Comment

Are Job Boards a Waste of Time? Hint: NO. #favoriteFriday

July 12th, 2019

jibberjobber-favorite-fridayAbout a year and a half ago I wrote a post about job boards… I’ve been a little back and a little forth on them over the years. In my experience they were largely a waste of time. HOWEVER, they are not to be thrown out completely.

What I talked about back in January of 2018 still applies… these are TOOLS. Work them,  but don’t let them own you.

Read the whole thing here: New Thoughts on Job Boards for 2018

Leave a Comment »

Comment

What is JibberJobber? Intro to Career Management and Job Search Video

July 10th, 2019

In this short 4+ minute video I explain what JibberJobber is. There are plenty of features, but the core features match up with the most important things you are doing in your job search. Not using all of JibberJobber? That is okay! Use the core features, and stay on top of your job search!

Leave a Comment »

Comment

Speech Recognition in JibberJobber? SHUT UP! #chromeBrowser

July 9th, 2019

Sorry for the shut up… it’s from one of my favorite movies (Princess Diaries… no judging, eh?).

Take less than two minutes to watch this super cool feature in JibberJobber (that only works on the Chrome browser), then try it out! Adding a Log Entry without typing? CHECK!

To see this full screen, click the full screen icon on the bottom right of the player below:

See Comments / Leave a Comment »

Comment

A Job Is Simply a Revenue Stream

July 8th, 2019

jibberjobber-revenue-streams-plant-treeOne of the greatest epiphanies I have had over the last few years is that a job is simply a revenue stream.

If it is your only revenue stream, you should start to worry.

Those are the two most important sentences of this entire post. Memorize them. Write them on your bathroom mirror. Look at them every day.

I have multiple revenue streams. I’ve been working on them for at least 13.5 years. I could argue I’ve been working on them since I was a little kid.

They have never mattered more to me than in October when I had what was my dream job and my boss (who has since left that company) laid me off. I loved that job (most aspects of it). I didn’t want to lose it. I was excited about building the awesome program I was hired to build. And then she took it all away from me.

Like in 2006, when a committee of people, persuaded by one (wrong) person, took it all away from me. Thank goodness, because that started me on my JibberJobber journey.

But, there is one HUGE difference.

In 2006 I had one revenue stream: my job. That committee took away 100% of my income.

In 2018 I had at least four significant revenue streams. And while I made very good money at that job, she didn’t even take away 50% of my income.

I say that not to brag. I say that because getting laid off from a job where you walk away and can still pay your bills, where they weren’t able to destroy your income, where you could refocus on other streams, and you even have some breathing room, is FREAKING AWESOME.

I want YOU to experience that.

But you won’t, if your job is 100% of your income.

Something important to note is that I got laid off at the beginning of 2006, and then the end of 2018. That gave me 13 years to build up multiple revenue streams. This idea of building other revenue streams can take time.

Best time to plant a tree? 20 years ago. Second best time to plant a tree? RIGHT NOW.

Best time to work on multiple revenue streams? 20 years ago. Second best time to work on multiple revenue streams? RIGHT NOW.

The JibberJobber theme for 2019 is financial freedom through multiple income streams.

I have empowered you with a networking and follow-up tool. I have empowered you with motivation, tips, stories, and ideas on my blog. I have empowered you with my book 51 Alternatives to a Real Job. If we ever talk, this will be my message to you.

Please, get on the path to multiple revenue streams. It is WORTH IT. You may fail sometimes. But as you learn, and some of them work out, and they grow, and you experience the sweet freedom that multiple income streams provide, you’ll never look back.

When I started JibberJobber my goal was this: to create $100 a month in income. Why? So that when I got laid off the next time, the person who did it would not be able to take away 100% of my income. And 13 years later, sitting in that room, I couldn’t help but think that I was losing less than half of my income, and it didn’t financially hurt.

That is freedom and independence. And I want that for you.

Join me?

Leave a Comment »

Comment

Freedom and Independence. The Battle Continues.

July 4th, 2019

jibberjobber-freedom-independenceToday in the U.S. we celebrate the 4th of July. The theme is freedom and independence.

Since day one, at JibberJobber, our theme has also been freedom and independence.

