In my Google Alerts I found a link to a blog that mentioned JibberJobber (titled: What’s Wrong?). In fact, the blogger wrote “newfangled jibberjobber”… hm, now my curiousity is piqued!
The blog post is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time… the blogger talks about all of the widgets and gadgets and tools that are supposed to make our lives easier, but in fact, don’t. I think we all have at least one thing we’ve purchased that was supposed to make our lives easier, but just sat around unused?
The blog author talks about stuff from infomercials, kitchen utensils, phone accessories, etc.
And they threw JibberJobber into the conversation with this question:
“After all whats wrong with the OLD way of doing whatever the newfangled jibberjobber is supposed to replace?”
Let’s talk about that…
The OLD way of doing a job search is, well, old. It’s outdated. It doesn’t necessarily work.
Remember, the OLD way of doing a job search was in a different environment. Back in the olden days (a few years ago) you could use job boards, apply to jobs, and it was a numbers game (how many resumes could you send in? Someone was BOUND to hire you if you sent enough resumes).
The NEW way is, well, new. It’s not so much a numbers game. It might just be more about managing relationships. And managing relationships is HARD. Keeping track of relationships you manage is HARD, also, especially the more you network.
Try tracking hundreds of companies you are looking at. Hundreds of resumes that you use to apply to hundreds of jobs. And hundreds of people you network into (online and offline).
What OLD way would really help you manage that information? 3×5 cards not good enough? Well, buy 4×6 cards then :p Or wait, how about a spreadsheet? Been there, done that, didn’t do the job after a while because there was TOO MUCH data to manage.
There are only so many tools that will really, really cut an onion the right way. And usually my favorite cutting tool is the knife. I can’t image a tool that will replace my set of Cutco knives. They are the best tools in my kitchen.
In a job search, there never really was a knife (that super tool). There still isn’t … finding a job and managing your career is more complex than cutting an onion. So you might need multiple tools. But if your OLD tools were paper-based, or a spreadsheet, and you are getting ready for a new job search, I’d suggest you seriously check out some newfangled tools… like JibberJobber.com and LinkedIn. These are the closest knife-like tools you’ll find for your job search.