Out With The Old, In With The New (New Icons for Widgets on Homepage)

October 27th, 2017

In our continuing quest to improve JibberJobber we decided to tackle something that might not seem like a big deal, but it was having a negative impact on our first impression and our brand.

I think we lost potential users because of this.

Let you think this isn’t a big deal, and we shouldn’t spend time on it, think about the idea of losing an interview opportunity just because your resume has a typeo… how stupid is that?

Stupid, yes, but it’s real. Someone sees a mistake on your resume and they think: sloppy, no attention to detail, if they don’t care about their resume, what will they care about??

So, we cleaned up some things… on the homepage you have widgets so when you first login you can do or see what you want.  We changed all the icons on the widgets from this:

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To this:

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and this:

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The icons and colors are more in-line with the rest of the site… at least they aren’t distracting or confusing.

What’s more, we changed the “tooltips,” which is the little bit of text you can read when you mouse over the icons. For example, the “x” on the far right of every widget used to say “delete.” Well, that was kind of true, it would, um… well… no, that wasn’t true. You wouldn’t delete anything. So we changed the tooltip to “Hide this widget from the homepage”.  That is way, way more text, which seems to be a no-no online.  But, it is accurate and descriptive.

Every icon and tooltip got a makeover… all in the effort to help YOU understand what each one does.

Minor stuff, but just like one typo on a resume, this should help us keep users happy.

There’s more, big and small, to come!

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JibberJobber Log Entries: Inline Associations (@) and Tags (#)

September 27th, 2017

You’ve been able to do this in Facebook… it only makes sense to add this functionality to JibberJobber!  When you are add a Log Entry (manually) you can now make associations by typing something like @… (you have to type three letters before we show the dropdown).  When you do that, the Contact is automatically associated, as you can see below.

You can also add Tags in a Log Entry… once you save it, you’ll see it’s a Tag.  Just like in Facebook, type the # symbol and then whatever is after that, with no spaces, will be a tag.  Watch this:

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New JibberJobber Widget: Your Calendar!

September 14th, 2017

We recently announced the first (and second) versions of our first Chrome Browser Widget, which we call the JibberJobber Job Search Widget (info here, download from here). Now we get to announce our next browser widget, the JibberJobber Calendar Widget. This allows you to click on your browser toolbar and access your JibberJobber Calendar from anywhere.

I have already identified a few touch-ups I’ll send to the team, but I’ll also wait to hear what your feedback is.  For now, here’s the awesomeness that this brings you:

Convenient view of what’s going on

The Calendar Widget travels with you. Yes, Google Calendar does too, and there’s no way we can replace that… but as long as you have Chrome open, you can look at your Calendar at any time… just click the icon for the widget (this icon will likely be replaced):

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Login, and then choose your view

I have logged in (otherwise the Log Out button will be a different color, and prompt me to login). The default view is Monthly, which is my preference (on Google Maps my preference is weekly… weird, huh?).

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Under Option you can choose to show or hide things… such as birthdays, closed Action Items, etc.  Poke around those preferences, but I just left them as default.

Note the green Add Event button… we’ll get to that in a minute.

See what’s going on

In my monthly view I am showing holidays (Sept 4th), birthdays (on Sept 5th, I blotted out the name), recurring Action Items (Sept 4th), and regular Action Items (Aug 30). I can also show Log Entries (that would be a lot of stuff!)

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Add new things (Log Entries, Action Items)

If I click the Add Event, or a plus icon next to a date, I can add a new Log Entry or Action Item.

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The green Add Event opens the entire add dialog, whereas the plus icon by a date opens up a small form that you can expand by clicking “edit” (just like in Google Calendar).

Is this useful? When I was first presented the idea I thought “meh… kind of cool… not sure if we should spend out time on it.” But then I started playing around with it and honestly, this is a very convenient tool.

If you have ANY suggestions or enhancement requests, please send them my way (Jason@JibberJobber.com). I already have my list of six items… and can’t wait to hear from you.

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JibberJobber Upgrade: What You Get

August 24th, 2017

When you upgrade on JibberJobber you get a few things… including the new JibberJobber Video Library. This is a killer value because before it used to be $50 per course, but now all courses in the library are included, plus JibberJobber Premium Features for a year, for only $60.

I recently fixed video 03 of the new LinkedIn course, which is about the Above the Fold part of your LinkedIn Profile. The wrong video had been there before (sorry!).

This video is eight+ minutes of how to optimize the top part of your Profile, from the Picture to your name (an SEO trick?) to your professional headline to your summary (new info!!) to more.

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$60 gets you that, and the other courses, plus Email2Log, importing, email reminders, and no limits on Contacts and Companies records.

At the bottom of every page you can click on Upgrade or Pricing to learn more or to do the upgrade…

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Enjoy!

