Job Search Technology

October 30th, 2017

renee_zung_headshotRenee Zung wrote a great, short piece on LinkedIn titled Job Searching in the Age of Technology.  She lists five simple steps to get started, the fifth is organizing your job search.

Don’t be that person who is always looking through sticky notes or emails looking for the right information… don’t be the person the recruiter calls and you have a deer-in-the-headlights reaction.

Be organized, spend more time where you should, and hopefully shorten your job search… with JibberJobber!

Check out Renee’s post here!

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JibberJobber How-to: How to add a Glassdoor URL for a Job or Company

September 19th, 2017

I got this question last week from Robert:

Add Glassdoor URL field to company page. I regularly check the Company’s About page and Glassdoor information when researching companies. It would be nice to have all this information available via a simple click of a hyperlink.

Guess what? You can already do this, on your own. And if you want to add other links, instead of or in addition to Glassdoor, you can!  Here’s how you do it (you can do this on the “edit” page, at the very bottom, but I’m showing how to do it on the Detail Page):

First, click the Add button towards the top right, and choose

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Then you’ll see this on your Detail Page… this is where you can choose an existing Custom Field or add a new one:

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I clicked the dropdown and I see the field I have already created (oops, you see the one I created to test for this blog post :p), and “other”… click “other” to create a new Custom Field:

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Next, on your screen you’ll see this dialog box, to create a new Custom Field. This is the name or title of a field, not the value. In other words, you would put “Glassdoor URL” here, not the actual URL:

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Once you hit OK, you’ll go back to the Custom Field, and you’ll see your new field there, and now you can add the URL (in the second box):

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When you save this, we can tell it’s a URL, so we make it a one-click hyperlink!

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You can do this on Companies, Contacts, and Jobs, and you can add any URL you want!

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Comparing JibberJobber to Salesforce to Microsoft Dynamics, etc.

August 28th, 2017

Last week I got an email from someone who is evaluating JibberJobber with a list of issues that is unsettling. One of them was this:

5) No comparison of your product with Microsoft’s CRM products

Yes, I have not done a comparison of JibberJobber with Microsoft’s products.  So I’ll do that now.  I might as well do a comparison of other CRMs, while I’m at it.

I’m not going to do fancy graphs or anything, and my comparison will be non-tradition, so brace yourself.

How does JibberJobber compare to Microsoft Dynamics?  The same way an elephant compares to a giraffe.  They are completely different beasts.

Let me pause on my comparison real quick and just state what JibberJobber is/does.

JibberJobber is a website (with a widget and mobile apps) to help (mostly) job seekers organize and manage their job search. Some people who are not job seekers use JibberJobber to organize and manage personal and professional relationships, and help them network for when they might be in transition. Or, they use it to help them manage their freelance gigs, prospects, etc.  Some companies use JibberJobber, but that’s not the standard, nor is it or has it ever been our audience. We need to get this job search audience taken care of before we get crazy and compete with the probably thousands of CRM offerings out there.

No other CRM that you have heard of does that. CRMs came about to help salespeople manage the sales cycle, including prospects and customers.

JibberJobber was designed for job seekers, based on CRM concepts (relationship management, etc.). But no CRM company sees any money in the job seeker to care about them. They care about charging lots of money to companies and hope their users (salespeople) actually use, and get hooked on, their systems.

Back to the comparison… money:

Microsoft Dynamics (365 Enterprise)… I don’t know for sure. But a google search shows this (click this image to go to the search results page):

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Cool.  $40 to $190 a month… or I guess Plan 1 is $115/user/month.

JibberJobber pricing is $60 a year (here’s the math: that is like paying $5/month, but we just charge it all upfront). It also includes the video library.

So, let’s say that Microsoft will be $480 on the low end, to maybe $1,380 per year.

Okay, I lied. I am going to include a chart that I spent exactly 3 minutes to make (2.5 to get Excel to open, and 30 seconds to make this comparison). In column 1 you have the annual cost of JibberJobber ($60). In column 2 and 3 you have different levels of Microsoft Dynamics:

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Comparison of features:  Look, we already talked about this. The question should start with “who is this for?” JibberJobber is for the individual job seeker.  Their purpose is to get a job.  Microsoft and other CRM packages is for salespeople, or business owners, or sales organizations. Their purpose is to increase sales… close more deals, upsell.  Elephants and giraffes.  Doing a comparison based on features is simply unfair.

