Updating the LinkedIn for Job Seekers Video Series

March 14th, 2017

I have finally recorded all of the LinkedIn for Job Seekers videos. It was sad to compare this edition to last time, when I had training on certain features that are no longer in LinkedIn (but provided tremendous value).

In this new series you’ll learn about optimizing the LinkedIn Profile, even with all of the weird… er, interesting… changes… such as only showing the first 2 lines of your summary, and not showing any info about previous jobs (only one current job).  I also talk about Groups, communications, messaging, recommendations (how to effectively ask for them, what to do when you get them, and how to give them in a way to help your networking and branding), and more.

I’ve done this four times before this edition… my goal is to help you get value out of LinkedIn.  I know you are busy, and I doubt you want to become a LinkedIn expert… so we focus on what to do (tactics) to get value.

This is included in the JibberJobber Video Library, and includes access to all of the other courses and insider information interviews… for the low price of $9.95 a month (cancel anytime) or $60 for a year of access.

Ready to take your career, job search, networking, or small business to the next level?  Invest $60 for a year of access… it will be well-worth it!  You can see the video library here.

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JibberJobber News and Updated

March 13th, 2017

So many things on my mind… today I want to share what we are working on. You should expect to this stuff roll out over the next few weeks.

One developer has been working on updating all of the calendar widgets in JibberJobber.  He’s streamlining them to all use the same calendar, and the same code, but there are enough places where we have to touch and test this a lot.  The result should be a sleeker interface that is faster.  Faster is always good.

Speaking of faster, he has updated the Log Entry form so that is is also sleeker and FASTER.  While in there he identified a few other enhancements he will make, but the first one you’ll notice is the speed of the Log Entry input.

Notice similarities between the two projects? Make things look better AND make things faster.  We’re not stopping on those… there are more similiar enhancements to come.

Other projects our dev team is working on:

Fixing some issues with recurring action items… reported from a user in Singapore (thanks Amit!).

Cleaning up the upgrade page and process and making it more intuitive, and showing the value of the upgrade.

Creating a purchase history so you can see your past billing, and even get receipts of all purchases.

I have been working on… something I’ll tell you about tomorrow :)

We have a bunch of work orders that we’ll work on in the next few months that should have an impact on your experience… making things more simple, more streamlined, faster, etc.

 

 

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The European Tour: Belgium, England, France, Italy, Spain

February 20th, 2017

The travel plans are 99% nailed down, and they look like this:

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The last time I was in Europe I made some mistakes.  I flew in, went to my hotel and slept, spoke for eight hours the next day, went to dinner (a couple of hours away – not a good idea after speaking for a full day), then went back to my hotel, slept, and then went to the airport to fly home.  I got to see a little bit of Istanbul, but I really should have planned that better.

This time, I’m planning it better!  I’m taking a couple of my kids, arriving near the city I’m speaking almost a week early, and staying in Europe for a month.  Take that, jet lag!!

While there, I want to “do it all.”  I am creating lists of things to do in each country we’ll be in, and want to soak up the sights/sites, the food, the language, and the culture. I’ll spend about 5 days in each city I’ll be in, and hope that will give me enough time to experience a bit of that culture. I’m super excited.

From what I hear, there aren’t traditional job clubs or job ministries, but I will be contacting a few schools to see if I can speak to their business and MBA students. If you know of any places I could speak, and can make introductions, I’d appreciate it.

I’ve learned there is balance for trips like this.  I have to balance work with downtime. I typically have that very out-of-balance (like the time I was in Minneapolis and spoke 14 times in 3 days… or was it 13 times in 4 days?  Either way, it was really intense).  This time, though, I’ll have my kids, and I want to make sure that we make memories together.  So, I’ll guard my time carefully and not over do it.

This trip will be mid-May to mid-June.  Have any advice, tips, pointers, or contacts?  Would love to hear them and get intros!

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New Insider Information Videos: What Cheryl Snapp Conner Thinks of Hiring and Job Search

February 10th, 2017

Cheryl Snapp Conner was the PR Director at Novell, and then went on to start her own very successful PR firm.  I met her years ago, when I was just starting JibberJobber, and have always admired what she has done in her business, as well as how involved she is in the community.

