Let’s break down a new one: Career Contact Management System…
System: Since I’m from I.T., system means something with a database, which implies relationships (what is the relationship between the person you just met and your target company). It also means there are systems or processes to follow.
Contact Management: the concept of contact management has been around a long time, and is very popular, even commonplace, among certain professions (like sales professionals). I’ve heard it argued that you can’t MANAGE your CONTACTS. Nor can you manage your relationships. Indeed, a system like JibberJobber is not trying to manage human beings and relationships. Instead, the purpose of a contact management system is to give you the right data and reference points and meta-data (ie, stuff you might find on LinkedIn, or a Google search), about your contact/prospect.
Career: While the concept of relationship management has been around a long time, I think it’s safe to say applying the concept and tools to an individual’s career is fairly new. A couple of decades ago you might have networked within your own company, but with job security and retirement benefits and company loyalty the way they were, you didn’t count on changing jobs with any frequency. In contrast, today we are happy if we are at one company for up to five years. I’ve seen interest increase over the years, but I’m still met by apathy by people who think they are not going to need to manage their careers. Evenutally, even the apathetic figure out that long-term unemployment sucks, and they start to manage their careers differently than just sitting around hoping HR or their company will take care of them.
Are you ready for a career contact management system? You should be 🙂
P.S. This is not Facebook. This is not LinkedIn. This is not your Outlook address book. To be longterm, it really should be a cloud-based solution that will be around for a long time.