But, from what?

Today, we celebrate freedom from the drudgery of being out of control in your career.

We celebrate independence from financial bonds that force our hand and make us make bad decisions.

We fight to be free so we can have the life, and lifestyle, we want.

This fight, though, requires smart work.

Smart because we can’t do the status quo things. We have to be wise and purposeful about how we approach our own career management.

Work because we will do hard things… sometimes even picking up the phone, or (gasp!) networking with humans!

The fight is worth it though. The taste of freedom from crappy bosses, suffocating politics, and hopelessness is worth the fight.

Won’t you join me?

Let’s be real, and purposeful, about our own freedom and independence, and not just take what’s given to us. There is so much opportunity out there waiting for us!

Leave a Comment »

Comment

Joy In Unemployment? … uh….

July 2nd, 2019

jibberjobber-jason-alba-life-is-hardThis morning I woke up to an email showing I was tagged in a LinkedIn post. Thank you Suja Joseph for sharing this. It’s really cool to know that something I wrote long ago (I can’t find the post) is being shared in job search workshops, and even made into real image that can be shared… wow!

You have to know that most of the time I write blog posts to myself, and think that maybe one or two people might read and/or appreciate them.

As I read through her LinkedIn post, I was into all of it until the end.

Yes, life is hard an complicated.

Unemployment definitely doesn’t help make it easier or less complicated!

Yes, we can definitely get through unemployment. I’ve seen it thousands of times since I started JibberJobber.

Many of us survive it, although we come out a little (or a lot) battleworn. That’s okay because before we didn’t take care of our personal career management, and now we flinch just thinking of being in that situation again, unprepared.

But then, the last one:

“We can even find joy in unemployment.

What the heck was I thinking? Why did I write that? Sounds a bit pollyannaish and naive, doesn’t it?

I don’t know why I wrote that because I can’t find my original post.

Here’s why I bet I wrote it back then, and why I would say the same thing today:

I’m reminded by the lawyer who found himself out of a job, having just left a crappy firm and partner, and months into unemployment. He went from working way too much and neglecting himself, his physical health, and his family, to having time to slow down. Not flush with cash, and definitely not enjoying that part of unemployment, but he was able to take care of himself and the things that mattered, get regrounded, and pointed in the right direction. Today, he’s doing just fine. If he kept the pace and the neglect he had before he left that bad situation, he might have driven himself and his marriage into the ground.

The statement makes me think about the executive who was making the company he worked for an enormous amount of money, and enjoying some of the financial rewards, but he was completely and utterly unfulfilled. He had the title, the prestige, the salary, but he was not (in his mind) making a difference in the world. He needed more, but he didn’t have time to do anymore. Surprisingly, this scenario can be depressing. A job change led to months and months of unemployment, where he was able to find himself, discover what he really loved, and find opportunities to help others in a way that was very fulfilling.

Finding joy in unemployment makes me think of the dozens of career professionals… coaches and resume writers, who I’ve met over the years who have come out of unemployment only to create their own businesses helping others. These people got a taste of entrepreneurship, and realized they do have significant value to offer. Helping people in a job search, land on their feet, get their confidence back… wow, there’s a lot of joy in that. But to get to that joy, these entrepreneurs had to go through their own journey that felt like the opposite of joy.

Considering the dismal stats that say that too many of us are not happy at work, I see unemployment as a bit of a recalibration to our careers. I’m not saying I hope that we all go through it, because it is very, very hard to go through. The way things work today, we don’t have to hope too long for it. At some point it touches just about everyone. Instead of letting it drag you down completely, I encourage you to find your own silver lining, your own joy, in whatever the situation is.

For me, I went from an extremely toxic go-nowhere environment where I had no chance at winning to starting my own business, and getting on a path to financial independence and freedom. I went from being under multiple thumbs in dumb situations and being unappreciated to being the master creator of my own career. Has it been easy? No (just ask my wife). Have there been times I wished to go back to “the good old days?” Many times. Even just last year I took a job, my dream job, for nine months.

I needed my unemployment experience back in 2006. And I needed my work and layoff experience from 2018.

