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Essential Tools – JibberJobber Style

By Char

Essential Keystrokes ToolsThis week’s dose of Essential Tools features Jason Alba of Jason has been in IT for the last 9 years, first as a programmer and then moving up through management. He loves web-based application development and solutions, and the strategic implementation of practical solutions. About a year ago he was laid off from his position as a general manager of an IT firm and within a few months had designed the most practical application for any career person. The application is a personal relationship manager and job search organizer: Jason is now working full-time on JibberJobber and has an excellent development team behind him.

Jason’s essential tools for survival in his working world include:

  • SnagIt by – this is an absolute must for Jason – SnagIt is a terrific screen capture tool that he uses every day for various reasons: prepping for blog posts, getting shots of his or other software to send to his development team, sending screenshots to customers, doing tutorials, and such.
  • JibberJobber was originally designed to organize a job search, but it is also a  great CRM tool. Jason uses it to keep track of all of his relationships, and uses some of the advanced features to keep in touch with his bloggers, PR contacts, prospect partners, etc. Jason can’t imagine running a business without a CRM tool, and its cool that he can use his own site. (note that JibberJobber offers about 90% of the features for free, and the upgrade is only $10/month. Jason, of course, uses the upgraded version)
  • WordPress  is the only blog platform he has used. Its hosted on his server, and his programmer is a wizard… bottom line, Jason loves it. Jason blogs every day (except weekends) and hasn’t found any limitations yet.

Not to be overlooked:

  • Toshiba Satellite Laptop with a .5GB memory upgrade
  • Basic Cell Phone (Spring LG?). He used to have a Treo, which he loved, but since he is no longer on their payroll he got the cheapest cell phone available.
  • Skype – Jason paid the $14.95 to get unlimited outbound calls for a few reasons, one of which is because his relationship management tool (see above) that he uses has a one-click link to call out to his contacts. He has a land-line right next to his mouse but  prefers to use a headset on phone calls to keep both hands free. With the number of global contacts he has, who are also on Skype, it is nice to be able to talk when needed.
  • MSN IM, Outlook & Gmail, Firefox and Notepad

There are a few more insights into Jason’s world in a series of interviews at Pimp Your Work and Make It Great! with Phil Gerbyshak.

What’s in your toolbox? Leave me a comment and let me know what keeps your online world moving. Would you like to be featured? Just drop me a line and let me know.

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