JibberJobber Certification Course 1/2 done!

January 29th, 2015

This week we finished our third course for the JibberJobber certification program for career professionals.

If you are a career professional, you can still sign up.. all courses are being recorded, and you can listen/watch at your own pace.

The schedule is here.

The “why” is here.

It is my hope that career professionals who earn this certification can bring more value to their client relationships…!

If you are ready to move forward, you can pay here… in the description box, let me know it is for the career pro certification program.

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JibberJobber Certification for Coaches: Schedule

January 9th, 2015

I have hesitated putting this in a post because all of this seems so simple to me… I could do this in my sleep.  In fact, I have done this in my sleep, many times, over the last nine years :)

Get more info on the JibberJobber certification program here.

Anyway, here’s what you can expect over the next six weeks, if you are in the JibberJobber Certification program:

Week 1: What is JibberJobber, history of, competitors, general features, why people would or should use it, who it is for… overview of the 6 weeks, and a bit of housekeeping (how to access the recordings). I might add more stuff, but I want to make sure we go deep each week.

Week 2: How To add contacts, companies and jobs.  Focus on “getting data into the system”

Week 3: Log Entries and Action Items (the glue and perhaps the central point of JibberJobber)

Week 4: Email2Log – how to set up, the basics, forwarding to the server (and not a recipient), advanced features

Week 5: Getting Data Out: List Panels, exporting data, getting email reminders for action items, reports

Week 6: Kitchen Sink (other stuff), including the coach landing page, video library, expense report (maybe), the Job Journal, Interview Prep…

I’ve modeled this after the certification course I did for The Academies, on LinkedIn, which I designed and taught for a few cycles.  The idea of this certification is to go deeper… so where I might spend an hour and go lightly into each of the topics above, by the end of each class you’ll have a much greater understanding of the what-and-how of that particular class.

I want career professionals to get to a certain level of proficiency (a) specifically with JibberJobber, and (b) generally with organizational software for job seekers.  Whether you like JibberJobber at the end of the session, or you really dislike it, you’ll have a solid idea of what and how job seekers could organize their job search, and have a follow-up system that helps someone who’s in an intense networking mode.  I want to contribute to the prevention of career professionals handing out totally outdated paper-based tracking forms… this still happens.

If you want to be one of the first JibberJobber certified career professionals, pay here.  We’re offering $300 off the price, bringing it down to $97.  The first session is on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.  The classes are recorded, so you can access them later.



JibberJobber Certification for Coaches (and other career professionals)

January 8th, 2015

On Tuesday I’m starting a six week program for career professionals to get certified on JibberJobber.  I’ve priced this at $397, and discounted it to $97 for now.

Here’s an email that I sent out a week ago to my LinkedIn Group:

The certification classes will be recorded in case you can’t come. You’ll have access to the recordings through our video library.

Live classes are on Tuesday mornings, at 10am Mountain Time (9am PST, 11am CST, noon EST), for one hour.

There will be six live classes to specifically help you master JibberJobber, and better understand job search organization and tracking. Classes start on Tuesday January 12 and finish February 17. You will have until the end of February to finish the certification tests.

JibberJobber Certified Career Professionals should gain a better grasp of technology in general, and a more acute understanding of technology that job seekers (and professionals) need. This should increase the value that you bring to your clients.

Career Directors International will give you one CEU credit for every hour of learning (you should get six credits by the time the course is done).

Will you be a part of the first group of JibberJobber certified career professionals? Take advantage of the pricing, currently discounted to only $97 (from $397). Here’s where you sign up:

Questions? Let me know…

Here’s a message I put on my LinkedIn Group a few weeks ago… and part of why I really want to see coaches and career professionals certified. In case you work at a career center, and think I’m talking about you, I am not. The person that did this back in 2006 is retired.

In 2006 I went to a university career center that was only about 40 minute from my house. My hope was to talk to as many career professionals as I could, and I was excited to talk to the director of the career center at this large university.

As I walked to the career center office I passed dozens of students, all on laptops and other devices. No one was talking to each other… they were all consumed by technology.

After a long wait in the waiting room, the director finally met with me. He first balked at the ridiculous name “JibberJobber,” saying that he couldn’t recommend something with a name that didn’t make any sense. He then asked why would anyone want to use a website to organize and track a job search… he has been, and would continue to recommend just buying 4×6 cards and stay organized with those.

I couldn’t believe it. This director, who was probably not far away from retirement, would tell all of those kids, who were glued to technology, to manage a complex process with a loose paper system?

I continue to see this today – career professionals who recommend a printout form, or a spreadsheet, when there are better, high-tech, sophisticated, long-lasting and long-term solutions like JibberJobber.

I can only imagine student after student eye-rolling at this director’s advice. Giving outdated or unsound advice will discredit everything else you say. You’ll have earned your reputation of being outdated, out of touch, etc.

If you aren’t using JibberJobber, or if you don’t really know what it does, let’s make 2015 the time to crack this nut. Get on my user orientation webinars (, and let’s take control of our career management.

If you are a career professional (counselor, coach, resume writer, etc) check out the JibberJobber Certification. This will help you understand what your clients are dealing with, and how you can help them, and not risk having the same reputation that career center director had created for himself:

Would love to have you join us :)

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Find a Career You Love Webinar (Anna Runyan)

October 9th, 2014

anna_runyan_headshotYesterday author and career coach Anna Runyan included JibberJobber in her 10 Job Search Tricks That Will Change Everything You’ve Been Doing article.  She said to “use JibberJobber to keep track of information you collect during your job search.”  She also mentioned another tool to “manage and organize business cards you collect,” which JibberJobber does nicely, and a different tool to “create an automatic follow-up system,” which JibberJobber also does.

