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JibberJobber Price Change

May 21st, 2018

Twelve years ago, almost to this day, JibberJobber went live. It was the best of times and the worst of times. The best because I was living my entrepreneurial dream, and ready to change the world. I was super optimistic. It was the worst of times because just five months earlier I was laid off and went through a horrible job search and experienced real, long-term depression.

For the Last Twelve Years We’ve Had Our Ups and Downs

Mine was truly an entrepreneurial journey. There was optimism and there were some very difficult periods.  I made a lot of decisions that were great,  and a lot that were not great. My pricing decisions have fallen into both of these categories at one point or another. I got a lot of advice, much of which was bad, and changed the pricing model a few times. Today I am announcing a new change that is probably long overdue.

It’s a hard thing to announce because it’s the first time we are going this direction. However, it is a critical decision I’ve had to make for the viability and future of JibberJobber.

The Change

Starting this week, the Free Level allows you to have 25 Contacts and 25 Companies (instead of 500 Contacts and 500 Companies). You still get access to all features except Email2Log, bulk importing, and push notifications on Reminders (Action Items).

What is the Premium Level?

The Premium Level price remains at $60 a year. You have unlimited access to all features, and you can add as many Contacts an Companies as you want, and you get full access to the JibberJobber Video Library.

Who Is This For?

All new signups will have a seven day trial period, where they get the Premium Level. After seven days they go down to the Free Level (25 Contacts/Companies and no Email2Log, etc.) until they upgrade.  Anyone who has signed up before this change will get 90 days of Premium to decide what to do before their account goes to the Free Level.

The Nuts and Bolts of Running JibberJobber

I have been personally funding JibberJobber for twelve years. The free accounts, the people who have used JibberJobber but never upgraded, the free upgrades for veterans, has mostly been funded out of my own pocket. My  two “investors,” my dad and my father-in-law, helped get JibberJobber up and running.

If I were to hire an experienced CEO today, he or she would probably make this decision immediately and without hesitation. He or she wouldn’t have the emotional ties to users, past and present, that I do. It would be a much easier decision because it is the right decision. For me, the emotion makes it’s a hard decision, but I know it is the right thing to do.

I understand that some users will be unhappy but for the good of the system, for improvements and upgrades and maintenance, to have a future with career management, we need to do this.

I appreciate your support. If you don’t support this and you go somewhere else, I respect that.

Here’s to another solid twelve years of helping people stay organized and land their dream job. If you choose to upgrade, please know that we are not squandering your money. It’s only $60 but we take that very serious, and are invested in making this better, faster, and more relevant for you.

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New: Push Reminders to Google Calendar! (almost a Google Sync)

March 12th, 2018

We have been working on something that we hope you love. You can now push your Action Items (aka Reminders) to Google Calendar. This is not a two-way sync because we don’t want all of your Google stuff on your JJ Reminders panel, and we don’t want all of the Log Entries on your Google Calendar… so we’re starting with just putting things you need to do in your job search pushing from JibberJobber to Google Calendar. Based on the feedback we get we might expand this, and if this works well we’ll work on other calendars (outlook.com is next, I think).

How do you do this? It’s in beta, so it’s a little hidden… but it only takes a few minutes to set up. Here’s what we suggest:

FIRST, SET UP A NEW CALENDAR IN GOOGLE

On the left side of your Google Calendar (not in JibberJobber), you’ll see a list of your calendars. There is a plus icon (see the red number 1, below)… click that to add a new calendar to your calendars (see the red number 2, below).

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After you click the plus icon, click New calendar from the dropdown.

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On the New calendar page, add your new calendar. You can see how I did it below.

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Now, your new calendar will show up with your other calendars :) That was easy!

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NEXT, TELL JIBBERJOBBER YOU WANT TO SEND REMINDERS TO THE NEW CALENDAR

In JibberJobber, mouse over Logs and choose Send to Google Calendar (this will be put in other places later, once we are out of beta).

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On the next page click the button to Connect to Google Calendar.

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Then, Google wants to know what account you want to send to… I have more than one, but I work out of my @gmail calendar.

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Google wants to know that you are legit, and not a bad guy or a bot, so here’s one last verification… just click Allow (if you chose the right account)

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Then, they want to know which calendar to send it to. You can see I have various calendars to choose from… choose the one you just created, then click Submit.

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Now you are sending Reminders!!

NEXT, CREATE A REMINDER IN JIBBERJOBBER TO SEE IF IT WORKED!

Create a Log Entry, and then click on the Reminders tab and put a Reminders date (put something for today, in a few hours).

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That’s it… every time you do this we queue it up and send it to the Calendar.

NEXT, VERIFY THAT IT WAS SENT ON YOUR GOOGLE CALENDAR

Go to your Google calendar, make sure your JibberJobber Calendar is showing, and see if it showed up. Mine looks like this (note each Calendar is color coded… my JibberJobber calendar happens to be purple).

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That’s it! After you take a few minutes to set this up you don’t have to think about it anymore. You can hide the new JibberJobber calendar from your view, if you want, or you can go into JibberJobber and disable this feature and stop sending stuff.

