How Much Should You Pay for a Resume?

March 9th, 2017

bridget_brooksI recently saw Bridget Brooks’ blog post about this.  If you are considering paying for a resume writer, and are confused about the range of prices you are getting quoted, you really need to read her article:

“How much does a resume cost?”

Before you pay $5 for a resume (yes, really), understand what you are buying, and what you should pay.

If you are getting ready to cut a check for a few thousand dollars, make sure you are hiring the right resume writer.

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Insider Information Interview: Russell Lookadoo, HR Expert

March 8th, 2017

russell_lookadoo_jibberjobber_insider_information_interviewsRussell Lookadoo has quite the background in HR. He has had executive roles at a couple of banks, and for the last twelve years has been consulting with small businesses that need HR help.  He has helped build large teams and has been responsible for letting many, many people go (as the messenger, of course).

I got to interview him a few months ago for the Insider Information Interview series, which is a series of interviews where I ask hiring managers, HR, and recruiters how they really hire, and what they really look at and for… and I was NOT disappointed!

I have known Russell for many years, but it wasn’t until last year that we were both in a video production together that I really came to understand that he has some amazing expertise in HR, and a great way of sharing his thoughts for job seekers.  He was one of the first people that I asked to interview for this series.

Below are notes I took as I was QA’ing the video yesterday, as we get it ready to add it to the library.  Note that some of these are questions that are asked all the time, but getting a senior HR expert’s response was really quite insightful.

  • Is there a right way (or a wrong way) to greet someone?
  • How to make a great first impression
  • What do you say to someone in an interview when you first greet them?
  • You are always watched, even when you don’t know you are (regarding in interviews)
  • How to set yourself apart when answering “tell me about yourself”
  • Is it bad to have scripted or coached answers in an interview? How do you make it okay?
  • What’s the first thing to do when preparing for an interview?
  • How do you have an outstanding interview?
  • How and why to rephrase an interview question before you answer it
  • Is it okay for a job seeker to be assertive in an interview? How and when?
  • Is any of this advice different for executives? How? (very interesting insight here)
  • What are great websites to use to do company research?
  • What are some interview questions you ask that have an underlying question? What are you really looking for?
  • What are transferable skills, and how do you communicate them?
  • When do I follow up after an interview? Especially when it’s past the time I expected to hear from you?
  • How do I follow up after an interview?
  • What if I have bad handwriting… should I still snail-mail a thank you note?
  • How do you respond to a job offer? (think: negotiation)
  • What do I need to know about sexual harassment in an interview?
  • How do you end an uncomfortable/creepy interview early? (think: personal safety)
  • What is the role of HR in the hiring process? How powerful is HR? We’re told to avoid HR as a job seeker!
  • Should I report a hiring manager who asks a bad question, etc.?
  • What is an ATS, and what do I need to know about an ATS?
  • How do I prepare my resume to get “through” an ATS?
  • Conversation on salary and salary negotiation
  • What are you (HR) telling hiring managers on how to negotiate salaries?
  • What is the hidden job market?
  • Are HR people good people to network with?
  • I’m your best friend… what is your advice to me on starting a job search?
  • Conversation about his resume tips
  • I’m your best friend, and I’ve been in a job search for more than 18 months… what is your advice to me now?
  • What if I want to become a consultant? Pricing for consultants

I can’t believe we covered so much ground in just over an hour.  Russell had great answers and I know this will help job seekers are they move forward in their interviews, networking, job search, and career management!

This interview should go live next week (I hope… depends on the video editor).

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2017 Theme: Healing

March 6th, 2017

I know, I know, the timing, right?

If you’ve followed my blog these last couple of months, you know that two months and one day ago I kicked a kickbag (aka, heavy bag, aka cinder block wall) the wrong way and broke a bone in my ankle.  I didn’t know that you could kick a kickbag wrong. I certainly didn’t know that you could do it wrong enough to break a bone.

Alas, I did (kick it wrong) and it is (broken).  Today, two months later, I can “bear weight,” which means put some pressure on it. It’s still in a splint (which is smaller and lighter than a boot). I still walk with a walker (the kind you don’t think you’ll use until you are 90… but so much better than crutches).  I’ve been enduring a very long healing process, and know that I have months to go before I can walk normal.  All because of a little bone fracture.

Frankly, I’m an impatient person. In my mind I was supposed to be walking mid-January.

This is like, in my job search, I was sure that I would be employed in four to six weeks.

In some of my close relationships, where healing needed to be done, sometimes the healing has been going on for years.

In each of these cases, healing did not happen fast.  And, in every case, there was pain.

What I want to focus on this year is allowing the healing to happen.  Imagine you have a nasty, deep gash on your arm, and it is bandaged.  You can’t take the bandage off every few hours to see if it’s done healing, or if it’s made a lot of progress since last time.  That can be harmful, and demoralizing (aka, depressing).