One thing I’ve realized, multiple times over the years, is that my life is a journey, and I need to enjoy the journey or I’ll never appreciate the destination as much as I could.

Your unemployment experience is just a bump in the road. But it might be a bump that gets you out of a yucky rut and puts you where you need to be.

In that, we can find joy in unemployment.

Leave a Comment »

Comment

What To Do When Your New Job Sucks

July 1st, 2019

JibberJobber Job Search FreedomA friend of mine just asked me this question:

“My new job is not going well. The culture is not good, the expectations are different than what I was led to believe. I’m at a loss! What should I do?”

Here’s some background: My friend is a professional with some great experience and a solid resume, but has just ended a too-long job search. It was stressful, and we all know how a long job search takes a toll on our psyche, not to mention or finances. A long job search is just something that needs to end.

So… woohoo! He ended it! BUT… what seemed like a great job is turning out to be a lemon. What should he do?

Below are some of my thoughts. I’d love to hear your thoughts (leave a comment so we can all see them).

My first question to him was: “Are you in danger of losing your job?” 

I’m not an opportunist, nor do I think you should take advantage of a company or person. But, you were hired to do a job. If you can do the job, and get whatever fulfillment you can elsewhere (from your family, hobbies, netflix, etc.), then maybe reconsider what a “job” is to and for you. The basic premise of a job, maybe even the social/job contract, is that you sell something (time, expertise, etc.) for something (money and maybe benefits).

If you think that your job will give you money (see part of the social/job contract ) AND fulfillment, you might be asking too much.

I’m absolutely not saying that you should not be fulfilled in life, but looking at your employer to give you fulfillment the way you want/need it is, in my opinion, unfair to the employer.

The reason I asked this question is to understand your urgency. If you are going to lose your job, you have a high level of urgency. But if you have a few months, and can weather the storm, then stick with it, keep your paychecks and benefits, and do the stuff below.

If you are in danger of losing your job, my advice might be a little different than if you weren’t in danger… hence, my first question. That brings me to…

My first bit of advice was: “Look for another job. ALWAYS be looking for another job!”

I’ve been doing JibberJobber for 13.5 years. I’ve seen all kinds of people out of work. Highly educated, high performances, engineers, sales professionals, dentists… hardly anyone is immune to unemployment. Even those in super high demand are not immune to job changes (horrible bosses, toxic cultures, companies closing, companies not paying (run out of money)), etc.

Years ago my friend Ash said that he got daily Monster alerts with new job opportunities. Ash was happily and well employed, and I was surprised to learn that he had his ear to the ground as much as he did. I asked him why and he said you never know what might come up. He wasn’t looking, but he sure had a good idea of who was hiring for what, and what his Plan B, Plan C, Plan etc. would be.

I think we all need to adopt this mindset. That is why I cringe when my JibberJobber users delete their account (and all of their data!) when they find a job. “Congrats on the new gig,” I think, “but see you back in two to five years.”

I don’t care how much you love your job, how new you are there, how secure (cough cough) your job is… you should always do something for your career. So, starting yesterday, look for a new job!

Next, fix your finances.

I believe that we have an unhealthy relationship with money. I see this manifested in three different ways:

Too much debt. Way, way too much debt. Debt is a harsh master. Even if you get a low interest rate, it is money that hangs over your head like a dark cloud. I know that some debt seems unavoidable, but our unhealthy relationship and the debt we carry are related.

Not living with a budget. I know, this is hard. But financial winners do it. It’s like a money diet. I’m not saying it has to be restrictive or horrible, but it’s watching what we earn and what we spend (calories in, calories out) and knowing where our money is at and being in control. We generally don’t do that, so when we have a change in our income or expenses, it can be jarring. When you have the control over your money that a budget gives you, losing your job is still hard, but it’s not too shocking to your finances (as it would be if THEY were in control of you).

Fear of actually having or earning money. This is a weird phenomena that I see too often: people who have a problem with actually earning a decent living. It’s like having money, or having wealth (*shudder*), is a bad thing. Heaven forbid we earn what we are worth. Heaven forbid we are valued by someone for being awesome at something. I want to be valued for what I’m worth (and maybe 25% more :p)… why shouldn’t you be valued for what you are worth?

