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#42DaysOfJobSearch and #100DaysOfCode

December 4th, 2019

On Twitter I’ve been seeing the hashtag for #100DaysOfCode from people who are spending 100 days to learn how to program. It’s inspiring, and fun to watch their progress. It’s really cool to read when someone posts about a new contract, or turning in a project to a customer. Here’s an example:

The stories that accompany this hashtag are all about empowerment through education and creating financial security by creating personal value. This speaks to my heart!

For weeks I’ve been thinking about introducing something similar. It will be much, much smaller… but still, I’m introducing #42DaysOfJobSearch. I want people in job search to be inspired, to be intentional, to make progress, to share progress, and to have hope. I want them to shoot for something, and make progress every single day.

Who is #42DaysOfJobSearch for?

Clearly it is for the job seeker. The person who feels alone, feels dejected, and needs a job (and hope). It is also for people who are preparing for a job search… Exhibit A:

Whether you are part of the 19% of BMO staff who are getting let go, or the thousands of WeWork staff out on the street, or you came from a tiny company (like I did) that doesn’t do outplacement… #42DaysOfJobSearch is for anyone who wants to better their career.

Even if you have a job right now, but feel underemployed or unsatisfied.

Why 42 Days?

Simple: because seven times six is 42! And because 42 is the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.”

Actually, because the Job Search Program is a six week program that you do seven days a week. During the 42 day journey you should be making as much progress, and have as much excitement and hope, as the people who are doing #100DaysOfCode.

Also, because 42 days seems like enough. It’s better than the one+ year job searches that I hear about. I want people to be intentional, directed, and purposeful, and make an impact on their future and income RIGHT NOW. I don’t want you to wait for months. I want you to have success NOW.

I want to know how your #42DaysOfJobSearch is going! I want to hear your progress, your stories, your tiny wins, your big wins… I want you to share and inspire others. Whether you share it on Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or just send me an email, I want to hear and share this journey with you.

Learn more about the 42 day Job Search Program here. And send me updates on how you are doing.

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The Job Search Program to Kill Analysis Paralysis

November 25th, 2019

JibberJobber Analysis ParalysisLast week I was on a call with very talented and accomplished executive, asking for more information about the Job Search Program. As we were talking we got on the topic of analysis paralysis, and she asked if the Job Search Program helped with analysis paralysis.

Yes, absolutely. 

Why? Because the Job Search Program is all about doing the three most important things today, and then reporting back on it by the end of the day. And tomorrow, you do the three most important things for tomorrow and report back. And you do that day after day after day.

This program is not a recital of any given job search or networking book.

It is implementing the stuff you do in a successful job search.

In my job search I realized that I could read all of the books and ebooks and articles and blog posts and listen to podcasts and take courses to become an expert in the job search (and networking and interviewing, etc.).

But I didn’t want to become an expert. I wanted a freaking job!

The Job Search Program is all about getting results. Studying this stuff, unless you want to enter the careers professions (resume writer, coach or counselor, etc.) will likely lead to analysis paralysis. How long should you take to figure out what you want to be when you grow up? A few chapters worth of reading might lead you to think you need to spend a month on that before you can do anything else. But a month without income? Not feasible for most of us.

Look, I’m not bashing on the books. I’m definitely not bashing on the knowledge. But if you are struggling with analysis paralysis, I invite you to take a leap of courage and say “I’m going to do something TODAY. Even if I’m not sure how to do it!”

Better yet, sign up for the Job Search Program (right now it is only $197) and I will give you THREE things to do every single day. I’ll ask you, at the end of the day, if you have done them. If you want to be stuck in paralysis the rest of the day, fine. But at least get my three things done today.

If you mess up, and don’t do it, then do the three things tomorrow. But don’t get stuck thinking, wondering, analyzing, comparing. DO SOMETHING. Better yet, do the right thing(s).

That is exactly what the Job Search Program is.

Ready to get results? Click here to start.

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The Job Search Program to Find Consulting Gigs?

November 22nd, 2019

On LinkedIn I got this question from Hugi:

“Can we use it to find consulting gigs?”

I’m guessing Hugi is asking if he can use the Job Search Program to find consulting gigs. My answer, of course, is:

Yes, absolutely yes!

Not that I think this program is the answer to every question, but what is a consulting gig? It is a mini-job.

JibberJobber Consulting Gigs

How do you get a consulting gig? Well, you might find out about it through a posting. Or through a network contact.

How can you proactively find out about consulting gigs? By having the right conversations with the right people.

Which is exactly what the Job Search Program is designed to do. I help you:

Have the right conversations with the right people.

The job search program uses the time-tested and proven tactic that every job seeker should use: the informational interview. Instead of just teaching you what an informational interview is, and then leaving you on your own, I walk with you for at least six weeks as you invite people, have the informational interviews, follow-up with them, and get more informational interviews (or, more of the right conversations with more of the right people) through referrals.

