Job Search Program: What a Job Search Strategy Looks Like (Part 4: Presenting Yourself) #favoriteFriday

August 16th, 2019

jibberjobber-favorite-fridayThe next in Hannah Morgan’s Job Search Success program is on presenting yourself. This is such a critical part of your job search and career management, and I don’t want you to mess it up!

I talk about presenting yourself in written and verbal forms, and having a marketing plan.

Read the post here: Job Search Strategy: Presenting Yourself (3)

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Job Search Program: What a Job Search Strategy Looks Like (Part 3: Research) #favoriteFriday

August 9th, 2019

jibberjobber-favorite-fridayIn this third of seven favoriteFriday posts about Hannah Morgan’s Job Search Success system we talk about the research a job seeker should do… from industry trends to target companies to people you should network with and into.

Check it out here: Job Search Strategy: Research (2)

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Job Search Program: What a Job Search Strategy Looks Like (Part 2: Assessment) #favoriteFriday

August 2nd, 2019

jibberjobber-favorite-fridayThis is the second favoriteFriday on Hannah Morgan’s awesome job search strategy system. This one focuses on Assessment, which is the first step where you kind of pause from sending out resumes and really think about you, and what you are after, and a few other things.

Check out the post here: Job Search Strategy: Assessment (1) 

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The JibberJobber Job Journal #favoriteFriday

July 19th, 2019

jibberjobber-favorite-fridayA few years ago I wrote about a new feature that is, in my opinion, one of the most important features in JibberJobber. The Job Journal is a tool where you simply write down your career success stories.

Why is that so important?

Because it is all about what and how we brand ourselves. I’ve interviewed people who were not prepared with stories and examples, and people who were prepared. The contrast is huge.

I want you to think about your career wins, big and small, and figure out how those wins can become stories to demonstrate your capabilities.

Check out the entire post here: What is the Job Journal?

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Are Job Boards a Waste of Time? Hint: NO. #favoriteFriday

July 12th, 2019

jibberjobber-favorite-fridayAbout a year and a half ago I wrote a post about job boards… I’ve been a little back and a little forth on them over the years. In my experience they were largely a waste of time. HOWEVER, they are not to be thrown out completely.

What I talked about back in January of 2018 still applies… these are TOOLS. Work them,  but don’t let them own you.

Read the whole thing here: New Thoughts on Job Boards for 2018

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The Job Search Interview Process Is Full of Emotions!

June 12th, 2019

jibberjobber-surpriseI recently had a job interview.

I know, I know. I’m not supposed to. I run JibberJobber. I’m the CEO. And I have some big short and long-term goals with JibberJobber. What the heck am I doing in a job interview.

Frankly, there is one company that I’m interested in. I’ve said for years it’s the only company that I’d LOVE to work for. And I got referred to the hiring manager and recruiter by someone pretty high up for a job that sounded really, really cool.

I’ve gotten JibberJobber to a point where it doesn’t have to be a full time job for me. It could be… there is plenty of work for me to do. But it doesn’t have to be. And if “dream job” at “dream company” comes my way, why not at least entertain it?

Since I left Bamboo, I have not been looking for a job. I’ve been plenty busy with the revenue streams I have. From creating Pluralsight courses to everything with JibberJobber to rentals to other stuff, I’m busy.

I also don’t financially need a job, because of the revenue streams I’ve created. I’m not wealthy, but I’m not as financially destitute as I was back in 2006 when I lost, in one job loss, 100% of my income.

But, this amazing opportunity came up. And so I spent time on it.

I had four interviews. Two on a Friday, two the following Monday.

I had a lot of emotions. A lot more than I thought I would.

Even though I was extremely flattered to be recommended for this job, I was nervous. Would I be good enough? Would I be chosen?

If I got the job, would I go through three months of “impostor syndrome” again, like I did at Bamboo?

How would I take care of my other commitments? Would I need to put some things on hold? Was this the right thing for me to do for my long-term goals?

Was this the right thing for me? For my family? For our future?

What if I got this dream job and it went away, like Bamboo did?

With each interview I was more encouraged. Getting invited to the process, and having interviews go well, and learning about the benefits… it was all so cool. One of the things I miss most about Bamboo was just having friends at work. Not that I don’t have friends, but there’s something about coworker camaraderie.

The excitement and the hope was growing. The worry about whether this was the right decision or not was also growing. I knew there would be some big changes if I got this job.

The reason I’m writing this post is to share with you that the crazy emotions you experience in this process are NORMAL.

You might not be an emotional person, or not used to all of the intense emotions all crammed into a few days. But as a job seeker, this is NORMAL.

The results of the interview process can be life changing. You can’t go through the process nonchalantly. I think it is impossible.

Here are my two problems:

First, I start to do the job, before I’m hired. I strategize my 90 day startup period and think about what I’ll do. I can go pretty deep on this. I get emotionally involved too early.

Second, I start to mentally spend my new income. In this case, I thought “I could eliminate my personal debt in X years instead of Y years!” Something very appealing to me. I can go very deep on this, too.