Yes, we really are that amazing. 

Enough about us, though. I want to reciprocate the kind shout-out and tell you about Anna.  She created  the “Love Your Career Formula,” which is a formula we could all use.  Tonight she is doing a free webinar called “How to Ditch Your Dead End Job and Find a Career You Love.”

The good thing about most JibberJobber users is that they have already “ditched” their job…. so that part is taken care of :)   And they are intensely focused on finding a career… let’s join the webinar tonight to make sure we are doing the right things so the career we are chasing is one we’ll love!

Sign up here…



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Best Job Search Advice Blog That You Haven’t Heard Of

September 30th, 2013

One of my favorite blogs for job seekers is the Career Hub blog.  This is a blog with various contributors and the content is always fun, refreshing and current.  I have met many of the contributors at conferences and have talked with them on the phone or had email conversations.

Go check them out.  But don’t spend hours there – you still have a job search to do!

The Career Hub Blog


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Cracking the Hidden Job Market

August 28th, 2013

Following up from my recent post about the hidden job market, I found this: 6 Ways To Crack The ‘Hidden’ Job Market

I like what Nancy Collamer says (she’s a Forbes contributor)… check out the article.  This article could be renamed to “6 Things You Should Do In Your Job Search BEFORE You Hit The Job Boards.”

How many of the six are you doing?

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Ten Blogs for Job Search, Personal Branding and Career Help

May 10th, 2013

Meg Guiseppi wrote a blog post with 10 blogs she recommends, although she says these are not necessarily her favorites… but she keeps coming back to them.

The JibberJobber Blog is on the list, as well as my LinkedIn blog.

That’s cool.  But what was really cool was this line:

“There are actually 12 in my list. Two of my favorite writers run two sites.”

I had to go through her list again and found that… yeehaw!  I’m one of her two favorite writers (in very good company with Susan Joyce).

I’ve read all of the blogs she listed.  They are all excellent suggestions, if you are looking for inspiring reading. Here is the list.

Thanks Meg, for the list, and for including me :)



Why No One Follows Up Well

August 24th, 2012

I sent an “announcement” (which for me is a newsletter) to my LinkedIn Group about 3rd and 4th degree contacts.  The idea is that you MUST network deeper, asking the “who do you know” questions.  You can see that article, and the comments, here.

Rita Carey, a professional job search coach, added this in the comments:

I would like to add a second recommendation…stay in touch. If you wish people a Happy Thanksgiving with a little update and express your gratitude for their support, you will accomplish two things: you will demonstrate professionalism and they will remember you and your transition.

I have seen this done so well…not just at Thanksgiving, of course, but that occasional email or phone call that says “I thought about you today”…. that includes an article of mutual interest or a relevant link.

Stay in touch.

You can call that “nurture relationships.”

You can call that “follow up.”

Why do people do a poor job of staying in touch?

There are various reasons.

Some people aren’t good at, or don’t like networking.

Some people get too consumed in work, family, recreation, etc.

It’s hard to see immediate value from taking time to keep in touch.

For the most part, follow-up is hard.

That’s one reason why I created JibberJobber.

What if you could have a system that made it easier?  A system that prompted you to follow-up with someone?

I haven’t talked to Rita for 2 months… the way my brain works, she’s out of sight, out of mind.  And if/when I do think about her, I feel guilty for letting too much time go by, and I’m not quite sure what I would say to nurture the relationship… so in this state I just let more time go by.  And then years have passed, and all my good intentions are meaningless (except maybe the guilt that I feel).

Then, I lose my job, and I know I want to talk to her, but then I question my motives and don’t reach out because hey, what kind of friend am I if I only reach out when I’m in need?

We’re doing a better job helping people, whether they are in a job search, happily employed, or business owners, or the grandma who wants to have great relationships with her grandkids, stay in touch.

Check out JibberJobber for the tools to help you do this.  Not sure where to start?  Jump on the JibberJobber user webinar – with new evening times!



Has the Job Search Changed?

October 26th, 2011

Yes, it has significantly changed.

Technology has been one major catalyst of the change.  The economy has been the other major catalyst.

What has it changed TO?

Check out this post by Meg Guiseppi titled Today’s Executive Job Search Toolkit. Meg says you need these things for a successful job search (especially as an executive):

Check out her post for more info and links.

The job search is not as simple as it was.  Be proactive, take ownership of it, and excel!



Job Search Magic Pill vs. Eat Right and Exercise

October 20th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I was on a webinar where I once again promoted Michael Webb’s job search program as the most solid program I’ve seen.

It’s simple.

But it’s really hard to implement (until you just DO IT).

After the webinar, I was thinking about his system, and why people won’t do it.

They spend tons of time and effort and money and thinking on other systems that seem more simple, and promise at least the same results.

I started to think about health, and comparing it to this issue.  Michael Webb’s system is like eating right and exercising, which is a pretty solid plan to get healthy (lose weight, etc.).

But we (collectively) don’t want to do that.  It’s too hard.  We want the ab machine from the commercial.  Or we want the pill, or the spoonful of whatever.  We want the shortcut.

How does that shortcut work out?

That’s right.

So go for the solid program, not the fad diet.

I’m not saying Michael’s is the only solid program – I have partners and colleagues that have solid programs.  They are out there.

But I’m telling you, if you are looking for the short cut, you might see quick results that tend to fade quickly.


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