Networking. Accountability. Follow-up. All the normal high impact job search stuff. With my Job Search Program I help you, day-by-day, make progress in the right direction.

Whether you are just out of school, or looking for a mid-level job, or looking for an executive role, this program can help you have the right conversations with the right people. Not by giving you hours of instruction and a pat on the back… but with a systematic program that YOU CAN DO.

Is this for a contractor looking for gigs? Yes, it definitely is.

 

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Slow is Fast, Even in the Job Search #ScaryConcept

October 31st, 2019

By the time I went to Bamboo last February (almost two years ago!) I had spent the last 12 years as an entrepreneur. Two ways I describe being an entrepreneur:

You eat what you kill.

This means that if you don’t make a sale, you don’t eat. Very, very different than drawing a paycheck. The “eat what you kill” mentally creates a sense of urgency that you don’t usually see walking down corporate hallways where people have salaries, insurance, benefits, and some semblance of security.

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Unemployed.

My friend Marc says that every day he wakes up unemployed, and has to go find work. He’s been an entrepreneur forever. I think this is a really healthy way of looking at it (he’s in the services business). Again, sense of urgency mindset.

JibberJobber Sense of Urgency

I then went into a bureaucratic organization. Not to bash on Bamboo… every organization has bureaucracy. But I went from hurry hurry hurry to slow down, slow down, it will be okay.

I remember watching the sales floor HUSTLE, always busy, and see their stats posted (and rising) on monitors throughout the day. I could just sit there and watch for hours (although I never did). I thought that a lot of the “slow down” mentality was funded by those hustlers on the floor. And in the ecosystem of a healthy company, that makes a lot of sense. Have people who are bringing in new business while you have strategists steering the ship and people carrying out plans in the background. Two seemingly disjointed operations happening at the same time, both of which have a profound impact on the other.

It was beautiful, really.

But to the point of this post. I went from entrepreneur mindset to hearing almost daily “slow is fast, fast is slow.” This, they said, came from Special Forces, and it meant to slow down, do things right, and you wouldn’t have to spend time cleaning up messes later. You could make better progress over time by going slow and purposeful than if you just throw a bunch of spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks.

But from my previous 12 years it was really frustrating to “go slow.”

When I created the Job Search Program I chose six weeks as the length of the self-guided coaching “course.” I’m still not sure what to call it (maybe that’s why I said “program”)… but six weeks feels awful slow to me (as a job seeker). Who wants to sit around for six weeks until stuff happens?

Granted, if you are doing the program you should start to see results in week one or two. Traction, conversations, introductions, referrals, etc. You are likely not going to notice that YOU are getting BETTER at these conversations… but that will happen, too.

Slowly.

I would argue that spending time doing your job search strategically, and doing the right things at the right times, is better than spending two to ten hours on job boards frantically applying for whatever you think might work for you.

Here’s the message I want you to walk away with: the results you might see (or not see) probably feel excruciatingly painful. Too slow. But trust the process, trust the system (as long as they are principled) and work the system. Results should come.

My job search was slow but my system was completely flawed. Get the right system, work it, and you should see results.

Need a system? Check out the Job Search Program. It uses informational interviews + accountability + follow-up to help you have the right conversations with the right people.

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STOP Handing Out Resumes In Informational Interviews

October 30th, 2019

JibberJobber Informational Interview Nervous

As part of the Job Search Program I talk a lot about the rights and wrongs of informational interviews. A major mistake people make is giving out a resume at the end (or at any time) of an informational interview.

Why is this a mistake? Aren’t you open to getting hired?

Yes, of course! But in my version of an informational interview you are having a peer-to-peer, colleague-to-colleague conversation with the other person. The minute you become a job seeker you change the dynamics of the relationship. They are in a position to help, you are in a position of hurt.

I’m not saying it’s bad or shameful to be a job seeker. Nor am I saying you need to hide it.

But for this 20 or 30 minutes I want you to remember who you are… a professional project manager, or analyst, or whatever you are. NOT just an unemployed person.

Even though you are not currently working you can still talk with expertise and authority about your field. You have expertise and experience and can have a great conversation. Don’t forget that.

Have a great conversation and then immediately hand them a resume and you go from expert and passionate to needy and desperate.

JibberJobber Informational Interview Resume

Maybe you are needy and desperate… but you don’t need to wear that on your sleeve.

So what do you do? Here’s how you have your cake and eat it too:

If they ask for your resume simply say “oh yeah, I’ll shoot that to you when I get back to my computer.”

This shows them that indeed you are there to have a really good conversation with them, not to use them and their position to try to get your resume in front of HR.

If they don’t ask for your resume, follow-up in an email about your meeting. I would NOT send a resume then… but continue the conversation, following-up on referrals, and maybe send a link to an article relevant to our conversation.

Can you talk about your job search? Sure. Can you ask about openings they know about? Sure. But don’t push a resume to them right away. There will be a perfect time for that, and it’s not at the very beginning of your conversation.

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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.

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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.

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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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