If you are in a job search there’s a good chance that you need to heal. I certainly did. I had strong emotions of anger and bitterness, and during my job search I struggled with feelings of inadequacy and depression.  Those were just a few of the things I had to heal from.

So here’s to 2017, a year we focus on healing ourselves.  That will mean different things to different people, but let’s heal.

 

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JibberJobber Theme for 2017 (Pre-announcement)

March 3rd, 2017

I like to do this in early January, so this is a little late. But in early January I was nursing a broken ankle (didn’t know it at the time) and was otherwise preoccupied. Even though we are in March, this theme is still relevant. Maybe it’s even more relevant now.

Monday I’ll announce this the JibberJobber Theme for 2017. I haven’t been perfect at defining an annual theme, but here are some of the past themes (click each title to read the theme):

2012 THEME: Job Search is 99% Communication

I’m convinced that we, as human beings, have a lot of potential to communicate better… more effectively.  We, as people who care about our career (aka, career managers), should be keenly focused on communicating more effectively, verbally, written, body language, etc.

2011 THEME: The Job Search Rabbit Hole

This theme comes from the concept that perhaps we are working really, really hard, and are very, very focused, on the wrong things. It is about rethinking what our focus is, and making sure we are focused on the right things.

2013 THEME: Consistency Wins

This theme is inspired by Mark LeBlanc, who right now is in Spain walking El Camino (again). He says “consistency trumps commitment.” I’m completely convinced that for anything that is a long-game, like a job search, and career management (and owning a business), that is 1,000% true.  Let’s focus on moving closer and closer to our goal, with consistency, every single day, and not do any flash-in-the-pan efforts and then burn out.

2015 THEME: The Year of the Cookie

The idea of the cookie is usually communicated in a phrase like “you have the cookie,” or “I have the cookie!”  It is all about who has the power.  When someone else has the power/cookie (like, in an interview), the control everything. But when you have the power/cookie (perhaps because you are, hands down, the best person for the job). This theme was about recognizing power, and working to ensure you had the power you need.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this year’s theme, and I’ve struggled with it because it’s not as optimistic or positive when you first hear the word (it’s kind of painful), but it’s crucial.

Watch for it on Monday.

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Ahem… for the record… #aws

March 1st, 2017

Recently we announced that we moved our hosting from an in-house server to Amazon Web Services. This is exciting for many reasons, and in general it went well. Immediately we got emails saying JibberJobber was simply faster… something we noticed, too.

Why did it take so long?

Partially because back in 2006, when we launched, AWS was new enough that they were still experiencing issues…. like something going down.  And when part of AWS goes down, it can take down tens of thousands of websites.  Literally tens of thousands.  Back then I chose to keep JibberJobber on our own server to have more control, even though there are plenty of things that could have (and some that did) go wrong.

Over the years I got plenty of emails saying “why not move to Amazon,” or AWS, as people call it.  The Amazon Cloud.

I just wasn’t ready yet.  Until a few months ago, when the sun, moon, and stars had aligned, and it was time.

We moved, it was good, and I’m excited!

However, the move isn’t without potential hiccups… AWS problems are not strictly a thing of the past. Just yesterday the AWS Northern Virginia site had issues, and took down a bunch of sites for about 4 hours.

Why am I posting this? Well, just as a point-of-reference documentation in case JibberJobber goes down again, to remind myself that AWS offers us loads of benefits, but it’s not 100% failsafe. There are always risks.

Alas, we take the bad with the good, and work to have a great solution for you, long term.  There’s a lot that goes into making JibberJobber a tool for job seekers around the world!

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Insider Information: Jake Budge, Recruiter at HR Software Company

February 28th, 2017

Jake Budge is our latest interviewee, and he didn’t disappoint!  Want to know how a recruiter with a psychology degree hires? This 54 minute interview is what you want to watch.

This is part of the Insider Information Video Library on JibberJobber. You can get full access to these videos for a low monthly fee of $9.95. If you want a discount, you can buy a one year access for $99 (save $20), or save 50% if you buy a one year access of the video library + a one year upgrade on JibberJobber (total of $120, instead of full price of $240).

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Insider Information: Kristi Broom (Hiring Manager) #AWESOME

February 21st, 2017

I’ve watched this interview twice now, and will soon watch it again. It was chock-full of amazing insight and information. As you watch the interview you’ll be impressed at how strategic and purposeful Kristi is.

My experience with hiring managers was that they were ill-prepared, and seemed to have gotten a list of interview questions off of Google about 4 minutes before they walked into the room. This is NOT the case with Kristi Broom.  Kristi’s hiring and evaluations process is very methodical.

What can you learn from her?  How to manage your job search when you want to work for an awesome boss.  How to present yourself, and what matters.  The purpose of certain interview questions, and more.