Since you asked for it, here’s a customer review (the “most negative review”)… can you guess which software suite this was for?

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If you guessed Microsoft Dynamics, you are RIGHT!  But hey, I’m not daft.  Plenty of JibberJobber users have said similar things… “overly complicated,” and “hard to navigate around,” and other things like that.  Others have jumped in, learned it, figured out what they need, and get value out of it.

I know we have plenty of design issues, which we are addressing one by one. I’m not going to hide from that, or ignore it. It’s true. But we are working on it.

Should you use Salesforce, or Dynamics, or any other CRM?

Use the tool you want to. I hope that if you are a job seeker, you use, love, and recommend JibberJobber.  If you choose another system, great! I hope that whatever you choose helps you in your job search and career management.

If you need more comparison ideas, just go google “compare _____ to _____ in Google,” and you’ll get nice pretty graphs and information that might delight you. In the end, your job search success will not be positively impacted by spending weeks comparing all of these things.  It’s time to network, pick up the phone, reach out to people, message them, etc.

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Job Boards May Not Be Effective, But You Shouldn’t Ignore Them

July 31st, 2017

In a workshop I went to they said that job boards and posted jobs account for some 14% of hires, as opposed to the much higher percentage “networking.” So, focus on networking, right?

Actually, the point of the stats was that if 14% of jobs came from posted jobs, then spend 14% of your time on job postings.  Sounds logical, although a bit flawed.  Nick Corcodilos, at Ask the Headhunter, told me in an interview that around 2% of jobs are gotten from job postings. Holy moly… that is a super low number.

Why do most job seekers spend most of their time on job boards, when the success rate is SO low?  Because it’s much easier than networking. You don’t have to do your hair, brush your teeth, be nice, get out of bed early, or anything uncomfortable to apply to jobs online (as opposed to networking).  And, at the end of the day you can say “I applied to five jobs today!” which sounds a lot more productive than “I went to a networking meeting this morning and ate three donuts!”

Let me diverge for a minute. Until I was eleven, I lived in Santa Rosa, California. Back in the ’70s and ’80s this my neighborhood, and everywhere I could bike to, was like the Garden of Eden.  There were tons of animals around, and I spent most of my time looking for snakes, lizards, newts, salamanders, and anything else that would fit in a cage or aquarium.  It was common for me or my brothers to come home with an animal, our “new pet.”

How did I find animals all the time?

BY LOOKING EVERYWHERE.

I must have turned over thousands of rocks, and rolled hundreds of logs. If it was a rock big enough for a snake to rest under, I turned it over (if I could).

EVERY SINGLE ROCK I COULD.

I was obsessed with finding that next snake, and was especially hopeful to find a California King Snake (my dream snake). I never found that snake… but let’s undiverge…

As you look for your next gig, even your dream job, are you looking “under every single rock?” Or are you focusing on just one area (where most other job seekers focus)?  Let me suggest that your (job) hunt looks like my (snake) hunt… look everywhere. Be relentless.  Be hopeful. And be ready, when the right one is there, to land it.  I was always ready to land that next animal.

Back to job boards… should you spend any time there? Yes.  There is a lot you can get out of a job board, including information to help you understand market opportunities and prepare for interviews.

How do you get value out of job boards?  Check out Barb Poole’s excellent LinkedIn post titled A 10-Step Strategy for Acing Advertised Job Openings.

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It’s not a long post, but every single line can open up a world of ideas on how to include job boards and postings into your current strategy, and get real, significant, immediate value.

I’ve been reading job search posts for over eleven years (since I started JibberJobber), and this is the best post on job boards that I can remember reading.  Print it out, mark it up, and figure out how to implement ideas from it every single day.

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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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How To Organize Your Job Search / What Is JibberJobber

April 27th, 2017

This is the video that we are going to put on the front page of JibberJobber soon:

How to Organize Your Job Search (JibberJobber) from Jason Alba on Vimeo.

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Introducing, Closed Captioning Coming to JibberJobber Videos!

