5 Apps and Tools to Organize Your Job Search
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You need a system to collect the job openings and positions you come across. You need a system to know where you have applied. You need a system to track all your interviews, pending follow-ups, and other appointments. The bottom line is, you need a system for the job hunt.

Whether it’s an app, an Excel spreadsheet, or old-school paper and folders, these job search organization tools will make sure you get gainful employment.

1. Huntr (Web): A Kanban Board for Job Searches

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Make as many lists as you want. Place them in the logical order of progression, so that each job application moves to the right when you reach its next step. The job listing will have all the details you want, like the title, location, salary, and job post URL.

Huntr lets you add a deadline to any card, to serve as a reminder. Each card can also have its own to-do list and notes, so you know what needs to be done. It’s a simple and easy system, and actually a better Trello alternative Goodbye, Trello! 5 Alternative Free Kanban Board Tools Goodbye, Trello! 5 Alternative Free Kanban Board Tools Trello is an incredible app for project management and organizing your tasks. But there are other kanban apps that could be ideal for your tasks. Let's talk about the best Trello alternatives. Read More if you organize your job search in Trello. Try out the live demo so you get an idea what it’s all about.

2. JobHero (Web): Everything You Need in One Place

Each job you apply for is unique. The more you tailor your application to the job, the better your chances are. JobHero lets you create a dashboard of all your jobs, and add other things you might need.

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3. The A-to-Z Job Search Tracking Spreadsheet (Excel)

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There are four sheets in the file. It starts with resume submissions, with columns for every possible thing you could think of. Then there’s networking contacts, so that you can get leads to new jobs. The Interviews tab organizes your schedule and reminds you when to send a thank you note. And the Career Websites sheet stores all your usernames and passwords for different job search sites. Although it’s probably best if you use a password manager How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe How Password Managers Keep Your Passwords Safe Passwords that are hard to crack are also hard to remember. Want to be safe? You need a password manager. Here's how they work and how they keep you safe. Read More .

The whole spreadsheet is remarkably through. It has data fields that you might not think of were you to make your own sheet, so it’s better to start with this one and customize it if need be.

4. JobTrack (Web): Analytics for Your Job Hunt

Now this app is a little different. JobTrack is much simpler than most of the other organization tools in this list. But it has one cool bit that the others lack: analytics.

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In JobTrack, you add a new job opening that you found. When you start typing the company’s title, the app will automatically look it up on GlassDoor, one of the best salary comparison tools 5 Salary Comparison Tools for Your Next Job Search 5 Salary Comparison Tools for Your Next Job Search Read More in the world. You can also add a link to a job listing and JobTrack will try to scrape data from it. The other details are simple, like the job title, location, date applied, and the status of the application.

Once all the details are in and you have a long list of jobs, check out the analytics board. JobTracker uses your data to create snapshots, like the number of applications per week or a pie chart of the different statuses. It’s a “big picture” look at your job hunt, without doing any work yourself.

5. Job Search Log (Web): Free Printable Sheet

Sometimes, technology is more hassle than it’s worth. If you want to ditch the gadgets and gizmos, check out Career Choice Guide’s free printable sheets to manage your job search information.

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It’s a set of two sheets. The first sheet is a list of all the jobs you’re applying for. This is the sheet that stops you from sending two applications to the same job and looking unprofessional or desperate.

You’ll need several copies of the second sheet, as this is where you gather each job’s details. It has everything from finding a lead about the job to interview notes and follow-ups Supercharge Your Next Job Interview with These 11 Free Tools Supercharge Your Next Job Interview with These 11 Free Tools It takes skill to ace an interview. There are plenty of apps that will assist you with the task of supercharging your job interview skills. Let's look at each step of the interview process. Read More , so you remember everything about that application.

Always Hunt or Only Hunt When Needed?

There are two schools of thoughts, when it comes to job hunters. Some people believe you should always be hunting for opportunities, even if you have a stable job already. Others believe a job hunt is only undertaken when it’s needed.

What’s your opinion?

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  1. Tony C
    May 30, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Avoid Indeed and Monster! It's pretty obvious that they are doing nothing more than harvesting your data. I filled out all of my personal information on their app or site. Then they had me upload my resume. Then they let you do a search. When you click on the job and click apply, you are asked to fill in all of your personal information all over again and upload your resume. It wasn't until about a month of doing this over and over again that I realized that I was being sent to recruiter sites. Once the recruiting sites get a hold of your information, the SPAM starts! And they SPAM hard! They also try to get you to give them more information about yourself and they'll even call you on weekends and even on Sundays! Sometimes clicking apply will have your filling out the same information up to 5 times before they'll give you a little pop up window that they have received your application. But the company that you applied to never acknowledges your application and you never get any sort of reply about the job.

    • Victoria
      June 2, 2017 at 5:39 am

      What did u do? Or What other ways u hunted?