When it comes to organizing your job search, the days of 3 ring binders and Excel spreadsheets are gone. What tools are you using and how are they working for you? If you are spending more time looking for your networking notes than networking, something’s not working.
With so many web based tools available there is no excuse not to try them out and get your job search under control. One web based tool that I particularly like is JibberJobber. This is a Personal Relationship Manager for your career, as Jason Alba, CEO and Founder explains. It allows you to manage and track all of your job search activity, networking contacts and other career management information. Because it is web based, you always have access to it, now and during your next career transition.
I particularly like the fact that it allows you to track all of the information you collect during a job search.You can log where you have sent resumes as well as the status of each job as you go through the hiring process. It even allows you to develop and save all of your interview preparation material including resumes, power statements and accomplishment stories for interviews.
I also like the fact that JibberJobber allows you to manage and track critical relationship information over time including company and network contact information. Because all of your information is web based it is easily accessible and prevents you from having to start from scratch when you launch your next job search. It nicely allows you to import all of your LinkedIn contacts. You can rank relationships, log notes about your relationships, create action items and tie each to companies. Most of these features are not available on LinkedIn.
Best of all, the basic version of JibberJobber is free. The premium version offers a few bells and whistles like expense tracking. However, I find the basic version is powerful enough for anyone who is easily overwhelmed by managing their job search. Give it a try! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.