October 14th, 2016

For the last couple of months I’ve been working on a ginormous project… and one of the fruits of that project is to bring closed captioning to my videos.  I went through a learning curve, then the in-the-trenches work of getting my video transcribed and formatted for closed captioning… and then figuring out how to get all that in the right format so that video players will be able to take the transcription and put the words in the right place.

This was not a quick project.  But I love what it has produced.

Check out this two year old interview I did with senior technical recruiter Robert Merrill… it was a fun interview, and going through it word-by-word reminded me of how many awesome nuggets of wisdom Robert shared with us… all of which are still relevant to today’s job search.

To see the captions, simply click the cc button, between the volume control and the HD option.  Listen to this, read this, and tell me this isn’t a GREAT interview!

Here’s the first time I posted this video, two years ago!

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How To: Avoid Duplicate Entry in JibberJobber

September 22nd, 2016

Recently a user said, about JibberJobber (or really, any CRM): “it just takes too much time – I can barely remember to copy JibberJobber…”

In other words, the user is saying he doesn’t like to put infomraiton somewhere, and then have to remember going into JibberJobber and putting it in there, too.  In the CRM world this is called “duplicate entry,” and it really is a pain.

That is why we created the Email2Log function, which is part of the premium features.  Here are two scenarios:

Yucky Scenario

Okay, this isn’t totally yucky… but it is the way that requires more work, and more thinking.  It’s the same thing you would do with any system… a spreadsheet, a CRM, a spiral notebook.

You send someone an email saying “nice to meet you, can we meet for lunch on Friday?”  After you send the email, you go into JibberJobber and see if the person has a Contact record. If they don’t, you add it, and then you add a Log Entry to that Contact record.

This is “no big deal,” except for the fact that it takes more work (it is duplicate entry, since you put info in your email, and then put info into JibberJobber).  Sometimes you’ll do the JibberJobber entry when you have time, which for me means never.  It’s just mental clutter that nags at you. Who needs that?

This way works, but there is another way…

Delightful Scenario

You send someone an email saying “nice to meet you, can we meet for lunch on Friday?”  This person is not in JibberJobber, but don’t worry… you don’t even have to open JibberJobber to add the information you want to add.

In your email to that person, simply put your Email2Log email address so that when you send the email to your new contact, it also goes to JibberJobber… where we parse your email and (a) create a new Contact record (if we can’t match the recipient to an existing contact), and (b) take the email and make it into a Log Entry on that record.

Better yet, if you have multiple recipients, it does the same for each one (if the recipient correlates to a Contact record, then put the Log Entry on the existing Contact record… and do not create a duplicate Contact record, OR, if there is no Contact record, then create a new one). If you have 20 recipients on an email, it will do all of this, automatically, for you!

Better yet, you can create Job records and Company records, and even Follow-up (or, Action Item) reminders, all from your email.

This is very powerful, and helps you focus on doing a job search, and not populating a database.

Here’s the Email2Log getting started tutorial:

Here’s the Email2Log advanced tutorial:

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Fearless Salary Negotiation: Josh Doody and Kristen Jacoway Beasley

June 29th, 2016

Here’s the latest in a new podcast series from my friend Kristen Jacoway Beasley:

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At that page you can listen to the podcast, or read the transcript.

Here’s one nuggest I picked out… there are tons more in this content-rich interview:

Kristen asks: “what kinds of things would you recommend people research before they go into an interview so that they’ll know how to show their value add?”

Josh replies: “That’s a great question, and I think you hit the nail on the head, that that research before the interview is really how you begin that process of telling that story by demonstrating, you know, first and foremost that…” Read the whole thing here.

Here is the page with Kristen’s other podcast episodes. Enjoy!

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JibberJobber Mobile Apps: Android and iOS (Apple)

June 21st, 2016

Liz asked me to let you know the mobile apps are available. I thought I did but I can see that I didn’t make a proper announcement… so…

THE JIBBERJOBBER MOBILE APPS ARE AVAILABLE!!!

Check out the JibberJobber mobile app page here.

JibberJobber for Android is here.

JibberJobber for iOS is here.

Please rate and review them, if you are in a good mood. If you are in a grumpy mood, well… be kind :p

What’s the plan with these mobile apps?  Just like we have updated and maintained the JibberJobber web tool for years and years, we’ll update and maintain the mobile apps.

The first update of the mobile apps is coming soon, based on lots of feedback from users.

Cost: free

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