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Job Search Program: Introducing Nick’s Box

October 17th, 2019

A few weeks ago my friend Nick Corcodilos said that one thing the Job Search Program was missing was more anecdotal “Jason Albaisms.” He might not have said Jason Albaisms, but he did say that I needed some more something. After going back and forth on phone and email I decided to put in a fifth box on the Job Search Program page.

You have to understand this was not an easy decision. Nick was right, of course. It did need something else. But, I didn’t want to add that something else into the recording. I don’t want Job Search Program customers to think “oh boy, I need to listen to Jason again… but I haven’t blocked out 30 minutes!” I really, really want to keep these recordings as short as I can, which is why they (probably) average around 5ish minutes.

But I needed to add more.

The other thing I was up against was adding more stuff on the site. JibberJobber is a very complex system and there is a lot going on on any given screen. With Job Search Program I wanted to keep this super clean. Adding one more box… yuck.

But, I really needed to get the new information in… internally we call it “Nick’s Box.” Externally it will look like this:

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I’m excited to fill these boxes in… which I’ll be working on over the next few weeks. I don’t want to duplicate information, but I think this anecdotal stuff, with links to blog posts and videos and books and articles as well as my own experiences that will enrichen the experience of everyone who goes through this program.

Enjoy!

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The Job Search Program Focuses on Networking

October 16th, 2019

When I talk about the Job Search Program to career professionals (resume writers and career and job search coaches) I say that it is designed to help the job seeker have “the right conversations with the right people.”

Networking is a funny, misunderstood beast. The joke is that it is, for job seekers, a four-letter word. Not many people like to do it. It feels fake, and many people can’t wait to land a job so they don’t have to network anymore.

In my job search I remember finally dragging myself to network meetings and making up goals like “I will get 10 business cards today,” or something just as lame. I wasn’t focusing on having right conversations and didn’t even understand who the right people could be. I was just going for a number because, sometimes, the job search really is a numbers game. So I thought.

Job Search is Not a Numbers Game

Enter the Job Search Program. This is a six week self-guided kind of coaching program where every single day I give you three tasks to do. And then you work on them. They are not fake tasks… they are intentionally designed to get you closer to having the right conversation with the right person. Every day builds on previous days. You start out kind of slow, setting up a good foundation, and then as you learn and practice and gain confidence and practice more, you find yourself having conversations with people in your target industries, then target companies, then target departments within your target industries, and next thing you know you are talking to decision-makers about opportunities just for you.

This program is unlike anything I’ve seen. It might seem very simple but the premise is that you are doing the right things and getting real traction, instead of hoping that in the numbers game model you are getting closer to the right number. I played that game and it sucked.

Here’s part of an email I got from Noah, who is in week one:

I am really enjoying the process so far! The messaging and advice is very clear and the overarching theme of self-empowerment through provided prompts/benchmarks seems well crafted. I especially appreciate the built-in daily accountability, which is critical for anyone who is serious about putting in the effort to achieve the goal they want.

Ready to stop doing stuff that isn’t getting you anywhere? Check out the Job Search Program here. The normal price is $497 but right now we have an introductory price of $197.

JibberJobber Job Search Program

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The Job Search Program

September 4th, 2019

When you start your job search, you feel like this:

JibberJobber Job Search Program GPS

You are somewhere, and you need to get somewhere else… and there are so many directions you can go. But if you go this way will you get where you want? Or should you go that way?  Notice, you are the only one around… it indeed feels lonely.

How cool would it be if you had someone in the passenger seat… a navigator? That’s me in the picture below (not really, that’s a mustache model :p) … telling you where you can go. But, ultimately, you are the driver. You make the final decision. But navigators can be awesome.

JibberJobber Job Search Program Guide

Some navigators can be a mess. And too many navigators can fight among themselves. You need to find one you trust and go with them. In the job search a perfect example is when you get a resume professionally written, then you pass it around your friends and ask for input. Your friends mean well, but they might not be (probably aren’t) up on current job search and personal marketing strategies and tactics, and haven’t looked at a resume in over a decade… their advice and input can be more harmful than helpful. They are the wrong navigator.

The job search is made up of basic tactics. Sometimes you need someone to say “Stop. Breathe.” Or, in the image below: “Stop. Take a drink. Rest.” The job search program I created does that. Every single day I walk you through the basics. You don’t need to wonder or worry… just do the program.

JibberJobber Job Search Program Tactics

This program is self-guided, but the navigator navigates based on current principles. Check it out here.

 

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Self-guided Job Search Program

September 3rd, 2019

JibberJobber Job Search Program AloneI have gone back and forth between any of the following names for the Job Search Program:

The JibberJobber Job Search Program: I ultimately didn’t want to go with this because I think it would be confusing to have the JibberJobber app (a job search CRM), which could certainly seem like a job search program. Too confusing.

The Jason Alba Job Search Program: It is my program. I made it up, it’s my voice and script, and my idea. Of course it is my program. But it’s not… because it is simply principle-based. I didn’t invent networking or follow-up or any of the components of the job search program. I just put it all together. Plus, saying it’s the Jason Alba program feels a little hokey.

The DIY Job Search Program: I think it’s important that people understand that this is something they do at their own pace, on their own time, and use my recordings and app(s) as a resource. Want to go faster? Go for it. Want to shake things up or add things? Go for it. I don’t want to give the idea that it is a virtual program, because that insinuates I’ll be on the phone or chat ready to address your problems. You’ll want a live coach for that, which is outside of this pricing model. But, every time I think of DIY I think of an orange apron…. nothing wrong with that, but the messaging just feels a little off.

