked… and from that list you work backwards.

If you have those titles at a really big company you might need to master more soft skills, like negotiation, leadership, communication, mentoring, strategy, etc.

If you are the titles at a fairly small company you might need a fair amount of soft skills, but you might be in more technical meetings with your small team, making technical decisions, than in executive level strategy meetings. I’m not going to say one is better than the other… but what do you think you’ll enjoy more?

I assume you have some serious technical chops. You have to, to be where you are today. You’ll have to maintain a degree of those technical skills, but you’ll probably want to really beef up on all things strategy and communication. Any executive should consider my Management 101 course boring… or at least, they should understand every single thing I talk about there.

Master learning. Master curiosity. Master human relations. Master hiring well and leading an A team. If you can master those things you will be a great boss and a valuable contributor.

JibberJobber Ask Jason

What do I need to improve?

It depends on what you are after, and where you are at right now. The answers to my questions above, and the results of an honest self-assessment should help you identify gaps in your skillset. Then, work consistently on those gaps. This is a marathon, so take it slow and don’t burn out early. Perhaps read a book a month, or every two months, on things you need to improve on. Go one step further and write about what you are learning. Whether that is through a blog (so everyone can see and learn with you) or a journal (so no one can see), I don’t think it much matters. But write. Critically think about what you are learning about. Practice. Teach. Mentor. Internalize personal growth.

I’ve talked about “the best time to plant a tree.” You will likely have opportunities come your way for the roles you aspire to. You might not be ready right now, but you can start preparing right now… and in 5 months or 5 years or whenever, you will be on the right path of the right preparation.

I am considering this my ‘Plan B’ option.

At first I took this line out of this post… but then I thought I really want to highlight it. EVERYONE should have a Plan B option. And a Plan C. I think I’m on Plan N or M… because A and B and C didn’t work out.

In our careers we have to be agile. We have to adapt. Please have a Plan B, and let it be fluid!

JibberJobber Plan B

I would like to understand where do I start and where is the defining moment when I feel I am ready to take the leap.

Honestly, you have already started. You started a long time ago, and your current title tells me you have done very well. Your defining moment will come at a time when you think “who me? Yes, I’d love to take that job, but I don’t think I’m the right person!” But, if you are on the path I talked about, and you are learning, and curious, and writing, and you are excelling in developing your soft skills, you are as much the right person as most other people.

Sure, there will be rock stars who are more qualified and better than you. But that doesn’t mean you should turn down opportunities. In my last role I suffered from imposter syndrome for months. It was weird because I normally suffer from a big ego. But there came a day, months in, where I thought “Oh my, I really do get why I’m here. And I’m just right for this job. I don’t know it all yet, but I’ll learn and I’ll contribute. And I will be known as a great hire, even if I have to fake some of this stuff until I get it.”  So maybe your defining moment will come a few months after you take the leap :p

In a follow-up email Anonymous says:

I am thinking about going to the local Technology Meetups, conferences, and networking events. But I don’t know if these events are going to help.

They will help you if you know why you are going, and once you go, you do the right things. When I started going to network meetings I was wasting my time. Or, honestly, I was learning. I went for me, and didn’t know why I was there other than that is what people said I should do.

Even though I’m a speaker at these types of meetings I tell people to not go for the speaker. Maybe you’ll learn something, or get inspired, but go because of what happens before the speaker gets up, and what happens after the speaker sits down. Go for the other people in the room. You should get personal branding benefit from going to these meetings. You should develop and nurture networking relationships. You should find opportunities to give to others, to help, to make introductions, and even to volunteer your time to the organization. Any of those are excellent reasons to go to network meetings and conferences.

I also go with a mindset of “competitive intelligence research.” That is, I want to know what topics are hot (look at the trends in topics… what is always talked about? What is new?) I want to know who the players are, how good the speaker’s messages are, and I personally go to learn more and better presentation skills. But if you don’t learn anything you should do some excellent networking at these meetings.

Who knows… maybe your next offers will come from people you meet at those meetings.

What are your thoughts about using recruiters?

I think recruiters can be great to help you land your next role. It is critical to understand, however, that unless a recruiter has an opening that is right for you, and you are right for their role, you are nothing to them. You aren’t even a number… you are just in the way to them finding their next hire.