I know there are lots of ideas on money and budgeting and debt… learn about it. Master it. Be in control of it, and plan for the future while you can enjoy the present. When you are out of control with your money, a job change can be a devastating blow. Note that this is definitely a marathon, so when I say “fix your finances,” I’m not saying fix them today, but get on the right path, and continue on that path making progress.

Network.

This is the job search of the working person. You should always be networking. You should network with people at your company, people at industry lunches, you should go to monthly meetups with people in your industry or profession, you should network with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or wherever they network.

You should also be very kind and helpful to job seekers. Job seekers are networkers on steroids. They should be talking with (or at least know about) many professionals and companies in your space. Be kind to them. It’s the right thing to do, and building your network of job seekers might be beneficial to your career one day.

Networking is career management. You should never stop doing it. Ever.

Personal Branding.

Your personal brand is your reputation. It’s how others talk about you. It’s how others think about you. It could be tied to your competencies, or it could be tied to your likability.

Your personal brand is at risk of being harmful if you don’t (a) know what it is and (b) work to make it be what you want it to be, on purpose. If you let others decide your brand, and you kind of don’t care, that may bite you later. I encourage you to be very purposeful about your personal brand. I have a Pluralsight course on how to “develop a killer personal brand.” This course came from years of learning about branding, and from many of my presentations. I can get you a 30 day pass… just message me.

I’m sorry that you don’t like your job. You got sold one thing and you ended up with another. That recently happened to me. It sucks. But, you are empowered to take control over what you have. You don’t have to take what an employer gives you, and you should always practice wise career management!

See Comments / Leave a Comment »

Comment

JibberJobber Is Relationships: Job Search, Gig Economy CRM, Just Networking

June 28th, 2019

jibberjobber-networking-professionalsLiz sent an email this morning to JibberJobber users quoting my blog post from 2016. This was from an email that Steve Krum wrote with feedback about JibberJobber. You can read it here.

The point of Liz’s email was this part of that post:

“JibberJobber is a versatile tool that helps you with career and relationship management where you are. Right now it might be in job search, tomorrow it might be in contact management.”

Here’s what I see:

College students use JibberJobber to keep track of important people they come across in their school career. Professors who have industry contacts (believe it or not, some professors have very healthy consulting side hustles), students who are “going somewhere” and have parents who are hiring managers or business owners, and guest speakers who come and share their time with the school. Students might not necessarily be in a heavy job search, but they should certainly be serious about real and long-term networking.

Job seekers, of course. Job seekers should be collecting too much data… and feel confused and overwhelmed. There’s no way around that. But JibberJobber, the job search CRM, helps alleviate a lot of the confusion and feelings of overwhelmed.

Gig economy and side hustle people use JibberJobber for the three main components: Networking, because you get your next customer through people. Target Companies, because consultants need to network with multiple people in their target companies, and Jobs because they might come and go, but tracking the actual jobs and contracts you get in JibberJobber is as key as tracking contacts.

Let me propose a bit of a stretch here… this might show you how crazy I am: I think JibberJobber is great for a grandma or grandpa who wants to track kids, grand kids, grand-nieces and nephews, cousins, etc. with important information like birthdays and when you communicated with them last, and when you should reach out to them again. A stretch, I know :)

My point is, JibberJobber is about relationships and networking and opportunities.

The idea is that you are tracking information instead of relying on your memory.

The idea is that you are networking, and don’t want to forget about or miss opportunities to stay in touch.

The idea is that you are on top of what amounts to a full-time job.

That is JibberJobber. That’s what we are all about, and why people, since 2006, have used JibberJobber.

Regardless of whether you are in a job search today or building your side hustle, do networking on purpose! 

Leave a Comment »

Comment

The Great 2019 Texas Career Management Tour! July 15th in Austin and Dallas

June 19th, 2019

jibberjobber-public-speakingI am going on a road trip this summer… and what better place to go in the summer than Texas! I hear it’s a lovely time of the year!

For years my road trip speaking has consisted of my very favorite presentation, Career Management 2.0 most of the time. Sometimes I’d talk about LinkedIn (since I wrote one of the earliest books on the topic, and have done a ton of training on LinkedIn), and then a few other things here and there.