Note that if you close something in either place it does not close it in the other place… so it’s not doing task management (yet).  Let’s see how this goes, and the feedback we get, and we’ll decide where to go from here.

Let us know if you have problems or suggestions :)

 

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Transitions, Moving On and Moving Forward

February 5th, 2018

This is one of the weirdest blog posts I’ve every written.

An Announcement

In a nutshell, I got a job. A real, go to work, at an office, in a company, job.

It’s been twelve years and almost a month since I was laid off. Here I am, twelve+ years later and I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.

What does this mean for JobberJobber? Nothing, and everything. Nothing because nothing big will change.. We’ll keep moving forward, and the team has plenty of work to do. Everything because of the way I’m restructuring things, I’ll be more focused on strengthening the core of JibberJobber, and doing the right things for the product and our users.  More on that below.

A “Coincidence”

Is there such thing as a coincidence?

A few weeks ago I started my fourth book, which I’m leaning towards titling The Twelve Year Job Search. Little did I know that half way through writing this book I would accept a job, almost exactly 12 years to the day I was let go from my last “real job.”

The intense emotional roller-coaster I’ve been on these last few weeks was something I was not prepared for. I know a lot about the job search process but had forgotten just how intensely stressful parts of it can be (for me, the parts where I have no control).

A Real Job

For the last twelve years my “real job” has been entrepreneur, founder, owner, and more. I’ve authored three (published) books, became a professional speaker, authored 30 Pluralsight courses, done webinars and podcasts and written ebooks and white papers and blog posts (for others). I built my JibberJobber team bringing in talented contractors from around the world, five of which work as a team on the product right now.

I was looking for a product management job, and happened to see an opening from a company I was really, really interested in (BambooHR). The job wasn’t on the product team, but the description was close enough that it piqued my interest. As I read it I thought “I’ve done all of these things… I could totally do this.” I applied on a whim, thinking I was really more suited for a product management job.

You can read all about this job here: I need a top notch program manager

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This is one of three postings I found for this job (they were all a little different). I thought, “Is this real? I know it’s not in product, but man, it seems like this job was written for me!”

A Company and A Boss

I got a reply from the hiring manager and was brought in for my first interview… and the rest is history. But more importantly, in my research and then interview process, I fell in love with the company. BambooHR makes HR software (including ATS software – that strikes me as funny) for small to medium companies.

It’s not the software I fell in love with (I hadn’t had much exposure to it), rather I fell in love with the history of BambooHR and the culture they have created. As I learned more I couldn’t help but want to be a part of this culture. I want to contribute to this culture, as I build out the vision of the thought leadership programs under my new boss, Rusty (see link above).

I found Rusty’s Ted talk, and a short talk he did for Toastmasters, and read about his background. He is the type of person I want to work with. I am excited for the opportunity to learn from him and build these programs with him. I trust him, and believe in his vision, and want to be a part of this!  I know the alternative… working for someone you don’t like or don’t trust, and I have no interest in that. I feel lucky to have found this opportunity at this company for this leader… a great combination!

A Future for JibberJobber

JibberJobber was born almost twelve years ago. We have had over 100,000 people sign up and try to manage and organize a job search. We currently have five people (aside from me) with dedicated roles, including customer support, QA, server admin, and software development. I have been the product manager, and with this big change I started to transition many of my functions to Liz, who many users have already interacted with.

I plan on spending time, regularly, with JibberJobber, as the Chief of Product. Liz will add product manager to her duties, and will work closely with me to ensure the team focuses on the right things for our users and our future. While my team will continue to stay busy, we’ll make sure the limited amount of time we have is spent on the most important projects.

When I spent four years developing Pluralsight videos I spent a lot more time there than as product manager in JibberJobber. After Pluralsight I went back to JibberJobber with a renewed interest and was appalled at where we were at. I take all of that on me, as product manager. This time I will not make the same mistakes. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time with Liz talking about vision and priorities, and have met with each of my team, and I’m dedicated to making this a great time for JibberJobber, not a time of strategic neglect.

I hope this is reflected in the product, and your experience.

A Conclusion

I’ve written a few more pages but really, this is too long already. If you have any questions, let me know. I’ll be available mornings and evenings, and hope to continue our relationship.  

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Why I’m Writing My 4th Book

January 19th, 2018

“I will never do that again.”

I thought that, and I’m pretty sure I said this to my wife, after I finished I’m on LinkedIn – Now What???

Writing a book is a big, time-consuming process. It taxes you mentally and is challenging. Making the time, week after week, to keep writing is hard. Second-guessing your ideas is common (but good).

When I wrote my LinkedIn book I honestly had no idea what the benefits would be (they were great, both financial and as it relates to my career and marketing of JibberJobber).

I coauthored my second book on Facebook, which was a different kind of hard.  Then my third book (51 Alternatives to a Real Job) was self-published… and I needed to write it but haven’t marketed it. It was THE book that most people asked about at the end of my presentations, though. Everyone was interested in alternatives to a traditional job.

I’ve really enjoyed the time off, but there has been another book that’s been nagging me. It started, I think, when Susan Joyce (owner of Job-Hunt.org) was with me during some presentations in the Boston area. She said “I know what the title of your next book should be!”