I’m not ragging on recruiters. They would tell you the same thing… at least, if they were being honest they would. If you want to know how recruiters work, check out Nick at Ask the Headhunter. He has an excellent ebook on working with recruiters.

There you go… a little bit of this, a little bit of that. You have a fun future ahead of you. Continue in your preparation so when the opportunities come you’ll be prepared to jump!

 

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Pluralsight 33% off for Next 3 Days

October 22nd, 2019

I just got notice that you can get the full Pluralsight library for 33% off today, tomorrow, and Thursday. They don’t do this very often, and saving $100 is freaking awesome.

Pay $199 (instead of $299) and you get 365 days of all the Pluralsight you can consume! Click here to check it out.

Are you a techie? This may be the best investment you’ve ever made into your continuing education. There’s a reason top programmers at huge companies use Pluralsight… you can’t get this up-to-date training from anywhere else. The breadth and depth is astonishing.

In addition to technical stuff there is a full PMP (for project managers) test prep learning path, as well as courses for business analysts, product managers, user experience (UX) designers, graphics designers, technical writing… and of course data. Data is HUGE right now, and will be for many years to come.

Are you any of those? Or, are you interested in a career change?

I find myself pointing people to the amazing field of UX right now. It’s an exciting area and there is a ton of work to be done. I remember hearing a recruiter last year say that they can’t find any UX experts (that they could hire, because they were all working) in all of Utah.  That’s pretty impressive.

Of course, you get access to over 100 soft skills and professional development courses. Not to overwhelm you with too many courses but even if you just listened to any of my 33ish courses, as well as courses by my colleagues who do courses on communication and professional relationships and teamwork and other soft skills, including Dan Appleman, Shelley Benhoff, Casey Ayers, Stephen Haunts, Alan Ackman, Amber Israelsen, and others. If you get bored of my soothing voice and ideas, check out any of the many others.

Look, $199 is a KILLER price for this amount of continuing education. Don’t wait for your employer to invest in you. YOU need to invest in you.

If you are serious about career management you can’t go wrong with a Pluralsight course, and 33% off is music to my ears :)

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Pluralsight Course #34: Understanding Your Audience

October 21st, 2019

My Pluralsight journey, which started in 2012, has been quite a ride. It’s been crazy. And it’s been awesome. I was recently talking to someone who said that with all of the work I’ve put into my courses I could have gotten a Ph.D.! I dont’ know about that… and no, you don’t need to call me Dr. Alba… but I have spent thousands of hours since 2012 thinking deeply, studying, researching, and then teaching soft skills and professional development topics.

Last week my 34th course was launched: Understanding Your Audience.

Pluralsight Understanding Your Audience Jason Alba

I was excited to work on this course because, as I told my contact at Pluralsight, everything I’ve done has centered around understanding my audience. I take you on a bit of a journey as I’ve had to understand my audiences for my books, for JibberJobber, for marketing partnerships… If you aren’t understanding your audience how are you creating any content? Are you creating content for you, or simply based on assumptions?

This course invites you to dig deeper… to try to understand who they are more than just demographic data. I want you to understand who they are, why they do things, the root of their thinking, and how you can best connect with your audience.

Whether your audience is on the other end of an email or phone call, in front of you while you present, or across the table from you in a one-on-one, you can understand your audience to a point where your communication becomes more effective.

If you love it, rate it. And leave a comment.

If you want a 30 day Pluralsight pass please reach out to me. I think I can find one or two laying around :p

And now, I begin scripting my 35th course! Wahoo!

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Career Change: From Cashier to Software Engineer #HomeDepot

October 18th, 2019

When I was at the Pluralsight Live conference in August they showed this video… it was so freaking inspiring! Take three minutes and watch this:

The “OrangeMethod,” Home Depot’s “in-house skill development program.” Wow.

I’ve heard that The Home Depot is a great place to have a career. This video showed the awesome story of Jennifer, who started out as a cashier, and had the opportunity to grow into a software engineer role.

Talk about a career change!

