JibberJobber.com is a job search app. Many, many years ago, close to the 1900’s (2006, to be precise), JibberJobber.com was launched to help people organize a job search.
What does organize a job search mean? Anyone who’s been in a job search for more than a week knows that it can be a long, harrowing process. The delusions of grandeur they once had, and the expectations of finding a job faster than the competition, quickly erode as they don’t get interviews, their resumes get lost in the “resume black hole,” and their self esteem erodes to the point where they believe they don’t deserve network introductions.
Forcing yourself to meet new people, listing new companies you learn about, and applying to jobs (whether you do it on their pathetic online submission form, or you send a resume in to someone at the company) takes a lot of work. Before you know it, you are inundated with “data” from all sides – names of companies, phone numbers, dates of application, when you should follow-up, who introduced you to who, what you need to do today, etc. You start out organizing all of this with a spreadsheet, and then learn that your “system” is a house of cards… and you start to miss follow-up opportunities. You need something more, and the career counselors at the school you went to who recommend a paper-based form that you print out and fill in all of the sudden lose credibility. (yes, this happens all the time. Even in 2014.)
When you are more organized, you are in more control. No longer does the recruiter at the other end of the phone hear you respond to their call with this: “Sorry, what company? I don’t remember applying there.” Put yourself in the place of the recruiter… when you say that you sound disinterested. Lost. Disorganized. Not exactly what they were hoping they would hear when they called to see if you were still interested in the company they are recruiting for.
Imagine if you said “can you hold on a minute? I need to find my notes…” and then you do a quick search for (a) the recruiter’s name, or (b) the company name, or (c) the job title you applied to, or (d) anything else that quickly comes to mind. This quick search, and the results, can get your mind in the right place to have the right conversation. Even if it is a company you don’t remember applying to.
When you are organized, you are managing your job search. Too many job seekers let their job search manage them.
JibberJobber is the app you want when you start a job search. Get started on the right foot, organized from the beginning. Don’t try to create your own organizational system, wasting days or months setting up a spreadsheet, or switching from one system to another. Jump in, get and stay organized, and be in control. While we aren’t new to the world, we are new to job seekers. If you have a friend who is in a job search, let him or her know about JibberJobber. As one of my early users said, JibberJobber is my virtual assistant. You don’t have to go it alone – leverage JibberJobber as one of the most useful apps in your job search.
Bonus: you probably realize that this won’t be your last job search… if you start using JibberJobber, you’ll have your own personal tool that holds all of this rich data (contact info, job titles, past discussions, etc.) for the next job search. And the next job search. And every job search from here on. How empowering is it to not have to start from the beginning every single time!