Either of those will add to, or multiply, the emotions. It’s crazy.

And it’s normal.

I don’t have a good answer for you, but I do want you to know that if you go through the emotional roller-coaster you are not nutz. You are normal.

In case you are wondering, in the end I got passed over for someone else. 

Which only added one more ride through the weird and unpredictable emotional roller-coaster.


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My Life Is Impostor Syndrome

May 29th, 2019

JibberJobber Impostor SyndromeLast year I worked for about nine months at BambooHR. For the first three months solid I experienced full-on impostor syndrome. This was weird because I thought I was pretty hot stuff (an abundance of self-confidence is a theme in my life), but I found myself questioning what I was doing there, why I was there, why in the world did they hire me, was I adequate enough, and would they somehow figure out I wasn’t the right hire and let me go.

It was stressful.

Here I am, on the other side (of having a job), and I don’t have imposter syndrome anymore. I am back in my comfort zone, where I definitely fit. I was in Belgium last week speaking at a tech conference with 1,800 attendees… and I didn’t feel like an imposter. Instead, I felt like an expert. I have authored three books, thirty three Pluralsight courses, and years of blog posts and articles. I was in my comfort zone.

I’ve also been immersed in JibberJobber design and product management, which I love. I don’t feel like an imposter here. Having been here for now 13+ years, I know what needs to be done, I know where I can add value, and I am working my way through my long list of stuff to do.

I have also done three more soft skill courses at Pluralsight since I got let go from BambooHR. One was on having difficult conversations, one was on creating innovative teams, and one was on how to be a leader when you don’t have a leadership title. I don’t feel like an impostor there.

Why did I feel like an imposter at BambooHR?

I have a friend who is excellent at what she does. She excels in so many areas, but her real specialty is in software quality assurance. She has a masters degree in software QA!  She’s about to change jobs and told me that she is nervous about the new job. Will she do well? Will she deliver value? Listening to her talk about her concerns is funny because she is awesome, and will do well. But she is already dealing with impostor syndrome. I have no doubt she will do exceptionally well, but she does.

This impostor syndrome thing is weird. It is like a mental wedge that causes us to doubt ourselves, and to question what we know we should do.

Perhaps it has more to do with working on a new team and being in a new role and in a new industry than it does with what our expertise is. Perhaps we don’t understand that maybe there are others that could do the job as well as we could, maybe better, but we were chosen for a reason. Maybe we are a better cultural fit, maybe we have proven we have the right values, or a certain technical ability… we are more of the whole package than someone we are comparing ourselves to. Maybe, just maybe, we were lucky. We were in the right place at the right time and said “yes” while someone better wasn’t available.

That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be in the role.

This whole life is about progress and learning and growing. Allow yourself, in your role where you feel like an impostor, to grow into the role. That takes time and practice and showing up. And eventually, you won’t feel like an impostor anymore. When that happens, look for the new people, and figure out how you can help them feel like they fit, too.

Impostor syndrome is more real than I realized, but you need to work through the self-doubt and get to work. You were chosen for a reason… do your job, do your best, and grow. One day you’ll have the epiphany that indeed, you are not an impostor. You are exactly where you should be.

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Speaking of Soft Skills (Favorite Friday)

February 22nd, 2019

I came upon this post this week, where I talk about a forbes article that quoted me with 2 of the “7 most universal soft skills.” I mentioned creativity and curiousity, of course. the other five were interesting.

What really got my attention, though, was what people put in the comments. There are some very smart and observant people talking about soft skills they think are critical.

Check it out her: Universal Job Skills.

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How To Prepare for a Layoff Before it Happens

January 18th, 2019

In 2009 I wrote this post: Prepare For A Layoff Before It Happens. I think this was another great post (I was such a good blogger in those early days of JibberJobber!). Here are my points:

  1. Get your resume in order.
  2. Start getting your network in order.
  3. Start NETWORKING. (with three networking tips to do right now)
  4. Understand your finances.

I was pleasantly surprised to see some of my friends share their ideas… five from Twitter and six from Facebook… and of course, excellent comments.

Hey, happy new year! I’m not here to put a damper on things but if you aren’t planning for a layoff this year, you might get caught in a very sad and serious situation! Better to plan now than to be surprised later! Read how to prepare for a layoff before it happens here.

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When Networking Doesn’t Work For You

January 4th, 2019

One of my favorite thought leaders in the career space was the late Mark Hovind, who unexpectedly passed away in 2012. Talking with Mark was almost intellectually overwhelming. I struggled just to keep up with his ideas. He has been missed in this space. First, because of the research and insight he did an provided in the career and job search space. Second, because he was a man of high integrity.

In 2008 I wrote a post about networking not working… and it’s definitely worth your time. I used some of Mark’s numbers on the effectiveness of networking, and then I had some ideas about what to do if  networking doesn’t seem to be working for you. My four main points are:

  • Most people do not have a real network.
  • Most people don’t know how to network.
  • Most people don’t follow up.
  • Most people think growing their network list is networking.

The comments are also very insightful.

Go spend a few minutes on that post, and get results out of your networking efforts!

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