 

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JibberJobber Job Search Widget, Version 2!

August 18th, 2017

We have released the new version of the Job Search Widget. This is on the heels of the first release almost a month ago, and we have incorporated the requests we’ve gotten.  This makes the widget more robust and functional.

Most of the functionality is similar to what we had before, but note:

  1. the first arrow, we changed Description to Job Description. Never a bad idea to be super clear :)
  2. Super awesome additonal functionality, we are now doing associations like you see on the web and mobile apps… so from this new Job, you can associate Contacts and Companies. Like on the web, start typing a name and you’ll see a dropdown of options to choose from. This is a superpower of JibberJobber… to map all of the connections and companies and contacts… and now you can do it with the widget.
  3. We also added the Tags to a new record.  Tags are also a very powerful part of JibberJobber, and an important way to organize the data you are collecting.

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If you have any requests, let us know! The next big project for this team is to go into version 2 of the mobile app.  I expect great things :)

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New JibberJobber Landing Page: Something New, Fresh, and Simple

August 2nd, 2017

Last year when I was working with Udie, my UX guy in San Francisco, I learned that on a page, every field that you have to enter something presents a choice… and one of our goals is to reduce the choices.

No, this isn’t a political statement… it’s simply a design technique to help clean up websites that are too confusing.

When we started working together he said, “Jason, one thing I’m going to do is take away a lot of stuff from JibberJobber.”  Ugh, I thought… I don’t want to be like that company that takes away features that people use and love!

He wasn’t talking about taking away (and retiring) features… he was talking about cleaning up each page so it isn’t confusing, rather it’s closer to a single-purpose.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to take away the power of JibberJobber… but we are on a mission to clean things and make each page more intuitive. And, where we can, make the site look more updated.

And that’s why we have worked on updating the landing page (and static, logged-out pages) of JibberJobber.  There’s one change we made that, years ago, I would not have done… but every single thing we have on this page is where it is for a reason.  I hope that these changes continue to move us closer to the target. I won’t pretend that we are done, or “this is it,” but I think this is a really good move in the right direction.

The most important thing to realize is that if you are going to login (and you already have an account), you need to click the login link at the top-right.  The form that’s on the front page is to create new accounts, not to login to your existing account.

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Well, that’s it. This update doesn’t impact the functionality of JibberJobber, but I hope it has an impact on new signups!

Thanks for your support, we’ll be releasing some other new features soon!

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JibberJobber Job Search Widget (Chrome)

July 26th, 2017

Do you use Chrome to surf the internet? Check out our new JibberJobber Job Search Widget (version 1), which helps you grab information from the sites you visit and enter that information into JibberJobber (as a new Job, Contact, or Company record)!

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Simply click the “ADD TO CHROME” blue button, and you’ll have your widget on the top of your browser, like this:

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Then, just go to any page and click the icon (NOTE: It will want you to login to the widget, even if you are logged in on the website. Not sure why… added security?) For example, I went to my LinkedIn page and clicked it and this is what I see:

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Notice the name and URL were pulled in… I can easily type anything else I want in the form on the right… and then scroll down to find the Save button.  If I want to copy and paste from the page, I have to select the text from the page and copy first, then click the widget icon to open this form. I’m not sure if that’s a widget limitation or not, but if we can, we’ll make that easier in the next version.

Here’s a job I grabbed from Indeed… I’m getting used to selecting and copying the description, and then hitting the widget icon, so I can paste the description into the right place:

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Like I said, this is the first version… think Beta… we are already putting together a list of enhancements for the next version. If you have any suggestions to make this better for you, please let us know (here’s the Contact page).

 

 

 

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LinkedIn for Job Seekers, almost all videos are up!

July 17th, 2017

Last week I announced that I was about to release the fifth edition of the LinkedIn for Job Seekers video course. It’s all up now, with the exception of two bonus videos, a short introduction, and a video on how to import into JibberJobber. None of those are too critical, but they will be uploaded as soon as I get them done. For now, enjoy the real meat of this training… simply mouse over Tools, then click on JibberJobber Videos, and then you’ll see the 5th Edition at the top. Here are some of the videos:

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As I mentioned, this is part of the premium bundle that includes the entire JibberJobber Video Library.  It’s a great deal, at only $60 for a year of JibberJobber premium and the video library!

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JibberJobber Is Free. And You Can Also Upgrade.

July 16th, 2017

Last week someone deleted their JibberJobber account with this message:

 “I thought this was a free application and was surprise to see there was a 14 day time limit. When individuals are seeking alternative employment, cost is critical.”

I appreciate the last sentence, helping me understand that unemployed people think cost is critical.

