Post Date: February 17th, 2012

Online Tools for Organizing Your Job Search

This week I welcome back Janet Barclay of Organized Assistant.  This is Janet’s second of four contributions and we welcome her expertise in helping us organize job search.  

Janet BarclayIf you’re looking for a new job, you will want to go about it in an organized fashion. Keeping track of the applications you’ve made will make it easier for you to do timely follow-ups, ensure you don’t apply for the same position more than once, and document your active job search, if requested, for Employment Insurance eligibility.

To keep track of your applications, interviews, contacts, and follow-ups in one location, you may want to check out one of the following web-based job search information managers.

JobPad

JobPad describes itself as “a virtual desktop for everything that’s job search-related.” It allows you to store all of your resumes and other career documents, search online job boards, keep track of your job applications, manage your job search contacts, monitor your social media profiles, as well as offering many other features.

JobGizmo

JobGizmo provides a central dashboard where you can store notes, information about your job applications, and copies of your resumes.

Virtual Job Coach

Virtual Job Coach is a job search and career management portal which integrates with LinkedIn and leading job boards, and includes a calendar and task list.

Jibber Jobber

Jibber Jobber is based on traditional Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, and was developed in 2006 by IT professional Jason Alba during his own job search, when he was frustrated by the lack of useful tools for job seekers.

Fresh Transition

Fresh Transition is an online tool that helps job seekers to set goals, monitor their progress, and organize every aspect of their job search, including contacts, applications, career documents, calendar, and more. Individuals may access it through their career professional, outplacement provider, college or university career service, or government agency.

Each of these tools offers a free trial, so you can try them out and decide which one is best for you. Some offer free memberships with limited options, and many also offer a variety of paid  membership levels with enhanced features. Jibber Jobber is the only one to offer a lifetime membership, which would be ideal for someone whose work tends to be seasonal or contract-based.

If you’re out of work and cautious about spending money, keep in mind that a well-organized approach to your job search can shorten the time needed to land your next position, so your investment in an online job search organizer can end up paying for itself in the long run.

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