Last week I got an email from someone who used JibberJobber to help organize her job search. She gets that part:
“I appreciated your presentation, your tips and your enthusiasm. I used Jibber Jobber during my 7 month job search. It is an excellent tool and I enjoyed using it.”
Then, she said:
“I started a new job on October 3.”
Uh oh. This is usually where they say “I’m good now – see ya later!” I’m thrilled when my users get a job, whether they use JibberJobber or not, but I dislike how so many put their career management on hold while they have a job 🙁
But Colena GOT IT. Instead of breaking up with JibberJobber she wrote:
“Having attended your presentation, I now have a reason to continue using the tool even though my job search has ended.”
Let’s go back to the title of this post: Branding and understanding.
I want people to use JibberJobber to help them navigate (organize and manage) their job search.
However, many people somehow miss the idea that once they land a job, they could be unemployed fairly quickly, and they need to do stuff, like grow and nurture their network, and work on their personal brand.
The JibberJobber brand clearly conveys that JibberJobber is a tool for job seekers.
Does it stop there?
For many people, it does.
The understanding of JibberJobber is that it is for active job seekers.
But there are others who use JibberJobber as a relationship management tool:
- happily employed professionals who know they need to be ready for a transition, even if the writing isn’t on the wall
- unhappily employed professionals who are worried about a pending transition
- freelancers and contractors who might have a day job, but also have outside clients they need to keep organized
- Authors who are interested in self-marketing (since the publishing companies don’t do it for them), and recognize the value of a relationship management tool
- Small business owners, like myself, as well as professional speakers (like myself!)
- Songwriters, who recognize that getting a hit song depends on your ability to network, as well as your talent,
- and many others…
Job seekers see one facet of the brand, and they understand some of the potential, thinking they understand all of the potential.
This is a HUGE issue for all companies… companies who have clients who don’t “get” what they do.
This is a HUGE issue for job seekers, who have branding issues.
How do YOU help your clients/audience understand your brand, your offerings, and your value?
This question can help your job search end faster, or help your company grow bigger.
Ignore it at your own risk.