I designed and developed JibberJobber when I was unemployed, and I financed it by draining my 401k, which is now gone. I understand that cost is critical.

Let me clarify a some things:

First, you can easily use JibberJobber for free.  The way I designed it is that you can have a free-for-life account that has almost every single feature we’ve built. In fact, a few years ago we took some thirty or forty premium features and moved them to the free side. The free level of JibberJobber is extremely functional.

Second, there is not a “14 day time limit.” What we do is give you a fourteen day trial of the Premium features.  After the fourteen days, you go back to the extremely useful and functional free level.  Why do we give you fourteen days to try out the premium side?  Two reasons: One, so you can easily import your contacts from Outlook, LinkedIn, a spreadsheet, etc.  It’s pretty awesome to be able to do a mass import at the beginning, rather than type contacts in one-by-one. We give you fourteen days to do this because, well, you are busy, and you procrastinate. Hopefully two weeks is enough to do this task that takes about ten or twenty minutes (although it can take longer). Two, obviously, we’d love for you to upgrade for only $60/year. To entice you, we let you try out the other premium features, like Email2Log.  That’s the number one reason people upgrade… why not try it out for a couple of weeks?

Third, JibberJobber is not government sponsored. Someone has to pay for the people who work on it, and the servers, etc. In a world of “give me free,” or “give me free because I’m unemployed,” and “I got a free game on my phone!!”, we understand that we are weird. But, we have bills to pay, families to feed, etc. And we want to keep working here, on this project, and helping people.  If this becomes free, without some way of paying our company bills (like advertisers, which we aren’t super keen on), then I imagine JibberJobber will start to get cobwebs, some broken things, etc.  And that will be no fun for anyone.

Sorry that something costs money, but that’s the world we live in.  We’ve worked hard to reduce the cost while improving the value to you… something we continue to do every single day.

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LinkedIn for Job Seekers, Fifth Edition Video Course

July 12th, 2017

Today I am adding the twenty three videos that make up the fifth edition of the LinkedIn for Job Seekers course into the JibberJobber Video Library.

I used to sell this as a DVD, then as a streaming course, for $50.  But now you can get this course, AND all of the other courses, AND JibberJobber Premium, for one year for only $60. It’s like it’s Black Friday all the time around here :)  Just login and then click the bottom link to upgrade to get access to this course, the rest of the video library, and all JibberJobber Premium features.

There are still a few tweaks I need to clean up, but instead of making you wait to access it, you’ll have the whole thing today or tomorrow. We’ll do our cleanup in the background and hopefully you won’t notice anything amiss :)

Here are three videos that you’ll like:

LinkedIn Search Optimization: one of the reasons people upgrade is to get better search results. I tell them, why not learn how to use LinkedIn search better, so you get better results whether you upgrade OR NOT?

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Asking for and using Recommendations: LinkedIn has made a big deal out of skills and endorsements, but Recommendations is, in my opinion, much more powerful. This is a great opportunity to network, and get specific language you can use for your personal branding.  In this video I teach you what you are really after (what kind of language is valuable to you), how to ask for a Recommendation and get one that is awesome (instead of vague dribble), and then what to do with the Recommendation once you get it.

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Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile: Below The Fold: LinkedIn made some HUGE changes to your Profile in 2017, and it’s so important to understand what we can do to still have people find, read, and be impressed with our Profile.  The beauty of my LinkedIn Profile writing system is that you can add to it and tweak over time… you don’t have to sit down for to solid days and pour all of your creativity into it. Let’s make your Profile great!

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Those are just three screenshots… you can see the videos are about ten minutes long…. I tried to make them shorter because all the experts say we our attention spans are too short for anything over three minutes, but really, there’s just too much to say. So, you get about ten minutes to learn what you need to learn.

Here’s the table of contents… I’ll add and update this over time to keep it current.

01: Introduction

02: The Landing Page

03: Profile: Above the Fold

04: Profile: The Summary

05: Profile: Below the Fold

06: Profile: Adding Rich Media

07: Profile: Wrap-up

08: Giving Recommendations

09: Receiving Recommendations

10: Companies

11: LinkedIn Groups

12: LinkedIn Jobs

13: Optimizing Search

14: X-ray Search

15: Communicating with Others through LinkedIn

16: Settings and Privacy

17: Status Updates and Posting Articles

18: BONUS: Exporting Contacts (for backup)

19: BONUS: Cleaning Exported Contacts

20: BONUS: FAQs I Get About LinkedIn

21: BONUS: Importing into JibberJobber

22: BONUS: Ten Things to Do or Know Right Now

Want access to this? Go to JibberJobber, login, then click Pricing or Upgrade at the very bottom.  You’ll see this new course up by tomorrow night under Tools >> JibberJobber Videos.

Enjoy!

 

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