TechCrunch on the Online Job Hunt

TechCrunch needs to review JibberJobber!!The folks over at TechCrunch actually did a post on the job hunt and online tools. I left the following comment (awaiting moderation):

YAHOO! We get to see Sam the Hired Man eat Pinochio’s nose on YouTube…! Read this post and tell me she doesn’t love the process (make sure to read the last sentence): http://www.caro…job-no-problem/

I was laid off in January and began my job search, mostly with posted jobs (read: on job boards). Every aspect was discouraging (and confusing – that is why I created http://www.JibberJobber.com to help organize it). I never thought I’d be unemployed, but it was through this process that I realized that too many people (and I am first in line) spend way more time on their job than their career. Nothing will be the silver bullet – some will get jobs on boards, many through networking. Its not fun at all – but face it – we are changing jobs every 3 – 5 years. So what are you doing about it??

BTW, there is an EXCELLENT use of the tools mentioned above. If you think that applying for a job through a board or ad is a waste of time (it might be), think about the information you can get – who is hiring, what departments are growing, names of hiring managers, etc. This is terrific “competitive intelligence” that you can/should use in a job search – so don’t discount boards totally.

There is a lot of confusion out there – I was certainly confused – and mad that I had to (a) go login to various job boards every day to see what was new, and (b) fill in the boxes for my resume AGAIN, and in a different way for all those crazy sites!!! How frustrating!!

Lots to talk about/think about with this stuff (like, using the RSS Feeds in JibberJobber to get around all of this (video on Add a Job Feed, and video on Quick-Saving a Job), and my last paragraph on an out-of-the-box way to use job boards)… will comment on these things later.

Have a great weekend – and Happy December!!

6 thoughts on “TechCrunch on the Online Job Hunt”

  1. Jason – Your job search experience mirrors that of nearly everyone that uses a job board.

    You write in your post, “There is a lot of confusion out there – I was certainly confused – and mad that I had to (a) go login to various job boards every day to see what was new, and (b) fill in the boxes for my resume AGAIN, and in a different way for all those crazy sites!!! How frustrating!!”. The key text, “various job boards”, opens the door for a more efficient way for employers and prospective employees to intersect. I’m not suggesting that we need more job boards. On the contrary, we need job search management tools that do a better job engaging job seekers with relevant, contemporary and meaningful information. Kudos to JibberJobber – you have done a masterful job of developing an ease to use, accessible and engaging career management solution. Keep innovating … job seekers everywhere are ready …!

  2. Internet job searching should be “one” of a job hunter’s strategies – not the “only one. ”

    Here’s an excerpt from my blog about this issue …

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    If it appears to be too good to be true (the Internet job search), it probably is!

  3. Successful, career-minded job seekers use every tool (online and offline) at their disposal to identify and select challenging and rewarding career opportunities.

    Cindy, your post in on-target!

  4. Cindy, Jeff, I totally agree. I wish I would have known that right when I got laid off though.

    Carl – yep, that was a cool thread, with very interesting thoughts from regular people, and I found your response to be very very thoughtful.

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