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I spent almost 40 minutes with Cheryl talking about her experience building her team, and we talked about entrepreneurship (specifically, the idea of a professional choosing to stop a job search and start their own business, like she did), as well as blogging (as a job seeker), personal branding, and more.

This interview is part of the Insider Information videos… the second one released (the first was with Ash Buckles).

To get access to this, and future insider videos, simply go to the videos page (Tools, JibberJobber Videos) and click on the “more…” link in the yellow box.  This goes to the payment page, where you can get one month access for $9.95, or a monthly subscription, or get 20% off (you pay $99) if you purchase a year of access (If you get it now, the year will expire July 1 of 2018, just because we got more videos to put in… nice bonus, huh?).

Want 50% off? Upgrade to JibberJobber for a year (which is 50% off of full price) and one year of the Insider Information videos…  you’ll get 50% off of JibberJobber and all of the videos.  One year of JibberJobber and one year of Insider Information videos will save you $120.

Any questions? Email me: Jason at JibberJobber.com

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We’re Hosted On Amazon… Notice Anything Off?

January 30th, 2017

Hey, last night my team worked on transitioning JibberJobber from our physical server to the Amazon Cloud.  This was a huge transition, and with so many things that could have happened, we might have missed some things.

We spent hours before and after the transition testing, but if you find anything that isn’t working the way it should, please email myself (Jason@JibberJobber.com) and Liz (Lizbeth@JibberJobber.com) immediately so we can get right on it.

Thank you!

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Reminder: Scheduled downtime Sunday at midnight

January 27th, 2017

In case you didn’t see, JibberJobber will be offline for at least an hour, starting Sunday night at midnight EST.  More here.

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Sunday Night: JibberJobber Transitions to Amazon Servers

January 26th, 2017

Almost eleven years ago this year I got laid off… just a few months later JibberJobber launched. At first we hosted on GoDaddy’s servers, but the site was just too slow and kept going down.  It was a mess that only lasted a few days.  I then arranged to host JibberJobber with a friend, who was a brilliant server admin from my last company.  That worked fine until he had a change in his career and wasn’t doing hosting anymore.  That’s when we switched to another friend I met while networking… and we’ve been in their server farm for years.

Sunday night, though, we move to Amazon’s hosting services.  Why didn’t we do this eleven years ago?  Because I didn’t think Amazon was ready to host JibberJobber.  Too often there were articles about how Amazon’s cloud went down, and tens of thousands of websites went down with it.  I figured hosting in-house, with our own physical server, would give us more of the control that we needed.  We had already proven with GoDaddy’s package that JibberJobber was too complex for a general hosting solution.

Obviously Amazon has matured a lot in the last eleven years. Big, huge websites host there, and I haven’t read about downtime for years. That’s not to say I’m confident there won’t be problems, but I think the problems that Amazon might have are a better risk than the issues that we currently have. Not necessarily with the company we are hosting with now, but just with owning our own server, and managing all that goes along with that.

All this is to say that Sunday night JibberJobber will be down for about an hour (if all goes well), after which JibberJobber should look the same, but will be housed in a different place.  What does that mean for you?

It should mean better security. For the last couple of years we have been hammered by bad guys who have been trying to take JibberJobber down. Sometimes they have been successful, and it’s been super frustrating to deal with. Attacking in the middle of the night, or on a three day weekend, was especially not fun, as it made us be more vigilant and reactive all the time.  There’s a special place in h e double hockey sticks for the people who do this.  We implemented the automated security we could, but there are still ways to get around that. My understanding is that Amazon hosting services provides some extra security that will help this fight.

It should mean a faster JibberJobber experience. Or server isn’t too shabby, but Amazon has some options that allow us to ramp up the hardware when things seem slow. Combine that with some some technical changes we are making with how we have things organized, at the server level, and we hope to see much less latency in the user experience.

It will mean that our developers have more time for YOUR experience. Whether it’s improving a particular workflow (or process), or working on a particular slow or cumbersome experience, moving to this solution and bringing on a dedicated server admin will mean my development team doesn’t have to spend time on server stuff, and can focus on development.

