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How To Get JibberJobber Premium For Free

July 31st, 2019

jibberjobber-logoWhen you first sign in to JibberJobber you get a full seven day trial. The number 1 thing to do is to set up and play with Email2Log. It is the BEST JibberJobber feature because it allows you to populate your CRM tracking tool simply by sending emails.

After the seven day trial, you should want to continue using the premium features, as well as have more than 25 Contacts and 25 Companies. The easiest way to get free upgrades is by watching any Jason Alba course on Pluralsight. If you don’t have a Pluralsight subscription, get a 30 day pass (in JibberJobber mouse over Videos, click Pluralsight Videos, and get your 30 day code).

Watch any Jason Alba course and then go back to that Pluralsight Videos page in JibberJobber to get to the Tracker where you can self-report and earn additional JibberJobber premium days. Even if you watch the same course multiple times, report back and add more JibberJobber days. Here are six of my Pluralsight courses I recommend for job seekers. Note that you have access to all of Pluralsight during that 30 day period and there are excellent courses on almost everything related to a technical career, including project management, business analysis, and plenty of coding, design, and database courses.

As an example, let’s say you watch one of those courses every day for six days. You would go into the Tracker in JibberJobber and self-report… you’d earn 3 days * 6 courses = 18 free days of JibberJobber premium. Just for learning. Sounds good, right? If you wanted to watch each of them again, you could earn another 18 days. I currently have 32 courses in Pluralsight, so there’s plenty to watch in your 30 day trial.

If you run out, you can easily upgrade for $60 for the year.

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How To: Speech to Text on JibberJobber Mobile Apps

July 24th, 2019

Here’s a scenario that Emmett asked me about:

You have a meeting with someone, then get in your truck (he’s in Texas… I’m assuming he’s in a truck :p). Instead of opening the JibberJobber app and typing notes into the Log Entry, he wanted to do speech to text. But how?

Whenever you tap in a box, and get the keyboard, look for the microphone icon. On an android it might be on the right… on an iPhone it’s on the bottom:

iphone-voice-to-text

Simply tap the mic icon and then talk… and you’ll populate your fields.

Pretty slick, eh?

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JibberJobber: The Case To Import Or Not

March 19th, 2019

jibberjobber_import_menuRecently I’ve had a few people ask me how to delete a batch import (you can do it from here). That is, they imported a batch of contacts from LinkedIn or Gmail Contacts, and then found they had a bunch of garbage in JibberJobber, and wanted to delete all of the contacts from that import all and start over.

This happened to me after we did the Gmail Contacts sync, which is really cool in concept, but it dumped hundreds of garbage records into my database. Sadly, I don’t do the Gmail sync anymore… I just don’t want all of that crap in my system.

Why does this happen? 

With Gmail, I have a bunch of email addresses in my address book (aka Google Contacts) that are just garbage. Someone I am not in contact anymore, or addresses that are system generated but there is no human behind them. I have more than one “support@_______.com” address in my Contacts!

What’s more, and this is exemplified better with LinkedIn, just because I waived at someone doesn’t mean I want them in JibberJobber. If I accept you as a first degree contact in LinkedIn, does that mean we will ever have a conversation? Not necessarily. Of the thousands and thousands of contacts in my LinkedIn first degree network, there are thousands and thousands that don’t need to be in JibberJobber, ever.

Why do we have an import/sync function, then?

Frankly, because “everyone” wanted it. Other CRM systems have it, and people don’t like the idea of entering Contacts one-by-one. It really is convenient to click a few buttons and have all of your contacts from one system in JibberJobber. I think, also, that people like coming in to JibberJobber with hundreds or thousands of contacts that they’ve imported, rather than none. The feeling is that you have a network vs. you have no one to talk to.

What is the answer?

I rarely import or sync. I want to control how contacts get into my system. Hands down, my favorite way to get data into JibberJobber is with Email2Log. Why? Because if I email you, there’s a good chance I want to actually have some kind of relationship with you. I can control who and what gets into my system easier than I can with an import, which is likely to import junk contacts.

If I were to start fresh today, using JibberJobber for a job search, I’d skip the import and just put people in manually or with Email2Log. Honestly, that’s what I’d do.

Is there no other way? 

Well, yes, there is actually. If you really want to dump your LinkedIn Contacts or Google Contacts into JibberJobber, I’d suggest you do this:

  1. Export your Contacts (from either system, or Outlook, or wherever you have them) to a csv file (csv opens in Excel, or imports to Google Sheets)
  2. Look at every single record and delete the record (row) of each Contact that you don’t care about, don’t want in JibberJobber, don’t recognize, etc.
  3. While you are there, it wouldn’t hurt to remove any columns that you don’t care to have in JibberJobber.

What we used to say in the 1900’s was “garbage in, garbage out.” Clean up your list before you import records… and you’ll have a much nicer database.