Many of the people I talk with through JibberJobber, The Job Search Program, and through my speaking opportunities are ready for a change. These changes can be big or small… but they are in a point in their life where they need to make decisions about their careers moving forward.

A question everyone should ask is “should I stay on this path I’ve been on? Why?”

You should also ask “What if…?”

What if you could learn to do something more rewarding?

What if you could make more of an impact in the world (even if you make less)?

What if you could, like Jennifer, make A LOT more money than what you have?

What if you could retool yourself, add new skills, and do something that only “smart” people could do?

What if, what if, what if…

Don’t get me wrong… I don’t think that any of my courses were on Jennifer’s radar. My soft skills courses don’t teach you how to be a developer… but there are around 6,000 other courses in Pluralsight that do. And I’m proud to be associated with an organization that is passionate about helping others find and develop skills that can improve their lives as well as the lives of those around them.

I’m not saying you have to be a software developer. I am only asking, inviting, you to think about “what if?”

Why not me?

Why not now?

Career transition is a real thing, and maybe, just maybe it’s the right thing for you.

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Job Search Program: Introducing Nick’s Box

October 17th, 2019

A few weeks ago my friend Nick Corcodilos said that one thing the Job Search Program was missing was more anecdotal “Jason Albaisms.” He might not have said Jason Albaisms, but he did say that I needed some more something. After going back and forth on phone and email I decided to put in a fifth box on the Job Search Program page.

You have to understand this was not an easy decision. Nick was right, of course. It did need something else. But, I didn’t want to add that something else into the recording. I don’t want Job Search Program customers to think “oh boy, I need to listen to Jason again… but I haven’t blocked out 30 minutes!” I really, really want to keep these recordings as short as I can, which is why they (probably) average around 5ish minutes.

But I needed to add more.

The other thing I was up against was adding more stuff on the site. JibberJobber is a very complex system and there is a lot going on on any given screen. With Job Search Program I wanted to keep this super clean. Adding one more box… yuck.

But, I really needed to get the new information in… internally we call it “Nick’s Box.” Externally it will look like this:

job-search-program-nicks-box

I’m excited to fill these boxes in… which I’ll be working on over the next few weeks. I don’t want to duplicate information, but I think this anecdotal stuff, with links to blog posts and videos and books and articles as well as my own experiences that will enrichen the experience of everyone who goes through this program.

Enjoy!

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The Job Search Program Focuses on Networking

October 16th, 2019

When I talk about the Job Search Program to career professionals (resume writers and career and job search coaches) I say that it is designed to help the job seeker have “the right conversations with the right people.”

Networking is a funny, misunderstood beast. The joke is that it is, for job seekers, a four-letter word. Not many people like to do it. It feels fake, and many people can’t wait to land a job so they don’t have to network anymore.

In my job search I remember finally dragging myself to network meetings and making up goals like “I will get 10 business cards today,” or something just as lame. I wasn’t focusing on having right conversations and didn’t even understand who the right people could be. I was just going for a number because, sometimes, the job search really is a numbers game. So I thought.

Job Search is Not a Numbers Game

Enter the Job Search Program. This is a six week self-guided kind of coaching program where every single day I give you three tasks to do. And then you work on them. They are not fake tasks… they are intentionally designed to get you closer to having the right conversation with the right person. Every day builds on previous days. You start out kind of slow, setting up a good foundation, and then as you learn and practice and gain confidence and practice more, you find yourself having conversations with people in your target industries, then target companies, then target departments within your target industries, and next thing you know you are talking to decision-makers about opportunities just for you.

This program is unlike anything I’ve seen. It might seem very simple but the premise is that you are doing the right things and getting real traction, instead of hoping that in the numbers game model you are getting closer to the right number. I played that game and it sucked.

Here’s part of an email I got from Noah, who is in week one:

I am really enjoying the process so far! The messaging and advice is very clear and the overarching theme of self-empowerment through provided prompts/benchmarks seems well crafted. I especially appreciate the built-in daily accountability, which is critical for anyone who is serious about putting in the effort to achieve the goal they want.

Ready to stop doing stuff that isn’t getting you anywhere? Check out the Job Search Program here. The normal price is $497 but right now we have an introductory price of $197.

JibberJobber Job Search Program

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