More reliability, faster user experience, and better development… all are good things.  In the back of my mind I keep hoping that this is the right solution.  Time will tell.

More of the back story: this switch has been talked about for years… and the last few months have been nonstop work to make it happen.  The amount of work, and the level of detail, to move from one hosting environment to another is crazy.  Lot’s of moving parts, lots of planning and coordinating and testing, and really, many points of failure.  Here’s to a problem free transition!

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Friday the 13th: Jason Gets Laid Off

January 13th, 2017

Yup, it was 11 years ago, Friday the 13th.  Last day of my job.

Driving home I distinctly remember feeling the weight of the world lifted off my shoulders. The problems from my last company (I was the general manager and there was a lot of turnaround that needed to happen) were not my problems anymore.   What a relief.

The worry and fear was also setting in… but this was the beginning of the road for me.  JibberJobber was only a few months away… little did I know how my future had really changed on that Friday the 13th.

I wonder what your personal Friday the 13th marks the beginning of?  Something great, I’m sure!

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JibberJobber Speed Issues Update

January 12th, 2017

Thanks for your patience as we work through some speed issues we’ve had for far too long. This has been very frustrating for my team, not to mention expensive.

Just today I was reading an article on my local news site about hackers.  There’s been plenty of talk about hackers, whether it’s because of the password leaks because of hacks into LinkedIn, Yahoo, and the hundreds of other high profile sites/cases, or because of the hacker influence on the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

Hackers seems to be a far away thing, not really impacting our day-to-day life (that’s arguable, I know).  But it has definitely impacted me, my developers, and my users, every single day.

Just yesterday we had a pretty light day… only a few thousand hacking attempts were made.

Only a few thousand.

It made our server slower, because instead of just serving our users, it had to address the hackers requests.  So, users write us and report that it takes 20 or 30 seconds for a page to load.

That is ridiculous, and unacceptable.

My team gets distracted because I say “stop what you are doing and let’s address this.”  That means that what they are working on gets put on hold… and JibberJobber evolves and improves slower than it should.

This problem is frustrating and expensive.

It is also demoralizing to everyone involved.

We have a plan moving forward, though.  It’s like Plan B, but really, Plan L or J.  We’ve been working on this problem for years.

I think this is the right plan, though.  We have a new server admin involved, and will be switching JibberJobber to Amazon’s hosting environment. That makes me nervous just typing it, only because when we first launched JibberJobber Amazon was having all kinds of reliability issues… it just didn’t seem ready to host our stuff yet.

But I think it’s time.  We’re moving forward on switching to Amazon, the pioneer and leader in cloud hosting. Inherent in that move should be always-the-best hardware, as well as anti-bad-guy software to keep the hacking down.  Those are two great benefits of the move.

In addition, the new server admin will be working on finding and identifying any place that he can help, including speed optimization, security, and other stuff (contingency, code delivery,  and other things the developers will know about, but users typically won’t see).

I hope that this change brings noticeable differences… faster JibberJobber, more reliable uptime, etc.  I appreciate your patience as we’ve worked our way through this, and look forward to having my developers spend more time on making JibberJobber better, and not as much time on reacting to bad guys.

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JibberJobber now always https (aka, “secure”)

January 10th, 2017

JibberJobber launched 11 years ago this year.  Back then, I had some reservations about SSL (aka, https, encryption, secure, etc.). Because of my roots in web development, I was concerned about having too much of the site going through the encryption process, which means that every single thing that gets “served” to you has to go through an additional process…. which means it takes extra time to serve every single page.

Back in the days of slower internet connections and slower computers, it was a legitimate concerns of web developers from yesteryear.

I should note that there were two very specific places where we did encrypt data: when you logged in (so your username and password were always encrypted) and when you upgraded (so your credit card information was encrypted).  But, we’d then switch you back to unencrypted.  We also have had a link so you could force SSL whenever you wanted.

But, of course, things have changed.  Internet connections are faster, computers are faster, servers are faster, and the overhead of serving encrypted data became negligible.  Bad guys have gotten worse and users have become more sophisticated.

If you notice some of the websites you frequent, you’ll see that they are ALWAYS in encrypted mode.  And now we are too.

Always.

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More good changes are on there way… stay tuned.

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