If you want hope, direction, encouragement, and help understanding where to focus your job search, Kristi’s interview is a must watch.  I’ll warn you now: get paper and pencil ready, you’ll want to take lots of notes!

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New to the Insider Interview series?  This is part of the new JibberJobber video library, and includes interviews with hiring managers, recruiters, business owners, etc.  We want to learn how they hire, and what they think of you (the job seeker), during the hiring process.  This is new, so we only have three interviews up right now, but more are in the editing phase, and more are scheduled for interviews.  You can get access to the entire library for:

  • $9.95 for a month, or
  • $99 for a year, or
  • 50% off the full price: $60/year when you bundle one year premium with JibberJobber (which is also $60).

In addition to the Insider Information Interviews, where we interview people on the other side of the interviewing table, we have videos on using LinkedIn, informational interviews, social media, and more.  Ready to get access?  Go here, to the Video Library.

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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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Going Through The Motions vs. Focusing On The Outcome

February 14th, 2017

In yesterday’s blog post about being lazy and sloppy, I wrote:

“Because sometimes, in your job search, you just go through the motions.  You don’t have your heart in it, and you make mistakes that seem to be no big deal.”

Ah, going through the motions.

You may relate to having a kid clean the bathroom mirror, only to check on it and seeing streaks all over the mirror. Or, sweep the kitchen floor, only to see dust and crumbs all over the floor.

When I (the parent) ask them (the kids) to do a job, I want the job done.  I want the mirror clean, and the floor clean.  Somehow, sometimes, what they understand is “spray the mirror and then wipe a paper towel over it a bunch of times,” or “walk around the kitchen and swing a broom back and forth.”

I’m asking for a result, they are focusing on the action.

In your job search, are you working for a result, or are you just going through the motions?

Be honest with yourself.  Many times, I was just going through the motions.

The problem with motions is that, just like the mirror or the floor, the results are not good. They aren’t even unacceptable. The work has to be redone. It was a waste of time (unless you learn from it).

Don’t do stuff in your job search that gets no results, and that you’ll just have to do over later.

Oh wait, some things can’t be done over (like, make a first impression, do great in a first interview, follow-up appropriately with a networking introduction, etc.).

Put your focus on the results, not the motions.

 

 

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Lazy and Sloppy Do Not Make a Good Job Search

February 13th, 2017

For the last six weeks I’ve used a walker to get around.  It’s much more of a pain than normal walking, but I like the walker a lot better than crutches.

Six weeks is a long time to have a walker. I have at least one more week of “no weight bearing,” which might mean I’ll be done with this walker for in a week or two.  That will be an amazing day.

Thursday night, last week, I goofed up. I was tired, and tired of the walker, and got a bit lazy.  Sloppy. The front of my walker bumped into four things, and the back of my walker snagged the bathroom mat and folded it up. Each of these could have resulted in me getting off-balance and falling.

That is not a fun prospect. I want to be done with this slow-down period of my life, not hurt myself more.

Why did this happen Thursday night?  Because I was sloppy.  I went through the motions, but was lazy enough to make mistakes… mistakes that could have had dire consequences.

Not as dire as breaking your wrist, or snapping the screws that a surgeon put in your ankle, I see consequences that are dire for job seekers.

Why?

Because sometimes, in your job search, you just go through the motions.  You don’t have your heart in it, and you make mistakes that seem to be no big deal.

Mistakes in your communication, as you talk about your previous boss (the jerk!).  Or how you don’t brand yourself the way you should, or how you spend too much time doing things you know you shouldn’t (like applying to jobs on job boards… it’s like the guilty pleasure for job seekers).

I’m not talking about doing everything wrong, I’m talking about not concentrating enough and making small mistakes.

Above, I wrote “mistakes that could have dire consequences.”

The size of your mistake isn’t always equal to the size of the consequence.

I know the job search is hard.  Monotonous (like using a walker).  Tedious. Boring.  Not what you excel at.

But I want you to think about the time you devote to your job search activities: don’t be lazy during that time!  If it’s only for the next 30 minutes, be at the top of your game for that 30 minutes!

When I get on stage to speak, my self talk includes “leave it all on the field!”  For a one hour presentation, I might have a full day of travel, then driving to the venue, then a full day of travel to get home (many times, after 11pm).  It’s a LOT of time put into the one hour. But if I’m not on my game when I’m on the stage, it’s all for naught. No amount of planning for the trip, hotel, plane, car rental, food, etc. is worth it if I get lazy and sloppy on stage.  It’s all about that one hour.

That’s the way it should be for you. Whether it’s that critical 2 line email that takes you a half hour to get just right, or the phone call that turns out to be 40 seconds long, make sure you are on your game, and leave it all on the field.  Now is not the time to be sloppy.

 

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