“My next book?! I was a retired author,” I thought.

But once you get the author bug, it’s hard to shake it. Like mono, you have it for life. Many times over the years I have thought “man, I could write a book about this.” Worse, sometimes I have thought “I should write a book about this!”

This fourth book is different from the rest. It is a collection of ideas, thoughts, observations, and suggestions that I’ve accumulated over the last twelve years. It includes brilliant ideas I’ve had (I figure I have a brilliant idea every 18 months), tactics and tips for job seekers I’ve come across, and strategy and thoughts for professionals interested in career management (that is, taking a bigger role in managing their own careers).

As I’ve been working on this book it’s one that I have thought my future generations might read and think “huh… great-great-great-grandpa was kind of cool.” Or at least “really interesting.” Unlike my first three books (which are too technical and will be irrelevant in a hundred years, the third is money making ideas that are good now but probably won’t be in a hundred years) this book is more principal-based… and principals can last for centuries. This book would be, as they say, evergreen.

So, why am I writing this book, and what does it have to do with you? Think about the “why” below, and realize that while I’m doing this as owner of JibberJobber, you are the owner of Me, Inc. (and should consider your own big project, whether it’s a book or not):

It’s a brand and marketing play. This book keeps me relevant as an expert in this space. It gives me something to talk about (self-promotion) and it gives others a reason to talk about me (and JibberJobber). I’ve learned that if I stop making things, people stop having reasons to think and talk about me. A key principal in marketing is to create new things and stay relevant. How can YOU, as a job seeker, apply this principal to your marketing strategy?

It’s to monetize: No secret here, I hope to sell a lot of these. I’ll market this book mostly through JibberJobber, to people who sign up for the system. This is a perfect book for them. I hope that somehow it gets bigger than just my immediate audience though. I think it’s a super relevant book for the whole world. I could write pages and pages on this topic, but the idea is to create another passive revenue stream (passive because once I write the book and get the right systems in place for marketing and delivering it, I don’t plan on spending hardly any time on it, but I do expect it to create a revenue stream worth hundreds of dollars per month for a long time).

It’s to help me rethink and challenge my expertise: I sit at my home office and interact with a handful of people every day. I am not on stage nearly as much as I was a few years ago. I’ve found that when I was on stage I got challenged regularly… either by myself or by others. I had ideas and I put them out there to audiences that would help me refine my thoughts. But sitting alone in an office doesn’t force you to challenge and refine your thoughts. Writing a book does, though. As you write you think and rethink and second-guess. This is an excellent way to really figure out where you are at and what you think and what you champion. I learned it’s even better (for this purpose) than writing a blog. You see, I can edit a blog post any time… but once your book is printed, the idea is out there. It’s way more permanent, and so you are more careful as you write down what will be definitive statements and positions.

It’s the right thing to do. The ideas in this book have been building over the twelve years I’ve been doing JibberJobber. And, for a few years before that, as I immersed myself into corporate America. The thoughts have been nagging at me. I just feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do. Apparently writing is what I do, and authoring books is what I do (it’s taken years to be at peace with this).

As you think about my journey, and my decision, I hope you will implement some of this in your own journey. Whether you do “that thing” (might not be writing a book) because it’s nagging at you, or it will refine you, or it will be a new revenue stream for you, one thing I know is that you have to START, and consistently follow through. I want you to be a FINISHER, and finish your projects.

Can you do that?

Here’s a relevant quote I saw on my friend Wendy Terwelp’s Facebook feed:

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New Icons for JibberJobber!

January 12th, 2018

We have been working on a massive project that touched almost every page in JibberJobber… I know we missed a few, but we got most of them! I’m talking about the icons… which were perhaps 8 to 11 years old. We’ve updated almost all of them.  Remember, you should be able to mouse over every icon to see what it does.  Here are some screen snippets:

On the right of the Contacts List Panel:

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In order:

  • Search for this Contact on Google
  • Search for this Contact on LinkedIn
  • Picture of this Contact (there are no pics on these 4)
  • Download to a vCard
  • Add a Log Entry
  • View this Record (I hardly use this, I normally click the Contact’s name)
  • Edit this Contact
  • Delete this Contact
  • See Tree View around this Contact

At the bottom of the Contacts List Panel:

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These are what I call multi-action icons because they perform a function to multiple records:

  • Add a Log Entry to multiple Contacts
  • Add/Manage Tags for selected Contacts
  • Get email addresses of selected Contacts
  • Download selected Contacts
  • Merge duplicates
  • Get a report with selected Contacts
  • Get another type of report with selected Contacts
  • Share these Contacts with another JibberJobber user
  • Delete selected Contacts
  • Play a video to show how these work

You should see new icons like these almost everywhere. If you find an old icon let us know… we’re making a list of places we missed.

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Announcing the Daily Activity Report

December 18th, 2017

This is a powerful report to help you see what you have done (and give you reminders for what you need to do). This is a powerful report!

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You can find it under Reports, then Daily Activity Report.

Check out this two minute video to see why this will be one of your favorite reports:

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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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