Anything else?

If you do import garbage, you can do what some people want to do and delete the entire import. This is great, unless you have added more information on a Contacts, or created Log Entries and Reminders.

Or, you can do what I do… just delete the bad records one at a time when you come across them. This is a more passive approach, and you have to be okay to see bad records every once in a while… this is fine for me.

And, now you know :) 

 

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JibberJobber Contacts Detail Page: Copy Email Address

March 15th, 2019

For a while the little icon next to an email address wasn’t working right. We swapped it out with a new process… instead of right clicking the old icon, now you just click on the copy icon and it will copy the email address (and name) to your clipboard.

Super simple, but just a bug fix for something that hasn’t been working for too long.

Step 1: Click the icon next to the email address here:

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Step 2: In the To box of your email client, right click, paste, and you should see this:

jibberjobber-paste-email-address

Easy peasy. Sorry it took so long to fix this little bug :)

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How To Start A Job Search

March 12th, 2019

7 steps to start a job searchI started my first real job search in 2006. Even way, way back then, going to the “want ads” from newspapers was an outdated strategy. Now, no one talks about using newspapers. But there is still plenty of confusion on how to start a job search. Below are the steps I suggest to anyone who is ready to start their job search

7 Steps to Start a Job Search

1. Stop, calm down, take a moment.

One of the worst things you can do is react to panic and fear. I know unemployment can be one of the scariest and most emotional situations of your life. Let me encourage you to really take a pause, calm down, get in the proper state of mind for what could be a complex but doable process. But please, go into this with the right mindset.

2. List job titles you want to pursue

It is critical that you know what your target is, and specific job titles is part of your target. In my 2006 job search I listed two roles I wanted, and in the course of my job search I added a third (more exciting) title. Your list can change with time, so don’t worry about committing to any particular title, but you should have a list of titles to pursue. Eventually, this list should be whittled down to something manageable (instead of including every job title that you are qualified for).

3. List companies you want to work for

You must have a list of target companies where you want to work. This will help you in various ways, including focusing your networking efforts and search on the right companies. Also, when people ask how they can help you in your job search, you could say that you are looking for introductions to specific target companies (I suggest you name three or four specific companies).

4. Make a list of network contacts

This is one of the harder lists to make because we tend to second-guess whether people should actually be on the list or not. You think of someone, then before you write them down talk yourself out of listing them for one reason or another. Let me encourage you to skip the second-guessing, and just list EVERYONE that you can think of on your network contacts list. You might not communicate with all of them, but as your job search goes on and on, it might make sense to reach out to people who you had earlier passed over.

5. Create and refine your job search marketing material

I could make an entire list of your job search marketing material, the most obvious of which is your resume. In addition to your resume (and at least one general cover letter), you need to have some basic statements down. These include your Me In 30 Seconds (aka Elevator Pitch) statements (you could have various statements for different audiences) as well as a response to “tell me about yourself?”. Expect to use these statements regularly and refine them almost every time you use them.

6. Figure out your job search organization system

No doubt I recommend JibberJobber (I’m the creator of JibberJobber) instead of job search spreadsheet. Whatever you use, know that this organizational system is a central part of your successful job search. I quickly outgrew my spreadsheet in about two weeks, as do many job seekers, because as a job search goes on you add more contacts, companies, and jobs, and you want to log interactions between any of those records. Again, I could write a great deal on this, but suffice it to say you’ll need some system to stay organized.

7. Reach out to contacts with purposeful requests

This is one of the hardest parts of the job search for many people because this is where we start to communicate with people. We generally like to help people, not ask for help from people. But we need to work through those feelings and ask our contacts for help. Please, do not ask them to “review your resume.” Imagine you get ONE request from each friend. Do you want to use your one request for a review of your typing? NO. Purposeful requests include meeting (in person or on the phone) or asking for introductions to people who have your target titles or work at your target companies. Each purposeful request changes based on who you are making the request of, but please don’t waste your first (and maybe your only) request with something trivial.

These are my seven steps to start your job search. Did you notice that I didn’t include networking with recruiters? Perhaps you should network with recruiters, but in my experience, it is generally a waste of time. Focus on the steps above, iterating and going through each of them as you get closer and closer to your dream job.

My goal would eventually be to have as many informational interviews as I could get, which is a very powerful job search strategy. Each of the steps above can lead up to a great informational interview strategy.

 

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JibberJobber How To: Clean Up Your Tags

February 6th, 2019

Tags are… awesome! Tags help us group and slice and dice out data.

I have tags for types of people (recruiters, friends, family, professional contacts, etc.), types of industries (software, Fortune 500, etc.), types of jobs (related to product management, related to executive function, etc.), and on and on.

The only problem is that sometimes I get a little too excited about tags, and I make up new tags that pretty much go unused. And then, instead of having a dozen useful tags, I have 80 tags… 70 of which I don’t use.  And this, my friend, is clutter. This does not spark joy.