On this trip I will introduce a new presentation, titled Career Management 3.0.  In this presentation I’ll talk about what the gig economy means to us, and why the last time I got laid off it was way more okay than getting laid off in 2006. I’ll share numbers and ideas that are practical and within your reach to help you get more control over your income and, in turn, your career management.

As of right now this is where I’ll be speaking:

Monday: Dallas

pending/open

Tuesday: Dallas

Accomplished Executives at 7am

Frisco Connect at 9am: Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Drive, Frisco, TX

Wednesday: Dallas

HR Focus Group at 9am: White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S White Chapel Blvd in Southlake

Thursday: Austin

Career Networking Group at 8:30 (part of the Job Seekers Network): Southwest Austin at Austin ridge Bible Church, 9300 Bee Cave Road, Building B, Austin

Friday: Austin

Launch Pad Job Club

You going to be in Dallas or Austin the week of the 15th? Let me know!

 

Leave a Comment »

Comment

What To Do If You Hate Your Job

June 18th, 2019

jibberjobber-start-with-the-way-job-satisfactionI was chatting with Liz this morning about Project HOPE, which is now in alpha testing. I asked her if she wanted to listen to my audio, and see the feedback from the testers, and she said YES. She then wrote something interesting/funny:

“I worked at JibberJobber for several years without reading your blog. When I started to read it, I finally understood what we do.”

Now, this post is about hating your job. I daresay, Liz didn’t and doesn’t hate her job. But her comment made me chuckle.

In the early days of JibberJobber blogging was one of my highest priorities. It was my marketing. It was the way I got information out. I could easily spend 45 minutes a day writing a post. My mind was consumed with thoughts about job search and career management. I didn’t realize that my team wasn’t watching the little bit of work I was doing that was highly public.

Liz’s comment hit me today though. At Bamboo last year my awesome boss talked about the importance of WHY. Working towards employee satisfaction and employee engagement, we needed to help employees understand the WHY.

Most people know the WHAT and the HOW of their job. They come to work and do their thing. But how many people know the WHY of their work?

Do YOU know the WHY of your work?

If you hate your job, I invite you to do one of two things. The first is to figure out the WHY. It might be your WHY, which could be to provide for your family, or to get out of debt, or to afford the lifestyle you want, or to be around people who inspire you, or _______________. I don’t know what your WHYs are.

The next WHY to figure out is the company’s WHY. Is it to better the world, or help people, to make lives easier? Is it to be the best, and excel, and grow, and inspire others? What is it?

Pluralsight‘s WHY is to democratize technology education around the world.

JibberJobber‘s WHY is to empower individuals with tools and knowledge about career management, and especially help people during a very tough part of their life (unemployment).

I recognize that many organizations’ WHY is to make gobs of money. I bet, though, if you go back to the founder’s vision, or some visionary leader who is there today, you’ll hear a different WHY.

Like Liz said, it wasn’t until she read my blog, years after she started working with JibberJobber, that she understood “what we do.” Or, what drives me. Or WHY we are even around. I imagine that catching my WHY changed her WHY. And as long as my WHY was aligned with her values, her level of integrity, and her personal goals, she got more fulfillment being a part of my WHY. This translates to employee satisfaction. And increased employee satisfaction leads to increased employee engagement.

Employee satisfaction and employee engagement are the holy grails of HR (just look at agendas at their conferences: how do we make our employees happy? How do we get them more engaged (aka, do their work)?)

I’m not here to talk about how HR can do better, and get more out of you. I’m here to talk about how YOU can get more personal fulfillment in your life and career.

I think the first most important thing is to understand the greater WHY.

If that doesn’t work… if you hear and understand the why and you still hate your job, then my second piece of advice is to quit. Go somewhere else.

Look, if you hate it, and you don’t care for their WHY, then you aren’t going to hate it less. You might even resent it more. Don’t torture yourself by staying in a crappy situation. Find, or make, the situation you don’t dread.

Life is too short to give months and years to a mismatch, especially when it can harm your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. If this is you, find the WHY, and if that doesn’t change things, move on.

jibbejrobber-hate-job

Leave a Comment »

« Previous Entries Next Entries »