The Self-guided Job Search Program: As of right now this feels the best. I’m not sure why, or how long I’ll stick with this language. Thank goodness language can be fluid. But I like the idea of self-guided (which says “we’re not here 24×7 to get on a call with you”).

Here’s what I know: everyone who gets into the program… really gets into it, knows it is the right program for them. Because it’s principle-based you can feel assured that you are always working on the right things (not spinning wheels).

Will you do hard things? Yes. Will you be uncomfortable? Yes. But not as hard or uncomfortable as being unemployed, and having no income. That is really hard and uncomfortable.

It’s like anything else… you got to want it bad enough to make some changes, and do what you need to do. This program gently walks you through this, day by day, and before you know it you are doing the right things, the things that will get you the best return for your time. And you just might let yourself admit that you are having fun doing it.

And then you’ll land. And it will all have been worth it.

 

 

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A Daily Job Search “Coach”?

August 19th, 2019

JibberJobber Job Search Coach ProgramThea Kelley was one of my alpha testers of the JibberJobber Job Search Program. She gave me regular and important feedback to help polish the product. In fact, over the years she’s given me great feedback and input on JibberJobber, and my LinkedIn stuff. While I’ve not met her yet in person, we’ve communicated a ton over the years, and I’ve appreciated her friendship and the way she thinks.

I love her post from today titled A “Coach” You Can Afford: the Jibberjobber Job Search Program. She helps me see my own stuff from a different perspective. She should help me see things differently, considering her specialty is as a job search interview coach. If you are getting interviews but not winning them I highly recommend you invest in yourself and get an expert to help you win. The alternative is too costly.

Speaking of too costly, Thea writes the average job search is five months. YUCK. If you make $50k a year, 5 months represents a loss of almost $21,000 in income. How much should you pay to reduce that? Every month is worth a little over $4k. Thea writes:

“It would help to have a coaching call with a job search expert every morning, but many job seekers can’t afford that level of support.”

And that is where the JibberJobber Job Search Program comes in. Even from me, though… go see what Thea writes on her post about it.

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Job Search Program Feedback 2 from Rob Joseph

July 30th, 2019

Rob Joseph MBA Finance Executive OhioYesterday I introduced you to Rob Joseph, MBA, a finance executive who is in Ohio. I shared a bit of our communication, and his thoughts about the Job Search Program. A couple of weeks after I got that email, I got this:

“Yesterday, my second voicemail request for an informational interview resulted in an immediate callback, a 40-minute phone conversation, and an invitation for me to interview in person with a consulting firm in two weeks time.  Fantastic!

[This] method really works!”

That email made my day! The principles of the job search and Rob’s willingness to do it, and end a job search, is what works! Great job Rob!
This can work for you! There’s no silver bullet, nothing magical… and no secrets. It’s a system, based on principle, and your consistent efforts. Ready to get started? Follow the instructions here.

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Job Search Program Feedback 1 from Rob Joseph

July 29th, 2019

Rob Joseph MBA Finance Executive OhioRob Joseph is a finance executive in Ohio. He came across JibberJobber a few months ago and I invited him to be an alpha tester of the Job Search Program. He jumped on it when there wasn’t even an app… I sent him a link to the audio every day. What did he have to say about it early on?

“The key advantage of [today’s audio] is that it got me free from analysis paralysis that has had me stuck for some time.  I was under the impression I had to read every job search book in my library before getting started with my actual, systematic job search.  You told me to get started, and I did.”

This program is all about getting moving. I don’t intend to make you an expert in job search strategy… I also felt like I had to read a lot and study before I could dive into the job search. Instead of spending days and weeks studying to understand, trust me, and work this job search program. You’ll learn as you go, but you don’t need to delay progress and results while learning. Rob continues:

“Also, as much as I liked and learned from your PluralSight videos, this short podcast was much more action-oriented.  I got me to take action.”

I love my Pluralsight courses, too. But they have a different intention and a different audience. This job search program is intended for a job seeker who is serious about making progress and landing a great job. They are ready to put in the work and do hard things. Is that you? Follow the instructions here to get started.

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Announcing: The Jason Alba Job Search Program

July 22nd, 2019

jibberjobber-jason-alba-job-search-program-launchI don’t know if we’ll keep that name. But Project HOPE is already taken (by a really cool charity). The JibberJobber Job Search Program doesn’t convey the right meaning (because the program doesn’t center around JibberJobber). The Jason Alba Job Search Program sounds a little pretentious… but more important than the name is what the program is.

THIS PROGRAM LAUNCHED TODAY… IT’S ALIVE!

The Job Search Program is a day-by-day system that you work on on your own. You listen to audio of me instructing you what to do every single day. It starts, I think, slow and simple. But within a couple of weeks you are doing the most important thing you can in a job search: informational interviews. You are doing these effectively and you are getting introductions and you are getting closer to hiring managers and influencers.

I know, that sounds kind of scary.

But let me tell you a scary short story:

BEING UNEMPLOYED FOR MONTHS, OR OVER A YEAR, IS TERRIFYING!

That might be the scariest short story I’ve ever written. But I’ve seen it, in real life.

In my job search program we build up to it. We start off gently. You learn tactics and get training and practice. Eventually you are having the right meetings with the right people and getting the right introductions. And then you find yourself focusing your time on people who are in your target companies and roles and industries, and you are having the right conversations. You are finally making progress in your job search.

No more spinning wheels. No more being chicken for days which turn to weeks which turns to months… we start NOW.

Ready to do the work? Ready to end this horrid status of being unemployed?

Let’s do this, together.

Go into JibberJobber, click the little funky app icon on the top-right, and then click the Job Search Program icon. You’ll need to set up an account and pay $197. And then, we get to work so we can get to work!

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Let’s do it!

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