Well, I got some good news. Cleaning up your tags is easy peasy. You can do this for Contact tags, Company tags, and Job tags… it’s all the same process.

First, from the main menu, go to the Contacts, Companies, or Jobs dropdown… depends on which tags you want to clean up. From that dropdown, click the “See more –>” option.

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On that next page you’ll see a tile for Contact Tags (or Company Tags or Job Tags).  Click that.

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Now you are on the tag management page (remember, this is just for tags under Contacts or Companies or Jobs – we don’t mix these up).  From here you can do three main things:

  1. Delete tags (deleting a tag will not delete the record it is associated with (see the x icon?))
  2. Rename tags (spell something wrong? Fix it here. (see the edit/pencil icon?))
  3. Merge tags (have a prod manager and prod mgr and product manager tags? Merge them into one tag here. (see the checkboxes on the left?)

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This page is pretty self-explanatory… you can do record-by-record deleting… or you can click the checkboxes on the left and do bulk deleting.

Now, I’m not going to tell you what to do, or how to do it, but I will say that in my experience keeping tags that are unused (like the 5 above) are nothing but a waste. They were a good idea at one time, but I obviously didn’t use them… my recommendation is to keep it clean, and remove tags that are unused.

Have fun cleaning up :)

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New Orientation Guide for New JibberJobber Users

December 11th, 2018

One of the things I learned at my last company was the power and importance of helping new users get up and running. In industry this is called “on-boarding” (which sounds a lot better than off-boarding, right?).

I recently created a short, easy-to-use guide that will help you on-board yourself quickly with the most important features in JibberJobber:

Guide: Getting Started on JibberJobber

I hope this is helpful for you. Even if you’ve used JibberJobber for a while, it might be a good sync to know what I think is important as far as using the basics of JibberJobber.

Enjoy!

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How to Export from JibberJobber (or, how to backup my JibberJobber data)

December 4th, 2018

I just received the following email/question:

If I sign up for the Premium account, I’ll likely only need it for less than a year until I secure another job. How do I download all the information so that I have it for the future?

I am a big fan of having your own copy of your data … I think the best thing to do is regularly export whatever you want and then putting it into a system like Google (email it to yourself, upload it to your drive, etc.). That way you should be able to access it for years to come.

Here’s a post to help you export your JibberJobber data: Exporting Contacts for Use in Outlook, etc. (if anything is outdated, let me know). The way you export other things, like Companies, Jobs, log entries, action items, etc. is pretty intuitive once you get how to export Contacts.  Also, a great way to export Contacts is to sync them with Google (you can do a one- or two-way sync)

I want to remind you that if you upgrade, it is for a certain period… right now, a year. After the year is up you can either upgrade again or you can let your account go down to a free account.

The important thing to know is that if you go to a free account, we do not delete any data. We also make all data that you have in the system available … you can still search for it, you can add log entries, etc.

Once your data is there, it is there.

I’m not saying there is no reason to back it up, but I do want you to know that if you change your account level (free to premium to free… as many times as you want) you won’t lose any data you put into the system.

I should mention, I’ve been doing JibberJobber for almost 13 years now. Many people have found their dream job, then a few months (or years) later come back into JibberJobber to do another job search. Either their dream job was a dud, or things didn’t work out, or whatever… Remember, JibberJobber is your long-term career management tool… not just your job search organizer!

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New JibberJobber Orientation

July 2nd, 2018

I took some time to update the orientation videos. The most important thing I did was reduce this from 90 minutes to less than 30 minutes (yeah!). The videos are, of course, also updated based on the changes from the last orientation, which are pretty significant. You can find this series in it’s entirety below and in the JibberJobber Video Library (login, then Videos / JibberJobber Videos).

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JibberJobber: Faster and More Intuitive

May 3rd, 2018

When I work with my Product Manager, Liz, and the developers, my consistent theme is to have JibberJobber load faster and to have the UX be more intuitive. This might seem like an easy task, but it’s really a combination of a thousand easy tasks… which is why we can’t just get this initiative done all at once.

Nonetheless, we continue to move in that direction. An example is the new interface you get when you click on a link to add a new Contact, Company, or Job. There are various places that you can do this from… in this example, if you click Add Contact from the big icon on the main menu:

jibberjobber_add_contact_new

Instead of immediately going to the Add Contact page you will see this interface, with the four most commonly added data points for a new Contact:

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You can add any of the four data points (First Name is required, as usual), and then it quickly saves and doesn’t change the page you were on (which is great!), or you can click on More Options and you can go to the big Add/Edit page.

This makes the user experience much faster, and more intuitive (because you are now asked for four fields instead of over 20), and the code is a lot smaller so it’s faster to execute.

Expect to see more of this simplification and cleaning and speed improvement!

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